January 6, 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway + Excerpt : Skater Boy & My Skater Boy (X-treme Boys #1 & #2) by Kay Manis




Skater Boy Synopsis

For 25 year old attorney, Hindley Hagen, life is all about staying one step ahead of the game. Avoiding surprises and keeping people at a distance is the only way she has to protect herself from the painful scars and shattered memories of her past. When Hindley is offered a new position at her prestigious Austin law firm as sports agent for pro skateboarder, Rory Gregor, she’s ready for the new challenge but completely unprepared for the man who captures her heart. Suddenly, Hindley is thrust into a world where protecting all their secrets could cost her everything; her family, her career, and maybe even her life.

Professional skateboarder and X Games royalty, Rory Gregor knows what it’s like to be at the top. But after two years of bad decisions and one-night-stands, he’s having to make a comeback he never anticipated. Hiring a new agent may be what his team thinks he needs to rebuild his career, but what if it costs him his heart in the process? Just when he thinks he’s posed for a comeback, secrets from his past threaten to ruin his chance for gold and a new love. In a sport where trust means everything, this time... it may not be enough.



My Skater Boy Synopsis

Find out the dramatic conclusion to Book 1 of the X-Treme Boys Series, Skater Boy.

For the first time in her life, Hindley Hagen has something she’s always looked for, unconditional love. As the attorney and sports agent for X Games golden boy, Rory Gregor, she’s worked hard to help him make a comeback in a professional sport that isn’t always so forgiving. This time, he’s won more than just a gold medal, he’s captured her heart. But now, she’s trapped, caught in the snare of a man playing a deadly game. She must choose, protect the one man who’s made her come alive for the first time in her life or risk losing everything she’s worked hard for, including him. To save them both, Hindley must do the unthinkable or face a life without the one thing Rory Gregor has finally given her; hope. But protecting them means her own demons may surface and from that, there is no recovery. Hindley must learn the hard way, in love and life, there is no such thing as a safe secret.

Trust isn’t something that comes naturally to Rory Gregor. Even his own professional achievements as an X Games multi-gold medalist can’t wash away a childhood filled with abuse, which has left him with a lifetime of insecurities and self-loathing. But now, he’s finally found a woman who makes him feel the one thing in life he never thought possible-smart. With Hindley Hagen by his side, he’s skating better than ever, securing deals that could make them both rich. Yet something is off. Just as he gets inside the walls she’s constructed to guard herself, she pulls away again. She’s hiding something. But then, so is he.

As their need to protect one another grows to escalating heights with deadly consequences, will Hindley and Rory finally find the future together they so richly deserve? Or, will they discover the one thing that could destroy them both forever is actually each other? Find out in this exciting conclusion to the first book in the X-Treme Boys Series, Skater Boy.


Review

This series definitely wasn't what I was expecting, but I loved every moment of it. It was so refreshing to read this series because I am such a fan when the couple actually takes their time before having sex! To me, it just seems more real that way and I like being able to relate to the couples I read about. The series is dual POV, which everyone knows I love it when books are written that way. 

OK, lets start from the beginning. Hindley, she's a bit of mystery right from the get-go. It's pretty easy to figure out that she has a past that no one really knows about, but we won't find that out until way later in the series.

It was hilarious how Hindley and Rory first meet. All it took was a "few" drinks and for someone to remember not a damn thing ;)  Rory & Hindley's inner turmoil was extremely entertaining, they're seriously at war with themselves. But at least Rory knows when he's being a dick, which I rather appreciate! They're really adorable together and I love the interactions between the two. After their little slumber party, where nothing physical happened, the following morning, Rory ended up being Hindley's date to her evil step-sister's bridal luncheon. That was when I started to fall for Mr. Rory, standing up for Hindley (someone he barely knows, but it is obviously attracted to and protective of), but shutting down her evil step-sis, Geneva ( I don't like her, she's a crazy bitch).

As the story progresses we learn that Rory is a professional skater boarder with a past he refuses to talk about. And knowing that Rory is an attorney and soon becomes his attorney, that becomes a little barrier with their relationship, do the math. But Rory's amount of messing up when it comes to Hindley. Lets just say he has a lot to make up for.

Onto book 2.

If having Hindley as Rory's attorney was problematic enough, lets add some asshole people to the mix. As much as they try to keep their relationship professional, they can't stay away from each other, especially when they keep falling deeper and deeper for each other. With their past, exterior douche bags, it was enough to start a drama tv show.

How far will they go to protect each other, even if someone will get hurt?

It was nice to experience the giddy moments as I read these books. Of course, I covered every emotion possible, there were certain things (dark, really) that I did not see coming. Lets just say this series was full of surprises. There were insecurities from both side and it was completely understanding why they acted the way they did, even though there were times when I was my pulling my hair out because of it. Don't worry people, there's plenty of built up steamy moments, always asking for more, but never getting it too soon ... such a tease ;)


I'm such a fan of this series and definitely can't wait for Dana's (her BFF who I love so damn much) story. I apologize for the rambling, it's been a while since I've written a review.

MY RATING (4.5) :



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Excerpts

SKATER BOY (X-Treme Boys Series, Book 1)
--Hindley--

Sensing my anxiety, Skater Boy headed toward my bedroom door but I didn’t want him to leave, not yet. I had an overwhelming need to touch him so I reached out and caught him by the arm. His muscles were defined and hard and I held on longer than I should have. His eyes looked down at my hand then back up to me.
“Hey, I just wanted to say thanks for last night. I really appreciate you taking care of me,” I said. I could see him working hard, trying to figure out if I was telling the truth or not. I’d been right about his height. He was tall, over six feet, but my five foot eight stature seemed to match his perfectly.

“Why do I feel like that might have been one of the hardest things you’ve ever had to do?” I raised my eyebrows in disbelief, shocked at how well he already knew me. I prided myself on not needing anything from anyone, so words of gratitude from me were few and far between.

“Probably because it was,” I answered, pushing past him and through the door on my way to the bathroom, feeling every bit as vulnerable now that I was fully dressed as I did lying next to him in nothing but my underwear. Somewhere deep inside, I wished I was back there, though, back in bed with him, relishing how beautiful he was.

MY SKATER BOY (X- Treme Boys Series, Book 2)
--Rory--

Today was the day I’d dreaded forever, the day I realized I was the source of Hindley’s pain and anguish. It truly was me I had to protect her from, not all the others threatening to harm her. The only way I could do that now was to leave her alone. I bolted out of the elevator, running to my room as fast as I could, afraid I may actually vomit in the hallway before getting to the bathroom. Losing Hindley wasn’t an option, but the choice wasn’t mine to make. Suddenly, that one realization, the fact I was no longer in control, scared me more than anything I’d ever known.

Playlist


Come Sail Away, Styx

Wherever You Will Go, Charlene Soraia

Awake My Soul, Mumford & Sons

Magic, Colbie Caillet

Pour Some Sugar on Me, Def Leppard

I Won’t Give Up, Jason Mraz

My Letter to You, Kimberly Manis (http://www.kimberlymanis.com/listen.html)

The Remedy, Kimberly Manis (http://www.kimberlymanis.com/listen.html)

Meet Kay

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Kay Manis lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter and five pound Chihuahua affectionately named "Tiny." When not writing or researching you'll find Kay reading a good book, eating out with friends or napping.

Kay's biggest goal in writing is to amuse, inspire and entertain. If she's done that for you then she says she'll always consider herself a success.
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