Thursday, July 19, 2018

Freed by Carly Phillips Blog Tour

Fall for the missing Ward sister…

Juliette Collins is privileged and isolated from the world by her over-protective father. She thinks she knows the truth about her history until a file on her father’s computer reveals she has sisters she never knew about. A family she’s never met. Betrayed, she realizes there’s a life waiting for her outside the walls of her daddy’s New York City penthouse and Juliet is determined to live it. Against her father’s wishes, she heads to a small beach community to meet her siblings… and finds herself way out of her depth instead.

In the personal protection business, Braden Clark thinks nothing of taking on a job to watch over a city girl in town for the summer. If her father wants to know his daughter is safe, it’s no problem and an easy way of earning a paycheck. Except Braden doesn’t count on falling for the sheltered Juliette. Watching her experience her firsts, getting an apartment, finding a job, meeting up with her lost sisters, soon Braden’s brand of protection becomes a little too personal. He’s mixing business with pleasure and lying to a woman he’s coming to care deeply about.

Sexual attraction burns bright between them and Braden is by her side as she finds herself, her family, and what it means to love... but what happens when she discovers his secret? That he’s been paid to watch over her all along?

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“You have a customer. First booth.” Grace tipped her head toward the front of the restaurant. “And he’s a cute one. Single, too,” Grace said with a wink.

“So this is what small-town living is like? You know everyone?”

She nodded. “And everyone gets to know you. Now shoo.” She waggled her fingers, indicating Juliette should head up front and serve her customer.

She put a smile on her face and strode toward the first table, stopping short when she came upon him.

He had thick, brown wavy hair, with a strong jaw and hazel eyes, and Grace hadn’t done him justice calling him cute. He was downright gorgeous. A navy tee shirt accented his muscular frame. He had to work out, given the flex and pull of his biceps as he picked up a glass of water and took a long sip.

The men she knew in New York were flimsy compared to this hunky specimen. They wore suits their bodies didn’t fill out and had weak facial profiles. This guy was everything she didn’t know to want, but she was certain he’d be in her dreams from now on.

She swallowed hard and approached, gripping the coffeepot in her hand. “Good morning.”

He looked up and his eyes locked on hers. His mossy-green-brown gaze bored into hers and held on so long the stare felt like a warm caress.

“Good morning to you, pretty lady.”

At his gruff words, a warm flush rose to her cheeks. “Coffee?” she asked, lifting the carafe, her hand suddenly trembling.

“Sure. Thank you.”

She somehow managed to pour the liquid without spilling, but she filled the coffee too high and it seeped over the top, leaking first on the table and then onto his lap.

He jerked as the hot liquid hit his pants.

“Oh my God, I’m so sorry.” She put the carafe down with a clatter, picked up the nearest napkin, and began blotting his shirt and his lap, pressing down to soak up the liquid, only to come into contact with his hard, thick– “Oh!” She yanked her hand back, further mortified.

“You could keep going,” he said, eyes twinkling with laughter.

She wanted to crawl beneath the nearest table and stay there. “I’m so sorry. Did it burn you?” she asked, her cheeks flaming.

“No. It must have been cooler than you realized. I’m fine. Really.”

“Is everything okay over here?” Grace asked, walking over, obviously concerned.

Juliette stepped up, taking responsibility. “I–“

“Just a little accident,” the man said. “It’s no big deal.”

A customer called Grace’s name and she walked away, the incident forgotten. Juliette wished she could put it behind her as easily.

“How about we introduce ourselves, considering you had your hand on my–“

“Juliette,” she said quickly, before he could finish his sentence. “Juliette Collins.”

“Braden Clark,” he said with a knowing grin that made her weak in the knees.

The man’s impact was potent.

“Nice to meet you, Juliette.”

“Same,” she murmured. “Now can I get you a fresh cup of coffee?”

“That would be great.”

She gently picked up the overflowed cup and headed for the kitchen, returning to him with an empty mug and a towel to clean the table. A few careful minutes of serving later, he had his coffee and she was back to her duties, feeling his gaze on her as she worked. His name is Braden Clark and he’s a regular.”

Juliette picked up the coffee carafe. “I’ve got it.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
Juliette's lived a life of privilege, never knowing that her birth mother was alive. When she finds out the truth – and that she has two sisters – she leaves the luxury apartment she lives in with her father to find part of her that's been missing.

Juliette wants to know her sisters but at the same time is scared of what she will find. When she meets Braden, a local private detective, she senses that he could be a good friend. What she doesn't realize is that Braden has been hired by her father to watch out for her while she's in Rosewood Bay and make reports on what she's doing.

Braden likes being with Juliette. There's a realness about her that calls to him. And when Juliette makes friends with his father (who's suffering from Alzheimer's) it seals the deal for him on the kind of person she really is. Feeling guilty about the fact he's been working for her father, he vows to come clean.

I enjoyed this story, the resolution of mystery surrounding Juliette. I wish that there had been more interaction between all three sisters and with their aunt.

This is the third book in the series, and I would suggest that you really need to read the books in order. We know some of Juliette's early life from Phoebe and Halley's stories, and we know that they are very keen to find her too – that is, I think quite important, as it makes their attitude towards her arrival much easier to understand.

Obviously we know from the start the difficult position that Braden finds himself in, and it was easy to commiserate with him, as he struggled with how to explain everything. Carly Phillips is very good at ramping up the tension and finding the perfect way to resolve it. Halley is the right sister to give the right advice, although I think that their aunt would have been a good person to speak to as well. I wish we had had more of her in this book, as she would have understood Juliette's upbringing well, and been supportive.

The other interesting character to consider is Juliette's father. His behaviour towards Juliette is initially overprotective, but seemingly caring, but by the end, we really do have to question his sanity. I found this rather ironic, and sad in the light of Braden's father's condition. Lots to think about there.

Clearly the chemistry between Braden and Juliette is off the charts, and it is really fun reading about them ticking off her wish list, in the most sensual of ways. I look forward to reading more about them in future installments – because thankfully, just because the sisters are reunited does not mean that there are not other people worthy of love in Rosewood Bay!

Also Available in the Rosewood Bay Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Fearless Blog Tour.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Breathe Blog Tour.

Carly Phillips is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Freed (Rosewood Bay #3) by Carly Phillips to read and review for this tour.

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