Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Tour for Blind Spot by Katana Collins (Review & GIVEAWAY)

As a fan of the New Adult genre I was immediately charmed by this romance of opposites attracting and finding substance beyond the stylish facade of rich boy Tate who delights in being naughty.  Add in the bruised but strong-willed heroine Shelby and it all makes for a read that will put a smile on your face.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Blind Spot by Katana Collins, along with my impressions of it, and discover even more by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this sweet and sexy read make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $10 Amazon GC too!

I’m used to going for the easy things in life.
The easy A in school.
The easy lay in bed. The easy life my trust fund affords me.
Until I met Shelby.
Never in my life have I found retro T-shirts and ChapStick so damn sexy.
She’s exactly what I never knew I wanted.
And she’s *anything* but easy.
But suddenly, easy is overrated.
Only one damn problem… For Shelby, *hating me* is easy.
For the first time in my life, I have to work for something. And though she may not be easy…she’ll be worth it.


Pinching my chin, he matched my stare, and for all of a second, we did nothing but look at each other. Hold each other. His eyes were savagely hot, and the way he searched my face and brushed his thumb over my swollen, wet bottom lip was achingly tender, like I was something to be cherished.
Gently, he freed my hair from my ponytail, brushing his fingers through the strands. His eyes explored my face, and he traced the muscles up and down my back. “You are so beautiful,” he murmured, more to himself than to me.
My breath expanded in my lungs, my muscles clenching with his declaration. For the first time with anyone, I honestly believed him when he said it. It wasn’t a way of getting in my pants, or some phrase he was repeating from a movie. But even more important? The way Tate looked at me, I felt beautiful.




The popularity of the New Adult genre is clear by the plethora of books hitting the shelves with all of them having certain thematic similarities.  Those looking to set themselves apart though have all that as well as entertaining dialogue, immensely likable and appealing characters, and a nice balance of style and substance.  With Blind Spot, Ms. Collins has taken the theme of the rich boy falling for the girl of lesser means and made it sparkle through witty dialogue and characters that charm you as they deal with past pain and familial prejudices.

Shelby was at one time part of the upper crust until a betrayal led to disbelief from her stepfather and her mother divorcing him because of it.  That event has left its mark in many ways, not only as a physical scar but as an emotional memory that returns as she attempts to get closer to the one man to capture her attention since the event.  It also led to her mother working long hours to make ends meet which has Shelby appreciating the value of a dollar and working hard to make her own way in the world, not dependent on any man. It's one of the things that Tate finds attractive and it endeared her to me as she took nothing for granted.  Though she's worked hard to put the pain of that event behind her it's clear Shelby's still dealing with it and it greatly affects her sexuality and trust as she's quick to doubt Tate when misunderstandings arise. Many times in the story it felt as if the weight of the world was on her.  Her smiles weren't forthcoming while her snark was, but despite that I still liked her. I could understand her pain but was frustrated by her running when doubts arose.  She had a great support system in the secondary characters of Harrison and Reagen with interactions that were entertaining and lively.  Being around Tate also let loose her wild side, she finally started living in his presence and with his encouragement.  He brought out her smiles and with him I saw a more carefree young woman who made their coupling crackle and which had me rooting for their HEA.

Tate comes from a family of wealth and fame but behind the photo ops was a little boy ignored except when in public.  It's left its mark too as he's desperate to find a woman who loves him for himself and not his money.  A recent betrayal has left him doubting the meaning of love but his strong feelings for Shelby have him putting his heart on the line once more.  Tate is the quintessential book boyfriend.  He starts off a bit arrogant but his hidden heart of gold soon starts shining through as he's gentle with Shelby as he senses the pain weighing on her.  As the story progresses it's clear that Tate will do anything to make her smile, going out of his way to be sweet and supportive. His interactions with her are charming with witty and flirty dialogue and it made their burgeoning romance entertaining to watch.  That's why I was frustrated by his action late in the story fueled by his uncaring parents that led to heartbreak and annoyance.  It felt a bit out of the character readers have come to know and was dealt with in the blink of an eye.  Despite that one act, I adored Tate and his outgoing attitude.  I was drawn to his softer side and endeared by his self-doubts when it came to romancing Shelby and thinking of him still makes me smile.

In many ways this is a typical New Adult romance, but courtesy of Tate and the engaging romance between him and Shelby, I found myself utterly charmed. Flirty banter teeming with sexual tension soon led to heavy issues and steamy encounters that kept me fully invested from start to finish.  They're a delightful couple with exchanges that left me cheering, but frustrated by the unnecessary angst late in the story that felt melodramatic and manipulative.  Their relationship was like a warm blanket until that moment and it dimmed my overall enjoyment a bit because of it.  Along with this memorable and engaging coupling of opposites came a cast of appealing and intriguing secondary characters who have me intrigued to learn more about them.  From Shelby's friends Reagen (the actress with past eating disorder issues) and Harrison (the boy who's always been there for her and who has daddy issues of his own) to Tate's friend Brad (who's not as callous as others think) there's plenty of fodder for more stories set in this world.  No matter if readers get more of these characters or not, this is an author to keep an eye on.  Her immensely likable characters and fun and flirty dialogue kept me engaged despite the small hiccups at the end and I look forward to the tales she has yet to tell.

My rating for this is a B.

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Katana Collins bounced between a lot of different careers, including actor, photographer, television producer and finally after ten years of various jobs, she finally found her niche writing romance novels. With over ten books in a variety of romance genres, (paranormal, new adult, contemporary, and suspense to name a few), she's been keeping very busy these last few years.
She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and brood of rescue animals. Most days, she can be found hunched over her laptop in a cafe, guzzling gallons of coffee, and wearing fabulous (albeit sometimes impractical) shoes.


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