Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Getting Played by Mia Storm

The Jail Bait series by Mia Storm kicked off with a wonderful book in Getting Dirty.  Now, the sequel, Getting Played is out today, and I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour to promote this book.  Check out the review, book, and author details below.

Getting Played (Jail Bait Series #2) by Mia Storm
Release Date: May 28, 2015
Publisher: Tempest Books
Genre: Young Adult/Mature

Rules of the game: 1) Never underestimate your opponent
2) Avoid personal fouls, 3) Score early and often, 4) Play or get played.  Coach Marcus Leon has always played by the rules…until he meets Addaline Grace, the seventeen-year-old senior transfer on his Oak Crest High water polo team. Addie changes all the rules, mostly because she doesn’t play any games. But as off limits as she is, the more Marcus discovers about Addie, the more he finds himself…and the more he questions whether Addie Grace might just be worth risking everything for.

For Addie, water polo is anger management. She’s driven and focused because it keeps her mind off other things…like the fact she destroyed her family. Her game plan is to keep her head down and graduate so she can leave her father and the crappy town he dragged her to in her wake. But when what starts as friendly completion with Marcus turns into more than a game, Addie has to decided if she’s willing to face down her demons…and possibly ruin the man she may or may not be falling in love with in the process. What happens when the only thing you need is the one thing you can’t have?

Anyone who reads my blog regularly can probably tell that I'm a fan of the "forbidden romance" type story.  I love them, and I have no problem with student-teacher romance, unless it's done in horribly poor taste and the young person is in fact stalked like a predator, etc...  Yes, I know a lot of people would say it's not okay under any circumstances, but let's just take it in the context of fiction.

I like Mia Storm's Jail Bait series.  The first book really got to me in a good way, so I was expecting this would as well, and it did.  I loved Marcus.  This is a guy who has made his views on student-teacher relationships very clear, so the fact that he now finds himself in such a situation was very ironic.  I love how he fought with himself on this, but I also loved how the author wrote the build-up of this romance, had the characters relating to each other on such a deep level.  It made the romance so much more realistic for me.

I felt very much for Addison and her home life.  I didn't feel as if I really knew her internal feelings as well as I knew Marcus'.  Marcus was very easy to know because his mind was constantly working against his feelings, what he knew to be right, and what he knew he should do.  Addie was a bit quieter, so I felt like I knew more by how Marcus viewed her, which was fine, because all in all, it worked for me.

I did feel like the conflict toward the end was somewhat predictable, but then again, someone had to be the ones to do, so it makes sense that it would be the ones it turned out to be.  My only real issue with the story was line editing that needed to be done.  There were quite a few, and I mean a lot, of wrong words, words out of order, words missing, etc...  I think it could have used another edit, but because I was so into the story, I overlooked it and read on.  (Note: Since writing this review, I have learned that the copy I read was finished only the day before I received it.  The line edit issues I mentioned should not be present in the final copy which releases this week.)

Aside from that, I loved the story, loved how it ended up, and the general conflict that had to be worked through.  Marcus was a wonderful hero for this story and I was glad we got to hear his point of view.  I read through the book incredibly fast.  Great pacing.  I'm looking forward to the next installment.



Getting Play Excerpt

     His spicy scent wraps me in a cocoon of bliss and I stop thinking. I know this because when a shard of coherent thought pierces the bubble, I find my lips are on his. I don’t even know how they got there. Not only that, but I have a death grip around his neck. In my shock, the reflex is to let him go…but then I realize he’s kissing me back. His kiss feels like liquid fire burning through me. A low moan vibrates between us, and somewhere in the back of my mind I know it’s mine. The rumble deep in his chest that answers my moan feeds my hunger for him.
     One of his hands grips my arm hard, just below my shoulder. But it’s the other one that has my attention, sliding slowly down my hip until it rests on my ass. He drags me over him so I’m straddling his lap as he tilts his head and deepens our kiss, and the hard bulge in his swim trunks presses against sensitive spot between my legs. I feel him from the tingle in my scalp to the curl of my toes. And when he moans into my mouth, the sound vibrates my bones.
     I lose myself in the feeling of his hot, hard body pressed up the front of mine; his dark scruff scratching my face; his wet, warm tongue invading my mouth and taking possession of me; the frenetic beat of our hearts, each matching the other’s.
     Time stops. There’s this excruciatingly intense moment where we exist in a vacuum, just Marcus and me. My senses dull and sharpen at the same time as the world fades out and everything Marcus is doing to me is amplified by the electricity flowing between us.
     I totally lose myself in the flood of sensations I’ve never experienced before. When I come to my senses a few seconds later, Marcus has set me on the cement and is staggering to his feet, his eyes wide and his head shaking an adamant no. But the bulge in the front of his swim trunks puts the lie to the denial in is body language.
     “I was…that was…” He bumps into the starting block and it seems to jar him back to his senses. “I’m sorry. I don’t know why I did that.”
     I gain my feet. “It’s okay.”
     God. I’m a moron. It was so much more than okay.
     He must see something in my eyes, because his soften again. “Addie…” He trails off with a slow shake of his head before taking a deep breath and starting again. “You are this incredible…” He trails off again and swallows. “…girl. You’re a girl. I have to keep reminding myself of that, because every time I look at you I see this gorgeous, sexy, amazing woman.”

About the Author
Mia Storm is a hopeless romantic who is always searching for her happy ending. Sometimes she’s forced to make one up. When that happens, she’s thrilled to be able to share those stories with her readers. She lives in California and spends much of her time in the sun with a book in one hand and a mug of black coffee in the other, or hiking the trails in Yosemite.

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