Friday, December 5, 2014

review || RAZED { blog tour }

Razed by Shiloh Walker

Publisher: Berkley (12/2/2014)
Series: Barnes Brothers, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: InkSlinger
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My Rating: ★★★★1/2

Tattoo artist Keelie Jessup can handle that someone else has claimed the man of her dreams. She’s just not pleased with her remaining options…

Keelie doesn’t believe in the “perfect man.” But the men who are worth the trouble are usually taken—like her business partner Zach Barnes. After a string of bad luck and the lost chance with Zach, Keelie decides that maybe flying solo—and living with suppressed desires—is the key to happiness.

As a photographer, Zane Barnes has an eye for the human form, and his eyes can’t get enough of Keelie’s curves. Unfortunately, Keelie is like most women—always fawning over his little brother, Zach. Zane is about ready to give up, but then a few stolen moments at his brother’s wedding have him thinking maybe there’s a chance there after all. Now he just has to prove that the perfect man does exist…for her.

About Shiloh Walker

Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really! She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. She published her first book in 2003. Her newest series, Secrets and Shadows, launched in April 2014. Look for the newest book Deeper than Need, to be followed by Sweeter than Sin and Darker than Desire. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary and paranormal romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.   

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How cute is this book??

Right from the beginning, I was sucked in -- it's the wedding of Zach and Abby, and Keelie is watching and hoping that the awkward kiss she pressed on his lips months ago isn't going to come between them and their friendship (she's been friends with Zach and his brothers for a few years). Zach was the first person she'd been attracted to in a while, but she should have realized he had feelings for Abby, a woman he'd met when they were younger on a film set. And let me tell you -- Zach is head over heels for Abby, if the playful "Can we go yet, can we go yet" during the reception is any indication.

On the flipside...

Zach's older brother, Zane, has been attracted to Keelie as long as she's been attracted to Zach. ...and really, if he's honest with himself, it's more like 'obsessed'. She's on his mind all the time.
His lips brushed her ear.
"You want to know what I want from you?" he asked, the words velvet, stroking over her like a caress.
Keelie closed her hands into fists to keep from reaching for him. He was messing with her. It pissed her off---and, to her disgust, it hurt. It almost felt like a betrayal, too, because she hadn't expected to see this in Zane.
"Back off," she warned, putting an edge into her voice and preparing herself to make him back off. So what if he had some moves on him? He hadn't seen her moved yet. Not really.
"I want..." He slid his hand down from her throat, to rest on her chest, fingers spread wide where is rested above her heart. "This."
...She blinked, not moving, as he continue to stand there, his hand on her chest. "I want five minutes of your time...over a cup of coffee. An hour for lunch. I want you to pick up the phone when I call, talk with me for a while," he said, staring into her eyes while the blue green of his gaze cut into her.
I love that he flips her switch.

She's ready to pummel him because she's read the situation wrong, and with just his hand over her heart, she nearly melts into the floor. The problem is...

...she's really not good with this dating thing. When they go for their coffee, she even tells him -- first dates are for getting to know one another, but she knows him so that makes the date awkward; to which he responds that she knows parts, and he knows parts, but they really ought to know one another better. So he goes and asks his favorite question to her, the one she has managed to ignore... what she likes to read. And when she reveals 'romance', he doesn't laugh; instead, he tells her a story about when he was a teen and one of Zach's friends made fun of their mother's romance books.

...and then he goes and admits he's a JD Robb fan.

Oh, be still my heart. I miss Eve and Rourke. I stopped reading them at about book 20 -- I caught up at the library and there was another 6 months until the next publication and I just never got to it.

But I digress.

Watching these two fall into each other was a sweet treat. I really loved it.

While I do want to pick up Abby and Zach's book, I will for sure be reading the next Barnes' brothers books! (Pst, Trey's book is next!)

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