by Chloe T. Barlow
Chloe is an amazing author and woman! I actually won the book in a giveaway and was compelled to read it immediately, and I think that everyone needs to read it!!
I have the pleasure of being on her street team and she is sweet, smart, funny and interacts with her fans!I also felt that she is Althea so we used her in a teaser. 🙂
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Author Interview, Teasers, 5 Hearts Review, Top Reasons to read Three Rivers by her Street Team, Deleted scene, Playlist and a Giveaway!!
How do you start over when you gave everything to one life, one plan, and lost it all?
Althea refuses to allow herself to love again. Imprisoned in grief at twenty-four after her husband’s sudden death, she’s convinced her heart died along with him. She spends her days honoring his memory by clinging to the legal career he helped her to build and to the remaining pieces linking them together.
Griffen’s been running from his past. Despite success as an author and investigative journalist, he’s been traveling through life on autopilot. For a decade, he’s chosen perilous adventures and meaningless sex over the danger of any attachments. When he finally returns home to Pittsburgh, he’s slammed by the awakened memories and regret he’s spent years trying to escape.
A chance encounter brings them together. Their instant desire for each other – and the bond they discover between them – shocks them both. Despite her best efforts, Althea can’t resist Griffen’s charm or his intriguing proposition – if she agrees to a no-strings affair with him for the two weeks he’s in town, he swears he’ll walk away when their time is up. Assured she can test the waters of a new life while keeping her vow never to betray her husband’s memory by opening her heart to another, Althea throws herself into the escape Griffen provides her.
Their perfect plans go awry when the intensity of their connection overwhelms them. Will they risk it all on the chance of something great together…or will the power of their secrets and guilt tear them apart?
I was lucky enough to have won this book on facebook. I had read about it and wanted to read it, but my TBR is so huge. However, something about it just called to me and I had to drop everything and read it. This is a story of love, loss, pain, guilt, regret, forgiveness, angst, friendship and suspense. Chloe somehow gets all these emotions into the book with out being overwhelming or pushy. The writing is brilliant and the story is unique. Althea tragically loses her husband and she can’t seem to let go of the loss and guilt she feels. She has amazing friends who are supportive of her but get her to see that it’s time she moves on. She meets a handsome stranger and feels a connection with him that she hasn’t had since her late husband. Griffen returns to Pittsburgh and sees Althea and knows that he has to have her. Their initial meeting is funny and very steamy. I love Griffen! He has a way with words that had me sighing through the entire book. Griffen and Tea have such amazing chemistry both in and out of bed. Their conversations are deep and meaning and fun and flirty. I love the nicknames they have for each other and the sex is HOT! I loved that this story was different. Not only the plot, but the characters, the feelings and even the sex scenes. I didn’t feel like I was reading “another romance” story at all. The secondary characters were such a huge part of the story that I felt like I was there with them. Tea and her friends make me miss my girls! And Trey? Hello!
Can Griffen and Tea move past their regret and guilt and find happiness in each other’s arms? Will the past come back and put a wedge between them? Do not miss this amazing story!
“Do I make you nervous? He asked.
“A little,” she muttered in a voice she barely recognized.
“Just breathe, ” he whispered.
Other than that she was hyper-focused – on him: his impossible aqua blue eyes (seriously, is that even a real eye color?); his broad shoulders; that delicious mouth; the way his slightly shaggy hair grazed his dark brows. Everything about him was hardwired to excite her on every level.
“Really? Ah, no, I’m a sweetheart.”
“I’ll hold you to that, Althea. In fact,” he said, placing a hand at her lower back until she gasped, “I would like to hold you to a lot of things.”
“Ooh, that’s a good line.”
“A line? ” he asked, his hand leaving her back to rest on his chest, his brow furrowing in a perfect image of false hurt. “You wound me, gorgeous.”
“I’m sure your ego will recover.”
“I’m not sure, I may need a bit of special attention, just to be sure.” She rolled her eyes at him again and he simply smirked right back at her.
“In Your Eyes, but only in Say Anything.” He raised an eyebrow and she whispered, “I’ve always has an unhealthy crush on John Cusack.”
“Hmm, now where am I going to find an enormous boom box in this century? Will it get you to come back to my hotel with me if I hold my iPhone over my head and play that song?” He started fiddling theatrically with the music controls on his iPhone.
“Mmm, it’s so good to see you. Wait, oh God, are those patches on your elbows?”
“You like them? I thought I’d go all out. You know, do the whole academic look.” he said.
“I like it very much. I, uh, think you’re frying my brain.”
“That’s the idea, gorgeous.”
It was as though an electric shock had started in his center and moved out to his fingertips and toes, up into his mouth – forcing him to tell her how deeply he cared for her.
Yeah, you’ve come down with a case of acute dumbass. You fell for her and she doesn’t want you.
Griffen stroked her cheek and Althea thought how truly sorry she was to have woken him, especially because what she didn’t tell him was that tonight it wasn’t her deceased husband Jack’s face in her nightmare that turned to dust and disappeared. It was Griffen’s. “Althea…” Griffen whispered. “Shh. No,” she said softly as she reached up and caressed his face gently in return. “Will you just…will you please make love to me, Griffen?” “Anytime, gorgeous.” But it won’t be anytime anymore, Althea thought. He will turn to dust and I will be all alone. Again. And she knew it had to be that way, because this emptiness in her heart was the penance she would always have to pay for failing Jack. Griffen led her to the bed and they made love. It was the most tender and gentle experience of their time together. Griffen touched her everywhere, stroked her hair, kissed her face and soothed away each tear. He ran his lips down her chest and she gasped as he sucked her nipple into his mouth reverently. He somehow managed to put on a condom despite touching every part of her constantly and slid gently inside of her. She was grateful because she didn’t want any lead-in this time. She just needed him inside her, while her hands were full of his hair and his warm, giving flesh. She moaned and lifted his head from her breast to look at him. “Baby,” he said, kissing her eyelids and finally claiming her mouth. She wrapped her legs around his, even curling her feet around his calves, desperately trying to make every inch of her body touch his. She was so preoccupied with how full and complete she felt that her climax surprised her. This had not been about an orgasm, it was about closeness and human contact. Running off the demons of loss and fear, if only for a moment. But Griffen didn’t know how to leave her unsatisfied. He couldn’t touch her without making her body go off like a sparkler in the backyard on the fourth of July, and even now, with his gentle lovemaking, it was no different. He groaned in her ear and came right along with her, spurring more spasms and electric shocks through her body. “Oh Griffen, yes, Griffen,” she responded. He leaned up and looked into her eyes, brushing her hair back from her face. His face looked so tormented. “Oh Althea,” he said sadly over and over again, almost like a prayer, until he rolled over and held her until she finally fell into a blessedly dreamless sleep.
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Hot or Cold? Hot
Salty or Sweet? Sweet
Mountains or Beach? Beach
Kindle or Nook? Kindle
Wine or Beer? Wine, although it depends what I’m having it with
Night Owl or Morning Person? Morning person (though if you keep me up past midnight, I will probably keep on going)
Book – This question is always so difficult to answer, but Pride and Prejudice is so close to my heart and I adore In Harmony by Helena Newbury
Movie– Lady and the Tramp
Vacation Destination– Paris. I love it there and can’t wait to go back with my hubby
Musician– There are just so many amazing artists. David Gray inspires me, and has been in the background of many great moments with my husband.
TV Show– Cancelled is Charmed, and on currently is Walking Dead
Book Quote– I have so many favorite quotes from the Great Gatsby (which I love very much, too), but this is one of the leaders: “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Celebrity- I have a slight fetish with Matthew McConaughey leftover from high school. He’s all right, all right, all right.
Food– Bananas. They make me gag.
Movie– Dinner for Schmucks. I like those actors but that movie was so mean spirited. I really don’t like meanness.
Song– I am pretty open minded about music, but Celebration by Kool and the Gang is pretty grating to me.
What was the Best Compliment you have ever received?
A few months ago, I received a Facebook message from a woman who had been in the hospital waiting for her husband to come out of surgery. While waiting, she was reading my book, Three Rivers, and had to share how grateful she was; my book was helping her to get through the stressful experience. It’s very emotional for me to know that my words could help someone like that, and it’s one of the reasons I took this leap of being an author.
What is your Biggest Fear?
It would have to be having my husband be left alone in this world. This fear is actually what inspired Three Rivers. I had many health issues starting when I was 12. My symptoms escalated over the years, and it was an emotional roll coaster for my husband and I. At one point I was diagnosed (inaccurately) with leukemia, and told I would only have months to live. It was eventually discovered that I had been living with an undiagnosed and untreated case of Lupus – a chronic autoimmune disease. The near-death scare was terrifying, but more so, it was heartbreaking to see what my husband went through being unable to save me. I hate the thought of getting sick again and putting him through that pain, and worse, not making it through.
Who was your Favorite to write?
I truly love all of my characters. My favorite is probably whichever character I’m writing about at the moment. Right now, I’m immersed in Jenna and Wyatt’s story, but I will admit to having a bit of an author crush on Trey.
The reasons you need to read Three Rivers by Chloe T. Barlow
by her Street Team
- Steamy, very hard to put down, well written, and a plot I couldn’t guess!
- Because it’s real. To me that means that there is the sad and the happy, the good and the bad. It’s a story about second chances and find out that even when you think there is no way out you might find one when you least expect it.
- Second chance for love and happiness.
- I also think it shows that you can always come home and that everything happens for a reason. Also it is just plain hot.
- It deals with real life issues about death of your lover and best friend and the struggle to live on after that. Living with regret and raising a kid on your own. Plus you get to meet girlfriends that we need to have all our girlfriends measure up too. A dirty talking man that can teach our men a thing or two. Always be careful with who you trust because any one can be a wolf in sheeps clothing. Main reason: just plain awesome all around!!
- An amazing cast of characters created to follow in future books; and a series which allows us to stay in touch with all the characters we love.
- Read Three Rivers because it is well written, engrossing, emotional, heart stopping, real to life and just flat out hot and steamy
- Hot Sex
- Griffen is Hot
Chloe is a contemporary romance novelist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and their sweet puppy. Chloe has always loved writing and cherishes the opportunity to craft her fictional novels and share them with the world.
When Chloe isn’t writing, she spends her time exploring Pittsburgh with her husband and friends. She also enjoys yoga, jogging, and all Pittsburgh sports. She is an avid reader and wrote her debut novel Three Rivers in her spare time. She loves to research every last detail relating to her books. For example, in an effort to bring authenticity to Three River’s treatment of grief and loss, she consulted with a psychologist and grief counselor during its preparation
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