Friday, April 24, 2015

Blog Tour: The Rub Down by Gina Sheldon

Dark room

Luke Stratton spends his days making clients moan in pleasure. His hands hold the ability to drive a woman to the brink of ecstasy. As a rule, his professional touch is the only thing he gives any female client. Until a Boston marathon trainee seeks his services.

Bare skin

One year after the tragic Boston Marathon bombing, Alexa Williams must overcome horrible memories of that day. She struggles to put her fear aside to meet the challenge of the run. A rigorous training schedule leaves her body aching, and with Luke’s help, Alexa finds soothing release at The Rub Down. 

Healing Hands

Will Luke hold onto his rules and let Alexa go, or will they be able to cross the finish line together?

I am always both a bit nervous and a bit excited when I read a debut novel from a new author. I never know what I'm going to get. Will it be fabulous or will it be difficult to finish? Thankfully, The Rub Down is an excellent read. 

This story is set in Boston approximately one year after the Boston Marathon bombings. Alexa is training for the marathon and is referred to Luke for sports massage therapy. There is an instant attraction, but Luke has a rule about not dating clients. As the weeks go along, the two become friends with very strong, more than friendship, feelings. Alexa tempts him to break that rule for her.  

This story is very well written. For being the first novel that Gina Sheldon has written, it has a well developed storyline and characters.  Each character had distinct personalities and were very three dimensional. She also gave the story a nice steady flow that kept me engaged, interested, and caring about what happened next. I actually had a hard time putting this book down, but my body's darn need for sleep forced me to. LOL Well, I take that back. There was one point in the book where I got so involved and nervous that I HAD to put my Kindle down. All these bad things kept running through my head, and I just needed a breather. I cannot wait for more from this author. She is DEFINITELY an author to watch for!


Crisp white linens covered Tamlyn’s spread limbs, and soft candlelight cast shadows across her features.

“Harder, Luke, harder. You know I love when you’re rough with me.” She squirmed under my touch, her voice drowning out the soft background music. After two years in our relationship, I was accustomed to her giving me directions.

“Tamlyn, you know I’ll bruise you if I go at you any harder, and you won’t be able to walk tomorrow.” I spoke in a low, even tone, trying not to disrupt our rhythm. Every stroke of my fingers on her bare skin served a specific purpose. Tamlyn liked it hard and fast, but I preferred giving it to her gentle and slow. 

“Right now, I don’t care. My body needs this. Needs you. Danny can’t give me what I need anymore.” She opened her eyes to peer up at me. “I’m too used to how you make me feel.”

“Oh, stop, Tam. You and I both know that Danny’s good. I’ve never heard a woman complain about him.” My hands glided over her smooth calves. “His style’s different from mine, but he knows how to get results.” 

Tamlyn wasn’t the first woman Danny and I had shared. In fact, we often swapped clients. In our line of business, it was common practice. We thought it was beneficial to the women who came to us. 

“I know, but you know my needs and meet them every. Single. Time I see you.” She moaned when I gripped her hips. “I hate when you have to leave town. I seriously can’t survive without seeing you at least once a week.” Tamlyn tilted her hips to increase pressure right where she wanted me. “I even asked my husband, and you know I hate doing that. He tried his very best to do exactly what you taught him, but I swear I only moan so his feelings aren’t hurt.” 

“Derek looked like he knew what he was doing when I taught him how to take care of you.” 

A few months ago, Tamlyn brought her husband to see me. She wanted him trained to satisfy her body’s needs in my absence. 

“Now hush, our time’s almost up, and I’m not through with you yet. I haven’t heard you scream my name,” I said as I moved into position to finish her off. 

To gain better leverage for what I planned next, I placed my knee on the edge of the table. As my fingers trailed her inner thighs, Tamlyn squirmed beneath me. This was my favorite part, and I was going to make sure she enjoyed every second of it. As I reached my destination, her moans grew louder. 

Then the door to the room slammed against the wall. 

“You cheating bastard.” My girlfriend, Jennie, stood in the doorway, red-faced and screaming at the top of her lungs. Before her crazed presence registered in my mind, she lunged for Tamlyn.

All hell broke loose.

Gina Sheldon is a devoted wife, busy mom of twin girls, and the proud owner of a small business. She often travels the very streets of Boston she writes about in her debut novel, “The Rub Down.” One thing she refuses to leave home without is her Kindle. Their relationship borders on obsessive. As a beta reader and blogger, Gina shares her love of books with others, and her love of words has now carried her into the field of self-publishing. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found surrounded by family and friends, enjoying a glass of wine, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or both.

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