Blog Tour – Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: COLE (THE LEAVES #2) – J.B. HARTNETT


COLE (The Leaves #2) By J.B. Hartnett
Release Date: September 21st 2013.
Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Two in the Leaves Series. Adult Contemporary Romance

Cole Carlyle, successful hotelier, has lived his life on his own terms.

Burned by a gold digging ex-wife, he never expected to find his soul mate in Anika “Inky” Redding.

 Anika Redding, talented artist, overcame her past to live her life free of shame.

Betrayed by people she thought she could trust, the last thing she expected was to find true love in Cole Carlyle.

 Their love for each other has helped them overcome their demons before, but now faced with an unimaginable challenge, Cole must turn to the last person he wants involved in his life, and hope that those demons don’t once again try to swallow them whole.

 Inky and Cole’s romance and passion ignite and in the sequel to “Inky” we follow their journey to overcome their pasts once and for all, while building their love into something everlasting.



*ARC provided by the Author

COLE is the second instalment in The Leaves series and instantaneously picks up where Book 1, INKY left off.  Like INKY, which sets up the melancholic journey of Anika’s process of dealing through the horrific events of her childhood and the new found love she finds within Cole, Book 2 follows the ever evolving journey of these two characters. After we are left on the horribly gut-wrenching cliff-hanger, COLE instantly catapults the reader into the new unfolding events that challenge these characters. The reader gains insight into Cole’s perspective as well as Anika’s this time around also which alternates throughout this kinetically paced instalment, creating a nice flow within the story.

For those who are yet to read Book 1, INKY  it is a stunning depiction of how love ensues even from heartbreak and how one love can lead you to the great true love that you can only hope to find. It is a stunningly poetic and artistic feast for your senses and a truly beautiful and unique story.

The further development of these characters in COLE was poignant and stunning to watch unfold. J.B Hartnett has created two very broken and complex individuals who suffer with the burden of their pasts but their love is strong, yet continuously tested.

Cole is quite simply the definition of male beauty and sexiness. He is one of the most gorgeous and passionate male characters. He is a man whose relentless love is pure and almost palpable, as is his determination to heal Anika and finally attain the life and happiness they both deserve. He is also beautifully broken, and just as afraid of the demons that still pervade his world.

“Because your pain is my pain, Anika. I can’t take it away, but I’ll wear it with you.”

Anika is a woman who is still slowly healing the deep wounds she has suffered from the devastating abuse and horrific torment from her past. She is a heroine you cannot help but feel a sense of deep empathy with. Her continuous strength and desire to achieve true happiness and contentment from the unconditional love she so deserves just emphasises how complex, yet delicate her character is.

I loved the expressiveness of these characters, the way in which every element of their personas complemented each other and their relentless pursuit to find happiness and contentment in order to break free from their pasts. It is the intensity of their love that truly drew me in and consumed me though. When this book ended I was left feeling extremely bereft. With sore eyes, wet cheeks and achy thumbs from being glued to my kindle until 3am, I utterly devoured this book.

There is no doubt you will develop a strong bond to these characters, as well as love for the new secondary characters who are introduced into the story (particularly David). The development and growth of existing characters we saw in INKY, was also well written and watching the growth of the relationship between Cole and his father was simply endearing. The author also sets up the much anticipated scene for Nico’s book. No doubt he will be another enigmatically beautiful and damaged character that will steal our hearts.

J.B. Hartnett has created a book that was very emotional, filled with heartbreakingly painful situations, intense and endearing moments and scorching love scenes that ignite right off of the page.

This is truly one of the most gorgeous and heartbreakingly gorgeous stories about two individuals who find solace, healing and an undeniable connection that allows them the power to love. It is the journey the author takes you on that is a stunningly poignant one that will leave you feeling a myriad of emotions but it is one that will also make you smile with its delicately weaved humour .
I strongly recommend you read COLE and The Leaves series.



“Don’t move, baby.” He said gently.
“I’m not going anywhere.” I sat Indian style on the bed and hugged my knees up to my chest letting my head rest against them. “You know what?”
“What?” I heard from the direction of the bathroom.
“I always called Evan ‘baby’. My Dad called me ‘baby’ and I wanted to save it for the man I would marry. I’m sorry I wasted it on him when I have you.” He was behind me, pulling my hair back when I felt a brush against my scalp…heaven. “That feels wonderful…what are you doing?”
“I’m getting you ready for bed.” I could hear his smile.
“You’re brushing my hair.” I sighed happily, stating the obvious. “Wouldn’t you rather be having hot-drunk-no holds barred-sex?”
“Does this feel good?”
“It feels incredible.”
“Then we can have hot-drunk- no holds barred-sex another night. But tonight, Christmas Eve, I want you to remember this. I want it to be special. Both of us in our cupcake pajama’s, me holding you, taking care of you…this is the beginning of our life together…baby.”


Book One in The Leaves Series:


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Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancé Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind. 

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

 Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?



Dream Cast



Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).

She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter…the ‘writer’ part is the one that stuck.

Julie is obsessed with pi…the equation(and the food). She’s allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms…so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure. She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.





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