Monday, February 15, 2016

Blog Tour: Saving Steele by Anne Jolin

What happens when circumstances of life threaten the one thing both Jackson and Kennedy love? Saving Steele from himself may prove to be too much for Cross to bear.

The 5th installment, SAVING STEELE, is now available for purchase!

Rock Falls Series #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kennedy Cross had her heart broken early in life. It wasn't someone or something who betrayed her—it was her own body. Despite it being all she’s ever wanted, Kennedy will never know what it feels like to feel her baby’s feet kick from the inside out. Having been pronounced infertile at only eighteen, she redirected her life the best way she could. 

Eight years and a degree later, Kennedy is one of the most well-loved first-grade teachers at Rock Falls Elementary School. It doesn’t matter that her college boyfriend left her because he wanted children of his own. She has twenty-two of the most gorgeous six-year-olds who adore her and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Jackson Steele deals only in extremes. He falls victim to manic episodes lasting for days, sometimes weeks at a time, sending him reeling from volatile highs to devastating lows. It’s a living hell just being inside his own mind, and that hell has taken everything he’s ever loved away from him. But what if, this time, it gives him something? An untimely gift from God and a brunette with legs eight miles long will bring him the most unforeseen joy but also his most challenging of tests.

What happens when circumstances of life threaten the one thing both Jackson and Kennedy love? Saving Steele from himself may prove to be too much for Cross to bear.

4 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Jackson Steele has a successful business, good friends and is in a good place for now. He's gone off the rails with his bi polar and when he's black, things are bad. But for right now, he's good. 

He didn't expect his life to change the day he was helping his friends move. A little 6 year old boy showed up at the door looking for him and told his friends he was Jackson's son. Jackson is thrown for a loop by this minature version of himself from his hair to the piercing green eyes. He asks him his name and he tells him it's Ryker Jackson Steele. They have matching birthmarks-a half moon shaped, dark spot above their right hipbones. When Ryker tells him about his mom that prompts a memory of an episode when he was manic and had sex with Ronny Jay, Ryker's mom. 

I remembered it because Ronny seduced the black eyed monster she'd had her eyes on for weeks but woke up with a green-eyed regretful boy, the latter of which she did not prefer. 
The latter of which still did not want her.

Jackson is determined to make up for the years he was kept away from his son. It's apparent from the clothes he was wearing and his lack of hygiene that he was neglected. Jackson is furious that he was dropped off at a bus stop to make his own way to Jackson. His mom seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. 

"Too many moments were stolen from us, Ryker, but I will spend the rest of my life making sure we never miss another one."
Jackson is getting Ryker settled in his house with him. He has just started school and his friend Cole's sister, Kennedy Cross is his new teacher. She is a bit of a character. She thrives in situations where she has control. Her life is a series of post it notes all planning her next moves. That may have something to do with the fact that she was crushed when she was just 18 and told that she couldn't have children due to her endometrosis. But she's made peace with that fact and the kids that she teaches help to fill the void. But her obsessive need for organization and her "everything in it's place" mentality can be a little much for some people to tolerate. 

I learned to cope with the help of both my school counselor and Colt. I worked to redirect my life the best way I knew how. I channeled my love of children into a love of teaching, but still, that surprise took a part of me that I will never get back.

When Jackson and Kennedy meet it's about a little incident where Ryker 
 lets the class know that his dad has a big penis to pee with and he is looking forward to that too! Kennedy can't bring herself to say the word Penis so she writes it down on one of her trusty post it notes. Jackson enjoys her discomfort. 

"My dad stands up to pee-pee because he has a big penis. He said that one day when I'm older, I'll be able to stand up to pee-pee too because I'll have a big penis."

Jackson needs to ask a few favors from Kennedy to help with Ryker.  As different as these two are, both are attracted to one another. Jackson thinks she's slightly weird, but that doesn't stop him from wanting her.

She, oddly enough reminds me of that old movie with John Travolta in it, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble or some shit like that....She is equally as dramatic as the boy in the movie, and talking to me was clearly out of her comfort zone, her bubble world. 

There's lots of drama and steam in this story. Jackson might want to push his dark side way down inside him, but eventually it will percolate to the surface. Will that push Kennedy away? Kennedy has her reasons why she must stay in such tight control but will she be able to ease up and let a little chaos into her life? 

This has been a great series, lots of different personalities, different story lines with angst and hot sex and good friends!


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I’d totally become a yes girl where hot guy, dad to mini hot guy, Jackson Steele was concerned.
So that brings me to now, turning off my ignition and willing my body to move from the safety of my driver’s seat and up to his front door.

It’s okay though. I’ve come prepared. I’d written a list of things not to do when I arrived at the house on a yellow Post-it note.

1. Don’t hyperventilate
2. Don’t sweat
3. Don’t touch him
4. Don’t say the word “penis” or any of its synonyms or any parts of the male anatomy in general
5. Don’t drool

Putting force behind the fist I’d raised to knock on the door I immediately begin to fall forward as the offending panel of wood swings inward and I face plant directly into a hard male chest.
Rats! There goes rule number three and quickly too.

Mmm. But he sure smells nice.

“Easy, babe,” his voice is a deep manly chuckle, large hands settling on my waist.

I feel that “babe,” that chuckle and that contact in all the right places, even a tingle or two in some wrong ones if I’m being honest.

Considering I’m relatively close to the brink of insanity this morning, it isn’t all that surprising that in that second, instead of pulling away, I take the opportunity to tilt my head back and look at him, really look at him, for the second time since we’d met.

Big mistake.

Should have added a sixth rule. Don’t look at him either.


- ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Jolin -

Hey y’all, 
I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks. 

I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion. 

Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that? 

If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t. 

Mad love, 
Anne Jolin 

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