Friday, February 8, 2013

Summer Rush by Ashley Wilcox ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


Hope Taylor is a smart Southern girl with a good head on her shoulders and a positive outlook on life. Even though things are simple and predictable, Hope is happy and content.

Her boyfriend is tall, handsome and hardworking. Trent is everything a girl could want in a man and life is going according to plan, until she meets Joey Puccino.

Although Joey is arrogant and gets under her skin, Hope is still drawn to him and her body craves him like a bad drug. Even though she knows it is wrong, the attraction Hope feels is undeniable.

Will Hope choose her simple, yet comfortable life with Trent? Or will she give in to the desire and pull she feels for Joey?

Summer Rush was a cute, sweet, fun read.  It's a story about how much your life can change in one summer, and how what you thought you always wanted may not be what you need. 3 stars
Hope is a sweet girl that sacrifices her social life taking care of her mother and studying for nursing school.  She has the perfect, attentive boyfriend Trent, and loves to surf in the morning when is the only time she has any free time. Then she meets Joey Puccino and everything changes for her. Joey is cocky, rude, and extremely hot and Hope is instantly attracted to him. Joey is nothing like she wants or needs, so why is it she can't stop thinking about him? Secrets are revealed, some to close to home and Hope has a big decision to make......does she follow her heart or does she chose to live her life the way she thinks it was meant to be?

Like I mentioned, this is cute read.  There were a few issues for me like the time jumping around too fast, not enough description, and I was confused about the ending.  The ending was like a cliffhanger, but wasn't! I just felt like Hope and Joey's story is not complete, and I frantically searched Ashley's author page and it looks like the next book is Trent's story.  Even with these issues, I think the story is still enjoyable.

Joey and I take turns catching waves, taking time in between them to talk and goof around. My stomach actually hurts from laughing so much.

“Your turn,” I smile, nodding in the direction of the next wave growing in front of us.

“Ride it with me,” he says with a grin.

“What?” I ask, being caught off guard.

“Let your board float in and ride mine with me,” he repeats with a soft grin.

Giving him a skeptical look he continues, “Trust me- it’ll be fun.” He reaches for my hand.

Noticing the wave getting close, I realize I need to make a quick decision. Stepping out of my box of predictability, I undo the strap around my ankle and let my board free.

“Sit on the front. I’ll paddle, then jump up when I do,” he explains as I climb up on his board.

My stomach is in knots and my heart rate is through the roof, feeling his face so close to my back as he lies on the board behind me, paddling away from the wave.

Why did I agree to this?

My inhibitions are nowhere to be found when I’m around him. He brings out a side of me that I didn’t even know existed…careless and free.

Feeling the wave start to push up on the back of the board, I know it’s time. Glancing over my shoulder, I find him smiling at me.

“Ready?” Joey asks. Nodding my head yes, he continues, “Up on three…one…two…”

On three we both jump up, planting our feet on the board with my back against his chest. We both run our right hand along the inside of the wave for what feels like forever. It’s like everything has gone into slow motion, and we are in this exhilarating bubble together.

About the Author

Some may consider me a jack of all trades, but I consider myself well rounded.

I’ve waitressed, styled hair, answered phones and, most recently, worked full time as mom to my two beautiful little boys.

Then there was this book…

Everyone and their brother started talking about this book series titled Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. I didn’t really pay attention to the craze at first, since I wasn’t a big reader- okay, I didn’t read at all. But curiosity got the best of me, so I downloaded it to my kindle.

I was immediately hooked. I read the whole series in three days. Yes, three books in three days.

I kept finding all these great books that I HAD to read (just ask my credit card!).

Then I started hearing voices. Voices that turned into stories; stories that were begging to get out of my head.

I started writing them down on scraps of paper. Then I transferred them to my computer. Before I knew it, PLANNING ON FOREVER was born.

The voices in my head are still talking, so I’m still writing.

For more information about me, and what I’m working on please follow me on:!/pages/Ashley-Wilcox-Author/534100859949004

Ashley is giving away an ebook of Summer Rush at each stop. Please leave a comment with your email address and preferred format to be entered in the contest. Thank You & Good Luck!!

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  1. Really want to read this one :)

  2. Would love to read this! Thanks for the chance!

  3. Can't wait to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!