Friday, August 8, 2014

BURIED by Selena Laurence ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway

BURIED by Selena Laurence
Blog Tour and Giveaway

Hiding from Love #3 
by Selena Laurence
Releases  August 4, 2014
* Stand Alone Novel *


Seven years ago, Juan Martinez lost everything—his only parent, his home, his life as he’d known it. Alone, lost, and desperate, he turned to the Reyes Hispanos—the RH—one of the most violent gangs in South Texas. But when you sell your soul to the devil, you pay a heavy price. Convicted of a drive-by shooting, Juan has served hard time. Finally out on parole, he wants to disappear—from the RH, from memories of all that he’s lost, and especially from the gorgeous woman who just showed up next door.

Beth Garcia grew up following after her older brother, David, and his best friend, Juan. She always dreamed of a day when she’d be old enough for Juan to look at her as someone other than David’s little sister. But he disappeared at seventeen, after his mother was deported, and Beth thought she’d lost him forever. When she finds him living at the halfway house next door, she knows he’s still the same guy inside. Determined to save him from himself and the RH, Beth sets out to prove that he didn’t commit the crime he was convicted of. But the path to absolution is dark, and even Beth may not be able to discover the real Juan.

Can a man with a damaged soul and a beautiful heart let a woman with fierce loyalty and unwavering love risk it all to save him? Or will his past bury them both this time?


Love can make you lose it all, risk it all, want it all. But most of all, love can help you have it all.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, I had not read any of the other Hiding from Love novels, but I have read Selena's Lush is fabulous!  Buried really does stand alone, I didn’t feel like I missed any of the story from not reading the rest of the series….Buried made me want to go back and read those books! Selena is a phenomenal writer….she managed to bring Juan’s character to life and make him this tough, tattooed, former gang member, but also show his soft side for his woman *sigh* I LOVED me some Juan! 5 stars. 
 It's a strange thing that when you're in hell, you can find the one or two tiny things that bring you happiness and focus on them entirely.

Buried starts out with Juan fresh out from his release from prison and living in a half-way house.  His years of being associated with the RH gang brought nothing but trouble to his life and eventually led to a jail sentence.  Upon his release, Juan runs into Beth.  Beth is Juan’s childhood friend’s younger sister.  Juan and Beth both crushed on each other growing up. Juan thought that Beth would be the perfect wife to him, she was beautiful and smart….Beth thought the same of Juan, he’d make an amazing husband...funny, smart, loved his mother, and hot as heck.

The boy I know is still inside somewhere. He may have strayed but I know deep in the very fibers of my being - he isn't lost.
Beth just doesn’t understand how Juan could get involved with a gang like the RH.  All she sees is the man Juan used to be, not the hard man he has became and she is determined to break down his walls.  No matter how much Juan longs for Beth, he is determined to make her run from him.  Juan knows that the RH will be coming for him, he will never escape his past and he doesn’t want his sweet Beth mixed up in that lifestyle.
"Our true loves never die," he says.  "We can ignore them, forget to nourish them, despise them even, and they won't die.  They wait patiently for us to find them again.  You've rediscovered one tonight.  Others may be waiting for you as well."
Beth is not one to back down from what she wants….and what she wants is Juan. These two have the biggest fight of their lives to overcome if they are going to be together.  Is true love worth the risk?

"Life's full of risks, you can't live it without taking some.  We're just learning to live, let's not stop now."

If you haven’t read one of Selena’s books yet, it is a must! Selena is definitely an author that does not get the notice she is due, she has the ability to make the words and the story just flow so smoothly. Buried is an intense, heart-wrenching, amazing, “true” love story!
"You're the only thing for me.  The best, the worst, everything.  My world starts and ends with you."
*Reviewed by Brandi


The Hiding from Love series

(Nick & Lyndsey)
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(Gabe & Alexis)
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(Gabe & Alexis)
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(Juan & Beth)
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Selena Laurence is the Barnes and Noble Bestselling author of what she likes to call Edgy Contemporary Romance. Her books have been Amazon Top 10 bestsellers in multiple categories including Multicultural Romance, Hispanic Fiction, Urban Fiction, Military Romance, and Romantic Suspense. Her New Adult romance, Hidden, won the 2014 Reader's Crown Award for Contemporary Romance of the year.

Selena lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and spends a hell of a lot of time at soccer games, on her laptop, and reading. She requires a Mocha Latte every day to function, keeps a goldendoodle at her feet most of the time, and has more kids than she or Mr. Laurence know what to do with.

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Selena is also author of the Lush Series, a story of four high school friends who form the rock band Lush.  Take a ride with rock stars, men, brothers, and lovers, as Joss, Walsh, Mike, and Colin discover what it means to succeed, to fail, to hurt, and to love.

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