Book Reviews: Conflicted on 5th Avenue – and Complicated on 5th Avenue by Abbie St. Claire

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Complicated On 5th Avenue – Book 2 of The 5th Avenue Romance Series
by Abbie St.Claire
Genre-Contemporary Romance
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      Synopsis:

 

International Best Selling Author Abbie St. Claire brings you Book Two of the 5th Avenue Romance Series. Complicated on 5th Avenue will guide
you through the journey of Chloe Peterson’s self-discovery and whether or not she can trust her instincts to fight for the man she loves.

 

Can love live somewhere in between the bends of heartache and dishonesty? Is it closure when only one person says goodbye?
Chloe Peterson and Ian Briggs were on the verge of happily ever after when a tragic accident takes everything away.
Unable to move forward, Chloe continues to hold on to the love of her past. Men try to get her attention, but she has no interest. When she ventures down the easy, ‘no complications’ route and hires an escort for an important event in her life, she’s faced with temptations and decisions she didn’t forecast. Can she finally say goodbye to her memories of Ian and hello to a life with Jason, or will it become too complicated?

 

 Excerpt:

 

Perhaps I didn’t know I needed to fight for love. It wasn’t like I’d been having serious relationships in the eight years since my wife’s death. But the realization that Chelsie put in front of me on the day of her surgery was wickedly moving.

 

“Ian, people put up walls to make others try harder. It’s human nature to want to be worthy.”

 

The idea I had made her feel less than anything amazing…shredded me with guilt.

 

Oliver was at school, and I’d planned the day off to be with Chelsie, hoping she would be feeling well enough post-surgery to do something just the two of us. With my phone screen blank in front of me, I stared for a moment and thought about what I wanted to say. She was worthy of everything I had to offer her, and as complicated as our lives were together and apart, I needed her to know.

 

“I miss you,” I said, my heart beating so hard my lungs could barely force the words out.
“I’ve been right here, waiting…for days.” Her voice was firm. She was taking charge like I’d taught her.Needing to see her, I wasted no time. “May I come over?”

 

“Yes, when?”

 

Excitement took over, and I dropped the phone, hanging up on her. Rather than fool around with precious time, I grabbed the phone from the floor, my keys and ran as fast as I could to the love of my life, intent on claiming Chelsie Peterson as mine once more.
Grateful she’d made me a key, I let myself in.

 

“Babe, where are you?”

 

I made it to the archway leading to her den by the time she answered. “Right here.”

 

She drew her knees up for me to sit on the end of the sofa. Without even thinking about it really, I started massaging her feet and subconsciously hoped to win her over with my talented hands.
She immediately noticed the bracelet Olivia had given me was gone. It signified the closure of my past. While a personal declaration, Chelsie knew the meaning.
When she searched the room and didn’t make eye contact, I worried I was about to hear something that would forever change me. Tears flooded her face.

 

“I love you so much.” Her declaration gripped me.Without thinking too much ahead, I pulled her into my lap and kissed her. “What took you so long?”

 

The dilated pause left me anxious. Was she tormenting me on purpose?

 

“My love for you needed time to bury my darkness.”
Complicated On 5th Avenue Book 2  The 5th Avenue Romance Series

 

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My Rating:

5 hearts

Favorite Quotes:

 

“I crave entangled moments with you.  I’ll master plan them for the rest of our lives.”

 

“Divine wasn’t a complicated word, yet no one had ever used it to describe me.  But the way it rolled off his tasty tongue and perched upon my ears made it a delicate keepsake I wanted to wrap up in a locket and wear forever.”

 

“He’d lost his ever-lovin’ mind if he thought Carson would ever play nice.  He didn’t understand the bitterness in a divorce and co-parenting, but if he wanted to speak with Carson, perhaps he needed a crash course on ex-husband nastiness, and I believe Carson took the class ten times.”

 

“Carson had never been that agreeable with me.  In fact, he tried harder to be an ass when being peaceful would’ve taken less energy.”

 

“You complete my brokenness in ways I never knew possible, and I can’t imagine my life without you in it.”

 

“She had the stature that resembled lots of mean girl experience on her resume.”

 

“As painful as it is, sometimes life doesn’t explain itself, so you have to wait for history to do all the talking.”

 

 

My Review:

 

I love/hate Abbie St. Claire right now.  I am totally addicted to this series and my girl has left me high and dry with a wicked cliffhanger.  ARRGG!  Complicated on 5th Avenue is full of humor, blended family drama, and delicious steam.  Then bugger, a series of tragedies hit that devastated the main characters and me as an addicted reader.  Ms. St. Claire has me intrigued, captivated, caught in her web, and hopelessly addled by her story.  I am beyond concerned and ready to howl as I don’t see mention of when the next in the series is to appear – and I must have the closure – inquiring minds what to know!  Ms. St. Claire is a sneaky temptress and tease – but I am a die-hard fan-girl and have the utmost faith (typing while on my knees begging) that she will pull out all the stops with Book 3.

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       Conflicted On 5th Avenue – Book 1 of The 5th Avenue Romance Series

 

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      Synopsis:

                                            Conflicted On 5th Avenue
This is Book One of the 5th Avenue Romance Trilogy
International Best Selling Author, Abbie St. Claire brings you Conflicted on 5th, a 5th Avenue Romance Novel. Conflicted on 5th will lead you down a journey of loss, love and triumph over self-doubts and vulnerabilities.
Widower, Dr. Ian Briggs leads a complicated life. Raising his son and juggling his busy orthopedic practice have been his focus. Relationships take time and energy, something he lacks after a day at work and an evening with Oliver. After losing the love of his life, he never considered a replacement. You can’t replace your heart.
Chelsie Peterson divorced her cheating spouse with the intent of staying a single parent forever. Carson Peterson’s last words to her regarding her sexual performance cut her to her soul. While he used them to blame her for his own misgivings, he left her with a haunting void in her own measurement of self-worth.
Ian’s relocation changes everything. Living down the street from Chelsea, he finds himself captivated and confused. How does he balance work, fatherhood and his libido? The arrival of Ian Briggs changes everything. Chelsie’s once contained life is now full of questions. The biggest being her value as a woman—will she ever be enough for a man, especially a man like Ian. How can she balance work, motherhood fun and full of feelings but sometimes it leaves you simply Conflicted.

My Rating:

4.5 hearts

Favorite Quotes:

 

“What we were doing was like a prelude to a fairytale,”

 

“Ian, people put up walls to make others try harder.  It’s human nature to want to be worthy.”

 

“Women can’t figure out inches because they’ve been lied to for centuries,”

 

“Shoes and handbags were my best friends, next to Shawna and my Bunco Sisters.  I didn’t have a gazillion pairs, but the ones I did have were investments – small sinful assets.”

 

“My love for you needed time to bury my darkness.”

 

My Review:

 

Abbie St. Claire has a comfortable, enjoyable, and relaxed writing style.   Her stories are easy to read and follow, deliciously steamy, and never fail to entertain.  Amidst the sizzle there are always interesting and insightful stories of human foibles and personal struggles.  Conflicted on 5thAvenue involves a belated sexual coming-of-age for a single mother in her mid-thirties, who was shattered in her divorce from a philandering husband –  who took her self-confidence with him when he left her for a younger woman.  She is inexperienced and self-conscious, but is slowly discovering herself with an attractive new neighbor who happens to be a sexy widower/single dad who is highly experienced in pleasure.  Where is this neighborhood?  I want to move there.  The characters are likable and complex and the story is involving and well plotted.  Be warned that it ends in a cliffhanger – thankfully I have the next installment already loaded on my beloved kindle, which I am going to immediately dive into.

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       About The Author

 

I’ve spent many years crafting stories in my brain. Finally, after the encouragement from those that love and support me the most, I put my first story out by self-publishing in 2013. That first milestone created a writing monster in me that couldn’t be stopped and filled a void I cannot explain. Each story is a true gift from my heart and a sacrifice from my soul, since I find it difficult to let the characters go. At home in Texas, my husband and I share our life with children that mean the world to us and include a couple of fur babies. When we aren’t busy watching sports and betting on the game, we are entertaining with friends. I do have a writing cave, but honestly, most of my work comes from the kitchen, the heartbeat of any home. Since noise doesn’t disturb me too much when writing, I can write and keep the pulse on the family at the same time. And… Possibly enjoy my favorite, sinful treat… Cookie dough! The writer-reader world is my lifeline. I’m addicted and each time I get a message from a reader, I’m thrilled. There’s quite a few stories planned for the next several months. I’m hoping the readers fall in love with my next series, The Creek Series. A story that is guaranteed to bring out all the emotions. If you’ve read my books, thank you! It truly means the world

 

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