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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Hart of Seattle by L.E. Maguire9:52 AMAlma Lopez
Titles - Starting Over and New Beginnings (Hart of Seattle Series)
Author - L.E. Maguire
Genre - Contemporary Romance
Synopsis for Starting Over
Ella Martin was devastated by the events surrounding her divorce. Determined to start over, she relocates from New Jersey to Washington to be a photographer with her longtime friend, Renatta. Having been emotionally scarred by her ex-husband’s betrayal, Ella didn’t believe she would ever be able to trust another man again. Then she met Xavier Hart, a successful CEO of an investment firm. She soon discovers that she cannot resist the dangerously handsome Xavier. But her struggles with her intense jealousy and trust issues start to clash with his controlling tendencies. As their relationship develops, she discovers the reason for his controlling nature over her and his desperate need to keep her safe. When her ex-husband suddenly relocates to Washington, her past and present collide in a dangerous way.
Starting Over: Goodreads
Synopsis for New Beginnings
Ella Martin, having overcome a devastating divorce, found herself caught-up in a whirlwind romance with Xavier Hart, a charismatic and successful CEO of an investment firm. As their romance quickly blossoms towards a more serious commitment, Ella continues to struggle with her intense jealousy and deep fear of getting hurt again. Ella’s ex-husband, Stephen, is still lurking in the background. Xavier’s struggle with his need to keep Ella safe only intensifies. When Stephen gets involved with someone else, Xavier is not convinced that he no longer poses a danger to Ella. When strange events surrounding Ella start to take place, Xavier believes his suspicions of Stephen are warranted, and he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. The love story of Ella and Xavier that began in Starting Over concludes in New Beginnings.
New Beginnings: Goodreads
Purchase Links for Staring Over:
Amazon: Starting Over (Hart of Seattle)
Purchase Links for New Beginnings:
Amazon: New Beginnings (Hart of Seattle)
Well this series was quite properly titled. The first book, Starting Over was the journey that Ella went through after her horrible divorce with her husband Stephen. She was trying to get a fresh start and got way more than she bargained for. As fate would have it, she was seated next to a dashing, handsome, hunk of a man named Xavier Hart on her flight to Seattle where she was hoping to start over (pun intended). Ella was completely enthralled by this gorgeous stranger, but her self esteem was at an all time low so she thought it was surely one-sided. Boy was she wrong! This series had a sexy charm to it, and the mysterious dangerous undertones of the story kept you wanting more. Xavier is one fine ass male specimen...swoony mess over here! They both fell fast and hard, but didn't care to look back.
"Oh sweetness. I already know just how good it's going to be when we get together. I've already felt your passion, Ella, that night in the car when you climbed on my lap, in the elevator to your apartment, and yesterday in my office. My god," he paused, smiling at the memory. " I would've taken you right there on my desk if you hadn't stopped me." -Xavier
In the first book, Starting Over, you get a first class ticket to the whirlwind romance of Ella and Xavier. Their connection was instant and passionate. Ella is honest with Xavier about her insecurities and huge jealousy issues caused by her previous marriage. Xavier is more than ready to take on those challenges because he too is a very jealous man when it comes to Ella. While they deal with the crazy emotions of their blossoming relationship, people from both of their past step in to make it even harder for them. Ella's ex-husband is hell bent on being an ever present thorn in her side, when all she wanted was to move on. Xavier's past involvements with women, have clearly left some of them scorned. Is their connection strong enough to overcome all these challenges, especially since everything is brand new and moving a lighting speed? Or will they be forced to pump the brakes, before everything comes crashing down around them?
"I saw you on that plane and you made me feel things that I didn't even know was there. Suddenly, nothing else mattered but you. You turned my world upside down, but you make me whole. If you were to leave me, I wouldn't survive it. I wouldn't be strong enough to go on. I'd be weak and give in to the pain." -Xavier
Despite the safety and security that Ella feels from Xavier, things are still mounting to an ultimate downpour. Their love continues to get tested leading into the second book, New Beginnings. It seems there are so many people out there that want to put a wedge between the two of them. Stephen is still a threat in Xavier's eyes, but Ella begins to question who is behind all the malicious threats to the both of them. We continue on the up and down journey of Ella and Xavier's passionately addicting relationship. Meanwhile, Ella begins to feel the growing stress and pressure from thoughts of getting married again. Even though she knows Xavier is not Stephen, she can't help the doubts that creep in over getting hurt again. The struggle and frustration for the hunt to their happily ever after is definitely increasing to unbearable levels. Can they finally put an end to the mysterious threats, so they can truly relax and focus on their relationship? Can Ella overcome her fears and let go of all the past pain?
"He wanted me. He wanted to possess me in every way humanly possible-mind, body, and soul. I wanted to give that to him so much, too. I just needed to get past my fear of getting hurt." - Ella
This story was intriguing in many ways, but it also reminded me of a couple other books here and there. The unbreakable bound that Ella and Xavier shared was the shinning light for me in this book. I was torn when I was finished with both these books, because I enjoyed Xavier on many levels...both naughty and heart melting. The author build me up to the pinnacle point and then just left me hanging with their love scenes. Maybe my books have just turned me into a huge perv, but I was desperate for more juicy details during their sexy time. Overall, the storyline kept me wanting to find out what happened, and Xavier was my sexy-hot-as-sin-in-a-suit spotlight!
"Thank you, sweetness. For showing me all the wonderful new beginnings this beautiful life has to offer me so far. There isn't anybody else in this world that I would want to share this journey with." -Xavier
3.5 out of 5 Devastatingly Delicious, Hotness in a Suit, Heart Warming Stars!
Jersey Girl - Bruce Springsteen
I Want Out - Pat Benatar
Tell It To Her - Pat Benatar
It's Not You - Halestorm
Aftermath - Adam Lambert
Glitter In The Air - Pink
Bring Me To Life - Evanescence
Lovesong - Adele
Beautiful With You - Halestorm
Tonight - Def Leppard
Feeling Good - Muse
Adagio For Strings - London Philharmonic Orchestra
Hysteria - Muse
Biggest Part of Me - Ambrosia
Author Low Down:
Lori Elen Maguire is a born and bred Jersey Girl who is currently living just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. She is married with two daughters and two grandsons. She is an avid reader with a passion for romance novels. When she's not reading, you can usually find her writing. She also has a special love of photography, football (Go Giants!), and all things vampire.
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