Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Road Tripping by Noelle Adams - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

 


Tour: Road Tripping by Noelle Adams

Road Tripping
by Noelle Adams
Publication Date: July 7, 2014
Genres:Contemporary, Humor, New Adult, Romance


Ethan was Ashley’s secret crush, until he became an asshole.

Asshole is too good a word for him. It’s bad enough that he stopped talking to her brother, who was his best friend since preschool. It’s even worse that he went wild and got involved with criminal types. But the worst thing of all is the way he trapped her on this ridiculous road trip.

That’s what it is. Ridiculous. It just isn’t normal for a girl to get dragged from Virginia to South Dakota in a stolen car with just $1000 in cash. With Ethan Moore, who is way too hot and way too infuriating to be tolerated. But she’s stuck with him on a trip that is taking way longer than it should, sharing cheap hotel rooms, destroying cars, and eluding bad guys.

Yep. There are bad guys chasing them. Even worse guys than Ethan, and that’s saying a lot.

Plus, she’s having trouble keeping her hands off Ethan. In fact, she’s falling for him hard—when she isn’t wanting to wring his neck.

So, for two crazy weeks, her pride, her heart, and her life are all threatened. Ashley isn’t sure which she’ll lose first.
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It was one heck of a road trip. If not for the fact that they were running from goons and trying to keep themselves safe, I would have just laughed at their banters, and crazy antics – these two were pretty amazing. Despite the constant fights and arguments, the chemistry is there.

Ashley had a crush on Ethan, until he did something that made her hate him. He wasn’t your usual knight in shining armor. Instead, he was involved with criminal activities, involved his best friend (who was Ashley’s brother), and stopped talking to them. To top all of this, he trapped her in a road trip that can cost them their lives.

But she’s stuck with him, forced to endure him, and tries herself not to succumb into the attraction. Falling into him would be a bad idea – Ethan was bad news. She was a good daughter, sister, and student. There was no way she would get involved with criminal types. But days became long when she spends it with him – whether it’s on the road, cheap motel rooms, and stolen cars. It’s not long enough before she was falling, even half of the time she wants to wring his neck.

It was one great adventure – one day after the other. I love watching them fight, more so fall in love and even when they were trying to sort out their feelings, and made sure that they were (especially Ashley) was making the right decision. Times like this make me forget that they were being chased. That there was danger lurking in every exit.

You will just love the two characters, Ethan, most especially. He was stubborn (both of them are), but he protects what he cares about. Despite being hardheaded, he wanted her safe. Even if it means bossing her around. As for Ashley, she was brave enough to endure all of this. Being chased across the country wasn’t really for the faint of heart.

This adrenaline rushed-filled road trip was a perfect read on this mundane rainy afternoon. It kept me awake, spiked, and some scenes were hot enough to keep me warm.  I enjoyed reading this novel, had so much fun with the two characters, and their journey. 

•Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.•





As she picked up a basket from the side of the entrance and walked through the aisles, picking up essentials like milk, Coke, and chocolate, she couldn’t help but remember the years Ethan had been like part of her family, ever since he and Mark had become friends in elementary school. He’d played games with them in the back yard and come over for dinner regularly. She’d horned in on more of their fishing trips than she could remember.

She wasn’t sure what had happened to him in the last two years, and it really hurt again when she thought about it.

She was standing in front of the one small shelving unit in the shop with pantry items, trying to remember if her parents had enough coffee, when a voice came from behind her, “You shouldn’t leave your car unattended.”

She whirled around and scowled at Ethan. “If you ever decide you’re going to obey all the rules, then you can start bossing me about them.”

“Seriously. What if the pump doesn’t click off when it’s full? You’d have gas all over the ground and you’d have to pay for it. Or Miss Horner would. That’s her truck, isn’t it?”

She just rolled her eyes and grabbed some coffee. If her parents already had some, it wouldn’t matter. They could always use some more.

She wasn’t going to risk being out of coffee.

“Are your folks back in town yet?” he asked, following her to the next aisle. He had a bottle of water in his hand—which he’d obviously come in here to buy—so he must just be trying to annoy her now.

She wasn’t surprised he knew they’d been gone. Everyone knew everyone else’s business in this town. “Not yet. They’re driving home after visiting Mark. He used to be your friend. Remember?”

“You know, it might be smart not to draw conclusions before you know all the facts.” He sounded cool, almost offended. “Mark was my friend. But I thought you were too.”

She turned on him, practically gnashing her teeth in her outrage, “And what facts don’t I have now that would help me to draw different conclusions? If we’re not friends anymore, then you have no one but yourself to blame.”

She realized she was getting too upset, so she walked away from him again. She didn’t need this. He upset her too much. She was going to have a secure future without any mess or heartbreak.

And Ethan always, only led to mess and heartbreak.

She was still stewing—hurt and angry and indignant—as she paid for her stuff and brought the bag back to Miss Horner’s truck.

The gas pump had stopped and hadn’t overflowed, so she turned the cap and pulled out her purse, setting it on the hood of the pickup so she could put her change back in her wallet.

And, damn it, there was Ethan again.

“Ashley,” he was saying, “I don’t know what you’ve heard, but I don’t think it’s as—“

He never finished his sentence.

His eyes darted over her shoulder, and, before Ashley knew what was happening, he had slammed into her from the side, pushing her down to the pavement in a move that scratched up her palms and knees. Shocked and winded, she stared up at Ethan, who was pretty much on top of her now.

She started to ask what was going on and request that he get off her, but he interrupted by hissing, “Quiet.”

Recognizing real urgency in his voice, Ashley shut up and waited, her heart pounding and her breath uneven.

Then there was a gunshot. Or what sounded like a gunshot.

When she turned her head, she saw that one of Ethan’s truck tires had been blown.

After another second, Ethan ordered, “Get in.” He hauled her to her feet, grabbed her arm bruisingly, and dragged her into Miss Horner’s truck, pushing her over into the passenger side and taking the driver’s side himself. Ashley didn’t pull away. Not that she had much choice. She could never have freed herself from Ethan’s powerful grip.

She was terrified, although she did spare a quick thought for her purse, which was still on the hood of the truck.


Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel. 

 She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.


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