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Blog Tour, Excerpt, My Review & Giveaway for Lovely By Beth Michele

Title: Lovely
Author: Beth Michele
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 26, 2013
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A moment can change everything… 
Ashton Taylor. Six foot one, Dark hair, chiseled jaw, riveting hazel eyes, and a body cut in all the right places. He’s a natural. Things just come easy to him. He’s used to getting everything he wants, excelling at everything he does. The grades, the recognition, the beautiful women.
His path was set. A girl, a full scholarship to UC San Diego, and a bright future. To others, his life seemed perfect. But, things are never what they seem, and life, well, at any moment, something or someone can come along and turn it upside down. 
That something…the death of his father.
That someone… Cara Hayward. The girl with the hypnotic eyes, melodic voice, enchanting smile, and lips sent straight from heaven.
The girl who doesn’t want to be seen.
So what happens when a guy who everything comes easy to, meets a girl who doesn’t come easy? 
Can he crawl through all the broken glass to find her? Will the girl he discovers deep down be able to see past his perfect exterior?
Together, do they have the power to heal one another? Or, could the very thing that brings them together, be the one thing that tears them apart?

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My feet continue to trail a path across the dewy grass, the cool breeze hitting my face as I make my way to the brick building housing the campus library. I pull off my aviator sunglasses and hook them over the ridge of my t-shirt, exhaling a groan of silent protest. Today’s just another day of going through the motions. My mind runs through the exams I need to study for and the work I need to get done around the house when I push through the double glass doors of the library and see … her.
She looks just like an angel.
The sight of her makes my dick hard. An involuntary shudder courses through me, my pulse thrashes against my neck, and my heart beats vigorously inside my chest. Soft waves of chestnut curls dance over her shoulder, her skin is so flawless it’s reminiscent of swirled cream, and her perfectly-shaped lips, lips the exact color of raspberries, beckon to me. Her curves are framed by a blue and white floral dress, her sweet face consumed by a pair of large, black-rimmed glasses. Wait, that’s odd. It doesn’t fit the rest of the picture.
I continue to watch her as she checks books out for students yet, still doesn’t look up. I shuffle my feet along the dark brown rug and wait for her eyes to come to me but I get nothing in response.
Adding a sharp cough to the shuffle ought to do it. Hmph.
She continues to look down at her books, completely disinterested. Highly unusual.
I’m not liking it and I intend on changing it. A challenge … yeah, I’m up for it. Thinking fast, I swipe a book off the shelf and toss it on the counter in hopes I can meet her eyes. She moves her painted fingers toward my book and flips it over. A laugh tickles her throat as her head bobs from side to side. When I stare down at the counter it all makes sense. Pleasing Your Man: Everything You Don’t Want to Ask but Need to Know. Well, I guess I’ve got her attention now.

My 5 Star Review 

When Beth offered up a copy of Lovely to me to read and review I was excited. I read Love, Love and fell in love with Ben and I knew that without a doubt I would fall in love with Ashton’s story. 

One thing I know for sure with Beth is that she pours her heart and soul into her stories and that of her characters. She knows how to write a story, she knows how to get it to all flow together nicely and in the end you are left with a piece of her characters in your heart forever. 

This story has it all, heartbreak, angst, humor, steam, and the best characters. You will laugh, cry, you will get angry, but in the end I truly believe Ashton and Cara will hold a special place within your heart too. 

"I was afraid, but I'm not anymore. I was unsure, but I'm more sure than ever. My world was dark, “her eyes meet mine, "but you've filled it with light. I was hiding from the world, but I don't want to hide from you."

Cara has had a rough childhood, with a father who was always away on business she was left with her drunken mother who did nothing but verbally degrade her every chance she could get. This caused Cara to hide behind big dorky glasses and close herself off to everyone. When Ash saw this he knew she was different and in a good way and he knew that he had to find out more about her. 

“I am a devoted son, responsible brother, trusted friend, excellent student, and a good fuck. I’ve been told I’m talented. And I suppose things come easy to me. My life seems perfect.”

Ash is a player; he excels in all sports, and even with the chics. But there is one thing he does not have and that is everything going for him like everyone thinks. Ash is very lonely; he has been through a lot. After his father dies Ash devotes his time to helping his mom and taking care of his family. He is there for everyone, but he has no one there for him. Ash broke my heart honestly. Here is a young guy who has lost his dad ( who was also his hero) and he has had to step up and be the “man” of the house, but he has no one he can turn to himself to help him. Until he sees Cara in the library. Cara changes the way Ash has been with girls. 

“I’ve felt like nothing for so long, Ash…You make me feel like I’m something…like I matter.”

Ash starts to pursue Cara daily to go on a date with him Cara finally decides to go. From here they build a great friendship which in turn turns to love. I love how Beth brought these two characters to life. Their relationship was a built up one. They learned about each other and then fell in love. 

“You’re the only one I’ve wanted, Cara, since the moment I first saw you… It’s your eyes that invaded my dreams, your body that fulfills my fantasies, your beautiful spirit that’s taken over my heart. It’s you, Cara.”

This is a must read for everyone who loves a great story, that builds from the beginning into an amazing relationship with a HEA. Yes you will need tissues, yes you will get angry, your heart will break for these two throughout this book but in the end I truly think you will be happy for them.

"Don't ever look down. Someone so beautiful should always be looking up."

As always Beth thank you for another amazing story, thank you for bringing Ashton and Cara into my world and my heart. They will forever be remembered by me. 



                                                    About the Author

I am a wife, a mom, an author, and a lover of all things chocolate, well, anything sweet really. While stuffing chocolate in my face, I enjoy reading young adult and new adult novels furiously, and spending time with my husband and two adorable children who keep me on my peppermint pink painted toes. Those same children who inspire me to tell silly stories that cause hysterical giggles to tumble from their bellies.
I love to laugh and love to have a good cry, especially after reading a novel that stretches my soul, one that makes me feel, and lingers in the corner of my heart.
I’m a hopeless romantic and a happily ever after fanatic, and I love to write about LOVE.
I began writing when I was in middle school, penning anything from short stories, to poetry, and then later moved on to write children’s books.  I have now endeavored into New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels and am loving every minute of it.  My first novel, Love Love, was released in May, 2013.    

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