Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy Happy Release Day Blitz!!! + eARC Review: Regretfully (Sinfully #2) by Leighton Riley

Texas born and raised, I found my love for dirty books rather recently.  I work in real estate for my day job and I write contemporary romance with a twist of suspense and erotica.  Sinfully, Regretfully, and Deceitfully can be read in order or as standalones.  Sinfully and Regretfully take place around the same time frame and can even be read in reverse order (will give more background on Payton and Ryder’s story).  Tate’s story, Deceitfully, will finish off the series and will be out in spring of 2015.

Title: Regretfully
Author: Leighton Riley
Release Date: Oct 16, 2014
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How do you heal after everything has been ripped away from you?
Completely devastated and alone, Tristen cannot fathom life after losing Cami and his unborn child. He attempts to find normality in his broken world but everything seems wrong.
Aria is compelled to help Tristen and cannot escape the undeniable connection she feels for him, even though Cami was one of her closest friends. She tries to help him move forward by befriending him but quickly realizes that there is more.
Tristen and Aria are both struggling to deal with these confusing emotions. Can they find happiness even when they feel utterly broken?

“That’s why you took me to your place?  To have your way with me since you’re a pro surfer now and could probably have any guy you wanted?”  I responded in all seriousness.

“Well, I mean, no it’s not like that.  I just-” I shut her up by leaning in and giving a chaste kiss, followed by a deeper, open mouthed kiss.  Her hands found the back of my head and she started kneading and pulling on my hair. 

It felt fucking amazing to be able to feel wanted again.  Her lips were soft and plump while her tongue took a moment to find a good rhythm. She definitely wasn’t an expert at it. 

Cami.  I pushed the thought to the back of my mind.  I deserved to live again.  I wanted this.  For the first time in almost a year, I wanted to be with someone.   

Grasping the hem of my shirt, Mica fumbled to pull it over my head.  I smiled thinking how inexperienced she was.  Standing up, I pulled on her top and she stood, raised her arms, and watched without movement as I took in her beautiful body.

Regretfully (Sinfully #2)
by Leighton Riley
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

After enjoying Sinfully, I knew what my reaction would be after reading Leighton Riley's next installment, Regretfully. Thank goodness I wasn't wrong!
Regretfully happens almost at the same time as Sinfully, so they can be read separately although you'll enjoy this volume more if you already have the backstory of the first. 
Tristen was someone I really felt sorry for; he lost everyone he cared for in a day. His girl, his child, his best friend, they were all swept away by a cruel ocean wave. What else did he have to live for? While he was trying to get his life back to normal, the grief still crippled him from time to time. He was afraid he'd never know if the day would be normal. 
In the midst of all this, he meets Cami's friend Aria. Although they don't look alike, they exude the same vibe and are quite similar in their thoughts and actions. Creepy as it may sound, Tristen wants to get close to her, simply because she reminds him of his lost Cami and she helps him keep Cami's memory alive while adding new ones of a side of her he never knew. 
Aria's finding Tristen hard to refuse, even if she's currently involved with someone else! Not that Tristen instigates anything, but she feels an attraction to him that she's desperately trying to bury. Why would she be so attracted to a man she can't have while in a relationship with someone who cares for her deeply?
There would be too many spoilers if I get more detailed with the storyline so I'm leaving it at that right here. I will say that a surprise character shows up in the middle of all the drama and suddenly everything becomes right. Who it is and why, you need to read this book to find out. 
I loved the way this was laid out; while I thought what happened could happen, it seemed a little farfetched but the explanations are plausible enough for me to believe them. And the developments afterward are worth all the anguish in book 1. Beautifully done. 
Though the ending of Regretfully isn't a cliffhanger, in a way it's not clean. Tate definitely has some issues, as Aria, who needs to sort some more things out. And Chloe! I'm looking forward to Leighton Riley's next installment as I hope the problems are all taken care of there. Although I wouldn't mind a book 4 and 5 after that. Just saying.

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