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Friday, November 21, 2014

Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway! Felix by Elizabeth Reyes

Title: Felix (5th Street, #5)
Author: Elizabeth Reyes
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 13, 2014

 Synopsis ✿ 

They say the only good thing about hitting rock bottom is that it can't get any worse . . . or can it? 

World famous boxing champ, Felix Sanchez, had it all—the fame, the fortune, and all the women any man could ask for. When the hours of partying followed by hours spent in court and in rehab begin to outnumber the hours he spends training, losing his title comes as no surprise to everyone. The world assumes he deserved to lose it.

Only those closest to Felix know the real truth behind his sudden downward spiral. And if Felix has his way, no one else ever will. With an uncertain future ahead of him, he heads back to his roots—5th Street—the gym that started it all for him. It's where he meets the humble but mighty little Ms. Ella.

The only times Felix had ever decided to forgo the usual meaningless fling and try a real relationship he was burned badly. Now the adorable but tenacious self-defense instructor has him considering this love thing one more time.

Then just when he begins to worry that his past is letting his possessive and jaded heart get the best of him, he's blindsided in the most brutal way—he's brought to his knees—to what could be the one low in his life he may never recover from.

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 Review ✿  4 Stars 

This book took me a little to get into it, but by the end, I really enjoyed it.
There wasn’t much I didn’t care for in this book, so I’ll get that out of the way. In the very first section, I really didn’t like Felix, and I was worried that the author would not be able to redeem in my eyes. She did fairly quickly, however, his turn around was actually a little too sudden and not very well explained. It’s wasn’t enough to turn me off of the book, but it was one of the things that kept me from really diving into it.
The build-up of Ella and Felix’s relationship is on the slower side, but in a lot of ways, that’s more realistic, I suppose. However, I would have liked to see it move a little quicker, just for the pacing of the book. About halfway through however, the pace does begin to picks up.
The thing I really loved about their growing relationship was Felix’s hesitation. IT wasn’t that he was fighting commitment, he honestly seemed confused at what he was feeling for Ella. He had clearly never felt those emotions for a woman before and it was endearing to see him try to sort it out. The author redeemed Felix and then some by showing this sweet side of him. It was endearing to watch him muddle through his emotions like Bambi learning to walk. Along the way, he learns thing about Ella and her past relationships that show him what he has to do, and how he’ll have to change in order to be with Ella. He completely steps up to the plate.
Ella is definitely a strong character, so it was a little surprising to me that she would let her ex-boyfriend trample her the way she does, out of a sense of gratitude. At the same time, she is clearly a peacemaker and it was obvious that she would rather not make waves and upset the precarious balance she has achieved in her life. She has suffered great loss in her life and the traumas of a friend whom she loves. She is wary of Felix in the beginning, as well she should be, and is smart in her consideration of whether or not she can handle trying out a relationship with Felix.
Felix and Ella are so very good for each other and once they become a couple, I couldn’t help but melt over their sweet moments, as well as the fiery, passionate ones.
Then, the author threw me for a loop. The reader learns something about Felix that will give them so much more insight into his choices.
The author threw a few crazy twists at me! I definitely wasn’t expecting them, AT ALL.

The surprises and a little more action made the last half of the book go a lot faster. When I reached the end, it wasn’t a book that kept me wishing there was more, however I put it down feeling completely satisfied with the ending. Overall, it was worth the read. It is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone. I will say, it made me curious about the preceding books, I may decide to go back and read those. 

 Excerpt ✿ 

He groaned at her touch, arching his back, his arms coming around her tighter. "Ella," he said anxiously. "We don't have to do anything you don't want to."
Was he nuts? She moaned against his lips. Was she giving out any signal that she didn't want to do this? She'd jumped his bones the moment he fell back on that chair, and now she was groping him shamelessly.
She really should slow down. Felix was probably used to this reaction from girls. Where the hell was her modesty? Just when she was going to try and show a little self-restraint, Felix lowered his hand down under her skirt and between her legs.

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 About Elizabeth 

"I write because I must. It's not a choice or a pastime, it's an unyielding calling and my passion." ~Elizabeth Reyes~

USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel FOREVER MINE (MORENO BROTHERS #1) in 2010 she has since published six more in that series, FOREVER YOURS, SWEET SOFIE, WHEN YOU WERE MINE, ALWAYS BEEN MINE, ROMERO and MAKING YOU MINE, with more stories about the Moreno family and their friends to come. She's also published a second series, 5th Street which includes, NOAH, GIO, HECTOR, ABEL. FELIX the fifth in the series is scheduled to release November 13th 2014. Her Moreno Brother's spinoff series FATE includes FATE, & BREAKING BRANDON, there is also more of this series still to come. Her latest release and first in a brand new series is DESERT HEAT about the diverse but equally sexy Santiago Brothers living in Las Vegas.

When she's not writing (which is rare)she spends as much time as she can with her husband of over twenty years, two teen children, Great Dane, Dexter and big fat lazy cat, Tyson.


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