21 October 2013

Protect Me by Jennifer Culbreth - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Abbi Hastings had never been fearless. She'd been firmly tangled in her small town roots her entire life until an unexpected inheritance provided her a chance to escape. As she took the only chance she’d have to get out, Abbi left all of the what if’s behind as she boarded the plane with her one way ticket to Los Angeles.

Relentless to not fail and fighting for her own independence, it all goes to hell when fate throws a curve in her path. Everything changed the day she accidentally falls into the arms of Ryan Dixon. The tall, dark eyed, and handsome CEO of LA’s hottest bodyguard service who is fighting his own dark demons.

Can Abbi let go of her fears to take a leap of faith and allow Ryan to protect her? From what, she doesn’t yet know…

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When Abbi Hastings finally got her ticket to escape her small town, she took the risk, and landed in the big city of Los Angeles. It took a lot of courage to get out of her comfort zone and dive in to the unknown, trying to make it out on her own without someone to hold her back. She found a job bartending in one of the classy clubs in the city, found two-awesome girlfriends, and  Ryan Dixon – one of the richest, sought-after bachelors in the city. However, it looks like it’s not only Ryan’s attention she managed to catch – there’s Trent (the shady bar-owner with dangerous secrets) and there’s Jeff too. 
 After years of being a scout ranger and fighting off enemies, Ryan Dixon decided to go back to school, and build his own security business. His past keeps on haunting him, crippling him to form relationships and engage in meaningful ones – until Abby lands into him. He tries to ask her out, but couldn’t bring out the words – (yep, it’s funny to imagine how this scout ranger could probably topple the enemies and yet couldn’t ask a girl to date him). It may have taken a while, and some nut-job for him to finally have her.  I like the way he courted her, cared for her and really took his time, making sure she was ready before he makes the next step. 
 I like Abby – her wit, beauty and attitude. Ryan may want and CAN provide for her and anything that she wants, but she still opted to work. But some problems arise at work when people who are after her boss, gets to go after her as well. I’m glad that she didn’t keep these stuffs from Ryan, instead she was forthcoming, honest and relayed it all to him, in exchange, when he’s not with her, someone is, ensuring her safety. She’s a brave girl – but not stupid – THIS IS WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT HER. 
 Ryan is the ultimate knight-in-shining armor – because he always ends up rescuing our damsel. (Where can you find guys like these?!) Anyway, I love the last parts of the novel: action-packed and heart-stopping. I loved how it end – yes, it wasn’t much of a surprise, but it was still nice. Great characters and awesome scenes:  I enjoyed this book and would be looking forward for the next one in the series.

*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.


When I was younger I was never a fan of change. I had my mom fix me scrambled eggs before school every day, I literally picketed Christmas dinner the year my family started cooking steak and lobster(yeah I know... who would complain), and until I met my husband, who has a tendency to spoil me, I carried the same worn in fossil bag with every outfit.  
As I have gotten older however, I have not only accepted change but grabbed it by the horns and rode it down the streets screaming an old irish song of victory. I now have a tendency to eat chocolate cake for breakfast and yes I eat the steak and lobster at Christmas dinner. 
We are all told when we are younger that we can be anything we want to be. But no one ever tells us how scary it is to make a choice. So with having the attention span of a two year old, I unfortunately have always had a hard time making decisions that would effect the rest of my life (Other than my husband, there was no thought in that decision), Through the years I have worked a multitude of different job titles, and have played around with different business ventures as well. I can honestly say that I can drive a million dollar forklift, while sewing a dress, and choosing the right shade of eye shadow for someones eye color.  
One thing that has always stuck with me over the years is writing. Whether it be journaling, or short stories, the experiences that I took from all of the different things I have tried over the years have always been fuel to the fire. With my writing I can take journeys to anywhere in the world and experience anything I can possibly imagine. My favorite part is that the options are endless. 
It was not until this year that I kicked self doubt in the ass and decided to take my writing to the public. I look forward to taking this journey and hope that I can say in a few years that I am a published author with multiple books on the NY Times best sellers list!  
In the end I encourage you to follow your dreams, no matter how many you have. Try different things, and then try some more. And when you find something that makes your heart flutter stick with it through thick and thin. That will find you your own happily ever after. 

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