February 12, 2014

'Jase' Blog Tour - Review + GIVEAWAY

February 12, 2014

Welcome to my stop on the Jase Blog Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Today I will be reviewing Jase by M. J. Fields, the first book in the Men of Steel series. There is also a giveaway you can enter!

Title: Jase
Series: Men of Steel #1
Author: M. J. Fields
Publication Date: July 13, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

I sat in my room at our family’s tattoo parlor, Forever Steel staring at the phone. I hadn’t stopped looking at the picture of this crazy, quirky, insanely beautiful blonde haired blue eyed siren that invaded the Jersey Shore a month ago.

Carly Smythe was not my type at all. She was a twenty year old student at Stanford University in California, smart as hell, and funny. The shit kicker was she was so awkwardly unaware of what any man with pulse could see, and that was that she was a damn heartbreaker with a body that made me hard the very first time I saw her.

She made me crazy, she snuck out to see me, and then avoided any sexual advances I made on her, until I finally kissed her, and I didn’t wait for an invitation either: I took those pouty little lips and made them mine.

Carly was also an avid reader of those books, you know “Mommy Porn.” So my game had to be stepped up. Who the hell am I kidding? She could see through my game immediately, and it didn’t have the same effect it did on every other girl I hooked up with. And she didn’t go running for the hills, either. I fell hard… and fast.

Abe (her cousin) knew all the shit that had gone down in my life for the past five and a half years and in order to make this work, which I wanted it to… I needed to set the record straight, put it all on the line, give her the 411, and let her decide if after everything, she still wanted to give it up to a guy like me. A tattooed, pierced, f-up, with a past that was sure to send any girl into a tail spin. She was not any girl, she was…different.

I liked the premise of the story, as well as the book in it's entirety. However, the pace is a slow build in the first half of the book -- I had to keep in mind that this book is split into two parts. The first part focused on the foundation of Carly and Jase when they first met, while the the second part is the meat of the story. That is when the story really got rolling. This gives us a chance for character and plot development that will be essential to the rest of the story. They seemed a bit young at the start of the story, so it took a little adjusting to the transition from the first part to the second. Add that to the twists that I did not see coming, which added more substance to keep you on pins and needles until the very end, then you've got quite a roller coaster of a story.

Carly visits her dad and cousins for the summer, and tags along with her cousin Abe to hang out at the beach which is where she meets Jase. Since then, it changed her summer expectations. Carly may be innocent, but she's not naive. She is well aware that Jase is a man-whore from the start, so she keeps her distance from him and fights the attraction until attraction wins the fight. She can't help but be pulled to him. The problem? Jase has a girlfriend. Another problem? Carly is only in town for the summer, then she has to go back home to her mom.

Jase is one of the Steel boys who works at the family tattoo shop, Forever Steel. He is a tattooed bad boy who is not afraid to show it. He can be a jerk, but also has a charming side. He's the type of guy who gets what he wants and goes after it without backing down. Jase and determination are attached at the hip when it comes to the things he wants. I mean, a guy with fierce determination, you just can't help but find that sexy and end up swooning up a storm. Okay, there were times where I mentally punched the guy several times, but nobody is perfect. It's not until all the cards are on the table do we understand the seemingly unforgivable behavior, especially towards Carly. He does have his redeeming qualities, because he is a good guy deep down under his bad boy exterior.

Things look up when Jase's already rocky relationship with his girlfriend comes to an end, which gives Jase and Carly a chance to be together. The more Carly sneaks out to spend time with Jase, the more they fall for each other. Jase and Carly are magnetic. That's a way to describe their chemistry. Attraction turns into something more. However, they race against time that is running out. And time isn't the only thing standing in their way. There's a lot of tension, obstacles and secrets that are better left in the dark, which only leads them to separate on more than one occasion.

Long distance becomes another factor. They realize that luck and fate are not on their side. Jase and Carly goes through trials and tribulations of obstacles together. It leaves you (and them) questioning if and how they will work through this. I may have made it seem like their relationship is toxic, but I assure you that it is not. I'm trying to address the odds that are stacked against them. Trust me, and other readers, on this when I say that they are electrifying and scorching hot together. They both are complicated with a past to match, but throughout the story we see them grow individually and as a couple. They truly do love each other, and their fight be together (and a follow up novella) only proves what they have is real through and through.

Jase's family, especially his brothers, are hilarious. They have you falling off your seat in a fit of laughter with their wit, comebacks, gimmicks, one-liners and banter. It's hard not to like them. They also make you want to hit them upside the head at times, but that comes with the territory. And they welcome Carly like family, and the dynamic between them and Carly is fun to follow. They are a really great asset to the story as well as their lives. I can't wait to get to know the rest of the Steel boys in their own books! Even with all the angst, cobweb of lies, romance, unique characters, ridiculous antics, humor, intrigue, secrets and heartache... Jase was a great and enticing read to indulge in.

Contains sexual situations and strong language that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 17.

I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review and to participate in the tour, however it does not influence my review.

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I am very new self published writer,and had no clue what I was getting into, still don’t—but I like it!

My imagination became apparent at age three. Sigma was my very first (imaginary) boyfriend. He lived about fifteen miles from my family’s farm. I took him chicken noodle soup every night on one of our snowmobiles, regardless of the season. Apparently he was very ill and “Thank God” I was able to care for him.

At eight my love for writing blossomed. My cousins and I (of course I was the president) wrote a newsletter and sold it to our family members.

Years later I decided to put it back into print to entertain my cousin on an aircraft carrier on 9/11 and very far away from home during a scary time for our country, (protecting our butts).

Fast forward to 2012. I read 50 shades and thought, I wanna do that!

I have two complete series The Love Series, and Wrapped and two new series Burning Souls and Men of Steel. Thirteen books in sixteen months. CrAzY and wonderful.

I love love! (I would love to reference a Pink song here but I will save my inappropriateness for my books.

I enjoy watching people grow and change with self realization and moments of clarity that sneak up behind you and smack you in the head. I love people and have always been able to see both sides of a story. Each person that comes into our life leaves us with something it is what we choose to do with it that helps us grow.

I live in central New York in the middle of nowhere and am surrounded by family and friend. I ran a small business out of my home and have recently closed my door to pursue this dream full time. I spend time writing and doing the typical Mommy things. Our house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time. I would have it no other way.

I love people,music, laughter, hugs, books, and talking about books.

I’m very excited to share that I have recently signed and am now represented by with Marissa Corvisiero.

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