martedì 26 novembre 2013

Book Blitz: Entwine di Rebecca Berto + giveaway

Buongiorno ^^ Eccoci ad un nuovo book blitz, ideato come sempre da Giselle di Xpresso Book Tours; oggi vi presento un new adult contemporaneo, spero possa piacervi :) Non perdete il ricco giveaway alla fine del post ;)

Titolo: Entwine
Autore: Rebecca Berto
Genere: New adult contemporaneo
Trama: Sarah Langham’s life was the epitome of normal until her dad slept with another woman when she was sixteen. It ripped her family apart.
Twenty-two-year-old Sarah has it together, though.
Waiting at the train station to go home from her first day of her first proper job out of university, she spots a man.
He is an enigma to her. She’s drawn to him, with his square jaw; buzz of hair; and his tall, solid frame, seen under the contours of his business suit. And he’s been looking at her, too. Fate pulls them together that night on a whirlwind date, exceeding anything Sarah’s experienced before. He’s even more into her than she’s into him. Finally, she wants to trust a guy for the first time since she was sixteen.
But then they discover something.
Something that meant they were never two strangers at a train station.
And it threatens to tear their future apart before it, really, ever begins.

Rebecca Berto writes stories about love and relationships. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her books, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She's strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction. 
Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.



When Sarah first came home her ears had a faint ring in them, and now, 
in the aching silence, they buzzed at her fiercely. Her first thought was Ah! 
Relative quiet for once. I’ll just sneak in and get my mobile phone. Now she wished her dad had been doing anything else, even playing that stupid rock ‘n’ roll music. She had a solution for that: plug in her Favourites playlist and turn the volume up.
She heard the first moan, whispering through the walls. She was drawn 
toward the sound in her parents’ bedroom; it was like the undeniable dread of 
watching someone being bullied from afar. It was being unsure how to make it stop. 
But Sarah’s mum was out, and there was definitely two people making 
those sounds in there. For the first few moments, Sarah wondered if her mum 
had suddenly materialised here. Why else would her dad be moaning in sync 
with that female voice, and the bed legs be screeching in that way? 
She remembered arriving into the silence that had encased her, replacing 
the throbbing sounds from the party she’d just been at, thinking it all seemed 
too quiet in here. 
She was right.
Sarah felt the blood drain from her face. A sense of nothingness washed 
over her as she braced her palm to the wall outside her parents’ bedroom, 
narrowly preventing her wobbly legs from taking her down. 
What should she do?
She willed her ears to block out what she heard, but she knew sticking 
her fingers in the holes wouldn’t help a bit. And her dad didn’t deserve to be 
the reason she harmed herself if she poked inside too hard. 
Sarah wished she could run, but instead her feet stayed rooted against 
the wall, and she shivered at the choice she had to make. What would she do, tell her mum that she could hear the bed creaking against the frame, that her dad’s friend wasn’t trying to be quiet at all? 
The sounds triggered a memory. She’d caught a weird text message 
when sitting at the kitchen bench, her playing with her dad’s phone, her mum 
still at work. Her dad had snapped his mobile phone from her fingers and told 
her to go to her room. Her shock back then debilitated her choice to tell her 
mum. Her voice didn’t work when she tried to speak, and her throat was tight 
even when she swallowed. Now, hearing what was happening behind the 
wall, she had no idea where to even begin. 
Sarah clamped a hand over her mouth in case she sobbed loudly, forced 
her other hand to push her from the lure of the wall where she had been 
frozen, and to walk herself out the front door.
Back to that party. Back through the shadows of darkness and odd orbs 
of light, along the sidewalk, back to the noise and the alcohol, and the people trying to forget their responsibilities. 
She combed her fingers through her mocha brown hair, the ends tapering 
off at her breasts. It was the same colour as her mum’s. Would her dad 
hate her now, being reminded of the wife he clearly had no care for? Would 
physical factors, like Sarah’s pale grey eyes, the same shade as her mum’s 
favourite cardigan, be as horrible to him as her inner qualities?
She realised when she got to the party that she never did get her mobile 
phone from her room as she had originally intended, so she’d have to wait for 
someone to open the door. 
There were two fanning plants in pots, framing the double door entrance. 
A porch stretched under the balcony of the first floor and a swinging bench 
sat at the far end beside the garden bed. The music was so loud the bass 
vibrated through the concrete underneath her feet and she could only hear a 
faint sound when she tried knocking anyway. 
She blinked against the memory of the sound of the bed frame creaking 
and that shrieking sound that made her insides churn, until soon enough a 
drunk girl in a miniskirt stumbled out the door with a guy staring at her ass, 
laughing at nothing at all.
Sarah slipped inside, found a corner free on a couch next to two people 
chatting and bit her lip, thinking too much when she shouldn’t have been 
thinking much at all, as a regular sixteen-year-old at a regular house party.


The first time Sarah saw Him, he was leaning up against a pillar at Flinders 
Street Station, knee bent against the wall, checking the time on his watch.
At five thirty, after her first day as a junior editor, she still hadn’t stopped 
trembling with excitement. She’d memorised the names of all the workers in 
her team, and loved the way she walked into the office and it smelt of warm 
paper, straight out of the printer. There must have been at least six printers on the one floor alone. 
Now, at the train station, she supposed it made sense this man stood out. 
She was on alert and he was impossible to miss. Eyes peeled, she noticed 
him, as if he were a photograph, the aperture turned low so the bustle of other passersby blurred out.
She sat on her seat, waiting, pretending to text on her mobile. Now and 
then she’d look up as if wondering, “When’s the train coming?” Like she’d 
forgotten. Under her lashes, or from a casual glance sweeping the platform, 
she’d look at something new on him.
First it was his jaw. Sarah didn’t know why a strange man’s jawline 
mattered, but it did. She could imagine the sharp turn as she traced from ear 
down to his chin, and back up to his other ear with her finger. She imagined 
all her old poster pin-ups. Sarah wasn’t a fussy girl. She had James Dean, 
Elvis Presley, Bon Jovi, Brad Pitt, Zac Efron, and even the Hemsworth 
By far, this man’s jawline was as good or better—sharp, yet smooth 
enough to want to touch.
She looked up again but thought he saw her, so she quickly took stock 
of a mother pushing a pram, another small child holding its side bar and 
stomping along. She looked further up and saw that she had two minutes left 
before her train really did arrive.
Sarah had never wanted a train to be late before, although they always 
were with Melbourne’s crazy rail system. Today, she did. 
The guys in her lectures and tutes back in university were always man-
whores or geeks or already taken. Now, at her first proper full-time job, she 
only had one man in her team and she didn’t have hopes for him, since she 
was sure that lunchtime phone call was to his “love”, and that “love” sounded 
like a man. 
Sarah wasn’t greedy. One man would do, and he didn’t have to be the 
best looking or the kindest, but he had to be right for her. And she couldn’t 
pick if there would be something wrong with this man leaning against the 
pillar, waiting for his train, but she hoped that maybe he’d catch the same line as her and she’d get to wonder about him longer.
The third time she looked up she noticed more of him, more details here 
and there. He didn’t have a briefcase, but he was in perfectly ironed suit 
pants, leather dress shoes and a light peach shirt, one button undone lower 
than most businessmen she saw. The shirt’s waist tapered in to hug him at 
his hips. She figured that he naturally filled out the chest, shaping a perfect V, and the rolled up sleeves showed off the hint of corded forearms that stirred her imagination more. He had a buzz of hair covering his head, just enough to draw attention to the sexy contours of his face and body.
Just then, the lady over the speaker announced the train was arriving 
and Sarah stood, just as everyone else. She looped her handbag over her 
shoulder and found her way just behind the yellow line, choosing to walk 
diagonal, inwards, so that she stood mere metres from the man. 
The doors opened, and the people on the platform waited for the people 
onboard to get off. 
Sarah, though, turned to the man, and watched him pull out his mobile, 
then put it away just as quickly. He looked up, and Sarah’s initial thought 
was Quick! Oh my God, pretend you were staring at something odd behind him! 
but those silly cover-ups only made people look worse, so she decided to 
embrace this chance and offer a little smile—but she chickened out halfway 
and had to drop her gaze to the floor, not even able to hide her smile.
The ground in front of her started emptying, so she waded her way 
through with the other people desperate to find a seat.
If Sarah had her way she’d clamp her bag under her arm, make sure her 
heels were steady and then make a run to the nearest two seats free, fling her handbag on the spare one in front of her, and let that man sidestep through the knees of others in the seat arrangement and sit in front of her. In front was always better, because men had long legs. She’d learnt the pros and cons of sitting in front of men on trains before. Many times, smelly men or big men had their legs opened wide, and Sarah had to close her smaller ones between them with little gap spacing. Or, she would have to cross her legs and get a cramp trying to keep her crossed leg bent back, so as not to touch them.
But Sarah’s thoughts … that’s all they were. There were a few seats here 
and there, but neither Sarah nor the man got any. He could have, but he held 
out his hand and let that mother through, with the pram and her small child. 
Sarah found herself liking him even more. Her last boyfriend had loved 
the clubs in the city and it was at one of them, not far from here, that he’d 
kissed his other girlfriend who Sarah never knew about. Or, not until she’d 
decided to surprise him that night and found her legs around his, his hands 
cupping under her ass in a section away from the dance floor.
Although this man didn’t sit next to her, he did find a spare pole to grab 
onto in the train carriage, and Sarah found one opposite him. He once again 
noticed her, but Sarah hadn’t been looking this time. He must have been 
doing some staring of his own.
Sarah wondered if this man had been doing the same thing the whole 
time Sarah had her own game going.
She wondered this as the train took off and they stood almost in reaching 
distance, both with a hand holding the pole next to them. Sarah wondered 
which stop he’d get off at.


The smell of the man next to her, panting and sweating from obviously
running to catch the train, didn’t matter. Nor did the fact she was standing for a one-hour train trip in heels. There was little that could matter to her right now—except for when the train suddenly stopped, and the driver announced a delay.
“We have stopped to attend to an ill passenger on board,” he said. “I 
don’t know how long the wait will be, but it could be up to forty-five minutes 
due to peak hour traffic and the patient’s condition. Thank you for your 
At that time, Sarah heard a deep, yet smooth voice say, “Lucky I don’t 
plan on being anywhere.”
She knew it was Him before she looked up to meet his eyes. Apart from 
the fact she was sure it came from somewhere in front of her, or thereabouts, 
a voice in her head associated it with the man she’d almost profiled to full 
Looking up, she saw his face and, for some reason, knowing what his 
voice sounded like was like tying up a little bow on top of her perfect package.
“It’s not like I have to be anywhere,” Sarah agreed.
For a moment, she matched his gaze, trying to stop from doing anything 
suggestive. She wanted to lick her lips as they were dry, and she was sure 
even a little grin would crack them. Only an hour ago she’d had gloss on them 
from her special first day at work, but now they felt dry and baron.
Oh, how with every moment she stood here, it got worse. Now her head 
was itchy. If only she could sneak up a fingernail to scratch. Just above and 
behind her ear. Just a bit. But Sarah couldn’t. Why was a stranger doing this 
to her? 
Sarah held her place, gazing with as much power as he had. She 
wouldn’t lick her lips. Or scratch her head. And now she was a dry, twitching 
Stuff it. 
She turned a little, trying to hide her hand, and covered it by fussing with 
her hair near her ear, and licked away the cracked feeling from her lips. When 
she looked up, the man was shamelessly staring. She knew that look. There 
was no mistaking that, for some reason, he was as intrigued by her as she 
was him.
“Here,” the man said. He bent and dropped against the railing behind his 
back, his knees sticking out at the sides, and his huge legs separated in a 
way that made Sarah want to look away but couldn’t. “Sit here. Your feet must
be sore.”
That made Sarah self-conscious, made her unable to move. Had he seen
her shoes? Or looked up and down the length of her? The idea thrilled her.
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