Sunday, September 21, 2014

Finding Julia by Desiree Holt Blog Tour

Can a moment of passion outlast years of secrets and misery?

For Julia Patterson, meeting Luke Buchanan awakens within her a passion she’s never dared dream possible. He claims her body and helps her remember what it means to be a woman. But Fate has a twisted sense of humor. Just when Julia is ready to step over the threshold into a wonderful new life, her almost-ex-husband is diagnosed with a heart condition that puts her divorce on hold. Turning her back on Luke is the most difficult thing she’s ever done. But Julia has a secret, one that Charles discovers and uses against her.

Years later, when Luke walks back into Julia’s life, the passion between them is just as explosive. But Charles is still controlling her from the grave, and the secret Julia has hidden for fourteen years could destroy their dreams forever.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Julia Patterson is struggling to keep her sanity and children after filing for divorce from her "knight in shining armor." The things she loved about him grew to be a prison from which she knew she had to escape or it would destroy her.

But nothing worth having is ever easy, including her divorce from Charles. Even knowing the old mantra "Good things come those who wait," it doesn't stop Julia from feeling guilty for choosing happiness over duty.

Julia Patterson thought she found that needle in the haystack when she married Charles. Things weren't always what they seemed. Charles was controlling during the marriage and even after she filed for divorce.

Julia meets Luke at a business meeting, chemistry is instant, things happen. Julia knows what she wants and it's Luke. Because of Charles, Julia is forced to make a decision – her children's happiness or hers?

This story started with a bang. The beginning had me very intrigued and then bang it lost it somewhere along the way. The way Charles was painted had me hating him, but at times I was hating Julia too. After all the buildup Luke was too quick to forgive. There could have been so much in that last part of the book between Julia and Luke but it just seemed so rushed.

I am giving this book 3.5 stars

I am on the fence about this book. I loved it at some points and at others I just wanted to stop reading it. This is a story about Julia, who was married to a complete a-hole (Charles) and finally got the courage to ask for a divorce, was only waiting on his signature for everything to finally be done and over with. Julia goes on a business trip, meets Luke and instantly falls into his bed and in love with him. BUT of course something goes wrong and the divorce doesn’t happen. What happens is Charles is even more controlling than before and makes Julia’s life even more miserable and even when Charles is out of the picture, he still makes life h*ll for her. The story is good, but the spans in time and the way both Luke and Julia just move on and not try to find each other for years and years just ticks me the h*ll off. THEN, when things finally do start getting good, the d*mn book ends! Mind you, we get a great epilogue with lots of information but if we could have skipped all that wasted time and crap in the beginning and gotten to the good stuff at the end and spent more time on that stuff I would have loved the book and given it five stars.

Characters: The characters were well written and believable but sometimes they needed a good slap to the back of the head because they were so stubborn at times.
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Not that I know of
Genre: Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

So Julia is married to Charles and it is not a happy marriage, he is very controlling and does not really like his kids. Julia files for divorce which Charles clearly is not happy with (it's all about the image).

Julia goes on a business trip and meets Luke, sparks are flying everywhere between these two. However a very cunning Charles makes it impossible for them to be together.

If I am being completely honest I don't really know what to make of this book, it started off well and I was drawn in. However after a while the main characters really started to bug me. Julia is so spineless I really wanted to give her a shake and tell her to grow a pair. I understand the dilemma that she was in but grr. I felt Luke forgave far too quickly, he finds out this massive piece of news years down the line and just went with the flow. My main problem was the fast track at the end of the book, I did not enjoy the fact that it felt so rushed. It could have done with a couple more chapters just to finish the story off smoothly.

All that being said the book was written well and the story was okay so I give this book 3 stars :)

Desiree Holt has lived a life of excitement that brings the color to her writing. She spent several years in the music business representing every kind of artist from country singer to heavy metal rock bands. For several years she also ran her own public relations agency handling any client that interested her. She is twice a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award, a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio, and is published by four different houses. Romance Junkies said of her work: "Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last."

When she's not writing she's traveling Texas and, in season, obsessively watching football.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Finding Julia by Desiree Holt to read and review for this tour.

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