Friday, September 20, 2013

Blog Tour Review + Excerpt + Giveaway~ 3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore


Today, I am excited to be hosting the tour for 3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore, hosted by Inkslinger PR, on the blog. I am a huge fan of Addison and love the opportunity to be a part of the tour on any of her books. Check out my review and the excerpt and enter the giveaway.

To check out the rest of the tour, click on the tour banner above.

3:AM Kisses
Author: Addison Moore
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Genre: New Adult

~Synopsis~
Baya Brighton is looking forward to her first year at Whitney Briggs University, new friends, dorm life, and finally being close to her brother again. Love is the last thing on the list, but when Baya meets her brother’s roommate she begins to have thoughts and feelings that make even her blush. 

Bryson Edwards has a secret he prefers buried in the past and long forgotten. He prefers loose girls, fast cars, and long nights working at the string of bars his family owns. When his roommate’s sister shows up on the scene, she’s far too innocent and sweet for him but he can’t shake Baya out of his mind and worse, it looks like she’s seeping into his heart as well. 

Baya seems determined to show her brother she’s not a little kid and equally determined to use Bryson’s body to prove her point. It’s been made pretty clear that Baya is off limits to Bryson but their undeniable sparks explode into a whole lot more than just a few 3:AM KISSES.

New Adult *Intended for mature audiences.



~Prelude~
I absolutely adore Addison Moore and I have read all of her books. I think she is an excellent writer and when I saw she had another new adult series coming out, I couldn’t wait to read it. I love a good forbidden romance and 3:AM Kisses doesn’t disappoint.

~Review~

3:AM Kisses was a very enjoyable read and a great new adult novel. While it held my attention and it had some really interesting plot twists. It did hold some of the NA clichés that I’m getting a little burnt out on; primarily man-whores and insta-love.

First of all, I freaking adored Baya. She is so cute and innocent and naïve. She has spent her whole life being the good girl and she has a very overprotective big brother. He has smothered her a bit and sheltered her to the point of nausea. I loved being inside Baya’s head because she is funny and the inner workings of her thoughts, especially when it comes to sex, were hilarious. Even though I felt like she was a pretty strong character, she definitely showed her age and inexperience when it came to Bryson. However, I totally get it and felt like the way she behaved to get his attention was definitely realistic.

“I wish Bryson were some big bully who gave new meaning to fornicating frat boys everywhere, but, he’s not, he’s a downright nice guy who just so happens to keep a careful accounting of girls he’s had his way with.”

Bryson is a good guy but he is definitely what you would consider the typical NA man-whore. He doesn’t do relationships or love. He sleeps around a lot with a lot of different girls. He has his reasons and it is obvious he is hurting and living with some sort of guilt. He doesn’t feel like he deserves to love or be loved by someone. I wasn’t a big fan of him at first because I felt like he was a little cocky and he flaunted his whorish lifestyle right in front of Baya. However, I felt like he changed a lot when he realized his feelings for her and I definitely saw a lot of growth in him. I liked how caring and gentle he is with Baya and how much he lets her in. He allows her to see the side of him that no one else does.

“Sometimes when you take a risk, great things happen--- mountains move, and you see exactly what you’ve been waiting for, right there, in front of you.”

Baya’s brother Cole is very protective of her and I found that sweet. It is clear he really loves his sister. However, I found him to be a little to stifling and a hypocrite. He treats her like she is still 13 and would never approve of her relationship with Bryson. On the flip side, he has a different girl in bed every night and he is a total player. It really bothered me the way he treated Baya but didn’t even tone down his playboy status in front of her. When he saw how strong and grown up Baya really was after she stood up for herself finally, I did like how he supported her and even though he was a douche at times, his love for his sister was obvious. I also really liked Roxy and Jen and felt like they were really great friends for Baya. She was in a new town and a new place and they really opened up to her. Aubree on the other hand is a world class bitch and you can add crazy as hell to that too. She is super obsessed with Bryson and sets her sights on Baya. I loved how Baya handled her though and I particularly loved a certain scene at the sorority that made me laugh.

“Aubree Vincent is the devil in disguise, and half the time she doesn’t bother to disguise it.”

While I really liked Baya and Bryson together, I was a little disappointed in how quickly the “I Love You’s” and “forevers” came. I’m just so jaded on insta-love right now and this definitely had a case of it. However, they had a really great connection and I definitely felt the chemistry between them. I really liked the growth in both of the characters and I felt like Baya really came into her own and learned a lot about herself. Bryson finally allowed a woman to penetrate his walls and I really liked watching him heal and feel whole again. I loved the forbidden romance aspect of this book and enjoyed the little suspense and revelation in the plot towards the end.

“Sometimes life has its way with you. It peels back the layers of your existence like the skin of an onion until the real you glows underneath, raw and painful to the touch.”

~IPOD Picks~
“Better than Me” by Hinder
“All My Life” by K-Ci and JoJo
“Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum

~Excerpt~
(Baya’s Point of View, talking to Bryson about… well, you can probably guess.)

“I don’t know anything about that kind of stuff.” I glance down at my shorts a moment. “I want to know everything. I want you to teach me.”

“I will.” He swims up besides me and rumbles in my ear with a kiss. His heart beats over my shoulder like a hammer straight to the bone. “I plan on leaving no stone unturned, Baya. Believe me, I’ll be thorough with the lesson.” Bryson growls into his words as if there were a psychotically sexy threat imbedded in there somewhere, and my insides cinch.


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Addison Moore Biography:
Addison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading.
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*An e-ARC was provided to me by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and unbiased.*

8 comments:

  1. Loved the review Chelsea! Thank you so much for hosting the book! :)

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  2. Great review girl! I definitely am sick of the cliched NA topics though. I think that's why I've been taking a much needed break from it lately. Or reading really different NA stories like A Little Too Far. Hehehe. I'm glad you enjoyed the characters though in this one!

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  3. Hope you had a good time in NY, Chelsea! Cheers

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  4. Insta love, sigh. Not for me right now. Maybe when I've had a good break from it, it might be something I would consider. Love the way you got attached to the characters.

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  5. Thanks Addison! Keep writing amazing stuff! :-)

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  6. Thanks! Yes, the cliches are really getting to me, especially lately. You know me, NA is my genre so it is a bit disheartening that they are starting to wear on me.

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  7. Haha, I hear ya Trish. The insta-love is going to kill me!

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