Friday, January 10, 2014

Found In You by K.L. Ruse with Excerpt, Playlist & Review

Title: Found in You
Author: KL Ruse       
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: January 6, 2014
Tour Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Twenty-three-year-old Camryn Singer never imagined that she would return to the place
where she lost everything. To grant a dying wish, she moves back to the small Jersey beach town where she grew up, hoping to somehow find the missing pieces of her life. Determined to keep her wounds unopened and her heart guarded, she instead slams head-first into Cole Stevens.

Sexy surfer Cole has always used the waves to numb the pain of his past. But when he
runs into Camryn on the beach one day, he wants nothing more than for her to heal his scars and light the spark back in his life.

Will Camryn and Cole be ripped apart when the ghosts from their pasts come back to
life, or will they discover that it’s not until you’re lost, that you can be found?

I pulled his mouth back to mine, and ran my hands through his hair, weaving the
ends through my fingers. Although lust was pumping through my veins, I pushed it aside, taking this moment to just feel his mouth against mine. We had time for the rest, and for the first time in over five years, I was finally living in the present.

We stayed in each other’s arms for a long time, watching the waves ripple across
the rocks, and the seagulls touch down to peck the water for fish. I could feel our bodies
finally surrender to a sense of calmness. Although we still had so much to learn about
each other, and many more fears to face, we found a way to take that first step, and would journey the rest of the way together.

This feeling of contentment and satisfaction was so new and refreshing. I finally
saw a beginning, rather than an end. Everyone started walking toward the back deck,
while I took one more look out toward the vast stretch of sand. This beach town has held the origin of my fears and the depth of my heartache. But today, it represented the birth of my new life, one that included Cole. However, looking toward the water’s edge, my elation was stripped from me, as I stood staring into the aqua-colored eyes of my greatest fear.

Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
Home – Phillip Phillips
You had Me from Hello – Kenny Chesney
Crash into Me – Dave Matthews Band
Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
Just Give Me a Reason – Pink
Where You Are – Gavin DeGraw
Demons - Imagine Dragons
Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri
Fix You – Coldplay
Punching in a Dream – The Naked and Famous
Quiet Your Mind – The Zac Brown Band
Nothingman – Pearl Jam
Love and Memories – OAR
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Broken - Lifehouse
This is what it Feels Like – Armin Van Buuren/Trevor Guthrie
Bleeding Out – Imagine Dragons
The Storm – The Airborne Toxic Event
After the Storm – Mumford and Sons
Ghosts that we Knew – Mumford and Sons
Not with Haste – Mumford and Sons
Halo – Beyonce

My Review: 5 stars
I'm stunned and amazed that this is the first book from this author. Her ability to bring me to the emotional brink again and again, I felt completely connected with the characters in this book; well, the main characters anyway. These two beautiful people, Cole  and  Camryn, were so crushed. Once they found each other, the real journey was overcoming the past. I guess I should say once Camryn found Cole, because she was in his heart for years. That was just beautiful, to me. That Cole would love Cam, not ever speaking to her, but loving her just the same. Here and now, they have to overcome both of their pasts that are intertwined, even though Cam is unaware of how jumbled and twisted up their pasts are. I loved that Cam kept receiving notes from her Mom, months after her passing. Every single one brought me to tears. Her ability to forsee the challenges that Cam would face without her was inspired. Those letters and notes brought people into Cam's life that she had let go long ago, and helped her to let in the new people who would help her heal and move forward. I loved Cam's fierce protectiveness of her son, Gavin. I loved that Cole was all in from the beginning with Cam and Gavin. He wanted them both, anyway he could get them. I loved family dinner night and the rules for such a night. This book will hold a place in me for a long time. I will go back and read it again, of that I'm sure. If I could rate it higher than 5 stars I would. I loved it, even though it made me cry again and again, from the beginning to the end. 

Author Bio:

I am a middle school teacher who recently traded in my chalk for a laptop to follow
my dream of writing contemporary romance novels. I live with my husband and two
daughters in the suburbs of Philadelphia. When I'm not writing, I spend my time reading
and relaxing with my family at my home-away-from-home, the Jersey shore.
After I graduated from Villanova University in 2003, I never imagined my path would
lead me in this direction. Writing was a hobby, an outlet for me to live in a world of
happily ever afters. Now as I watch my dream become a reality, I believe that happy
endings do exist.

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