Friday, April 18, 2014

Maryann Jordan's Blog Tour for Emma's Home

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 Beautiful Emma Dodd has always taken care of everyone. She raised her niece when they were orphaned and she cares for the students that she works with. Deciding to move to Fairfield where her niece now lives, she was hoping to finally find a place to call home. Jake Campbell, was gorgeous enough to catch any woman’s eye, but he had a hard time finding the right one for him. A Fairfield detective, he lives with his mother to help care for her since she was diagnosed with a debilitating disease. After meeting Emma, he knows he has met the woman of his dreams. Now he just has to convince the independent Emma that it is time someone took care of her. While helping one of her students, Emma becomes suspicious of criminal activity in her new town. Will Jake be able to save Emma in time for them to build a life together?   "Emma’s eyes shot up to Jake’s face. The face that kisses her so sweetly and whispers to her in the night. The face that calls her name when he comes inside of her. Now that face is so angry and his rage is focused on her. She could feel her chin begin to wobble, knowing tears were soon to follow. Jake was aware of the change in her, felt her breathing hitch, and some of his ire release. Knowing that she needed reassurance he took her face gently in his powerful hands. “Emma girl, I’m not mad at you. I’m mad that someone is fucking with the woman I love. Someone has threatened you, scared you, and I didn’t know that was happening. And a man like me, does not like to find out that his woman is being fucked over. So baby, we need to know what’s goin’ on.” Emma looked around at the room full of people, people that she knew cared about her. She had wanted to figure things out on her own and as much as she considered herself to be a strong woman, she was afraid. And now…. with someone trying to get inside her house, she was even more afraid. Looking down, she realized she was wringing her hands, trying to stop the shaking. “Emma,” Jake said again softly, knowing that she was still in shock. “Tell us about the notes.” Emma looked up into the baby blues that contained so much emotion; anger, fear, love. She knew she needed to trust that he would forgive her secretiveness and allow him to take care of her. Emma’s eyes shot up to Jake’s face. The face that kisses her so sweetly and whispers to her in the night. The face that calls her name when he comes inside of her. Now that face is so angry and his rage is focused on her. She could feel her chin begin to wobble, knowing tears were soon to follow. Jake was aware of the change in her, felt her breathing hitch, and some of his ire release. Knowing that she needed reassurance he took her face gently in his powerful hands. “Emma girl, I’m not mad at you. I’m mad that someone is fucking with the woman I love. Someone has threatened you, scared you, and I didn’t know that was happening. And a man like me, does not like to find out that his woman is being fucked over. So baby, we need to know what’s goin’ on.” Emma looked around at the room full of people, people that she knew cared about her. She had wanted to figure things out on her own and as much as she considered herself to be a strong woman, she was afraid. And now…. with someone trying to get inside her house, she was even more afraid. Looking down, she realized she was wringing her hands, trying to stop the shaking. “Emma,” Jake said again softly, knowing that she was still in shock. “Tell us about the notes.” Emma looked up into the baby blues that contained so much emotion; anger, fear, love. She knew she needed to trust that he would forgive her secretiveness and allow him to take care of her." ReviewsHeader emma Home teaser 9
 **I really enjoyed how she used so many emotions through out the book. I giggled and cried. I fell in love with all the characters. This story is about family, love, and finding your home. **This first novel by Maryann Jordan is so refreshing. It combines a passionate love story with a little mystery mixed in! Both of these combined makes for a story you cannot put down! **Absolutely LOVED this book! I had the honor to beta read Emma's Home, and I was blown away! This is a very down to earth and realistic story that will touch your heart. Not only is it steamy sexy but the challenges that Emma faces would be completely overwhelming to others. If you are looking for a book that has a very strong female lead, this is the book!! **I also love all the surrounding characters in Jake and Emma's lives. They are so supportive and funny. They bring so much life into the book as well. I have to say that I was surprised by the plot twist. I was not expecting anything like that to come into play in this book. However, I LOVED it. It broke this book away from all the other typical romances that are out there. **Maryann has done an amazing job with Emma's home. Not only did she give us our love story but she gave us drama suspense and a little mystery. I loved the story from the first chapter. This story makes u smile laugh and hurt with the characters you are pulled into the story and crave to see what happens next. It's truly a must read. **I truly LOVED this book. The story of Emma and Jake was super sexy and heart warming. Loved Jake's protectiveness. Loved Emma's independence. And the other characters were awesome as well and can't wait to catch up on them. Ladies, if you wear panties, leave 'em off, Jake will just melt them right off!!
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MY REVIEW
     I really enjoyed reading Emma's Home, Maryann Jordan's debut novel.  This wasn't one of those fast paced books about a billionaire jet-setter who happens to stumble upon a damsel in distress and then he secretly stalks her until he can arrange to nonchalantly bump into her, go out for a drink, fulfill all of her secret fantasies and live happily ever after...If that's your cup of tea, look around our blog and I'm sure you'll find another book that'll fit your fancy.

This book was about an everyday girl, who lives an everyday life.  She loves with all of her heart, takes care of the people that she loves, works hard and earns an honest living.  Emma's the kind of girl you wish nothing but good things for- and when she relocates to be closer to her niece, it seems as though that's just what Emma is going to get.

Jake's not much different.  Jake lives an honest life.  He takes care of his ailing mother, puts other's needs in front of his own and made a decision a long time ago that caring for his mother was far more important than attempting any semblance of a relationship with a girl who wanted more than he was able to give.

As these two new friends get to know each other, their relationship grows and a beautiful story transpires.

I gave this book 4 stars.  The story read along at a nice pace, the characters were likable and well described.  The relationships between the characters were developed and it was very obvious that Maryann put her heart and soul into writing this book.  I did come across a few typos as I read, not enough to find it distracting from the story though.  

One of the challenges I have as I read romance books is finding the perfect balance between love at first sight and uncertainty over whether someone you've met is "the one" and the dance that seems to ensue while feelings grow or fizzle.  Emma's Home did seem to be a little rushed for me as Jake immediately staked his claim on Emma from the first day they met.  It seemed from there the pace of their relationship moved on really quickly, despite Jake's assurance that he was willing to move along at what ever pace Emma was ready for.

All of this being said, Emma's Home was a sweet little romance with just enough drama, just enough romance, just enough RED, HOT, MAD, passion to make it a book I'd recommend to my closest friends.  Maryann did a very nice job with this break out novel and I can't wait to read more from her in the future!                                                        ~MK

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 I have always been an avid reader. Last year I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma's Home was created. I work as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 32 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters. When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap! I love to hear from readers, so please email me!
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