Monday, August 5, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Love Square by Jessica Ingro

Title: Love Square
Author: Jessica Ingro
Release Date: July 18, 2013
Genre: Contemporary / Erotic Romance

A love triangle gone bad...

He was the one guy I couldn't get enough of. One look from him would make me melt. He was the one I always wanted to love me, but always seemed so far away. Now he stands before me and he's turning my world upside down. 

At one time I would have done anything to be close to him. But will that anything include betraying the man I pledged myself to and that loves me faithfully?

Samantha Monroe had it all. Or at least everyone thought she did. A career on the rise, a gorgeous husband, great friends and a beautiful home. So why does she feel so alone and empty? When she reconnects with an old flame, lines are tested and compromises made in a quest for happiness.

Jacob Matthews always wondered what happened to Sam Monroe. When fate brings them together after all these years, he can't help but wonder if it’s meant to be. But when he meets his perfect woman, there is no doubt in his mind she's his soul mate.

Will the search for happiness cost them everything or will their love square show them what really matters?
The picnic is in full swing when we get there. Everyone is in good spirits as we mingle, saying hello to familiar faces. Aiden is attentive throughout most of the day. He always seems to have a hand either on the small of my back or holding mine. It’s almost as if he’s afraid to let me get too far away from him. Numerous times throughout the day, he’s kissed me when we made eye contact. I can’t help but be confused by this turn of events.

Part of me is angry with him. Why couldn’t he have shown me this much affection over the last year? Things might not have gotten so out of control if he had. Not that I can totally blame my indiscretions on him, but it was certainly the driving force behind my affair.

Another part of me wants to soak up all this attention and keep it locked away forever. I’ve been craving his touch and I’ve missed our connection. The feelings I have for him still run deep.

And yet another part of me feels guilty for enjoying the way we’re acting today. If Jacob knew how Aiden was making me feel, he’d lose it. I can just imagine the anger in his eyes, the hard set of his jaw, his hands fisted at his sides. Most of all, I can picture all too clearly the hurt and disappointment on his face.

Shaking those thoughts off, I head towards the building that houses the bathrooms. As I walk by a shed, I yelp when someone grabs my arm and pulls me to the side of the building. A strong arm wraps around my waist pulling me against a solid chest. I’m about to scream bloody murder when I realize its Aiden.

Before I can ask him what he’s up to, his mouth crashes down on mine. Our tongues tangle, our hands explore, and our bodies strain to get closer to each other. I’m so lost in the moment, it completely escapes my attention that we could be caught at any point in time.

Aiden breaks the kiss, his voice husky as he says, “Sam, I want to lift this skirt and sink deep into your body and stay there for days.”

“What’s stopping you?” I ask with a shaky voice. I would drop my panties right now if he asked me to.

Love Square... I'm not sure where to begin. It was more of a love triangle until nearly the end of the book.

Initially, I thought I'd love and connect with Sam. And I did. The key word here is "initially". Since we only have the female point of view, you feel like her side of the story is the only one and therefore think the worst of the men who wrong(ed) her. So when we realize her marriage is in shambles, the sympathy is there. When her ex shows up at her book signing, you're suddenly "Team Jake". Sam and Jake start up a hot and steamy affair - and it's intense. This doesn't end her relationship with her husband, Aiden, however. Although things are rocky, both decide to try to work things out. It comes out that Sam had been having problems getting pregnant and this put a strain in their relationship. A weekend getaway filled with amazing sex with her husband has Sam in turmoil. She's now in love with both men.

It was this point that I stopped liking Sam. She carried on the affair with Jake even though her husband was making more than an effort to put them back on track. Her deceit made me so angry - as well as Jake and his role. I was Team Aiden from then on. I truly felt sorry for the man! Both were at fault for the distance in their marriage, but it seemed more like Sam believed herself innocent. As in all things with relationships, it takes two. Jake made me angry because he knew what he was getting himself into, but kept trying to pressure her into more. After a plot development that I won't reveal, another woman is introduced into the mix and now the tables are turned on Sam. Jake has control of their situation - he's torn between Sam and the new girl. Karma. She really is a bitch!

I liked Love Square. The feelings these characters brought out in me prove how intense and real the story is. There are a few surprises at the end that will have you either saying, "Well played!" or "What a douche!" - depending on which man's side you were on. I was happy with the ending, and am curious what book two will contain.

Author Bio:
Jessica grew up in Central New York. She spends her days as a Security Analyst at an IT consulting company. She spends her free time reading books and developing ideas for her own stories. Writing is her secret passion that she’s been fostering since elementary school, when she wrote her first book about a puppy. Writing has always been one of her secret dreams and she can't wait to share her stories with the world.

She currently lives in New York with her husband and three dogs.

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