Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Giveaway: Broken Chords by Carrie Elks

Title: Broken Chords
Series: Love in London #2
Author: Carrie Elks
Genre: Adult, Romance
Publish Date: February 26, 2015
Review Source: eARC
 

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Lara knows she should feel lucky. Married to the man of her dreams, with a gorgeous new baby, she should be enjoying her happy-ever-after. But she never expected motherhood to be so difficult, or for her life to change so dramatically.

Alex has it all: hot, tattooed looks, a beautiful wife, and a band that's finally getting noticed. A lucrative offer of a US tour should be the icing on the cake. But as he leaves the country, distance isn't the only thing that starts to pull their relationship apart.

With half a world dividing them, Alex and Lara have to battle for a marriage they once took for granted.

Broken Chords is the second story in the Love in London series but can be read completely as a stand-alone. 
Though it's a series, it's not a serial and there are no cliffhangers, each book features a different couple!

Lara has it all. The job that she is happy with, the perfect baby - other than late night snacking tendencies - a phenomenal rock star husband, and overall a happy life for herself. Alex has everything he wants; the perfect wife, the perfect band, the perfect gigs. Is that enough for the both of them to be there for each other, as well as themselves? 

With life being so perfect what could possibly go wrong? 
Everything. 

As every story goes, the hero, and the heroine have some sort of angst against something in their lives. It is no shock that Lara begins to feel that as Alex's stardom takes off, that she is left behind to take care of life at home. To take care of Max, and to make sure things are they way they need to be for Alex's return.  But when Alex lands a gig in the US, there is no denying that the issues they once had will only escalate into something bigger.

 Broken Chords was really a refreshing read. I have read plenty of books over the past few years that have portrayed the main characters as having this perfect relationship. The fact that Carrie Elks had her main characters be married, and have a child just really made the novel a great one to relate to for many readers. It was not an ugly cry book, which can also be refreshing! There were definitely heart-dropping-into-my-stomach moments, but I feel those were more detrimental than ugly cries.

Broken Chords can be read as a standalone which is a great option for someone looking to pick up this book. The only reason this wasn't a five star read for me was that it isn't something that I would typically pick-up on my own. While it was an outstanding read, greatly developed characters, and a relatively easy read, there was just something that could have been done to really bring the reader to experience that ugly cry moment.

Thank you Carrie Elks for giving me the opportunity to review Broken Chords!




Coming Down
Love In London #1

“You want one?” he asked, cupping his hand to shade his match from the slight breeze. 

“I don’t smoke. It’s a disgusting habit.” I smiled, letting him know I was flirting more than anything. Trying to wind him up.

He stared at me, throwing the burnt-out match into the ashtray. Already, I’d noticed Alex had this intense way of making me feel as if nothing else mattered. That I was the only interesting thing in the room—or in this case, the street.

“You’re one of those, then,” he said.

“One of what?”

“A crusader.” He inhaled deeply, then let the smoke drift out of his lips. Even I had to admit he looked sexy.

His words made me grin. I was anything but; smoking rarely bothered me at all. “I don’t kiss boys who smoke,” I said.

The corner of his lip twitched up. He leaned forward, still staring intently. “That’s good. I don’t want you kissing them.”

“You’re a boy who smokes,” I pointed out.

This time a full-on smirk broke out on his face. “I’m the exception that proves the rule, sweetheart.”

The way he said it made my heart hammer against my chest. There was something about Alex Cartwright that made me feel breathless. I wasn’t used to boys like him, ones who oozed sexuality out of every pore. Until then my boyfriends had been more friend than boy. Low key, almost feminine

Alex didn’t have a feminine bone in his body.

“What makes you think I want to kiss you, anyway?”

“You’re the one who brought up kissing, not me.” Another cocky response. “Not to mention the fact you keep looking at my mouth and licking your lips. I can tell you want to eat me for breakfast.”

The image his words conjured up made me choke on my coffee. I spluttered the hot liquid out. Alex started to laugh.

“Kissing. I was still talking about kissing.”







Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.



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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for taking part in the blog tour for Broken Chords. I really appreciate it. Best wishes, Carrie xoxo

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