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Blog Tour: Good Intentions by S.L. Scott {Review+Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the Good Intentions tour hosted by AToMR tours!
To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpts click here.
 
 
Good Intentions (Welcome to Paradise #2)
   by: S.L. Scott

Publication Date: Sept. 9, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by AToMR tours and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count:  236 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars



Two words sum up my summer in paradise—Evan Ashford.

I have a life back home I must return to, though my heart battles this reality. What started as a carefree summer fling has become so much more. Evan has become so much more. He’s become everything. Cupping his face, I stare into his deep blue eyes, wanting to lose myself once more... needing to know he feels this too.

Although our connection won’t stop the summer’s end from rushing toward us or silence the demons Evan battles, I have faith our love can overcome the obstacles that will undoubtedly arise from us choosing to be together. I still worry… Will our good intentions be good enough? But I’m all in, willing to take the risk, knowing he can destroy my heart if I’m wrong.


Like a riptide, I was forever changed by one woman—Mallory Wray.

Our eyes meet and we spend a moment looking into the others’, reading the fear and the love that mingles within. I move slowly down and kiss her forehead, her nose, her eyelids, her cheeks, and her chin before I kiss her lips again—soft and gentle, not rushed, but sensual. She smiles and I die inside knowing that I won’t get to see her face every day. I’ve been spoiled by this sweet angel giving me all her days and nights. I possessively take hold of her wrists and like so many times before, the air stills as our connection intensifies. I can’t help myself when it comes to her.

I kiss her.

Rain pours down harder and I wrap my arms around her, engulfing her body, her love, her soul.
 
 
My Review:
 
You know those soap operas that you feel guilty to admitting to watch? I feel much the same way about the Welcome to Paradise series. It is reminiscent of a mini soap opera with so much angst and drama, it literally makes your head spin. And I freaking love it! I can't get enough of this series!
 
Good Intentions takes up right where Good Vibrations leaves off- Mallory is getting ready to attend her boyfriend, Evan's (well his parents') 4th of July party. The only problem? Evan's mother hates Mallory with a passion. She belittles her and treats her as if she's nothing more than a common street whore. Yeah, great lady.
 
The first book in the series was filled with drama, tension, and angst. Mallory and Evan both have so many insecurities when it comes to relationships that they were constantly back and forth. At one point I almost wanted them to give up because they were being ridiculous! We weren't even 25 pages into this book before the shit hit the fan with Evan and Mallory! Both are so hot-headed and brash- they don't sit down and hash things out like they should. Mallory flies off the handle without knowing all of the facts and makes assumptions that she shouldn't be making. In fact, I felt bad for Evan as she really just bombards him with her insecurities and jealousy. I understand Mallory has been cheated on before and clearly has some self-confidence issues, but come on girl! Give the guy a chance to explain before you go all crazy on him!
 
With that all being said and after that particular incident, I really love how this book shows the evolution of both Mallory and Evan. Yes, they still have their insecurities, but they are slowly learning to trust in one another and not let their petty jealousy come between them. This was a huge development. Evan held onto a dark secret in the first book that is now out in the open and I felt really bad for him. We finally learn why him and Noah hate each other so much.
 
Let's talk about Noah for a minute. Wow, talk about doing a complete 180? We saw a very different side to Noah in this book and I didn't care for him at all. There was one scene in particular that seemed a bit out of character for him, so I was a little befuddled over it. Regardless, he was in the wrong and I had no problem saying good riddance to him.
 
Our awesome side characters are back! I really loved Zach (Evan's best friend) even more in this book, because he was the ying to Evan's yang. Really- Zach was the voice of reason and I loved how he would talk sense into Evan. Sunny, Kate, and Murphy all make appearances and we are also introduced to some new characters- Evan's dad, however, was the biggest surprise to me. You expect him to be a douche since his wife is a complete manipulative bitch, but he was actually a good guy, who cared about his family and didn't want to lose his job. He had Evan's back on more than one occasion and I really respected him for that.
 
As the summer comes to a close and Mallory and Evan are about to part ways, the two spend their last few weeks together doing all the touristy, cheesy things- as well as having lots of sex. And I mean, LOTS of it. And they were quite creative about it too, ahem. There is one scene involving a car... while not so believable, it was definitely hot! I won't lie, I did feel the overabundance of sex did take away a bit from the plot.
 
Mallory and Evan do not have an easy road ahead of them by any means. While they are working on building a strong foundation built on trust, both of them are anxious as to what the future holds. Mallory is on her way back to school in Colorado, and Evan is slotted to start working for the family company in New York City with his sister, Kate. Evan is afraid Mallory will forget about him and embrace college life- partying, meeting other guys, etc. and Mallory is afraid Evan will slide back into his former lifestyle of a playboy amidst the glamour of NYC. The two face their greatest challenge- distance- and watching them work to make things work is definitely interesting. There are so many forces at work against them- Evan's mother, Mallory's new friend... will their relationship survive? I can't wait to find out in Book 3!
 
 
 
About the Author:
 
S.L. Scott has a degree in Journalism and is the author of Amazon bestseller, A Prior Engagement, her debut novel, Naturally, Charlie, and several novellas, including Amazon best seller, Sleeping with Mr. Sexy, and Morning Glory—all currently available on Amazon. Pursuing her passion for telling stories, she spends her days escaping into her characters, letting them lead her on their adventures. She is a Contributor to Huffington Post as well as writes for her own blog along with several other popular sites.
Travelling, music festivals, and surfing are a few of her hobbies she loves, but she doesn’t get to enjoy on a regular basis. She has an obsession with movies, a varied taste in books, and collects Fitz & Floyd teapots. With a memory full of useless trivia facts, and a Keurig addiction, she loves a fun night in with her family as much as a loud night out with her friends.
Scott lives in the lively city of Austin with her husband, two young sons, and two Papillons, enjoying life in the beautiful hill country of Texas.
Visit her website at www.slscottauthor.com.

Giveaway:

US Only:

Good Intentions signed book with bookmark and button – U. S. Only

1 Hawaiian Foods Goodie Box and a Good Intentions ebook – U. S. Only  (Pic Attached)

1 Palm Tree Necklace and a Good Intentions ebook - Sterling Silver and CZ Palm Tree Necklace value $60.00 – U. S. Only (Pic Attached)
 
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International Only:

$25 Amazon Giftcard – Internationally

Good Intentions signed book with bookmark and button – Internationally

1 Kindle or Nook ebook copy of Good Intentions – Internationally

1 Kindle or Nook ebook copy of Good Intentions – Internationally
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4 comments

  1. SO I really love the covers on these books. I love how you describe them as a soap opera. I'm not ashamed to say that I get sucked into soap operas every now and then. Great review!

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    1. I love the covers too! So pretty! Thanks Teresa! This is seriously like a soap opera- it sucks you in and there's so much drama and angst but you can't put it down!

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  2. Great review! Oh man, this sounds like a rant inducing series but definitely one I am interested in checking out.

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    1. YES! The MC's make me want to pull my hair out, but gosh I'm so invested in their HEA right now!

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