BLOG TOUR: REVIEW AND EXCERPT: One More Time by Laurelin Paige

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Release Date: May 2nd

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Blurb

I would have been stupid to turn the opportunity down.

A feature film starring the hottest man in Hollywood—and me.

It wasn’t just the chance of a lifetime; it was the first time I’d landed the leading role.

But Tanner James isn’t just any actor, aka “Sex God”.

He’s the man who took my virginity then shattered my dreams.

If I can use this part to launch a new career, it will be worth it.

If I can stop myself from falling back into bed with Tanner, it will be a miracle.

And my heart?

There’s no way he’s taking that from me.

He’s always been the one who owned it.

Review

Can two people rewrite the script of their love affair if one of them doesn’t have all the details for its resolution?

That’s the question I kept asking myself as I read Tanner and Jenna’s story, and while I anticipated Jenna giving Tanner a second chance and then riding off into the sunlight together, I was anxious about what those details were that Tanner has kept secret for all these years and how Jenna will react when everything has been laid out for her.

I always think it’s important that readers get both the hero and the heroine’s perspective in a second chance romance because I feel like words and actions can be misconstrued when we’re only privy to one person’s point of view, so I loved that Laurelin Paige provides both Jenna and Tanner’s viewpoint; it adds an important layer to the story that readers wouldn’t get without insight from both characters. And, as all of the facts are provided and secrets are revealed, there’s a complete picture at our disposal so there’s no second guessing about what happened ten years ago or why they didn’t make a different decision back then.

One More Time is not a stereotypical Hollywood romance story; the setting and perhaps even the fact that they’re cast to play the lead roles in a movie together may seem a bit clichéd, but Paige always takes things deeper; she gets beneath the surface of her characters and she shows her readers who they are, what they want, and why they did the things that they did. Readers don’t have to question if Tanner and Jenna truly love one another or if there’s any doubt that they can make a relationship work after nearly a decade apart because it’s in every tender embrace…every longing glance and it’s even in the moments they’re both fired up and go head-to-head with one another, willing to fight with snark and grit just to prove to each other that they’re strong and capable and meant to be together.

Confusion and miscommunication are the two primary culprits that ruin a relationship, and while those negative attributes happen throughout the story line, once Jenna and Tanner start being honest and real about everything, old wounds can heal and a new relationship can begin…one that they will risk everything to have and keep.

I’m a huge fan of Laurelin Paige. She’s one of my favorite authors because she writes with passion and with heart and that consistently is illustrated in the characters she creates and in the stories that she crafts.

Jenna and Tanner’s story may occur in Hollywood but there’s definitely nothing fake about what they feel for one another.

4.5 Poison Apples

Excerpt

“Today meant nothing,” I say. “Our past is in the past.”

“Totally in the past. But when I’m working with you…”

I feel myself inch closer to him. “… what?”

“Sometimes I can’t tell where we leave off and our characters begin.” Is he sitting nearer than he was a few seconds ago?

“I know. I feel the same way,” I confess, and then I’m definitely moving closer to him. Definitely staring at his lips. We’re like two magnets. Simply telling them to stay apart never stops the pull.

“But that’s the job, right?” he says, and his eyes are on my mouth now.

I nod. “We have to put everything aside and just focus on the work.”

“Right. Yes. I can do that.” He’s so close we’re almost touching. Then he reaches his hand out and places it on my thigh. I feel a chill run up my body, and I close my eyes. The warm, heavy feeling of his hand is so familiar and so exciting at once. “Can you do that?”

The honest answer is that I don’t know. I open my eyes and find him staring at me. I get lost in his stare. For a moment, we hesitate.

Then the next thing I know, my lips are pressed against his and his tongue is finding its way inside my mouth. I don’t know who started it, but neither of us can deny this is what we both want in this moment. Have wanted since this afternoon. Maybe since we first saw each other outside craft services two weeks ago.

He cradles my face between his hands and shifts me closer, as though afraid I’ll break our connection.

But I’m not going anywhere. I want more. I swing my leg over to straddle him, so I can press my hips into his pelvis. I groan when I feel how hard he is, groan with the need that’s already built up unbearably between my thighs. I rock back and forth, desperate. Only a few scraps of cloth stand between us, but they’re enough to frustrate me.

He stands up, me still astride him, then he tosses me onto my back in front of him. He kneels on the ground, and I’m lying on the couch of my trailer looking up at the ceiling, and a part of me is wondering how the hell this happened again. But a much louder part of me doesn’t want it to end before we’re both naked and screaming out all our unresolved anger in orgasm.

Before I have time to register what’s happening, I feel Tanner’s fingers creep up my thighs and under my panties. He plays with me, teasing before he plunges two fingers inside my body.

I gasp in surprise and delight.

This. This is what I need.

I let my thighs fall farther apart, giving him all the access he wants. Tanner dances and swirls his fingers around, first deep inside me and then up to brush my clit. I grip the couch, nearly paralyzed in anticipation. My legs begin to shake, and I can’t remember my own name anymore. All I can think about is how incredible this feels, and how, improbably, he’s become even more talented at touching a woman over the years. Holy shit.

I’ve never been fingered like this before.

He leaves one hand to work every centimeter of my clit then takes the other and dances it up and down the inside of my thighs until I’m crying out. His free hand covers my mouth, but that doesn’t help. It isn’t until he stills that I quiet, although my hips are still rocking greedily, trying to get what I want from his fingers.

“Sshh,” he says, “Someone might still be around.”

“I don’t care,” I moan, and, in the moment, I swear I don’t. Let everyone hear how glorious this is. Tanner grins as he presses his fingers back inside me, bending them and twisting them, showing off more moves that get my body pulsing and my pussy soaking wet.

I’m going to come. I’m so close. “Fuck, Tanner, yes…”

“Yes,” he growls, and that’s all it takes to send me flying over the edge into ecstasy.

… just as someone knocks on the trailer door.

 

About Laurelin

With over 1 million books sold, Laurelin Paige is the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She’s a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.

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