Friday, April 1, 2016

Touch the Sky (Free Fall #1) by Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn: Blog Tour Review & Excerpt

Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.

Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.

The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together. Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.

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“Sorry, I didn’t mean to speak for you. If you want to—”

“I don’t,” I say, finally meeting his gaze. “I only want you too.”

His eyes soften and he exhales a hard breath as if we’re finally on level ground. I feel giddy with relief and contentment as I clutch at his hand and drag him to the dance floor. At first he protests about his drink but then he places it in an empty spot on a ledge.

It’s a pulsing rap beat and my body feels like a live wire. My hips start swaying, my hands rise in the air, and the vibration of the music takes over. Lucas has no trouble keeping up with me, though not with as much enthusiasm.

“Fuck, you’re sexy,” he rumbles in my ear. I feel his hips gyrating as he grasps my waist and slides up behind me. His hard length is digging into my ass and that only spurs me on more.

After a few numbers, I follow Lucas to the back wall where we find a spot to rest between other couples swaying to the music. He pins my shoulders against the column, his breath heavy, eyes glazed over with lust, as his lips crash against mine.

My fingers reach for his waist but he grabs hold of them and raises my hands above my head as he bites my lips, licks into my mouth and then sucks on my tongue. Holy fuck, if we weren’t in a public place I’d ask him to pound me straight into oblivion.

“I didn’t know you could dance like that,” he rasps against my cheek as he releases his grip on my hands.

His fingers connect with my neck and he hauls my lips to his again. His tongue digs deep in my mouth and I groan shamelessly as I grab on to his hair and pull him flush against me. I’m so thoroughly turned on that my eyes practically roll to the back of my head.

He drags his mouth away and licks along my jawline up to my ear as he arches his hips into my groin. “You’ve got me so goddamn hard.”

“Yeah?” I ask, gasping against his neck. “Well, I know how to take care of that. Remember, you’ll need to beg.”

He laughs and kisses the side of my head. “Not here. I’d rather have you in my bed tonight.”

About Christina Lee:

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys.

She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

NA Contemporary Romance ALL OF YOU, out now (Penguin/InterMix). BEFORE YOU BREAK in February and WHISPER TO ME in May, 2014. Repped by Sara Megibow.

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

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About Nyrae Dawn:

I am a compulsive reader and writer who loves YA fiction.

I love nothing more than writing about young adults. There is something so fresh and fun about it. You can pretty much always find me with a book in my hand or open document in front of me.

I live in Southern California with my husband and two children.

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Review by Michelle:

Not one, but two amazing authors teaming up together to produce an unforgettable male/male romance that is real, impactful, and more than just a love story? Sign me up! Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn's Touch The Sky goes beyond your typical friends-to-lovers or second chance romance as it explores the issues of alcohol abuse, physical abuse, and mental illness. A beautifully touching love story that is equal parts sexy, swoony, and significant, Touch the Sky will leave you soaring and blissfully fulfilled.

Gabe and Luke were once each other's only lifeline in a world and a future that seemed grim and at times even hopeless. When they meet up again they come to realize just what was missing all of those years and discover the possibility that they could become that for one another once again. This moving story of true friendship, kindred spirits, and enduring love is in no way one of co-dependence or of not being whole without your other half though. It is an exquisite story of empowerment, a story of love as a conduit to finding strength in oneself and the knowledge that when each man takes his life, his well-being, and his future into his own hands and becomes stronger, self-reliant, and self-assured, only then can each find true happiness both separately and together.

Two men that could not be more endearing if they tried, it is impossible not to feel for each as we learn about the many obstacles of their past, the guilt and remorse each man lives with on a daily basis, and each set of harrowing circumstances that keeps them closed off from others and even, often times, from themselves. The innocent and comforting letters each boy writes to vent and feel as though they are acknowledged, accepted, and heard drew me in while the understanding and support given in both the letters written by the boys and by those sent by the men they later became made my heart swell and kept me glued to the pages, always hoping for the best as we experience their connection, their love and their growth over the years.

Touch the Sky is a sweet and sexy story of second chances as well as a powerful glimpse into the struggles of mental illness and the overwhelming reality of not just making it through an episode or an attack, but living with mental illness, of taking mental health by the horns, managing it, and arriving at a place of peace, happiness, and strength no matter the diagnosis. Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn make a perfect and seamless team. I am anxious to read more from this dynamic duo.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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