Thursday, 31 July 2014

** BLOG TOUR ** REVIEW ** EXCERPT ** Hourglass by K.S. Smith and Megan C. Smith

Title: Hourglass

Authors: K.S. Smith & Megan C. Smith

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Best friends since birth, Brooke Reid and Savannah Prescott, spend their days working together at top fashion magazine Hourglass, while enjoying all that the Denver nightlife has to offer – but sharing a man – no way.

One of Denver’s most eligible bachelors, Luke Wellington, can have any woman he wants and he knows it. Putting his player skills to the test, he destroys a friendship and makes two women fall in love with him as he sits back and enjoys the best of both worlds.

Brooke Reid is a woman looking for her happily ever after, and the day she literally ran in to him, she thought she’d found it. Charming, charismatic, a true gentleman – what more could she ask for? Things are going perfectly until her best friend struts in the elevator and claimed his lips right in front of her.

Savannah Prescott is interested in one thing, having a good time with every single man Denver has to offer. Being tied down is too much of a bore for her free spirited ways. Or so she thinks, but when her best friend starts dating her Friday night fling, she realizes she may be ready to turn in her game card and settle down into a real relationship.

When both girls come to the realization that they are after the same man, it means all-out war. Best friends until the end, or at least until him.



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Finally! I thought to myself, taking Luke’s face between the palms of my hands and laying an earth shattering kiss on him right in the elevator for my best friend to see. “I’ve been dying to introduce you to my…” Releasing Luke’s face I looked to my left and then to my right. “Where in the hell did she go?”

Glancing back at Luke’s panic-stricken face, I tried to figure out why Brooke had bolted. What in the hell is wrong with that woman? Wrapping my arms around Luke’s neck, I kissed his cheek. “You look like you’ve just seen a ghost. What’s wrong?” As he was shaking his head no, I pulled my arms from around his neck and placed them at my side.

“Nothing, today is just really busy. Do you know by chance where her office is?”

Confused, I scrunched my eyes together. “Who, Brooke?” Luke nodded. “Well of course I do, Luke, that’s my best friend, the one I’ve been dying to introduce you to.”

His face turned white as a sheet. “Shit” he mumbled under his breath.

I stepped out of the elevator on the ninth floor and walked with Luke toward our parking spaces, he was clearly shaken as beads of sweat were now lining his hairline. “Luke, you’re sweating and I’m not even wearing a revealing top, are you sure you’re okay?” He nodded again. What is wrong with everyone today? I’m dealing with Brooke’s disappearing act, and Luke seems to have swallowed his tongue. “You better be because I’m not in the mood for another rain check tonight.”

Winking at him, I hopped into my car and then took off for my photo shoot. I picked up my phone to dial Brooke as I zoomed through traffic. Her cell went straight to voice mail, so I called the office and got the same thing, voice mail. Trying her cell one more time only to be dumped into her voice mail box for the third time, I conceded. “Brooke, what happened to you in the elevator? I wanted to introduce you to Luke. Isn’t he gorgeous? I’ll be out at a shoot all day, so we’ll have to catch up later. In the meantime, Google Lucas Wellington, his pictures are to die for, but nothing compares to the body under those clothes, and most importantly, his huge you know what! Let’s do a quick dinner tonight, my place. I’ll pick up takeout on the way home, and we’ll have Carl sneak us into your new condo for a tour. We’ll have to wrap up early though; I’m planning on having Luke as my dessert. Love you.” After I hung up, I cranked my music up as loud as it would go and sang along with Katy Perry and Juicy J, making up my own lyrics to their chart topper, Dark Horse. “Her love is like a drug, Luke was tryna hit it and quit it. But Savannah is so dope Luke messed around and got addicted”

Brooke and Savannah are best friends who end up working for the same fashion magazine, Hourglass. Brooke, a creative editor and Savannah, a photographer. The girls have opposite outlooks on men. Brooke is the relationship type, looking for someone to love, someone to share life with, someone to grow old with.  Meanwhile, Savannah is the opposite. A free spirit. A no-strings-attached type of gal. Fun, fun fun is all that is on Savannah's radar. Until Savannah realizes that her Friday night, fun night may mean more than she realized.

When I read the synopsis, I was taken by it. My interest was piqued, a storyline I hadn't read before. Two best friends falling for the same gorgeous, successful, well-together guy. I'm not one for cheating stories, because I find it hard to deal with that kind of angst, not to confuse it with the good angst (hehe). It makes me want to throw my kindle across the room and yell thinks like, "what the hell is wrong with you, you cheating, lying w#^*e bag". And that's on the tame side of things. It gives me those deep flutters that I can't handle and sometimes just stresses me the hell out. So, long story short, I don't do … I'll rephrase that as I have read the Thoughtless series by S. C. Stephens (which I totally adored) … I NORMALLY don't do cheating stories. But in this case, when I read the synopsis I didn't look at it as a cheating story.  Probably since the synopsis told me that Luke was a player and pins each friend against each other.

Overall, it was a good story, but having both Brooke and Savannah's POV didn't do it for me. Knowing what was going on with the other friend, reduced that anticipation, that aspect that draws me in time and time again. That desperate need to finish to few more pages when I know I have other priorities like folding and putting away the 6 baskets of washing so my family has clean clothes, or reading a chapter of my textbook for uni so I don’t end up failing come the end of semester. That need that says, "put the damn book down!" For me, I could easily put it down and at times had to push on through because I already knew where Brooke and Savannah's story would be going. 

But then on the other hand , being someone who can't handle cheating stories, I probably wouldn't have even given the story a go without having that security of both point of views. So if you're like me and can't handle cheating stories but at the same time are curious to try and experience it in some sort of sense, I urge you to give this one a go :)

**I received a copy of the book for an honest review**


K.S. Smith

K.S. Smith

K.S. Smith is an aspiring new contemporary romance author. When she is not writing you will most likely find her tanning on the beautiful Florida beaches, spending time with her family and friends or dedicating her time to the military through her favorite non-profit organization.

K.S. Smith was born and raised in Tampa, FL and continues to build her life there in her new home with her boyfriend of ten years who will hopefully one day put all book boyfriends to shame with an out of this world proposal.


Megan C. Smith

Megan C. Smith

Megan Smith was born and raised in beautiful Tampa, Florida where she spent her days falling in love with fictional characters from a very young age.

After marrying her best friend she relocated to North Carolina to support her husband’s career as a U.S. Marine. During her time in North Carolina Megan was blessed with 3 beautiful children who have kept her constantly busy chasing after them and enjoying the daily routine of motherhood.

Most recently Megan and her family have relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida where she has spent the past few months achieving her lifelong dream of publishing her very first novel; as well as continuing to submerge herself in some of her favorite books while appreciating a glass of wine and her favorite, salted pretzel Milanos.


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