3 April 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Revved

by Samantha Towle

Release Date: March 24th

Race car mechanic Andressa "Andi" Amaro has one rule—no dating drivers. With a good reason behind the rule, she has no plans on breaking it.

Carrick Ryan is the bad boy of Formula One. With a face and body that melts panties on sight, and an Irish lilt that leaves women on their knees, begging for more. He races hard and parties harder. The youngest driver to ever sign with F1, he’s still at the top of his game five years later, breaking hearts on and off the tracks.

When Andi is offered her dream job working in the glamorous world of F1, she leaves her home in Brazil, positive she can handle working for Carrick. But she’s not prepared for the off-the-chart sparks that fly the moment they meet.

Now, Andi has a crush on the one man she can’t have, and her resolve is about to be put to the test, because Carrick has decided he wants Andi, and he plans on testing her to the very limit…

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I run my fingertips over the blue-and-silver paintwork as I walk toward the back end. Bending over, I start poking around, taking a look at the engine.
“Please tell me that you’re my birthday present.”
The Irish drawl has the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end.
I turn my head to find Carrick Ryan standing behind me.
Oh. Wow.
He’s definitely better looking in the flesh than on television. I knew he was attractive. But blonds aren’t usually my thing. I’m more of a dark-hair-and-dark-eyes kind of girl.
But his dirty-blond hair, blue eyes laced with sin, and full lips—the kind of lips you spend hours sucking on—and that chiseled jaw decorated with stubble…yep, it all seems to be working for me. Well, my body anyway. Definitely not my head. Man-sluts are not my thing.
My eyes meet with his as he lifts them from blatantly staring at my arse. The look in them hits me straight in the gut, surprising the hell out of me. His eyes are profoundly blue and filled with heat. My skin starts to prickle as his intense stare burns me up.
I’ve never had such an instant visual reaction to a man before.
Take it easy, Andi. This isn’t a problem. You’ve met good-looking men before. You can turn this off. Drivers are a no-go area, especially ones you work for.
My job is too important to lose over a man.
Straightening, I turn to face him.
“Hello,” I say in my most confident and formal voice.
I get nothing back, and that’s because he hasn’t heard me. He’s too busy staring at my breasts.
Typical man.
I have the sudden urge to punch him in his handsome face.
But I won’t because I’m a professional. I’ll handle this in the best way I know when it comes to dealing with pervy dickheads like him.
“It’s your birthday?” I say sweetly, my smile a little on the flirtatious side.
He grins. “It sure is, and it’s definitely looking up now that you’re here. Are you going to make it extra special for me, sugar?”
He thinks he’s about to get lucky.
Far from it. Smarmy twat.
I tilt my head to the side, keeping the flirty smile on my face, as I walk up to him until there’s very little space between us. I press my fingers to his chest. God, that’s firm. I can feel the ridge of his muscles underneath my fingertips.
He’s tall, too, a good few inches higher than my five-nine. I’d say he’s six-one, which is tall for a driver, but he’s lean. He needs to be to fit into those cars. I bet, under those clothes of his, there’s nothing but toned muscle. Drivers have to be seriously fit, and Carrick Ryan certainly ticks that box on both counts.
Now, I’m imagining him naked. Great. Just f**king great.
I force my focus back to the now. “Well…” I lean in closer to him, hearing him suck in a sharp breath. I lower my voice as I whisper, “If you ever call me sugar again, you won’t see your next birthday. That’s for sure.”
He tilts his head back in amusement. “Feisty. I like it.”
I take a step back, dropping my hand from his chest. “There’s nothing here for you to like.”
His eyes run the length of me, lingering on my legs, the lusty look firing in them again. “I see plenty to like. Jesus…your legs go on forever.”
I wish I had something to hide my legs behind. Instead, I fold my arms to bring his focus up. “I’m not your type.”
Lifting his eyes back to mine, he gives me a confident smile. “Amazing arse. Great stems. Awesome rack. Beautiful face. Yep”—he nods—“you’re definitely my type.”

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: The great thing about Samantha Towle's writing is that I know she's always going to take me on an emotional roller coaster, and, however mad I get at her characters antics, I'm going to flipping love every second of it! I honestly never thought Towle would be able to create another BBF to rival Jake Wethers but Carrick Ryan comes really freaking close.

I'm not going into many details about the plot or give any spoilery (can we say spoilery?) details because Carrick and Andi deserve to be read in full undisclosed glory. Andressa 'Andi' finds herself working in the fast and furious (sorry couldn't resist) world of Formula 1, for hot, young, F1 champion Carrick. From their very first meeting the chemistry between them sizzles off the page.

Andi is sassy, charming and brilliant, but what I enjoyed about her the most was her dedication to her job and her ability to put a certain Irish charmer in his place. There were a few moments when I wanted to shake (or smack) some sense into her. 

I was slightly concerned Carrick would be too similar to Jake Wethers, and yes, there are the obvious similarities between them. They're both hot, rich and famous. They both demonstrate the alpha male gene to the max, and they have a seemingly endless supply of willing women. BUT they are definitely not the same character! Without going into a full-scale comparison between Towle's guys I will say that Carrick and Jake have their own very different issues. Another big difference is in their leading ladies, both of whom come armed with very contrasting backgrounds - Andi is not Tru reworked. 

I love good banter and Revved doesn't disappoint. Andi and Carrick had me in hysterics with their constant back and forth. There are also some really charming moments throughout the story. I will admit I shed more than a few tears because some of the plot is really sad. 

Revved is an adult book and with all the sexual tension between the characters the heat scale is high - be prepared to blush and swoon.

I appreciated the detailed insight into the F1 world. Towle showcases the glamour of such a high profile lifestyle but also looks at the danger and potential isolation - it can be lonely at the top. Her characters are never one dimensional and always have a little something extra to them.

4.5 Stars in my Sky!

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New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn't stopped writing since.

She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM and TROUBLE.

She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.

A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.


Samantha is giving away:
1 x $50 Amazon Gift Card (US)
1 x $50 £ (pound) Amazon Gift Card (UK)
3 signed paperbacks of REVVED (open international)


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