5 Star Review/Blog Tour – Coming Home by Jourdyn Kelly

 

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What Worked For Me:

Warning…..be prepared to fall in love over and over again!

I have never read anything by Jourdyn Kelly, but after reading Coming Home, I know I will read more of her in the future.  Coming Home is a beautiful and haunting romance about two people who find love when neither of them were looking for it.  Blaise and Greyson stumble upon each other quite by accident.  He parks in her designated parking space and she loses her mind over it, and eventually, him.  Their first meeting is funny and poetic.  And it’s during that very first meeting that you begin to fall in love with them!  Blaise, our heroine, is amazing.  I love the simplicity of her life and how she strives to keep everything unpleasant out of it.  She very much knows what she wants and needs and her story is so heartbreaking, I couldn’t help but shed tears when I learned all she had been through. She doesn’t let anyone walk all over her and she guards her personal space and life with an iron fist.  She’s not afraid to stand up for what she believes in and is most definitely no doormat.  She was extremely fun to read and she has now become one of my all-time favorite heroines.  Her hero….Greyson.  WOW!  There are absolutely not enough words in the human language to do him justice.  He is alpha male with a sweet side who is willing to do just about anything to get Blaise to agree to a date.  He woos her and in turn, wooed me as a reader.  He is facing many obstacles of his own, pressures from his family and friends and must make a choice in choosing between the woman who will be the love of his life or his sense of duty to the obligations of a family hell bent on its own path to keep the family name alive no matter the costs.  Together, Blaise and Greyson find they have chemistry that they can’t deny and the sparks that fly between them simply by being in the same room together will singe the edges of your e-reader.  I love how Greyson pursues Blaise, giving her the time she needs without pushing her past her boundaries and even more I loved how relentless he was, never giving up in his quest to win the heart of Blaise.  The sex was hot and erotic with just the right amount of sweetness.  There are evil parents in this book, and even more evil relatives and more than a few surprising twists you absolutely do not see coming!  The plot was rich and developed and I was never once bored.  We are introduced to a few secondary characters that I can’t wait to see how their stories unfold.  I found I couldn’t read this book fast enough and was equally mad that I finished so quickly.  I never wanted the story to end!  This book is now one of my all-time favorite books and I look forward to the next book in this series!

 What Didn’t Work For Me:

The story was utter perfection!

Would I Recommend This Book:

Yes

Final Star Rating:

Sadly, I only rate up to 5 stars so I give it 5 stars. However, it deserves 10!

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Book Title: Coming Home (An LA Lovers Book)
Author: Jourdyn Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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Blaise Knight is content. She owns a trendy, in-demand flower boutique, has great friends, and an obsession with red velvet cake. After a string of disappointing dates, Blaise decides to give up dating, and focus on the things that are most important to her.

Greyson Steele is the “family stud”. After his stint in the Delta Force, he is coerced into the family business. And, his manipulative mother is planning a wedding for him to a woman he can’t stand. But Greyson has other plans. At thirty-nine, Greyson is ready to settle down, but only with a woman he chooses. After meeting the fiery owner of Knight in Bloom, Greyson finds his match.

Sparks fly when Blaise and Greyson meet. Can he convince her to take a chance on him? Or will Blaise’s past ruin their chances for a future? Their romance forces Greyson on a chase halfway around the world to solve a mystery, and find his love.

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If Greyson had ever been nervous standing in front of a woman’s door before, he didn’t remember. But here and now, in front of Blaise’s, he could swear his palms were sweaty. I should have brought flowers, he thought. Then immediately rejected the idea. Flowers for the flower shop owner. Stupid idea. Besides, he has seen Blaise’s talent. Flowers from anywhere else would just be inferior. And, it was probably in bad taste to buy from a competitor. Greyson certainly didn’t need more reasons for Blaise to reject him.

Grateful that he had taken the time to change into well-worn jeans and a black t-shirt—may as well be comfortable while begging—he knocked on the door.

The door slid open. “Honey, I told you I was fine and you didn’t have to…”

Greyson was struck dumb by the sight before him. Mere hours before, Blaise was the epitome of grace and class. The gown she wore accentuated everything about Blaise that Greyson found sexy. But now. Damn. Her hair was piled on the top of her head in a messy bun, her face was clean of any cosmetics and she wore a men’s white button up shirt and white fluffy socks. Whether she had on anything under that shirt, Greyson didn’t know, but he ached to find out. To him, Blaise was sexier right at this moment than he had ever seen her.

“Hi.”

“What?” She frowned, and waved a spoon in his direction. He hadn’t noticed the carton of ice cream until then. “What are you doing here? How did you know where I live?”

“I’m here because you wouldn’t listen to me before. I need to explain.”

“You need to go home to your fiancée, Mr. Steele.”

“Goddamn it, Blaise. She’s not my fucking fiancée. That’s what I’m trying to tell you.”

Blaise raised an eyebrow, and Greyson wondered if she was aware of just how beautiful she looked right now.

“The ring and the woman say something different,” she shot back. “And, you certainly didn’t deny it at that moment. If you just broke up with her and came here, that’s even lower, Mr. Steele.”

Greyson let out a frustrated growl, and scrubbed his hands over his face. “May I come in?” he asked through gritted teeth.

“No.”

“Blaise.” The tone of his voice was one he used when he wanted to intimidate those around him to do as he demanded. He shouldn’t have been surprised when it didn’t even faze her.

“Do not ‘Blaise’ me. And, don’t you dare use that tone with me. I am not one of your employees, or lackeys or whatever. You have something to say, say it right here.” She leaned against the door jamb, crossing her ankles, and waited. Digging the spoon into the carton, Blaise looked up at him. “And, don’t think I don’t realize you totally skipped over my question of how you found out where I live.”

He watched her wrap her lips around the spoon. Just as he had when he sat at dinner with her a few nights ago, he found watching her eat completely erotic. And, as much as her stubbornness irked him, he couldn’t help but feel an equal—or more—amount of respect for her.

“Fine,” he sighed. If he had to do this out in the hallway, so be it. “I am not engaged. That’s the most important thing I need you to know.” He held up a hand when she opened her mouth. “If you’re going to make me talk out here, the least you can do is hear me out.”

Her jaw tightened with annoyance, but she nodded before taking another bite of what he could now see was Ben & Jerry’s Coffee, Coffee flavor.

“I’m not engaged,” he repeated. “I’ve never been engaged, and I certainly would never even contemplate marrying Pricilla. She surprised the shit out of me with the ring, as well, which is why I didn’t say anything. It’s my mother’s ring, but I didn’t give it to her. Fuck, I wouldn’t give that hideous thing to anyone.” He took a deep breath. “I was there with Pricilla because my mother asked me to escort her. ‘Keeping up appearances’, she calls it. Padding her fucking portfolio by trying to merge the families is what it really is. I’ve already resigned myself to taking over the family business. I refuse to give her this. Tonight was a mistake. I should never have agreed to it.” He braved a step closer to her. “I never wanted to hurt you, or make you think I’m that kind of bastard.”

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I’ve been in Houston, Texas, writing novels and designing websites since 2009. Moving here was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, because I’ve been able to live wonderfully, and write my heart out. I’ve always enjoyed the arts in one form or another. Music sets the mood, reading stimulates my brain, and writing allows me to utilize my imagination in any way I want. I’ve been writing stories since I was a teen, and figured out writing was my passion when I finished my first novel, Something About Eve.

I love being captivated by books that lead me into different, exotic places, and through impossible scenarios. I love being able to become someone else for a time. Reading has always inspired me to bring my own characters out to play. My hope is that my writing will inspire others, or at the least, give them a way to escape from everyday life for a little while.

As web designer, etc. for singer/actress Deborah Gibson, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in wonderful experiences, travel around the country and meet exciting people. Just recently, I was able to travel to Berlin, and meet some fantastic people. It’s experiences like this, I believe, that help me create unique, and (hopefully) lovable characters.

I will be continuing the LA Lovers series with Ellie’s book next. Each book will be a stand-alone, but look for Eve, Lainey, and Adam to show up here and there. I truly hope you enjoyed Blaise and Greyson. You’ll be able to see more of them in the next book!

I spend my time writing, designing websites and caring for what is really a zoo with 3 dogs, 2 cats, a bearded dragon, 2 frogs and 2 turtles. In the recent years, I’ve changed my lifestyle to include working out and eating right. I now compete in triathlons, have run two half-marathons, and love yoga.

I love bringing my characters out for everyone to meet. My goal is to keep writing in many different genres, as I feel there shouldn’t be anything limiting writers.

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