Blog Tour: “Storm” (Storm MC #1) by Nina Levine – My Review, Author Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway

Hello, ladies!

It is now my turn on the blog tour of this really great book. Besides my review, you will find an interview with Nina – which is fab, I might add! – plus  an excerpt and a giveaway.

Enjoy!

Release Date

26th November 2013

 
Blurb
 
Life can be a bitch but love can get you through any storm.
 
Madison Cole’s family is the Storm Motorcycle Club. Her father is the President and her brother is the VP. She grew up surrounded by bikers, crime and violence. Two years ago she walked away from her family and the world they live in. Her soul was shattered, her heart was broken and she had an addiction she couldn’t shake. She picked up the pieces and put herself back together. Now her family wants her back. The club is being threatened and they send a club member to return her home to safety; the one person that could destroy everything she has worked so hard to build.
 
Jason Reilly has sacrificed a lot for the motorcycle club he calls family. Two years ago he made the biggest sacrifice of all; he gave up the woman he loved for them. Now he is being sent to bring her back and he is conflicted. He thought he was over her but discovers their connection is as strong as ever. Their love was all-consuming, passionate and fiery. It was also their undoing and he doesn’t know if either of them is strong enough to battle the demons that ripped them apart, to find love again. 
 
Madison and Jason are brought back together by a force out of their control; one that pushes them to a breaking point. Can they overcome their past and discover a love worth fighting for or will the harsh reality of their world finally and completely break them both?
 
 
My Review
ARC received by the author in exchange for an honest review
If you enjoy books about bikers and their women, I am confident that you will like this book. It has a sassy, smart-mouthed heroine and a hot-as-sin biker who is not afraid to speak his mind. And yes, ladies, there is plenty of STEAMY scenes as well. 😉
The story centres around Madison who has grown up with a MC president as her father but she left that life behind two years before. She is a recovering alcoholic, has plenty of issues – mainly anger and guilt – but she will not really address them – she prefers to keep her feelings bottled up, not getting close to another man because of her past boyfriend, Jason (J). Instead, she hooks up with random men, only focusing on the sex, and tries to just live her life from day to day, not thinking much about the future. She keeps dodging phone calls from her brother, Scott, because she does not want to have anything to do with the Storm MC anymore. Eventually, though, she cannot ignore them anymore, and once she learns what he has to say, she is far from reassured: a former boyfriend of hers, Nix, is out to get her. And let me tell you, ladies, he is definitely NOT a guy you want to mess with.
In order to protect Madison, Scott wants to send one of the guys from the club – and then enters J…Oh-oh.
“At that exact moment, I glimpesed him entering the restaurant: the guy Scott had sent. And I couldn’t believe my fucking eyes. Over six feet of pure muscle, tanned and inked skin, dark hari, and piercing blue eyes; he was as gorgeous today as the last time I saw him.” … “He looked as pissed as I was. Yeah, I bet he didn’t want this gig and I could picture the battle he probably had with Scott about it.” (Madison)
Well, to say that Madison is less than pleased to see J again would be an understatement. Having her heart broken by this man has scarred her and she never wants to feel that way again. J tries to convince Madison that she will be safer if she agrees to go back home with him, but she refuses vehemently. In the end, though, she relents because she comes to realise that she needs to deal with her past, once and for all. And that also means dealing with J.
And what a man J is…He is very alpha, very sexy and very determined to have Madison again. Once J finally gets Madison to listen to his reasons of why he let her go, she has to admit that it was the right decision, and they pick up their relationship again.
I really love J character, and I think the author is very good at showing us what it means being a part of a MC Club through him. It means family, loyalty, protection. But it also means secrecy, and Madison will have to acknowledge the fact that there are times J cannot – or will not – divulge club business. In other Words, Madison will learn to have to trust J. And this is the crux of the matter: trust, and how she did not really trust him in the past.
“Do you think that I like that part of me? That I enjoy doing the dirty work that being in the club requires? I fucking don’t. But I do it for a reason. And six years ago, when I fell in love with you, my reason became you.” (J)
Now, lots of drama happen in the book, but I do not want to spoil anything for you. Besides, then it would just be another synopsis of the book, and that is not the intent of a review. 😉  But let me tell you this: I like the fact that the main protagonists are in their late twenties/early thirties – they are mature, adult people who have learned from past mistakes and both are willing to work very hard on their relationship and do better the second time around. The author’s writing style is practically flawless – it is very well written and very engaging. I was definitely invested in the story from page one and I had a hard time letting it go. I do, however, wish that certain scenes were not just described – I would have liked some more dialogues – but that is just personal preference.
Overall, I think this is a great debut from Miss Levine. There is plenty of romance, drama and angst. The plot line is solid, and the secondary characters are all very important but never lets you wondering more about them instead of the main characters. I am so looking forward to reading the next book in the Storm MC Series.
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Here is my interview with Nina, ladies!

Enjoy!

Thank you so much for letting me interview you, Nina!

Thanks for having me, Karen!

For the readers who have yet to read the book and who do not know anything about you: can you tell them a little about yourself?

I am a thirty something dreamer…okay, closer to forty!  I’ve always had a dream of writing my own book but it’s taken me awhile to finally get around to publishing.  I’ve tried many things in life but I have to say that I think I’ve finally found my thing!  I love everything about self publishing a book, from the writing of it, to the marketing of it and I absolutely love chatting with readers (not only about my book but also about other books we share a love of!).  Aside from writing, I am an avid reader!  I adore books with alpha males in them and these days I pretty much only read indie books.  I actually can’t remember the last time I picked up a traditionally published book.  When I am not reading or writing, I love to play with paper, paint and ink.  Art journalling is one of my loves although sadly I haven’t had a lot of time for it this year.  I am a mum to a teenage daughter and we live in QLD, Australia.

Where did the inspiration for “Storm” come from? When did the idea of the story come to you?

I started working on Storm at the beginning of this year.  Madison’s character came to me first.  I wanted to explore a character struggling with an addiction and issues from her past that she hadn’t resolved yet.  Learning to lean on those you love was an underlying theme I wanted to include, as was accepting the unconditional love that others offer us.  Originally this story wasn’t going to be set within an MC.  Her family was the MC and they were sending J to look out for her but I had her pegged to end up with a different character and J was just going to be an ex lover that was a side character.  However, J turned up and stole the damn book!

How long did it take you to write the book?

On and off, most of the year, however I made the decision to publish just over two months ago and then worked constantly on it from then.

Are any of your characters based on people from real life? Or are they entirely fictional?

They are all fictional but I would say that aspects of some of their personalities are taken from people I know.  Serena’s fierce loyalty to Madison is based on my best friend.  However, my BFF informed me that Serena sucked as a best friend because there is no way that she would have let Madison go so long without telling her what happened to her years ago.  I guess that aspect of Serena is actually me – I don’t push people to tell me stuff they aren’t ready to share.  There is a side character who isn’t in the book very much who is based on a friend of mine.  Rowan, the man who would do sweet things for you like bring you medicine when you are sick – that’s my friend.  I intend to give Rowan his own book at some point.

Who did you connect the most with, Madison or J?

Mmm, Madison has a lot of anger inside of her.  That’s not me.  I am the kind of person to live and let live, and forgive very easily.  That is not Madison.  I tried to tone her anger down but it just came out of her.  I connect more with J.  I would give something or someone up that I loved if it meant they would be safe or better off.

Did you know how the story would end from the beginning? Or did the book almost take on a life of its own?

A little bit of both.  Blade was a surprise, but a nice one 😉 

Did certain scenes make you blush while writing them? 😉

That question there makes me smile!  The first sex scene between Madison and J was the first sex scene I had ever written.  It made me blush.  After that, there was no blushing at all.  Those scenes are actually my favourite to write… looking forward to Scott’s book.  NO wait… I am actually really looking forward to Nash’s book 😉

I like the fact that we get to see how much Madison and J struggle with her drinking problems – did you know from the beginning that that would be a part of Madison’s character?

Yes.  I wanted her to grow into a stronger person and learn to look to someone else for support in that journey.  J is the absolute best person for that job – he would do anything to help Madison but the one thing he won’t do is let her make excuses for her choices.

Do you have any rituals when you sit down to write?

The best time for me to write is first thing in the morning.  And while I love music and use it to inspire my writing, I am more productive if I just sit down and write without turning on music or the internet or anything.  A coffee helps too. 🙂

Do you use music to get you in the right frame of mind while writing a certain scene?

Sometimes I do.  Taylor Swift’s song Red played a big part in this book, as did Katy Perry’s song Unconditionally.  I find playing The Killers is good too… not sure why, but it helps sometimes.

I am very much looking forward to reading your next book about the Storm MC – can you tell us whose story you’ll be focusing on?

The next book will be about Scott.  He’s going to be a tough one to crack because he is closed off to relationships.  He’s just not interested at all.  I can’t wait for you to meet the amazing woman who will turn his world completely upside down.

Name 3-5 Fun Facts about yourself!

1) I love country music!  And Keith Urban tops my list of favourite singers.  I find his story very inspiring – he followed his dream and spent years working on it.  Even when they told him he wouldn’t make it, he kept on believing and working. 

2) I don’t watch movies over and over, and I pretty much never read a book twice.  My daughter did remind me tonight though that I have watched the movie Crazy Stupid Love over and over.  Did I mention that I have an unhealthy obsession with Ryan Gosling??  I would watch ANY movie that he and Emma Stone did together.  And why didn’t they get together in real life???!

3) I am too trusting.  And I fall for hard luck stories too easily.  Not sure if that is a fun fact though, so moving on…

4) Christian Grey & Travis Maddox completely changed my world.  Yep.  No… get your mind out of the gutter, girl!!  If I had never read the 50 Shades books and then Beautiful Disaster I may not have discovered indie authors and that the ability to self publish books existed.

Enjoy the excerpt, ladies!

I grabbed my purse and headed outside to go and buy lunch.  J was on the phone, but saw me come outside and signalled for me to wait.

“I’m going to buy lunch, J.  And I only get an hour so I don’t have time to wait for you,” I said, tersely.  He kept talking and scowled at me.  I turned and started to walk away from him, towards the cafe where I always bought lunch.

I could hear him muttering something into the phone and then he must have ended his call because he went silent.  Then, he barked, “Madison!”

The last thing I wanted to do was stop for him, but there was something in his tone; a ‘don’t fuck with me’ command.  So I stopped, and turned around to look at him.  Oh, my.  He was shitty.

He stalked to where I was and got in my face.  “Why the fuck do you have to be so difficult about this?” He was fuming.

Well, I could see him, and raise him in his anger.  “Maybe it has something to do with the way Scott has gone about this.  And the fact that he sent you!”

He flinched.  It was only for a second, and most people wouldn’t have even noticed it.  But I knew J, and I saw it.  It surprised the fuck out of me.  “Well then, it looks like we’ve got some shit to sort out, babe, because I’m not going anywhere.”

“I don’t want to sort shit out with you.  That ship sailed two fucking years ago, J,” I spat.

He gripped my arm, pulling me closer, “No, it fucking didn’t,” he growled, eyes blazing, “And you can’t deny there’s still something here.  I feel it and I know you feel it too.”

I laughed.  No, actually, I cackled.  “You wanna fuck, J?  I can feel that, and, yeah, if you wanna go there, I’m all for it.  But don’t mistake my desire for your cock for anything else.”

 
 
 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Nina Levine is an Aussie writer who writes stories about hot, alpha men and the tough, independent women they love. You won’t find any whiny, spineless women in Nina’s books and you certainly won’t find weak men. 

A warning though, you will find hot, dirty sex, lots of swearing, occasional violent encounters and men and women who live fast and love hard.

Nina’s debut book Storm will be releasing in November 2013. It is based around the Storm Motorcycle Club and is the first book in an MC series.
 
Connect with Nina:  Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest
 
 

Here is the giveaway!

 

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GOOD LUCK!

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