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Blog Tour: The Perfect Distraction by Melissa Rolka


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Title - The Perfect Distraction (Book #1)
Author - Melissa Rolka
Genre - New Adult Romance
Release Date - October 1, 2013

When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted. Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily? Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love. Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.

Exclusive Excerpt

Chapter 16 – Kyle

I’ve latched onto Kate’s hand softer than I would like, but I strain my hand

to comply. Even though I’ve told her I’ll wait a little while longer for her to make a

decision to try again with me I know that I won’t let her make any other decision. It’s

inconceivable to me. We make our way into Johnny’s house passing through a couple

messing around on the washing machine. The house is packed with people I’m mostly

familiar with. I glance around and see a couple guys eyeing Kate’s entrance and I can no

longer restrain myself from gripping her hand tightly. Like always though, she doesn’t

notice. It’s part of her innocence that I’ve missed. And just like always, it drives me

mad with instant jealousy. I remind myself though that I have to show Kate that I’m

different. Quickly, I skirt us around the predators to the counter with the hard alcohol.

After I make Kate a Captain and Coke I reach for the whiskey. Ah, whiskey, this will

calm me.

As soon as we hit the basement I see Johnny and some of the other guys. These

are the guys I grew up with in high school. I’ve known Johnny since grade school though

and we are closer than the others. One thing about Johnny is that he always has my back,

but even I don’t trust him with Kate. I know if he was ever given the chance with her

he’d jump on her in two seconds flat. Selfish bastard. Every chance he gets he’ll push

my buttons and that means flirting with Kate. As expected, when he sees Kate he encases

her in his arms with his hands roaming too much for my liking. I try my best to brush

it off, but I pull Johnny off her before he even says hello. The guys all laugh and Kate

releases from my grip locked hand to make her way over to the girls she played tennis

with. I mumble, “fuck” because I hooked up with one of those girls during the summer

I was trying to get Kate back. She looks my way and I don’t give her a second glance.

She had a tight body, but nothing compares to Kate, as I’m well aware of.

Then Stacy a girl that was in my class comes over to say hello. She’s hot with

long brown hair, but it doesn’t distract me from keeping one eye on Kate. When Kate’s

eyes hit mine I see something that I don’t usually see from her. She shows me her cup

is empty and I make my way to her. I’ve never really seen her like this. She’s usually

right at my side and she never used to drink. I’m not sure if I like it or not, but I have to

go with it. I can’t risk pushing her away when I almost have her back. The change in

her is evident, but I’m just praying this change still includes me. As I reach for her cup I

kiss her cheek. I hesitate for a moment because she’s already engrossed in a conversation

with the girls from tennis. That doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that a few guys

that I don’t know have joined the conversation. I practically growl at the sight of them,

but instead I force my legs to make their way upstairs to fill her cup.

Once upstairs I set the cup on the counter and shake my hands out before refilling

them. A rage starts to boil in me at the thought of any guys even talking to her. I can’t

loosen up though. If she sees me resembling my old self she’ll run. I’m still pissed that

I have to even work this hard to get her back, but it’s my fault and I know it. How I ever

thought going away to college single was a good idea is beyond my rationalization now.

Quickly, I fill the cups. God knows who’s hitting on her down there right now. When

I turn around though I run into a friend of my brothers. He’s here with a couple other

guys my brother knows. They are older, but if I know them they are here to check out the

younger hotter ass floating around.

“Kyle, Kyle Ross, what’s up, little man?” Doug says with a stumble in his step.

I laugh as I shake his hand. Doug has definitely had more to drink, which is making

the conversation a strain. He starts talking about the old days and I’m stuck here longer

than I would like. All I can think of is Kate down there with some tool hitting on her.

Eventually, Doug gets pulled over towards another group and I tell him that I’ll catch him


I walk through the crowd towards the back and the first thing I see is Johnny

grabbing Kate from behind by her waist. Red. I see Red. My fists ball up and my jaw

clenches. Kate swats Johnny away and then her eyes see me. I can see her fear and it

reels me in sharply. Still I don’t stop myself from ripping into Johnny, really the bastard

is lucky I don’t give him a blow and leave him with a shiner.

“What the fuck, Johnny? I can’t even get her a drink without you trying to molest

her!” My tone is clipped, but really it’s much more calm than it should be. Kate’s

presence is enough to keep me in check. I know she’s grading me, waiting to see how I’ll

handle this.

“Chill the fuck out, Kyle. It’s your own fault for leaving her unattended looking

like she does. Plus, looks like someone beat me to the punch.” Before I even glance in

the direction Johnny is gesturing I look at Kate to see she’s embarrassed. I’ll give Johnny

this much that he is right that I should have made Kate come with me upstairs. She’s

hot and everyone notices, but she’s mine. Or I hope that by the end of the night she will


She whispers, “Will you two stop it, please.” She sees her drink in my hand and

grabs it. She swiftly takes a swig and holds a confidence to her I’m not used to seeing.

Her eyes stay focused, challenging me to step over the imaginary line.

I move around Johnny, who is already heading over to some other girl. Stepping

closer to Kate I keep my hands to myself because the urge to grab her and move her

away from this dick across the pool table is fierce. I practically spit out, “What are you


“Just playing a game of pool with Joe. Is that a problem?” She raises her

eyebrows challenging me again. It’s become a test, a game. She’s forcing me to play

and I’d prefer to force her to do what I want. This is new because I have to check myself.

I never used to and it always went my way. But I love her and want her all to myself

again, so I comply to her challenge. Back in the day I would already have been in that

guys face.

“Ok, let me know if you need me. I’ll be right over there,” I say and start to make

strides in the opposite direction towards my friends. I put both of my hands up palms

facing her to show her she wins. Before I turn around, I say, “Kate, please don’t give

me a reason to be jealous.” I’m trying my best to be cool and carefree, but the tension

running through me has a grip on my emotions.
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About the Author
Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing.The Perfect Distraction is her first full length novel. A second continuation of this story is in the works with hopes for a third. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.
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