Monday, January 5, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW - Keep It Safe (KIS #2) by Olivia Snow

Book Details:
Title:  Keep It Safe (KIS Series Book #2)
Author:  Olivia Snow
Genre:   Contemporary Romance
Release Day:  December 16, 2014

Eight months ago Vanessa Saint John’s life was a lot different than it is now…

After losing Gabriel, and the discovery of his and Ava’s indiscretions, Vanessa becomes depressed and turns to partying and alcohol as a distraction.

Recognizing that she’s spiraling out of control, she manages to turn her life around. Still, her mother poses as a problem, and like the social climber she is, she fixes Vanessa up with the very rich and affluent Stellen Webb.

Vanessa is nothing more than a pawn in her mother’s quest for wealth and recognition, and unknowingly Cynthia pushes Vanessa into the arms of another man; Diesel Knox, a tattooed country boy with an attitude.

Clean and sober Ava has spent the last eight months in Sicily running away from her problems, until her mother summons her back to Colorado…

Reluctantly Ava returns to a broken Vanessa, a bartending job, and an unexpected love interest. Maxwell Gallagher, a much older man, who has a six-year-old son.

Will Vanessa finally break free of her parents grip? Will Ava finally find the happiness she so desperately seeks? Or will she forever be in the hell of her own making?

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“What are you doing?” I asked my voice coming out in a breathy whisper.
“Tasting you.” He groaned sucking me off his fingers. Oh. My.
“Is that supposed to turn me on?” My stare glued to his mouth.
“Aw, shit baby don't talk like that, or I’ll say forget this self-restraint bullshit and take you against this damn wall.”
“What if I want you too?” I gripped his belt buckle forcing him back against me.
“Fuck, Vanessa, don’t tell me that.” He groaned resting his forehead against mine.
“Why, Diesel? Don't you want me?” My audacity, I justified, was coming from the orgasm he just gave me.
“Of course I fuckin’ want you, I’ve wanted you since the first time I saw you, but I’m not takin’ you against this wall. When I make you mine, it'll be on a bed while I slowly peel off your clothes. When I can cherish and devour this perfect body of yours because that’s what you deserve, Vanessa, and not a quick fuck against a wall, you deserve to be made love to.” My heart tugged even though getting fingered outside against the wall was very, uh, unromantic, having him say things like that made me trust him and want him even more.
“Okay.” I replied.
“Okay.” He agreed, “I want to dance with you.” He said taking my hand we began walking towards the inside of the house. Which made me wonder why he was here to begin with.
“Wait, why are you here?” I said pulling him back.
“I was invited.” He replied tightening the hold on my hand.
“By who?” Diesel slowed he turned to look at me.
“The girl I was playing beer pong with.” Oh. Oh! He came with another girl a girl he probably already slept with or was going to have sex with. Which made me feel cheap, and then I remembered I had a boyfriend, which made me even feel worse. What was I doing? This wasn't like me. I wasn't this girl. Pulling my hand out of his grasp I hugged myself before speaking.
“I have to find Mallory, I’m not feeling to well.” I said walking away from him.
“Vanessa, no wait. It's not what you're thinkin’. I just needed a distraction I need somethin’ to do than to think about you all day.” He said curling his hand around my arm to stop me.
“You mean someone to do.” I said yanking my arm free.
“You have a boyfriend, what am I supposed to do, Vanessa?” He loved to remind me.
“I know okay! I know I have a boyfriend.” I covered my face frustrated that I did. Ashamed that I just let Diesel do that to me, while there was still Stellen in the picture.
“I want to be with you, and it sure as hell seems you want to be with me. So, cut that chump loose so we can be together.”
“It's not that easy, Diesel. You don't understand.” I sighed my hands falling to my sides. Diesel looked at me in defeat, “fuck,” he sighed rubbing is face. “Give me a call when it gets easy.” Diesel walked away, and worse yet, I let him.
I actually enjoyed this book in the series more than the Keep It Secret (and I really liked that story). For me, this book was better because while there was some sneaking around in this story, it wasn't as in your face as it was in KIS #1.

This is still a dual POV tale and takes place 8 months after KIS #1. Vanessa's parents are even more spectacularly craptastic, but at the very least they recognized that Van was spiraling out of control and felt that Ava would be the best to help get her back on track (although Ava's actions and secrets are the main reason why Van started rebelling).

I liked how much Ava matured from book one to this story, she owned up to what went down with her and Gabriel instead of trying to make excuses. It did take a bit for Ava and Van to discuss everything, but at least that wasn't the majority of the book, it actually happened pretty early on, allowing the story to move past all of the drama from book one.

Van's mother is still trying to prostitute Van in order to move ahead in the social circles, by introducing Van to Stellan Webb, a charming young man who seems like a good fit for Van, but alas, there is a secret about Mr. Webb that I picked up on, but was actually surprised to learn the full extent of his secret.

I liked Diesel's character, he knew what he wanted and knew he had to let Van come to that decision for herself. Of course Stellan's secret is pretty much what set her on the path to Diesel. I'm not sure about Maxwell, he was so hot and cold with Ava, not to mention his interesting set of baggage that he fails to reveal until after he and Ava got together.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait to read the next book Keep It Sexy, which is supposed to be Christian's story.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

Title:  Keep It Secret (KIS Series Book #1)
Author:  Olivia Snow
Genre:   Contemporary Romance
Release Day:  November 18, 2014

Is blood truly thicker than water? 

After the unexpected death of her father, and her mother’s emotional abandonment, Ava Veneziano’s life is turned upside down. She turns to drugs, sex and alcohol as a way to cope with all the destruction in her life, inconsequence, she flunks a grade and loses touch with her favorite cousin Vanessa. 

Five years later, Ava and her mother are reunited with the family they’d lost touch with and they end up moving into their home. 

Enter Vanessa Saint John.

Vanessa is unawarely beautify, with an overbearing and controlling mother. She’s never given the opportunity to have a boyfriend or experience life like a normal seventeen year old girl. 

However, all that changes when her cousin Ava moves in, and she finally gets the attention of Gabriel Mason. 

The same boy who’s also caught the attention of her beloved cousin. 
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About the author:  

Olivia Snow lives in a lovely town in Colorado, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful but highly energetic children that she can barely keep up with. Her day is devoted to chasing after her three monsters, cleaning, cooking and often times tearing out her hair.

She loves drinking coffee eating chocolate and cheesecake. In her free time, you can catch her reading a steamy book, watching juicy drama filled reality TV or just cuddling with her yummy hubby.

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