Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hey, It's A Book Tour for "Polaris Series" by M.E. Montgomery

by M.E. Montgomery
"North Star" (Book 1): Alex and Kayla's story
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"True North" (Book 2): Continuation of Alex and Kayla's story
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"Starlight Wishes" (Book 3): Tyler and Jennifer's story
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Everyone who knew her wanted Mikayla Matthews as their friend. But in her love life, she never seemed to be good enough. After one betrayal too many, she packed up her shattered heart and moved across the state to start over. Losing herself in a new job, she is convinced no man will ever truly want her, not that she was willing to trust another to find out anyway. 

Alex North found himself in the one role he never wanted - guardian of his nephew after his sister and best friend are killed. On unfamiliar territory as a dad, Alex gave up his bachelor lifestyle and worked to create a nurturing environment for five-year-old Aiden. Attempting to hold his new life together, he masked his pain and threw himself into being the rock for his family. 

Brought together by fate on several occasions, Alex decides Mikayla is the key to heal not only Aiden, but himself. He recognizes that only she can offer him the kind of love he never thought he would find. Mikayla discovers she has the strength to give love a second chance as well as the courage to fight for it. Together they heal each other and begin to create a future together. 

But not everyone supports them, and outside forces threaten to destroy all the happiness they have worked for. Will Alex and Mikayla be strong enough to hold together the fledgling family they are building? Or will the past and the present work together to rip them apart? 

(Note: this book is part of a 2-part series. Alex and Kayla's story concludes in True North.)
My Rating:  πŸ“”πŸ“”πŸ“”πŸ“”πŸ“”
My Thoughts: This Book Shines Bright For Contemporary Romance
      The emotional depth of this book was so great that you continued to read page after page and grew deeper and deeper connected to the characters. I loved how the romance became more than just attraction, but about healing and completeness. This couple M.E. Montgomery created is without a doubt one of my new favorites and happy to know there is more than one book on them.
        Beaten down by words of being "cold" and "not enough" then finally betrayed by the man she thought was it for her, Mikayla Matthews moves to a new town to live with her best friend and restart her life. Kayla at first resorts to a life of a hermit going to work and returning home not enjoying life in fear of rejection. Until one day she meets a man, who rescues her and literally sweeps her off her feet. However, its her old thoughts of insecurity that keep her from truly letting go and giving into her feeling of more with him, which makes her fear she may lose something truly amazing. Alex North is adjusting to a new life, where he is now the guardian of his orphaned nephew, Aiden. Never did he imagine a life where he would now have to be a lone father figure while searching for something, or someone, to guide him through his grief over his twin sister and best friend's sudden deaths. However, when his prayers are answered by Kayla literally falling into his lap, Alex is set on proving to her that he is willing to wait on her and show her how amazing she is despite her past with men. 
          Overall, Loved it! OMG, I want an Alex North so bad! He is now one of my favorite literary male leads. That man knows how to adore a woman and be what a man needs to be even when his life is rocked off it's axis and spun upside down and all around. Oh and little Aiden, that kid is too cute and had me in tears with his cute words and sadness at the loss of his parents. Kayla is definitely the glue to that bunch and she is a gracious woman who despite all she's been through is still an amazing female. The cute unit they are building is so sweet which you'll want to read more of especially after the cliffhanger ending. I highly suggest once reading this book you quickly nab the second book.
But it was his eyes that captivated me the most. They were a medium grey, with dark rims and even darker flecks throughout them. At first they seemed flat, but as I stared into them they began to sparkle, making them look more like silver and luring me to get lost in their depths. I finally blinked. As beautiful as his irises were, I noticed purplish shadows beneath his dark lashes. My mind immediately started wondering what could have caused this beautiful man’s weariness – a bad workday? A lover’s rejection? A family tragedy? I couldn’t explain it since I didn’t even know him, but something inside me wanted to reach out and soothe away his stress.

However, whatever was going on with him had been temporarily cast aside, and his spectacular eyes were now glittering with a mixture of kindness, curiosity, and contained laughter, as if he knew I had been checking him out.

I took a breath to compose myself. “Thank you for catching me. That might have ended badly otherwise.” I began to push against him as leverage to stand up, but he grabbed hold of my wrist and stayed my hand.

“I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you not to push too hard there.” His deep voice was gentle, yet commanding at the same time.

I looked questioningly into those mesmerizing eyes and saw them gleaming back at me with something other than laughter as they glanced down at my hand. I wasn’t sure what he meant until I noticed where my other hand had landed when it had automatically reached out to steady myself. Unknown to me, but to the complete awareness of my savior, my hand had landed on his crotch, and what was soft was growing noticeably harder beneath the zipper of his jeans.

Oh! Immediately, I jerked my hand away in mortification and covered my mouth. “I..I’m so, so sorry!” I mumbled from behind my hand. Even in the dimness of the bar lighting, I’m sure my face glowed like a stoplight. “I should be going now. Thank you for saving me.” I carefully struggled off his lap without touching any more of him than necessary.

“Trust me, it was my pleasure,” he grinned mischievously.
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Alex and Kayla have found in each other what they need to move beyond the tragedies of their pasts and are ready to embrace their future together. But the problem with the past is it doesn’t always agree to be left behind. Sometimes it follows, unwilling to let go. 

Now everything they thought they knew to be true is suddenly turned up on end. Collisions between the past and the present challenge their happiness, and hiding in the shadows lurk more obstacles that threaten their future. 

Alex and Kayla are determined not to let these twists and turns destroy their happiness. But is love enough? What happens when lies, uncertainty, and deception entangle with their plans? Will determination be enough when faced with disaster? 

Charting a course is easy; finding your True North and staying the course is the greater challenge. 

(NOTE: This is not a stand-alone book. It is the conclusion to the first book in the series, North Star.)
My Rating:  πŸ“”πŸ“”πŸ“”πŸ“” πŸ“–
My Thoughts: Praying For A HEA
      This was a must read after the first book in this Polaris series, So DO NOT read this novel with out reading the first book. I loved the first novel and this was a great sequel, but this went into more suspense-mystery romance than just romance. It was still a great read but a reader will find the direction of the novel has gone from deep emotional healing to physical healing and mystery/crime solving.  
         On the cusp of a HEA, Alex gets a heartbreaking call saying Mikalya was hurt while trying to stop Aiden's almost abduction. His world is almost destroyed when he realizes the woman he loves beyond his life could have been killed. The fact that her recovery takes too long for loved ones comfort, which makes the situation more tense. Mikayla fights to return to the land of living and begins to heal physically, mentally and emotionally. Though the healing is only half the problem as it becomes clear that the abduction was not as random as they had hoped. Alex, Mikayla and some of their past and present friends help them begin to dig into the mystery of who tried to hurt their family and why. Soon the bigger question becomes can they figure it all out in time before its too late and someone is lost for good.
          Overall, Loved it! Again, I had to dig into this book immediately after reading book 1 since it left me on such an emotionally precipice. Readers get to have a lot more of Alex's point of view in this story and it's great because you truly get to see how much he adore Kayla. The man is dang near perfect! Even when he got all over bearing about Kayla leaving the house without texting him every 10 mins I wanted to love him, because he was scared about losing her. Oh this beautiful Valentine's day scene that is pure romance, *sigh, fictionally I'm super jealous of Kayla. This book went into a lot of mystery with asking who was after them but in the end I'm a bit happy it stretched over two books if only so I could have more of Kayla and Alex, oh and Aiden, that kid is just too cute. Oh and just wait till the prologue, I'm not spoiling anything buuut I'm happy.
“Alex,” I whispered through the thrills that were enveloping my entire body. “I need you!”

He pulled back from me and lifted his head. His eyes, shining like mercury, stared into mine. “I always need you, Mikayla,” he answered, his voice thick with passion. He fanned his hands across my stomach and slowly slid them around to my back. I closed my eyes as the movement of his warm hands against my flesh caused me to break out into more goose bumps.

Suddenly, his movement stopped. I felt his body tense underneath mine and his fingers flex slightly. I opened my eyes to witness him staring at the large greenish-black and yellow patches still visible on my side. I could see the vein in his neck pulse, and while I wanted to believe it was a reaction to the intense moments we had just shared, I knew it wasn’t. At least not anymore.

I gripped the sides of his head. “Alex, they’re just bruises.” I pushed on his chin slightly to get him to look at me. The anguish I saw in his eyes was almost my undoing. While my head celebrated that he loved me so much, my heart ached for his fears. “Bruises will fade, Alex, but what we have never will. It only grows stronger, even through times like this. We never know how much time we have together, and we can’t go around trying to put a timer or a security lock on it. All we can do is love each other completely with the time we’re given.”

He stared at me intently, his breathing growing more rapid as a tear rolled down his cheek. Moisture gathered in my own eyes. “I’m here, Alex,” I spoke urgently. “I will never willingly leave you. Even when I couldn’t physically answer you, I heard you. I heard you calling to me, and I focused on your voice as the lifeline to bring me back to you. I am. Here. With. You.” I punctuated each word with a kiss.

I could feel the moment he gave in, the moment he trusted I was truly here. His hands gripped my head and he slammed his mouth down on top of mine, taking more than giving, like a man deprived of air who was suddenly offered oxygen. It was consuming, demanding – life seeking. His tongue slipped into my mouth, touching, tasting -- healing.
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Her wishes dissolved in the darkness… 

Jennifer Mitchell grew up knowing what she wanted out of life, and she didn’t let anyone dissuade her. But not all wishes come true. After years of blaming herself for a horrifying experience, she feels her dreams are forever shattered. Attempting to move forward, she searches for someone who can help her escape the nightmare of her past. Many have failed, but now the one person she has sworn to ignore has dared her to dream again and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Can she trust him? Will this choice be the final piece to her heart, or will it be the one who shatter her life into total disrepair? 

His wishes struggled to find light… 

Tyler Cranston’s life was planned for him at an early age. He lived his life to please others, only to have everything go tragically wrong. Now as an adult he chooses his own path, living and playing hard and earning a playboy reputation along the way. But being carefree isn’t as ‘freeing’ as he thought it would be, and he longs for something more. Now once again he’s willing to do anything to make someone else happy, but she believes she’s happier without him. How can he prove he is worth the risk when he isn’t even sure himself? 

Through tears and whispered wishes in the dark, can Jennifer and Tyler become the light for each other and turn their ordeals of the past into dreams for a future? 

(Note: This is a stand alone novel based on characters introduced in books 1 and 2. You do not need to read them in order to enjoy this one. It may contain minor spoilers for the first two books in the series.)
My Rating:  πŸ“”πŸ“”πŸ“”πŸ“” πŸ“–
My Thoughts: Jaded and Skeptical, But Meant To Be
      I'm so happy this story was written, because we got a little more of our past favorite couple and now we get a new favorite couple out of past favorite characters. Though this couple had been forming in the background through books one and two, this book was focused on them and their issues. Each moment with them grew more and more intense until you're praying for the HEA.
       Looking for more out of life and definitely out of relationships, Jennifer "Jen" Mitchell, tries to find her own way to her dreams of happy ever after. But her past is haunting her and she feels that her heart will only continued to be broken. Unless she takes control by saying no to a doctor that is too hot for his own good. However, there is an undeniable attraction between Jen and the doctor that once she gives into Jen may find the happiness she's been dreaming of. Doctor Tyler Cranston has no shortage of women but its one woman that finally has him yearning for more than a one night stand. If only she'd give him a chance to prove his worth.
       Overall, I knew I'd enjoy this story. After reading the first two books a reader will already be half in love with these characters. I loved Jen and Tyler already for how loyal they were to their best friends and how much love they showed to Aiden. They just kept needling each other to the point that you knew they needed to just get together, because obviously that mush disdain meant attraction and love, *duh. So this book was great to read as they worked through their emotions and Tyler wormed his way into Jen's heart. Oh and this prologue super cute! I must say now that I've discovered this Polaris series I want more from this cast of great characters, they are all so lovable and all deserving of HEA.
If I could smack myself with any real results, I would. What the hell had been wrong with me last night? Every guardrail, every rule I’d put into place to protect myself from just such an event had been tossed aside, betrayed by my stupid desires. I’d let him, begged him even, to make love to me. Make love? No, that was more my style. For him, I’m sure it was sex, plain and simple. Well, maybe not plain and simple, more like spectacular and mind-blowing, at least for me. Regardless, how could I have allowed such a thing to happen? Had I drunk that much? You wish you could use that as an excuse, but you knew exactly what you were doing. You’re a first class idiot, Jennifer Marie! Now you’re just one more notch on his bedpost.

Feeling suffocated by my thoughts, I shoved my feet into my canvas slip-ons. I turned to the nightstand and stretched out my hand to grab my cell phone. I stopped when I saw the bottle of pain reliever and two of its contents beside the glass of water he’d set out for me the night before. Why did he have to be so damn thoughtful? And who would have imagined the innocent quest for those little white tablets would bring about more havoc than what they were designed to cure? I tried to stifle the memories they conjured, picked up my phone and tip-toed out of the bedroom.

In the kitchen I found some paper and scribbled out an excuse, a lie actually, and left it where I hoped he might find it. I found my purse and quietly opened the door of the apartment. A next door neighbor with a newspaper tucked under one arm and a cup of coffee in his hand was just opening his door. He paused when he saw me, a knowing grin on his face. He winked at me, confirming that I hadn’t been able to completely muffle the cries of pleasure that had burst past my lips last night. Scowling at him, I hurried down the hall, anxious to put some distance between the man in bed and me so I could figure out how to fix this. Fix? The little hammers in my head ramped up their tapping to full blown pounding as if suggesting this would be no ordinary fix, but full-blown reconstruction time.

I knew I was taking the coward’s way out this morning, but I was doing both of us a favor. In the end, he’d be grateful I’d let him off the hook. Massaging my temples as I rode the elevator down to the lobby, I continued to convince myself it was better this way. Reaching the front door, I closed my eyes and shook my head in disgust. I had always promised myself I would never do the walk of shame, and yet here I was, stealing away in the early hours of the morning. And even then I couldn’t do it right. I mean, whoever heard of anyone sneaking out of their own home after a night of the most mind-blowing sex they had ever had?
M.E. Montgomery has been an avid reader her entire life, and her Amazon account will attest to that fact! Recently, several voices began telling their own stories in her head. After being assured she wasn't crazy and this was the sign of an emerging novel, she decided to put her fingers to work and started typing, and with lots of encouragement, decided to share Alex, Kayla, and Aiden's dramatic and heartwarming tale.

Her family considers her adept in most subjects, to include science, history, reading, spelling, and all mathematical studies, which loosely means she is the homework queen to her four school aged children. Fortunately, her biology and elementary school teaching background help her to keep up the expert façade, at least for now.

Although born and raised in the Washington DC metro area, she has considered many places to be called home since she left to attend college in North Carolina. She is a proud Navy wife, setting up hearth and home wherever in the world the Navy sends her husband. When she's not reading or writing, she loves to go camping with her family, drinking wine on the deck, and romantic getaways when her husband's work permits.

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