Sunday, September 8, 2013

Finding Kia Blog Tour and Giveaway!!!

Book Name: Finding Kia
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Publisher: Fire & Ash Publishing
Release date: August 20, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Finding Kia Synopsis

“Maybe you should avoid me tonight.”
His arm slipped around my waist and I was drawn into his chest. “If I only have this one night with you, the last thing I’m going to do is stay away.”

Kia Valentines had always accepted the fact that she was a nerd, a nobody. It was a badge she wore with honor, until the day she saved Claudia DeLorenzo’s life and lost herself.

When offered the chance to shed her identity for a single night, Kia never believed it would change her life. It was one night. It meant nothing, or it shouldn't have. But that single night turned out to be her undoing when she finds passion in the arms of the one person she can never have.

Adam Chaves was more than just a gorgeous face, he made her laugh, but more importantly, when he looked at her, she felt like the most beautiful girl on earth. But Adam has no idea that Kia was the girl behind the mask and Kia has no intention of telling him. But a secret can only be kept if no one else knows about it. Claudia knows and she wants something Kia isn't willing to give in order to keep it.

Will Kia succumb? And just how far is Claudia willing to go to get what she wants?

“She’s talked about you, but she never warned me just how dangerous you were.”
Somehow, I really doubted he meant in a Charlie’s Angels, sexy in tights kind of way. “I am not dangerous!”
His brow lifted as his gaze darted to the binder drip drying in the sink. “Could have fooled me.”
This was so not the way I wanted him to remember me, like some clumsy whack job with balance issues. “Those were accidents.”
“And the restaurant?”
“Accident!” I was sticking to that story if it killed me.
The corner of his lips twitched. “Sure thing, nena.”
“Kia,” I corrected him. “My name—”
“I know,” he said. “I haven’t forgotten.”
Right. “You just called me Nena.” Yeah, I was so not impressed.
He rolled a pink tongue over his teeth. “It means baby in Spanish.”
Baby? He called me baby? Wait, what kind of baby? The hot, seductive sort or the, you need a diaper change sort?
He laughed. “Do you always think so hard?”
“Yes,” I said automatically. “I think. I’m a thinker.”
I frowned. “Why?” Better yet… “How?”
He grinned. “I’m a doer.”
Now, I'm not a contemporary romance fan, but I love Airicka Phoenix's writing style. She is great at painting a picture and conveying emotion, but Finding Kia is not one of my favorites from her, even thought her talent is still evident. The characters seemed too juvenile, even for a YA read - everything was overly dramatic, and didn't make sense to me as to why. But, then again, it is set in a high school.
I do admit, the modern Cinderella aspect of the story is cute, and I do love the main male MC, Adam, but Kia sometimes got on my nerves. She seemed overly critical of herself and lacked common sense - she refused to accept that Adam could possibly be interested in her, even though it was pretty obvious.
I continued to read just because I wanted to see Kia and Adam get a happily ever after. The book ends on a slight cliffhanger, but I really think it could've been just one book, especially since this one was so short.  I'm curious to see how this story will be drawn out into a series, since I can't really picture it having enough substance to spread over another one or two books.
My rating: 3 stars
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Author Bio
Airicka Phoenix is the best-selling author of The Touch Saga, Games of Fire and Octavian's Undoing with short stories in Whispered Beginnings: A Clever Fiction Anthology and Midnight Surrender Anthology. She also writes adult paranormal & contemporary romance under her alter ego, Morgana Phoenix.

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