The Shore Series #2My name is Raphael Cruz. I was once a man made up of only flesh and bone. Never feeling, just existing. I indulged in the pleasures that others gave to me, and those I gave to them. That's all it was—pleasure. Physical pleasure. No emotions, no attachments. I didn't need all those feelings, didn't want them. There was no longing for love, no longing to let anyone in. Until I found her. And I gave in.
Harlow Hannum showed me what love was all about. I savored it and held it close, not even knowing I really wanted it in my life. She made me feel loved. She made me accept love. She taught me how to love in return. My heart was open to it all. My heart was hers. It belonged to her. But, she never knew. And then lies, deceit and betrayal forced me to lose the one thing that made me more than a man who just existed.
I should have told her I loved her when I had the chance. I should have told her I gave in to all the powers that love possess.
Will I ever have the chance to tell her? Will my past mistakes never give me that chance?
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See where it all started.....
Wendy's 5**** review
I’m sat at my desk, staring at a set of beautiful book covers. Giving In, Book 1 and Always In, Book 2 of MR Joseph’s Shore Series. Her deliciously handsome husband creates her covers for her, but don’t tell him I said that, the delicious part, I mean, not the cover part.
Back to the covers, quite frankly I could just sit and stare at Reuben Ondarza pretty much all day, but then you open those pretty books and meet Raphael Cruz, and well the rest, as they say, is history.
Giving In left all us Ms Joseph fans bereft, dumb struck, and downright flippin the f**k out over here!
So when the gorgeous lady herself asked me to beta read Always In, I thought about it for about a nano second. And had I been in the same room, hell the same country as her I’d have snogged her darling face off.
So there I am staying up late every night to get more Harlow and Cruz. The twist of fate they were dealt in book 1 is nothing, I mean nothing, to the desperation of the situation right now.
"Don't cry. It's not your fault. Everything will be fine. I'll miss you, Harlow, but I'm used to missing you." He takes his hand away from my face.
I think my heart actually split in two more than a few times as I read their story. I cried real ugly tears.
Watching Cruz so broken was soul destroying.
“Because I love you, Turnip, and that’s never going to change as long as I stand here and breathe the same you do” Cruz
And so we live through Cruz’s utter despair of a situation he never thought he would find himself in.
By the time he knew what love was, had he left it too late?
By the time he knew what love was, had he left it too late?
“What kind of life am I going to have? Jesus, Porter, what kind of life am I living now? It’s not going to get any better than this. Nothing is ever going to be the same because I don’t have her and she was my life” Cruz
Since its release there has been much debate about whether Harlow acted selfishly, should she have been more understanding of Cruz’s feelings. Tried harder to feel their connection.
What about her relationship with Daniel, the British hotty, oh yeah, you heard me people, A British hotty, with a British accent, and a tidy British arse. Harlow never stood a chance if truth be told. But that didn’t mean I liked it, I was fairly verbal on this point if I remember rightly.
But then let’s put ourselves in Harlow’s shoes, she has had a major accident and her head doesn’t remember what her heart felt, she needs to recover on her own terms. Daniel seems to have just the remedy for her, more than once actually *winks*.
This is hard for Cruz, but it’s a vital part of her story. And whether we like it or not, Harlow’s story is her story to be told, and we like her so much, remember, we loved her in book 1, so let’s cut her some slack in book 2 and revel in her recovery.
Willow as ever brings the light relief and I cannot wait for her story.
“I mean, my god Harlow, I’d take his British arse right out into the parking lot, get him in my BNW and show him the goods. I’d fuck that man six ways to Sunday, and upside down and all around” Willow
I don’t do spoilers but I will say this, when I read the last chapter of this book, this happened:
Me: Noooooooo - $%^&*O)O)IUYYT$£$%%^&Y&**((
MR Joseph: bahahaha
MR Joseph: you read the epilogue, right?
MR Joseph: yes the epilogue, I just sent it to you!
Me: *bangs head on desk*
And so you will have to read the epilogue too, because my lips are sealed.
However what I will say is I totally adore Ms Joseph, we’ve been friends for over a year now, and her books for me, just get better and better, she’s a romantic, like me and although you will never get an easy ride with her stories, but what would be the fun in that, you will get a love story. And an amazing, angst filled, hot, sexy, sassy, fun 5 star read at that.
In a little under a year I finally get to meet this awesome writer lady, and bloody hell I cannot wait.
The Shore Series #1Raphael Cruz doesn't do it. He just doesn't. Cruz doesn't fall in love. He's a "get in and get out" kind of guy. Ladies love him and fall all over him for his swoon worthy good looks and overwhelming sex appeal. He knows how to talk to them and tells them exactly what they want to hear. When he's done making them scream his name, he shows them straight to the door. The meaning of the word love doesn't exist in his world. But that could all change with a wink of a girl's eye... And one hot-as-hell romp in a bar bathroom.
Harlow Hannum is your typical girl-next-door. She has the brains, the beauty, and the money. What she doesn't have is the luxury of being someone's first choice in the game of love. She always comes in a distant second place, leaving her guarded with her feelings. Lies, betrayal, and secrets of her past follow her wherever she goes, no matter how hard she tries to hide them. That is until she's reunited with the one guy who can ignite the spark in her heart that's been extinguished for so long.
With sunny days, heated nights, and love lingering in the air in the beach town of Sandy Cove anything can happen. Especially when fate steps in for Harlow and Cruz. Will their blossoming friendship turn into unexpected love or will the collision of their opposing worlds be the end of what could have been?
My first book, 'Reunion' debuted in November, 2012. Meant only to be a Christmas gift to my family and closest friends, word got out, and here I am. The second in the series, 'You Belong With Me', released in March, 2013, and the final installment in the series, 'Letters to Luca', released August 2013.
Mom and wife by day, writer of contemporary romance by night, I believe in soul mates, true love, and all that mushy stuff.
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