Thursday, November 5, 2015

Reckless by Nicole Edwards Blog Tour

He’s a walking contradiction...

Cam Strickland, one of the four owners of Pier 70 Marina, has earned the nickname his friends gave him years ago. Reckless. Sure. By definition. When it comes to fun, Cam hasn’t yet met a challenge he wouldn’t accept. In other areas, he’s likely far too cautious for his own good.

He’s his complete opposite...

Gannon Burgess, CEO of Burgess Entertainment, one of the top video game producers in the world, finds himself smack in the middle of the last place he would ever expect to be. But Gannon only thinks he is out of his element standing in the small marina office. Then... he meets Cam.

Rumor is opposites attract.

Sparks fly when this sexy, tattooed bad boy comes face to face with this buttoned-up gamer in glasses.

Can Cam and Gannon push one another out of their comfort zones? Or -- thanks to the events that have shaped their lives -- will the time they spend together prove to be just another reckless adventure? This one involving their hearts.

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“That guy was totally checking you out,” Milly said when Gannon pulled out onto the road that would lead back to the office. “Holy shit. Did you see his tattoos? And those muscles.”

Yeah, Gannon had seen them, all right.

“And I’m pretty sure his nipples were pierced?”

Gannon didn’t take his eyes off the road, not wanting Milly to see the confusion on his face. “Pierced? Why would…? What makes you think that?”

“I could see the outline through his shirt. Sheesh. Pay more attention, Gannon.”

Oh, he’d paid plenty of attention. Too much attention.

Milly continued. “He was hot, right? You thought he was hot?”

Gannon chuckled, amused by her excitement. It wasn’t new for Milly. She was constantly attempting to set him up with someone, and on the off chance Gannon showed even the slightest hint of interest, she was all over it.

“You should call him,” she said, still rambling incessantly. “Ask him out. Or maybe he’ll call you. If he does, will you go out with him?”

“Take a breath.”

Milly made a dramatic effort to inhale and exhale, giggling as she did. “That was so worth the hour trip,” she told him.

“So does that mean we don’t have to go out on the boat then?”

She leveled him with a glare.

Couldn’t blame him for trying.

“I wonder if he’ll be the one to take us out on the lake next week.”

Gannon did, too. Part of him hoped he did; the other part, now that he’d had a chance to get his bearings, wasn’t sure he could handle being close to Cam for any extended period of time. As it was, every time he blinked, Gannon saw him as vividly as though he were still standing only a few feet away.

That couldn’t be good.

“When we get back to the office,” Milly began, “I’m gonna send out a memo and let the team know this is a mandatory team-building event.”

“Mandatory?” Gannon glanced over at her.

“If I give them an option, they’ll stay right there in the office.”

True, they would. He would, too.

Thankfully, Milly was silent for a few minutes. Long enough for Gannon to gather his thoughts about Cam.

He wondered if Milly was right. Maybe he should ask Cam out.

It’d been a long time since he’d felt this sort of attraction to a man; surely he shouldn’t ignore it. If he did, who knew how long it would be before it happened again.

You’ll see him on Tuesday, remember?

Okay, so the voice in his head had a point, but could he wait until then? What if he didn’t get to see Cam on Tuesday? What if someone else took them out on the boat? Then what would he do?

What if Cam wasn’t interested? What if Gannon made a fool of himself?

Gannon took a deep breath.

The pessimism didn’t suit him. He didn’t like to think negatively. Though he hadn’t always had the easiest life, he had set out years ago to think positive. He attributed his success to that, the fact that he didn’t look for doom and gloom around every corner.

So, yeah, what could it hurt?

“You’re thinking about him, aren’t you?”

Gannon shot a look at Milly. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Milly’s husky laugh filled the car. “And now I know you’re lying.”

“What makes you think that?”

“Because you didn’t answer my question with a question.”

Turning back to face the road, Gannon smiled to himself.

This woman knew him too well.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I have a confession to make. When the blog tour invite for Reckless hit the blog’s inbox, I pulled rank and signed up for it for myself. Since I’ve been reviewing for blogs for the last two years, I haven’t had a chance to read a Nicole Edwards book. Suffice it to say, I was ecstatic when I saw the email and when I saw that we could only have one reviewer, I had a Gollum moment “My precious!” While I feel a little bad that I didn’t allow one of the other reviewers on the team a chance to review it (you know, I really don’t – I’m just saying that because I should), I am so glad that my greed got the best of me because I freaking loved Reckless.

There’s a line in the book that sums up the chemistry between Cam and Gannon perfectly. “The kiss went from inferno to apocalyptic in a matter of seconds, sending Cam spiraling out of control.” To say the passion and emotions throughout most of Reckless are intense is putting it mildly. When Gannon’s assistant Molly drags him into Pier 70 to reserve a boat for a company outing, the sparks of attraction between him and Cam are instantaneous. That Edwards has penned two characters whose personal baggage is exacerbated by the other’s lifestyle so fully while making it believable is impressive. Even better is that neither man is aware of it until it’s too late because by the time the triggers are pulled, the men are too invested one another. I loved watching Cam and Gannon fall for one another and even though it actually occurs over a relatively short amount of time, the author crafts the tale in such a way that it doesn’t feel like they’re moving too fast. In fact, it wasn’t until one of the characters would point out how little time had passed that I was aware of it; otherwise, it felt like the relationship developed over more time than it actually did. The foundation for the drama that threatens their relationship is laid out early in the book so that when the obstacles appear, their presence felt both inevitable and natural for Cam and Gannon to have to face in their relationship. The fallout was devastating to both men (and me) and I honestly wasn’t sure how Edwards was going to bring the men back together for their happy ending – and no, that’s not a spoiler because it’s why most of us read romance after all. Yet she did and I must say that it’s a shame there aren’t more Mollys in the world because everyone deserves someone like her in their corner.

In addition to watching Cam and Gannon find their way, Reckless lays the foundation for the series and gives us a good look into Pier 70 and the men that are like family to Cam. Roan, Dare, Teague, and Hudson make up the other part of the Pier 70 crew and watching them interact with Cam and one another makes me really glad that this is only the first book in the series because I cannot wait to see them each find the man that makes their lives complete – or claim the man that will make them whole as I suspect two of them may be destined for one another (but that could be wishful thinking on my part). While I truly adored Molly and Dare for stepping in when they each needed to in order to save their friends even more heartache, it was Cam’s father who really pulled my heartstrings (that is, when Cam and Gannon weren’t busy doing it themselves). Michael Strickland’s unconditional love and support of his son was perfection – it was not a matter of accepting that his son was gay, it was simply a matter of doing the job he felt every parent was meant to do for their children, loving their child regardless. I nearly cried when he told Gannon that, and that Cam was right about Gannon being good enough for him. Yet another character the world needs more of. Reckless has the Pier 70 series off to a wonderful start and I cannot wait to read the next one … and the one after that … and the one after that.

New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards launched her professional writing career in July of 2012. Having been an avid reader all of her life and a huge fan of creative writing, it seemed the likely path for her to take. Since then, she has released fifteen books and has no plans to stop. As her full-time career/hobby, Nicole writes steamy contemporary and erotic romances.

Nicole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who was born and raised in Texas. Married with three kids and four dogs, she has plenty of interaction to keep her imagination brewing. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After segment as well as Indie Reader’s best seller list. She has forged her way as an independent author.

Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, she prefers to be hiding out in her writing cave, talking to the fictional characters that have built up in her head over the years.

When she isn’t writing or plotting her next book (sometimes translated to “playing on Facebook”), Nicole loves to read and spend time with her family and her dogs.

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