Hi, everyone! Welcome to the 2nd NA Crush Tourney hosted here at NA Alley!
Be aware there maybe spoilers in some of the advocate posts that support the new adult heroes. We’ve allowed the advocates to use excepts from their assigned NA Crushes’ books as well as other teasers, so just be mindful of that when you read the posts.
Matches will run for 24 hours, 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. EST every Tuesday and Thursday. Voting will only take place here on NA Alley, and the polls don’t allow multiple votes.
ERIC(Take Me Now by Faith Sullivan)
Hey y'all! My name is Ashley, from Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous. I am THRILLED to have been chosen to be the advocate for my man Eric, from Faith Sullivan's Take Me Now series!!! If you haven't read this series yet, you MUST! (P.S. The first book is FREE on Amazon, iBooks and Smashwords!) For those of you who haven’t met this young man, well, he’s here, along with his girlfriend Ivy for a little interview!
(Other than a few changes in tense, and a few added or removed words to make sense in this context, all the character’s answers are direct quotes from the series.)
Me: So Eric, let’s just jump right into our interview. The first thing I’d like to know is this: what made you decide to become the owner of a garden center? I mean, it seems like a lot of hard work with not a ton of pay…
Eric: I’m living my dream so I can’t complain. Well, maybe not everything is the way I’d like it to be, but I’m running my own business—something I’ve wanted to do since before I can remember. I love being outdoors, and I learned everything I know about horticulture from Gram who won first place in the county fair every year for her rose bushes. Making a living off things that grow is in my blood.
Me: Well, I can see why you care about it so much. My next question is for Ivy. I realize, when you first met Eric, it was under some pretty stressful circumstances. After Lauren told you what Eric did after your first meeting, what did you think about him?
Ivy: I couldn’t believe Eric was even listening to half the things I rambled on about when he drove me back to my stranded car. I was impressed he took the initiative to come to the theater’s rescue…It made me all tingly inside to know that we might have more in common than I thought. He was older, way out of my league, and not to mention totally hot. He carried me like I weighed nothing more than a feather. I thought, “He must be strong from all of the manual labor he does around the garden center. I could so fall for a man who works with his hands. I bet they’re skilled in other areas as well.” (Ivy’s cheeks are getting a little pink!)
Me: So, Eric, I know you already told Ivy this once, but I think all of the ladies out there (including me!) would like to know: what’s your idea of a perfect date?
Eric: *A slow grin takes over his face* I guess it’d be a stormy night with the rain tumbling down the roof and splashing up against the windows. We’d relax in our sweats or pajamas or whatever in front of the TV, watching old movies and eating popcorn. We’d be curled up in front of the fire, and I’d kiss her whenever a blast of thunder would rattle the foundation. But before things went too far, I’d go upstairs and run a bubble bath surrounded by candles. I’d call out to her, and she’d come looking for me only to find me already waiting in the tub. She’d take off her clothes, letting me watch until she was completely naked. I’d start to rise out of the water to go to her but she’d push me back among the suds as she joined me. Do you need me to go on?
Me: *swooning* (Yes, please!) *fanning myself* Well, Eric, I think that says a lot about you…and it’s no wonder Ivy is in love with you! Now Eric, there was a beautiful moment you had with Ivy, once you found her after she left (and punched a certain somebody)…can you tell us about it?
Eric: God, I had missed her so much. My hands were still numb from punching that certain somebody, but somehow I found the courage to meet her eyes. Her hair hadn’t been combed and her face was all tear-stained, but she had never looked more beautiful. Looking at her, I said, “You are my heart now. Whatever happens to you happens to me.” We had been through so much together, and with everything that threatened to come between us, my love for her only grew stronger. I don't feel complete without her. I was missing a part of myself until she entered my life. She's the one who made me feel whole.
Me: *still swooning over here* Eric, you have got to be one of the most wonderful men I’ve ever read, and Ivy is a lucky woman. I think we’ve got time for one more question…When did it first hit you that Ivy was the one?
Eric: It was the day we met when she hopped up next to me on the seat of my truck. I took a second to enjoy the moment. A girl hadn't ridden next to me in quite some time. My dog Shep, hearing the engine roar to life, came running with the heel of Ivy's shoe in his mouth. Ivy took one look at Shep and lost it. She was laughing so hard that she was practically crying. There was something about her laugh that made me want to join in. She reached out to give him a scratch behind the ears. He usually doesn't let people touch his head, but he seemed to like Ivy. And I kinda liked her too. The warmth of her touch combined with the sweetness of her voice left my head spinning. I felt myself falling for her. I know I wouldn't have minded staying parked with her from now until eternity.
Me: Wow. Seriously Ivy, you are the most blessed woman in the world to have this man in your life. Thank you both for being here today, and I hope we can do this again sometime!
Here is a list of things that different readers have said about Eric in their reviews from this trilogy…He is:
6. Good Guy
7. Will do ANYTHING for the woman he loves
12. A Worry-Wart
13. Protective (Maybe Overprotective) :D
16. Did I mention HOT?!
Just trust me…when you get to know Eric you will be saying the same thing as me:
“If I had it my way, it would be ME with Eric, instead of Ivy. ;)”
SO, I think you know what to do…get over to NA Alley and vote for Eric! And be sure to spread the word to all your friends, family acquaintances, coworkers…well, you get the idea. ;) And be sure to use #Manic4Eric #NACrushTourney14
ANDREW(Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski)
Hey ya'll my name is Verna. I am a blogger over at Verna Loves Books. I’m the advocate for Andrew Parrish from The Edge of Never and The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski. I am super excited to be representing Andrew because he was one of my very first crush’s and has a huge place in my heart. The Edge of Always is also one of my all-time favorite books.
So who is Andrew Parrish? He is by far one of the most remarkable men that you will ever discover in a book. You will be hooked as soon as you meet him and grow to love him more and more throughout the book. He is the missing piece to your book boyfriend frenzy.
"For the first time in my life, I've felt whole, alive, free. You were the missing piece of my soul, the breath in my lungs, the blood in my veins." ~~ Andrew
Let me start off by describing the man himself. He is Tall, Stylish, has amazing green eyes, short brown hair, toned arms, sculpted cheek bones, heart stopping dimples, and a smile that will reach deep into the depths of your soul and have you lost in everything Andrew. I mean seriously who doesn’t love a man who can make you crumble at his feet. As said in the book he is from the Sexy Tree.
Not only is this man easy on the eyes, but his personality will make him that much more loveable. He’s quirky, funny, and outspoken. He will always have a huge grin on your face from the way he is so playful and wants to challenge those around him He gives everyone a since of security and hopefulness. He is also one of the most charming men I know. His charismatic ways have others solely devoted to him. He is also a fighter, he never gives up on the things he wants in life. He takes life head on and comes out on top. His mind and words are nothing but beautiful.
"THE HEART ALWAYS WINS out over the mind. The heart, although reckless and suicidal and a masochist all on its own, always gets it's way. The mind may be what's best, but I don't give a shit what my mind is telling me anymore. Right now, I just want to live in the moment." ~~ Andrew
Some other things about Andrew that put him on the top of my book crush list are his love of music and taste in music. He loves Classic Rock, which is just outstanding. He has also modeled and has tattoos. We all know there is something about a guy with a tattoo that makes him appealing. He can also build cars and has a love for them. He has a 1969 Chevy Camaro that he helped his dad build. Yes guys and cars is always a turn on.
"I was taking the long road and Camryn was taking the road to nowhere and it just so happens that they led to the same place." ~~ Andrew
So finally why should you vote for Andrew Parrish? Well it is simply because he is every woman’s dream come true. He is the whole package and much more. He knows how to pull you in and keep you and have you begging for more. Andrew will always be one of my number one crushes and I hope that everyone who hasn’t discovered him gets the chance to. So don’t waste any more time and head over and vote #TeamAndrew
“I don’t think you ever really fall out of love with someone. I think when you fall in love, like true love, it’s love for life. All the rest is just experience and delusions.” ~~Andrew