Wednesday, January 30, 2013

VBT: Giveaway and Review ~ Love Beyond the Curve



Charlotte is shocked to find her new landlord, Reed Jackson, is tall, dark, and gorgeous. The two become fast friends, enjoying times spent together, more than times apart. Charlotte can’t believe that Reed finds her curvaceous figure incredibly sexy. Can Reed convince her he wants to be more than just “friends with benefits”?

Will Charlotte and Reed find… Love Beyond the Curve?

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Here's an excerpt for you:

He and Candace went back to their table, but Reed’s eyes remained fixed on Charlotte. He couldn’t help but notice she danced very well to the faster paced music, as well as the slow. He took into account what she was wearing since that was what Candace had been so appalled over. He thought she looked good, and downright sexy with the way she was dancing in it. Candace would scream if she knew the exact thoughts that popped into his head as he began to watch her from their table. She was wearing a black dress with a sweetheart neckline and three-quarter length sleeves. The hemline was about five inches above the knee. It was rather form fitting, but the rusching of the skirt was slimming and made her look very appealing in his opinion. What was sexier than the dress was her confidence. Reed thought she looked very sure of herself, and was only thinking about having fun, and not how she looked to everyone. And did she ever look good.

Her full breasts and curvy hips moved very sensuously to the beat of the song she was dancing to. “Octopus Man” looked to be literally drooling over her as he leered at her body twirling around with her arms extended over her head. He didn’t blame the guy for trying to cop a feel. He remembered how she had looked when he rounded the end of the sofa, only to find her shirt ripped open and her huge breasts heaving as she cried into her hands. He remembered how soft she had felt against his chest as he held her while he tried to comfort her. She was soft, but there was also a firmness of muscle underneath.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kate Patrick grew up in the South. She can’t recall a time in her life when she didn’t love to read. She remembers going to the library as a child where she devoured biographies and Nancy Drew mysteries. Her love of reading has continued into adulthood, but it is hot romance that she loves to write! While in high school and college, she and her sister began to write romantic stories about girls that met their dream guys who fell instantly in love with them. Even these early manuscripts were spicy enough that the need to “hide” these notebooks was a high priority when leaving the house!

Writing took a backseat to a teaching career, marriage, and motherhood, though books were constant companions. Love stories became a favorite, and began to take the place of mysteries more and more. About three years ago, the idea of writing was rekindled. Now, you can find her late at night typing away by the blue glow of her laptop screen.

She and her husband live on the Gulf Coast with their son and three quirky Pomeranians. When not writing or reading, Kate loves to sing, dance, and watch romantic movies, side-splitting comedies, and crime dramas. Spending time connecting with family and friends is an important priority for her as well.

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My Thoughts:

This was a sweet and hot romance about a curvy woman who has been hurt numerous times because of her weight. She has trust issues because of these past hurts. 

I understood Charlotte's reluctance to a degree. I didn't care for how degrading she was to herself. Being a bigger girl myself, I know how easy it is to feel pressured to fit in or to want to please others.I also know that like Charlotte sometimes your first instinct is to protect yourself.  That being said you have to love yourself or no one else will be able to. Charlotte stated repeatedly that she loved herself but then she talked down about herself. This left me a little confused.

I really, really liked Reed. He was so sweet. I felt bad for him in parts.

Overall, I liked this story a good bit. There were plenty of steamy scenes, and lots of romance too!

I received a copy of this book from Goddess Fish in exchange for my honest opinion.


Does size matter?





I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please leave a comment!

46 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a good day!

      Kate

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  2. +JMJ+

    I can understand Charlotte to some degree. As I told you in an earlier discussion, Brenda, I also had issues with my appearance for a long time. Self-deprecating humour (or even self-deprecation without the humour) is such an easy defense mechanism--a preemptive strike, even--that it can turn into a habit.

    I can also understand why you'd feel bad for Reed. Such a sweet guy shouldn't have to pay for other men's sins like that, especially if he's genuinely attracted to her.

    So does size matter? Hmmmm. I think that size, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. =)

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    1. I couldn't have said it better! :) Thanks for your comment. I hope your day is a good one!

      Kate

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    2. I agree Enbrethiliel beauty is in the eye of the beholder..

      I also understood why she was doing it. That doesn't mean that I liked hearing it. lol!

      I don't like to hear anyone be down on themselves.

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    3. +JMJ+

      Kate -- You're welcome! I hope you have a good day, too. =)

      Brenda -- You remind me of a girl I knew in uni. She a zero tolerance policy for anyone cracking jokes at their own expense. I haven't seen her in years, but whenever I'm tempted to be down on my appearance, I remember her and think twice about it. =)

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    4. I was, for all intents and purposes the anti bully at school.

      Oh sure they picked on me for awhile, then one day I had enough and I screamed at the Quarterback in the middle of class and everyone pretty much left me alone after that. lol!

      After that they didn't pick on other people when I was around either or I would call them on it.

      Yes, everyone jokes about themselves sometimes but if they were being mean about it, even about themselves, I called them on it.

      There are enough Negative Nellies in the world we don't need to help them spread it! :-)

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  3. It shouldn't, people shuld get the right to feel good in their own body without feeling pressured to fit in one kind of standard. ( i mean when you go in a shop and see only small sizes of a Xl that look like a m size...that can be disturbing)
    But i can understand Charlotte....she is telling herself that she love herself that doesn't mean she is completly truthful to herself, she probably want to but sometimes because of the hurt she suffered and the way people think she knows she is different ( whish i think it's a good thing) and it makes her doub herself again

    Every one want to fits somewhere and it would be more easy if people were more accepting of the difference

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    1. I have had similar thoughts. I've battled my own thoughts concerning weight for as long as I can remember. Never been thin, and always shopped in the "Womens'" section (located upstairs or in the back corner of the store, away from all the other womens' clothing!).My dear husband has heard it all, and alked me off the ledge a few times in our 21 years, by telling me how beautiful I am. Beauty mut be in the eye of the beholder!:) Thanks fo sharing your thoughts. Have a great day!

      Kate

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    2. I agree Miki. Everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their skin.

      I am 5'9" and I used to be skinny. After having my kids, I am on the other end of the scale. I am basically the same person I was back then, there is just more of me to love.

      I learned to develope thick skin. Mostly,I don't care what other people think or say about me. Those who matter won't deliberatly hurt me and those who do hurt me, don't matter.

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    3. Kate,

      It sounds like your hubby is a keeper. If I didn't have a keeper of my own, I'd be jealous. :-)

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  4. I like stories about curvy women. Everyone is unique and special even the curvy women.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. You are so right! Have a good day! I am off to work now!

      Kate

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    1. My pleasure, thanks for the opportunity!

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  6. Thank you for hosting a stop on my Excerpt TOur. I appreciate you taking time to read and review Love Beyond the Curve. Reed is a very patient man, indeed. I will be at work until the evening, but will check back in to reply to any comments made during the day.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to everyone.

      I enjoyed your book. If you haven't already figured it out, I'm a huge Reed fan! :-)

      Have a wonderful day!

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    2. He turned out to be pretty awesome. Glad you liked him.

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  7. Too many heroines are perfect. Love it when she is like one of us, normal.

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    1. Realistic heroines are nice to read about sometimes! It's a shame there aren't more books with them in it.

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    2. I've enjoyed reading some books about full figured women lately. The heroes in them have been over the top sexy in the way they are relating to the heroine's personality as well as their appreciation for her curves.

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  8. Thank you for the review and excerpt, I enjoyed both.

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    1. You're welcome Ingeborg! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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  9. Sounds like a great book! I love that the heroine is normal and not a model. :) Thanks for sharing!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. It is a great change of pace. :-)

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    2. Thank you for sharing your comments . I'm glad you liked what you read. :)

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  10. sounds great, I am so glad someone is writing about the lead female as a normal woman rather than a size 0-2 with hugge tatas
    vera28546 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Lol! I'm not sure her tatas weren't huge but I know what you mean. :-)

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    2. I didn't envision Charlotte with humongous "tatas", but definitely a bit more than a large,strong hand could cover! :)

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  11. That's an outstanding excerpt, I now have it on my TBR list.

    evanlea at gmail dot com

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  12. I don't think it should. I'm a big girl, I will never be a twig. I have curves and it wasn't until I got to college that I felt even remotely sexy. I finally met guys who loved the way I looked and it was an amazing feeling to finally feel beautiful and sexy. I think size shouldn't matter and if it does to someone, then they really need to rethink their priorities.

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    1. You are absolutely right, Emily. Size shouldn't matter because when couples marry and live together for decades, very often they are not the same size in their 50th anniversary picture as they were on their wedding day!:) Thanks for commenting.

      Kate

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  13. I've never had sex, but I would imagine other skills would be much more important!

    mestith@gmail.com

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    1. Okay. lol! We were talking about body size not the size of appendages!

      You have a point though. :-)

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  14. I love that more books are coming out where bigger girls can find love too! I think size only matters if you are talking about the heart. Outside appearances can easily be taken away and come and go, but what is on the inside sticks around forever.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more! Thank you for sharing your comments! Have a great weekend!

      Kate

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  15. This books sounds amazing! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to leave a comment. I'm glad you like the excerpt! Have a terrific weekend.

      Kate

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  16. There's no denying that men are physical beings, rather than emotional. But I believe if you love yourself, you will attract love to you, no matter your size. When you shine from the inside out, people are attracted to you like moths to a flame. The rest who only care about your physical appearance . . . would you really want to be with them?

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    lcminer at windstream dot net

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    1. I agree with this philosophy, and actually have seen it happen. My vivacious plus-sized friend never lack for male friends or dates when we were in college. She was comfortable with herself and never limited herself on what types of activities she would participate in. She danced, swam, and played all kinds of sports. She is a happy person, and that is what draws people to her.

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