Release Day Launch: With Every Heartbeat by Melody Grace – my review, excerpt and giveaway!

Posted November 8, 2013 by Holly in Releases / 2 Comments

Melody Grace’s With Every Heartbeat is being released today and I couldn’t be more excited to join in the release day celebration. With Every Heartbeat is an enchanting New Adult Contemporary Romance in her new Cities of Love Series. Today I’ve got my review for you as well as the link to yesterday’s interview I did with Melody in case you missed it. Don’t forget to enter the release day launch giveaway! You could win a set of e-copies of Melody Grace’s Beachwood Bay Series that are currently available. I’ve also also a fantastic excerpt for you to check out!

 
With Every Heartbeat
Rome. The city
of young lovers, old secrets, and intoxicating new desire…
I thought I knew what I wanted in life. I thought my destiny was set. Then
I met him, and everything changed.
Raphael is bold, passionate, and seductive. He sees something in me I never
dreamed possible, and now he’s determined to show me a world beyond rules — a
dance without limits. I want to trust him, but I’m scared. Because I know once
I fall, there’ll be no going back.
An innocent dancer. A mysterious stranger. As Annalise is drawn deeper into the
romantic delights of Rome, she’ll question everything she believed about her
future. But with opening night looming, can she find the strength to risk it
all? And will she be forced to choose between her one true love, ballet, and
the new passion in her heart?
 
Find out in this enchanting new series from Melody Grace.
 
 
:Synopsis:
Rome. The city of young lovers, old secrets, and intoxicating new desire… 
 
I thought I knew what I wanted in life. I thought my destiny was set. Then I met him, and everything changed. 
 
Raphael is bold, passionate, and seductive. He sees something in me I never dreamed possible, and now he’s determined to show me a world beyond rules — a dance without limits. I want to trust him, but I’m scared. Because I know once I fall, there’ll be no going back. 
 
An innocent dancer. A mysterious stranger. As Annalise is drawn deeper into the romantic delights of Rome, she’ll question everything she believed about her future. But with opening night looming, can she find the strength to risk it all? And will she be forced to choose between her one true love, ballet, and the new passion in her heart?
EXCERPT:

A new burst of music sounds, pulsating and wild, and suddenly, my
thoughts fade clear away, blotted out as completely as the sun during an
eclipse.
I see him.
Standing, poised, waiting for his intro, his body proud and arched, arms
raised. There’s a girl waiting beside him, his partner, but I only have eyes
for him.
God, he’s gorgeous. Dark curly hair, tanned skin, and piercing blue eyes that
seem to shimmer against the gold of his skin. He’s dressed in a starched white
shirt and tuxedo pants that fit him like a glove. The breath is sucked from my
lungs, and I feel a thrill ripple through me, a sensation I’ve never known
before: anticipation, as if I know something important is about to happen.
Something life-changing.
And then he starts to dance.
Dear Lord …

I swear, time stops as I watch him move. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen: part
Latin ballroom, part street, part modern contemporary. And all of it totally
devastating.
I stare, awestruck, as he plays out a wicked game with his partner: bringing her
in, sending her away, lifting her as effortlessly as if she was made of air.
His movements are bold, dominating. There’s no cheap grinding, or tacky
thrusts, but somehow, every step oozes sensuality, such an intimate connection
between the dancers that I feel myself start to blush.
It’s mesmerizing, out of this world, and I’m completely lost to it, caught up
in the story of love and betrayal they’re telling with their bodies until at
last, he whirls her out one more time and then pulls her back; dipping her so
low her hair grazes the ground.
They freeze there, holding the pose. There’s silence, so pure you could hear a
pin drop, and in that moment, he lifts his head and looks out across the
square.
Our eyes lock.
It’s only a split second, those piercing blue eyes on mine, but I feel the
moment stretch for an eternity. His gaze crashes through me, setting every
nerve and sense alight, as if I’m touchpaper and he’s a molten spark, dancing
through my bloodstream.
And then the thunder of applause breaks the spell, and I realize I’m digging my
nails into my palms, gasping for breath.
Who
is this man?

 
 
 
“Melody Grace
has crafted a sweeping and emotional romance that pulls you in so deep, you
won’t ever want to surface. It’s that good.” –Sawyer Bennett
 
:My Review:
Once again Melody has crafted a beautiful love story that swept me away from the very start! I adore her first love stories *sigh* but I believe that With Every Heartbeat is her most romantic thus far. I’m not quite sure if it’s because of the swoony, sexy Raphael or the magical, romantic feel of Rome that Melody effortlessly bought to life for me. Maybe it’s a combination of both. All I know is that Annalise and Raphael’s story left me completely, 100% satisfied. My die hard inner romantic was very happy 🙂
With Every Heartbeat was not just a love story, it also about two young people finding themselves and learning to follow their own dreams and listening to their hearts; it’s seeing how just the right person can reignite your passion for something when you’ve forgotten why you loved it in the first place. I absolutely cannot wait for book #2 which is about Rosalie but I hope that we get to keep in touch with Annalise and Raphael in her story because I’m not ready to let them go just yet. Or Maybe they need a novella of their own 😉
I loved, loved, loved, the story, the characters, the beautiful descriptions of Rome and the overall passion and intensity of our couple
This is a total 5 star for me
 
:Buy With Every Heartbeat:
Amazon  
 
:About Melody:
Melody Grace is the USA Today bestselling author of UNBROKEN
and UNTOUCHED. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach-lover, she spent years with
her nose in a book before deciding it was time to write them for herself. She
loves bad boys, good books, and pistachio-flavored ice-cream.
 
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2 responses to “Release Day Launch: With Every Heartbeat by Melody Grace – my review, excerpt and giveaway!

  1. I’m looking forward to reading more Melody Grace. I read Unbroken when it first came out and I absolutely loved it! Thanks!
    Mimi
    miminbennett(at)hotmail(dot)com