Sunday, November 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Wanting You by Ryan Michele

Book Synopsis:

Savannah 'Vann' Kelly knows the pain that love can bring, whether from family or a love lost. Being ripped from her home and forced to leave behind her boyfriend, has caused an ache she's unsure will ever heal.

Five years later, Vann is back. While her day job is kept secret from most, the threat it poses throws her entire world off balance, putting her and those closest to her in danger.

Deke Sullivan’s life has been in a tailspin ever since his brother’s death. Everyone in his life has either betrayed or left him, making him who he is today. But behind his tough persona is still the man that craves the woman who left him all those years ago. One look into those blue-gray eyes sends his heart into overdrive, anger pulsating through him.

Can Deke move past the hurt? Will what became of Vann's life after she left cause greater tragedy? Can first love prevail?

**Please note. This book is for mature audiences only. It contains very sexually explicit material, including a non-consensual sexual scene.**

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4 star review by Jen Skewes

Right before her senior year Vann's mother forced her to leave town and move to California.  Leaving behind not only her Grams, and her two best friends, but also Deke Sullivan, the love of her life.  It wasn't her choice to move and she even went as far as to try to convince her mother to let her live with her grandmother.  But in the end guilt won and she had no choice but to go along with her mother.  She didn't know how to tell the boy that she loved that she was leaving so what did she do?  She wrote him a letter.  Yes she left him behind and the only thing she gave him was a letter explaining her reasons for just picking up and leaving.  She tried to keep in contact with him after she left but Deke made no effort to get in touch with her.  No phone calls, no texts, no letters and no email.  

Deke had just lost his brother and his parents basically ignored him after that tragic incident.  Vann was the only person who understood him, understood what he needed and she loved him no matter what.  But one day she left and Deke still couldn't understand why.  He was in love with her and needed her in so many ways and she just left.  He knew that it was her mother who made her leave, he just couldn't understand why she went along with it.  At that point he is convinced that anyone he loves will just leave him, so he turns into a man whore.  He sleeps with any willing participant and generally only sleeps with them once.  There are only a select few who have the pleasure of sleeping with him more than one time.  He doesn't do relationships, he certainly doesn't do love.  He tried that once and look what happened.  But what happens when the one person that you ever loved, suddenly shows up in your life again? 

Vann left at a time when Deke needed her the most.  And now that she is back in town his anger and hurt over the past five years start to take over his emotions.  The feelings that he once had for Vann are still there deep down inside and she still does things to him that no other woman has ever done.  But he is so hurt by what happened then he tends to turn into a complete jerk.  His feelings for her at the moment are both love, lust and anger.  The anger being the one to take over.  Just when Vann thinks everything is right in the world again, that her and Deke are going to be able to move forward from the past, he opens his big mouth again and ruins the moment completely.  While Vann understood  his anger and hurt, especially given all that he has gone through in his past, his words an actions still hurt.  And she wan't about to let him get away with it.  Will Deke ever be able to forgive Vann for leaving him and move past the hurt?  Will they get a second chance at love.

I loved this story.  I honestly loved Deke despite his ability to be a complete ass at times.  He was definitely sexy and had moments where was sweet and caring and you knew deep down how he really felt about Vann.  What I honestly did love about this book was that their first encounter after 5 years wasn't all roses and perfect.  There were so many emotions involved.  You could see that deep down these two still loved each other and the chemistry between them was evident, but it was their passion and anger that fueled their actions and words.  There is honestly more to this story than meets the eye.  There are a few twists and turns along the way that will completely surprise you.  I mean like "Wow I never saw that one coming" surprise you. Wanting You is a quick, light read with a few surprises along the way.  I loved the secondary characters that were Vann  best friends.  You could not have better best friends than Sawyer and Kinsley.  And I would love to see more of them in the future.  I think my only issue was that their story ended.  I want more of Deke and Vann. 

About the author:

Ryan Michele is a mom and wife, who also works full time. Her biggest obsession (besides reading) is collecting paperbacks. When she needed an outlet and escape from feeling like "just a mom & wife," she turned to writing. And while she never set out to become an author, it just sort of happened, and she couldn't be more grateful for those who've read her books.

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