Monday, June 30, 2014

Blog Tour: The Rhythm of My Heart by Velvet Reed



Grace Rivers is your everyday twenty-five year old. She could have the world at her feet, but instead chooses to help run the family business. After experiencing great loss early in her life, Grace values what's most important: her family and friends. But she aches to find that certain someone—that one great, passionate love who values family as much as she does.

Cole Tierney loves his life. He has a wonderful family, a loyal best friend and a successful career as an ER doctor. The only downside is he wants someone to share it with. After being used and left heartbroken, he wants to find someone who will love him for him and not his or his family's status.

"Every beat my heart makes is for you. Every time it beats faster it's because of you—because you're near me, because of your smile—because you take my breath away."

Their two hearts collide by chance and an undeniable connection is quickly made.

But when others are plotting against their happiness, will their love flatline, or will the rhythm of their hearts continue to beat as one?




I really don't know what to say about this book. Is it good? Was it enjoyable? The answer would be yes to both. There is just something I can't explain as to why I can't rate it higher than three and a half hearts. Let me try to explain. Hmmm...

The story starts out with Grace at home with her niece, Ruby. Ruby falls and gets hurt and Grace has to rush her to the ER. It is there that she meets Dr. Cole Tierney. There is an instant attraction between the two, and Cole is determined to get to know her. He books an appointment to get his car serviced at Grace's father's shop where she also works. Their relationship blossoms from there.

All the characters were very well developed. Each one had distinct personalities. I found them fun, and just well, solid. I was able to connect emotionally with each character. I hope that each one will get their own stories, because, yes, I would continue reading this series.

For the most part, the storyline is flawless. It has a really good flow and kept me interested. Until a certain point. I got frustrated with where the story went. Did I see it coming? Yes, I did and that is what frustrated me. I almost added this book to my dnf shelf. However, for the sake of curiosity and loyalty to the characters I really liked (don't judge, I know you get attached, too), I pushed through. I'm glad I did. After the hump, it ended up being good and enjoyable again.

One problem I had with the plot is the suspense aspect of this story. I guess someone is stalking and is obsessed with Grace. HOWEVER, we only get a few snippets of this "stalker." This story felt like more if a contemporary romance, but then the author decided she wanted it to be a romantic suspense so she threw those parts in. To be honest, the first snippet the author included intrigued me. Romantic suspense is actually one of my fave genres, so I was actually a bit excited. But then nothing really happened. So each subsequent glimpse of stalking(?) just felt thrown in and threw the story off for me.

This book is not the end of Grace and Cole's story. There will be another book, or at least I hope there will be. The author leaves us hanging at the end and I need to know what happens!






 With our bodies aligned perfectly together, we dance; swaying along with the music as it changes and the start of “Heartbeat” by Enrique Iglesias penetrates through the room. This song is perfect because not only is my heart racing, but I can feel Cole’s beating wildly against my back. The lyrics speak volumes; Cole is already stealing my heart… I can feel it.
            So lost in the song, it takes me a second to realize that my hair has been pulled to the side and Cole’s lips are peppering soft wet kisses along my neck and shoulder.
            Goosebumps break out across my skin and desire ripples its way through my system. His touch is all-consuming and by God, I want and need to be consumed. “Grace,” he whispers as he kisses and licks my ear lobe. My body shudders in reaction and moves closer to him allowing contact with the very hard and impressive bulge that presses into my lower back.
            Dear God, is it normal to feel like this so soon after meeting someone?
            I turn in his arms without breaking contact and look directly into those bright blue eyes, which are heated and sparkling with desire. My gaze moves to his lips as his tongue trails across them and I lose all control. Throwing myself forward, I wrap my arms tightly around his neck and crash my lips to his.
            As everything around us fades away, Cole’s arms engulf my body completely so that there isn’t even a millimeter of space between us. His hungry lips assault mine and I can feel the need radiating off him in waves. Our lips part, our tongues meet and embrace, dancing with each other in the confines of our mouths.
            His taste is exquisite and his technique exceptional as he takes control of the kiss. I vaguely register his hands roaming my body as my fingers tangle further into his hair, pushing his head closer to mine. I don’t know how long we stand there so completely wrapped up in each other, but when we both pull back, our chests are heaving and our breathing labored.
            Cole leans forward and rests his forehead against mine. My eyes close as I relish the sweet gesture. “Most spectacular first kiss ever, Sweet Cheeks.”
My heart swells at the comment and his new name for me. I really like it. “I couldn’t agree with you more,” I simply reply, knowing I will always remember this moment forever.


Velvet Reed is the pen name of an avid book lover, reviewer and blogger who has turned writer.

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia; she is a city girl at heart but loves the laid back lifestyle of living in country New South Wales. Married to her first and only love, she is a devoted mother of three who juggles her very active children and their many extracurricular activities, working in the middle of the night, running a blog, and writing.

Velvet's love of reading was realized only 3 short years ago after the death of her amazing father. She used the escape into the fictional world to help her through her grief and post natal depression, not releasing the great impact so many talented authors would have on her life.













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