Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Blog Tour, Giveaway & Review: Something Great by M.Clarke

Something Great  
Something Great
M. Clarke
She didn’t know what she was missing…until he found her.

Maxwell Knight was positively trouble, dangerously good-looking, and seductively charming. He was everything Jeanella didn’t need in her life. Only Maxwell didn’t see it that way. His pursuit was relentless, making her even more determined to push him away.

Fresh out of college, life was simple and plain for Jeanella Mefferd. Every part of her life was smooth sailing; her friends, her job, and even the guy she’d started dating. Then one night, while at dinner, she spotted someone who made her feel things she’d never felt before—dangerous, heart pounding and breathless heat. Thinking she would never see him again, she brushed it off, but when she started to run into him unexpectedly, all she could think of was how he made her feel with his sweet flirtations. Everything about Maxwell Knight screamed trouble, especially when she found out he was her new boss’s son. Now, heading to a New York fashion show, would she be able to focus on her career instead of Maxwell, who had been scheduled to attend with her? As much as she tried to forget their encounters, his good looks, smooth words and determination to win her over gravitated her toward him. The next thing she knew, her mind was utterly consumed by him. Would she be willing to ignore all the dangerous signs and jump into his arms? Or would she miss out on the chance of finding something great?

“Jenna, don’t do that. You are just too adorable when you do that. Okay…I need to cool off.” Max took sidesteps and splashed water on his face.

“Tired…hot,” I groaned.

“I know, but I need to cool you down first.” His eyes lit up with an idea. Reaching over, he pulled out several paper towels, folded them into squares, and ran them under the sink. After squeezing them somewhat, he placed them over my forehead, and a soft moan escaped my mouth.

“Don’t make that sound, Jenna. You’re turning me on,” he squirmed.

“Yes…I know you’re hot, but you’re not as hot as I am right now, babe.” He sounded agitated, and a deep growl parted his lips. Reaching over, he ran the paper towel under water again. Instead of placing it back on my forehead, he placed it on my cheek, gliding it slowly down my neck, my shoulder, to my collarbone, and what he did next awakened my sex drive. He squeezed the water, letting it pour down the middle of my cleavage, which sent all sorts of crazy shivers through every part of me.

 I wanted to love this book. I've been addicted to bad-boy-gets-the-girl books for quite awhile now, so when I read the description and that's what the summary implies, I almost always want to read it. Of course, Something Great was no different. I was looking forward to getting started on it and now am just bummed I didn't like it more. It's still a good book, don't get me wrong, I just didn't/couldn't connect to the main character at all.

Jenna Mefferd had her heart broken in college when her boyfriend cheated on her with her roommate. It's a very minor part I the story, but important to set up the why for the way she dates in the future. Unfortunately, this girl never grew up. She's basically a high schooler stuck in a mid-20s body. The blushing, stuttering, stammering, and constant embarrassment were quite annoying. So when she sees a hot guy one evening while having dinner and drinks with her friend, you know HE'S going to be "the one". "The One" being the bad boy who is going to fall for her. How do you know? Because he stares at her even though he's with a date. Oh! I forgot to mention that at this point, Jenna has been dating a guy, Luke. They've been on a few casual dates over the course of a month and never kissed - therefore, NOT a serious relationship. However, this sweet and innocent woman doesn't understand this. And after repeatedly and conveniently running into the sexy stranger, whose name is Max, she becomes torn as to whom to choose.

Luke was dull. We don't get many scenes with him, but the few we do leaves much to be desired. Max, on the other hand, is adorably sweet and sexy. For most of us, the choice is a no-brainer. Max > Luke, 99% of the time. And finally, Jenna will realize that and you'll be ecstatic thinking the good stuff is coming. It does. There's a lot of sex but not a lot of substance. What I mean is that, the love in this relationship is instantaneous. There's no real moment that shifts things between them. Minor flirting and a lot of shyness in her part is somehow enough to make the player fall in love and realize she's the only girl for him. She is naive and innocent to some extent, so therefore she is the perfect girl? I guess for Max, she was.

If you're looking for an easy read that has some good hot scenes, this will do it for you. The romance aspect won't make you cry but you'll at least find it cute. For what the romance parts lacked, I enjoyed the scenes with Max. He is a good character and definitely a book hottie. Jenna's friends, especially Kate, offered some comic relief. I found Something Great to be enjoyable and something you could definitely escape poolside with.

About the Author
Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed

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