Friday, April 4, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: Avoiding Amy Jackson, by N.A. Alcorn

Book: Avoiding Amy Jackson
Author: N A Alcorn
Genre: Contemporary Romance (humour)

Meet Amy Jackson. An outspoken, raunchy, in-your-face, loudly inappropriate ER Nurse who makes a career out of indulging.  One-night stands have always been her thing. Commitment and relationships are two words that are not in her vocabulary. Amy doesn't have dreams of soul mates and white picket fences. She adamantly refuses to even consider the idea of getting married and starting a family. She’s also obstinate in allowing a certain physician to get on her good side… James Williams. A cocky, smug, too-damn-good-looking orthopedic surgeon who has his sights set on the very feisty Amy Jackson. He is more than intrigued and ready to do whatever it takes… “I want this woman. I’m the type of guy who will fight for what he wants until he gets it. I will take my time with Amy. I won’t rush her. I will continue to slowly slide myself into her life until she realizes that I belong there. And then…I won’t let her go.” This is Book Two in The Infamous Series.

I raise both of my hands up in the air. “All right, I’m out of here before you two start going at it in front of us.” I head for the door and stride into the hallway. I make it halfway to my room before strong arms pull my body back into a masculine, warm chest. The scent of James clings to my nostrils, and I can’t help the shaky breath that escapes my throat.
Peppermint and cedar and clean laundry.
“So that’s how it is? You’re just going to leave me with those two?” James whispers into my ear. Pieces of my dark locks blow away from my face.
“You got it, and I’m finding a hell of a lot of enjoyment out of it, too.” I close my eyes and fight the urge to turn into his embrace and kiss the daylights out of him.
James runs his fingers up and down my arms, creating a path of chill bumps. “It’s been two months. How long are you going to hold that night against me?”
I swallow against the dryness in my mouth, trying to gain some semblance of a hold on the sexual frustration that’s coursing through my veins. “Forever.
James laughs into my hair and rubs his nose back and forth against my neck. “You can keep making these weak threats, but I’m just going to tell you one thing. They aren’t scaring me into giving up. I’ll keep trying, doll. I’ll keep trying until you can’t resist me and my persistent charm”
Persistent charm? Pffft.
I step away from his embrace and turn to face him, his green eyes filled with heat, intensity, and an overpowering amount of raw, sexual pull. I take a much-needed breath. I need to force air into my lungs and gain at least an iota of defiance and pride. “I never make weak threats, Dr. Limp Dick.”
Dr. Limp Dick?” The jerk smiles at mefucking smiles at meand it feels like a slap across the face. The nickname has zero effect on him. It doesn’t put a dent in that ego-filled suit he seems to don with an impressive amount of confidence.
“Yes, Dr. Limp Dick. I think that name suits you well. Extremely well. Don’t you agree?”
“The fact that you even took the time to come up with that tells me one thing…” He pauses, obviously waiting for my stubborn pride to chime in.
“What exactly does it tell you?” I spat out, my irritation rising to new heights.
“That you’ve been thinking about me. A lot. Don’t worry, baby. I’ve been thinking about you too.” He leans in close, too close, and it feels like all of the oxygen has been sucked out of the room.
Anger courses through my bloodstream, my heart pounds loudly in my chest. Thump. Thump. Thump. My pulse sounds magnified inside of my ears. How can one man find a way to make me so infuriated? I hear a loud smack echo in the hallway and realize that my fury has now pushed me over the edge. I just smacked James clear across the face; a faint red handprint remains on his cheek. He lifts his hand and lightly rubs his jaw before grinning back at me.
“Beautiful and feisty. Now I’m really never going to give up,” he adds, completely unaffected.
“You’re such an asshole!” I shriek back at him before turning on my heels, stomping towards my bedroom, and slamming my door shut. I lean up against the wall and sigh loudly in frustration, my fists clenched tightly to my sides. What a prick! I mean, who in the hell does he think he is?! My breath is fast and hard, and my chest heaves up and down violently. I see my reflection in the mirror across from my door and can’t ignore the prominent outline of my nipples visible through my shirt.
God dammit!

4.5 out of 5 stars

Avoiding Amy Jackson was my first N.A. Alcorn book, I had no idea what to expect but when your blog partner tells you to stop what you're doing and just read the prologue you know it's going to be good!  

Meet Amy Jackson...she's stubborn, smart, straight-forward, tells it exactly like it is, never holds back, witty, a little bit crazy, and a lot crass.  She's not interested in dating or being in a relationship, she doesn't want the men she sleeps with getting to close because you see she thinks she's toxic, selfish and doesn't want to wreck anyone else's life.  But that's just it, right there you know there is this sensitive vulnerability to her if she would just open up, let someone in, deal with the past and find healing her life could be so much more...but does she want anything more?  

Meet James...he's a cocky, good looking former Marine turned orthopedic surgeon who finds himself lusting after Amy, but one decision to be responsible and not sleep with a drunken Amy has left him her biggest enemy and thus his biggest challenge.  He's determined to win Amy over and pulls out no stops in making it happen.  But, what may have started out as a challenge has turned into so much more, he wants Amy in his life, he wants to be the one whose there for her, the one who makes her smile and he finds himself in love with every part of her, even that crazy mouth!!!  Will she ever allow him the privilege of being more than just a friend?

I have to say I really found myself enjoying this book.  Amy's character is completely outrageous, and I don't know the last time I laughed so much when reading a book.  Amy and James' story isn't love at first sight, it's so much better, more realistic.  While their attraction is there from the beginning, I didn't find myself hooked with the story until the two started interacting as friends.  I feel like her thoughts and interactions with James made for a better story than when it was just all about her hating him.  Allowing them to really build a friendship and for their feelings to gradually increase from hate/lust to friendship and eventually love (whether or not they wanted to admit it) really provided a strong bond between the two and I couldn't have been more vested in those two and their story.  

Avoiding Amy Jackson is completely outrageous and hands down one of the funniest books I have ever read.  Full of jaw-dropping moments this story is sweet, naughty and executed with greatness.  Time and time again I found myself shocked with the words coming out of Amy's mouth, but at the same time laughing so hard I couldn't breathe!  The scenes at both the airport and the delivery room still crack me up when I think back on them!  And even though I didn't read book #1, The Infamous Ellen James, I didn't feel disconnected to the story or characters at all.  If anything reading this book only made me decided I absolutely had to read book#1 and super excited to get my hands on #3 when it releases later this year.  I can say without I doubt I definitely consider myself a N.A. Alcorn fan.  You have to give this author and this book a chance, I promise you're in for a good time!

About Author N.A. Alcorn
N.A. Alcorn lives in Cincinnati with her husband and three-year-old son. She enjoys writing and has a voracious love for reading. She has a serious addiction to music and her all-time favorite bands are Incubus and The Neighbourhood. Her sense of humor is wildly inappropriate and she never goes a day without laughing. She also likes chocolate…a lot. Her ability to eat an ungodly amount of Reese’s Cups in a fifteen minute time frame would quite literally blow your mind.
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