Thursday, April 28, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY - Something More Than This by Barbie Bohrman


Barbie Bohrman

Releasing April 26th, 2016
Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult


Katy Lewis has it all: a sports reporting job she loves, a great roommate, and two brothers who, while nosy, always have her back. But when Conner Roberts, Katy’s unrequited first crush, suddenly shows up—and shows interest—after nine years, she reverts to a sweaty, panicked sixteen-year-old once more.

And if trying to read Conner’s signals isn’t tough enough, Katy’s heart is sending some mixed messages of its own. When a beautiful blonde coworker starts pursuing Katy’s boss, Dylan Sterling—her longtime mentor and friend—she realizes she may have a problem with that. A reunion with Conner is what she’s dreamed of for so long…so why can’t she stop thinking about Dylan?

For the first time ever, Katy must fact-check her heart. Should she go after the guy she thought she always wanted or see if there’s something more with the one who’s been there all along?

There is just something about this book that makes me want to go back and re-read all my favorite parts, multiple times. Something More Than This actually caught me by surprise. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. When I read the blurb, I thought: "Oh, it's one of those books where the heroine is conflicted between two best friends, one from her past and one in the present. Is it going to be a second chance romance? Or is it going to be a friends to lovers romance? I love a little drama so it must be good." 


PLOT LINE - So, conflicted girl + attraction to two guys = love triangle? No. This is not a love triangle book. I repeat. This is not one of them. Why? Because love triangles can turn off some readers (I am one of them). I'm happy it wasn't one. Sometimes you need a push in the right direction when it comes to love. The universe definitely gave Katy a push. :) When a past unrequited love comes back into your life, especially your best friend growing up, you can't help but wonder and ask "what if". What if now is the right time? What if he realized he loves me to but was too afraid to say something before? What if this is my second chance at love? On the other hand, what if this unrequited love is suppose to make her realize a love that was right in front of her all this time? 

CHEMISTRY - Two guys. Two of your best friends. One, a doctor. The other, an editor. How can you not be attracted to either guy. That possibility of falling in love with your best friend is a moment every person should have. But the worse part is: rejection, or unrequited love. Even though there was a rejection, there will always be this connection. The chemistry between Connor and Katy is so sweet. Although they haven't seen each other in so long, it feels like they can pick up where they left off. With Dylan and Katy, their chemistry is a pretty intense. It's the "should I cross the line" kind of hot. Not only is Dylan her boss, he's the one who is there for her. Since she was burned the first time, you can understand why she would be hesitant with her relationship with Dylan.

FLASHBACKS - I love it when flashbacks are added to a plot line. Then, you get a better sense of what the heroine is feeling. It's one of those moments where you think: huh, it's not at all what it seemed to be. Revisiting the past can make a person analyze it in a different way. When there are a couple breakthroughs, it can be quite interesting. 



Dylan stays completely still and quiet. If I couldn’t see the steady beat of his pulse on the side of his neck, I would swear that he was dead. It’s bad enough that my heart is jackhammering away inside its cage in my chest, making it nearly impossible to stay as calm on the outside as

I’m trying to be in front of him.

It’s a test, that’s all this is. Get it over with so you can move on.

I’m thinking this while reaching out to take Dylan’s hands in mine. He doesn’t resist, so that’s good. Then he lets me position them on my waist, leaving them there when I take my hands away. I feel a charge of excitement run through me at the warmth of his hands against my body. And it frightens me a little. So I keep my eyes trained on his throat and watch in fascination as it bobs up and then down, as if he is swallowing a breath. Not having to look in his eyes is enough to propel me an inch forward and loop my arms around his neck.


He says this so quietly that I can’t tell if it’s a plea or a question. So I move closer until our bodies are pressed together, like we’re about to start a slow dance. I’ve finally been able to clear my mind of all stray thoughts and focus on this moment, right here, right now, that I know will change everything. But I still can’t gather the nerve to look up at him, because if I do, I already know I won’t be able to stop.

In a voice so low, I ask, “If you were this close to me, like you are now, would you want to kiss me?”

He doesn’t answer, but I can tell that his breathing is becoming more rapid by the way his chest rises and falls. So I ask him again.

It’s then he moves his hand off my waist and underneath my chin to tip my face up to look at him. He skims over my features with his eyes until reaching my lips, where he holds them in his gaze for a moment too long to be considered merely friendly.

Then quietly, he says, “Yes.”

“Yes, what?”

“Yes, I would kiss you.”

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Barbie Bohrman dreamed of becoming an author. Long after she had given up, a book club’s prologue contest encouraged her to give it one more go. What emerged were the beginnings of her debut novel, Promise Me. Now she’s living her dream and writing stories that entice readers to escape and break away from reality. When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to get through the books on her Kindle (more than a thousand at last count) or watching Sherlock or Homeland. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and two children.

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1 comment:

  1. Lovely review. Thank you for hosting SOMETHING MORE THAN THIS today!

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