Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blog Tour & Review - A Beautiful Distraction by Kelsie Leverich

Very excited to participate in the blog tour for Kelsie Leverich's A Beautiful Distraction. I've got an excerpt, links and a giveaway for you as well as my review.
A brand new novel in the New York Times bestselling Hard Feelings series—where nothing’s more dangerous than a bad boy with a broken heart…
First Sergeant RafeMurano did everything to the extreme. He trained harder, he fought harder, and, unfortunately, he loved harder. And falling for the wrong woman nearly destroyed him.
Home from a deployment, and without his missions to consume him, Murano is ravaged by memories of his heartbreak. So he drinks until he’s numb and drowns himself in meaningless one-night stands. But they only take the edge off…
Until he meets Fallon.
Haunted by her past, Fallon Kelly knows all too well about the desperate desire for an escape. So when she sees the tatted-up bad boy who’s one punch away from a ride in the back of a squad car, she offers a distraction—one that quickly becomes an addiction.
Little does she know, this bad boy can love so hard, it can break her…


An uncharted electric current was crackling between them. She could feel her heart stutter unevenly against her chest while his eyes caressed hers with an unspoken profession that she didn’t understand. But she was powerless to look away from him. She was aware of the isolated moment they were spelled under, and she was aware of the tangible tension penetrating from everyone around them, but Rafe didn’t seem to care. He didn’t seem to mind the attention he’d silently drawn to himself; as if Fallon was the only one of importance at that moment.
She tried to breathe as gracefully as possible, but it was useless. She was suffocating, confused by the desperation in Rafe’s eyes. Confused because, even while she was incapable of looking away from him, she didn’t want to.
His hand lifted slowly, as if she were a feral cat he was trying to capture, as if his movements would startle her. Brushing his thumb over her bottom lip, he smiled. That one, dexterous touch melted her. Her body warmed from the inside out.
“I want you,” he whispered, his voice dripping with a desirous hunger as his lips tenderly swept over her jaw. When he raised his head back to look at her, his velvet eyes swam with a heady lust that forced every nerve, every sense to sharpen and bind to him. “Okay?” She helplessly nodded. Whatever hypnotic force had just overcome her, she welcomed it. Rafe chuckled quietly, the vibrations seeping into her as he shook against her. “Good.”
His words reassured her. The look in his eyes told her everything she didn’t know she needed to hear.

Reviewed by Stephanie
Rafe: Super yummy military guy with a protective streak and will fight to protect those he loves.
Fallon: Strong, tough dancer who owns a burlesque club and doesn't let anyone in behind the walls she built to protect herself after being let down by the ones who should have stood for her.
A Beautiful Distraction is a great read. It kept me hooked from the beginning. Instantly attracted to each other, Rafe and Fallon must deal with their demons and take a risk on love. Throw in a great family, some undesirable exes and you've got a story that will keep you occupied from beginning to end. This was the first book I've read by Kelsie and I am definitely going to be adding her backlist to my TBR pile.
Kelsie Leverich is the New York Times bestselling author of The Valentine’s Arrangement as well as other contemporary romance titles. Kelsie grew up in the small town of St. Joseph Illinois before getting married and following her husband from one Army post to another.  After eight years, they finally settled down in Avon, Indiana with two adorable knuckleheads that are better known as her kids.  Kelsie's life revolves around her family (to include three dogs and a cat) and most of the time, actually all of the time, it’s a crazy mess—but that’s the way she loves it!  When Kelsie’s not writing, you can usually find her snuggling on the couch with her kids and a good book or out on the lake with family and friends.  Kelsie is not a morning person, has a soft spot for animals, loves musicals, hates seafood, and thinks laundry is the source of all evil.
Represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
You can find Kelsie on Twitter and Facebook, or visit her website at


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