Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Giveaway - The Perfect Distraction (Book #1) by Melissa Rolka

Title - The Perfect Distraction (Book #1)
Author - Melissa Rolka
Genre - New Adult Romance
Release Date - October 1, 2013
When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted. Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily? Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love. Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.



I don’t even care that there are now three different girls talking to Reed.  I sneak up behind him and tap him on the shoulder.  He turns around and the look of shock and surprise on his face causes me to start giggling.  He turns completely around with his back to the other three girls and gives me a smile that touches his blue eyes.  His squared jaw highlights his smile perfectly.  In this instant of a moment I decide I want to kiss Reed even if it’s just for fun and to forget.
“You’re kidding me.  Wow!  I can’t believe you came here.”
“I told you we would.  You didn’t think I would do it, did you?”
“Honestly, no, but I was hoping.  I never see you out on the weekends anymore, so this is a great surprise.”
We stand there for a minute and then he orders me a beer.  I take it, but nurse it.  I’ve had a bit much already and don’t want the spins.  He asks me and Quinn to play a game of pool with him and Matt.  Matt wants to play girls against guys, but Reed says no way that he wants me on his team.  I warn him that I am not that good, but alcohol may help my case.  
We play the game and I actually do pretty well.  Reed touches me every chance he gets and is very flirty.  It’s my turn and I have to bend over to make a shot, but to be honest I forget that I have a dress on.  
“Shit, Katherine,” he lets out in a bit of gruff tone and walks up behind me to cover me.  
I laugh at him.  “Oops, I forgot about my dress.”
“You look good enough as it is and now with a dress on.  Jesus, I don’t need to get in a fight.”  He is still pressed behind me as I continue to make my shot.  I miss completely because to be honest I’m completely distracted.
“I doubt anyone noticed, but thanks for protecting me.”  He steps back and I turn around.  I decide to be bold and kiss his cheek.
“Trust me, you were noticed.”  He moves a piece of hair from my face and the touch sends a chill through me.  “God, you are so beautiful.”


Jen's Review 
4 stars

I'm going to throw in a quick review for this book - 
This was just supposed to be a promo post on our blog, but I read this book last week, and I loved it - totally cute story - Warning, there is a slight cliffhanger at the end, but it's really not too bad. 
I definitely want to read the next book though - 

The book starts off with a quick peek from Kyle - He wants Kate back. he can't get her out of his mind, and he's going crazy thinking about her. He regrets breaking up with her, and plans to do whatever it takes to get her back .... 

The rest of the story is told in Kate's POV (except the end, we get to see Reed :)  ) 
Kate is just starting college, she's happy to be going away and starting her life, but she doesn't want to leave her family. Her mom is not well, and her dad and brother are alone - but they insist she goes to college. 
College life is different than what Kate is use to. But her ex boyfriend Kyle keeps calling her. She doesn't want to talk to him. He broke her heart once, she doesn't want to give him the chance to do it again. 

On her second day at college, her friend Maggie talks her into trying a party and getting drunk for the first time. 
Kate meets some good friends at college. hanging out with the girls makes things fun. But at the party, when her eyes land on those deep blue eyes, she is hooked. Never mind the fact she has another guy pining for her attention - Derk, he's a good guy . I liked him in this book too.  But Kate knows it's not going to go anywhere with him. 

It takes awhile for Kate to get comfortable in her college life - especially with Kyle always texting and calling her. Her roommate and friends know very little about Kyle, but know enough - 

When Kate finally gets a friendly flirty friendship going on with the famous Reed, we finally get to see her expressing her true fun self. 

Going back home for winter break, Kyle finally catches up with Kate. She agrees to give him a little time to prove he's changed, and she gets caught up in his little fairy tale life. 

When she gets back to school, things are different because of her new feelings towards Kyle. Then it fast Forwards to next year - big skip :) 

The book is really cute, fun read - You can see how Kyle holds onto Kate. And you can see Kate torn between the 3 guys (Didn' mention Marco - sorry) 

The only negative thing I can think of about this book is it's told as a story - there isn't a lot of talking going on. Mostly it's a description of how he talked to her. I would have liked to have seen more conversations, maybe "feel" what their first kiss was like, instead of being told about it.. 
But that's about it :) 

Thank you Milissa Rolka for letting me read this book. I really did enjoy it :)


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About the Author
1170755_502594919828415_972857835_n   Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing.The Perfect Distraction is her first full length novel. A second continuation of this story is in the works with hopes for a third. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.

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