Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Stirring Attraction by Sara Jane Stone Blog Tour

The second, sizzling book in Sara Jane Stone's Second Shots series...

When Dominic Fairmore left Oregon to be all he could be as an Army Ranger, he always knew he’d come back to claim Lily Greene. But after six years away and three career-ending bullets, Dominic is battered, broken, and nobody's hero—so he stays away. Until he learns Lily has been the victim of a seemingly random attack. He’ll do anything to keep her safe...even go home.

Lily is starting to find a life without Dominic when suddenly her wounded warrior is home and playing bodyguard—though all she really wants is for him to take her. But she refuses to play the part of a damsel in distress, no matter how much she misses his tempting touch. He’ll leave as soon as she’s safe and Lily knows her heart will never heal.

But as attraction stirs to so much more, danger closes in. With more than Lily’s heart at stake, Dominic can no longer draw a line between protecting Lily and loving her...

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“You painted your toenails pink.”

Dominic Fairmore stared at Lily’s bumble-gum colored nails. He didn’t trust himself to look up. Downstairs, his dad’s dogs made the familiar trip to the water bowl and back, probably stopping to sniff the bag of Chinese take-out he’d abandoned on the kitchen table. The animals’ nails tapped against the hardwood floors, but otherwise silence filled the farmhouse. His little sister was at the beach and his dad was pulling a double at Forever, Oregon’s woefully understaffed police station. And yeah, he kept track of their locations because at twenty-two he still lived at home.

Lily raised one perfect eyebrow. “I have two hours before my mom expects me home and you’re looking at my toenails?”

Her ironic tone pushed him damn close to his breaking point. He’d take her. Here. Now. Against the wall, pictures falling to the floor. Because he knew she reserved her humor for him. The rest of Forever saw a blond-haired, blue-eyed woman who charmed a room full of five-year olds day after day. A girl who’d been born here, grown up here, and put herself through the local university while still living at home to care for her wheelchair-bound mother and alcoholic father.

But Dominic saw the only girl he’d ever loved. If he closed his eyes, he could still picture her, walking down the halls of their high school. She’d been one year ahead of him. She’d graced the dreary high school halls with her sunshine smile and confidence. And yeah, her short skirts.

He’d memorized the way her cheerleaders outfit teased her thighs while she led the squad her senior year. He’d been a junior, but already shepherding the football team to one victory after another. And sometimes it felt like he busted his ass on the field and won the game just to see her smile...

But he couldn’t close his eyes and block out the way Lily looked right now. His gaze drifted up her calves. Every inch of bare skin wrapped around his heart like a noose. He took in the curve of her thighs and tried to go slow. His jaw tightened and his eyes disobeyed.

Fuck slow.

His gaze locked on the slip of fabric disappearing between her legs.

“Your panties match your toenails,” he growled. There wasn’t a hint of humor in his voice. He couldn’t picture laughing now. In two days, he’d wreck her heart. He would shatter their love and leave her with nothing but memories and the promise that he’d come back.

I swear I’ll come back for her.

But so much could change while he was on the other side of the country training to be all he could be. And later, once he deployed, on the other side of the world.

Two more days. Two more nights. How many times could he make love to this woman before they ran out of time?

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I was very glad to have an opportunity to review the second book in this series.

The book begins with Lily being attacked while jogging, and then a friend basically hijacking Dom to get him to return home. He's mad at himself for ignoring all the phone calls from home, the ones where his family and friends were trying to tell him about Lily.

Dom has fled his pity party in Georgia to be whatever Lily needs – bodyguard, protector, friend. He'd like to add lover to the list again, but with the damage done to his body and mind after the last time he was hurt as an Army Ranger, he doesn't believe that he's good enough for anyone. Especially Lily.

Lily is glad to see Dom, but is afraid that the only reason he's back is because she was hurt, not because he loves her and doesn't want to live without her. When he believes her – that she believes that the attack was personal and not random – she can't help but hope that deep down, beneath all the scars, Dom still loves her.

This book held my attention from the first page to the last and I'm eager to read the next book in this series.

Dominic Fairmore has been in love with Lily Greene since high school and he doesn't want to leave her, but he must leave to prove himself. Leaving Forever, Oregon to become an Army Ranger to be the kind of man Lily would be proud to marry. After getting shot and almost losing his life, he hasn't returned to Forever for very long because he doesn't like the way everyone looks at him with pity in their eyes. So he stays in Georgia, having his own pity party.

Lily Greene has lived in Forever, Oregon all her life, taking care of her mother and drunken father. She is a kindergarten teacher and loves what she does. After eating one too many brownies on the last day of school, she will run the extra pounds off. While jogging in the park, she is attacked. While most thinks it was random, she knows it was directed toward her. After weeks of trying to move past the fear, she doesn't know if she can though.

When a mutual friend goes after Dominic, at the mention of Lily's name, he is ready to head back home to keep her safe. When he gets back home, he wants to believe her, but the police file doesn't have a lot to go on. So Dominic will keep watch over her, but can he keep his hands off her? Can Lily find peace with Dominic around, or will she push him away? Will Dominic leave again, or will he finally see where he belongs?

I really enjoyed this story and how it began in the past. I was a little disappointed that it ended at around 85%, but other than that, it was hot, steamy and full of suspense. I can't wait for Mixing Temptation, book 3, it will be Josh and Caroline's story.

Also Available in the Second Shot Series

Book 1
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After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! Visit and look for her newsletter entry form.

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