September 29, 2014

Sarez Loved It: A Little Faith by Emma James + Character Chat

A Little Faith (Ocean Beach, # 1)Series:  Ocean Beach #1
Format: ARC
Release Date: October 9th 2014
Publisher: Author
Source: Author 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
I had no idea a carefree island vacation would tear my life apart.
But now it’s time to put my walls up, make them impenetrable.
It’s the only way to survive.

Six Years Later…

Harley, the protector. Retro, the straight shooter. Keanu, the funny bone. Levi, the model. And Text, who can’t seem to find himself.

All their lives were permanently altered by one event.

With a pact made, these five best friends need something from Faith.

Is she ready now to give them what they have been waiting for?

Join Faith as she goes on an emotional and heartwarming discovery where all may not be what it seems.

But with every ending, comes a new beginning, a second chance.

You just gotta have A Little Faith...

Welcome to Ocean Beach.

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
~ Bob Marley

If you only read one book this year then let this book be it. It's a story of strength, courage, survival, love and friendship. Bound by unbreakable ties and a past that they all bear scars from, the Ocean Beach gang all have their own burdens to carry and their own tale to tell. It's a tale that you want-no need- to hear.

From the very first chapter my heart broke and mended itself countless times as I followed this amazingly beautiful story. It had a little bit of everything - I laughed as well as cried and I enjoyed
every minute of this story.

The characters came alive on the pages and I lived every moment alongside them all. Lovable and flawed by the end I felt as though I knew each if them personally. That I had seen a part of their souls.

This book goes above and beyond a romance novel. There is a depth to the story and characters that is often missing in todays books. Told in the first person with multiple POVs the story unfolded and flowed effortlessly, allowing me a personal insight into the characters state of mind.

Emma James has nailed it. If this is how she writes her debut novel I can't wait to see her next work. I cannot wait to read the next installment of the Ocean Beach series.

Okay, so I have finally arranged to meet up with some of the Ocean Beach guys, let me tell you these
guys are uber hard to pin down. I have caught up with Harley, Keanu, Slade and Retro who is the
owner of Peace, this super cool café we are at.

Sarez: Hi guys! Thanks for meeting with me today. I know how busy you guys can get.

Harley: Thank you for joining us , Sarez.

Slade: Pleasure, darlin'.

Keanu: Hey  honey, how are you doing? You can sit next to me.

Retro: Hey Sarez, nice to meet you.

*winks at Keanu* I just might do that! (Whispers behind my hand "OH my gosh,
they are even better in real life)

Sarez:  Ok - so obviously I have read the book and I absolutely loved it. I have just a few questions for you guys and I will try not to give to much of the story away. I want the readers to discover you all as I did.

Sarez: So give me one sentence that sums up your outlook on life?

Keanu: I'll go first, I always have something to say.  I keep my outlook tattooed on me.  'That which doesn't kill me, only makes me stronger.' They are powerful words, honey.

Retro: Yeah, dude. I hear ya. Mine would be...second chances rarely come about, so don't waste it. I like to shoot straight from the hip.

Slade: *grunts shifts nervously in chair * I'm still working that out a bit.

Harley: I'm very protective of my friends and family. I have a strong need to protect.

Sarez:  I like that. I love how positive you guys are, considering. You all know how to play hard and take risks. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

Harley, Keanu and Retro all smile at each other.

What haven't we done?

Keanu: We were pretty wild in our college years.

Retro: Hell. Yeah! Quite a few broken bones when we were younger. Nothing too serious when we got into college, but we sure took it up a notch or two.

Harley: Man, those days with Chance were the best days.

Keanu: Fuck...I mean... far out the things we got up to with wing suit jumps off mountains and jumping out of planes with parachutes on...

Retro: Yeah. They were good times. Surfing the waves off Sunset Cliffs, parkour around the college.

The three guys lean over and bump fists.

Walking through enemy infected terrain.

Keanu: Bro. That's crazy real, right there.

Sarez: * tries to smile at Retro, Harley and Keanu while appearing equally somber toward Slade*

Ok whoa, sorry Slade, didn't mean to bring up any bad memories for ya.

Slade: * shrugs*  Life of a soldier. Shit happens.

Sarez:  Okay so onto a lighter subject then, girls. You all look like you have no problems with the ladies. Tell me what qualities a girl must possess to endear you to her?

Keanu: GIRLS! I love this subject. I like being subjected to girls.

Harley: * rolls eyes at Keanu * Honesty and being faithful.

Slade: I like a strong woman who I can peel back the layers and find the softness that will be underneath.

Keanu: I know a strong woman, her name is Phoenix.

Retro: Yeah. She's my sister!  * eyeballs Slade *

Slade: What?

Harley: * rolls eyes *

Keanu: You know... that woman, who antagonizes you. The one with the nice ass and great set of tits.

Harley: Keeaannnuu.

Keanu: What?

Slade: * grunts and plays with salt shaker *

Keanu: OOo, we are supposed to pretend we don't see what is going on between those two. I think it is called sexual tension. Ok my woman, would like a fun nickname, because that is the way I roll. She would be somebody who effects me on a deep level. I haven't met her yet. I assume it will be like a bolt of lightening to my heart and all that lovey dovey stuff that apparently goes on when you find THE ONE. Retro, I notice you have gone quiet. Cat got your tongue?

Retro: * looks at Slade for a while *  Sarez, my lady, you have met, she is my everything. We are gonna make babies and have them crawl all over this lot.

Sarez: Yes Retro I have. She's a pretty special girl and I wish you the happiest of ever afters with her. I am sure your babies will have these guys twisted around their little fingers from the moment they are born. So Slade do you want to add anything about Phoenix here? You know I think she is a total kick ass chick.

Slade: * squirms uncomfortably as all eyes are on him *, darlin'. I'm good. She is kick ass. True.

Sarez: So once you have these girls, what kind of date would you plan with them to totally sweep them off their feet and make them want nobody else?

Harley: Good question. I think we have all been coasting along with a carefree attitude to sex and women... now you have me thinking.

Retro: Well, I myself like to sit down at my dining table to have something exceptionally good to eat for starters. I managed to sweep my woman off her feet by being me. We had a deep connection, things came to light and we moved forward. I know what she likes and I make it into a date.

Slade: I would like to totally surprise the person I was interested in with a spontaneous date. No chance to back out.  I am not sure what I would do yet, but, it would have to be outstanding. Memorable.

Keanu: You sound like you have somebody in mind and you have been thinking about it.

Retro: * raises one eyebrow at Slade *

Slade: * mumbles * Josie's coming with our drinks now. I need that strong black, about now.

Keanu: I think our first date would take us both by surprise. We probably wouldn't even know we were on a date. I know it will be different, I know it will be life changing.

Retro: Look at you getting all deep.

Keanu: You would know, bro.

Sarez: Okay so you guys are pretty sweet except Retro - I totally can't look at you right now. I think I know what you are getting at. I am going to change the subject again before this conversation goes any further down that path.

Retro: * laughs out loud * Sorry sweetheart,  I forgot you have read the book.

Sarez: So I am a huge animal person. I absolutely adore them - if you could liken yourself to any animal what would it be and why?

Slade: Eagle. I like to observe. I am patient when it comes to my prey. I enjoy the hunt.

Keanu: Wow, man. You are scaring me.

Slade: The only people who need to be scared are the ones doing wrong.

Harley: Lion or tiger. I will protect my pack.

Keanu: I am thinking...ummm... I am playful and like to have fun, so maybe a chimpanzee.

Retro: Easy a horse. I like to be ridden bareback.

Sarez: *looks warily at Slade* Yeah remind me to behave myself around you Slade. They are awesome answers, I can see it too. Especially you as a chimpanzee, Keanu. But Retro your mind has gone a wandering now I think, so I will probably end it here guys.

One last thing before we finish though, I love you guys but if someone was to ask you why they should read A Little Faith, what would you tell them?

Harley: I think we would all agree, this is a story about a strong brotherhood and not everything in life goes according to plan,  shit happens and each of us has something to deal with. It's a story about courage and getting through the tough times. A story about second chances.

Retro: I'm also in it.

Keanu: And I'm pretty funny.

Slade: Somebody save me.

Keanu: Well, if you asked Phoenix nicely...

Sarez: I have to agree with you there Harley. You guys are great! I have had a blast here today with you all. I can't wait to here more of your stories. Maybe we can do this again sometime. Hopefully we can get some of the others here next time - you don't mind if we do it here at Peace again do you Retro? This place is so great. I could totally handle living here.

Retro: It would be a pleasure. You might catch my lady next time.

Sarez: Well thanks again guys...until next time.

Harley: Bye

Keanu: You can sit next to me again, next time.

Slade: Bye, darlin'.

Wow. Those guys are so hot and what a bunch of sweethearts. I could have talked to them all day. You really need to meet these guys and the rest of the Ocean Beach gang. The book is released on October 9th so grab yourself a copy.

    Emma James lives in Queensland, Australia with her smexy husband ,three children and a big black Labrador. Life is busy and most entertaining in the James household. She often bounces ideas off her family and gets very creative responses. She loves to read as much as write. Daytime for writing, night time for reading.

    Emma's debut Contemporary Romance novel , A Little Faith , Ocean Beach series # 1, releases 9th October 2014.

    The Ocean Beach series, has a cast of smexi males.

    The following Ocean Beach novels will be releasing later in 2014 and early 2015:

    Hope Is Lost - Ocean Beach # 2

    Joy Is Found - Ocean Beach # 3

    Will To Protect - Ocean Beach # 4

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    1. Strength and survival are wonderful themes to read about

      1. I agree. I love the journey the characters take in books like this.

    2. I love these type of reads! Thanks for putting this one my radar. :)

      1. I hope you get a chance to read it and enjoy it as much as I did!

    3. Another interesting find! Thanks for bringing it to our attention. To be honest, I don't think I'd have given it a second look if I hadn't read this review.

      1. I am glad my review has made you consider it. It's definitely worth a look :)

    4. I, too, was impressed with this debut from Ms. James. I loved all the characters and am eager to see what comes next for them all. Thanks for sharing that interview with the guys. That was fun...and made me even more anxious to see what's coming for them. ;)

      1. It was fun to do. I can't wait for the next book

    5. This is the second review I've read that mentions a heartbreaking opening. Consider me curious!

      1. It is and it is so not what you would imagine.

    6. What an interesting sounding book. I haven't heard of this series, but I am adding to my list. Thanks for sharing this one with me today.

    7. I am so bad, but this head looks so...alien

    8. Love the interview, these boys are definitely the crew to watch!

    9. This looks awesome Sarez!! Thank you :D I am trying to change my Google so I can comment under the right hat. I am not being very successful :P

      1. Thanks Mich! It was a fun interview

    10. It sounds like an intense story with many emotions. It's nice to have something like that. I saw the book elsewhere but I can't remember where. Thanks for the interview as well, it was fun to read it.

    11. It is intense Melliane, but plenty of light moments to go with it. Fantastic characters and a new and fresh storyline

    12. This one sounds good Braine, I think I will have to add it to the TBR pile. Great review!

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