Thursday, May 30, 2013

[Book Review] Live For You by Marquita Valentine

Live for You (Boys of the South #1)Live For You
Marquita Valentine
On the surface, twenty-two year old Cole Morgan is exactly what any girl would be proud to take home to meet her parents: He’s charming, intensely handsome and goal-oriented...Only he has some secrets of his own, which include provoking bar fights and a former drug-addict of a mother slowly wasting away in a medical facility. 

At barely twenty, Violet Lynn is Country Music's hottest star, until one night of partying gets out of control. Violet ends up in jail and on TMZ. Suddenly, she’s the girl least likely to be invited anywhere. Sick of the drama and keeping secrets, she runs away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi to her grandmother’s home in Forrestville, North Carolina.

A chance meeting knocks Cole off his feet, but he doesn’t recognize Violet for who she is. In fact no one does and Violet plans to keep it that way. 

Circumstances, however annoying,keep throwing Violet and Cole together. Unable to stop themselves they give into the inevitable.

But when Nashville is ready to forgive and forget, Violet is forced to choose between Cole and claiming her spot as the new and improved Princess of Country Music.

Will Violet and Cole have the courage to live for their dreams...Or their hearts?

Violet Rae givens was a popular country song singer but after a tragic accident she had to get away from everyone. She knew that the public hated her and she was no longer “sweet innocent girl” anymore in their eyes. Her parents happiness was too much for her to deal with and she went to the one person who can protect her and will not judge her – her Nana. Now there’s a hot Southern boy that she meets at Piggly Wiggly early in the morning that makes her skin tingle and she cannot get him out of her head. But being hurt and lied to makes her push him away and soon enough she needs to make a decision.

Cole wishes that he would only get one break. Running the bar with his brother, trying to raise sister Kelly is hard but it is nothing like watching your wreck-of-a-mom trying to ruin your life even more. He never felt like he deserved anything good in life and never expected anything but worse from people. But meeting Violet Rae has made him feel like a teenager and he finally feels like there is someone that understands him. Someone who can love him for who he is no matter what the situation might bring. 
“You’re amazing.” I mean it. Nothing about my words are meant to seduce, meant to tantalize and tease. Yes I want inside her, but even more I want inside her head. I need to know this girl. What makes her tick; what she likes and dislikes. I need to know all of this, despite knowing how long she’ll stay here.” 
Wow.  I have absolutely no words for this book. I did not know what I was going to expect but the intimacy and the relationships really blew me away. I had a hard time writing this review because I had to gather all of my thoughts. All I know is that I have found another favorite author to love and follow. One of the things that I really appreciated in the book was that it was never predictable. It didn’t have some crazy twists but it was definitely surprising. One of my favorite scenes was when Cole and Rae had the first time alone by the creek and I just loved how the author described the tension between them. It felt like I was actually there. Cannot wait for the second book to come out so I can have me some yummy Cole!

About the Author
marquita valentineNationally Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes small town romances that are anything but small. Lisa Kleypas, Carly Phillips and Rachel Gibson are her favorite contemporary authors. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man — and if that doesn’t work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.