Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Own Me by Lexi Scott

Series: Silver Strands #3
Publication Date: August 17, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Genevieve Rodriguez’s life isn't panning out the way she’s always envisioned. At all. Not only is she exactly one “D” away from getting kicked out of school, but her heart is in pieces after her long-time crush marries someone else. For Genevieve, sunny Silver Strand has never felt more dismal.

Then Adam Abramowitz, her super-cute, super-smart physics tutor—who never seems to notice even her sexiest tops—tells her his Visa is about to expire and he’s going to have to return to Israel.

Suddenly the words pop out Genevieve's mouth before she can stop them. “Marry me.”

At first, it's a joke...until it's not. Because in that brief, unexpected moment, everything changes. The rules. The boundaries. And Adam and Genevieve are about to discover what happens when you push the limits.

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~Book Review~ 

4.75 Stars

Adam Abramowitz is a graduate student/scientist in training whose thesis research is going the tank at the same time his visa is running out.  But then he has a sweet and sexy fellow student to tutor, Genevieve Rodriguez, who offers to get down on one knee to keep him here permanently.

A green card is what ultimately brings them together, but it’s also the source of their troubles. Adam and Genevieve are bit of opposites attract. Her a free spirit; him a logical thinker.  Their methods don’t blend but their hearts sure do.  This is a cute, sweet, and sexy romance with an original premise. Their quandary is not one I’ve read about before so that was a refreshing change.

What was also a refreshing change was the way the story was focused on their romance and their journey. While Genevieve is dealing with moving past the crush of her life getting married, this isn’t a story riddled with interference from scheming exs or other people out to split them up. On the contrary, it’s a completely exclusive relationship guided by elders and peers that know when do dispense valuable words of wisdom and advise.  
“‛You’re at this beautiful, exciting age, but your brain is rewiring and your heart is tender. Life is flying by around you, and you feel like there’s too much to grab onto, but if you don’t, you’ll be left behind.”
This story really focuses on what it takes to make a relationship work and in the process throws out plenty of valuable love lessons as the pair negotiate their new unconventional marriage. The romance has a great build up so there’s no insta love or insta lust even though to their family it appears they’ve rushed things. And once Genevieve and Adam finally hit the sheets, it’s plenty steamy!
“‛My husband is an incredibly kind, handsome genius. Like that’s not enough, he has the biggest cock I’ve ever seen.’”
Own Me captures the elements of young love but also struggles that marriages can go through at any stage as well as the difference among the sexes.

Told via Genevieve and Adam’s alternating first person point of view, both characters are adorable. Genevieve is a strong, feisty girly-girl, and Adam is a swoon-worthy nerdy type with a ton of integrity and respect for the woman he loves.  The story is light-hearted and engaging. I was sweating right along with poor Adam when it came to Immigration interrogation and I laughed out loud at the “bathroom vooddo” part.  I really enjoyed reading about them, and while there is an epilogue with their HEA, I craved just a little more of them reaching their goals, particularly Genevieve.  All in all it’s a great story with a great message for young lovers and old.

Part of the Silver Strands series but can easily be read as a stand-alone. This is the first one I’ve read. 

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I tilt my head to one side and really look at him. His sort of messy dark hair, the green eyes that feel warm on my skin when he looks my way, the jaw that’s kind of shockingly male.
He’s kind of shockingly male.
Maybe it’s just because I always tended to date guys who prided themselves on being rough around the edges, blaring their masculinity like a raw badge of honor, that I didn’t immediately realize how much more of a man Adam is.
He’s quiet, but that’s because he listens. To everyone, from his advisors to his lowly tutoring students.
He has a little bit of a dorky mad-scientist vibe going on, but he swept me in his arms like I weighed nothing when I tripped on my heels and then growled at me like a testosterone-crazed wild man.
He works, hard. He makes sure little old couples get their kosher treats, even when he wants to run after crazy me.
He’s a man. The best kind of man. The kind of man I’ve ever been lucky enough to call a friend.
And now we’re going to be married. Even if it’s just in name, I feel proud to think of linking my life with Adam’s.
I hug my folder to my chest as Adam walks me to class, careful to keep a few inches of friendly distance between the two of us. I wonder if that will change.
Maybe after tonight?
The Griffith observatory? My poached spinach and walnut pesto chicken? A starry night spent laughing and getting to know each other?
 This fake marriage is getting off to an oddly real start.

Other Books in the Silver Strands Series...

Risk Me (Silver Strands #2)
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Synopsis: For Cohen Rodriguez, getting dumped by his girlfriend was bad enough. Being told he's “not impulsive enough” was just the cheap parting gift. Still, he takes a break from his über responsible ways and dates his way through Silver Strand. Except it's not exactly turning out the way he thought... On top of that, there's Maren Walshe, whose combination of sexy and down-to-earth is everything Cohen wants in a girl. But while they've recently been talking on the phone and texting every day, they've never actually met. Now Maren wants to meet. In person. Faced with turning his oh-so-safe fantasy girl into an uncertain reality, Cohen and Maren are both about to dive head first, ready or not.

Hide Me (Silver Strands #1)
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Hide_Me_500Synopsis: Sometimes it's easier to run... Ripped apart by guilt and grief, nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad grabs her stuff and runs from her super-conservative home and family in Pennsylvania and hauls ass for sunny California. All she wants is escape. Now she has a craptastic apartment, a job at a tattoo parlour, and even a friend-who's-mostly-benefits. Then she meets a sexy, inked, surfer-dude who has the potential of capsizing everything... Deo Beckett is adrift. Underemployed and over-boozing, Deo knows he should be doing something more with his life. Being something more. All it takes is a pin-up hottie with a smart mouth—and a bruised soul—to force Deo to start looking below the surface. To wonder if there's more to life than being a beach bum. Now he's falling for Whit...and hard. But Whit ran from home for a reason, and she'll go to any lengths to keep Deo from learning the truth...

Lexi Scott
Lexi Scott is the combined forces of authors and best friends, Liz Reinhardt and Steph Campbell. Together, they write new adult and contemporary romance featuring strong, smart, feisty women and the swoony worthy, good guys who love them. The grew up on opposite coasts- one on the east, one of them on the west, but somehow, both ended up married and raising their families in the Southern U.S. They love traveling, good food, wine and hoarding books.

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