Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Blog Tour: The Perfect Distraction, by Melissa Rolka and Giveaway

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Title:  The Perfect Distraction (Book #1)
Author:  Melissa Rolka
Genre:  New Adult
Release Date:  October 1, 2013
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Book Description

When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing.  She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted. 
Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience.  Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out.  She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating.  What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex.  Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily?

Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her.  Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her.  Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive.  He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love.

Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future.  Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.  


I don’t even care that there are now three different girls talking to Reed.  I sneak up behind him and tap him on the shoulder.  He turns around and the look of shock and surprise on his face causes me to start giggling.  He turns completely around with his back to the other three girls and gives me a smile that touches his blue eyes.  His squared jaw highlights his smile perfectly.  In this instant of a moment I decide I want to kiss Reed even if it’s just for fun and to forget.

“You’re kidding me.  Wow!  I can’t believe you came here.”

“I told you we would.  You didn’t think I would do it, did you?”

“Honestly, no, but I was hoping.  I never see you out on the weekends anymore, so this is a great surprise.”

We stand there for a minute and then he orders me a beer.  I take it, but nurse it.  I’ve had a bit much already and don’t want the spins.  He asks me and Quinn to play a game of pool with him and Matt.  Matt wants to play girls against guys, but Reed says no way that he wants me on his team.  I warn him that I am not that good, but alcohol may help my case. 

We play the game and I actually do pretty well.  Reed touches me every chance he gets and is very flirty.  It’s my turn and I have to bend over to make a shot, but to be honest I forget that I have a dress on. 

“Shit, Katherine,” he lets out in a bit of gruff tone and walks up behind me to cover me. 

I laugh at him.  “Oops, I forgot about my dress.”

“You look good enough as it is and now with a dress on.  Jesus, I don’t need to get in a fight.”  He is still pressed behind me as I continue to make my shot.  I miss completely because to be honest I’m completely distracted.

“I doubt anyone noticed, but thanks for protecting me.”  He steps back and I turn around.  I decide to be bold and kiss his cheek.

“Trust me, you were noticed.”  He moves a piece of hair from my face and the touch sends a chill through me.  “God, you are so beautiful.”



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4.5 out of 5 stars

When I started The Perfect Distraction I had no idea it was actually going to completely distract me from everything else!  This book and author totally sucked me in and once I started I didn't put it down until the end.  I don't know if it was one thing alone or a combination of great writing, awesome characters, good plot and a heartwarming and very sweet love story.

The Perfect Distraction begins with an introduction of Kyle, Kate's ex-boyfriend who broke her heart when he ended things so he could go off to college single.  Now that freshman year is over he's decided the grass isn't greener on the other side and he wants nothing more than to have Kate back in his life.  He is persistent and will stop at nothing until he succeeds  The only problem....Kate's getting ready to start her freshman year and doesn't want to be tied down, not to mention she is still very hurt and angry with Kyle for breaking her heart.  Kate goes off to college with high hopes of making new friends, escaping her problems at home and hoping the distance will help her to continue avoiding the many calls and texts from Kyle.    
I love Kate's character.  I think she is easy to relate to.  She's had her heartbroken by the only boy she has ever loved, a boy she has given too much of herself too.  Not to mention, she is also struggling with picking up the pieces of her life as as result of her mother leaving.  She's grown accustomed to sticking her head in the sand, no longer dealing with her emotions or the problems in her life, using school, running, tennis and friendships to keep her distracted because its too hard to deal with the really big problems.  She soon finds herself stuck in an unhealthy relationship cycle as a person she no longer recognizes.  Eventually she opens her eyes, starts to make changes and I couldn't help but cheer her along.    

Now let's talk about Reed Harper, her close "friend" and tennis buddy.  It's evident these two have a spark, of course Reed's got a playboy reputation and Kate figures he will never see her as anything more than a friend.  The story is told completely from Kate's perspective.  Most of the time it's like you're reading her thoughts and occasionally she flashes back.  Therefore, you have no idea if Reed is interested or not, but of course you hope.  So what happens when Reed puts himself on the line?  Will Kate take a chance on him?  Will it be enough to leave the past in the past?

Talk about a swoon-worthy character!  I LOVE Reed Harper.  He is honest, fiercely protective, confident, compassionate, romantic, sexy...the list could go on.  His parts of the book were hands down my most favorite.  I have no idea what's in store for these two but one thing I do know is that when book #2 is released I'm going to buy and read it ASAP!

Do not hesitate with this book, give author Melissa Rolka and The Perfect Distraction a chance, it certainly didn't disappoint me!    

About Author Melissa Rolka

Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing.The Perfect Distraction is her first full length novel. A second continuation of this story is in the works with hopes for a third. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.   
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