Blog Tour - Chasing Reese by Imy Santiago
(a SAFELIGHT novel vol. 1)
by Imy Santiago
Imy Santiago is currently on tour with her latest release, chasing Reese. She stops by today to share it with you all.
About chasing Reese:Everything in life is not permanent but it was perfect. Catalina Pardo had a career in journalism most people could only dream of, a hot, sexy fiancé to call her own and a brilliant future ahead of her. When tragedy struck, the life she once knew fell apart. Four years later, traumatized by the events that ultimately changed her existence, Catalina sets herself on a punishing work schedule, preventing herself from facing the demons of her grief-stricken past. Emotionally shut down, she’s alive but not living because everyone she ever loved leaves her. Fate intervenes in Catalina’s life in the form of a last minute assignment to a snowy mountain lodge in Whistler, B.C. Sent there to cover the life of the infamous Jackson Reese; an Olympic Snowboarding Champion, she is faced with many challenges bringing to surface the raw emotions of her past. Compelled to work alongside Stryder Martynus, an award winning photographer brought in to document the Reese press tour, tensions and denial run high forcing Catalina to accept the past and face the present with zero regrets.
*Adult Contemporary Romance - Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen (18+).
Book Teaser Trailer
I grab Catalina by her shoulders and push her against the door of our shared suite, my arms pinning her in place. My heart is racing a mile a minute with my sudden display of aggression. Catalina gasps loudly when I bring my mouth to the soft, silken skin of her neck. I kiss her gently, feeling her pulse throbbing against my lips.
“Don’t make fun of me, Pardo. It’s not nice,” I whisper, my nose trailing up this delectable territory of hers. I inhale her delicious scent without shame or regard. “God, you smell like candy.”
Gently removing my lips from her delicate skin I raise my head, my eyes beseeching hers. Removing one hand from the wall, I allow it to caress the skin of her jaw, my thumb tracing circles on the low of her cheek.
Catalina’s shuddered breaths fuel me further. I move in closer and feel the rising and falling of her chest with each breath she takes. Ripples of desire roll through me, my cock twitching in my pants. She looks at me, drunk with lust, and that gives me all the reassurance I need. I would never pull this stunt on just any woman because it’s the quickest way to get kicked in the balls. But my need for Catalina goes beyond all reason.
Inching closer, my nose collides with hers. Her whole body tenses, and a low moan escapes from her throat. When Catalina closes her eyes, I let out a long-drawn breath.
“You’re unraveling me, Catalina.”
Catalina nods and lets out a sigh, her breath caressing my lips. She replies softly, “And you’re breaking me.” ©2014 Imy Santiago – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Praise for the Book
"Ever read a book that you did not want to stop reading? One that, you wanted to finish because you needed to know what happens but wanted to slow down and savor because you didn't want it to end? Chasing Reese was that story for me. Imy Santiago's debut book touched me deeply. The author has such a way with words, I actually couldn't believe it was her debut book." -Danita Morales, Nerdy Chic
"I'm speechless. I have no words to describe the awesomeness that is this book! The characters will become your friends and together you get to learn their weaknesses and their strengths. Together they are the 3 amigos but what happens at the end will leave you wanting the next book. I need to read this book again i miss them already." -Caryn Watson, Watz Books and Teasers
"OMG, I loved this story. When I started reading it, it starts with an emotional scene that had me little teary eyed. I started the story going OMG and I ended it going OMG. I can't wait to read the next one: finding Reese." -Amazeball Book Addicts
"WOW!! I had no idea what to expect from this book. Holy hell debut novel!!! Imy blew me away! The emotions, the characters...damn I just loved it!! So many feels at the beginning of the book...I was smiling & in tears. Shattered hearts trying to piece themselves back together. Stryder...Jackson....Cat...loved them all. What a wonderful story and damn if Imy doesn't leave you hanging wanting more!!! Can't wait to read more from this awesome author!" -Hooks & Books
"I was a very lucky woman to receive this book as an ARC before date of release. I shake my head in amazement. This is a debut novel? No way! The writing is descriptive and articulate. The sex scenes sizzle off the pages and almost fried my Kindle. Remember this author's name. We shall be hearing a lot more about her! A star is born." -Terri Lyndie, Amazon Best Selling Author of Unmasking The Knight
"chasing Reese. is heart wrenching, humorous, touching and emotional with great dialogue. Ms. Santiago has managed to create likeable, strong characters that all have flaws as humans do and is written from mulitple POVs. If it doesn’t happen straight away Imy Santiago, this book will eventually float to the top. Well done Ms. Santiago what a DEBUT. Almost everything was on point, so I know there is much more to come from you. After reading the special excerpt for the sequel can’t wait for ‘finding Reese." -K.L. Shandwick, author of Gibson's Legacy
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About Imy Santiago
I love to read stories about loss, heartache and redemption so it didn't shock me when I ended up writing stories of my own revolving around those themes. I write with my heart, using my life experiences and emotions to dictate the tone and path in which my fictional characters embark. I believe in the power of friendship and to always have hope because life is always full of pleasant surprises. If you were to ask me if I consider myself an author, I would tell you no, I am not. I'm just a girl who loves to write a good story that makes you consider life choices and the darkness that envelopes a broken heart. My stories are about loss, friendship, hope and love.
I hope to continue writing more books in the not so distant future. It could be said that writing keeps me sane and brings a smile to my face. When I’m not writing Adult Contemporary Romance novels, I’m enjoying a quiet life with my family on Long Island New York.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I can honestly say that I did not know what to expect when I started this book, but if I did have any expectations they were all completely blown away by the time I had finished.
I won't go into a revamp of the plot. I'm sure other reviewers will and I don't think it's necessary.
The characters were well rounded and beautifully written. I fell in love with all of them. I adored Catalina's sassy swearing self, her insecurities and her inner goodness. My heart broke for her and I was rooting for her from the beginning. I especially liked that she wasn't model perfect and had the same insecurities we all have about our bodies. I instantly connected with her.
Jackson was brilliant. The brash joker with no cares in the world it would seem but underneath just as vulnerable and afraid as the rest of us. I loved him and wanted to give him a huge hug.
I adored Stryder. He was warm and caring and a true gentleman but also had his own skeletons to deal with.
I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish and was sorry it ended. The writing was very good. It flowed with an almost musical quality that I loved.
This is a story of love and loss, trust and friendship but above all hope. Basically it's a story about life and I loved every minute of it. I cannot believe that this is a debut novel. Imy Santiago has a real talent and I really look forward to reading more of her books. This is why I am always willing to try new or unheard of authors. Every now and then a true gem comes along and this is one of them.
I would definitely recommend this book to all. An easy 5 stars from me :)
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