Friday, April 19, 2013

Southern Embrace by Tamaria Soana (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

In association with FMB Promotions, Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for Southern Embrace by author Tamaria Soana!

Book Review

Southern Embrace by Tamaria Soana
Publisher: Beachwalk Press
Publication Date: April 15, 2013
Format: eBook / Kindle - 129 KB / Nook - 185 KB
ISBN: 9781937325602
Genre: Erotic Romance

BUY THE BOOK: Southern Embrace

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by FMB Promotions.

Book Description:

Can a long lost love mend a grieving heart?

Widowed at twenty-three, Savannah Grant is devastated and consumed with grief, a grief that she can't seem to move past. When her high school sweetheart, Lance Peterson, re-enters her life, Savannah struggles with the feeling that she would be betraying her deceased husband by moving on. Plus, she can't forget the way Lance broke her heart all those years ago.

Lance never stopped loving Savannah. He wants a second chance, and he's willing to do anything it takes to convince her to give him one. Will she give in and let Lance love her, showing her a passion beyond anything she thought possible?

Content Warning: adult language, explicit sexual situations, anal play.

Book Excerpt:

Van laid by the pool while Lance swam his daily laps. His offer for the house he was renting hadn’t been accepted, so he’d bought one a few blocks over. It was huge, and Van didn’t understand why he wanted something so big. He told her the built-in grill, outside bar, huge deck, and pool had sold him.

Lance got out of the pool, grabbed a towel, and dried himself. Van finally got up enough nerve to ask him about what was weighing on her mind. She sat up in the lounge chair and took a deep breath. “Lance, can I ask you a question?”

“You can ask me anything.”

She decided it was best to be straightforward. “I was wondering how many women you’ve been with. I’m not jealous or anything, I was just wondering where all your naughty, sexual ideas came from.”

“Do you feel I push you too hard to try new things? Because please, tell me if anything I do makes you uncomfortable.”

“No, I don’t feel that way.”

He dropped his towel and stalked toward her like a lion about to pounce on his prey, sending lightning bolts of arousal through her.

“Don’t move,” he commanded as he straddled the lounger to sit behind her. Lance pulled her body against his and placed his hand just under her bikini top, causing her body to shudder. “Do you like the things I say and do to you, Savannah?” he whispered into her ear as he slowly pushed up the scrap of material holding her breasts hostage and palmed her tits.

Van closed her eyes and saw stars behind her lids as he pinched her nipples while exploring her neck with his mouth. “I love what you do to me,” she replied between labored breaths.

“There were only a few. One was older, and she liked things dirty and rough. Now, if you would like me to show you everything she taught me, it would be my pleasure,” he whispered. He caressed her skin from her breasts down to her bikini bottoms as he kissed her neck. A small moan escaped her lips when he slid his hand inside her. “You’re so wet for me.”

“Oooh!” She couldn’t form a coherent thought, nor speak at that moment. The feelings he aroused in her rendered her senseless.

“I want to do many things to your amazing body. I need you to know I’d never hurt you. I just want us to find the ultimate pleasure with each other. Do you trust me?” He slid his finger deep inside her pussy.

“Yes, God, I need you.” She thought she would lose it when he added two more.

“I want you to come all over my fingers.”

She cried out in pleasure the moment he rubbed her clit, and her orgasm hit her full force. She tilted her head so she could kiss him. “Wow! Thank you.”

“You’re very welcome.” He chuckled. “Let’s go for a quick swim and then go out for a nice dinner.” 

“Sounds perfect.”

My Book Review:

Southern Embrace is the poignant story of love, loss, heartbreak and second chances.

The story opens with nineteen year old Savannah (Van) getting over the heartbreak of her high school sweetheart, Lance Peterson moving out of state. Van's best friend Nichole (Nikki) encourages her to put Lance in the past and move forward with her life. While at a club, Van meets twenty-seven year old Stephan Grant, there is a mutual attraction between them. Fast forward three years, twenty-three year old Van is grieving over the death of her husband Stephan from a car accident. Once again best friend Nikki is encouraging Van to move forward with her life. A chance meeting brings Van and Lance together again, but Van wants nothing to do with the man who had once broke her heart. Can Lance find a way back into Van's heart? Will Van be able to move past her husband's death for a second chance at love?

Author Tamaria Soana weaves a beautiful story of love, loss and second chances. Written in the third person narrative and set in Georgia, the reader follows Savannah's emotional journey of love, heartbreak, loss and gaining a second chance at love. This poignant short novella will pull at your heartstrings, you can't help but feel for Van as she overcomes the traumatic adversities in her life, the intensity of her emotions is palpable and will have you reaching for the tissues. With the loving support of her best friend Nikki, Van is able to move forward in her life and open herself up to a reunion with her ex-high school sweetheart Lance Peterson. I loved the easy flow of the story, it captivates you and sweeps you along as Van moves through the stages of grieving and getting her life back on track. Her love and loyalty for her late husband is inspirational, but her ability to open herself up to renewing a friendship and passionate romantic relationship with Lance was heartwarming and left a smile on my face. This short novella was an enjoyable read, it will simply touch your heart. 

Southern Embrace is a heartfelt romantic novella that is a wonderful testament to the power of love and second chances. 


About The Author

Tamaria Soana is middle aged, but just feels her life has begun. She writes sexy contemporary romance stories that always end with a ‘happily ever after’. Growing up she loved to read and make up new places in her head to escape to. In her late teens she began writing short stories and poetry; it wasn’t until her late thirties before she began to spin a full story.

She’s married and a stay-at-home-mom of two beautiful young girls, they reside in Western New York. Cuddling up with a good book under an electric throw is her way to escape the cold Buffalo nights.

Besides writing, she co-owns Shades of Rose Marketing and hosts a talk show on Talkshoe called Live with Tamaria ~ Giving authors a voice.

Southern Embrace by Tamaria Soana ~ Virtual Book Tour Page: FMB Promotions

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  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Southern Embrace.

    1. Hi Tamaria! I loved reading Southern Embrace.It had a wonderful mixture of emotions, passion and romance. Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book tour event. :)