Friday, September 6, 2013

Tour Stop: STAY WITH ME by Elyssa Patrick ~ Review/Giveaway

Title: Stay With Me (With Me #1)
Author: Elyssa Patrick
Release Date:  August 30th, 2013
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Hosted by: Book Crush

With one look, I’m his . . .
With one touch, he’s mine . . .
With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .
I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.
When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.
But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.
Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.
Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.
Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

He steps closer to me, a glint in his eyes. “I’m a distraction?”
“A huge one.”
“Good.” He’s so close to me that his breath whispers over my hair. His lips are almost touching my ear. “Because you’re definitely distracting me, too.”
I put my hand against his chest and feel his muscles tighten in response. “Well, then we’re in perfect agreement.”
“And what’s that?”
“Distractions”—I jump when I feel his mouth skate over my earlobe—“are not needed, and that w-we sh-should . . .”
His lips enclose on my lobe, tugging it gently. “You were saying?”


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book – a twist on the Rock/Pop star/famous person story line – the female character was the famous one! All Hailey Bloom wanted to be was normal – but is that even possible for someone who has grown up in the spotlight? From Gerber baby to Pop singing sensation… she’s been splashed across the tabloids her whole life. Her controlling mother only has one goal – to keep the spotlight on Hailey. When Hailey decides to ditch it all to go to college and live a normal life, she has to cut all ties with her mother who just wants her to be famous at any cost.

When Hailey meets Caleb Fox at a college party, she just expects more of the same – someone that only wants to spend time with her because she is famous. His sister Daphne also goes to the same college and Hailey and Daphne become friends. Caleb is such a stand up guy – he’s willing to just be… just be her friend, just be there for anything she needs him to be… I love Caleb! He also has a great group of friends that accept Hailey just as she is… no expectations, just unconditional friendship. Hailey begins to think it just might be possible.

When Hailey’s mom sells her out to the press – telling her deepest secret that she never wanted anyone to know – her biggest fear that Caleb wouldn’t love her if he knew … well, I won’t spoil the ending.

Very well written, with engaging dialog and completely believable characters, this book is a must read! I give Stay With Me 4.5 Stars!


Author bio:
Elyssa Patrick writes sexy, emotional contemporary romances and New Adult. She is currently working on her next novel.

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