Monday, January 9, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Exes by Aria Hawthorne

Title: EXES - A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel
Author: Aria Hawthorne
Genre: Contemporary Romance Standalone
Release Date: January 3, 2017 Publisher: French Kiss Press, LLC

When Chicago real estate tycoon Harvey Zale pings a “friend of a friend” with a flirtatious text, he never expects to start an addictive sexting affair with a complete stranger. He’s a billionaire who can get any woman he wants, but he can’t have her—his mysterious, sultry Contessa, who inspires his nightly confessions and soothes more than just his conscience from the consequences of his own shallow ambitions.

He’s determined to build the tallest towers in the world and he needs to sell his Chicago riverfront property to finance it. But when Alma Castillo, the Lara Croft of antique hunters, shows up on his land, claiming the existence of a priceless Tiffany stained glass window and doing everything in her power to muck up his deal, he knows he’s got more than a stray cat to collar and tame. She’s not only on a mission to save long-lost antiques; she’s also on a personal crusade to hate his guts.

He would know. She served him divorce papers a year ago, just to prove it.

And he’d care a helluva lot more if his ex-wife’s sassy tongue and wicked intelligence didn’t turn him on every time she called him “a**hole” and if she didn’t look so damn cute in those baggy overalls, disguising her affinity for being naughty as much as being nice.

Perhaps even as naughty as his Contessa, who unlike Alma, doesn’t know anything about his real identity or flawed, billionaire reputation, which flames his desires to escalate their fantasy relationship into the reality of one scorching night of mindblowing...

If he could only get his mind off his ex-wife—the only woman he's ever truly loved. God, woman...if she would just let him pleasure her scornful frown and turn it oh, oh, oooohhhh so upside down, maybe he could convince her to marry him again.

But no one ever said it was easy being a greedy opportunistic billionaire bastard, especially one who happens to know there’s nothing better than makeup sex with an ex… 

Please note that all of Ms. Hawthorne's billionaire romances are stand-alone novels set in Chicago with minor subplots and secondary characters that intersect, but each book can be read and enjoyed in any order. Contemporary Billionaire Romance - Full-length, stand-alone novel with HEA - Suitable for mature readers; 18+ years.

I'm all about a good second chance at love story, and that's definitely what I got with this particular story. At one point in time, Harvey and Alma were in love, but somewhere along the way in their marriage, Harvey began changing into someone Alma didn't recognize, he being so preoccupied with chasing the almighty dollar and the recognition that goes along with it. Hence the reason why she served him with divorce papers. The rumor of possible Tiffany window is the catalyst that brings them face-to-face for the first time in a year, but that doesn't mean they haven't been communicating in all that time. 

There is much anger and resentment between Harvey and Alma, but on the flip side of that is love. They both still very much love each other, but with Alma, she's not sure if she can revisit being with Harvey after his behavior during his marriage (no cheating though). Plus it doesn't help when Jacques who seems to have designs on Alma, and Nicolette, Harvey's attorney who is angling to be more than just his legal counsel. 

I love how both Harvey and Alma are written; Alma who sometimes feels inferior to her flashy younger sister Conchita. Alma is more at home searching and handling antiques for the family business; her nickname is the Lara Croft of antique hunters. She pretty much lives in her denim overalls, but that just adds to her unique charm. But for me, hands down my favorite was Harvey. He is definitely not your typical billionaire as they're so often portrayed in these books. Harvey came from a blue collar background and managed to become a real estate mogul, but his personality isn't like that of the stick-up-the-posterior that he could have been. There's something about his sometimes boyish behavior that made me laugh while reading this. But surprisingly, it's Harvey who's doing the fighting for their new relationship, and showing Alma why she shouldn't give up on love or on them. A great ending for this book, I loved every minute of their story.

"5+ Stars… Can’t say enough great things about this book! This is a must read for anyone who loves a good romance!" - Books and Boys Book Blog
"I really cannot wait to read more by this awesome author, so just going to end with HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDING Exes to ALL!" - The Power of Three Readers
"This book took me on a roller coaster ride and I enjoyed every second of it. This is a great story of how sometimes love is not lost and finding your way back to what makes you whole is so worth it." - Nerdy, Dirty and Flirty
Bestselling author Aria Hawthorne loves writing about billionaire men who lavish their women with expensive jewelry and ravish them like queens in bed. CLOSER - A Billionaire Romance was awarded a KDP Select "All-Star" award from Amazon US and UK for being one of the Top 100 "Most-Read" Kindle novels following its launch. EXES - A Second Chance Billionaire Romance novel is her newest stand alone release. Once upon a time, she lived in the grand lakefront city of Chicago; now, like a forlorn lover, she simply yearns for the day when she can return to it. You can find more information about her on her Facebook author page:

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