Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Get Real" by Tellulah Darling

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Get Real
(Get Real Book 1)
by Tellulah Darling


Get Real, the first book in the Get Real series by Tellulah Darling, has just been released and is ON SALE for only $0.99 for a limited time. This book blitz and giveaway is brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.


For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on My Life from Hell.

Description
Magic and Mayhem in Manhattan
Francesca Bellafiore comes from a nice Jewish family - one that happens to have magical powers. Underneath her good-girl exterior, though, she’s a wannabe badass with dreams of becoming a paranormal detective.
Party boy Rafael Muñoz does everything possible to publicly disappoint his high profile father. Privately, it’s a different story. His carefully crafted bad boy reputation masks the fact he’s a master illusionist, forced into solo covert ops. The role is wearing thin and Rafael longs to be part of a team.
When Francesca and Rafael meet, it’s love at first sight ... For about five minutes. Rafael is spectacularly attractive - and, Francesca discovers, fully aware of the fact. Rafael knows from experience that girls like Francesca are more trouble than they’re worth.
So it sucks big time when they’re caught in a web of magic, minions, secrets, and enough sexual tension to power NYC. Their only chance to save the city and survive is to team up, trust each other–and maybe even fall in love.
Provided they don’t kill each other first.
Get Real is a romantic comedy, urban fantasy whirlwind with sass, sex, and swoon.

Excerpt
Rafael
I shoved my hands into my pockets, jiggling the loose change and wanting some kind of confrontation. I stepped outside. That girl with Byron who’d been staring and laughing earlier was candidate numero uno. Want to diss me? Do it to my face, chica.
I found her healing a gash on some guy’s cheek, holding a vase in her free hand while berating him for his choice in headwear. “Va bene. Go,” she ordered.
He slunk away with a sheepish look and I stepped up, my shadow falling over her.
“If you need medical services it better not be alcohol poisoning because I will not let you enjoy it.” She turned. Her fingers tightened on the rim of the vase at the sight of me.
“Hi,” I said.
She raised her chin, regarding me levelly with these amazing dark brown eyes. “It’s you.” Her sexy Italian accent hooked into me.
“Apparently.”
She fumbled the vase. We both grabbed the same edge before it could hit the ground, my hand landing on hers. Her skin was cool and smooth. The rest of her was twitchy and flustered. It cheered me up in a petty way. “Rafael. Call me Rafa. Official friend of the Byron–Jones hook up.” I patted my shirt down with my free hand. “I had a badge but I lost it.”
“Next time ask for a lanyard.” She tugged the vase away with a slight smile, tucking it under her arm like a football. What a mouth. ¡Dios mío! “I didn’t buy tickets to the event,” she said.
I pretended to look stern, mostly because I wanted to check her out some more. “You boycotting the games?”
That got me a full–on grin, which hit me in the gut. Who was this girl and how had I never seen her before?
“Seen one game, seen them all,” she said. She walked briskly past me back to the swing she’d been sitting on earlier and set the vase on the table.
I followed, sinking into the chair beside her. “You know my name. It seems unfair I don’t know yours.”
She hesitated for long enough that I wasn’t sure she was going to answer with anything other than “get lost.” “Francesca,” she said at last. She flicked her bangs off her forehead. “My mom works for your dad. You’re Javier’s son, right?”
Those words were like a douse of cold water. “Yeah.” I waited for her next words. Her next look. Her obvious disdain. I stiffened, reminded of why I had come out here in the first place and ready to rip into her.
“She’s a Liaison.” Even for the simplest of sentences, her hands gestured madly. Cute. “Mirella Bellafiore.”
My heart sunk. Now I knew exactly who she was. And wished I didn’t. Francesca Bellafiore, golden girl. Latest pride and joy of the Bellafiore clan and totally off–limits to me. Javier would freak, which would be fun, but honestly? Good girls weren’t my thing. “Yeah, sure. I’ve met her. Guess you’re excited to start all that healing stuff.”
Disappointment and contempt? flickered in her eyes. Apparently hot girl and I were natural enemies. Figures. I wasn’t about to be an asshole to her though. It would ruin my façade.
I was about to make my excuses and go, but I noticed her twisting this hideous bracelet tighter and tighter into her arm. “You okay?”
Her hand stilled. “Are you reading me?”
“No,” I said with exaggerated patience. “I don’t go around reading everyone I meet. Don’t need to most of the time. People telegraph enough on their own.” I nodded at her reddened skin. She jutted her chin out. “People shouldn’t take everything at face value.”
Like me.

Praise for the Book
"I recommend Get Real to New Adult readers who are looking for something a little more unique, and for urban fantasy readers who want something sassy and swoony. Can I have the sequel now? Seriously. Want. Now." ~ Kristen
"Get Real is a paranormal romance with a New Adult feel. The reader is quickly immersed in a magical world [...] The book is full of suspense, vivid imagery, and pain (emotional as well as physical). Although the fast pace can cause some confusion at times, they do travel A LOT in this book, it will definitely keep your attention. Why are you still reading this review? Read the book!!" ~ Amazon Customer
"Wow. What to say. I am a big Tellulah Darling fan. I absolutely adore her characters. They are real, funny and relatable. When [...]Get Real was hilarious and captured me from the first page. The world she created was unique and I greatly enjoyed it. [...] I loved the story and I can't wait to read the next book In the series. Tellulah you have outdone yourself and you definitely have a fan for life in me." ~ Monique
"I loved this book for so many reasons. Without giving anything away, I will say that the plot drove the action of the story and kept me turning the pages. The romance was fun, hot and drove me a little insane. [...] The thing that really stood out for me, though, was the fantasy. It was so well-realised. Nothing felt contrived - every element of the magic was logical and made perfect sense. It fit completely naturally into the world of the story and just made total sense. I would absolutely recommend this book if you like fantasy, action, mystery or romance, or a combination of them all." ~ Clare
"Really enjoyed this book from Tellulah Darling. I felt transported by the fantasy setting, especially the international feel and diverse group of characters. Darling has a talent for writing humor and witty banter, especially with her male characters, and this was definitely true here. Throw in an intriguing storyline and some great fantasy, and this made for a great read." ~ ReaderGirl

About the Author
Tellulah Darling: noun.
Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?
1) YA & New Adult romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she’s compensating.
2) Firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy and awkwardness ensues.
3) Sassy minx.
Both a hopeless romantic and total cynic, Tellulah Darling is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. Her romcoms come in a variety of flavours and heat levels.

Giveaway
Enter the blitz-wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of Get Real by Tellulah Darling and a Get Real wristband with a quote from the book (open internationally).

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