Friday, November 27, 2015

Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt + Teaser + Giveaway: S.O.B. by J.C. Valentine

Title: S.O.B.
Author: J.C. Valentine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: November 10, 2015
Review Source: ARC
 Levi Black is an s.o.b.

Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he’s a pretentious, obnoxious, womanizing jacka** who thinks the world revolves around him.

He wouldn’t be wrong.

A famous soccer player, his skills on and off the field have won him medals, trophies, women, and the cover of every heartthrob magazine in the country. He’s broken nearly every bone in his body and a few hearts along the way, including mine—his stepsister—and lived to tell about it.

One night changed everything, and I’ve avoided him like the plague ever since. Just long enough to finish college, to bury the hurt, and to outrun the memories. But now that’s all changed. I’m back, and there’s no more running.

My hands are supposed to be my livelihood, but now they’re my curse. Levi’s reckless ways have landed him in a sticky situation, and his father has given me an offer I can’t refuse. One month, and all I have to do is put my hands on his body. Easier said than done. The problem is, even though I know it’s bound to bite me in the a**, I can’t bring myself to say no to the s.o.b.

What happens when the one guy you knew you should never have fallen for breaks your heart by telling you it was just a one night fling.  Then four years later after you have finally managed to pick up the broken pieces, do you have to swallow and go back to face those demons just one more time.  But, this time you vow to yourself that it will be different.  Or, at least that is what you are trying to convince yourself of anyways.  Well, this is what has happened to or with Vista.  After basically receiving an offer she really can not turn down, she is forced to face the one man who could ultimately destroy her heart and soul.

Levi Black has all but allowed his father to rule his life for fear of facing the consequences of the wrath that his father David can unleash.  Unfortunately though, there is one woman, who has no clue that she could be the factor to change that.  Levi has had four years to try and accept breaking Vista's heart because of his father, but now that she is going to be back under the same roof with him, he isn't sure if he can walk away a second time, or if he is really willing to.

The depths of pain that the controlling David Black causes not only to Levi, but to Vista is unbelievable.  He only has one care in the world and that is about making money, anything else is just a consolation.  This being said all he sees his son for is a large payout and anything that will mess with that or get in his way of his money will be dealt with and tossed aside, no matter who it is or what kind of relationship they have with him.

This book is very heartbreaking in the fact that Levi has to deal with the fact of feeling controlled, not good enough, guilty, and a whole lot of other things.  But through all the heartbreak and hurt, the humor that the two of these two create is just as heart warming.  Then when the passion flows it takes on a life of its own.  Trying and failing to keep that draw contained is just not possible, which seems to take these two in directions they both never thought possible.  Then not only do they have to deal with the aftermaths of said passion, they have to deal with the fallout of the "evil" David.

As you can tell, yes, I am very passionate for this story.  I was pulled in as soon as I saw the cover, then got to read the blurb of what it was about.  I immediately knew that this was a book I did not want to pass over, and I am glad that I did.  It is one of those stories that just makes you want the good things to fall into place and for the two main characters to get the happiness that they so deserve.  J.C. Valentine has away with writing her stories so that even when the emotions run high there is that moment when she tosses something of the wall out there that has you saying I need to remember that, or I know that just didn't happen.  The other thing I liked about this book is that she did not drag out what was happening.  She put it all out there front and center and yes it may be a bit "predictable", but that really does seem to add to the enjoyment of the story.  So now I am going to quit rambling and lay it out there.  There are many moments that Levi is and S.O.B., even a few where Vista holds the title, but in the end the ultimate S.O.B.  is that of David Black and we all know what happens to the villians...  So don't let yourself fall under this label for not getting a hold of your copy...

"If you get us killed, I am going to strangle you."  "Oh, and how do you plan to do that?  I'll be dead."

"Didn't your mother ever teach you not to run from a predator?  It makes them want to chase you more."  "Didn't your father ever teach you that sometimes prey want to be caught?"

"What I've come to realize is that it doesn't matter how many women want me, just which woman wants me.  And there's only one woman whose opinion of me matters right now."  Key words, right now.  I wasn't born yesterday, Levi, so don't presume me to be one of nitwit groupies who can't tell the difference between the truth and a crappy pick up line."  "So your saying I need to work on my technique?"  "I'm saying you need to find yourself a different practice dummy."

“Tell me you don’t want me,” he commands, a muscle in his jaw clenching. 
“Just tell me!” 
“Why?” I shout back. What’s the point, when we both know it would be a lie? 
“Because I want to hear it from your mouth. If you can tell me you don’t want me like I want you, then I’ll leave you alone. Tell. Me.” 
The wind kicks up, skating across the water and creating ripples over its calm surface. Pollen and leaves spiral in the air overhead, tumbling to the ground and into the water, mimicking how out of control I feel inside. Levi has to know that nothing between us would ever work. Even if our parents weren’t married, we’re too different. Our worlds are miles apart. But I can see how determined he is. He won’t let this go until he gets the answer he wants. 
“Fine,” I relent. Looking him dead in the eyes, I say, “I don’t want you.” 
The muscle in his jaw pulses as he regards me with a perfect quiet that is unnerving. I’m thinking I should swim back to shore, dry off. There’s no saving this day. I’m about to do just that, when Levi’s gruff voice stops me cold. 
My brows pull down in confusion. “Excuse me?” 
Moving his arms, Levi cuts through the water effortlessly, bringing himself to a stop only when our fronts touch and our legs bump into each other as we work to stay afloat. 
“I said you’re a liar, Vista.” 
I don’t know what to say, because he’s right, and I’ve never been any good at lying. “What does it even matter? We’re not getting together!” 
“Why not?” 
“Because it’s—”
“Inappropriate?” he finishes for me. 
“Yes,” I bite out as he presses even closer, annoyed with myself and how my body betrays me. Every time Levi gets too close, it’s as if every nerve ending in my body comes to life.  
Yes. The answer is automatic, but this time, I don’t say it out loud. I keep the humiliating truth to myself. He’s baiting me again. The problem is that it’s working. Except, I’m not angry. I’m...turned on. 
My gaze drops to his mouth. I love his lips. They’re equally thick, firm, and kissable. I know because I’ve had them on me, and I yearn to feel their power again. The way Levi says my name, the way he invades my space and calls me his princess, makes me feel weak. I don’t want to be that girl. The one who falls for a guy’s quick lines and filthy mouth, but I am that girl because Levi is that guy... and I’m falling for him. All. Over. Again

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn't sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor's in English and when she isn't writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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