Sunday, April 21, 2013

in a Heartbeat Blog Tour: Review and Cowboy of the Week

“I’ve been in and out of hospitals for the past ten months. I’ve had half my liver removed and even though this time the doctors are very optimistic that they’ve removed all of the tumours, they can’t be sure. In another three months they want me here again for a check up. Right now I feel better than I’ve ever felt. I know the damn thing is gone, at least for the moment. Despite that, I can’t make any plans for the future, not yet. I need to go somewhere where nobody knows me, where I can relax and maybe even forget about all this. Where I can meet people who don’t think of me as the girl who lost her father and her brother in a car accident, and who has cancer. I want to have fun, even if it’s for a couple of months.”
When Stella decides to visit her estranged cousin Lisa in Genoa, she has no idea Italy will give her a new reason to live.

“Her gaze locked on a scene so beautiful, the picturesque beach paled in comparison. A lifeguard emerged from the water, his orange trunks stuck to his legs and water dripping all over him. He shook his head to get rid of some of the water in his hair and Stella felt as if everything started developing in slow motion – tiny drops of water slid from his neck down his broad chest and muscular arms, along a weaving tattoo on his right shoulder, and continued downwards towards his chest and washboard stomach, finally getting lost in the waistband of his trunks. A part of another tattoo peeked over his trunks on his left hip, the other part hidden under them. It was a total Baywatch moment.”
Their love is epic. But there are too many things keeping them apart.
“How could you keep this from me, Lisa? If you had told me the first day I met him, I would have avoided him like the plague. Nothing would have happened between us.”
“I kept your secrets, too, Stella.” 

My Review:

I was thrilled when I was asked to review this book. My good friend Kathryn from Tsk, Tsk raved about it, so I knew it was going to be fantastic. Fantastic doesn't even begin to describe this book, In a Heartbeat is a beautiful masterpiece to the epic power of undying hope & love.
The book opens with the carefree, optimistic & loving Stella. After a few life altering events, Stella has the desire to shake off the dust and reboot herself by going to visit her cousin Lisa for the summer in picturesque Italy. From the aqua crystal clear waters, to boldly painted shops in town Teodora paints a breathtaking backdrop for this sexy love story fixing to unfold.
Soon after arriving in Italy, Stella meets Lisa's friend Max *sigh & cue the fireworks* the two quickly find themselves falling for each other & spend every minute together. Max cooks for Stella (yes he cooks), takes her on a picture perfect vacation & even teaches her how to drive his car.
As her romantic summer draws to a close, Stella realizes she has fallen deeply in love with Max (can you blame the girl?) Due to an overwhelming obstacle in her life, Stella panics & tries to deny her feelings for Max. Is their love strong enough to withstand the dark shadows that still haunt Stella?? You'll have to read In a Heartbeat to find out!!

My Feelings on In a Heartbeat???

I absolutely LOVED everything about this book. From the charming characters, to the enchanting setting, this books draws you into one of the most romantic love stories you'll ever read. Max and Stella's story keeps you enthralled with thier witty banter and the easiness of their daily lives. These characters learn the power of hope, love and faith are worth fighting for.  I give In a Heartbeat 5 out of 5 cowgirl hats!!!


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Max, Max, Max *sigh* you can't have a more perfect cowboy than Max. The romantic, loving, determined, loyal, protective, dedicated sexy as hell Italian man Max.  *sigh* the moment Max laid eyes on Stella, he was hopelessly done for. Max tried his hardest to remain Stella's friend, but like a magnet they were drawn to each other.

Making Stella laugh and watching her sleep are a few of the daily small details Max cherishes.   He loves to spoil Stella as well. Taking her on an impromptu romantic get away & cooking delicious Italian meals. Max falls into the easy rhythm of life with Stella, enjoying the natural way their relationship ebbs & flows.
As in life, there a many challenges couples must overcome......this holds true for Stella & Max. When Stella tries to end the relationship for reasons she refuses to explain, Max becomes determined to make her realize that they were meant for each other & there is nothing that will ever break their bond.
I bet you want to get your hands on Max now!!

*giggle* sorry ya'll, couldn't resist adding another pic of Max!!

About my girl Teodora Kostova:

Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had to guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among another things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a five year old.

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