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Monday, June 17, 2013

Blog Tour Kickoff for Love Realized by Melanie Codina

Love Realized by Melanie Codina 

Book Blurb:
For Jake, it's always been Gillian

It's been her since that day she unknowingly stole a piece of his heart.....when he watched her fall for one of his best friends. Resolved to the fate that she couldn't be his, he locked up the deeper emotions he felt for her and loved her as a friend. As friends, they went through it all together. Marriages, births, divorces and even death. But when a shameful secret Gillan has kept from her friends is revealed, Jake realizes that she needs him more than ever. He knew what it was like to go through heartbreak and he wasn't about to stand back and watch her endure it alone. He also knew she would turn to him for support. What he wasn't prepared for was the return of the emotions he had long ago locked away. Could he control these emotions again and did he even want to? Could he make her realize his love for her was real, or would she slip through his fingers again?


A scene where Jake finally gets to kiss Gillian =)

Now that his other arm was free, he wrapped it around Gillian and just held her against him. He pressed his face into her hair and smiled as her scent filled his nose, livening his senses. His body was on edge with need, especially since her hands were idly stroking a small area above his waistband. He just needed one more kiss—a real kiss. Sliding his hand up her back and burying it in her hair, he tilted her head back so she had no choice but to look at him. Her eyes met his gaze as he slowly leaned into her, and said softly, “I'm sorry, but I just can’t wait any longer to do this.” Pressing his lips against hers, he felt them soften and mold to his, before he let his tongue glide along the seam. Feeling her softness, tasting her, wanting more, he used his hand in her hair to position her for the perfect angle as he pressed his tongue through the barrier of her lips.

Jake felt her tongue slide out to meet his, and he couldn’t control the rumble of satisfaction that escaped him as his body responded to hers. The hands that had been at his low back were now digging into his skin through his shirt, spurring him on further even as he felt her tongue slip into his mouth. He wanted to devour her, take all of her inside him and keep her all to himself. It was like he couldn’t get her close enough as the two of them stood in her living room, making out, with their sons in the next room. Jake wanted to care, but couldn’t bring himself to do it. This kiss had been a long time coming, and he wasn’t going to apologize for this inherent need to have her. Her lips on his, her tongue stroking his, her nails digging into his back, his body tightened further, and he pressed his hips forward so she knew exactly what she was doing to him.  She moaned in response and pressed her hips back into his … Oh yeah, he was a goner for sure.

Not wanting to stop, but knowing he had to, Jake slowed down the kiss. He let his lips linger against hers for a moment before he gently sucked her lower lip into his mouth one more time before pulling back. When he looked down at her, he could actually see the lust hazing her eyes as she opened them, and a slow smile spread across her face. He rubbed a finger across her now swollen bottom lip, reveling in the softness and the fact that he could touch them—that they were his now. He sighed in contentment and said, “Sorry, but I couldn’t wait another minute to do that. I hope I didn’t embarrass you in front of Allie, but I really missed you.”

Gillian let out one of those adorable snorts of hers before saying, “To feel embarrassed, I would have to be aware of people around me. I can only see you right now, Jake.”
This scene starts with one of my favorite lines of the book =)

Jake ended the kiss and looked her in the eyes. There was questioning in his eyes … waiting for an answer. “Can I have you Gillian?” She lifted one hand up and gently swept back the lock of hair that had fallen forward into his face. Her hand followed the hair back on his head as she ran her fingers through the thick locks, caressing him. Jake sighed and closed his eyes as he melted into her hand. Her hands met at the base of his neck, and she tilted his head so she could place her own soft kisses to his skin. First, her lips found his eyelids, then the tip of his nose, and finally his forehead, before returning to his lips.

After placing one more kiss on his lips, she pulled away ever so slightly so that she could whisper, “Will you catch me Jake?” She felt his hands tighten his hold on her. “I'm falling for you, Jake, but I need to know that you’ll catch me.”

Once again, his hands were in her hair, angling her face toward his, so he had her complete attention, before saying, “The only place you will fall, Gillian, is right where you are, in these arms, in my life. You are everything to me, and I will do whatever I have to do to prove that to you.” He leaned in to her, and she could feel his trembling lips on hers. Leaning his forehead against hers, he whispered, “Fall, Gillian. Go ahead and fall, and I promise I’ll catch you.”

She knew he was holding himself back, and she wanted him to let go. His whispered reassurance sounded almost desperate—he was begging her to take a chance on him … so she took it. “Ask me again, Jake,” she whispered back to him.

When he pulled his head away from hers, he looked her in the eyes and asked in a voice laced with passion and desperation, “Can I have you Gillian?”

She smiled at him, “Yes, Jake. You can have me … I'm yours.”

Angie J's Review:

I received this book from the author.

Now if you are a follower of my blog you know we are not the most traditional bloggers sooooo with that stated I must start this by saying I have a bit of a girlie crush on the author ...yup I sure do.  She is an amazing , giving and caring person so I was honored and thrilled when she asked me to read this book for her.

The story starts out with Gillian looking around at her friends and family and thinking what a great, kickass life she has.  She is happily attending to her sons birthday guest when her co-worker enters the house with...........the Home Wrecking Whore....... the woman who her husband had (as in past tense) been sleeping with.  Welp guess what?  Logan lied and all kinds of hell breaks lose for Gillian.  Her life spins out of control and she finds herself confronting her husband in front of family and JAKE about what he has done.  

Jake.....dreamy sigh.......Swooning......licking my lips in breathless anticipation for him to come to my door...oh wait better get back to the review.....So Jake takes a stand and comforts Gillian through this emotional time.  Hey guess what Peps?  Jake has been in total and desperate love with Gillian since they were 17!!!  He didn't ball up and admit it so Logan got the girl.

Well Gillian decides to get out and start dating with the help Super Bitch Allie.  Well Jake doesn't take this news very well because he has decided that he will get Gillian this time.  I felt so bad for Jake at the scene when he sees "his future" leaving with another man.  I was totally broken for Jake because DAMN IT I want Jake!!!

Well since this is a romance book.....you kinda guessed it, Jake and Gillian get to hitting the sheets, Couch, Bed, shower stall, etc.  The scene that sets all the sexing in motion is when Jake says "Can I have you Gillian?"  I was on the floor and screaming "ANSWER HIM ALREADY!!!!!! and it better damn well be a YES!!!"

Well the couple in this book area  great start to this series.  I loved the side plot of someone vandalizing Logan's vehicle and wondered who it was.  I was pretty stunned when the person was revealed.  I didn't see it coming but then again i was really only reading the book for the Jake/Gillian sex scenes at that point...JK!!!!  I loved the other little surprise the author gives us for Jake and Gillian...wanna know???  Well get our "one click" finger busy and down load it from amazon already!!!!

Brenda's Review:

"Can I have you, Gillian?"  That was my favorite line from the book! It made me tear up every time I read it! This book will suck you in from the very first chapter! You instantly love Gillian. I want to BE Gillian when I grow up! She's one of cc the strongest, kind, caring FORGIVING people you'll meet....but that doesn't mean she'll take CRAP from anyone... oh no!!! You'll get s second chance....once!!! Jake....awwwww, loved him! It's the reason I want to be Gillian!! Patiently waits for his woman....for 16+ years!!!! ALLIE--- OMG everyone needs an ALLIE in their life!!! I am hoping the next book in this series is about her!!!! She needs her own book!

READ THIS BOOK! You will love it just as much as me!!#

Author Interview:

*Enters Brenda and Angie J from the Twinsie Talk Book Reviews.  The girls scan the crowded Bronx Pizza Place.  They spy Jake and both get a little weak in the knees.  They sigh and start to stroll over while recomposing themselves* 

Angie and Brenda : Hi Melanie and *giggles and blushes because we know a lot of his personal business * Hi Jake.  Thanks for meeting with us to talk about the book.  We promise to not take much of your time because we know you are working on the second book Melanie and Jake we know you want to get back to Gillian.

Melanie: *hugs both ladies* Hi! It’s so great to finally meet you both!
Jake: *stands up and shakes hands* Hello ladies, its great to meet you.  And yes, you are correct, I want to get back to my girl.

Brenda: “So how does it feel to have your first book published Melanie??

Melanie: It feels pretty surreal most of the time. It was never something in the game plan for me. It just sort of happened one day. And then it became what it is, and I’m so glad that I went for it.

Angie: “Jake now that EVERYONE knows you and Gillian’s history are any of them surprised how easily you transitioned from Friends to more than Friends?” *wink wink*

Jake: Honestly, I don’t think so. We have a pretty close group of friends, and Gillian and I have always been close to each other, so for them it just seems normal. I think. Or at least I hope it does. With the exception of Logan, for obvious reasons. But outside of our friends, I could really care less what they think. I’ve got my girl, and that’s all that matters to me.

Brenda: “Melanie, how long do we have to wait to read the next book?”

Melanie: Well Brenda, I am currently writing it. And I have high expectations for it to be complete before the end of summer. There of course are other factors involved like editing and cover, so I don’t have a solid date for you on that at the moment.

Angie :”Jake what do you think is the most amazing attribute of Gillian?  It can be physical or intelligence.”

Jake: *sighs and a big smile spreads across his face* The way she loves. Gillian doesn’t waste her time on people that don’t deserve her, but those in her life, get 110% of her attention and love. They don’t have to ask for anything from her, because she gives it before they even know they need it. She is the center of attention without needing it or demanding it, everyone just wants to be around her.

Brenda: “Melanie some of the scenes in the book were sooo emotional.  You are either an AMAZING writer (which is obvious) or you actually experienced something similar.  How much did you experience?”

Melanie: There are quite of few scenes that I wrote that either came from personal experience or come straight from the fear of something like that happening. It is no secret that I was a teenage mother and have four great kids, so all of that emotion was easy to interpret. Scenes like the one in the driveway contain emotions that evolve from the fear of what-if or every-woman’s-worst-nightmare type scenarios. I simply put myself there and tried to imagine how I would feel if it were me. It is my hope that I cried and laughed at all the same parts as any of the readers did, showing that I put them in that position too.

Angie: “Jake how is your relationship with Logan fairing now.”

Jake: I guess you could say it’s better than most people would expect. Logan and I have been friends for a long time, but we are guys, and there are definitely egos involved. I don’t antagonize him and he behaves, because he knows this how it’s going to be. He is now sleeping in the bed he made, and he knows it. I know it. I don’t regret for one second that our friendship might appear strained, because even if I wasn’t lucky enough for Gillian to fall in love with me, Logan lost my respect. He has to earn that back. In the meantime, we act like adults because that is what we are, and that is what Gillian wants for all of us.

Brenda: “Melanie, I think every man could learn something from Jake.  Has your husband learned anything from Jake?”

Melanie: *lets out a laugh* Has my husband learned anything from Jake? I would venture to say that both men have a lot of similarities. Whether they have learned them from each other, I don’t know. Both men posses qualities that any man should be happy to have, and any woman should be happy to experience.

Angie: “Jake has Gillian been given a super hero name???  If so, what is it????”

Jake: *once again smiling as he thinks of Gillian* Well I don’t know that she has ever been given an official title, but Super Woman comes to mind.

Brenda:”Melanie I love Gillian’s BFF, Allie!  She is hilarious without a filter!!  I wished more people could be like her!  Do you have an Allie?”

Melanie: Actually Brenda, I have a few Allie’s in my life. I have friends that range from old high school friends who know some of my old secrets. As well as a group of new ones who hold all my newer secrets. On occasion, they collide and it makes it even better.

Angie :”Jake what is one thing our readers would love to know about you that we didn’t learn in your book……just one little something that us girls can brag about being the first to learn……..come on…PLEASE…..one little thing…….*snickers* it can be naughty.  Our readers LOVE naughty!!!!”

Jake: *giving Angie a sexy grin* Well I wouldn’t want to disappoint your readers, but I have to say, I really only do naughty for Gillian. But I would love to show you my new tattoo. *lifting his shirt to expose his chest* Just got it done last week. It’s obvious that its mine and Gillian’s initials, but I had to make sure it was placed over my heart.
(It is a fancy script J with the G entwined into it. Of course the look on Jake’s face has both of you sigh with longing)

OMG we have had so much fun with you two…next time we hope Gillian can come as well.   Thanks for letting us hang and ask a bunch of questions and quietly lust over you Jake….should things not work out…just saying….we would so be there to be the shoulders for you to cry on J

Jake: *gives a small laugh as he stands and pulls back Melanie’s chair* Thank you for having us. I’ll will make sure to keep that in mind. *wink* Now if you ladies will excuse me, I have to get back to my girl.

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About the Author:

Melanie is an amazing mother of four, an awesome and tolerant wife to one, and nurse to many. If you don’t believe her, just ask anyone in her family, they know what to say. She is also a devoted chauffeur, the keeper of missing socks, a genius according to a six year old, the coolest soccer uniform coordinator according to a twelve year old, and the best damn ‘mac-n-cheese-with-cut-up-hot-dog maker in the whole world. Well that last title isn’t really official, but it’s still pretty cool to be called it.

When not being ordered around by any of the kids, you can find her with her nose in a book or on the sideline of a soccer game cheering on one team or another. But that’s mostly because she has a thing for the coach. When she is not doing all of the above, you can find her obsessed with a group of fictional characters all vying for a spot on the page of whatever she’s working on. It’s a fun and crazy life to lead, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  1. Great interview! Love this book!!

  2. Loved doing this interview...and by the way....Jake is even hotter in person (if you can believe that!!) Thanks for a great story Melanie!!! Keep up the great work! You are amazing at this "little writing thing" and you need to continue!! AND I WANT ALLIE'S STORY!!! love ya! <3