Sunday, February 14, 2016

RELEASE BLITZ: Red Card by Carrie Aarons **REVIEW & EXCERPT**

Title: Red Card
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 14, 2016

Red Card
She spent five years planning a future that will never exist. He spent five years trying to erase a past he can’t forget. 

London is Leah Watson’s fresh start. When she secures the perfect internship during her study abroad semester, with an infamous celebrity public relations firm, she is determined to forge her own path - one that is nothing like her life back in Oklahoma. That plan is tested when British football’s bad boy, Killian Ramsey, decides that she's the one he wants and he's playing for keeps. 

Will she put her future on hold - again - for the type of man she swore she'd stay away from? 

Killian is one bloody good football player. After a tragedy shattered his entire world, the cocky and arrogant face he puts on for the media is a complete lie. When he meets Leah, his heart starts to beat for the first time in years. But when the feelings get too real, his perfectly constructed facade starts to slip. 

Will he risk it all to be with her - taking whatever penalties are thrown his way - or will he play it safe?

4 yadda yadda STARS
This is one hot sexy read. It was a fun, fast and light read with loads of hot smexy times. Leah Watson is an all American girl who’s smart, a beauty and as good as apple pie. She fled the US to heal a broken heart after her jock boyfriend of 5 years ditches her. She realizes that she’s been living her life for a man and now, she needs to chart her own path.
The story starts with her landing in London, England, where she has a PR internship. No sooner has she landed and Leah’s assigned as handler for Killian Ramsey.
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Leah has no clue who he is but she soon discovers that while he’s super sexy and handsome, he’s also arrogant, short tempered and an all-around arse!

Killian Ramsey is a very high profile football player with a bad boy persona, which is all backed up with the attitude to match. While not identical, I equated Killian to David Beckham. The way he’s described, Kill has the presence, the craze and “sweet mother of all that is holy” hotness of Beckham.
Leah was funny and relatable although she had work to do on her confidence and independence. While she’s supposed to be finding herself and learning to stand on her own two feet, she quickly gets entangled with another athlete, Kill. These two had chemistry and the sex was hot!
I liked that Leah did grow and struggle with her self-discovery and found her ups and downs realistic given Killian was a force: strong and dominant.
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Killian is a complex character who could be immature at times and has many demons that he has no clue how to exorcise. He was also lethal with his tongue (in more ways than one), he could be sexy, charming and amiable when he wanted to be and then with the flick of switch, out came the volatile fiend that would lash out with fiery, hurtful words. I had my moments where I wanted to punch him in the throat or the balls or both!
Both Killian and Leah have had their share of heartbreak and have work to do in overcoming insecurities but who doesn’t? I enjoyed that both characters grew and developed and neither of them got it right the first time. Self-improvement’s a work in progress and I think Carrie did a great job of conveying that.

“I’ll give you everything I have. All of me. I’m yours.”

This was an enjoyable read although I felt the ending wrapped up real quick where I would have liked a little bit more. This was my first read from Carrie Aarons and I’m looking forward to more from her.
**ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Trying to dash off to find the British Prince of Moodiness proves difficult in the six-inch stilettos the stylist had strapped onto my feet. I didn't wear clothing like this. I was the Oklahoma girlnextdoor, cute and pretty in my sundresses and boots. I didn't do skintight, short or heeled. I could hear the snickers of the PR handlers around me as I stumbled like a baby calf off of the carpet in search of my responsibility.
Turning down the block and moving away from the mayhem, I spotted a tall figure in the shadows. I'd read enough about Jack the Ripper before coming over here to be spooked, but then I saw the shine of a metal flask being raised to the lips, and I could only take one guess as to who that was.
I marched up, as best as I could in the shoes. "You need to come back and walk the red carpet."
Killian's skyblue eyes twinkled with sly amusement and barely restrained anger. "Oh, and you're going to make me, huh America's Sweetheart?"
The smell of what I'm sure was overlyexpensive whiskey blew across my face as he exhaled. He pretended to give an air of nonchalance, but I could read his body language better than he thought I could. He was so coiled and tense, he gave a cobra ready to strike a run for its money. Rage and sorrow poured off of him in waves, blanketing the dark side street in misery so abundant that I could feel it down to my bones. And something else. I don't know why it struck me, perhaps because the emotion was running through my veins as well. But this man...he was lonely.
"You're cheeky, I like that." He raised the flask in a salute to me and tilted his head back as the amber liquid disappeared into that appealing mouth. Damn it. This bad boy with a bad attitude was not going to ruin my career or my time here. I was done letting people decide the future for me, sweeping me along in the current just because I let them.
I knocked the flask straight out of his hand, sending little droplets of whiskey landing on both of us.
"Listen you jackass! I don't know who you are. In fact, I don't care if you're the Prime Minister of this country! This job, I really need it. I'm taking this shot and succeeding at it if it means I have to put my blood, sweat and tears into it. And some London bad boy parading his pissed off attitude around for the world to see is not going to stop me! So button your jacket, plaster a smile on, and get on that carpet!"
My breathing was ragged, all of the energy I'd saved up to get through the event suddenly spent. Jetlag, homesickness and heartbreak were taking over, and I could feel the pull of all three from the inside out.
The leer on Killian's face only proved that my tirade was all for nothing.
And then he moved. It was a blur of motion and speed before my back was against a brick wall. He'd pinned me, like a wolf circling in on their prey. Nervous tremors washed over my flesh, and I could hear the roaring in my ears. I was half afraid he would actually rip my throat out for speaking to him that way. The other half of me was too incredibly aroused to care.
"I am bad. But I'm not a boy, I'm a man. Have you ever been with a man, little lamb?" He chuckled darkly, leaning his entire form into me and pinning my hips with his hands. "No, I don't think you have."

They say those who can't do, teach. Well, Carrie has no hand-eye coordination, and her idea of romance is a Netflix marathon complete with Thai food. So, she writes sports romance novels instead.

Beginning her writing career as a journalist, Carrie wrote about real-life crime and scandal before turning to the fantasy world of fiction. She lives with her husband in an apartment they are constantly outgrowing.

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