Tuesday, November 12, 2013
***BLOG TOUR STOP*** Timing is Everything Series by Erika Ashby
SPECIAL GUEST REVIEW by Christy from Tabby's Tantalizing Reviews
Christy has been kind enough to provide us a guest review on all three of Erika's books and we're so happy. She has been so excited about these books that she couldn't contain herself. Ashley and Manda also have reviews that will be published after the tour, as this was a three book tour. We wanted to be sure to give Erika as many reviews as possible, because, well, she deserves it!!
This book had me hooked from just reading the prologue. It was emotional and left me with so many questions I needed answers to. I loved reading every page of this book, I couldn’t put it down. If you haven’t read Moving Forward move it up on tbr list, it is a must read.
We meet Jeskia Reynolds first, a widow who is struggling to get over the tragic death of her husband while raising their son Jaxon. As much as Jesika wants to move on she doesn’t know if she will ever be able to get over her husband’s death. Will her heart ever let her move forward?
Derek Jordan, fireman by day, drummer for the Rifters by night. Derek is a single dad trying to raise his daughter Emma and has watched Jesika from a distance for years. Seth, Derek’s brother and lead singer for the Rifters, helps set him up on dates while trying to get the band noticed and go on tour. Will Derek ever find the right time to tell Jesika the secrets of his past or will he always have to love her from afar?
Derek and Jesika meet at career day at school and sparks fly immediately. Jesika wonders if maybe he can be the one to heal her heart and help her move on. Mallory, Jesika’s best friend manages to talk her into a night out to go see a band play. This is where Jesika learns Derek is a drummer and they meet for the second time. As Derek and Jesika start to build a relationship they both discover secrets from their past that could tear them apart. Just when you think everything will be alright Erika Ashby decides to throw another curve ball at us.Will what they feel for each other be able to hold them together?
There is so many twists and turns in this book that kept me reading till I had all my answers. You will find love, loss, deceit, secrets and learning to move forward all in this emotional roller coaster ride of a book. I know I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Seth and Mallory in the next book No Going Back.
If you read and loved Moving Forward then you are going to love reading No Going Back, I know I did. Erika Ashby has a way of writing books that keep you reading till the very end. This book was amazing and I didn’t want it to end.
No Going Back picks up exactly where book one Moving Forward left off. Every time you think Seth and Mallory are finally going to be together something or someone is there ripping them apart. Seth, Lead singer for the Rifters, thinks the best thing for Mallory is to not be part of her life and to just let her go. Mallory figures out Seth is the one man who she can give her heart to and truly love only to have it completely broken when he turns her away more than once.
Mallory finally tries to move on but can she ever love someone else or is she just going to settle so she can have her dream of a happy ever after. Seth tries to forget about Mallory and focus on his music career but he can never get her out of his mind even with all the groupies there to help him. He thinks that he is never meant to be with anyone because everyone he cares about ends up hurt.
With all the obstacles in the way will Seth and Mallory ever figure out they are meant for each other or will they just pretend they are happy and go on without each other always wondering what if they gave it another chance. While this book is about Seth and Mallory we do get to see what is going on with Derek and Jesika and what they have been up to. With only one book left in the Timing Is Everything series, the novella and prequel to Moving Forward, In The End I am reluctant to start it because I just don’t want this series to end. Erika Ashby is a fantastic writer and I can’t wait for more from her
If you haven’t read Moving Forward that is a must read before In the End. I really, really hated Jake in Moving Forward but after reading In The End I have completely changed my mind. Jake shows how much he Loved Jesika in the letter he wrote and all the regrets he had with her and his best friend Holden. I was a crying mess for just about the whole book. Jake’s letter really shows his true feelings and made me fall in love with him despite his huge mistake. Everyone makes mistakes but some are bigger than others. While reading Jake’s POV you learn that not everything is black and white and there is two sides to every story. I am extremely happy Erika Ashby decided to write this book not only was it a fantastic read it answers all the unanswered questions you may have been left with. As much as I am sad this series is over I will be looking forward to reading more from Erika Ashby.
Moving Forward (Timing is Everything 1)
Jesika Reynolds’ heart was left broken one year ago when her husband died, leaving her and her son alone in this world. Slowly, she started putting the pieces back together of her life. Knowing that she may never open herself up to love again. That was until the day Derek came into the picture.
Why does this gorgeous stranger seem to care so much, so suddenly?
Derek Jordan's charm drew her in with an instant connection, and familiarity that helps her feel at ease. Her heart is falling at his feet, but as their relationship grows, so does a secret from both of their pasts that neither saw coming. One by one, the threads slowly start to unravel.
Can their newly sought love stand up against the secrets that life is unlocking to their pasts? Or can they decide together that moving forward and forgetting the past is the only option for them to find true happiness?
**Intended for Mature Audiences**
No Going Back (Timing is Everything #2)
Life isn’t always about fairytales and happily ever-after’s according to Seth Jordan. After having his world shattered and heartbroken beyond repair, he had always sworn off the idea of love. He was perfectly content with continuing his life with worthless one night stands and no strings attached sex. That was until one blue-eyed blonde managed to seep into places he thought were cemented shut.
Like a jack hammer, Mallory Prentice came into Seth’s life and cracked the hard exterior that surrounded his heart. She’s the one woman he was starting to feel might be worth taking a chance on.
But life doesn't always hand you the easy road. Sometimes you are constantly hit with the bad and have no hope of any good ever showing up.
Will Seth and Mallory realize that ultimately they are the ones who are in control of their life’s outcome? Will they embrace the future and fight for their own happiness, or will they keep lingering in past mistakes and let it keep them apart?
Life is all about forgiveness and second chances. Once you come to that conclusion and just go for it, there is…no going back.
In the End (Timing is Everything #3)
*Novella-Prequel to Moving Forward*
Jake Reynolds’ life had always been perfectly mapped out for him as he was growing up. The only time he ever felt like he had any control over it was when he was inside the cage—the same cage that held no for sure outcome. In his twisted mind being inside that ring with his opponent was the most freeing feeling. In that moment alone he was able to let his perfected guard down and be who he wanted to be.
From the outside looking in, everything about Jake’s life looked perfect, but he knew that he wasn’t. His whole life had been set up for him before he was even born, and even though it’s not the life he wanted, he continued living it.
When you have everything you could ever want at your fingertips, why screw it up?
That was his mindset until the night Jesika showed up at his fight. He knew she was different from the get-go. He also knew he didn’t deserve her, but that didn’t mean he didn’t want to try. Jake had skills inside and out of the cage and he was known to always get what he wanted no matter the risk. But was he willing to change who he had always been in order to keep the one that he thought was worth the fight? Will it all be worth it in the end?
BUY MOVING FORWARD (TIMING IS EVERYTHING 1) NOW
BUY NO GOING BACK (TIMING IS EVERYTHING 2) NOW
BUY IN THE END (TIMING IS EVERYTHING 3) NOWExcerpts
~Moving Forward Excerpt~My heart is pounding like it’s going to burst out of my chest. This woman has no freaking clue what she does to me. Gah, or how good she feels. It’s far better than I could have ever dreamt. This goes above and beyond getting laid, and getting mine. This is all about giving. They say giving is better than receiving and in this case, trying to show her without words how much I love her, it is. I can sense through the way her body responds to mine, the look in her eyes, and by the few words that have been spoken, that she’s trying to show me that she feels exactly what I do. This first time experience between us is filled with pure need. We are able to show each other things we feel with something as simple as touch. I want to take her over the edge again, but I know I’m not going to last much longer because everything I’m feeling right now isn’t going to let me drag it out.
~No Going Back Excerpt~“You know, spitters aren’t quitters, Mallory.” Seth says in a serious tone as he pulls his face away from mine. “Okay,” I slowly drawl out, not sure where he’s going with this. “As long as you keep the lid on the juicer, you’re a winner in my book.” “What the hell is that supposed to mean?” I ask. He shrugs as his mouth starts to turn into that sly smile of his that I fine absolutely irresistible. “You know, you don’t jump ship before it’s even docked. You keep the lava contained while it’s erupting.” The he sighs. “As long as you let me nut in your mouth, I don’t care what you do with the contents.” I laugh. “Well, that’s good to know, but for a reason that I’m now sure you’re aware of, I’m still gonna taste your residual nut juice in my mouth whether I spit it or down it.”
~In The End Excerpt~It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. I wasn’t supposed to wake up in the bed next to another woman…her of all people. I’m all too familiar with the likes of her kind and it isn’t just because we use to be fuck buddies…back when I was into snorting shit up my nose. Times when I’d rather be high than deal with reality. Before I ever found my true passion and release—the one that came from being in the ring. “Get the fuck out of my bed!” I yell as I scurry to find my boxers through the slew of clothes thrown everywhere. Fuck. I really fucking did it. The old me showed his fucking ass last night, and I have no damn recollection of it at all. Fucking brilliant. Book Trailers Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/embed/JIm7CxnN0co Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/embed/OiRIQumG0KM Direct Link: www.youtube.com/embed/HzdEcuzMVp0
Being born an "Army Brat", Erika Ashby has been residing in Oklahoma the last 10 years finally putting an end to the nomad tendencies she had grown accustomed to. She's a happily married woman who has 5 kids between her and her husband. She has an insane passion for music and embraces her Inner Groupie any chance she has. It wasn't until the age of 29 that she realized she also had a hidden passion for reading; before then she claimed to have hated it. Six months after unlocking that deep desire she never knew she held, she turned the key to another chapter of her life which has become the desire to write. And the rest is still history in the making.