Wednesday, November 13, 2013

In A Heartbeat (Shameful Regret #1) Blog Tour

For the past eight years I haven't been living, just ... Existing.

The pain, the guilt, and the shame I carry have been locked away deep inside me for so long that it's impenetrable, until him. Until Connor Reeves.

With a sexy smile and seductive eyes, the bad boy rocker walked right into my life without warning, and now the walls I built that hid all of my grief for so long are now crumbling at my feet.

Now I am left wondering if it's possible that just as life can cause pain, it can also heal wounds in a heartbeat.

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I first would like to preface this review by stating that the opening chapter of the book is written with an event of sexual assault , it is by no means written graphically crude or overly violent; however, for some, reading about these events can be an emotional trigger, especially when caught unaware, hence my caution.

Ok, now that we’ve dealt with the serious matters…on with the review.  “In a Heartbeat” is the debut novel and the first book in the Shameful Regret Series by Liz King.  Alright, I’m going to really open up to you guys here, when I first started reading “In a Heartbeat”, after the first couple of chapters I realized, I didn’t like it…whew, I’m glad I got that off my chest…I thought, “Ok, get through the book, give it a quick, vaguely neutral review, get to the next book”.  So, I chart my course and push full speed ahead, but as I delve deeper into this amazing world created by Liz King, I find myself veering sharply, giddily off-course in pursuit of Lynae and Conner’s story.  Lynae Michaels is a reserved young woman, seemingly unaware of her graceful beauty, who’s been living the last eight years with a soul fracturing inner shame.  After high school graduation, Lynae Michaels flees her hometown and a dark secret, she attends college, focusing her education on a nursing career, while steadfastly avoiding any and all social situations.  Lynae’s dedication pays off and she is now employed as a registered nurse in a cardiac procedure lab with her two closest friends, Michelle and Gabbi.  Lynae also has another childhood friend, Sly, well, Sly is more like the big brother she never had.  Michelle and Gabbi are constantly asking Lynae to go dancing with them to their favorite clubs, they want Lynae to get out and have some fun and start experiencing life as most twenty-three year old women do.  But Lynae is still avoiding social settings, she doesn’t date and she doesn’t share her dark secret with anyone.  Lynae knows that she can no longer put off Michelle and Gabbi and when they tempt her one morning with two of Lynae’s favorite things, coffee and gummy bears, Lynae finally surrenders to the awesome power of peer pressure, caffeine and a bear shaped sugar rush.  When the ladies arrive at Club Metro, Michelle and Gabbi are doubly excited that in addition to Lynae finally accepting their offer to join them, a new band that Gabbi really loves, Shameful Regret, is playing at the club that night.  Lynae’s anxiety and discomfort ratchet up shortly after entering Metro, and only increase when she locks onto a pair of intense green eyes staring at her from the stage across the club.  Soon Lynae realizes that those sexy green eyes of Mr. Brooding Stare belong to Conner Reeves, the lead singer of Shameful Regret.  Lynae literally runs into Conner after the band finishes their set and so begins the wild, passionate and sometimes heartbreaking journey of Lynae and Conner. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic between all the characters, in terms of friendship, Liz King has held true the statement that quality over quantity should indeed by treasured.  Lynae and Conner both had a very small group of friends, but the level of love, trust and loyalty was so evident, it is almost tangible.  A phone call, with a simple plea of “I need you.” was all that was needed to drop everything, drive for hours to be there for the each other.  And yes, I’ll admit I had to run for tissues more than once, shook my fist at Conner and Lynae, and it’s possible, even giggled once or twice before I had finished reading “In a Heartbeat”.  If there was any change or editing that would or should be done, my only recommendation to Liz King, and this is nothing involving the storyline or dynamic of the book, just some minor spelling and grammatical errors, which can be corrected in editing, I just don’t want to see a wonderful take a turn at the “piƱata” by the grammar and spelling police, you know they’re out there!  Other than that, Liz King has done an outstanding job in developing the characters for “In a Heartbeat”, the realism and depth she attained for Lynae and Connor is truly amazing.  For me, someone that, admittedly rushed to judgment a little too soon for this book, it speaks volumes that the author has me turn a complete one-eighty to not only sing the book’s praises, but eagerly await the second book in The Shameful Regret Series to discover what next awaits Lynae and Conner.  Bravo Liz King, Bravo! ~Kathy

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About the Author:
Liz King is a wife, nurse and romance book blogger. In A Heartbeat is her debut novel. She lives in South Carolina with her family. Reading is a passion of hers, and writing is always something she wanted to do. Liz is addicted to gummy bears and coffee, even though her family and friends don’t think she needs caffeine to add to her already energetic personality. She’s obsessed with the 1980’s and loves to sing even though she can’t carry a tune. Liz loves college football and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains with her husband.

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