Friday, July 8, 2016

Catching Preeya by Rissa Brahm ♥ Review, Release Day Launch, Book Tour & GIVEAWAY ♥ (Contemporary Romance)


Fight…

Flight attendant Preeya Patel wears her mother’s wanderlust-genes like a catwalk model. After quitting med school, she flies fast-and-free through her twenties—a staunch middle finger to her Dr. Dad. She wants the life of her dreams—a wild ride with a savage partner in crime to go with it. But dreams don’t often match what fate delivers…

Flight…

Young widower, Dr. Ben Trainer, is flying to Mexico, joining yet another vaccine mission, alleviating his grief and guilt one needy soul at a time. And…risking his life might just set him free.

Or Fall…

When an in-flight emergency throws Ben and Preeya together to save a child, logic and whimsy collide. Both lost souls’ find something hot and deep and true—an unforeseen connection. But dreams morph, old nightmares haunt, secrets surface. In order to navigate their futures, they must face their pasts.

Hard.

Will Preeya recognize the man of her wildest dreams? Or will Ben fly from this second-chance love before her eyes open? A fight—or flight—to the finish…for love.



I loved it!!!

This entire series is just so well done. Rissa is an expert at writing emotion, and, boy, have I felt A LOT reading these books!

This one included!

At times, I felt like I was watching a movie. This is one of those "epic romance novels" that just sucks you in and BAM! 6 hours later, you check the clock, surprised that so much time has passed. Happened to me. True story.

Ben was struggling to overcome an issue that I don't particularly enjoy reading about, but Rissa did an absolutely phenomenal job giving this sensitive topic the compassion it truly deserves. That truly speaks to her talent, that she can take something that is, unfortunately, a depressing reality for some people and intertwine it with a beautiful love story.

I enjoyed seeing Preeya change and grow throughout the book. She, too, dealt with some pretty heavy issues, and seeing her overcome them and be better for it really made me happy. I really came to care for this fictional character and was rooting for her the whole way!

This book happens at the same time as Tempting Isabel (book 1 in this series, doesn't have to be read before this one), and it was really cool to see how this story fit in with the other.

The final scene was nothing short of tears-in-my-eyes beautiful and fitting for this couple.

And Preeya's friend Gigi was a RIOT! She gave me a few laugh-out-loud moments, and a nice contrast to the more serious tone of the book.

All in all, I'm hooked on this series and love reading the true love that Rissa writes!

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









The AEDs? Preeya swallowed hard and nearly choked on the dryness in her throat. Please don’t need the defib pads for this boy. This child.
Ben’s hand met hers, as if sensing her terror. “Probably won’t need ’em; it’s just in case. Second epi shot, please.”
While he checked the boy’s carotid again, she placed the injector in his free hand.
“Pulse and breathing are slowing.” He held the shot up to his face and checked the injector’s dosage. “Another point-three milligrams…here we go.” He slammed it hard into the boy’s other thigh.
They both stared at the child. At his eyes and face, his throat, his chest…which had ceased any and all movement. The boy’s breath had stopped.
“Okay, buddy, let’s do this.” Ben glanced at his watch to note the time again, then rose up on his knees and began CPR.
“The pads, now?” Preeya asked from the floor while holding Ben’s waist to balance him through a rough patch of turbulence.
Between counts, “No, not yet.”
Ben finished two swift breaths into the boy’s mouth, now purple lips. Still nothing. “Yes—two, three, four—the pads.” Breath, breath. “But, Jesus, a defibrillator on this age heart…”
Shit, was Ben getting concerned?
“I’m going to grab the AEDs myself—Leena’s taking too long.” She spun toward first class to go, but Ben grabbed her wrist before she took a step.
Ben couldn’t say a word to follow up his touch before she heard it. A gasp.
A gasp from heaven, that’s what met her ears.
The boy jolted, his torso suddenly perpendicular to his legs, clutching his neck in his hands, air flooding into his shocked and oxygen-deprived body. The lanky and frail twelve-year-old body, now sitting up with life. Alive, thank God.
His mother came running up the aisle toward them and knelt at her boy’s feet. Ben slid behind the boy at the window end of the row and let the child rest on Ben’s chest while the child continued to oxygenate.
Preeya’s heart racked her rib cage and, officially dizzy from adrenaline and pure fear, she let her body slide to the floor then surrender back onto her calves. She swallowed back the emotion, held it at the brink. Oh God, that mother’s terror. Dear Jesus, the weight of the mere thought of losing a child made her never, ever want kids. Thoughts of losing Prana, her baby sister, swept in but Preeya blew them out again with a violent gust as quick as they’d come. No, not ever.
Leena was there the next second, heaving with relief. “Oh God, thank you.”
“Landing…?” Ben asked of Leena.
“Boise. Seven minutes out.”
“With this type of allergic event, we don’t know if there will be another episode. Have an ambulance standing by. And two more injections at the ready.”
Preeya got up from the floor. “The kit in the front has two more. I’ll get ’em. And waters…” The boy’s mother brought one back for her son as Preeya had instructed. “I’ll bring back a few more bottles.”
“Yes. Please,” Ben said, his head leaning against the hard window shade, the boy still panting, eyes closed, weak, wilted against Ben’s sweat-drenched and heaving chest.
Preeya started down the aisle, but looked back over her shoulder.
At Dr. Ben Trainer.
How’d he do it? Moment by moment, breath by breath, he’d pushed life back into the lifeless. He literally breathed a second chance into that near-dead boy, that hardly-lived-yet son of that mother, that gasping-and-grasping child, the brother to that wailing little girl. To keep it down, all of the erupting near-death and too-close, Preeya bit her bottom lip. Hard. So hard it might’ve drawn blood—she didn’t know or care. But the sharp pain did its job. No tears. Breathe, and no tears.
It had been just way too much life and death. Perhaps she’d stumbled upon yet another subconscious reason for having dropped out of medical school. Life and death. Not for her.








Luck. Lust. Love.

Wedding planner Isabel Ruiz is cursed. Her hometown of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico agrees, considering her tragic track record. Alone and loveless, she creates fairy-tale weddings for others. Her only distraction? The occasional anonymous fling. So to avoid further tragedy, her rule, one–night–only, is never broken…

Until Zack.

Self-made millionaire Zack James is in town for his brother’s wedding, when a sudden spell of depression hits. Maybe burned out by his fast and luxurious lifestyle? Not even his two female companions hold any interest.

That is, until he meets Isabel.

She humbles and captivates him, reigniting his thirst for life. With her, Zack feels more alive than ever. To his delight—and her dismay—they share a deep bond, a sensual connection, and one mind-bending night.

Zack must have her – to complete him. And Isabel must escape him – to save him.

Their game of catch and chase leads to lust-turned-love. For Isabel, it's fate’s cruelest joke. But Zack won’t quit, positive he’s the cure to her curse. Can he convince her to risk everything with him? Or will it all go south…in paradise.

**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language, and adult situations. HEA.




It’s her turn to drive.

Men take from Jana. Her dad and brother: money. Stage-side gawkers: her dignity. Still, she finished nursing school, won a spot in Manhattan’s top ER—thanks to no man. But when her dad’s business and heart fails, ever-loyal Jana Park must return to the stripper’s pole. Now even her boss’s chauffeur ogles her in the rearview. Faux-kindness—and irrefutable heat—aside, she glares back.

Because screw ’em all.

Chauffeur Antonio Ruiz is done with his cheating wife, the city, the almighty buck. His seaside home in Mexico calls. One last gig for his biggest client, the city’s strip club king, then he’s out. Except that the sharp, exotic, petite powerhouse of a woman he’s been hired to drive—day in-day out, glaring at him with those deep, solemn eyes—takes him over. If he could pierce her shield of doubt, he’d bring her home, far from this hell.

But, no. Jana’s got to take the wheel and drive. Away from her family’s abuse, her boss’s clutches…and toward Antonio’s true brand of love.

The road’s rocky. Will they make it to paradise? Or will it all go south… in the city.


Contemporary romance author Rissa Brahm grew up in New York and has since lived in all four corners of the United States, and beyond. The beautiful paradise of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico—the core setting of her soul-deep & sensual debut series, Paradise South—is Rissa’s most recent and beloved home.

When not chained-by-choice to her MacBook, she is embarking on outdoor adventures with her husband and little girl, eating amazing Indian food with something chocolate for dessert; reading good, hot scorchers in bed; biking, long walks, and yoga; zoning out to killer music from across the decades and the globe; and getting lost only to discover a new exciting route home again.

Tempting Isabel, Book 1 of the Paradise South series, releases May 24, 2016, followed by Taking Jana, on June 14th and Catching Preeya on July 8th. To learn more about Rissa and her next romances of the series, visit her website or shout out to her on Facebook or Twitter!


     





Blog Tour Schedule:
July 9TH
I Love My Authors          Excerpt
1-chick and her kindle                  Excerpt
Vera is Reading               Excerpt
July 10th
The Recipe Fairy             Excerpt
nerd girl official               Excerpt
Book Groupies                Excerpt
Making it Happen           Excerpt
July 11th
My fictional escape        Excerpt
Alpha Book Club             Review
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog                             Excerpt
July 12th
KinkyGirlsBookObsessions          Excerpt
Book Boyfriend Reviews                            Review
Shortie Says       Excerpt
July 13th
Textteaser         Review
Penny for My Thoughts               Review
July 14th
I Read Indie       Playlist
This Mom Loves Alphas               Excerpt
NightWolf Book Blog     Excerpt
July 15th
Chapter 5 by Love Koko               Review
Romance Book Nerd      Excerpt
July 16th
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews       Excerpt
Wicked Babes Blog Reviews       Review
Brittany's Book Blog       Playlist
July 17th
Dani's Book Review Blog             Excerpt
Literary Dust     Excerpt
July 18th
Evermore Books             Excerpt
Ramblings From This Chick         Excerpt
July 19th
Grammy's bookshelf      Dreamcast
night and day book blog                            Excerpt
Loves Great Reads Blog               Excerpt
July 20th
The Book Sirens                             Excerpt
Wild and Dirty Book Blog            Excerpt
Smut and Bon Bons        Excerpt
July 21st
Book happiness               Review
Elora Nicole       Review
July 22nd
Jax's Book Magic             Excerpt
Reading in Sarah's Corner           Guest Post
G & T's Indie Café           Excerpt

Blogs Taking Part in the Release Day Launch:
Blog Name
Socially Awkward Book Nerd
Bad boys and Bedtime stories book previews
NightWolf Book Blog
Penny for My Thoughts
Princess Reads
I Heart YA Books
Teatime and Books
Book Readers Anonymous
Loves Great Reads Blog
The Recipe Fairy
Romance Book Nerd
Jax's Book Magic
Captain Reads A Lot
2 girls who love books
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Alpha Book Club
1-chick and her kindle
Books, Books, The Magical Fruit
My Slanted Bookish Ramblings
Adventures in Writing
G & T's Indie Café
Making it Happen
Brittany's Book Blog
Shortie Says
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog
mustreadbooksordie
I Heart YA Books
Smut and Bon Bons
My fictional escape
I Love My Authors
This Mom Loves Alphas
KinkyGirlsBookObsessions
Books, Books, The Magical Fruit
night and day book blog
I Read Indie
Addicted to Books
Book happiness
Book Boyfriend Reviews
bound by books book review
Blazinbear's Book Blog
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Wicked Babes Blog Reviews
Outrageous Heroes of Romance
Reading in Sarah's Corner
Textteaser
nerd girl official
Dani's Book Review Blog
Kindle and Me
Southern Vixens Book Obsessions
Cruising Susan Book Reviews
Shirley's Bookshelf
Turning Another Page
Romance Novel Giveaways
For the Love of Books & Alcohol


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14 comments :

  1. This looks like a lot of great books for my Kindle. I am a quick reader Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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  2. Thanks for hosting. Good review!

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  3. I love the idea of the plot and even more so because Desi Americans need to represent more!

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    1. Hi Rahie! Hope you enjoy Catching Preeya! The story is close to my heart. Happy reading <3 Rissa

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  4. Love these amazing stories. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. So wonderful to hear you've enjoyed Paradise South so far! <3 <3 <3

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  5. Self-made millionaires have such a hard life.

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    1. Right!! But I am proud to say that even my millionaires get put through the ringer ;) (My proof reader says I am the George RR Martin of romance, for what I put my characters through :D just with the HEA ;) ) Happy reading, Richard, and hope to hear your thoughts on my Paradise South series!

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  6. super reviews and giveaways thank you so much for the chance !!!

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  7. I loved the playlist. Always like finding new to me music.

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  8. Love it! Thanks for the giveaway..
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  9. I think today's post is most excellent. I liked seeing Lady Gaga. Thank you for featuring the Catching Preeya by Rissa Brahm Release Day Launch, Book Tour & Giveaway.

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  10. These sounds great thank you for the chance.
    Penney

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