Saturday, August 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Review of September Tango by Scarlett Jade


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Loosely based on a true story. 

The town of Major is nothing more than a major disappointment for Zoe Parker. She is living in a grey world after the death of her beloved Mama, and can’t seem to shake the growing depression that threatens to consume her. Things only get worse when she discovers her longtime boyfriend is banging every chick in town.

Her daddy is gone most nights, and all she can think about is the boy who really caught her eye in high school more than five years ago… The one with gorgeous dark skin and smoldering eyes… Too bad he was dating her best friend. Now she floats around, moving through the daily routine with small dreams about getting away from the small town, and finding a real man to claim her heart…

Staff Sergeant Calvin Hall of the US Army is finally putting his boots back on American soil for some R&R. It’s been five years since he joined the military, and he hasn’t looked back since. After dealing with his own troubling past, he wants to lay back and enjoy some time to put it all behind him. But fate has other plans for him… A beautiful woman snags his attention the first day in town and the pull between them is too strong to resist. The problem? She is his ex-girlfriend’s best friend, she is just as broken as he is, and he has a war he has to get back to in two weeks.

Who says a summer romance ever has to end? What if thousands of miles and a war separated you? Would you keep dancing? Or would it simply be… a September Tango?

Julie says:

September Tango is the first book I have read by Scarlett Jade and is a quick read if you’re looking for one.

Zoe Parker lives in Alabama with her father during down times when all the businesses in their small Alabama are closing.  She had dropped out of college when her mom died and the place where she worked had just shut down.  She is down on her luck and had just found out her boyfriend was cheating on her and you will be surprised who it is.  I couldn’t believe it!!

Calvin Hall is returning home from being in Afghanistan for 5 years.  He is anxious about being back because while he was gone, he lost his parents.  He is only home for 2 weeks and looking forward to some good R&R with his grandparents and sister.

As soon as they see each other, they recognize each other’s face, but not their name.  Later, they meet again.  Calvin wants to prove to Zoe that he is not the same jerk he was in school but she doesn’t want to be just a one night stand.  She has had a crush on him since high school. 

“You’re going to be my undoing.” – Calvin

She tries to hide her feelings and not let him see how much she cares for him.  But, when things change in her life, she knows she needs Calvin more than ever.

She finally admits:                              “I’ve always loved you.”

They know they only have 2 weeks and want to make the most of their time.  Then they find out his time is cut shorter and Calvin knows exactly what he wants.  He wants Zoe.  But, will their relationship survive when he has to leave?
 “You’ll never have to worry about being loved again, Zoe.  Not as long as I live and breathe.”

This is the fastest whirlwind of a romance I have ever read.  I think this could have been a much better story if had been stretched over a longer period of time instead of being so fast paced.  I understand he was leaving to go back and wanted her to be there for him, but it just seems way too rushed.  I am from the South and did enjoy the good “twang” the book has.  This was a good story but it’s just not one of those that seem to jump out and grab me.  I would give it 3.5 stars and it has a slight cliff and I will be interested in seeing what happens to them. 

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