Thursday, October 22, 2015

CONTRACT TO WED BY HOLLY BUSH - VIRTUAL & REVIEW TOUR + GIVEAWAY



Contract to Wed
by Holly Bush


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GENRE:  Historical Romance


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BLURB:


1891 . . . Jolene Crawford Crenshaw, heiress and Boston socialite, went from her family home directly to Landonmore upon her marriage, the mansion she shared with her handsome and charismatic husband. She’d never in her life worried in the slightest over anything as crass as the dollars required to maintain that home or the lifestyle she’d been born to. Her extensive yearly wardrobe, the stables and the prime horseflesh within it, even the solid silver forks and knifes that graced her table, were expected and required to maintain the social standing that she’d cultivated over the years. But suddenly she was a widow with little money and just her pride and her secrets to keep her upright.


Max Shelby made his fortune in oil wells and cattle, but lost the love of his life the day his wife died. Now, his happy, carefree daughter needs instruction and guidance as she grows into a young lady and his dream of becoming a Senator from his adopted state of Texas seems out of reach with few political or social connections. The right wife would solve both problems. As it happens, his sister knows of a woman, a recent widow, charming, beautiful and socially astute, but in reduced circumstances, who may want to begin again. Max signed the wedding contract sight unseen.


Will Jolene be able to shed her sorrows, anger and fears to begin anew away from the censure and hidden tragedy that marred her life? Is her new husband, confident, strong and capable Max Shelby, the man, the only man, to see past her masks to find the woman beneath?


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EXCERPT


“Come in,” Jolene said and picked up her brush from her vanity. She wanted to think, and she didn’t want to make small talk or even acknowledge that someone else was in the room. “You may go to bed, Alice,” she said as she turned.


Maximillian Shelby stood in her doorway. She gasped. “What are you doing in here?” she said as she cinched her satin robe. “What do you want?”


But he just stood there staring at her. It was disconcerting and strangely provocative. She was covered but felt as if she was naked in front of him. She could feel the cool shimmery satin against her breasts. One strap fell away from her shoulder under her robe, and she forced herself to let it alone. He swallowed, cleared his throat, and walked within inches of her until she had to look up at him.


“You are the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever set eyes on.”


With those words, Maximillian wrapped his hands around her upper arms, touching the sides of her breasts as he did. Every bit of her being was focused on the pressure of his fingers where he held her.  She was aware of herself. Sensually aware that she was taking short breaths and that her lips had parted and her eyelids had drooped. Her mind was screaming that she should twist out of his grasp, but she made the ghastly error of looking at his face, at his tanned skin with a shadow of a beard, dark brown eyes and a well-defined mouth filled with even white teeth. He was breathing hard, too, and she could smell the whiskey on his breath. He was magnificent.


MY REVIEW

Contract to Wed (Crawford Family, #2)Contract to Wed by Holly Bush
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Contract To Wed it's a captivating Historical Romance.
We meet Jolene, a very complex character, she's a beautiful and intelligent woman but not a very agreeable one, her main goal it's to secure her financial situation without involving feelings, until Max... He is a wonderful character! Strong, good father, hard-working and in need of a wife and mother for his beautiful daughter.
With patience and great amounts of love, our H begins to unravel Jolene's past and that's when she starts to blossom in a more likeable person. The storyline is fast paced, full of emotions, excellent written and with a strong message, love can heal everything.
Highly Recommended

*I received a Free copy in exchange for an Honest Review*

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Holly Bush writes historical romance set on the American Prairie, in Victorian England, and recently released her first Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and on Facebook at Holly Bush.


Twitter - @hollybushbooks
Buy Link: Amazon
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Holly-Bush/e/B006ZDTQ1A/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

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GIVEAWAY
Holly will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner

18 comments:

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    1. Hi Holly!! Thank you for letting me be part of your Blog Tour, I highly enjoyed reading Contract To Wed, and that cover! It's beautiful!! Congrats

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  2. What is your favorite thing about your career?

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    1. Good question, Mai! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Mai - There's too many to count! But hearing from readers when one of my stories really touches them, or makes them laugh or cry, or that they were engrossed in the story and didn't want it to end - that for me is the ultimate and makes all the work and worry of writing the book completely worth it.

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    1. For what I can see on your FB page, you have a great amount of fans!! Looks like you're an amazing writer,no, you ARE an amazing writer! :)

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  4. This sounds like a wonderful book and that cover is awesome!

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  5. I love reading stories from this era, and this one sounds like a very exciting and fun romance.

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  6. Sounds like a terrific read, thanks for sharing!

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  7. Thanks ladies! I love the cover for this book too!

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  8. Thanks for sharing your review, I can't wait to read this one! :)

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  9. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and your review! This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read!

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  10. The cover , I love it. The story sounds amazing too. This is my favorite genre to read too.

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  11. I love the cover. Very pretty colors .

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