Saturday, August 10, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Love Square by Jessica Ingro

A love triangle gone bad...

He was the one guy I couldn't get enough of. One look from him would make me melt. He was the one I always wanted to love me, but always seemed so far away. Now he stands before me and he's turning my world upside down.

At one time I would have done anything to be close to him. But will that anything include betraying the man I pledged myself to and that loves me faithfully?

Samantha Monroe had it all. Or at least everyone thought she did. A career on the rise, a gorgeous husband, great friends and a beautiful home. So why does she feel so alone and empty? When she reconnects with an old flame, lines are tested and compromises made in a quest for happiness.

Jacob Matthews always wondered what happened to Sam Monroe. When fate brings them together after all these years, he can't help but wonder if it’s meant to be. But when he meets his perfect woman, there is no doubt in his mind she's his soul mate.

Will the search for happiness cost them everything or will their love square show them what really matters?

Release Date: July 18, 2013

Genre: Contemporary / Erotic Romance


The picnic is in full swing when we get there. Everyone is in good spirits as we mingle, saying hello to familiar faces. Aiden is attentive throughout most of the day. He always seems to have a hand either on the small of my back or holding mine. It’s almost as if he’s afraid to let me get too far away from him. Numerous times throughout the day, he’s kissed me when we made eye contact. I can’t help but be confused by this turn of events.

Part of me is angry with him. Why couldn’t he have shown me this much affection over the last year? Things might not have gotten so out of control if he had. Not that I can totally blame my indiscretions on him, but it was certainly the driving force behind my affair.

Another part of me wants to soak up all this attention and keep it locked away forever. I’ve been craving his touch and I’ve missed our connection. The feelings I have for him still run deep.

And yet another part of me feels guilty for enjoying the way we’re acting today. If Jacob knew how Aiden was making me feel, he’d lose it. I can just imagine the anger in his eyes, the hard set of his jaw, his hands fisted at his sides. Most of all, I can picture all too clearly the hurt and disappointment on his face.

Shaking those thoughts off, I head towards the building that houses the bathrooms. As I walk by a shed, I yelp when someone grabs my arm and pulls me to the side of the building. A strong arm wraps around my waist pulling me against a solid chest. I’m about to scream bloody murder when I realize its Aiden.

Before I can ask him what he’s up to, his mouth crashes down on mine. Our tongues tangle, our hands explore, and our bodies strain to get closer to each other. I’m so lost in the moment, it completely escapes my attention that we could be caught at any point in time.

Aiden breaks the kiss, his voice husky as he says, “Sam, I want to lift this skirt and sink deep into your body and stay there for days.”

After a high of really great books this week, I am happy to report that Love Square kept the train going full speed ahead. I was a little leery about reading ANOTHER  love triangle book. I know that a lot of people really love them but I am always a little on the fence about them.

This love triangle is a little different than most. Sam is married to her soul mate – Aiden Parker. They have been together for 10 years. When trying to start a family doesn’t go as either of them planned, both start to withdraw from each other. Now every marriage goes through their rough spots, but their rough spot has been going for almost 6 months and Sam is really starting to feel that maybe Aiden has given up on them. Then enters Jacob Matthews. Sam’s old high school boyfriend, who shows up at one of Sam’s book signings (she is an author) and he shows her a little of the attention that she has been craving.

What I like about this book is that its real. This could easily happen to anyone of us. There was no billionaire or rock star that came and swept Sam off her feet. There were real life problems that could easily happen to you or me. Now there are some smokin’ hot sex scenes in this book! There is also a lot of pain and confusion. The book kept me interested and I loved how Jessica used real events to make you feel like this is happening here and now around us. The characters were believable and likeable.  I would definitely give this a solid 4 stars. Although this is a standalone book, there will be a book two in the series from Jacob’s POV.  Looking forward to reading more from Jessica in the future!
What inspired you to start writing Love Square?
I’d been toying with the idea for a while, but after watching a television interview with Colleen Hoover, I thought to myself, “Why not me?” She was just so inspiring. That night I sat down and outlined Love Square. I decided if I didn't at least try, I’d never know if people would like it or if I could be successful at writing.

Who is your favorite author and what is it about them that impresses you the most about their work?
Kristen Ashley is my favorite author. First of all – I LOVE ALPHA MALES!! And who’s better at an alpha male than KA herself? But I also love the way she writes. You feel like you are really talking to the people or hearing their thoughts. And she spins such great characters and places. Anyone who’s picked up a Kristen Ashley book wants to sit down at Fortnum’s and have a coffee from Tex, grab a donut from Hilligoss or drink a Fat Tire beer.

What is the one thing that has surprised you most about this whole experience?
That the story can take on a life of its own. There were some many things in Love Square that didn't turn out as expected, like Brooke’s personality or the Epilogue. I can honestly say I was just as floored as everyone else was!

What books are you reading now, or have read recently?
I’d love to get to Collide and Pulse by Gail McHugh as well as Tarryn Fisher’s Love Me With Lies series. I have so many books on my TBR list. My Nook has about 900 unread books on it.

So what is on the horizon for you now that Love Square is finish?
Love Square was going to be a standalone piece but Jacob wanted his story told. So I’m writing a follow up book now from his POV. It will highlight a few key scenes from the first book and some things you didn't see happen, but basically it picks up where Love Square ends. I’m really excited about where this story is going! I can’t wait to be able to share it with everyone!

Jessica grew up in Central New York. She spends her days as a Security Analyst at an IT consulting company. She spends her free time reading books and developing ideas for her own stories. Writing is her secret passion that she’s been fostering since elementary school, when she wrote her first book about a puppy. Writing has always been one of her secret dreams and she can't wait to share her stories with the world.

She currently lives in New York with her husband and three dogs.

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