Friday, May 30, 2014

BLOG TOUR The Refrain (The Bridge #3) by Ashley Pullo


Their paths have crossed, setting the refrain in motion.

Ever since flannel and Doc Martens were considered edgy fashion, Canadian cousins Natalie and Chloe have dreamt of a life in New York City. But now that they’ve finally scored a Manhattan zip code, their teenaged fantasies are overshadowed by an adult reality. With Natalie struggling to accept a long-distance relationship—and her constant battle with loneliness, her survival depends on Zach’s safe return. And with Chloe’s endless need to find balance and purpose—and her embarrassing secret holding her back, can Adam Ford be the one to understand her completely?

Change is inevitable and fate is insisting. And when panic follows crisis and love is questioned, stories can change in unexpected ways. The narrative becomes the verse, the part to the whole—the story within the story

I was provided a copy of the series by the Author for an honest review.

I am gone do this different since I read all three book, one right after the other, I am gone write the review for all three book in the series. I have to start by saying that I love the series, I love how they turned out to be, and love the characters, this series is really different from what I am used to reading, and its ok with me cause I love it, I felt in love with each book from the first page to the last.

BOOK 1 The Ballad 

The story begging with Chloe and Adam, they are married they being married for a long time now, they have kids and they are a happy family, it is Chloe birthday and she just keep thinking wow she just turn thirty five, she spend the day with her family, the next day they land it in Paris, it was their first time leaving the kids alone with her parents, they had a great time in Paris, now that they are home Adam is gone be gone for a weeks cause of work, Adam is a lawyer.

What can I say this is a great story, about how two people felt in love, and started a family, while reading it I kept thinking ok this is too good to be true, I was waiting for some kind of tragic to happen, but guess what it never came I just love the book.

BOOK 2 Intermission

This book is about four short stories, it will tell you about the younger years of Chloe, Adam, Natalie, and a new character Zach Parker, and it will tell you from their point of view.

The Interlude = this is about Natalie

The story begging with Natalie she is trying to learn some French, before she heads out to her interview, after her father drops her off at the train station, and she pays for her ticket, she is settle down waiting for the train when some one mention cute, she looks up wondering who is the one that wants to make conversation, that's when she see the Hot Sexy Hunk of Zach, right away they have a chemistry and they start to flirt, all that Natalie really want is to move to the state, and have a life like sex in the city, and after meeting Zach she just got her break.

The Interpretation = this is about Chloe 

This one is about the young eighteen year old Chloe, it was her annual pool party, but her and Nat end up leaving the party, for a wild night out, that night they experienced underage drinking in a bar, a swingers party, a one night stand and a psychic, also she is struggles through young adulthood, to find her real self, To discover who she is.

The Intermezzo = this is about Zack 

This one Is a sweet love story, Zach comes back home from leave, for a few short days, and surprises Natalie, he also visit his mother he don't know how much time she has, and that scared him, when her goes back to Afghanistan he is struggling, from being away from Natalie, I love to read the love letter that they send to each other.

The MisInterpretation = this is about Adam 

This one is with the young eighteen year old Adam, his with his friends celebrating when, they decide to drive to Canada for a party, they had a wild night and met some girls, and he met the girl who put a smile on his face, that's when he decide that he was gone search for her, and they end up in the same physic as Nat and Chloe.


BOOK 3 The Refrain

This is the final book in the series, and once again we get to read it from all point of view, We read about Chloe and Adam also about Natalie and Zach, we get to read more about their background, and we get the answer to are questions, this one is about their lives, the past and the people in it, the story spans nearly two decades, and its always revisit the fourth of July, they face love, heartache, trials and tribulations, They love and they hate, But their stories always find a way back to the fourth of July. This was the perfect book to connect the Bridge series I love it.

I wish I could say more but cant, this is the one series that you need to read, and pay close attention to it, I am so glad that I got the chance to read it, I am in love with it and will read it again, Author Ashley Pullo THANK YOU FOR THIS AMAZING WONDERFUL CHARACTERS, AND THIS AWESOME INCREDIBLE SERIES LOVE IT.

Slamming her hand against the keys to the piano, Chloe shouts, “Who is she?”

“The client is a forty-seven year old man.”

“Not the client, who are you fucking?” Chloe demands, her voice deep and raw.

Adam takes two steps closer, glaring down at Chloe’s pitiful face. “I’m not fucking anyone. Not even my wife,” he snarls. It’s the answer Chloe needs to hear, but not the one she wants.

She moves a step closer and pokes his chest. “Then explain this to me.”

“Explain what?”

“This—this tension. Why don’t I trust you? Why am I so angry—where the fuck have you been?” Chloe’s voice is dry and emotional, the words stinging her throat and falling from her mouth like hot embers. She punches his arm, hits his chest, and slaps at his smug expression.

Adam grabs her arms, his fingers digging into her flesh, but Chloe fights him. “Stop it,” he says. Chloe continues to wave her arms, desperately trying to break herself free. Adam tightens his grip and twists her arm behind her back, controlling her…controlling her behavior. “I have a career. Do you understand that? I’m working, I’m being a provider, I’m being a dad—doing the right thing.”

With as much contempt as she can gather, she shouts, “The right thing? The right thing—your life is just one blob of obligation now? Fuck you, Adam. Always trying to be perfect—always doing the right thing. We wouldn’t want anyone to know what you really are!”

“What does that mean?” Adam eases his grip, upset by her threat.

“You’re a wall.” Chloe yanks her arms free and shoves Adam’s chest. “A fucking brick wall—no emotion and no attachment to anything that doesn’t fit your definition of right or wrong. I’m sick of it!” Chloe’s voice is shaky and inaudible, tears suddenly drowning her words.

“Really?” He smirks. “You need me. You need me to be your wall—you need an excuse to be destructive. But then when you need that brick wall again, who’s supposed to build it?”

Chloe grits her teeth and holds her breath, rage setting in. “You’re a fucking asshole. God, you’re so arrogant—fuck you.” Chloe shoves past Adam, running straight to the front door. She hesitates momentarily to study her bare feet but then impulsively decides to run out into the summer rain. She wants to run away, she wants to feel that sense of purpose again. Adam follows behind her, shouting her name. He’s enraged and bewildered—this is why he loves her—this is why she needs him.

“Chloe stop.” Adam catches up to her and grabs her hand, yanking her in his direction. The raindrops conceal her tears, there’s no end to one and a beginning of another—no separation of pain and passion. Possibly the secret to any great romance…passion evolves from pain.

Adam takes Chloe in his arms and forces her against the large maple tree. The fullness of the branches protects them from the rain, but their emotions are completely exposed and unrefined.

Chloe sobs, jerking her hand from his tight grasp. “Leave me alone.”

“No,” he responds.

Adam pins her against the tree, slamming his hands above her shoulders. They stare into each other’s eyes—carnal lust brimming with each sensation, old and new…this is one of those moments. Chloe’s chest rises and falls. Rain splatters against the tree. Adam’s lips quiver with need. Eyes wander over familiar features. Drip drop—it’s rhythm.

And then, associating pain with passion, Chloe bites Adam’s lower lip—sucking and licking the delicate, rain-kissed skin. Adam’s hand moves to her neck, squeezing gently to signify his control. He kisses her, deep and satisfying, absorbing every last drop of painful doubt from her mind. Chloe’s arms move to his shoulders, grasping…searching…

Words are meaningless. Words are breathless.


Adam releases his hold, but not his authority. In a hasty, yet sensual effort, he lifts Chloe into his arms—positioning one arm under her legs and the other tightly around her back.

“Shut up.” He commands with a smile.

And just like Rhett Butler seizing Scarlett O’Hara with passionate fury, Adam reclaims Chloe. Under the pouring rain. Up the steps of the ironed stoop. Through the door of their centuries-old brownstone. Dripping wet. Hearts racing. Souls connecting.

…and then he slams the door.

Before you read 
The Refrain, 
The Ballad, book 1 
The Intermission, book 2
All 3 are on sale for 99 cents during the blog tour! 


Hey y'all! I'm Ashley Pullo, a New York transplant with an abundance of Texas charm and a proclivity for all things pop-culture. I like to think that I'm witty, gorgeous and highly intelligent but honestly, I'm not that funny. I'm a suburban mom living the dream with my handsome husband, two perfect children and a moderately cool dog, Roscoe. Life is pretty awesome, and you taking the time to read my words makes it that much sweeter! The Bridge Series is designed to involve the reader in the authenticity of life, love and loss. Enjoy the journey…revel in the imagery…and fall in love with modern storytelling at its finest.