Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blog Tour: Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway for Julian's Pursuit by Haleigh Lovell

I enjoyed my first Haleigh Lovell book,  I think you will too, Make sure you check out the excerpt and giveaway!



She is the cold and unfeeling Ice Queen at the corporate office.
He is the ex-baller and reformed player who wants her.
It is pulsing between them, the sexual energy reaching for each other, seeking to entwine

Let the pursuit begin.

NOTE: Standalone novel, no cliffhanger, dual POV.


This excerpt is from Sadie's POV. Enjoy:

I stroked his leg under the table with my foot. “Oh,” I moaned, making my voice airy and breathless. “Is the food orgasmic?”

He smiled, a curve of his sculpted mouth. “You enjoy torturing me, don’t you?”
Yes, I did. I took great pleasure in watching him squirm when I gave him blue veined throbbers out in public. And I found it especially amusing when he told me he pictured playing mini golf with his grandmother whenever he had to tame the rumbling in his loins.

“Why?” I lowered my voice and feigned innocence. “Do you have a hard-on right now?”
Grinning with just enough arrogance to make him look sexy, he reclined in his seat and said coolly, “Nah. That’s my dick normally. Huge, right?”

“You poor thing.” My shoulders lifted with laughter. “Is your stiffy giving you a hernia? 

Don’t worry, all you need to do is tuck and duck and I’ll try not to laugh.”

“Miss Frost,” he chided “behave yourself.”


 ★★★1/2 stars

I was intrigued by the blurb and expecting a very hot story. I got what I was expecting with a few more surprises. I really thought the book had great promise as you'll see later on in the review. 

Sadie and Julian had wonderful chemistry. I enjoyed seeing Julian pursue Sadie even when she wasn't receptive to his overtures. I really liked how much of a gentleman he was, especially when it came to the other people in Sadie's life. He treated them all equally and with great respect and consideration. I liked Sadie too. I understood her need to protect herself and those under her care. I'd have behaved similarly if I was in her shoes. 

I liked many of the themes discussed in the book, especially the one regarding how women are treated in the workplace and the topic of how women are with other women. They added a realistic feel to the struggles Sadie faced.  I was incensed by some of her experiences, but I realized they had to happen in order for her to become the person she needed to be.

I think the story fell short when it came to wrapping up loose ends.  The book has an happily-ever-after and doesn't end on a cliff hanger, but many of the story arcs started were never completed.  These aren't minor arcs either, but played central roles to the development of Julian and Sadie's relationship and they were left wide open. I would've loved more closure regarding Sadie's complicated past. 

Like I said earlier, I think Haleigh Lovell's writing holds great promise.  I think the story could've been a little tighter, leaving out the pesky unanswered questions.  I look forward to seeing how she improves with her next book.  I do hope to see Sadie and Julian again.

*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*


Email: haleighlovell8@gmail.com

Twitter: @haleighlovell8


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