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Monday, February 11, 2013

Sweetest Taboo (Sweetest Taboo #1) By: Eva Márquez *Book Excerpt & E-Book Giveaway*

Title: Sweetest Taboo 
Author: Eva Marquez
Release date: October 1, 2012 
Genre and Age Group: *Mature* YA Adult Contemporary Romance/Ages 16+/Females 
Event organized by: AToMR Tours

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Book Description
(From Goodreads)

Isabel Cruz was fifteen years old when she met Tom Stevens. She was 15 when they started dating, and 16 when she lost her virginity to him. By the time she turned 18 and went to college, everything had fallen apart.

This hadn’t been an ordinary love, though. Not a love between two dear friends, or even high school sweethearts. This had been the most taboo sort of love there was: a relationship between a student and her teacher. Isabel started her high school career as a normal student, but set her sights on Tom Stevens as soon as she met him, and pursued him with an intense – and sometimes reckless – fascination. When he finally approached her after swim practice and told her that he shared her feelings, it was the start of a forbidden and dangerous relationship.

Join Isabel as she makes her way through this dark love story, hiding from teachers, lying to her parents, and defying the authorities to make a life with the man she loves. Watch as she discovers the wonders of love and romance, and the terrible betrayal of jealous friends. And cry with her when she learns the hard truth about life and the people in her world. 

Sweetest Taboo is inspired by the true and tragic stories of students who fall in love with their teachers, and live with the hard truths of forbidden romances. In a world full of after-school specials on sexual predators, this touching book seeks a different path, casting both student and teacher in a gentle light, and showing that true love may lie at the base of even the most illicit romance.

Book Excerpt

(from Chapter 1)

“You’re my sweetheart," he told me, his voice sad. "I can’t imagine life without you. I don’t want to have to imagine life without you.”

Tom rarely used terms of endearment with me, these days. When he did – in these rare moments when he called me his sweetheart – my heart melted. All of the turmoil, the sleepless nights, the protracted nature of our relationship, became nothing more than a passing inconvenience and very worthwhile. Tonight, though, I knew that the word came with drawbacks. They gave me the courage I needed to say the words I’d been dreading.

“My graduation won’t affect our relationship, you know that," I told him. "Look at how much we’ve been through together. If we made it through all of that, we can make it through anything. Tom, I want to be with you always, no matter where life takes me after graduation.”

I spoke passionately, fully believing in what I said. I was absolutely devoted to this man. But somewhere deep inside, I knew I was being dishonest. Neither of us wanted our relationship to change, but it was clear that things were going to change, and soon. I had just been offered a place at a small, private liberal arts college on the East Coast. The choice had been difficult because although I wanted to stay close to Tom, I also wanted to move forward with my life. In the end, I accepted the offer. Tom hadn’t really reacted when I told him. It hadn’t affected our relationship. Now, though, the cracks were starting to show.

“I want to believe that,” Tom answered quietly. “I loved the last letter you wrote me. Every time I read your letters, I feel like I’m sixteen again. I feel like I’ve come out of a deep sleep." A pause, and then, "I can’t lose you, Isabel. You’re the reason I wake up in the morning; I can’t love anyone more than I love–”

Suddenly I heard a distinct click on the line. My heart plummeted. 

“Did you hear that?" Tom snapped, his tone suddenly terse. "Did someone pick up the phone at your house?”

“Hold on a minute, let me check inside.” I slipped back inside and listened, but the house was completely quiet. The kitchen phone was on the counter, my mom’s office was dark, and I was holding the only other phone in the house.

"Who picked up the phone?” Tom repeated, worry coloring his voice.
The click had not originated on my end of the line. I should've been relieved, but my panic rose even more.

“Tom," I whispered into the receiver. "It wasn’t here, everyone’s asleep..." 

“I have to go," Tom interrupted abruptly. "Danielle's coming.” 

There was another click, and the line went dead.

About The Author
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, daughter of European immigrants, Eva Márquez has spent most of her life outside of her home country. At the age of five, Eva accompanied her parents to the United States, where the family settled permanently. After graduating from university, she went on to complete graduate studies in International Relations in Spain. Eva received her Master of International Studies degree from the University of Sydney and went on to work in the global health field in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia. Eva currently resides in Southern Africa.

Giveaway Details & Rules

- This is an International Giveaway!
- Ends February 27th!
- There Will Be KindleGraphed eBook copy of SWEETEST TABOO Given Away. 
It will be gifted from Amazon only!

- I will be Checking the Entries Regularly, so if there is Cheating, those Entries Will be Disqualified
- As you submit Entries, be sure to use an Email that you use Daily, as that is how I will contact you, if you Win.
- You will have 24 hours to Respond, or I will have to Choose a New Winner!
- And Good Luck! :)


  1. I think this book sounds very intense. I have earlier read stories about relationships between two people with too huge an age difference. What really hits me everytime is how "frustating" these stories are. It shows how big we in our society see at abnormalities.
    The story is about two people who love each other very much, but because of how the society looks downs on these kind of relationships can never be together - see that is very frustating :)
    Sounds like a great read :)
    Thank you for this giveaway :D

    1. Thank you so much for your insight. This was a very good story and hope you find it great as well
      :) Good luck!

  2. Wow, that was in the first chapter? That was pretty intense. It seems that we get to find out the consequences first and then find out the back story. I like that.

    1. It's an intense story but very intriguing. Thanks for participating!

  3. I think this book looks absolutely amazing! I rarely get so caught up in an excerpt that I went... "wait, that's it? Not fair," haha. So, thank you very much for this Giveaway in advance!

    1. lol yeah that first chapter, when I originally read it, really hooked me into the story, and it really is a good one :) good luck!

  4. I've been seeing a lot about this book on Goodreads and when I finally went to go see what it was about it really caught my interest. I didn't read the experts because I like having the whole book with me :)

    1. I definitely understand with wanting to read the whole book, and not wanting to read the first chapter, because for me, at first, before I received my review copy, I just needed to read! :) thanks for participating!

  5. I love that the subject is really relateable i got caught in the excerpt fingers crossed

  6. Wow, firstly thanks for the giveaway. The subject of a teacher and a student will always be taboo, but in reality these things will always happen. Love the excerpt, it has really drawn me in and I want to know what happens next. I can't wait to read more.

  7. I've been obsessing over this book for a while. This book covers a subject that is very current and truly serious. Can't wait to get a copy and thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Tackles a very current and controversial subject matter...I'm interested in reading this! Thanks for the chance!


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