Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Blog Tour, Giveaway, & Review: I Stand Before You by S.R. Grey

Waves of Fiction is excited to be participating in the blog tour for S.R. Grey's I Stand Before You!

I Stand Before You by S.R. Grey
Published September 3rd 2013 by S.R. Grey
Purchase Links: Amazon / B&N

About the book:
When it comes to tattooed bad boys, Chase Gartner is the real deal. Partying, engaging in meaningless sex, getting into fights---Chase indulges in it all during his late teen years, thus firmly solidifying his status as a heartbreakingly gorgeous but way-too dangerous-to-trust guy in his hometown of Harmony Creek, Ohio. Then, following one fateful night of reckless decisions, Chase's actions finally catch up to him and land him in prison. 
Now, four years have passed and Chase finds himself a free man. He returns to Harmony Creek, ready to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding his shattered life. 
Things are off to a promising start when he meets Kay Stanton, a young woman with a tragic past of her own. Despite a powerful attraction, Chase and Kay are naturally hesitant to become involved. That's why friendship feels like the safest option. But when passions ignite and love blossoms, a relationship that is destined and meant to be can only be resisted for so long. When Chase and Kay finally succumb to their feelings they realize being together feels more right and true than anything they have ever experienced. 
But their love is soon tested. Chase's wild past still haunts and tempts him, and Kay is keeping a secret that could tear them apart. 
I Stand Before You is a journey of hope and forgiveness, coming to terms with the past and moving forward. But mostly it's a story of two damaged people who take a chance, open their hearts, and find true love. 
New Adult/Contemporary Romance genres. First in a series. 
***warning: contains graphic sexual situations, drug use, some violence, and profanity***

My Thoughts:
Chase and Kay have each suffered from tragic pasts. Chase wants to be a better man and prove that he isn't the same f-up everyone knows, and Kay wants to be able to heal from the loss of her sister, without feeling all of the blame.

When they end up working at the same church and literally running into each other - sparks fly. But it is their friendship that comes first - and I think that was one of the more beautiful parts of the story. It wasn't a rushed relationship at all - these two became genuine friends and confidants, without giving into their lust and feelings for awhile. Not saying there isn't plenty of sexual tension to keep you wanting more - the author does a great job of that!

They will both face a few obstacles that'll set them back a little - but another great element of the book is the drama is always short-lived. I love that in a book - yes, there has to be drama and suspense or why else would you keep reading? But things get resolved and you get answers quickly enough to keep you turning the pages and wanting more!

Overall I enjoyed the book and will warn you that it is pretty hot! The epilogue does leave things open for the next book, but not in a horribly cliffy way...for those of you that are anti-cliffhanger!

Thank you to the author who generously provided me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

3 Suns

About the Author:
S.R. Grey is the author of Harbour Falls and Willow Point, first and second novels in A Harbour Falls Mystery series. She is also the author of I Stand Before You, first novel in the Judge Me Not series (New Adult/Contemporary Romance).

Ms. Grey resides in western Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris College, as well as an MBA from Duquesne University. 

She is currently working on Wickingham Way, the third installment in A Harbour Falls Mystery series, to be released in January 2014, as well as Never Doubt Me, second novel in the Judge Me Not series.

Other interests include reading, traveling, running, and cheering for her hometown sports teams. 

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