Friday, August 9, 2013

Love Square by Jessica Ingro Blog Tour & Giveaway




Title: Love Square 


Author: Jessica Ingro 

Release Date: July 18, 2013 

Genre: Contemporary / Erotic Romance 


A love triangle gone bad...

He was the one guy I couldn't get enough of. One look from him would make me melt. He was the one I always wanted to love me, but always seemed so far away. Now he stands before me and he's turning my world upside down.

At one time I would have done anything to be close to him. But will that anything include betraying the man I pledged myself to and that loves me faithfully?

Samantha Monroe had it all. Or at least everyone thought she did. A career on the rise, a gorgeous husband, great friends and a beautiful home. So why does she feel so alone and empty? When she reconnects with an old flame, lines are tested and compromises made in a quest for happiness.

Jacob Matthews always wondered what happened to Sam Monroe. When fate brings them together after all these years, he can't help but wonder if it’s meant to be. But when he meets his perfect woman, there is no doubt in his mind she's his soul mate.

Will the search for happiness cost them everything or will their love square show them what really matters?




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Excerpt

I visibly start when I feel a fingertip trail up my arm. I look up to see Aiden watching me with heat in his eyes. “You know when you bend over like that I can see down your shirt,” he whispers in my ear, eliciting a shiver down my spine.

“Does it make you want to do naughty things to me?” I goad him. I’m suddenly curious to see if he’ll fuck me in a public place.

His teeth bite my earlobe, making me moan and my eyes roll in the back of my head. “Sure does, baby,” his breath glides across my skin.

“I’m going to head to the ladies room. If you should happen to follow me after paying the bill, I might be obliged to try some naughty things myself.” I stand up, lean over and lick his bottom lip before sucking on it gently. His hands reach out to grab my hips, but I pull away and wink as I walk back towards the restrooms.

The single stalled room is empty when I push through the door. Thankfully it’s a tidy room, otherwise I might have to rethink this whole thing. I reach under my short jean skirt and pull off my panties. I'm trembling with excitement. I can't believe Aiden has been up for public sex lately. A couple minutes later there’s a knock on the door before Aiden enters. He turns and locks the door before walking over to me. I dangle my damp panties in his face. “I seem to have misplaced these.”





Interview with Sam

Prior to getting married had you and Aiden ever discussed having children? 


We did talk about it. I think it’s a natural thing to think about and discuss when you fall in love and get married. I’m just not sure I ever really saw myself as a mother, you know?


What is the main reason you were hesitating on starting a family?


I’ve thought about that a lot with everything that’s happened. It was definitely self-preservation. I was so disappointed that it wasn’t happening and I just couldn’t take it anymore, so I gave up. It was easy to start second guessing everything once I got to that point. I started to believe that maybe I wasn’t meant to be a mother.


Why didn't you ever just sit down with Aiden and discuss how you were feeling instead of making the situation worse and turning to Jacob for love and support?


I’m not proud of how I handled the situation. But have you ever felt completely and utterly alone, even when someone is standing right next to you? That is how I felt with Aiden. The longer we didn’t talk about it, the harder it got to open up to him. It was a vicious cycle that neither of us were breaking.


Once you and Aiden reconnected, why did you continue your affair with Jacob? 


By the time Aiden and I reconnected, I had very strong feelings for Jacob. It was easier to be weak and let Jacob talk me out of it than it was to say goodbye. It was such a confusing time for me.


When you were with Jacob it didn't seem like you were ever very remorseful, do you honestly regret all the sneaking around and lying? 


It may not have seemed like it at the time, but whenever I thought about the ramifications of my actions, I was sick to my stomach. When I was with Jacob, I felt like one person and when I was with Aiden, another. Now I know why it’s called a living a double life. I just had to learn how to merge the two sides of me.


At times Jacob seemed quite hostile and aggressive, were you ever afraid for your safety? 


No, I was never afraid for my safety. My biggest concern was hurting his feelings. I knew it was my fault when he got that upset. He didn’t deserve the hell I put him through, even if he did ultimately give me a hell of my own. If I had stayed away from him to begin with, he never would have had to deal with the hurt he felt. Maybe my reactions were more out of guilt than fear.


If Jacob broke up with his fiancé and wanted you back, what would you do?


Maybe, if circumstances were different… another time, another place. But right now, I love my husband and don’t ever want to go back to that place. A part of me will always love Jacob but we are no good for each other. It would be like touching a hot stove even after I already got burned.


What are your plans now for you and your growing family? What does the future hold for you? 


Right now I’m focused on being the best wife and mother I can be. I still have my writing as an outlet but it’s not the most important thing. Aiden and I have talked about trying for another baby once Tessa’s a little older. Knowing what it’s like as an only child, I really would like for her to have a sibling. I was envious of Jacob’s relationship with Emma. I want my kids to know that kind of love and camaraderie.





My Review:

I have been trying for weeks to organize all of my thoughts about Love Square and write this review. The honest truth is I don't know how to review it. Mostly b/c I had a serious issue with the subject matter, a married woman who is having an affair with an old high school boyfriend. I'm not a fan of, nor do I condone cheating of any kind, so naturally I was angry a majority of the time while reading. I do have to give kudos to Ms. Ingro for tackling such a sticky subject matter and portraying the "cheaters" POV which is rarely ever done. We always read about the men or women who are wronged by their cheating spouses and how they coped with the aftermath, but how often do we get to explore the mind of the accused?? Barely ever. So this is your chance to walk in the shoes of the cheater.

There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that Ms. Ingro is a talented writer. The story flowed perfectly without the need of fluff or fillers to help it along. I greatly appreciate books that get right to the point and don't drag things out. It had just enough plot twists to keep you guessing without bombarding you with nonstop action. The fact that she could bring out so much emotion in me proves that she's doing her job as an author, which in my opinion is to cause the reader to step outside the box and analyze situations and decisions from another perspective, to open their minds to possibilities never thought of before, and to cause some discomfort while you work through your own thoughts. This book would be a great selection for a book club b/c it will undoubtedly serve as a great topic for debate.

My thoughts on the story itself:
I think if Aiden was a complete bastard who beat his wife and/or repeatedly cheated on her with anything that had a vagina I could've sided with Sam and her choice to seek love & affection else where. But he was a good guy!! The poor unsuspecting husband who wanted nothing more than to build a family with his WIFE!! Why is that too much to ask?! And don't even get me started on Jacob. How dare he go after a married woman!! It doesn't matter if she was unhappy, he should have stepped back and waited for her to either leave her husband and get a divorce, or work things out and fix her marriage. He made the situation more complicated leading Sam to make horrible choices. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into the sex scenes that featured Sam & Jacob b/c I was so angry with both of them. However, I did enjoy the scenes with Sam & Aiden. I'm completely Team Aiden here if you haven't noticed already! Even though I struggled with the subject matter I'm still intrigued enough to hear Jacob's POV which I believe is coming in the next book.


About the Author:



Jessica grew up in Central New York. She spends her days as a Security Analyst at an IT consulting company. She spends her free time reading books and developing ideas for her own stories. Writing is her secret passion that she’s been fostering since elementary school, when she wrote her first book about a puppy. Writing has always been one of her secret dreams and she can't wait to share her stories with the world.

She currently lives in New York with her husband and three dogs.



Author contact information:

Web – http://jessicaingro.blogspot.com/

Email – jessicaingrobooks@gmail.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/JessicaIngroBooks

Twitter – http://twitter.com/uvrays1997

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7010240.Jessica_Ingro



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