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Monday, December 1, 2014

Blog Tour, Review, & Excerpt! Shiver by C.M. Foss

Title: Shiver
Author: CM Foss
Release Date: Nov 22, 2014
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This is a love story.
This is a romantic story.
Except bananas. Bananas are never romantic.
Lissa was a twenty-year-old girl trying to make it in the equestrian world. She was sassy and smart, strong and a little weird. And she had no idea what she was doing.
Ethan was twenty-seven, tattooed, tall, dark, and hot. And lugging some baggage. He’d already made it in the business and brought Lissa on to help get her on her feet. And it turned out, he liked a little weird.
Ethan made it clear that he wasn’t in the market for a relationship. Lissa was happy to learn the ropes and push her attraction aside.
But how do you draw the line when every touch makes you…shiver?
Review- 4 Stars

From the title of this book, I had no idea what to expect. Now I will never think of a "Shiver" the same again. Lissa and Steph are best friends that move out to a small town to pursue their dreams after graduating high school. They both have a little bit of a wild side to them and party together. Lissa had just had her heart broken by her ex-boyfriend, Blake,  and is slowly getting over him and realizes that she is better off without him anyway. At a bar one night, Blake tries to confront her and tell her he still loves her and Ethan comes to her rescue telling Blake that he needs to leave her alone and let her have her space. Ethan and Lissa had been room mates previously and there had been no spark between them, but now Lissa feels the connection and acts on it. The chemistry between Ethan and Lissa is immediate and you can even feel it as a reader. Lissa ends up having an accident and messing up both of her arms, but goes to work for Ethan on his farm after healing a little. It took her awhile to get back to normal but Ethan gave her small jobs that she could handle. The whole time Lissa is working with Ethan, there is chemistry but he keeps denying it and pushes her away. He has other issues that he wants to clear up first. When Lawrence, a client of Ethan's, comes into the picture, Ethan starts to show his jealousy for Lissa when Lawrence flirts with her. Lissa and Lawrence become good friends but that is all. Ethan finally gives into his feeling for Lissa and tells her that she is his now. Lissa goes with Ethan to meet his mom and they hit it off immediately. His mother loves her! Ethan ends up meeting Lissa's family and they all accept and love him.

When Lissa and Ethan end up having little Thomas, you assume that things are going to be happily ever after with no issues, but they are not. The trials and struggles that Lissa and Ethan have to go through with Thomas make you realize that their love is strong and can endure pretty much anything. In out society today, people often give up when faced with struggles but it was so nice to read this story where they did not give up and came together as husband and wife to figure out the problem and help each other through the hard times. 

There was a HEA and it made you feel all warm inside because of all that these two had been through! This was such a good read from CM Foss. This was a cowboy that was hardworking and serious about getting what he wanted. Lissa was also hard working and dedicated to making their relationship work as well.  I look forward to more from this Author.
“Dance with me?” Lawrence’s voice behind me pulled me from my musings.
I turned with a smile. “Why thank you, sir.”
I followed him onto the dance floor, the orchestra playing a Frank Sinatra ballad. He swept me into his arms like, well, like the perfect gay best friend.
“Don’t you say it.”
“Say what?” I asked innocently.
“I am not your gay best friend. I have sisters. They took dance lessons. My mom made me partner them.”
I couldn’t help laughing loudly, drawing some disapproving glances. He quickly spun me and dipped me in playful retaliation. As he drew me back up, I stood staring straight into Ethan’s heated gaze. 
“Can I cut in?” he asked without breaking our eye contact. 
From the corner of my eye, I caught Lawrence nodding and stepping away before I was pulled flush to Ethan and we glided across the floor. 
“You look absolutely stunning.” He breathed softly into my ear, his right hand settling low, really low, on my bare back, and I shivered.
“Cold?” I felt him smile.
“No, I’m not cold,” I stated quietly, enjoying the feel of being in his arms, the texture of him beneath his tuxedo, and the touch of our hands. 
“Are you having fun tonight?”
“I am.” I nodded slowly. “I didn’t know you would be here.”
“I came as a trophy.”
I pulled back to look in his eyes. “Whose trophy? And why?” I was a little irrationally angry and felt stupid that I thought we were having a kind of moment, only to find out he was here with someone else.
“Why are you angry? You do realize you’re here with a date too, right?”
I waved him off. “Lawrence and I are just friends. He’s my arm candy for the night. And maybe a kiss at midnight if I get tipsy enough.”
He glared at me, jaw flexing back and forth. “You’re just friends who sleep together?”
“No. Just friends. As in… actual friends. Nothing more.”
“Why have you both been blatantly flaunting your relationship in front of me then?”
I shrugged. “It tickled me.”
“It tickled you,” he repeated slowly, dangerously. 
“Yes. It did. It tickled me to see your mood swings every day, and I was making bets on when you were going to start your period.”
Despite his irritation, he laughed out loud. “God, you’re weird.” He pulled me closer, wrapping my arms up around his neck and sliding his hands down my bare arms and then down my back, settling them there. “I don’t know what I’m doing with you,” he muttered softly.

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I live in beautiful Northern Virginia with my incredible husband, two awesome kids, three dogs, and two budgies. My husband and I both grew up riding and competing horses and have our own equestrian operation that we run together. In my spare time, I read through the hundreds of stories awaiting me on my e-reader.
My love of books started early, and my mom used to ration my reading time so I didn't go through them too quickly. I love all things romantic, whether it's dark or light or silly or dirty, but I really love a happy ending!
In my small moments of quiet time, you'll find me sipping on wine and reading while any movie where people randomly burst into song or dance plays in the background.

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