*Blog Tour and Review* Rouse Me by Crystal Kaswell

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Title: Rouse Me
Author: Crystal Kaswell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: August 4, 2014


Alyssa Summers is not the kind of girl who cheats. Sure, she isn’t in love with her fiancé, Ryan Knight, but she has no use for silly ideas like love or passion. She needs someone who can keep her from destroying herself. She needs Ryan. She’s sure of it.
Then she meets Luke Lawrence.
He’s handsome. And he’s bold—he thinks nothing of flirting with her in front of Ryan. And he’s smart, and articulate, and interested in what she has to say.
But she should be able to stop thinking about him.
So what if his big, brown eyes light up when he smiles? So what if his laugh completely disarms her? So what if his touch– even his fingertips grazing her back– makes her body hum?
She shouldn’t feel so tempted. She shouldn’t feel so desperate to know him. Luke is Ryan’s business partner, for God’s sake. She should be able to resist him.
But she can’t. She wants Luke more than she’s ever wanted anything.

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Reviewed by Shera 4.5 Stars

So Rouse ME!   I was Roused by Luke Lawrence.  Holy Motha, this man is just pure perfection and this book is a wonderful 4.5 Stars!  The storyline was great and I didn’t stop until I finished!!

Alyssa is a smart, strong beautiful girl.  She broke at one point but managed to pick herself back up, with a little help from Ryan.  She is so afraid of going back to who she was, almost not existing that she believes she won’t survive without him.  Little does she realize she isn’t really living.  See, Alyssa was an actress, the stress the expectations of one in the spotlight can be overwhelming which led to her initial fall.  Ryan picked her up, helped her heal, but he doesn’t let her live.  He micromanages every aspect of her life right down to not letting her work because she’s “not ready” and HE doesn’t want to watch her fall apart again.  She’s convinced she has her best interests at heart.  He’s only trying to help, only trying to protect her……But what does she want?

Ryan is one of those guys whose ambitions are more important than anything.  Being a partner at a law firm, you know how those guys are.  Making that extra dollar, keeping up appearances.  He knows all, be all.  He thinks he’s always right and honestly believes he has Alyssa’s best interest at heart… but doesn’t see the girl he supposedly loves being lonely, miserable and has no life left in her eyes.  Ryan is a pompous ass as you will see through the story.

Luke is Ryan’s business partner.  As soon as Luke appeared in the book I was mesmerized.  This guy is all out swoon worthy.  Gorgeous body, perfect lips, soft brown eyes.  He is immediately drawn to Alyssa, flirts outright with her in front of Ryan and doesn’t care that it gets to him.  He is convinced Alyssa is not truly in love with Ryan and is only with him because she thinks she can’t make it on her own.    He is determined to not fail another woman again.  He refuses to watch someone withdraw from life when he knows he can help fix it….

“I wouldn’t want to get in the way of true love, real love, the kind of romantic, passionate love that leaves you breathless and keeps you together for 80 years”

Oh Luke, Luke, Luke….. You hopeless romantic, I adore you….

Alyssa’s temptation to Luke is overwhelming, she knows it’s wrong.  He knows it’s wrong but they can’t help the instant attraction, not only sexually but the whole package.    Will Alyssa finally realize she can do this without Ryan?  Will she see what you will see in Luke?  I love that man; I need a Luke in my life.  So does Alyssa.

“His lips are gorgeous, not too thick or thin and soft.  They look soft at least.  And they’re probably sweet from this drink.  A little sticky from the agave.  A little salty from the rim.  What would it feel like to have those lips on mine?”

This was an amazing book, with incredible characters, which faced tough issues.  This book talks about Bulimia, the effect on one’s life and how to overcome it must be a lifelong decision.   About the toughness of the world, the harshness of NEEDING a relationship versus actually being in one and being loved.  I felt like I could connect to each character and give this a solid 4.5 Stars!

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