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Blog Tour: You're Still the One by Rachel Harris {Review+Excerpt}

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Welcome to my stop on the You're Still the One tour hosted by InkSlingerPR!
Today I am excited to share my review, an excerpt from the book, and a giveaway with you all!



You're Still the One (Country Blues #1)
   by: Rachel Harris

Publication Date: Feb. 15, 2016
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC provided via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 254 pages
Order Links: Amazon| B&N | iBooks | Kobo
My Rating: 5/5 stars

Love is one dare neither of them can take...

Arabella Stone, Nashville’s darling, is eager to shuck her prim-and-proper rep, and a few wild months spent checking items off her “ summer bucket list” is the way to do it. First up: kiss the man she’s crushed on since she wore a training bra, the bad boy of country himself, Blue bassist Charlie Tucker.

For Charlie, a beautiful woman flirting with him isn’t out of the norm—but a beautiful woman bolting after the hottest kiss of his life sure is. And when he finds out his kiss-and-run Cinderella is none other than Arabella Stone, daughter of his label’s CEO, he knows he’s in trouble. Because not only is she a Stone, she’s also his employee for the next few months at the recording studio he just bought.

Over the course of one thrilling summer, Arabella and Charlie chip away at her bucket list and fight the simmering attraction between them...knowing that once it's all over, so is their time together.

 

 
 
 
 
 
I absolutely can not get enough of Rachel Harris's books. Seriously. They always leave me feeling so damn happy and hopeful! I love how her heroines are not only kick butt, but they also have their quirky traits too! Harris does such a great job of appealing to regular women and I love how relatable her books are!
 
I've been super excited for Charlie's story and I couldn't be more pleased with the end result. I loved him and Arabella together! Watching these two navigate their attraction and feelings for one another was such a blast. And whew! These two have some super sexy moments together too! I loved seeing how intimate they were and I seriously had butterflies in my stomach and a ridiculous grin on my face while reading.
 
Arabella has been infatuated with Charlie Tucker since she was a teen, but having been older than her, he never paid her much attention. She was his boss's kid daughter, certainly not the stunning woman he comes face to face with at a record label party. He does not recognize her, and she doesn't correct him, thus initiating a searing hot kiss that left both of them affected.
 
Things definitely get complicated, as Arabella's father has asked Charlie to watch out for her over the summer. That might not be so bad, had Charlie not been privy to some other information that would surely crush Arabella if she found out the truth.
 
Charlie was such a great love interest, but he did drive me a little crazy. I get his resistance to pursuing a relationship with her, but I thought the tension was going to slice me in half. Arabella was just so sweet and wore her heart on her sleeve and I didn't want to see Charlie break it. His words might say he can't do anything serious, but his actions certainly contradict him. He wants her just as badly as she does him and I love that intense moment when he just says 'screw it all' and goes after her. *dreamy sigh*
 
I loved seeing the Robicheaux clan again, as well as Charlie's bandmates! I am SUPER excited for Hannah and Deacon's story next. Harris gave us just enough to already ship those two so hard and I can't wait to see their history unravel!
 
If you're in the mood for a feel good romance with loads of kissing, sexy times, and memorable characters- you need to pick this one up!
 


Heart fluttering like a hummingbird, Ella picked her way across the stones, the steps still warm from the day’s brutal sun. She lowered herself, one concrete step at a time, until the tepid water lapped against the undersides of her breasts. She gasped at the sensation.
 

If she’d thought the biker bar felt decadent, this was positively wicked. Never in her wildest dreams had Arabella considered checking skinny-dipping off her list in this way, with neighbors potentially watching, and a naked Charlie Tucker as a wingman. 
 

He tensed as she glided across the pool, the muscles of his back like chiseled marble. She’d love to believe it was because of her, that he longed to touch her as badly as she wanted to be touched. But she knew him well enough to know that even if he did, he’d never act on the desire. Not unless his guard was down.

 
So, Arabella did what any self-respecting woman in her situation would do. She dipped her hands into the water on either side of her body, gently cupping them so as not to make any sudden waves. She grinned as she bent her knees for leverage…and then, stifling a laugh, swung her hands high and up into the air.
 

Splash.
 

Charlie cursed as water rained, falling like a sheet over his head. His neck snapped back, flicking his unruly dark hair out of his eyes, and his shoulders raised to meet his ears.
 

Immediately, Arabella started backpedaling.
 

Fans of romantic comedies, and anyone who swam with boys in high school, knew what came next. She’d awoken the sleeping bad-boy giant, or so she hoped, but somehow, even as she kicked away as hard as she could, she couldn’t excite the proper trepidation. She wanted this, wanted him to come after her.
 

But she had to make the chase look realistic.
 

“Oh, you think you’re funny, don’t you?” Charlie’s smile was as big and dangerous as a bloodthirsty alligator, and Ella squealed as he took his first looming step. “You better run, sweet girl. It’s on now.”

 
Arabella kicked her feet, shooting water in his face. “Bring it, Tucker!”
 

Please, please, bring it, Tucker.  
 

 

 
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.
 
An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!
 
 

 
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11 comments

  1. Gaaah! I really need to get to her adult books. I really have no excuse since I bought all of them last year. I love that the romances left you feeling happy and hopeful. I also love the trope of a romance happening years later when one of them has a crush on the other.
    I'm happy this was a success for you, Jess! Lovely review!

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    1. You so do Nick! They are wonderful! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! :) I love that trope too! It's really cute to see her crush so hardcore on him!

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  2. I know how much you love her books, so I really do need to make time for them. I have a bunch of them already too. Great review!

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    1. I hope you do Teresa! They are so much fun and just so SWEET! I am such a sucker for those books that leave you feeling giddy!

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  3. This book looks really good! I love your review!

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    1. Thank you so much! :) It was a really sweet contemporary romance. Just what I needed at the time!

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  4. I sooo need to read some more Rachel Harris books. I've read one of her adult romances and I thought it was soo cute. Glad you loved this!

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    1. Oh yes! I hope you do Quinn! I know they would be right up your alley!

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  5. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

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    1. Eeeep! I hope you get to soon Eva! It was so adorable!

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