Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Take Me As I Am by Charmaine Ross ♥ Book Tour & GIVEAWAY ♥ (Contemporary Romance)



Forget the whole billionaire tycoon thing: Kate Moore is a billionaire’s daughter, and she knows first-hand that they’re not all romance novel worthy. Her father is brilliant, inflexible, and brutal – and nothing she’s ever done has been good enough for him. Her one chance to take over the massive Moore’s Hotel Corporation is restoring the run-down Burnham Beeches in beautiful Sassafras to its former glory. To that end, she hires David Wright, a talented landscaper with an unparalleled eye for beauty and an unparalleled talent for distracting her from her goal.

David really needs this job. He needs the contract, the Moore’s name on his portfolio, and the money to pay for his ailing father’s health. Everything he’s worked for is now within his grasp, and he’s going to reach for it with both hands. What he doesn’t need is the diversion, or the temptation, presented by his new boss.

Neither David nor Kate are free to follow their own desires, but they’re powerless to fight their growing attraction. But they come from very different places; perceptions will have to crash, misconceptions will have to collapse, and they will have to face their own personal challenges before they find their space to meet in the middle.



An emotional story about growth and change.

I blew through this book faster than I thought I would. Like other romances, the man focus was on the love between the hero and heroine, but this story also focused heavily on the changes Kate decided to make and how she took control of her own life.

From the beginning, Kate was very conflicted. She had earned a certain reputation (being dubbed "Queen Kate"), but she struggled with this. I got the impression that she was sort of a "damsel in distress" locked in the top of her family's ivory tower waiting to be set free.

Enter David, the lowly landscaper who does everything passionately...and I mean EVERYTHING (wink wink). He and Kate battle it out for the redemption of her self and self-worth, and David's actions, especially towards the end, were very endearing. Anyone who has struggled within themselves would want a person like David on their side.

All in all, this was a great story with a unique perspective, and a very clear message: Be true to yourself!

***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***



She rested the side of her head on the doorframe and yawned. Her eyes half closed as she watched him and he was caught in a lasting gaze that made his stomach clench. She was all soft and luscious and a sexy woman beneath that bristly exterior.

‘David?’

He hadn’t realised he’d been standing here, staring at her. ‘I want to talk to you about tomorrow’s plans. I need to make an early start. I want you to tell me if you don’t like something. I like to be up-front.’ He stepped towards her. One small step. So close he felt her body warmth reaching for him.

‘So do I.’ Her voice was so soft. So gentle it seemed as though it caressed him.

He shouldn’t be standing here so close to her because that would mean he had no control over what his body wanted and he couldn’t let that happen. The reasons. Remember them. His mind searched desperately. The first one. It was …

But when he breathed in, her scent was in the air. It was sweet and feminine and warm and set his blood on fire so that it raced through his veins screaming with an unquenchable need. He couldn’t move, was hypnotised beyond physical ability.

‘If there’s anything you think of I can do …’ Like take her in his arms and kiss her. Just a little kiss. A taste. The slightest of touches. Lips to lips.

‘I’ll tell you.’ Kate’s gaze dropped to his mouth and flicked back to his eyes. A quick movement, but one he didn’t miss.

Feminine perfume stirred in a slight breeze. He almost groaned out loud. He needed to keep space between them. She was off-limits. Beyond touch. He needed to keep himself in line. Reaching to the depths of his most steadfast will he stepped back.



       




My first foray into romance was as a fourteen year old where I fell hopelessly and eternally in love with my hero as only a teenager can. Instead of watching movies and staying up late, I would go to bed at eight thirty and continue my very romantic, very safe, love affair.

Since then, I have fallen in love with many heroes, some less safe than what my teenage brain could possibly imagine. After earning a Fine Art’s Degree, a Diploma of Secondary Education and a Diploma of Marketing, I worked as a Graphic Designer in various advertising agencies as well as in-house marketing roles and am currently involved with digital marketing and everything web in my current position. But I always return to writing.

Although I have travelled, I always return to my home town of Melbourne and live with my husband, two children and two cats in the ferny-greens of the Dandenongs. If I'm not working on my latest romance and falling in love with yet another hero, you’ll find me reading, watching and basically indulging in my addiction to any story on any media type I can get my fingers on.

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13 comments :

  1. Hi there - thank you so much for hosting me today. Cheers, Charmaine xx

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  2. I LOVE your review - thank you so much. It is very thoughtful. I'm so glad you liked the book. Cheers, Charmaine

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    1. It was my pleasure! I loved reading it, and I loved David, especially towards the end during the trip to the airport (trying not to spoil anything!!!)

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    2. I really like writing that scene as well. Is it bad to fall in love with your own hero? LOL

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  3. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

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    1. Somewhere warm. Not too hot. Not too cold. Where I could spend all day writing. Not sure if a place exists? Let me know if there is. LOL

      Fav places in the world: OK - here's the list - Paris. Venice. Rome. Bath in the UK. Isle of Skye - completely gorgeous. Launceston in Tasmania. High Country in Victoria. Anywhere wild and woolly. My Fav cafe where I do A LOT of writing and drink A LOT of coffee!

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  4. It sounds like David and Kate both have things in their lives that have controlled them. Kate wants to change that but I don't think David does.

    The review is great and makes me want to read Take Me As I Am even more!

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