Wednesday, December 18, 2013

♥ BLOG TOUR ♥ REVIEW ♥ GIVEAWAY ♥ Shuttered Affections

Title: Shuttered Affections
Author: Rene Folsom
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
After escaping to a college town, Juliana Petersen was determined to put her troubled past behind her and make the most of life. She was satisfied with her current situation, or so she thought. It wasn’t until the day her new photography professor stole her parking spot that she realized there was such thing as lust at first sight. Now, she must struggle with the decision to break the rules and fall in love, or step back and let the chance of a lifetime pass her by—all while her past relationships come back to haunt her.

How many men will it take to break Julia’s hold on reality?

Warning: This novel contains sexual situations and is meant for adult readers ages 18 and up.
About Rene
Rene Folsom, author of paranormal romance and erotica, lives in Florida with her husband and three kids. She has officially diagnosed herself with creative ADD and, if it weren't for her day job as a web programmer, she would have a million and one writing projects going at once. In addition to web design, she is also a graphic artist who loves to create custom book cover designs for indie authors. She is definitely an artist at heart and would love nothing more than to be elbow deep in clay during her waking hours.Rene believes that all fiction is based on some form of reality—otherwise we would never have the inspiration or knowledge to dream up the realistic situations we portray with our words. She is proud to say that her personal experiences have been inspirational, though perhaps not always identical to that of her fictional characters. Where reality and fantasy diverge, however, must remain her little secret…

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4.5 Earth “Shuttering” Stars

This review is from: Shuttered Affections (Cornerstone #1) (Kindle Edition)
I will start off by saying this is the fifth attempt at writing this review lol. At first, I was angry with the ending. It just stopped. Ran out of Road. Completely fell off the cliff. So my first rating was a 3. Then, I read my favorite highlighted parts again and thought more about my rating and realized a 3 wasn’t fair, it got a 3.5. As I was about to submit it last night I started questioning myself again.
This story truly did capture me from page one. I know some think with the professor/student story you have been there and done that. But like I said I was hooked from page one.

Julia totally has my attitude and foul mouth lol. She’s running late on her way to class and while waiting for a parking spot, bam Mr. Hottie Tottie pulled in and took it from her. He was cocky, so she could tell her radiated confidence. She didn’t care, she was infuriated. So naturally her middle finger flies out the window with a few choice words my mother would rather I not use. As she finally arrived to class, late of course because of the jerk who took her parking spot, she was completely taken off guard when Mr. S was her new teacher. Instantly there was this chemistry. This pull. This spark. I believe in these first time feelings because I would be lying to say I have never experienced them. She tries her hardest to fight the gravitational pull but it proves to be too much of a challenge. “Such a feeling over a simple touch should not be possible. It was like a million tiny fireflies scalded my insides, leaving me breathless as his fingers grazed just over my ass.” Julia

Their time together starts small. A couple texts that turn into phone calls that morph into lunches. They are so taken with each other I could literally feel their chemistry as I read. Aiden isn’t your typical professor that we have all read about. Yes he’s hot, yes he’s young, yes he’s off limits BUT he has such a soft and beautiful side. He isn’t as domineering as I first thought he would be and that was such a relief. I really don’t want to tell you more about the gem of a book because I feel you should have the right to experience all the emotions I did as you read it. However, I will leave you with a lil something that has me pulling for Julia and Aiden in book 2.

“Thank You, my sweet Aiden. I don’t think I’ve ever been cared for so much and it makes me feel… special, cherished, loved.” Julia

…Skip down a lil…

“You could never be a burden, Angel. And you are all of those things… he trailed off as he gently turned his chair toward me and scooted so we were close, my legs fitting perfectly between his. After he was positioned, still holding both of my hands to his mouth, he continued. “Special, because there is only one person who can capture my heart like you have. Cherished, because I know each day with you is a blessing and I would be a fool not to treat you like the fragile jewel that you are. Loved…” he stopped...
So you see, I just couldn’t give this book a 3.5 because of its ending. The author promptly followed up with book 2 so it isn’t like we have to wait forever. To me, that earned her an extra star. Julia and Aiden was so refreshing to read and I look forward to book 2 from Rene Folsom < 3



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