Friday, January 16, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Clarity by Gabbie S. Duran

Title: Clarity
Author: Gabbie S. Duran
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 11, 2015
Her world was shattered and broken. 

Damaged ... is how she viewed herself. 

Untrustworthy … is how she viewed men. 

Taylor never expected to open her heart to anyone. Nick is a player, in every sense of the word, but finds himself doing anything to earn her trust — including fighting the demons she harbors inside. 

Is he the clarity she’s been seeking, or will her past push him away?

Tears are cascading down my cheeks now. The pain and sorrow of speaking about it has taken over. Admitting I want nothing more than to forget should have me feeling shameful for giving up, but instead the admission has me feeling some sense of relief for standing up for myself. It’s all I ever wanted from the moment I left that small town. To forget and never look back.
“So he just wins?”
“He only wins if I let the action of what he did to me rule my life.”
“It should have never happened,” Nick repeats.
“This is why you need to walk away, Nick.”
We both remain silent after I state the words. A grim atmosphere overtakes the entire room for the next several minutes. My heart has always been broken, but knowing Nick may heed my words and walk away has me dreadfully holding my breath, preparing myself for the heartache to come.
“Is he why you’ve been pushing me away? Because you think that way of yourself?”
“Yes,” I rasp out. “Trust is still the hardest thing for me to do. It’s easier to not trust, than to have it broken,” I announce to him, trying to swallow the lump that is sitting in my throat.
“That’s all you’ve ever expected from me, isn’t it? For me to break your trust?”
Closing my eyes, I laugh humorlessly. “You’ve already done it several times.” He seems puzzled as he takes in my answer. “You don’t take orders very well,” I remind him.
He grins, the simple turn of his lips lightening the despair surrounding us.
“That was before I realized just how important you are.” His confession has the dark walls surrounding my heart slowly shattering. “I’m a determined man, Taylor, and I’m determined to earn your trust,” he declares.
Placing his hand on my cheek, he says, “I can’t explain it, Taylor, but since the day I met you I knew you were different. You were someone I knew I couldn’t let go of.”
My once shattered heart is slowly mending. The sympathy he was giving is replaced with affection, and suddenly I want to fight to hold onto it.
“All I ask is that you give me a chance to earn your trust, Taylor.”

This is a love story like no other, with some intense moments and struggles. What relationship doesn't at some point go through tough and emotional times though right??
I have read books by Gabbie before. I absolutely love her Memories series & this book did not disappoint at all.
While he start of this book was rather awful, you come to learn how it shapes Taylors life! That one horrifying event has made her not trust! Any wonder really!
I loved her as a character, as well as her roommate Katie!
Enter Nick! A professional baseball player!! Mmmmm. I so loved him. He just rocked my world!
What starts as a professional relationship in the beginning, slowly becomes something more! However due to her past experiences, causes Taylor to push Nick away, but the determination on his side actually helps Taylor to see she is worthy of a HEA. She is worthy to have love, a man to help her trust again.
Their connection is undeniable and even though they have their rough patches, the making up seems to bring them closer together!
I very much enjoyed reading this EPIC love story!!!
I would read anything Gabbie writes!!! Add it to your TBR list.

You have two total opposite people Taylor who takes her work very seriously and Nick who takes his semi seriously. Well that is until Taylor challenges him
When you start Clarity you might not like it at all. In fact you might just put the book down and wonder how in the world could Gabbie start a book like this? Easy, take a breath and keep reading OK!! 
Like I said you have Nick who thinks he can push over Taylor and get his way. Well she nips that right in the bud. She is a no holds barred kind of gal. She won't put up with Nick's shit at all. Matter of fact he doesn't listen to her and she has him removed from her services. See Taylor she is a physical therapist. Nick is a baseball player. He gets injured and needs rehab. Oh he gets rehab alright and her name is Taylor. 
Taylor has a past as you have read in the beginning of the book. She doesn't let just anyone get close to her. Nick warms her up and before you know it, they share a kiss *gasp*!!! 
Like any relationship there are a few rough patches. Nick manages to work his way through them and Taylor can't resist. 
This is a story where you will want to have some tissue handy. This is a story about letting your past go even though it is hard to do. This is a story about 2 people who came from opposite sides of the track. Clarity is just brings clarity into Taylor's world and that is Nick.

Gabbie is a Southern California native, who lives with her wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or sneaking off for a run. Some might say it’s a crazy life, but she wouldn’t change anything about it.


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