Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Blog Tour: Stumbling In by M.R. Joseph


Everyone in Sandy Cove knows that Willow Taylor and Max Vincent are like oil and
water. They live to torment one another and if they survive being in the same room together, it’s nothing short of a miracle. Sure, Willow is rich, blonde and beautiful and Max is an achingly hot and talented up and coming rock star—but that just makes it easier for them to hate one another!

Until one night. One drunken night. It was just supposed to be a night of celebration after each of their best friends’, Harlow and Cruz, were reunited. But a few hours of civility leads to one night of unbridled, earth-shattering, cataclysmic sex. It doesn’t help that the details are sketchy in their minds because the off-the-charts after effects still linger. One thing is clear…that night changed everything. 

From that moment on, sabotaging each other’s hook-ups was their primary goal until a truce is made. A pact. No strings attached, no feelings, just more of what their bodies crave whenever they see one another. They both get what they want and no one gets hurt. 

Until someone does. Until love and tragedy gets in the way. The heat between Willow and Max is undeniable but will that spark of desire be enough to sustain them through the pain and heartache that threatens them?

4 Star Review by Jennifer Hagen

 I loved the prologue!   Condoms all over the floor.  Woohoo.  I think I hit the jackpot!!  I couldn’t wait to delve into the story to see where this one night of sex will take Max and Willow.  The story begins the night that Cruz and Harlow got back together and subsequently engaged, which is immediately following the first book.   It should be noted that Max and Willow HATE each other and can never find anything positive or amicable between each other .  They are appalled that they let this happen.  It shall never be spoken of again, and no friends will ever find out this happened – at least they can agree on this.  

Willow comes from a life of luxury.  She is an only child and has never wanted for anything in her life.  Her parents have surrounded her with opulent gifts and materialistic items.  Willow is shallow.  I really don’t know how to nicely coat this description, but she is. Willow got on my nerves like nails running on a chalkboard.  I didn’t recall her being that shallow in the previous books, but since this her story I suppose we got to see more depth of her character.   One thing Willow does have going for her is she is fiercely protective of her friends.  She may become a little harsh in her words when she suspects her friends are making a bad decision, but she does it with their best interests in mind.

Max isn’t from money.  He holds a degree in mechanical engineering, but that isn’t where his heart lies.  He loves music and is the lead singer in his band.  His dream is to become successful making music and he is given the chance to take his band on the road.  Go Max!  Go chase your dreams.  Max also loves his friends and if it means going to war with Willow to protect them from her words, he will gladly take on the attack.

Max and Willow have the most antagonistic love/hate relationship I have ever come across!  They don’t want each other, but yet are vagina and cock blocking at every opportunity.  Is it to make the other person miserable or is it done out of jealousy?   Are their actions transparent for others to see?  Cruz plays a good part in opening up Willow’s eyes to what she refuses to see.

“You don’t think I know but I do.  I see it without seeing it.  I hear you when you think I don’t.  If you’re in love with him then tell him before he goes off on this tour and fucks everything with two legs.  This isn’t about you two fucking around anymore.  I see the way you look at him when you think no one else is watching.  I’m the one who can see.”

Oh a tour…possible groupies…angst.  I’m in love.  But that’s not the pinnacle of the angst…nope.  Max and Willow may get their feelings out in the open, but when the L word comes into play, it scares the crap out of one of them, and on a day when an arm is needed for support in order to remain standing the other one is nowhere to be found.   Realization of the mistake may come too late.

“I want it all with you and I’m so sorry I ran, but you’re what I want.  I want us.  Of all the people in this crazy world I want the craziest one…you.”

It may take more than words to be granted forgiveness.  Do you remember the 80’s movie “Say Anything” and the grand gesture John Cusack gave with the jukebox on his shoulder??  The grand gesture in this book tops that. Brilliant!  Absolutely brilliant. 

“I will never hurt you again.  You’re my life.  You’re my greatest gift, the best song that has ever been sung.  I love you.”

Visiting old friends in a series is one of my favorite things.  The entire gang was present during Max and Willow’s story, and I look forward to revisiting them again in Porter’s story.  In fact, I see the author is planning on 6 books total in the Shore Series and with Max/Willow being #3, we have plenty more chances to see everybody. 

Excerpt From Max-
Stumbling In-The Shore Series Book 3

I go to her and place my hand on her shoulder, and she turns around and I’m faced with the most unexpected thing that I think has ever happened. Willow turns around and grabs handfuls of my shirt and pulls me to her soft, wanting lips. She kisses me, and it’s just not a kiss that breathes lust but it breathes the fire of passion, of meaning. It makes my hair stand on end and leaves the skin beneath electrified. The soft motion of her mouth with mine, the scent of her hair and the taste of her tongue dancing inside my mouth, spins me into oblivion. There’s more to this kiss. I feel it in my bones. I feel it in my soul. She kisses me like we are music. We are the rhythm joining together with the notes and the melody. I grasp the back of her head and thread my fingers in her hair softly. I deepen the kiss and I reach the point where I swim in this moment so deep that I don’t want to come to the surface… and that’s when she pulls away and I know I’m fucked. 

I’m so fucking fucked.

She holds her lips with her long, slender fingers. Her eyes find mine and I’m still lost in whatever that was. I can’t even ask her because I can’t even speak. It wasn’t the normal wanton kiss that happens between us when we just use each other. No, oh no, this was something else. 

“Willow…” She holds up her hand to stop me.

“Let’s just leave it at that, Max.”
I walk past her slowly as I hear the relentlessness of the bus’s horn and slide open the door to her room. I turn around and she’s already back to leaning on the rail. Her body turned to the calm waters. The sun shines down on her bare, bronzed shoulders and the wind picks up and blows her hair around again. It’s the last time I’ll see her in person for a while and after that kiss, my head and something else right at this very moment doesn’t want it to be the last time. It’s not the right time to analyze what that kiss was. Maybe it was a goodbye kiss. A proper send off. The end of whatever we were to each other. Was it a blessing for me to go and see where it goes with Cora? What was that? I’ll tell you what it was. The unexpected.

“I’ll miss you, Willow.” Not being so sure she can hear me, I say it as I walk out the door.  I leave her with my brain consisting of mush and my lips already feeling some sort of loss. 

Most of all… a lot to think about.


I'm a book nerd turned writer who loves the 'Happily Ever After' mixed with a bit of suspense, drama, and the occasional cliffhanger! My love of books started me on my writing journey. I began writing my first book in July 2012 and since that time I have created 2 series. The first series 'The Reunion Series' debuted in November 2012 and two books followed. My new series 'The Shore Series" debuted in March 2014 and claimed Best Selling status shortly after the release of the first book. There will be 6 Shore Series books in all. I’m also the author of the Romantic Comedy, 39 & Holding. I live in Philadelphia with my adoringly handsome husband, and pretty cute kids if I may say so myself. You can always find me with the Kindle glued to my hands or in my car with the music turned up while
embarrassing my children with my mad car dancing skills.


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