Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Kismet by A.E Woodward

: Kismet

Author: A.E. Woodward
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary  Romance
Publish Date: February 2014

Katie’s world came crashing down in an instant.

Her husband, daughter, and unborn baby. . . all gone in a flash. The life that she’d come to know, gone before she ever really got to live it.

With a broken heart, she deals the only way she knows how, by shutting it all off. No communicating, no feelings, just pure nothingness.

Alone with nothing but her own thoughts and a well meaning family, she moves back to her childhood home, a horse farm. It’s there that she finds herself healing along with the horses her family rehabilitates. But when Parker McKenzie comes back into her life she’s reminded of all that went wrong, and all that she lost.

Will Katie ever begin to heal? Or will her secrets and loss be too much for her to overcome?

Perhaps, this is her kismet.

Upon finishing Kismet, I had to pause, take a deep breath, and wait for the goosebumps to disappear. This is an emotional, heartbreaking read that will have you begging for more. The best part? The minute your heart is put back together, it's shattered on the next page. Don't say I didn't warn you!

This book was right up my alley. Going through something in life is never easy, and having friends that help you through those tough times is always a blessing. I have owned, and rode horses for a better part of half of my life, and was very thankful to have been given the chance to review this book. If you ever get the chance to work with horses - whether it be brushing them, cleaning stalls, or learning a certain style of riding, it is the best therapy out there. 

Katie awakens in the hospital, disoriented, saddened, and having lost everything, she reverts back to being mute. Refusing to speak to anyone, even her brother who has been there for her through everything, she is drug back to her parents horse farm where they rehabilitate horses for a living. Within hours of being back on the farm that she grew up on, she sets her eyes on the black Friesian named Onyx. Onyx needs someone to take their time with her, and nurture her back to being a horse - just like Katie needs someone to take their time with her. 

Enter Parker. The man who, at one point, had her whole heart in his hands, and carelessly threw it away. Having a background with Katie (that she keeps covered in a deep, dark place of her mind) Parker sets his mind to bringing her back to who she once was. He finally breaks her mute streak when he takes her to the place that holds a lot of memories for her. It is here that she breaks down, screams at Parker for what a horrible person he has been to her, and finally begins to talk to her family again. 

The whole book is wrapped around Katie, and putting herself back together after her husband, daughter, and unborn child are killed in a car accident. She believes that Fate has dealt her this hand, and that she must live with it. Between Parker, Onyx, and her therapist Dr. Stevenson, Katie puts the pieces of her life - and her heart - back together. 

The emotional trauma that A.E. Woodward puts her readers through is phenomenal. It had me laughing, crying, sobbing hysterically at one point, and wishing I had my own horse back here with me. I definitely rate this book as a 5 bar review, and really look forward to her other books. 

Don't forget to one click it today! It's currently on sale for 99¢ on a e-reader near you!

“I know that we’ve had our moments,” Parker says, and his voice is quiet as he gently puts his hand on mine, “but I’m just trying to help you, kiddo.”

My eyes find his icy blue ones, hidden under the most beautiful lashes, and my heart skips. I want to pull my hand away, but I can’t. There is something about his touch, something soothing and familiar. Without thinking, I run my hand up the length of his arm, taking a step towards him and allowing myself to get closer. Everything stills and I know my brain is no longer in control of my action, this is all my heart.

Our stomachs touch and I’m so close that I’m able to breathe in the familiar scent of him. I search his face, looking for some sort of insight. What is he thinking?

With another step, I place my left hand on his chest. He looks at me, unsure of himself. Not something I see on Parker often.

Before he can argue I throw myself at him, my arms wrap around his waist and I place my head on his shoulder.

Every muscle in his body goes lax as I hug him. “Jesus, Katie, I’ve missed you,” he whispers running his hand through my dark blonde hair. “I just want to hear your voice.”
I want to believe him but I can’t. Parker McKenzie has always been full of it. Back when I knew him—really knew him—he’d say and do anything to get what he wanted. Everything was always a conquest for him, just like I had been…and probably still am.

Hands rest on either side of my face, and Parker gently lifts my gaze to his. I want to hate him. I want to push him away from me. But I can’t. I’m frozen, under the control of emotions that have been buried away for years. With the realization that he still has a hold on my heart, the guilt washes over me. My stomach churns and I start to pull away from him.

As if sensing my change in mood, he tightens his grip on my wrists and pulls me back in. He thumbs my bracelet, reminding me of the depth of our relationship. There are so many layers to Katie and Parker. Layers that no one will truly ever uncover.

“I know I treated you like shit, and I know that I don’t deserve for you to give me a chance, but you’ve gotta know that the minute you left town seven years ago, I knew I’d made a mistake. I know you know it too. You and I were the only thing that ever made sense to me, Katie.”

Emotions begin to stir inside of me. His eyes burn down on mine. I struggle to organize my thoughts, wondering what my next move will be. We’ve never talked about that day, and I want to know why.

I consider my options. Do I start my healing by figuring out my past? I just want to know why things ended up the way they did. I want to make sense of this crazy thing called my life.

“What the hell’s going on here?” Tommy’s voice bellows through the stable.
Just like two gawky teenagers getting caught for the first time, we break our embrace. I look up to see Tommy stalking angrily down the narrow walkway of the barn.

“She’s my family too, Tommy,” Parker calls out. “I have a right to hug her if I want.”
Before I know it, Tommy’s chest is bumping with Parker’s. They’re standing face to face, their noses practically touching. The tension in the stable has just increased tenfold.

“She’s been through enough without you fucking with her head again, Parker!”

“I’m not fucking with her.” Parker pushes Tommy away with his hands. Tommy clenches his fists and I can tell he’s doing his best to control his anger. A nervous ball of energy rests in my stomach and I watch helplessly as Parker exits the stall and walks out of the barn. “I’m helping her,” he calls over his shoulder. “You would understand that if you knew anything about your sister.” And with those parting words he leaves Tommy and I alone with nothing but our silent thoughts.

A.E. lives in Vacationland with her husband and two children. Between her real job and writing she finds little time to enjoy life's finer things. However in the free time she does manage to steal, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and reading. A.E. is the author of Kismet and A Series of Imperfections: Imperfectly Perfect, Imperfectly Real, and Imperfectly Bad. She is currently writing her fifth book, Working Girl.


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