Thursday, March 29, 2018

Blog Tour: Jacob's Ladder: Eli (Jacob's Ladder #2) by Katie Ashley

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One wouldn’t expect a sexy-as-sin rocker like Eli Renard to spend time with a woman just as a friend, but that’s exactly what Emersyn Wallace is to him. Just a friend. Even though she’s matured into a beauty, Eli still doesn’t remotely see his childhood pal as a sex-object. When tragedy brings her back into his world, Eli moves mountains to help Emersyn get back onto her feet by finding her a job as a backup singer for Jacob’s Ladder. At first, Eli is thrilled that Emerysn is along on tour, and he sets out to do his best to help her forget her sorrow through a range of crazy friend dates. But after spending so much time with her in such close quarters, Eli finds his feelings beginning to shift. He no longer sees Emersyn as the once awkward young girl he played some of his first songs with. Soon it’s not only his body that reacts to her, but it’s also his heart. He’s about to learn what a dangerous game it is to dry a widow’s tears.
After losing her husband and singing partner in a tragic accident, Emersyn Wallace spent the last eight months drowning in a sea of grief. With the bills piling up and her family and friends concerned about her emotional welfare, she reluctantly agrees to join the Jacob’s Ladder’s tour. While recapturing her lost love of singing and performing, she finds both comfort and healing in Eli’s gregarious personality and outrageous sense of humor. But as the anniversary of her husband’s death approaches, she finds herself in turmoil over her new amorous feelings for Eli.
Can Eli and Emersyn find the perfect melody to transition from friends to lovers, or will their relationship end out of tune? 


Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I stopped reading this book a little before the 30% mark. I just couldn't get into it and the more I read the worse it got for me. Emersyn was still grieving her husband who had died 9 months before and I couldn't buy the idea of her moving on. She loved her husband deeply and he was a great guy. I didn't (and I still don't) think that she could just wake up some day anytime soon and be ready to have something more with another man. If the main part of the story had begun a couple of years late I might have thought differently. Eli's behavior also didn't help me get into the book and when I read that he had slept with another woman around the 25% mark on my kindle, I gave up. I don't understand why that had to be included after a quarter of the story was gone. The fact that neither of them (Eli and Emersyn) had any romantic feelings towards each other made me question how rushed things would be later on. Emersyn did feel some kind of jealousy after the redhead incident, but it was just a spark. 1/3 of the book was gone and the characters were just friends who only had platonic love to give. If there had been something between them or something one-sided at least, I might have differently. I could have given a second chance to this book, but with life kicking my arse I didn't want to waste my time on a book that wasn't for me.

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Author Bio:

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of both Indie and Traditionally published books. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her spoiled mutt, Duke. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Scooby-Doo.
With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, as well as a few adjunct college English classes. As of January 2013, she hung up her red pen and expo markers to become a full-time writer. Each and every day she counts her blessings to be able to do her dream job.
Although her roots are firmly planted in the red Georgia clay, she loves traveling the country and world to meet readers and hang out with fellow authors. When she’s not writing or chasing down her toddler, you might find her watching reruns of The Golden Girls, reading historical biographies, along with romance novels, or spending way too much time on Facebook.


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