Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Tour: The One Awakened by Alexandra North

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It began a decade ago with a spilt drink and a missed opportunity amongst two people destined to be together. Now ten years on, sexually frustrated Lucia Myers is seeing her friend as though it were the first time…

Everything changed that Tuesday night when Lucia Myer’s millionaire best friend Sebastian Silver returned home after months working abroad. She took one look at his spine-tingling face and in that moment he stole her breath away, for the second time in a decade… As a single-mother, her priorities have changed; the only man in he life is her 3year old son Finn. Encouraged by her girlfriends she’s begun to date, but now, staring at Seb with fresh eyes - his appearance suddenly unfamiliar to her and physique making her mouth water; Lu decides that he should be the one to encourage her inner wantonness. What were friends for - if not to help when one was in need? She forms a plan… a proposition of sorts; one night of pleasure, I’m open to anything, with no ties - the text reads. It couldn’t have been simpler. She wants to be awakened by someone she can truly trust; one with a skilled repertoire with the ladies and one who will never want more from her – cue Sebastian - the ultimate alpha player! Sebastian accepts her offer, but only on his terms, introducing rules that she must adhere to. He decides where, when, and that one night would not be enough to truly take Lucia to new heights and show her how it should be really be done! One month it is then… The heat between them is scorching; the constant fight for control undeniable, as they struggle between the blurred lines of the term ‘mates’. Together they sizzle, but apart they are broken. They must become strangers, and forget their friendship to become lovers, for Lucia to fulfill her desires and for Sebastian to awaken her in a way no other man has achieved. Soon their time will come to an end; can they ever go back to just being friends? Forces from their past and present try to destroy their future and all the while, Lucia has this feeling that she is being watched, by another… The One awakened is romantic, seductive, witty, full of angst, and will make you wish you had your very own Sebastian Silver to proposition.

I love coming across new authors. I love refreshing new styles of writing and adore Friends to Lovers story lines. When I read the synopsis of  The One Awakened..the only two things that scared me going in were 
1. It's a trilogy and 
2. It's gonna have angst. 
See I'm an big old fat angst CHICKEN 
 So.. I just prepared myself. 

And I dove right in anyway.
 I still wanted to see how this sexy story was going to play out. 
I loved the teasers that were floating around and I just had this feeling about Sebastian Silver.  
He's intense, sexy and bossy. Need I say more?
So as I said, I dove right in. 
Here is what I found. Alexandra North writes passionate scenes and tantalizing encounters with characters that beg you to pay attention. She is a master of  details. This is a very long book so there are many details but it wasn't boring. I believe I would have to describe this love story as a slow boil. Things had to move a certain pace to set build up.

Sebastian and Lucia met in a blaze of white hot attraction.
 But well. Things didn't turn out the way they could have or should have and years go by. They are the best of friends, both leading lives separately but sharing everything as best friends could. Lucia is now single. ..that is what turns this story into something special. She now sees Sebastian again as more
 (or let's say she finally accepts ) that Sebastian is more. 
Then the Proposition of one night of pleasure. 
Well things don't always go as we want them to and then story progresses with tons of push and pull and outside attacks...mystery and of course 
But the amazing love story kept me rooting for them and I wanted to scream several times and especially shake Lucia but I couldn't stop reading.
 Sexy love scenes, with scorching dialogue kept me riveted.
Sebastian knew how to cherish Lucia in the bedroom and went out of his way to 
shower her with adoration outside of it too. 
He helped her pull her inner vixen out and she reveled in his attention. 

 I hardly recognize the wanton woman staring back at me, flushed and brazen. 
I really enjoyed their sexy times together and also the times they let their friendship shine through. Sebastian could be sexy and funny and sometimes both at the same time. 
But it didn't take long for the friendship line to blur. 
 I want to fully believe when the drama hits that all is not what it seems. I do wish that Sebastian would open his mouth and speak when I need him to..because there was a moment there that I wanted to jack slap him badly..But well of course ..the book had to come to an end and I'll have to say that this was me...when it did. I hope that Ms. North can dry my tears in the next one. . I so want to give a full 5 stars to Sebastian. ..please make it so. 

Meet the Author
ALEXANDRA NORTH is an Indie author of romance and erotic romance. She lives in the rambling lush hills of Yorkshire, UK with her swoon-worthy husband, two children and two guinea pigs Barry & Boris. She admits quite openly to being 'a hopeless romantic with a dirty mind' and when not writing, works as a Graphic Designer & Illustrator, something she's done for the past 20 years. Other 'broom up the bottom' jobs include; mum's taxi, cooking and cleaning, cake baking, family therapist and complaints letter writer, for all and sundry - she's the one who won't take no for an answer! In between everyday life's tasks, she tries to lose herself with her secret lover 'monsieur kindle'- sssh... don't tell Mr. North. Writing was always a hobby and took a back seat to University, work, parenthood and unfortunately later, chronic long-term illness. One day she woke and thought 'life's too short - I'm going to finish that blummin book!' She now devotes her time to writing love stories full of humour and naughtiness. When she isn't manically typing away or trying to be the model wife and mum, Alexandra can be found shoe shopping (shoes are her weakness), cosying up with back-to-back TV series and enjoying her very own Sebastian Silver.
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