Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Blog Tour + Book review for Without Promises by Delaney Stewart

WITHOUT PROMISES (Under the Pier Book 2)
by Delancey Stewart
Release Date: May 21st
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trent McNeil was a classic trust-fund kid until he watched a team of firefighters save his family home. From that moment on, he rebelled against the path his parents were determined to keep him on. Now a San Diego firefighter, he knows he'll eventually be expected to take over the family empire. But until that day, his only plan is to have fun and enjoy life.
After a childhood of upset and uncertainty, Amy Hodge is going to make something out of herself. She has her future all planned out. She's starting medical school and is going to be busy...far too busy for a relationship. But she does have time for a quick fling before she buckles down and concentrates on her studies.
Amy quickly realizes that playboy Trent is not all he seems to be. Never relinquishing control and sticking to her plans has done well for Amy, but no one has ever made her want to throw caution to the wind like this sexy firefighter.
Each book in the Under the Pier series is STANDALONE:
* Without Words
* Without Promises

Without Promises is my first book by Delancey Stewart and I found it to be an enjoyable read. The relationship between a firefighter and a woman waiting to get into medical school is a slow tease, left me a little frustrated at times.  The moments of these two characters allowing their guards down put a smile on my face and they worked their way into my heart.

Trent McNeil is a firefighter who also works at the local bar, which is just one of many businesses that his family owns. He is a charmer and can have his way with any woman that he wants, but the one that holds his interest needs him to work for her trust. His patience is respectable, but his family had me wanting to pull my hair out. Will Trent be able to stand up to his family or will they keep pushing what and who they believe is right for him? 

Amy Hodge's beauty captures the attention of a very handsome firefighter with lots of family issues. Amy knows what she wants out of life more than just being a pharmaceutical representative, she plans to attend medical school and make something out of herself. Amy also realizes she would love to lose a little time before her classes start getting to know this sexy firefighter who also works at a bar and has a few secrets of his own. Will Amy be able to protect her heart and prove to this wealthy family that she is the perfect woman for their son?

Without Promises is filled with a passion, a fake engagement, family boundaries, and commitment issues. It's a sweet romance that kept me turning the page. I enjoyed the friendships, it left me wanting to find out about the other characters. I will definitely be looking into reading Without Words and a little more from Delancey Stewart.
4 Star Read! 

A sexy smile slid across his face as he looked at me, maybe picturing me with jet-black hair, and then his eyes dropped to my lips, causing a little jolt of energy to dance in my stomach. I didn’t do it on purpose, but I licked my bottom lip, and his eyes widened slightly.
What the hell was that? Now he thinks I’m trying to seduce him or something. God, I’m terrible at this. This. This is why I don’t date.
I stiffened, but Trent’s smile didn’t fade. He was still watching me, and his hand found mine where our thighs touched beneath the edge of the bar. His strong fingers wrapped around mine, and I felt my breath catch at the contact.
“Can I kiss you, Amy?” His voice was sandpaper.
Oh my God. Say yes.
I nodded, and he gently wrapped his other hand around the back of my neck and pulled me toward him, his mouth lingering just centimeters from mine. I closed the distance, curious to feel his mouth on mine, to taste those perfect laughing lips, to press myself into this easygoing playboy and absorb a bit of his light.
Trent’s lips met mine softly, and they stayed pressed gently there for a beat, and then he moved, slanting his mouth against mine, pressure building. We were facing each other fully now, and I let go of his hand and slid my palms up his arms, lingering on those swollen biceps. Trent rose to stand between my knees where I perched on the high stool, deepening the kiss. For what felt like long moments, I was lost in the push and pull. It was like being taken out by a wave, giving myself to the undertow and letting go, being sucked under into sweet, cool, dark water.
When he broke the kiss and pulled back to look at me, a wide smile spread across his face.
“Exactly what I expected,” he murmured. “Fucking perfect.”
“I'm not big on labels, but there are a few that fit me (not necessarily in this order. Or maybe in this order):
- wine drinker (and wine geek)
- mother of small boys
- military spouse
- writer
- chocolate eater
- ice cream addict
I write about emotional connection and intimacy, and love giving readers smart, sexy books to curl up with.”
Delancey Stewart is an award-winning author who writes romantic fiction with humor and heart.
Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She's been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a wineseller.
A wife and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.
Twitter: @DelanceyStewart

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