Crossing the Line – Blog Tour Schedule (Nov 10th – 16th)
Swooning Over Books – Review Post
Sexy Book Times – Review & Excerpt/Teaser Post
Made For You Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt/Teaser Post
Reading Between the Wines – Promotional Post
Nice Ladies, Naughty Books – Review & Top 5-10 List Post
The Danish Bookaholic – Review & Excerpt/Teaser Post
Ever After Romance Book Blog – Review, Author QA & Character casting Post
Read More-Sleep Less – Promotional Post
Miss Construed’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt/Teaser Post
Autumn After Dark – Review, Excerpt/Teaser & Author Q&A Post
Hook Me Up Book Blog – Promotional Post
Sugar and Spice Book Reviews – Review Post
PEACE LOVE BOOKS – Review & Promo Post
Belle’s Book Bag – Review & Promo Post
Whirl Wind Books – Author QA Post
Obsession is a Book – Review, Excerpt/Teaser & Top 5-10 List Post
Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt/Teaser Post
A Lust For Reading – Review & Excerpt/Teaser Post
Zita’s Dream Writing – Review Post
Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews – Review Post
The Book Bellas – Promotional Post
My Bookopolis – Promotional Post
LitStack – Review & Excerpt/Teaser Post
A is for Alpha B is for Books – Review Post
Rachael Orman’s Writing – Review Post
Love Between the Sheets – Review Post
Life Becomes Me – Review Post
Three Chicks and Their Books – Review & Author QA Post
Book Fanatic – Review Post
Beauty and the Book – Review & Character casting Post
Stephanie’s Book Reports – Review Post
Submit and Devour – Review & Promo Post
The Book Obsessed Momma – Review & Excerpt/Teaser Post
EndlessReading – Promotional Post
For the Love of Bookends – Review Post
Wicked Readings by Tawania – Promotional Post
As the Pages Turn – Review & Character QA Post
Thanks to Kele Moon and the fine folks at As the Pages Turn for including LitStack in the Crossing the Line blog tour. Be sure to check out our reviews of the other books in the Battered Heart series and don’t forget to register for your chance to win your choice of some of Kele’s greatest works. Giveaway details at the bottom of the page. We conclude our feature of Kele Moon’s series with a review of her latest release, Crossing the Line.
Title: Crossing the Line
Series: Battered Hearts, #3
Author: Kele Moon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn
Wyatt Conner is a hard man. A sixth generation sheriff in his hometown of Garnet. A former MMA fighter. His life is about following the rules and making sure everyone else in Garnet follows them too.
Before life hurt him, Wyatt was a different person. Love had once blinded him to his upbringing and made him defiant against anyone who tried to separate him from the girl he loved. He easily broke laws to ensure her safety.
When she left it destroyed him.
Now she’s back.
Tabitha knows coming home is a mistake, but family obligation demands it. Of course she would run smack into the love of her life the day she returns.
Despite the danger, Tabitha is powerless against the wild rush of desire that explodes between them the moment she finds herself in Wyatt’s arms again. They deserve a second chance, both of them, but she can’t risk Wyatt finally discovering the real reason she left.
He broke the rules for her once, and now her haunted past threatens the man she loves–the man he’s become–again. If he learns everything she’s suffered, he’ll cross the lines to take revenge. Tabitha just can’t risk it. Not even for another taste of true love.
In Kele Moon’s latest Battered Heart book, Crossing the Line, the author delves into what is one of my very favorite romance tropes: second chance loves. There’s something about your first love that sticks with you. Maybe it’s the long-forgotten and sometimes missed thrilled of seeing that special someone, hearing their voice late at night, remembering every detail of your first kiss. It’s the heart pounding, happy recall of who you once were and the potential of who you could have been that settles your first love safely in the center of your heart.
For Wyatt and Tabitha, her H/h in Crossing the Line, it was precisely that first love that they never forgot. In fact, the couple not only never forgot, but never really let go of it. Though separated by distance, the couple is still very much married when the story begins and Tabs comes back to town after thirteen years to tend to her ailing mother. The haunting memories of living in her alcoholic mother’s home sends her almost immediately heading for the door. She’s so nervous, so upset, in fact, that she has to pull over onto the side of the road to be sick.
That’s when Wyatt, the town sheriff, saunters back into her life.
And, woah buddy, will readers be glad that he did.
Wyatt has loved Tabitha his whole life. For him, as a kindergartner, the second he saw that red-hair girl, he knew females didn’t come better. He was determined to make her his.
In the novel, we read about their reunion, and then are pushed back into the past to delve in deeper to the relationships and characters already introduced throughout the series. These recollections give the book depth and nurtures the connection that these characters have in each other’s lives. It’s a love letter to Wyatt and Tabs, but it’s also a beautiful centerpiece to the series as a whole.
There are secrets, of course; external reasons for Tabitha’s departure and confusion and miss-communication that drove them from each other. But in the end, Moon gives her readers, and her characters, the happy ending they so wanted.
If you love second chance love stories like I do and sensitive, heroic leading men that will do anything for the women they love, then you will thoroughly enjoy Crossing the Line.
As part of the blog tour, Kele has included an excerpt from the novel:
She let Wyatt doctor her shoulder, savoring the feel of his touch that was tender despite his large size and dangerous fists. Her nerves had settled considerably and for just that moment she focused all her energy on trying to remember everything about being with him again. Like the combined smell of Wyatt’s soap and expensive aftershave. The cool feel of the ointment on tender skin. The sound of the bandage being opened. The general hum of powerful energy that seemed to vibrate off men like Wyatt. Assured, successful, handsome, and charming, he’d always had such a strong sense of self. The path Wyatt was supposed to take in life had been crystal clear for him from a very young age. Knowing the right route to take had made him extremely self-confident and that’d forever be appealing to Tabitha.
“All better,” Wyatt announced as he closed the first-aid kit. “Unless you’d like me to kiss it to speed up the healing process.”
She laughed. “I’m sure that’s the last thing you want to do.”
“I wouldn’t be that sure.”
Tabitha’s heart did a little flip in her chest when she heard the catch in his voice that sounded like the cross between a promise and a threat. She craned her neck curiously, looking at him in surprise. “Wy—”
“I’m gonna take off and let you rest.” Wyatt made a move to leave, but Tabitha grabbed his hand on instinct and squeezed like her life depended on it. Something about that desperation must have translated because Wyatt closed his eyes as if looking for strength he didn’t have. “Tab, you should lemme go. I ain’t so sure I can be the fella you remember. I’ve been lonely for too long. That can make a man go feral after the first decade.”
Tabitha heard the warning that she was holding on to something akin to a caged tiger—one who was angry, lonely, and neglected by the very person who’d sworn to love him. The confession held terrible implications. It was something she’d never even considered, that Wyatt had been as sexually isolated as she was, with only the memories of something long lost to sustain her. She hadn’t wanted that for him, not once in all the years they’d been separated. The pain welled up between them as he stood there stoically. She squeezed his hand tighter, willing all the loss to disappear, if even for one day.
“I want you to kiss it better,” she whispered, not knowing how else to convey the need to fix what felt irrevocably broken. “Please.”
Kele is offering up (1) $25 GC (Amazon or B&N winner’s choice or (3) eBooks from her backlist (winner’s choice) for grabs. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST 11/18/2013.