Blog Tour Excerpt + Giveaway: Good Sensations (#3, Welcome to Paradise) by S.L. Scott

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So excited to share with you an excerpt from the final book of the Welcome To Paradise series by S.L. Scott! This is a super sexy, angsty series about a girl who finds love unexpectedly on a trip to Hawaii. Both books 1 and 2 are on sale for $0.99 right now! Links below!

Synopsis

Evan Ashford is sex personified. He makes me feel things I never have and crave things I’m not sure I should. Time doesn’t exist when we’re together—all of our worries becoming obsolete. Our tongues touch, and as if by memory, they move in harmony, feeling at peace, feeling at home.

Despite his mother’s best efforts to drive us apart and the miles that separate us, I’m ready—ready to claim what’s mine.

In an instant, his lips are pressed firmly against mine, consuming my words as if hearing them isn’t enough. Desire turns to need as he tastes and savors every syllable ever spoken from my heart to his.

Mallory Wray caught my attention and stole my heart. The emerald of her eyes draws me in, and it’s so easy to see why I fell in love with her. I run my hand over her cheek and into her hair, admiring everything I’ve missed so much. That familiar intensity that formed our bond back in Hawaii exists again. It’s comforting, engulfing, making my chest ache in the most painfully acute way. My heart feels grounded in her. This is right, this is us, I can finally breathe again.

Her hand settles on my cheek and a soft smile appears. “My sweet surfer. What a change a month makes.”

“It’s not the month that changed me. It’s the girl.” I turn and kiss her palm. “You make me want more than I feel I deserve.”

“You deserve everything your heart desires.”

“My heart only desires you.”

“Then I’m yours. All yours. Always.”

Life has taken these two young lovers in different directions. Can their love bring them back together? Will they be able to find their paradise once again?

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Excerpt

If my dad wasn’t receiving an award from the mayor himself, I’d blow off this event. But I’m expected to be there with the family to represent the company, so I shower and shave, then return to my closet to put on the tuxedo that was delivered to my apartment yesterday— a perfectly tailored white jacket… I sigh, rolling my eyes. “So fucking pretentious.”

My hair is dried, my teeth brushed, and I leave. Mallory was losing the battle with a nap when we disconnected earlier, but we both left the video chat on a high. The car is waiting for me when I walk out the building. The door is held open by the chauffeur and I slide across the cold leather as the driver resumes his position up front. I don’t tell him where to go because all that information has been provided already.

I’m not in the car but for a few minutes when my phone rings. I answer quickly when I see it’s Mallory calling. “I thought I wore you out?” I say, leaning back and getting comfortable, happy to hear from her again.

“I should have told you sooner, but your mothe…” she starts to say, but hesitates. “Evan?”

“Yes?” The world settles into a disheartening silence, but I can’t fill it. My heart begins to race waiting for her to continue.

“If you meet someone… someone that interests you, you should—”

No. No. “No. No! Why are you talking about meeting other people? Why are you saying this?” She’s giving me an out and I won’t let her. “No! Mallory, it’s you and me. Us. This is us. Remember? Please don’t say it.”

Her voice is quiet, hard to hear over the noisy Manhattan traffic. “You need to know that I love you enough to let you go if you meet a more suitable partner.”

“A more suitable partner? What the fuck? No! That’s like saying I don’t love you as much because I don’t want you to be with anyone else. I’m your suitable partner. You’re mine. So what you’re saying is bullshit because I love you more than I knew it was even possible to love someone. What brought this on? I just left. We were fine.” I know she can hear the panic in my voice.

“I promised myself I wouldn’t say anything, but as time passes, I keep wondering if she’s right.”

“Who?” I sit straight up, listening to my world begin to crumble. “And right about what?”

“Your mother. She only pointed out the obvious, Evan. You have so much to gain and achieve on top of the foundation your parents laid out for you and Kate. You deserve more than I can give—”

About S.L. Scott

Crop 3S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas Hill Country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.

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Review + Giveaway: Good Intentions (#2, Welcome To Paradise) by S.L. Scott

My Thoughts

 

The sexy sequel that packs more romance and emotion. I was increasingly hooked with each intensifying and heartfelt moment.
The series keeps getting better and better!

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Synopsis

good intentions coverTwo words sum up my summer in paradise—Evan Ashford.

I have a life back home I must return to, though my heart battles this reality. What started as a carefree summer fling has become so much more. Evan has become so much more. He’s become everything. Cupping his face, I stare into his deep blue eyes, wanting to lose myself once more… needing to know he feels this too.

Although our connection won’t stop the summer’s end from rushing toward us or silence the demons Evan battles, I have faith our love can overcome the obstacles that will undoubtedly arise from us choosing to be together. I still worry… Will our good intentions be good enough? But I’m all in, willing to take the risk, knowing he can destroy my heart if I’m wrong.

Like a riptide, I was forever changed by one woman—Mallory Wray.

Our eyes meet and we spend a moment looking into the others’, reading the fear and the love that mingles within. I move slowly down and kiss her forehead, her nose, her eyelids, her cheeks, and her chin before I kiss her lips again—soft and gentle, not rushed, but sensual. She smiles and I die inside knowing that I won’t get to see her face every day. I’ve been spoiled by this sweet angel giving me all her days and nights. I possessively take hold of her wrists and like so many times before, the air stills as our connection intensifies. I can’t help myself when it comes to her.

I kiss her.

Rain pours down harder and I wrap my arms around her, engulfing her body, her love, her soul.

My Review

Whereas Good Vibrations had a light-hearted, humorous, angsty, summer-fun-infused tone, Good Intentions had more of what I tend to connect with… deeper feelings, more character development, more intensity… and well, trouble in paradise. I loved the sense that what started as a summer fling has now developed into an actual relationship laden with very real problems and feelings that are starting to take root in the hearts of our hero and heroine. I’m the type of reader who gravitates to books featuring well-developed characters with complex and intensely felt emotions, whose growth you can almost see on the page. This sequel made big strides in giving me what I was looking for and I loved seeing the deepening romance between Evan and Mallory, as they continue to grow, shake off the sands of a short-lived affair and take the difficult next steps to be together beyond the close of the summer.

“Our lips meet, and under a full Hawaiian moon, that kiss tells me were were always meant to be more than a fling in paradise. That summer, we became forever.”

Last we read in Good Vibrations, Mallory and Evan admit that their feelings have developed into something more than just a casual thing. With Mallory’s impending departure back to Colorado, however, their future is burdened with questions and insecurities.

“I want to make sure I’m with him for the right reasons. The chemistry is there and I never question that. I think his commitment to me is there. I love him, but I don’t want to end up hurting him either. I can’t be with him because I think I can save him. I don’t want to be his savior… I want to be his partner.”

At the beginning, old threats re-appear in a big way, making both Mallory and Evan question mutual trust, but with time apart, clearer thoughts prevail and secrets are revealed setting them on the right course. During this time of turmoil, I really loved the more intense moments that really made me connect with their romance a little more. Their emotions felt honest and profound.

“My heart is soaring as everything becomes so clear in that moment. Evan is everything that matters. He’s mine and I’m his and all of our good intentions are good enough.”

I think in a sense, the trouble they have in the first part of the book is cathartic and necessary to their progression. It frees Evan from old guilt he’s been shouldering and it forces them to realize how important they are to each other… how much they need to communicate more… how much love they truly feel.

“I should’ve told you before now, before the party. I felt it. I always felt it. When I made you those promises that we’d be together, that was my heart speaking to yours, not just words. I’m in love with you, Mallory, and I should’ve exposed my true feelings a long time ago instead of internalizing them.”

I have to say I am loving the Evan that is emerging and growing. I sometimes felt he was a bit childish and too carefree for his age in the first book, but in Good Intentions, I really had a better understanding of his struggles with his past, with his family, and with his own future. I was glad to see him tell himself that he needed to get it together and figure out what he was going to do with the rest of his life. And although Mallory herself is also going through some personal growth, I think she somehow gave him the focus he needed. Evan was a lot more expressive in this book, and I liked seeing him so vulnerable and loving.

“She’s everything I never thought I’d find in a girl. I love her.”

I thought Mallory also did a great job of forcing transparency between them. Throughout the book, she makes herself, and Evan, have those hard, but necessary conversations.

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I thought that S.L. Scott did a really excellent job with pacing too. You had some big-time drama where I was able to revel in the intensity of those scenes, then you had moments of quiet bliss as their romance evolved, giving Evan and Mallory a well-deserved chance to just be happy with each other.

“We spend the next two weeks talking, laughing, sharing and exploring. We don’t fight. There aren’t even tiny moments of irritation. We’re happy. It is as simple as that. It seems that all of the hurdles that once stood in our way have been jumped and left in the past.”

But then, of course, you have Mallory’s imminent move back to Colorado, which punctuates the feeling of dread towards the end of the book, bringing all the doubts to the forefront as they could no longer be ignored or shoved aside for another day.

“I’ve never loved anyone like this before. I don’t even allow myself to think about you leaving because my heart aches and my mind goes into some kind of freakish negative overdrive thinking about every possible thing that can hurt us or separate us.”

And once they are forced apart and aided through the dual POV of the book, we get to better comprehend the thoughts, feelings and motivations of Evan and Mallory individually and I think there is a lot of goodness in there. I was particularly captivated by the warring feelings inside of Evan. He’s a lot more complex than I originally thought and I think we have yet to see his full character arc.

Overall, I was really impressed with this heartfelt sequel. While it was true to itself, keeping with some light humor and big-time steam, I honestly thought it was even better than the first!  I definitely felt more connected to the story and its characters. S.L. Scott’s vivid writing, solid pacing and sharper character development made me feel everything much more strongly. In the end, we don’t exactly have a cliffhanger, but we are left with a lingering question to ponder until book 3…

“Am I enough? I need to know.”

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Cover Reveal: Good Intentions (#2, Welcome to Paradise) by S.L. Scott

Final Front of Ebook

  • Title: Good Intentions (Welcome to Paradise, #2)
  • Author:  S. L. Scott
  • Expected release date:  September 9, 2013
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance
  • Age Group:  New Adult
  • Cover designed by: Okay Creations
  • Reveal organized by: AToMR Tours 

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Synopsis

Two words sum up my summer in paradise: Evan Ashford.

I have a life back home I must return to, though my heart battles this reality. What started as a carefree summer fling has become so much more. Evan has become so much more. He’s become everything. Cupping his face, I stare into his deep blue eyes, wanting to lose myself once more… needing to know he feels this too.

Although our connection won’t stop the summer’s end from rushing toward us or silence the demons Evan battles, I have faith our love can overcome the obstacles that will undoubtedly arise from us choosing to be together. I still worry… Will our good intentions be good enough? But I’m all in, willing to take the risk, knowing he can destroy my heart if I’m wrong.

Like a riptide, I was forever changed by one woman: Mallory Wray.

Our eyes meet and we spend a moment looking into the others’, reading the fear and the love that mingles within. I move slowly down and kiss her forehead, her nose, her eyelids, her cheeks, and her chin before I kiss her lips again—soft and gentle, not rushed, but sensual. She smiles and I die inside knowing that I won’t get to see her face every day. I’ve been spoiled by this sweet angel giving me all her days and nights. I possessively take hold of her wrists and like so many times before, the air stills as our connection intensifies. I can’t help myself when it comes to her.

I kiss her.

Rain pours down harder and I wrap my arms around her, engulfing her body, her love, her soul.

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Book 1 of the Welcome To Paradise series is Good Vibrations

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About The Author

sl scott author picS.L. Scott has a degree in Journalism and is the author of Amazon bestseller, A Prior Engagement, her debut novel, Naturally, Charlie, and several novellas, including Amazon best seller, Sleeping with Mr. Sexy, and Morning Glory—all currently available on Amazon. Pursuing her passion for telling stories, she spends her days escaping into her characters, letting them lead her on their adventures. She is a Contributor to Huffington Post as well as writes for her own blog along with several other popular sites.

Travelling, music festivals, and surfing are a few of her hobbies she loves, but she doesn’t get to enjoy on a regular basis. She has an obsession with movies, a varied taste in books, and collects Fitz & Floyd teapots. With a memory full of useless trivia facts, and a Keurig addiction, she loves a fun night in with her family as much as a loud night out with her friends.

Scott lives in the lively city of Austin with her husband, two young sons, and two Papillons, enjoying life in the beautiful hill country of Texas.

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Getting To Know S.L. Scott + Excerpt from Naturally, Charlie + Giveaway!

To celebrate the cover re-launch of Naturally, Charlie, the recent release of
Good Vibrations and her attendance at Book Bash this weekend, I thought it was time to get to know S.L. Scott a little better! I asked her to share some interesting things about herself and here’s what she sent me!

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I once made it to the Hubba Bubba Bubblegum finals for biggest bubble when I was 7 years old.

 

 

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My birthday was on 9/9/99. I celebrated in Vegas.

 

 

 

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I was an Orientation Assistant for my university one summer and loved it.

 

 

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I broke my arm skateboarding in the 4th grade. I might have yelled, “Hey, watch this!” beforehand. j/s

 

 

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My dogs are named Maui and Tiki.
 

 

 

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I went to Surf Divas surf camp for a weekend a few years ago in San Diego.

 

 

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My mom’s surfboard from when she surfed as a teenager hangs in my garage and is one of my most treasured possessions.

 

 

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I have skydived before. I wouldn’t do it again.

 

 

 

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A movie production company once rented my car from me to use as Jennifer Aniston’s in a movie. She drove it in the movie, but all those scenes were cut. Lol

 

 

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I’ve been banned from entering Cakewalks at carnivals and fairs before because I’ve won them too many times as a kid.

 

 

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Excerpt: Charlie Barrow

“So what brings you to this part of town, Charlie?”

He plays with the straw’s wrapper before wadding it between his fingers. When he looks up, he says, “You do.” He shrugs. “I missed you.”

He always makes me smile, but I laugh lightly, too, because I like that he missed me. “You missed me?”

Leaning forward after looking around us, he whispers, “Yeah, I missed you. Is that so strange?”

No. Not strange at all. I’d been thinking about him since we parted after dinner yesterday.

“What?” he asks. “Are you laughing at me because I can admit I missed you?”

“I think it’s great you can admit you missed someone, and I wasn’t laughing.” I giggle.

“That. That right there is laughing.”

“No, that’s giggling.”

“Aren’t we too old to giggle?”

“Speak for yourself, old man,” I tease.

He laughs now, but turns away when our number is called. Tapping the table once with his palm, he says, “I’ll be right back.”

I watch him as he walks toward the back of the small restaurant to claim our order, enjoying the view. Damn it! I look out the window when I’m busted staring at his ass. When I look back, he’s gloating—I mean smiling—all the way back.

I try to tamp the heat I feel that wants to redden my cheeks, giving my guilt away, but I think it’s too late.

“Here.” He sets the food down in front of me. “Eat and maybe that will distract us enough to not talk about the fact that I just caught you ogling my ass.”

“I wasn’t ogling.” I feign annoyance at the accusation, although I totally was ogling.

“You were sooo ogling.”

“I hate you, Charlie.” I laugh, joking with him.

“Yeah, I hate you, too.” He teases with a smug smile set in place.

I seriously love our friendship.

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About The Author

S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas Hill Country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.

Her current books include the recently-released Good Vibrations (#1, Welcome to Paradise)A Prior EngagementNaturally, CharlieSleeping With Mr. SexyMorning Glory and All I Want – A Tryst With A Twist.

She welcomes your notes at sl@slscottauthor.com.

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