#BookReview #BlogTour #Extract Just Rose by L T Marshall
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Publisher: Pict Publishing
Available: 29th april 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Romance / Fiction
The unexpected death of Rose’s beloved aunt ends up being a driving force in her uneventful life. She gives up her lonely, unfulfilled big city existence for the country home and life from cherished childhood memories.
But can it live up to them?
All she wants is to find her place in the world; the happiness and independence she has been searching for. With her little dog Muffin by her side and a much needed new friend, it does seem possible – until an encounter with the handsome local Laird of the Munro Estate sends her spiralling from young professional woman to hormonal bundle of goo.
Their chemistry is undeniable, but with him not seemingly on the market, this might not be the place for her after all.
Thrust into the world of country living, will Rose ever find true love?
In this roller coaster of emotions and a whole lot of country charm, one thing is for sure: Rose is certainly not going to be bored anymore!
This was a wonderful change of pace!
A heartwarming tale with surprises along the way, LTMarshall has again managed to create a romantic tale that takes a more honest stance on modern relationships and potential pitfalls, whilst maintaining the relaxed and easy flowing prose.
I loved the characters, Rose was a strong Character who had realistic responses to difficult situations. I thoroughly enjoyed her and Abbys friendship and how it progressed, and I laughed several times at their conversations and abbys antics! Such a typical little sister in how she purposely tormented her older brother! I enjoyed how different Abby and Rose were, and how clear that was in the story. There were no blurred edges to characters where actions don’t always suit, rather from first meeting each Character, you get an impression, much as with when you first meet someone, and that impression tends to run true.
Abby may be a little young, a little Naive at times, but she is loyal, sweet and actually may just be my favourite Character in this one. Sorry Rob! She’s just so much FUN to be around! I know I haven’t actually met her, but you know what… it feels like I have.
Rose first meeting with the Laird had me giggling away. I enjoyed Rose spitfire reaction to him, and his confused responses, like he was talking to a time bomb. And this pretty much sums them up! Rose is quick to react emotionally; that’s just who she is! And Rob spends a lot of time amused by her strong reactions, understandably! The development of their relationship was believable and intriguing! I had several moments where I wanted to kick Rob for his ridiculous choices, while also completely understanding why he had gone the way he did.
I do not envy him his situation! But how he got there is completely understandable and made sense with the Personality Marshall created.
Rose deals with situations in logical ways, if not always entirely sensible! I felt sorry for all of the Characters at some point, even if at times I really didn’t want to. I have laughed, gasped and sighed my way through every page!
I loved how the story progressed, with logical steps taken by each character, and shocks along the way in true Marshall fashion! This kept my eyes glues to the pages and my bottom on the edge of my seat! Well… apart from when I was reading whilst I walked. Yup. I did that several times, because I didn’t want to put this down!
Seeing how the Characters develop along the way, and how their relationships build and change in a believable way was wonderful, Disagreements aren’t instantly fixed, but in true marshall fashion they are dealt with in ways that are believable for their honesty. Sometimes responses are hilarious (Meeting the Laird) and sometimes they Characters are pitiable (if you’ve read it, you’ll know the scene I mean) but always there is a sense of realism. These aren’t fluffy Characters that can have only come from a book, they are more like people that you can see and touch, and probably want to slap at some point.
Absolutely brilliant read. Perfect for Romance and Romantic Suspense Lovers, in fact if you enjoy any romance at all, then you should give this a go. Far from your typical romantic story, Just Rose will have you glued from start to end!
‘Blaring the summer hits CD, she pulled out with Muffin in the passenger seat and headed along the road; pulling out into the main road and reaching speed quickly, she was singing and smiling at how free she felt, energised by this impromptu outing and the glorious sunshine which wasn’t typical for Scotland this early in the summer. It was truly shaping up to be a wonderful day.
Out of nowhere, the nose of a black car poked out in front of her from the tree edged hedge way, causing her to swerve and scream as she tried to hit the brakes in alarm. Her car skidded halfway across the road with an almighty screech before slamming to a halt and Rose fell forward on her steering wheel, trying to catch her breath; sure, she’d just suffered a major heart attack.
Grabbing at Muffin to feel he was still in one piece, her hands began shaking violently, and her heart pounded through her chest; trying to keep her head on the wheel to steady her breathing and calm her nerves, she could feel her rage rising.
Who in the actual hell? What the actual f …?
Her car door was ripped open beside her, causing her to snap up and glare angrily into the steel coloured eyes facing her, which had appeared a little too closely.
‘Are you o …’ A smooth and deep voice that sounded genuinely concerned tried to infiltrate her red haze, but she’d already hit maximum rage.
‘What in the hell are you doing?’ She screeched at the face before her, not really taking in the jet-black hair, tanned skin, or intense grey eyes belonging to the tall stranger. Ordinarily, this kind of sexy would’ve put Rose in a slump of panting hormones but today she just saw red.
‘You could have killed me! Are you aware that road is a sixty? You pulled out into traffic on a god-damn sixty!’ She pulled herself out of her seat, releasing her belt to square her five feet four to the huge six-foot frame before her. Anger searing her every nerve at the sheer stupidity of the man. He quickly stood back, looking almost shocked as she continued to yell at him about his idiotic driving manoeuvre with hands firmly on her hips and letting fiery Rose loose.
‘Whoa there, Penelope!’ Splaying his hands in defence as he tried to calm her rant. ‘Look, I’m sorry! I’m sure I got as much of a shock as you. Most folks know how bad the view is for me coming out and cross to the other side to pass the manor opening.’ He was moving away from Rose as she continued to wave her hands about, cursing at him about recklessness and moronic men with stupidly fast and flashy cars, Rose was on a roll. She stopped suddenly, realising something he’d said.
‘Who the hell is Penelope?’ She blinked in confused fury, but he only laughed at her sudden change in persona, then tried to smother it with a cough.
Smooth move, mister! Asshole. God, You’re Hot!
Rose had only just seemed to notice this little fact, now that she was inches from him.
His whole shocked manner seemed to do a sudden flip into smiling, good humoured, if not a little embarrassed, but Rose was beyond oblivious in her mental state.
‘You! … Sorry, it’s just … Pink car … Pink dress … Fiery little lady who comes out like a bat out of hell, like she’s about to rip my head off.’ The handsome stranger stood with his hands up, smiling at her like it was the most obvious thing in the world to everyone except her. Rose stood motionless. Cluelessness and confusion all over her face, which only added to her irritation at his far too good-looking smugness.
‘Penelope Pitstop from Wacky Races?’ He tried again to get her brain to connect to whatever the hell he was talking about. ‘Look, never mind. It’s just, that’s what I thought when I opened your door.’ He was laughing now, in a deep and husky way which only enraged her more and brought out another bought of fury.
‘Screw you and your stupid wacky whatever’s. Watch where you’re going in future, asshole, or next time I won’t swerve!’ She turned and threw herself back into her car in the most unladylike manner, attempting to grab her door, so she could dramatically slam it. All previous ounces of rage reconnected with her inner diva, but he grabbed it first.
About The Author:
Books to date –
The Carrero Series*
The Carrero Effect – The Promotion (book 1)
The Carrero Influence – Redefining The Rules (book 2)
The Carrero Solution – Starting Over (book 3 )
The Carrero Heart – Beginning (book 4)
The Carrero Heart – The Journey (book 5)
The Carrero Heart – Happy Ever Afters (book 6)
The Carrero Contract – Selling Your Soul (book 7)
The Carrero Contract – Amending Agreements (book 8)
The Carrero Contract – Finding Freedom (book 9) Coming Soon!
The Carrero Bonus Book Series*
Jake’s View – Fan requested POV bonus chapters
Arrick’s View – Fan requested POV bonus chapters
Just Rose – standalone novel
Leanne Marshall is a Scottish born and bred romance writer with more than the average persons life experience. She has been a torrent of wild things, including singer in a girl band, animal rights activist and charity owner – worked in radio and offered jobs in TV.
A passionate, restless soul, who has always found peace in writing, the only way to calm that fiery spirit.
She uses her wit and dark humour to her advantage in her works and has been an avid reader for most of her life. Her influences vary, but from early life and a teen stint in journalism, she applies logic to most of her plot lines, is a self confessed research fiend, and likes a lot of psychology behind her characters actions.
She currently resides in Central Scotland with her two children and Fiancee of 13 years, making waves in the book world with her signature ‘WTF moments’ she likes to apply in each story, hints of humour and devastating emotional rollercoaster rides.
Quote from L.T.Marshall – ‘Writing has always been an escape for me, loving that no matter what you are doing, where you are – you can create ideal fantasy and get lost in someone else’s life. I love nothing more than drawing a reader with me on a journey that tortures your every emotion before the grand exhale.’
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