Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Vanishing Dreams (Devil's Bend #2) by Nicole Edwards

Title: Vanishing Dreams
Series: Devil's Bend #2
Author: Nicole Edwards
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: October 21, 2014
Review Source: eARC provided for Review

Dalton Calhoun hadn’t always planned on a life up on the big stage, beneath the bright lights, but that was where he found himself. A second chance of sorts. An opportunity that had come along after his real dreams vanished when he was eighteen years old. Although country music was more than he could’ve expected, he’d never dismissed the notion that there was still something missing.

When Dalton followed his buddy Cooper Krenshaw to Devil’s Bend, Texas, it didn’t take long before Dalton realized just what that was. But just because he has topped the country music charts, and made his fair share of women swoon, doesn’t mean that everything comes easy to him. And when he sets his sights on the black-haired, gray-eyed waitress at The Rusty Nail, Dalton realizes he might just have to work for what he wants.

Katie Clarren’s life has been a series of unfortunate events, starting from the time her mother left on her eighteenth birthday. Not exactly how she had planned to spend one of the major turning points in her young life. Nor had she planned to spend the next five years dealing with the fallout. Somewhere along the way, Katie adapted, doing exactly what she needed to do in order to survive. But Katie has secrets that even her closest friends don’t know. Secrets she has worked hard to protect.

Although she longs for handsome, charming, country music sensation, Dalton Calhoun, she knows that anything that starts between them can’t last. Too bad her heart doesn’t seem to be on the same page. Katie gives in to her love for Dalton, needing that human connection that has been missing for so long. But when it comes time to make the hard decisions, Katie forces herself to walk away from him. To protect her secrets, and him. The last thing she wants to do is hurt Dalton, no matter how much pain she has to endure in the process. She loves him.

Can the two of them overcome the secrets and lies? Can they look to the future and stop living in the past? Or will they keep dwelling on the dreams that vanished, not seeing what is right in front of them? Each other.

She's back!  Who am I referring to?  Well none other than Nicole Edwards of course.  It's no secret that her last two books got the first ever non-5+ star rating from yours truly.  I felt like Nicole was losing her passion for the characters she has chosen to build a life around.  But never count her out cause she's come back and she's kicking ass and taking names once again with Vanishing Dreams!

If you thought you loved Cooper Krenshaw, wait till you get to sink your teeth into Dalton Calhoun ladies!  That boy is on FIRE!  Mmm this Texas girl loves her some hot cowboys and Nicole never disappoints in that department.  Dalton has followed his buddy, Cooper, to Devil's Bend, TX to start an Equestrian Center for troubled youths, children, etc ... Dalton sees the life that Cooper has started to build with his now fiancee, Tessa, and can't begrudge the man the charm of the small town life away from reporters and the spotlight.  Don't get Dalton wrong, the man still loves his spotlight but only when he's on tour these days does he want it on him.  But the one thing he wants more than anything now a days is Katie Clarren.

Katie is a woman with many secrets.  She's told so many lies to so many people for so long that she lives her lies.  She can't break free from the demons that ache to consume her and boy will they consume you as the reader.  I agonized over 50% of the book to find out exactly what she was hiding, it was killing me and when you find out your eyes will bug out of your head much like mine did, I'm sure of it.  To say the woman was dealt the short end of the stick at a young age would be putting it mildly and that's all I'm going to say.  But when it comes to Dalton Calhoun, he's the one person in all her years of lying that she's ever really wished knew who she really was, but fears that if he knew he'd turn tail and run in the other direction as fast as his cowboy boots can carry him.

The fire between Dalton and Katie is hotter than the temperatures in Texas on a hot summer day.  It is sure to have your blood pumping and craving more.  The angst is real in this one though, be warned.  Like I said you will spend half the book wondering what is going on but Nicole once again does it in a way that will make you feel like you are but a worm dangling on a hook waiting to find out what's going to happen next.  You get to see Braydon Walker make an appearance and what you see sets up what I hope we'll find in Braydon (Alluring Indulgence #5) nicely!  He's running from Coyote Ridge and away from his twin Brendon and I think we all know why!  I can't freaking wait for his book.  We see Cooper and Tessa and man is there angst there.  I'm kind of hoping we'll get a Novella on these two as a companion to Chasing Dreams and soon because I'm dying to see more of them.  You even get to see Cheyenne again and I'm thinking we will see more of her again soon as well!  I'm also dying to hear Jack's story (Tessa's brother)!  There's an amazing story brewing here and I'm sure Nic won't disappoint!

Overall amazing book filled with wonderful characters, boat loads of emotion (keep the tissue close by) and hot of course, hot sexual encounters!  Make sure you grab your copy of Vanishing Dreams today!

Katie Clarren was walking on a cloud, the big, puffy white kind that dotted a brilliant blue sky on a beautiful summer day. Or at least that’s what it felt like as she floated across the rustic, hardwood floors in what had become her favorite bar, taking drink orders and chatting it up with the customers. They were unusually busy tonight, but she knew who to thank for that.
Unlike her mood, the weather outside was dreary, the sky a dull gray, and the dark, heavy clouds were threatening to open up at any time. But that hadn’t stopped anyone from coming out to The Rusty Nail, even on a Monday night. They were here to see him and she certainly couldn’t blame them.
Up on stage, Dalton Calhoun was gearing up to play for the small gathering, laughing with a group crowded by the edge of the stage while he set up, his wondrous smile making him even that much more attractive. And that was saying something. The way he moved reflected his excitement and stirred the energy in the room, and yes, even Katie was infused with it. Yeah, the guy certainly loved to entertain a crowd which was a good thing considering he was so freaking good at it.
Dalton was exactly as he appeared on television and in magazines, his picture probably hanging on the walls of teenage girl’s rooms everywhere. Having gotten to know him on another level, Katie had learned early on that there wasn’t anything fake about him. He was a country music phenom, one who had garnered the attention of women of every age. From his sexy dark hair usually hidden by his signature, black Stetson, to his drool-worthy ass, there was no question as to why everyone loved him. Including her.
However, Katie’s love was a little deeper than theirs was. Or at least she liked to think so.
Not only was she drawn to all six foot two inches of him, and his intense, dark brown eyes, Katie had managed to establish a friendship with the man known for his quick smile and charming drawl. Aside from a few make out sessions, it hadn’t gone much farther than that. Yet.
And each night that she watched him up on that stage was a little different from the last time Katie had watched him play. He was more at ease with every performance, befriending the locals and becoming an integrated part of the town. However, she still recalled the first night she saw him walk into The Rusty Nail. Not to sound like a bad cliché, but that night had been the night that had changed her life.
New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards launched her professional writing career in July of 2012. Having been an avid reader all of her life and a huge fan of creative writing, it seemed the likely path for her to take. Since then, she has released fifteen books and has no plans to stop. As her full-time career/hobby, Nicole writes steamy contemporary and erotic romances.

Nicole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who was born and raised in Texas. Married with three kids and four dogs, she has plenty of interaction to keep her imagination brewing. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After segment as well as Indie Reader’s best seller list. She has forged her way as an independent author.

Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, she prefers to be hiding out in her writing cave, talking to the fictional characters that have built up in her head over the years.

When she isn’t writing or plotting her next book (sometimes translated to “playing on Facebook”), Nicole loves to read and spend time with her family and her dogs.


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