Monday, November 10, 2014

Release Blitz and Book Review- City of Champions (Gateway to Love #2) by Chloe T. Barlow

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Title:  City of Champions (Gateway to Love #2)
Author:  Chloe T. Barlow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  November 10th 2014

Plot:  How do you find the will to try, when you've spent all your life playing on a field strewn with shattered lives and broken rules?

Tragedy and betrayal taught Jenna Sutherland early on that her safest bet was to fiercely avoid any risk, whether it is in work, life, or love. Now a respected orthopedic surgical resident on the cusp of finally breaking through in her career, she’s more guarded than ever.

When injured NFL quarterback Wyatt McCoy bulldozes into her life there’s no denying he’s cocky, selfish, and downright dangerous — everything Jenna’s sworn she doesn’t want. 

Suddenly the levelheaded doctor finds herself facing down her greatest fear, and she’s tempted to gamble all she’s fought so hard to build. The two embark on an intense holiday love affair that quickly teeters on obsession, and tempts them both to think they could go all-in on a real future together. Yet Wyatt's desperation to stay on the field — and out of the operating room — lures him to take dangerous risks with Jenna's trust. 

Will they win at love or lose everything¬ — including their fragile chance at happiness?

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC via LBTS PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

City of Champions has become my new favorite read from this new series!! While I loved Three Rivers so much, City of Champions managed to secrete and fortify my fandom for Chloe T. Barlow’s writing.

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In it, we re-meet Jenna, one of Tea’s best friends from bk1, who grew up around the sport of football  and had later faced a harsh reality of life that irrevocably and completely altered her whole perception on things and herself; as well as a new character, Wyatt-- the cocky heart throb, football player who thinks that he is man’s gift to women but is more to the eye than he lets on.

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Their road to love is one of a kind as both are very head strong but tainted individuals-- individually, emotionally, and career driven wise.

I really liked their banter, growth, and interactions with each other as they were honest and genuine to real-life people and individuals.

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Ms. Barlow concocted definitely concocted the right pairing and blending of a duo as we got to see what made both of the characters tick and thrive and further develop as people and as a couple.

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This book was the classic example of how opposites attract and prove that no matter how hard you try to fight it and pull away, you will always find your way back to each other no matter how much things can get tough or bad in life. You just are simply meant to be together.

#Love, loved this novel!! Can’t wait for more from this author!!

My Rating:
-Overall : 8.5
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 8.5


"If you're trying to make me like you, Wyatt, you have a really messed up way of doing it."
"You do like me. I know you do. More than that, I know you want me."
Jenna gripped Wyatt's tee shirt in her fists and pushed his back hard against the wall by the front door.
"I don't want you, Wyatt."
Wyatt let her have her mini takeover for a moment. She searched his face with hers, almost hesitant.
"You're a terrible fucking liar, Doc. Tell me, now that you've got me here, what are you gonna do with me?" he taunted. She kept staring at his lips until he took over again. He grabbed her ass with both hands and turned quickly, pressing her up against the same wall.
"Well, then, McCoy. What are you gonna do with me?" Jenna challenged back.
Wyatt slid his right hand around her body, then slowly running his fingers down the front of her jeans. She was hot through the thick cotton and responded almost immediately to his touch.
"Tell me…"
"Tell you what?"
"Tell me you want me."
"No," she sputtered at him, squirming against his hand. Wyatt popped open the top of her jeans and unzipped them so he could slip his hand into her panties. Her clit was already hard and swollen against his fingers. He rubbed it with his thumb as he curved two fingers inside of her. Jenna arched her body towards him, moaning despite herself. No matter what she said to him, her hot and wet body betrayed her. Wyatt could feel her already tightening around his pumping fingers and the circular movements of his thumb.
With his left hand he gripped her jaw, forcing her to look in his eyes, "Tell me you like the way I make you feel."
"No." She squirmed against his hand, clearly seeking sexual release, but he had her pinned firmly with the length of his body against hers and his hands, preventing her from controlling the motion.
"Why?" she demanded back. Her blue eyes sparkling with anger, but it was clear she was desperate.
"Because I said so and…because I want to hear it…Jenna." He stroked her harder with his thumb, suddenly twisting his two fingers inside her until she was quivering against him.
"Y-yes. Yes! I want you so bad it makes me crazy, Wyatt. Are you happy now, you son of a bitch?"

"Very," and with a smile on his face, he thrust a third finger deeply inside her, caressing her to climax with his thumb. 


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  • Time to Say Goodbye – Con Te Partiro — Sarah Brightman
  • My Silver Lining — First Aid Kit
  • Luckiest Man — The Wood Brothers
  • Somebody That I Used To Know — Gotye
  • Casino (Bad Things) — Houndmouth
  • Drive — The Cars
  • Wintersong — Sarah McLachlan
  • Secret Garden — Bruce Springsteen
  • Estare En Mi Casa Esta Navidad — Luis Miguel
  • 10,000 Weight In Gold — The Head and The Heart
  • Stay With Me — Sam Smith
  • What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? — Harry Connick Jr.
  • Auld Lang Syne — John McDermott
  • Dice — Finley Quaye, Beth Orton
  • Ticking Bomb — Aloe Blacc
  • The One That Got Away — The Civil Wars
  • Don’t Give Up — Peter Gabriel
  • Say Something — A Great Big World
  • High Hopes — Kodaline
  • Codeine — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
  • I Wish I Was the Moon — Neko Case
  • With Or Without You — U2
  • Ledges — Noah Gunderson
  • Welcome Home, Son — Radical Face
  • Lost Cause — Beck
  • Ends of the Earth — Lord Huron
  • All of Me — John Legend

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 About the Author 

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Chloe is a contemporary romance novelist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and their sweet puppy. Chloe has always loved writing and cherishes the opportunity to craft her fictional novels and share them with the world.

When Chloe isn’t writing, she spends her time exploring Pittsburgh with her husband and friends. She also enjoys yoga, jogging, and all Pittsburgh sports. She is an avid reader and wrote her debut novel Three Rivers in her spare time. She loves to research every last detail relating to her books. For example, in an effort to bring authenticity to Three River’s treatment of grief and loss, she consulted with a psychologist and grief counselor during its preparation. 

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