Saturday, October 31, 2015

review || FINDING FOREVER { blog tour } by Linda Oaks

Blue Tulip Publishing | Date, 2015 | New Adult Romance
Chasing, book 2


What if forever was never meant to be?

Kara Thorn had always been the confident one until the fateful day her heart was shattered. She lost the one person she thought would never walk away….

Devon McGraw, the man who had promised her forever.

When Kara returns to her hometown for a wedding, fate intervenes throwing her and Devon together once again. Their chemistry is stronger than ever before, but Devon is not the same guy that Kara fell in love with. The man he’d become had a past, and it was complicated.

He wanted a week, but Kara wants forever.

Will Kara forgive Devon’s past or will her own ruin any chance of her finding forever?

**Finding Forever is an Interconnected Standalone in The Chasing Series. Each book features a different couple.**

{ about linda oaks } .

Linda Oaks has always had a passion for books.  At the age of five, she was a book of the month club member.  Her love for books eventually led her to a love of writing. She resides in Eastern Kentucky with her husband, two children, three dogs and a pet rabbit named Dozer. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Instagram.  She can be also be reached by mail at  She loves connecting with her readers.

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Devon in faded jeans and a ratty T-shirt was a sight to behold, but give this man a pair of dark gray slacks and a white dress shirt… well, his beauty left me speechless. He stopped to stand in front of me.

The top button on his shirt was left undone, hinting at the dark, crisp, chest hair that peeked through the v against the whiteness of the shirt; the tip edges of the red and orange tattooed flames caught my eye. Someone else might not have noticed, but I noticed everything about Devon. Shirtless, that tattoo spanned his right shoulder and ended along the thick curve of his neck.

His eyes dipped, slowly taking in my appearance from head to toe. My breath caught. “That shade of pink is the exact same color as your…”

My hand covered his mouth muffling the rest of his words before he could finish saying it out loud. His lips curved into a grin against my palm. My cheeks felt flushed, and feeling his warm breath against my skin made me want to whimper. “Please don’t say it,” I whispered, staring up at him with pleading eyes. I didn’t think I could take it. His icy eyes danced mischievously.

He nodded in reply to my request. His fingers curled around my wrist. He gently drew my hand aside. Beneath his fingertips, my pulse hammered. “I was going to say lipstick, Kara.” He smirked. I rolled my eyes at him. Sure, he was.

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{ review } .

Years ago, Devon severed ties with the girl he loved -- and has regretted it ever since. He had his reasons, deep reasons that were rooted in guilt, but he knew Kara was better off without him.

Kara always thought of her friends, she'd be the first to get married. She and Devon had been a match made in heaven until all of a sudden... they just weren't. Now, she's pulled on her big girl, best friend face for not one, but two weddings and as hard as she tries to keep Devon and his lady friend away, her friends are his friends, too, and there's simply no avoiding.

I loved Kara and her tequila-makes-her-clothes-off self. With it, she finally gets the nerve to talk to, dance with, just openly gaze at, Devon. Devon is still in love with Kara, but he has commitments now, on top of the guilt, and needs to figure out how to work everything.

These two don't have the easiest of roads -- there are players who kept them apart when they were younger (who switch teams now that they're older), and players who are manipulative and will do anything to keep them apart. The one thing they do have though, beside themselves, is their friends -- and even when Devon and Kara forget to fight for themselves, their friends step up to do the job.

I was so engrossed in this story. In a period of books that I enjoyed but had to put down to pick up another, this was the one that was read in one sitting, no interruptions.

My biggest disappointment in the story, though, because goodness knows the happy bubble has to pop sometime, was the end. I don't feel that, for the reader, there was proper closure on some of the driving factors that had kept them apart (*cough*Blair*cough*). Devon and Kara said they'd talk, and it wasn't even mentioned in that chapter; only to be breezed over in a semi-paragraph stating that "they did talk" -- I wanted to see the conversation! I felt that with as much build-up as it had and the drama it forced in the story, the reader deserved to experience that closure.

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