When I got asked to participate in this tour and review this book I had no idea just how much I would fall in love with this book and that it would take a hold of my heart and soul. But I am so happy it has. So let's get started and meet the amazing author Teodora and learn about her book In A Heartbeat.
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had to guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a five year old.
“I’ve been in and out of hospitals for the past ten months. I’ve had half my liver removed and even though this time the doctors are very optimistic that they’ve removed all of the tumours, they can’t be sure. In another three months they want me here again for a check up. Right now I feel better than I’ve ever felt. I know the damn thing is gone, at least for the moment. Despite that, I can’t make any plans for the future, not yet. I need to go somewhere where nobody knows me, where I can relax and maybe even forget about all this. Where I can meet people who don’t think of me as the girl who lost her father and her brother in a car accident, and who has cancer. I want to have fun, even if it’s for a couple of months.”
When Stella decides to visit her estranged cousin Lisa in Genoa, she has no idea Italy will give her a new reason to live.
“Her gaze locked on a scene so beautiful, the picturesque beach paled in comparison. A lifeguard emerged from the water, his orange trunks stuck to his legs and water dripping all over him. He shook his head to get rid of some of the water in his hair and Stella felt as if everything started developing in slow motion – tiny drops of water slid from his neck down his broad chest and muscular arms, along a weaving tattoo on his right shoulder, and continued downwards towards his chest and washboard stomach, finally getting lost in the waistband of his trunks. A part of another tattoo peeked over his trunks on his left hip, the other part hidden under them. It was a total Baywatch moment.”
Their love is epic. But there are too many things keeping them apart.
“How could you keep this from me, Lisa? If you had told me the first day I met him, I would have avoided him like the plague. Nothing would have happened between us.”
“I kept your secrets, too, Stella.”
Are Max and Stella strong enough to fight not only for their love, but for their lives?
OMG!! WOW this book is amazing and I honestly don’t think I can do justice in this review or even explain to you just how much this book has affected me deep down into my soul and will stay with me forever.
When I got asked to review this book I knew from the synopsis that I would like it but I had no idea that I would fall in love with not only the characters but the story itself. Or that I would find myself so consumed by the characters story line that it would be bring so many emotions out in me. I am not an emotional reader and can count on one hand how many books that have touched me deep into my soul and have fingers left. In A Heartbeat has been counted as one of those very rare books for me. So let me try to explain just why thus book has grabbed a hold of my heart and soul so deeply.
Teodora’s writing is so beautiful that she paints pictures with her writing and makes you feel like you are actually in
all these beautiful sites from walking on the beach to going to a dance club
and having fun. She brings out all these emotions from you right along with the
characters. You feel their laughter, hurt, anger, disappointment, and love
right with them as if you’re going through it. Italy
The characters are just as amazing as the scenery of
is a heroine who is so real and so strong which helps her with the struggles
she is facing in this story. I could see myself hanging out with her and being
close friends with her. And our hero Max is just breath taking. He is truly
what dreams are made of and his love for Stella just left me breathless. The
connection between them is so beautiful and full of passion that it will pull
at your heart and soul and leave you just sighing. Italy
It’s not all happy in their world as secrets come out and hearts are betrayed but as I kept reading I kept finding myself holding my breath and just has Teodora had ripped out and shredded my heart and I couldn’t take anymore I kept reading to see if there would be a happy ever after but I am not going to tell you that. You have to read this amazing epic book yourself to find out.
5/5 Bloody Fangs
I wanna say Thank you to Teodora for letting me review your book and to the ladies of Tsk Tsk What To Read for letting me participate in this blog tour.