Thursday, June 4, 2015

Release Blitz with Giveaway and Christie's review: Leaving me Behind by Sigal Ehrlich

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Title: Leaving Me Behind
Author: Sigal Ehrlich
Release Date: May 25, 2015
Genre: Stand Alone Contemporary Romance
Fed up with her comfortable and dull-to-boredom life, Liv takes the bravest leap, leaving it all behind. Unfortunately the crux of her issues – her entrenched, well-kept emotional guard – tags along for the ride. With the spirit of change burning from every pore and a determined plan to break free from her self-oppressed lifestyle to enjoy life’s simplest pleasures, she moves half way across the globe to a peaceful Spanish coastal town.  With an aim to feel whole again, liberated and happy by herself, Liv begins her journey while maintaining weekly-cyber therapy sessions with her long time, questionable shrink. As Liv finally begins to enjoy her new life and experience the varied goods the exotic country has to offer, a sudden major turn leads Liv to be swept into the most tantalizing roller coaster of her life.  A turn that leaves her questioning everything she thought was right. THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for  readers under the age of 18. 

“A warm shiver trails from the very top of my arms all the way to my toes as his hands gently move to hold my shoulders. Slowly, they trail down, rising my skin in their wake. My breath is held and everything inside me springs tight when his body presses just enough for mine to absorb his warmth and to feel the firmness that I recently learned is part of him. He brushes my hair over my shoulder with his chin. A tidal wave of heat spirals below my waist once his warm, minty breath hovers closely, and his bristled cheek softly grazes my flushed one. He halts for a long moment. “What are you doing?” I croakily breathe. “Waiting for you to stop me.” His voice is rasp and low and reaches to every single part of my alert body. My heart and mind speed at a hazardous velocity while I struggle for my next move. The last thing I want is for him to stop. I don’t say a word but blatantly press back against him, resting my head on his drumming chest. It’s less of a spoken consent and more of a silent agreement. Whatever is starting between us is happening nonetheless, with my undeniable blessing.”  
About the Author
By teen age, Sigal already lived in three different continents where she was lucky enough to experience and visit varied places, meet unique people, which only helped fuel her overly developed imagination. Currently, Sigal calls Estonia home where she lives with her husband and three kids.
Not exactly sure where they will end up next…  
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Have you ever stopped and taken stock of where you are in life and wondered, "What if?" What if I could just run away, jump on a plane and never look back? Start over in a new country on a fresh page, seek out new adventures, and find the passion that's been missing in life? Liv does every day. Every day she fights the urge to boldly give up the cushy job that has given her a financially comfortable life, and seek inspiration and excitement. Because she's a reasonable, logical person, and they don't do impulsive and reckless things like that. Until one day, she snapped and finally made up her mind. She was going to quit her job, leave her therapist, and start over in a small and quiet beach town outside of Barcelona like she's always dreamed.

What I loved about this story was the heroine's leap of faith and pursuit of joy for her life. It was a story about self-renewal and healing and self-discovery. Liv has been seeing a therapist for the issues that have been plaguing her for her entire adult life. When it comes down to it, everything stems from some serious "Mommy issues." Her mother's inherent disapproval of every facet of her life and lack of acceptance has caused a rift between them. And understandably, the long-term affect has been that she never quite feels good enough. But she never quite knows how to correct it.

I completely loved the atmospheric setting in Spain and the multi-cultured friends that Liv connected with. It was a little bit reminiscent of Penny Reid's Knitting in the City group of girlfriends. They get together, share wine, and ponder men and dating. They were such an entertaining group of ladies, they put a big smile on my face seeing so many unique women come together and act silly and let loose. I enjoyed the humorous side of the book, it cut through the soberness of her personal journey and gave the book a lighthearted tone. The heroine's inner musings ranged from introspective, to intelligent humor, to self-depreciating wit. Not to mention a whole lot of lusty thoughts about one fiercely passionate Spaniard who she can't take her eyes off of, and vice versa.

The hero and heroine have a very unique meeting and following first interactions. They have this smouldering, buzzing attraction and don't do a lot of talking. They lock eyes on several occasions and Liv is ready to use a little sexual therapy to begin her new life.

He's all rough, sharp, and dripping of sin. Tan skin. His eyes warm, luring pools of dusky brown framed by thick, black lashes. It's more than evident his nose was broken. Nonetheless, it just adds the necessary touch of roughness. And...hand on heart, who doesn't really healthily appreciate roughness?

He's an amazing hero, I really loved Sebastian. He was that perfect strong and dominant type hero that had the ability to reach inside your chest and pull at your heartstrings at the same time. I can't fault him for a moment in the book, he was just that good. He was extremely sexy, sensual, and unwavering in his attempts to convince Liv to let him in. You see...

Liv was insane.

Okay, not really, but I did doubt her sanity after she pushed this perfect male specimen away at every turn of the page. Her original plan of a one-night stand steadily evolved through his perseverance. Not to mention: he rocked her world. Let me tell you, this book was provocative, lusty, and it made me swoon on numerous occasions.

Liv has a huge issue with allowing herself to become emotionally attached with people-but most especially with men. It's another result of her childhood issues that she is working to identify and overcome. I sympathized and appreciated the fact that such ingrained issues can't be magically, instantly solved. Her progression was honest and natural feeling. However, I'm not going to say it didn't frustrate me here and there. She was a difficult person to empathize with at times because of her stubbornness and attempts to keep her emotional distance. But in the end, I really enjoyed the message of discovering the ability to love yourself and change the things that drag you down and prevent you from seeing the beauty and promises that life has to offer.

This book was a fun, erotic story of one woman's journey finding happiness, trust, and love. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something a little bit different to escape in. For me, it was a sweet and romantic story that did not disappoint.


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