Blog Tour & Giveaway: Michelle Dare's "My Salvation (Salvation #1)".
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Caliana Crawford is smart, sexy and unemployed. After quitting her mediocre job, she finds herself in need of a break. She goes to the one place that holds her most precious memories, her cabin by the lake. Life hasn’t always been easy for Cali. She lost someone close to her, was betrayed by her lover, and now she only wants to escape reality. What she doesn’t plan on is her sexy neighbor, who has an agenda of his own.
Owen Matthews goes through the motions every day, but knows his life is missing one essential part - Cali. He has never forgotten about the summers he spent by the lake with the gorgeous brunette. When he sees she is back to stay, Owen knows he can’t let her slip through his fingers again. Others think he has it all with owning a multimillion dollar company, but what they don’t know is that he would give it all up to have her in his arms and his bed.
The road to happiness isn’t always easy. His brother returns to his life and brings with him an old flame who threatens to rip Cali and Owen apart. Will they find their salvation with one another or let the events of their past influence their future?
I was first drawn to this book after seeing some posts about it on social media and once I'd read the synopsis I was sold! I had high expectations and although this book was OK, it wasn't amazing, leaving me a little deflated.
The story follows Cali and Owen. The couple both had crushes on each other during their teenage years but they never went further than one kiss... a kiss that neither one of them had forgotten. After many years, circumstance brought them together again. They found themselves in the same place at the same time and this time Cali and Owen weren't going to avoid a second chance of love.
"I've waited ten years to kiss you again and I'm not going to let go so easily this time."
The first half of of the story was all very dreamy and romantic as Cali and Owen got to know each other all over again. Their relationship developed extremely fast and before long they were head over heels for each other. Everything was perfect for couple until Owen's past returned and with it came a whole lot of trouble.
"Having you back in my life has made everything better.
I want you to know just how much you mean to me. I'm falling in love with you, Caliana."
As soon as things began to go wrong for Cali and Owen, I had my suspicions who was responsible for the havoc that ensued. However Cali and Owen did not have a clue. I found it very hard to believe that this educated couple would not be able to put two and two together and come up with the correct answer. I thought it was obvious who the culprit was and I felt frustrated at how oblivious Cali and Owen appeared to be.
"Owen, I need you. I want to drown out all of our bad stuff and feel nothing but you."
As the story continued there were some good parts that I really enjoyed but there was also a lot of parts that I felt were a bit too perfect for me. In some parts of the story, I found myself becoming easily distracted. It was not pulling me in as much as I had hoped. I also felt that the characters lacked depth and for that reason I didn't connect particularly well with them.
As much as this story was OK, I wanted more excitement. For that reason I rate "My Salvation" ❤️❤️❤️
The sound of footsteps on the hardwood floor made Cali sit up. Looking toward the doorway, she saw Owen walk through. He walked to her in a few long steps. She stood on the couch and leapt into his arms, sobbing. He held her close, whispering calming words into her ear.
“How bad was it?” she mumbled into his chest.
“The back half of the cabin is gone. No one was there when the police arrived, but they did find something.”
Cali pulled back to look in his eyes. He eased her to the floor and they both sat on the couch. She noticed Adeline had left the room, giving some privacy.
“What did they find?”
“A broken picture frame was laying on the floor inside the cabin near the front door.”
“Why would that be significant?”
He took a deep breath and let it out. “The picture had a red X spray painted over it and the picture was of you. A picture I had taken during our last summer together.”
In a shaky voice, she said, “Me?”
“Yeah. And the worst part is I didn’t have the picture out in the open. I had it tucked away in the dresser, beneath clothing. Whoever it was that found it, put it by the front door on purpose.”
She started sobbing again. He was trying to soothe her the best he could. Gathering her in his arms, he brought her into his lap. She laid her cheek to his chest, her tears wetting his shirt.
“What have I ever done to make someone hate me so much? I don’t understand.”
“You didn’t do anything. The person could be after me, not you. They are just going after you by association. We’re not sure. But Cali, I would never let anything happen to you. Ever. I will protect you with my life and now Steven and Erik will do the same. You are safe with us.”
She nodded, not able to say a word. He held her for what felt like hours. She couldn’t move, only hold on to him and cry.
Michelle Dare is a Jersey girl living over the border in Pennsylvania. She started out as a reader, then became a book blogger. She loves the book community and thought to try her hand at writing. Her first book, My Salvation, is a contemporary romance.
She is a married mom with two wonderful children and a German Shepherd, who she considers her third child. She is a lover of books, music and movies. Her favorite band is Maroon 5 and has too many favorite movies to list. Paranormal romance is her favorite genre to read.
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