Friday, February 22, 2013

Giveaway!! "Rocked Under" By: Cora Hawkes Review & Tour

Rocked Under
By: Cora Hawkes
Synopsis from Goodreads
Falling in love isn't always easy or pleasant. The intense and angst-filled story of Emma and Scott is a painful, gut-wrenching and exhausting portrayal of how hard it can be to let go... 
Picking up the pieces and starting again in the US, Emma enrols in college with her cousin, Ashley. She is finally free to do what she wants and live how she chooses, and no man will ever rule her decisions or emotions again. 
That is, until Scott Mason walks on stage... 
Intense bad boy Scott is the lead singer of a popular local rock band. A ladies’ man and Ashley's long-time friend, Scott holds an instant fascination for Emma — she finds herself drawn to him, even though he represents everything she hates and needs to stay away from in a guy. He treats females like he does a cigarette — light it, use it, and lose it.  
For her cousin's sake, Emma makes an effort to get along with Scott, but she soon discovers that there is more to him than first appears, making him even more dangerous in her eyes. Behind the fa├žade of friendship, jealousy, obsession, fear and insecurity fester — an internal battle rages as she fights her attraction and does everything she can to stop history from repeating itself. 
One thing she knows for sure is that if she breaks her rule, it may destroy her.
About the Author
Cora Hawkes lives in England with her man and their four children. She thinks the kindle is the greatest invention ever and hers is mostly filled with paranormal and fantasy romances. Favourite books are Kresley Cole's IAD series, Jennifer Armentrout's Covenant series and Heather killough-Walden's The Chosen Soul series. 
Apart from family-time, reading and writing, she LOVES music and going to gigs. She hates soaps and rarely watches TV but loves The Vampire Diaries, True Blood and Gossip Girl.
My Thoughts
    I have such a thing for new adult books now. There is something about being in your early 20s and having absolutely no idea what direction your life can take you. Its at this cusp that we find both Emma and Scott, two wildly incompatible yet totally made for one another people.
The book starts out with a very confused Emma finding her way through America. She's just moved in with her friend, not knowing anyone and unsure of her place in the world. One night at a bar she meets Scott, bad boy and rock God. Attracted to Scott, Emma finds herself drawn to him. Yet everything he is seems to go against everything she ever believed in.
I don't know how to even describe this book without giving away much, but I will say it is intense. There are a lot of things at work here and you have to read it fairly carefully to catch it all. With that said, you know when you read and you get that weird little thrill when two characters interact? Well, I totally had that. I hated them, I loved them, I wanted to cheer, I wanted to cry. It was super emotional and an utter roller coaster but I adored it. The story moved quickly and when I was finished, I was so stinkin' excited to see its part of a series.
Book Details
Publisher: Author Self-Published
# of Pages: 279
Date of Publication: December 31, 2012
Source: Blog Tour Selection
#27  for the 2013 E-Book Challenge
#29 for the 2013 Women's Reading Challenge
#31 for the 100 Books in a Year Challenge
#31 for the 150+ Books in a Year Challenge
#22 for the 2013 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
#4 for the 2013 New Adult Reading Challenge
#26 for the 2013 Where are You Reading Challenge {United States}


Twitter: (@CoraHawkes)

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I had never picked up a guitar in my life — and it showed. Scott handed me a beautiful, black acoustic guitar. I didn't even know how to hold it but I tried my best, and at least Scott was smiling again, which is what I had aimed for. 
He chuckled and moved his hand down over his face to try to hide his amusement. "You don't hold it like that…Here…” 
I was sitting on the edge of a big footstool and he came to sit behind me. He shifted forwards until I was sitting between his hard, warm thighs. I was so aware of him that I froze. I didn't dare move. He came closer and put his arms around me to reach the guitar. His naked chest came into contact with my back, making my core temperature rise to dangerous levels. His scent was enveloping me, taunting me, and this time there was no escape. 
His head peered over my shoulder causing the hairs on the back of my neck to stand on end. 
"Hold it like this," he whispered close to my ear as he moved my hand into the right position. 
His breath tickled me, making a shudder run down my back. 
He paused for a second and I thought he had noticed. "And if you," he slid his hot hand under my thigh gently and lifted it for me until only my toes were touching the floor, "raise your knee, you can rest it here." 
"Okay,” I whispered. It was all I was capable of saying with his hands all over me. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea. 
He took his hands away and rested them on my thighs. "Now try." His voice was gruff. 
I started playing but my mind was focused on the parts of my body that he was touching. I was dreadful. He was just so there that I couldn't have concentrated if my life had depended on it. 
He turned his face towards my neck and I heard him inhale through his nose gently. His grip on my thighs tightened as he shifted closer to my backside and his forehead hit my shoulder heavily. 
Shit! I'm going to spontaneously combust any goddamn bloody minute now if he doesn't stop.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh love that excerpt, it's pretty hot!

    I also love that weird thrill when characters have great chemistry and they banter. From the sounds of your review, I think I would like this book. Wonderful review!