Monday, December 1, 2014

Release Blitz & eARC Review: North Star (Polaris #1) by M.E. Montgomery

M.E. Montgomery has been an avid reader her entire life, and her Amazon account will attest to that fact! Recently, several voices began telling their own stories in her head. After being assured she wasn’t crazy and this was the sign of an emerging novel, she decided to put her fingers to work and started typing, and with lots of encouragement, decided to share Alex, Kayla, and Aiden’s dramatic and heartwarming tale.

Her family considers her adept in most subjects, to include science, history, reading, spelling, and all mathematical studies, which loosely means she is the homework queen to her four school aged children. Fortunately, her biology and elementary school teaching background help her to keep up the expert fa├žade, at least for now.
Although born and raised in the Washington DC metro area, she has considered many places to be called home since she left to attend college in North Carolina. She is a proud Navy wife, setting up hearth and home wherever in the world the Navy sends her husband. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves to go camping with her family, drinking wine on the deck, and romantic getaways when her husband’s work permits.

TITLE: True North

AUTHOR: M.E. Montgomery

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2014


COVER DESIGN: Cover to Cover Design

WORD LENGTH: 104+K words

CONTENT WARNING: Sexual Content and Violence

Alex and Kayla have found in each other what they need to move moved beyond the tragedies of their pasts and are ready to embrace their future together. But the problem with the past is it doesn’t always agree to be left behind, and sometimes it follows, unwilling to let go.

Now everything they thought they knew to be true is suddenly turned up on end. Collisions between the past and the present challenge their happiness, and hiding in the shadows lurk more obstacles that threaten their future.Alex and Kayla are determined not to let these twists and turns destroy their happiness. But is love enough? What happens when lies, uncertainty, and deception entangle with their plans? Will determination be enough when faced with disaster?
Plotting a course is easy; finding your True North and staying the course presents a greater challenge.

The woman finished placing her order and waited patiently at the bar, casting her long lashes down as if she were uncomfortable with all the people surrounding her, especially the drunken idiots sitting at the bar next to her. The guy closest to the end leaned backward as he laughed hard at something his buddy said. I watched in disgust as he lost his balance and began to fall sideways off his stool. In the process, he slammed into the beauty standing next to him, causing her to lose her balance. She reached out to try to grab onto something, but her flailing arms found nothing but air. Instinctively, I reached out and caught her around the waist and pulled her toward me and away from him. She was such a light little thing I inadvertently lifted her onto my lap. She landed on my thighs with a little ‘umph’ as she grabbed my waist for balance. Unable to help myself, I inhaled her sweet scent - almost like vanilla with a touch of cinnamon; not like that strong, sense-clogging perfume used by so many of the women I knew.

“Whoa, you okay there?” I asked her.

“Oh, my gosh! I’m so sorry…” She stopped talking as our eyes met for the first time. Or at least I didn’t hear anything else. Her voice was almost like honey, soothing and quiet, calming my tired soul like a comfortable blanket. My mind went blank when I looked into her beautiful hazel eyes. There was no hidden agenda in the green and gold specks that broke up a warm brown, just a genuine look of gratitude alongside a certain wariness. Wearing a dark blue pair of jeans and a white button down shirt, she was much more modestly dressed than the blonde I’d sized up of a few moments ago. A sparkly pink scarf decorated her neck hinting that beneath the conservative exterior there was a spark of playfulness. To me, she was much more attractive for leaving something to the imagination, although pressed against me as she was, I didn’t need to imagine the full curves underneath those clothes.

Her eyes darted across my face and she appeared to be appraising me as well. She focused on my eyes as though she could see into me if she looked hard enough. Her look drew me in. I wanted to pull her closer and go ahead and let her see inside, feeling as if she could soothe all the pain and anger I tried to keep locked up. At the same time, I wanted to hold and protect her from whatever caused that look of caution, almost fear, that abounded in her eyes.

What the hell just happened to me? I had never had these thoughts before. She noticed my intense gaze and her cheeks began to turn the cutest shade of pink. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d seen a woman blush; usually they were so forward I was the one who was embarrassed for them.

“Thank you for catching me,” she said. “That might have ended badly otherwise.”

My mind snapped back to attention when she began to push off of me. I doubt she noticed, but her second hand had settled on my crotch when she landed in my lap, and the gentle pressure she was asserting had it starting to rise and twitch in anticipation of more.

I grabbed her wrist gently. “I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you not to push too hard there.”

She tilted her head sideways, not immediately understanding my words until I gestured with my eyes at our hands. I knew the instant she figured it out because her pink cheeks turned bright red and she jerked her hand away.

“Oh,” she gasped. “I…I’m so, so sorry!” she said as she carefully crawled off me.

“Trust me, it was my pleasure,” I teased, glancing at my lap.

Review by Ramona
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

North Star is a debut novel and M.E. Montgomery is a new author? I'm not sure I got that right. The way this is written, it is just, simply, honestly, beautiful. 

Life isn't totally happy. Death is inevitable and causes a lot of pain for those who are left behind. However, getting over that death (very different from dealing with loss) is, in a way, helping and healing others who've been affected by that same kind of pain. This is what Mikayla and Alex share - the loss of people they love - and what brought them together. 

Kayla has been hurt more times that she cares to remember. Apart from a recent devastating loss, she also seems to be a total loser in the love department with boyfriend after boyfriend putting her down until she completely loses confidence in herself. While she isn't bitter, in fact it's made her more understanding and compassionate, she is very insecure when it comes to men showing any interest in her. So it's quite natural when she's unsure of what Alex finds interesting in her. 

Alex is one of those men who have had a charmed life; that is, until the day he lost his twin sister and best friend. The only glimmer of light he had left was their son, Aiden. Alex dedicates himself to becoming a substitute father for his nephew despite the overwhelming pain he himself carries. But, just seeing happiness on the little boy's face makes all his sacrifice worth it. 

Alex and Kayla are drawn together, and their friends notice it, too. With encouragement from both sides, they slowly piece a relationship together with Aiden at the center. While they can and do heal each other, a part of Aiden's past tries to blow them apart. Are they both stronger now that they can build their family despite the pressures?

These characters are so real, they tug at your heart and pull you into the book. I hurt for Kayla and her insecurities, some of them more familiar than I wanted to admit. Alex is such a generous soul, completely giving and selfless, thinking of everyone before himself. And Aiden! He is such a beautiful boy full of joy and laughter. You hope they work together as the family they should be. 

There are so many unexpected twists to this story that don't stop until the very cliffhanger ending. I know it's the first part of a series but could there be a less tension-filled non-conclusion than that? There were more questions raised than answered in the last two chapters which makes it a perfect hook for True North, the next installment. And maybe there will be something about Tyler and Jen? Please?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping ME with this tour. Also, thank you for the beautiful review. This book and the next are so incredible and deserve all the success in the world.