Thursday, March 27, 2014

With This Heart by RS Grey ~ Release Day Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

with this heart

Title: With This Heart

Author: R.S. Grey

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: March 27 2014

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If someone had told me a year ago that I was about to fall in love, go on an epic road trip, ride a Triceratops, sing on a bar, and lose my virginity, I would have assumed they were on drugs.

Well, that is, until I met Beckham.
Beck was mostly to blame for my recklessness. Gorgeous, clever, undeniably charming Beck barreled into my life as if it were his mission to make sure I never took living for granted. He showed me that there were no boundaries, rules were for the spineless, and a kiss was supposed to happen when I least expected.

Beck was the plot twist that took me by surprise. Two months before I met him, death was knocking at my door. I’d all but given up my last scrap of hope when suddenly, I was given a second chance at life. This time around, I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers.

We set out on a road trip with nothing to lose and no guarantees of tomorrow.
Our road trip was about young, reckless love. The kind of love that burns bright.

The kind of love that no road-map could bring me back from.


Lisa’s Review


5 “Heart-Felt” Stars!

“Love will make you reckless. It can drag out parts of you that common sense and fear usually keep hidden away. Because love is selfless and selfish.”


With This Heart by R.S. Grey is a beautifully epic and sweet tale about taking a chance at life, living free and perhaps finding an exquisite love along the way. It is about a sheltered young woman who finds someone to be reckless and carefree with. It’s about living in the moment. Sometimes when you let it all go and grasp life with all you have, you may just find yourself in those precious moments.



Having lived her entire life with congenital heart failure, Abby McAllister has been given a second chance at life. It is finally time to come out from under her parent’s overprotective shadow and begin to live a new life that she has yet to completely figure out. Abby plans a road trip setting out to bring some closure to the part of her that she needs to shed like old skin. Little did Abby know that her road trip would not be a solo venture like she was planning. She also never would have expected that it would be the catalyst for an amazing journey of self-discovery and love.



“So you’re a stalker?” I asked with a hard stare. He smirked, a knees-turning-to jelly kind of smirk. “I prefer gravitationally linked to your presence.”

Beckham Prescott (a.k.a. Beck) is at some crossroads in his life trying to have the courage to pursue a career that he wants and not one that his family expects him to take on. When he spies a beautiful girl one day going into a funeral parlor, Beck decides to give into his curiosity and pursue the girl. Beck soon finds himself going on a two week road trip with the said girl. He knows how to live in the moment and is hell bent on teaching Abby to never take life for granted.


A grand road trip ensues filled with laughter, freedom, self-discovery and moments to be cherished and remembered. It’s a road trip where Abby learns how to live on the wild side and let go. It’s a road trip that marks the beginnings of Beck and Abby’s journey together. It’s a journey of love. But, it is also a voyage that comes with heartache as sometimes you need to walk through the pain before you can one day walk hand in hand and side by side.

This was such a beautiful and heart-warming tale about young love and new beginnings. It truly was a journey, one that made me experience moments of laughter with the witty banter exchanged and one that also made my heart hurt at times. I loved seeing Abby grow into a strong and resilient young woman who wasn’t afraid to make some hard choices no matter how much it shattered her. She grew into someone who truly learned how to live with a new lease on life. This book was so much more than a sweet love story. With This Heart is a book about how love and happiness can at times be found in the moments that render us speechless in our pain and desolation. How the most beautifully bright love can emerge when one learns to break free from that hurt and start to live.

One of my favorite moments in the book:


“Jesus…oh my…God, BECK,” I moaned, collecting small pieces of the world around me; my fingers digging into his hair, my hips pressing up to meet his mouth, the rain pelting the roof of the Camper.

“Did you just include me in the Holy Trinity?”



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The same girl that started the game off stood and pointed at Beck. “You have to give someone a lap dance. The hottest guy or girl here!”

I laughed, cracked up in fact, and the people around me shifted and gave me awkward stares. I admit that I looked crazy, but I just couldn’t let the universe off on this one. It needed to know how God damn funny it could be at times. Lia blushed and her friends cheered and gave her encouraging words. Everyone assumed Beck would give a lap dance to the girl who had kissed him and who was clearly the prettiest girl at the party. Predictable. But then Beck stood up and started walking around the bonfire toward me and I started laughing even harder. A nervous laughter mixed with all the jealousy that had been building inside.

I hated Beck in that moment, but I almost felt like he was giving me the most thoughtful gift in the world. He was telling a group of strangers that he thought I was the one that deserved a lap dance. He stopped walking right in front of me and I stared at his stomach, hidden beneath a sexy black shirt.

“Ms. Abby Mae, may I have the honor of giving you your first lap dance?” he asked with a mockingly serious tone.

I finally tilted my head up to his face. “I don’t think you can fit on my lap.”

He quirked an eyebrow. “Is that a challenge?”

Despite myself, I cracked a smile. I could feel my whole body shaking with a nervous energy. I hated the fact that everyone was staring at us and I had no clue what Beck would actually do. He hung his arms in the air and started shaking his hips to the beat of the music playing from someone’s iPod speakers. Everyone started clapping and egging him on. He turned around and shook his jean-clad butt in my face before I shoved him away playfully. He turned back around with a devilish grin, and in the next moment he shifted forward so that he was standing over me. I pressed back into my chair, feeling my adrenaline spike. I mashed my lips together as he stretched his legs on either side of my hips and leaned down so that his face was hovering over mine. It wasn’t what I imagined he’d do. He was practically on top of me, pinning me to my chair.

He knew that I was squirming in my seat, so when he ground his hips down onto mine, making the entire female population of the party squeal loudly, I scowled up at him with an angry stare.

“Don’t like it, Abby?” he challenged, knowing that I obviously did.

“You aren’t even doing it right,” I answered, trying to shift my head to the side so that our lips were farther apart.

“Show me how you do it then,” he challenged with a threatening smirk.

Like fucking hell.

“Yeah!” everyone cheered in agreement. It wasn’t their opinions that ultimately made me shift forward and push Beck back into the sand.  It was the fact that Caroline would have been jumping up and down telling me to grow a pair and show Beck what I wanted. It was the fact that Lia was scowling over at us with a sour grimace. I was learning that jealousy was a pretty strong motivator.

Beck sat back in the sand with his hands propping him up. I shifted to stand in front of him and tried to think of every lap dance scene I’d seen on TV and in movies. Obviously, I’d never given one before, but I had good rhythm and a strong goal: make Beck lose his mind. I closed my eyes and let the world slip away, thinking of Beck and what I’d do to him if there were no consequences and no casualties (my ego). I strung my hands up into my hair and slowly shifted my hips to a slow rhythm. I felt sensual and powerful in that moment as my body twisted to the left and right.

I inched closer to him and he leaned forward to wrap his hands around my calves, slowly dragging them up and down, and warming my skin. With a gentle tug, he pulled me down onto his lap and I let my legs fall on either side of his hips. My knees dug into the sand and I dragged my hands down his chest, feeling his muscles beneath his shirt.

My dress rode up so that the backs of my thighs were rubbing against his jeans. His hands dropped to my legs, just to the edge of the hem, pressing it up an inch higher.

“You’re so sexy, Abby,” he whispered, and I rounded my hips in a slow circle like I’d watched women do a dozen times before. I was drunk on adrenaline and my own boldness. My body pressed down onto him as if we were suction-cupped together. It felt so easy to move on Beck like that, rolling my hips and letting my sexual prowess shine. His hands gripped my thighs, searing his skin to mine. His thumb was so close to a dangerous goal and I wanted him to reach it.

I could feel him responding to me, and I didn’t care that we were at a party. The bonfire danced behind him, silhouetting his body and blocking out everyone else. I felt life coursing through me, exhilaration fueling my seduction. I strung my hands into his hair and pulled his head toward mine as I continued to grind in slow circles on his lap. We’d moved past public decency long ago, but I couldn’t hear anything other than the sound of my heart thumping wildly. When his lips met mine, we kissed like we’d been starving for it. He swiped his tongue over mine and tangled his hand in my hair, gripping me against him. Our hips moved together and I was no longer in control of our lap dance.



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    Both had me grabbing for tissues and tears still come just thinking about their storyline. I can't wait for the next novel in each series.

  3. Would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway! Me last book I cried over was Fragile Creatures, by Kristina Circelli

  4. That is a tough question.......There hasn't ever been a book that made me cry, just like no movies make me cry. It is possible to have cried from laughing so hard. From being sad?......Not so much. Play by Kylie Scott made me laugh so hard at times I felt like I could cry. Does that count??

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