Monday, February 15, 2016

BLOG TOUR - Saving Steele by Anne Jolin


Rock Falls Series #5

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Kennedy Cross had her heart broken early in life. It wasn't someone or something who betrayed her—it was her own body. Despite it being all she’s ever wanted, Kennedy will never know what it feels like to feel her baby’s feet kick from the inside out. Having been pronounced infertile at only eighteen, she redirected her life the best way she could.

Eight years and a degree later, Kennedy is one of the most well-loved first-grade teachers at Rock Falls Elementary School. It doesn’t matter that her college boyfriend left her because he wanted children of his own. She has twenty-two of the most gorgeous six-year-olds who adore her and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Jackson Steele deals only in extremes. He falls victim to manic episodes lasting for days, sometimes weeks at a time, sending him reeling from volatile highs to devastating lows. It’s a living hell just being inside his own mind, and that hell has taken everything he’s ever loved away from him. But what if, this time, it gives him something? An untimely gift from God and a brunette with legs eight miles long will bring him the most unforeseen joy but also his most challenging of tests.

What happens when circumstances of life threaten the one thing both Jackson and Kennedy love? Saving Steele from himself may prove to be too much for Cross to bear.


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I’d totally become a yes girl where hot guy, dad to mini hot guy, Jackson Steele was concerned.

So that brings me to now, turning off my ignition and willing my body to move from the safety of my 

driver’s seat and up to his front door.

It’s okay though. I’ve come prepared. I’d written a list of things not to do when I arrived at the house on a 

yellow Post-it note.

Putting force behind the fist I’d raised to knock on the door I immediately begin to fall forward as the offending panel of wood swings inward and I face plant directly into a hard male chest.

Rats! There goes rule number three and quickly too.

Mmm. But he sure smells nice.

“Easy, babe,” his voice is a deep manly chuckle, large hands settling on my waist.

I feel that “babe,” that chuckle and that contact in all the right places, even a tingle or two in some wrong ones if I’m being honest.

Considering I’m relatively close to the brink of insanity this morning, it isn’t all that surprising that in that second, instead of pulling away, I take the opportunity to tilt my head back and look at him, really look at him, for the second time since we’d met.

Big mistake.

Should have added a sixth rule. Don’t look at him either.

Our Review

Having read the Rock Falls series religiously I was anxious for Saving Steele for so long. Keeping King left us with a young boy knocking on the door and handing over a Jackson Steele business card saying he was here for his daddy. WHAT?!?! How is Jackson going to deal with that, I mean we all know he's not exactly known for being a stable, level headed guy who reacts calmly to changes and hiccups. But finally getting Jacksons book, we see things through his eyes, and just other peoples perceptions of him. And Oh Jeez didn't I just fall for him. He has even bumped Jayden down the list!
"I want to wake up with her every morning. Be the last thing her lips touch at night. I also need her face to be the one waiting by the door when I get home. I'm a blessed man. Ryker & Kennedy saved me, and I didn't even know I needed saving."
So the story goes, that Jackson does what a responsible parent does and enrols his kid in School, only when he goes to pick him up and get feedback on how Ryker is doing he is left utterly gobsmacked. Jackson is hot for teacher! 

Kennedy Cross is a woman after my own heart! This woman loves a list! (yeah there is more to it than that, but i'm choosing to put a lighter spin on it, coz I like it that way) She's the brother of Colt, the Rock Falls cop we all love and after some strings are pulled she is Rykers new teacher.

Jackson and Kennedy are not people who do life easy, they've both got their issues, but somehow they end up together in a relationship that reads easy. Like they just melted together, it felt good, it felt right. Things aren't all smooth sailing for them. There are hurdles to jump and exes to deal with and in the midst of it all a young boy thats been uprooted from everything he knows and implanted in a whole new life. But Ryker is just so adorable from the first words out his little mouth, you can't help but want to give him the world and are rooting for these two to deliver.

'  He shifts slightly, having clocked my entry into the room. He's watching my movements. His eyes studying me intently. His scrutinising glare leaves me feeling exposed and is entirely too inquisitive for such a young boy. After what seems like an century, my son assessing each other closely, he speaks. "Are you my dad?" He asks directly, but not as bold as his unrelenting stare. Muscles in my jaw twitch as it clenches fending off the sting in my nose. "I think so."  '
Star Ratings:
Plot = 4/5
Characters = 4/5
Heat = 3/5
Writing Style = 4/5
Overall Rating = 4/5

- ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Jolin -

I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada. I grew up riding horses, shooting guns, and driving in trucks. 

I never expected to be an author. A massage therapist? Yes. Take over the family construction company? Yes. But an author? No. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion. 

Since I’ve always been a creative person, it feels amazing to harness all of that energy and use it to tell a story I love. I enjoy incorporating bits of my real life into the stories I write. What parts are true? Hah. I’ll never tell—what would be the fun in that?

If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.

Mad love, 

Anne Jolin


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