Monday, September 15, 2014

As the Dawn Breaks (Dusk Til Dawn #2) by Erin Noelle: Release Blitz w/ Excerpt, Review & Giveaway


"I've flown halfway across the globe to watch the love of my life marry the love of hers."

He never intended on returning home...

Never second-guessed the life he'd chosen...

Never planned on meeting someone that would make him want more...

But everything can change As the Dawn Breaks.

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The mischievous glimmer in his eyes speaks volumes, and I—never being one to back down from a challenge—immediately slide the straps of my dress off my shoulders, studying his face as the fabric falls to the ground. Unsure of what to expect with him, since pretty much everything he’s said and done thus far contradicts what I consider to be the norm for guys, I wait for him to say something. However, instead of using words, he speaks with actions. Quirking his brow up as to ask for permission, I nod in response, knowing exactly what he wants to do. He closes the gap between us and lifts his large hands up, splaying them across my belly. Lightly, his thumbs stroke back and forth, caressing the stretched skin, our gazes locked on where our bodies meet.

“Fucking beautiful,” he hisses under his breath.

I tear my gaze from his hands, peer up at him through my lashes, and offer a faint smile. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Leo. And don’t curse around my baby,” I say, playfully slapping his chest, breaking us free from the heavy moment. Too many feels are happening, and I can’t afford to do feels. “Now it’s your turn. Strip for me, old man.”

His hands leave my body, accompanied by a scowl. “You are beautiful and I’m not old.” Then, he swiftly pulls his t-shirt over his head and tosses it on top of the blanket.

I laugh and roll my eyes, trying desperately not to gawk at his very toned and very tan torso, but as usual, I fail epically. The tattoo of a lion’s profile inked across his left pec catches my attention instantly, and without his permission, I reach up and trace it with my fingertip, closely studying the intricate design. Entwined into the tendrils of the mane, a quote is hidden: Courage without conscious is a wild beast.

“Now that is fucking beautiful,” I murmur softly. “Tell me what it means.”

Bringing his forefinger up under my chin, he tilts my head so I’m staring into his smiling eyes. “Maybe later, and don’t curse around the baby, young lady.”

“Touché,” I reply with a grin. Tou-fucking-ché.

About the Author:

Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child. A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. She has recently self-published her first novel, Metamorphosis, which hit both USA Today and Amazon best-selling lists, and is currently working on the sequel, Ambrosia, to be released later in 2013. Most nights you can find her cuddled up in bed with her husband, her Kindle in hand and a sporting event of some sorts on television.

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Review by Michelle:

If you were anything like me, after reading When the Sun Goes Down by Erin Noelle, you found yourself thoroughly enamored with sweet, devoted, selfless Leo and wishing for him to find his own well-deserved happiness. As the Dawn Breaks is Leo's opportunity to finally go after what he wants, live for himself, and work toward his own happily ever after. The problem is, for so long he believed Katrina was that happiness and what's more he doesn't think he deserves any good in his life.

If you thought you were in deep with Leo before, just wait until you witness Leo's gracious acceptance of Katrina's marriage and experience firsthand his completely unselfish thoughts and feelings for her happiness and wellbeing. Within just the first few pages you ache for Leo, you crave his happiness, and you yearn for him to finally find his place, no longer having to sacrifice for the love of someone who just can't love him back in the same way. Once Leo happens upon a beautiful stranger, hope begins to dawn. If only Leo will grasp the opportunity presented to him instead of lamenting the actions of his past.

Leo's story is a passionate and highly unconventional romance. Much like the first book in the Dusk Til Dawn series and all of Erin Noelle's books really, it is totally unique with a completely different storyline than we have become accustomed to. The unusual twist from the onset made this story fresh and new and distinctly suitable for Leo.

The prologue gives much needed insight into the shocking event that occurred at the end of When The Sun Goes Down and did nothing but solidify an admiration for Leo's selflessness despite the morality of his actions. I don't believe Erin Noelle has ever told a typical or predictable love story so of course just as things are looking up for Leo and we allow ourselves to hope that his focus has finally turned inward to himself and his own happiness things never work out the way you want them to. Readers are forced ahead two brutal years leaving you anxious and just frustrated enough to keep you hooked to see if fear and stubbornness will win out after all or if one of the two will finally take the reins of their own happiness and refuse to let go.

Other than the passing of time and two characters that seem to be particularly obstinate, there just wasn't a ton of drama which I think could at least partially be attributed to the loss of two years in the story. The characters recount this timeframe as one of sadness and yearning but I found it a bit hard to connect with those intense feelings recounting them only fleetingly. I definitely felt the love and the passion between Leo and Trystan even in the abbreviated amount of time that they had together, I just feel like the feeling of longing in one another's absence would have rounded out the story for me, made me feel more, and in turn, made me feel closer to the characters, especially Trystan.

As The Dawn Breaks is a wonderful addition to the Dusk Till Dawn series. It was heartwarming and satisfying to see Leo get not what he thinks he deserves, but what he truly deserves, maybe not for his actions, but for his intentions and motivations.

Rating: 4 Stars

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