Saturday, February 8, 2014

Blog Tour Stop/Giveaway - One Week (A Halestorm Novel) by Elisabeth Staab

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One Week
(HaleStorm Series, bk #1)

By Elisabeth Staab


Michael Hale's company is in jeopardy. In the wake of his father's death and transitioning to CEO, projects are circling the drain and that may cost him everything. Come to find out, the consultant hired to fix things is the "one who got away" many years ago. This time he's playing for keeps, and he intends to win.


Elise Jackson swore she wouldn't come near Michael Hale again. He sucker punched her professionally, and he broke her heart. Still, a job’s a job, and they can both be adults. But high emotion and late nights working lead to passion neither of them can deny.

They have one week. Can the two of them pull Michael's company out of the fire and heal their old wounds?


“I should have looked for you.” He wrapped his arms around her and groaned aloud at the warmth and softness of her skin against his. The rough texture of her nipples against his chest, the dampness of her hair on his shoulder. “Just touching you makes me crazy. My God, Elise. I should have known. Fuck, I did know, and I ignored it. I’m so goddamned stupid.”
“You’re not stupid.”
“I am stupid.” Michael gripped her hips—fucking luscious, curvy hips—and ran his hands up that amazing hourglass arc in her waist and over her shoulders, reveling in the magic of Elise’s hands giving him the same treatment. “I’m stupid because I thought I could push you away all those years ago and I’d forget and find someone else who turned me on as much as your hand bumping my knee under a cubicle desk. Christ, I tried to tell myself it was all innocent, but I lived for every second.”
“Oh my God.” Elise’s eyes flew wide, her cheeks flushed in the low light of her bedroom. “I had no idea.”
“You must have, if you gathered up the nerve to kiss me.” He bent her back, one hand braced between her shoulders, the other gripping her ass, trailing kisses along her jaw. Their only-for-tonight agreement be damned, already he didn’t want to let her go.
“I hoped.” She gripped his shoulders, smiling. “If I’m being honest, all that accidentally bumping your knee wasn't so much an accident.”

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I am such a big fan of Elisabeth's PNR books, that I was absolutely giddy at the prospect of discovering a whole new aspect of her talent. I was curious as to whether or not her writing would hold up without the supernatural aspects that can sometimes hide a myriad of problems. Silly me, talent is talent and Elisabeth Staab has it in spades. Not only did One Week shine, it went frikkin supernova. I can state unequivocally, this is not like any other contemporary novel that I have ever read. The characters in One Week are so multi-layered and well developed, but they are so very far from perfect, there was just an authenticity to Elise and Michael, I was captivated. There was not one aspect of this book that didn't surprise me. (One A LOT more than others). It has been an EXTREMELY long time since a book caught me so flat-footed. There is an element in this book that just came so out of left field, I was actually embarrassed by how clueless I was. Way to knock me off my preconceived notions and hold myself up to a mirror. This book was probably deeper than Elisabeth intended, for me anyway.

At first look, this was just a very well written, extremely HOT contemporary romance with unique characters and realistic problems. There was humor, heartache, of an HEA, but there were just sooooo very many discoveries and sublevels that I read it twice. I got something new from the second reading and I believe when I read it the third time (I assure you, I will) I will find something totally overlooked in my first two journeys. Now I'm not trying to scare anyone looking for an easy, fun read, because this can definitely be viewed on that level, but then again, and forgive my literary license, but all in all Moby Dick was a whale.

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Author PicElisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in an imaginary world. She believes that all kinds of safe and sane love should be celebrated but she adores the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best. She lives in the Washington DC area with her family and one big scaredy cat, where she loves to spend time with good friends, go dancing, collect wacky coffee mugs from which to drink her favorite beverage, and sing off-key in her kitchen (when she isn’t making characters fall in love, that is).

Giveaway Items

One winner will receive a signed paperback, a tote bag, some swag, and a Starbucks gift card

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Legal Disclaimer

Because the government can not keep it’s nose out of my business, I find it necessary to make the following statement.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I have no dog in this fight so the expressed opinions are mine and mine alone. I received no compensation, no hugs (physical or virtual) or any other incentive to influence my review.

This contest is sponsored by the author/publisher/publicist and R, S & TB is not responsible for prizes or fulfillment.

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Tore923 said...

No I haven't but I am adding it to my list. Sounds very good. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

Unknown said...

This is a fabulous book! I recommend to anyone that enjoys a good love story, how 2 people start a relationship. It’s so good.

pippirose said...

I haven't read it yet, but my interest definitely has been peaked. I've added it to my list.

Anonymous said...

The excerpt is great.Interest has been peaked and I added it to my GR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

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