Chloe Blog Tour : Review, Except & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I have a stop on the Chloe blog tour today. There is a review of the book, an excerpt and a giveaway.
Attainment Series Book Three
By: J.H. Cardwell

What do we know about Chloe? Well, besides the fact that she is beautiful, blunt, and blithe, she has a tragic past. There's a reason Chloe Steele doesn't want to let love into her life. Her childhood friends are all marrying, or happily involved; but Chloe...she doesn't let any guy, even Brett, break through her barrier.

Will it take the one person she never thought she could forgive to finally unlock her heart. Can he help her fall head over heels in love? Chloe must realize it’s not the love that kills, it’s the absence of love that makes us bitter, and ultimately destroys us?

If you liked the twists and turns and romance in the first two books by J. H. Cardwell, get ready for Chloe, the third book in the Attainment Series. Find out what the characters from Attainment and Atonement are up to. Who will make a dramatic return and rock Chloe’s world? Read Chloe as the third in a series, or as a stand-alone. She certainly holds her own!
My Review
Chloe runs from love and wants nothing to do with it. She has her heart broken as a child and vows never to open it up to love again. She is content with her fiends ad only occasionally wonders if she is missing something with all her friends being in love and she is alone. With her college debt rising she really needs to focus on getting a great job and paying hem off.  Now at the oddest time she gets a strange offer. It may be the one thing she needs in her life but it may also break all her friendships up.
I haven't read the other books in this series but I had no problem reading this one. It was read as a stand alone perfectly. I really liked Chloe and how she has to learn to open up. She is a very caring girl but she doesn't offer her heart. Jack is the guy she should be running from and only being friends with. They all have ties in the past and have the same friends. She doesn't care much for him but he grows n her. They have a deal to begin with but soon that deal doesn't last long as they really get to know each other. Chloe has to face up to her past and learn to love with her heart before she loses the one chance she has at happiness. I wanted more from them and at times I feared the worse. This is a wonderful story that was a delight to leave.
4 out of 5 Stars
I was on the phone with my Aunt Ronnie, after finally returning her tenth call. I guess I should have called her to let her know I left for California a few weeks earlier than planned. She was actually worried for me. Evidently she had finally texted Maura and knew I was still alive. So needless to say, I got an ear full. As I was turning around I ran smack dab into a hard chest knocking a drink all down the front of my dress.
“Shit! Watch where you’re going why don’t…” Damn it, John’s blue eyes were staring right in mine. I couldn’t move. I let out a deep breath and pushed past him.
“Hey!” John called out to me and grabbed a hold of my arm. “I’m sorry Chloe, are you okay?” He asked me softly, looking up and down my dress at the spilled beer.
“I’m fine!” I tilted my chin up. “Just…watch where you’re going from now on, why don’t cha!?” I bit back at him.
He still didn’t let go of my arm. I shot my eyes to the offending hand holding me captive. “I’ve been hoping to talk with you. I never got a good chance to apologize for what happened between Reese and me last summer…”
“Huh, you mean what backstabbing bullshit you pulled on her? I don’t really think there’s anything to talk about. You screwed up, that’s what you did John.” I was getting ready to start walking off again when John stepped in front of me.
“Yeah, I did, badly too. Anyway, I turned into the person I thought I never would…” John got a dark, distant look on his face. “I turned into my father. And for that, I’m so sorry. I’m sorry I put all of you through that.
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Author Info
Julie has spent years in the medical field. The first few as a Cardiac Specialty Nurse, and over the last decade as a Pharmaceutical and Medical Sales Representative. She has gathered mounds of experience both personally and professionally to pour into her long time passion…writing. After years of power points in the corporate world, she is finally pursuing literary fiction/New Adult/Contemporary romance with her first novel, Attainment, and the now released sequel Atonement. The third book in the series, Chloe, will be released in 2014. Julie resides in a small town in NC with her husband and four children. She continues working full time in sales, exploring her writing late at night and in the wee hours of the morning when her children are tucked safely in bed.

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