Blog Tour: “Taming Me” (Cover To Covers #5) by Alexandrea Weis – My Review, Excerpt, Author Interview & Giveaway

Title: “Taming Me”

Series: Cover to Covers #5

Author: Alexandrea Weis

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 2, 2015

Lexie Palmer is a writer in search of the perfect story.

When a case of mistaken identity introduces her to the charismatic dominant, Garrett Hughes, she discovers her salvation. In hopes of penning an accurate portrayal of the BDSM lifestyle, Garrett agrees to educate Lexie.

She eagerly places herself in Garret’s capable hands, but what starts out as just business with the sexy Mr. Hughes takes a turn toward the unexpected.

Soon, Lexie becomes immersed in his world, and finds Garret taking control of her life. Her experiences with Garrett may be providing wonderful material for her book, but how far is she willing to go to for her story?

Lexie Palmer is about to get a lesson in submission that she will never forget.

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It has now been a year since I was introduced to Alexandrea Weis and her books for the first time, and her ability to create stories that are engaging, lifelike, and filled with romance have made her become one of my favourite authors. There is just something about her books that always draw me in from the very beginning, and I can honestly say that “Taming Me” did the same as the other novels I have, so far, had the pleasure of reading: I lost  myself in the love story, yes, but, moreover, the characters, Lexie and Garrett, made me realise that, although people – in my opinion, at least – deep down do not ever change, they do have the ability to evolve and become better at making compromises in order to find happiness.

As ever, I will endeavour to write a completely spoiler free review, so I will not necessarily provide you with a rundown of the plot – because that is not the way I write my reviews – however, I cannot avoid it entirely, of course.

Lexie Palmer, a somewhat successful romance novelist, has hit a rut: her books are not selling as well as they used to, and so she needs to come up with a completely new approach to find inspiration for her next novel. Luckily, a chance meeting in a park seems to do the trick, and her fascination with the life of Garrett Hughes commences. Because as soon as Garrett reveals that he is a Dom, a new story begins to form in her mind, and Lexie manages to convince Garrett to depart with his insider knowledge into the BDSM lifestyle; but as time passes, Lexie finds herself becoming more and more interested in this intriguing man, instead of the Dom, and the question is if she will be able to let go of her preconceived notions about how a relationship should be like and take a chance? And is Garrett actually who he says he is? Hmm. Well, you will have to read the book in order to find out. 😉

Lexie is a wonderful character: independent, strong, and determined to succeed as a writer. She is rather jaded when it concerns men, but that is due to her failed marriage. And you cannot really question that or blame her for feeling that way. I loved seeing her evolve from this rather “playing-it-safe” woman and into one willing and, mostly, unafraid to take chances.

Garrett was first introduced to us in the “That Night With You” – the previous book of the Cover To Covers Series – and I have to confess that I have been looking forward to getting his story ever since. To be perfectly honest, he is quite the enigma: a successful architect, elusive, and not someone to reveal his innermost thoughts until the very end. This, to me, does not mean that he is a frustrating character, though that could very well have been the case; no, the subtlety of this man, the way he speaks and educate Lexie, intrigued me so, and I could not help but think that this man has a very specific agenda when it concerns her…but what is it? In the end, Garrett bares his soul completely, and that made me fall in love with him entirely.

The title of this book is, in my opinion, spot on: because who will be tamed, Lexie or Garrett? I see both of them as being pretty stubborn characters – on the surface, at least – and they refuse to let go of their stubbornness throughout most of the story; however, that is not to say this is wrong. No, these characters have trust issues, and I enjoyed seeing them tear down their walls, bit by bit, until, in the end, they find the courage to trust in one another completely. You cannot truly love another person if you do not have trust – not in my opinion, anyway – and Lexie and Garrett are pretty good examples of this fact.

I cannot profess to know a great deal about what the BDSM lifestyle is like in the real world, but Miss Weiss manages to paint a very vivid, believable picture of it, and it definitely appears to be a topic very well researched. The setting of the book, New Orleans, is interesting and captivating, and you get the sense that this may be just the perfect city when is concerns the pleasures that are of a sexual nature: it is more open, more free, if you will, and definitely not frowned upon to have “different” tastes.

The storytelling skills of Miss Weis are, as always, unique and engaging; Lexie and Garrett may be fictional, but they could actually be real people: that is how believable and genuine they are. Furthermore, the pace of the story flows really well, and the dry wit and banter between all the characters made me chuckle or even roll my eyes in amusement a time or two.

I have nothing but praise for this book, and I can honestly say that, out of all the books of Miss Weis’ that I have read and marked as favourites? This one tops them all. Thank you for a lovely reading experience, Miss Weis! And thank you for always satisfying my romantic – and, at times, cynical – heart with your love stories. ❤

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“When I punish a sub, I want to make the punishment memorable, but in another way I want to make it reinforce their submission to me.” He removed his tie, curling it about his long fingers.” Punishment is about withholding pleasure; tempting, promising, but never giving.”

I was mesmerized by the way the cool gray silk was laced in and around his fingers. I hurriedly gazed down at the drink in my hand.  “So what do you do, spank them, tie them up, what?”

He took my drink and put it on the table. “Would you like a demonstration?”

“No.” I shrank away, picturing being held over his lap and spanked like a child.

He leaned toward me, holding up his tie. “If you want to truly learn about my world, Lexie, you must experience it.” His face inched ever so close to mine. “I promise I will not hurt you,” he softly added.

His thin lips hovered in front of me as I considered his offer. He had a point; perhaps I needed to experience what he did to his subs in order to be able to write about it. As his dark brown eyes seared into me, my resistance slipped away.

“All right, fine.” I sat back against the sofa. “But I’m only agreeing to do this for the sake of the book.”

“Of course. It’s all about the book.” He stood from the sofa and went to the middle of the room. “Come here.”

Taking in a deep breath, I stood up and approached him. Without my heels I came right under his chin, and I could see the slight dimple there. I had never noticed that before.

“Turn around,” he commanded.

Sighing at the insistence in his voice, I did as he asked, wishing he could just ask nicely for once. When his hands went to the zipper on the back of my dress I almost pulled away, and then remembered his words from previous encounters. I had to relax, and I had to trust him.

“You didn’t pull away,” he whispered as the zipper slowly eased downward. “You’re learning.”

“I’m getting—”

“No talking. You never talk when I’m punishing you.”

I snorted. Silly me.

After he had pushed my black cocktail dress off my shoulders, I stood calmly as the fabric slid down my body and gathered about my ankles. Standing before him in my underwear and strapless bra did not seem like such a feat anymore. Maybe I was getting the hang of this; and then another thought hit me. Or maybe I wanted to be naked in front of him.

His fingers lightly stroked along my shoulders and then his deep voice said, “Put your hands behind your back.”

Still not sure what to expect, I complied, and soon I felt the silk tie being wrapped about my wrists and secured tightly. At this point, I should have been getting concerned. Every instinct I had was screaming at me not to go along with his plans, but at a certain point in a relationship there comes a time when belief in another person outweighs reason. We want to believe someone will be kind to us, love us, or take care of us no matter how many times our past has taught us otherwise. This was that moment for me. I believed Garrett would not hurt me, and I knew then that I trusted him.

When his hands left my wrists, they began working their way down my back until his fingers hooked the top of my black silk panties. He eased the panties down my hips and all the way to my ankles. Lifting my right foot and then my left, he removed the underwear and dress from about my feet.

The cool air in my apartment was making my flesh dance with goose pimples, and when his hand cupped my behind, the chill turned into a rush of heat.

“On your knees,” he said behind me.

With a little awkward effort I got down on my knees. I prepared myself for a few slaps on my butt, thinking that was what he had in mind for my punishment. But when he kneeled behind me and pushed my head over to the hardwood floor, my stomach clenched. Feeling so exposed only compounded the rush of adrenaline racing through me. My heart was pounding and my breath was coming in nervous gasps. I stayed like that for a few minutes, waiting for him to touch me, spank me … do something.

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Hello Alexandrea,

Thank you so much for letting The Danish Bookaholic Blog run an interview with you. I have been looking forward to it for some time now.

Here goes:

 1. What does a typical day look like for you?

My day starts and ends with my animals. I get up, feed furry people and spend the day juggling their needs and my writing. I do spend several hours a day on the computer, usually with dogs at my feet or a squirrel in my lap. When I am not writing, or tending to the zoo, I am an avid runner.

2. Where do you find the inspiration for your books?

Anything can bring a story to mind. Things just pop into my head, usually when I am driving … don’t ask me why. I’m not sure how the process works, and that is probably one mystery I don’t wish to know about. I just get an idea and it builds, until it needs to be written down.

3. What, in your opinion, is the most challenging aspect of being a self-published author today?

PR! Without a doubt getting your name out there is tough. There are so many books, so many writers that you have to really struggle to stand out. It’s a real challenge.

4. Out of all the books you have written, which one is your favourite? (If you have one, that is?)

My favorite is always my first, To My Senses, with The Ghosts of Rue Dumaine running a close second. I love those stories, the heartache and the poignancy of the characters still gets to me. I guess your first book is like a first love … unforgettable. 

5. How did you research the BDSM life style in your latest book, “Taming Me”? 😉

LOL! I should probably say lots of hands on experience, but my husband would die! Thank God for Google. Although, I did interview a few Doms about their methods for handling subs. This is New Orleans and there are lots of bars in the French Quarter where such individuals hang out, and are surprisingly open to talking about their lifestyle. However, I already have 4-legged Doms in my life, telling me what to do all day long, so I kind of had an idea of where to start.    

Again, thank you so much for stopping by!

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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Cover Reveal: “Taming Me” (Cover To Covers #5) by Alexandrea Weis – Synopsis & Giveaway

Title: “Taming Me”
Series: Cover to Covers #5
Author: Alexandrea Weis
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2015
Lexie Palmer is a writer in search of the perfect story.
 
When a case of mistaken identity introduces her to the charismatic dominant, Garrett Hughes, she discovers her salvation. In hopes of penning an accurate portrayal of the BDSM lifestyle, Garrett agrees to educate Lexie.
 
She eagerly places herself in Garret’s capable hands, but what starts out as just business with the sexy Mr. Hughes takes a turn toward the unexpected.
 
Soon, Lexie becomes immersed in his world, and finds Garret taking control of her life. Her experiences with Garrett may be providing wonderful material for her book, but how far is she willing to go to for her story? 
 

Lexie Palmer is about to get a lesson in submission that she will never forget.

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“The Bondage Club” by Alexandrea Weis – My Review

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Title: “The Bondage Club”

Author: Alexandrea Weis

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 29th July, 2014.

 

SYNOPSIS

A man looking for a new beginning.
Hunter Donovan is a writer who dreamed of penning the great American novel but settled for a job running the family business, Donovan Books. Trapped publishing other people’s stories, Hunter buries his frustrations in vodka and an endless parade of one-night stands.


A woman with a secret.
Cary Anderson is the perky, petite, and staunchly determined editor who is well versed in erotica fiction. But Cary has a kinky side that she is struggling to keep hidden from the world.

Fed up with dwindling sales, Hunter hopes to breathe new life into his publishing house by breaking into the risqué world of erotica. He hires Cary to rescue his company and she is keen to show her new boss everything she knows. But what starts out as a lesson in sexual fiction turns into an unexpected roller coaster ride of disastrous romantic encounters. And just when Cary helps stir Hunter’s creative voice, he uncovers the truth about her wicked ways.

Some ties that bind can cut right to the heart in…The Bondage Club.

 

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They say that opposites attract…but do they really? Well, apart from the initial physical attraction when you meet a person, I honestly believe that finding – and keeping – your soul mate has little to do with the physical attributes you possess. To me, what is on the inside truly determines if you have found that special someone who completes your life. But somehow, some way, we often have to search long and hard before we actually get it. And that is why I love Miss Weis’ books: her characters may be closer to forty or fifty instead of thirty, but they are always searching for fulfillment in life. The stories this author bring to life are genuine and honest, and I just love that she has this gift of bringing her readers hope with her words: she is telling us that it is never too late to reach for your dreams, no matter your circumstances, and it is the same with her latest work, “The Bondage Club”.

Meet Hunter Donovan: he is a bachelor who gave up on his dream of writing the great American novel when he was younger, and he now runs the family business, “Donovan Books”. And even though you would think that he is more than satisfied with his life, it is not the case. His older brother, Chris, and his father are both contributing factors to why he is less than happy with his life, but he is rather unsure about how to change his ways. However, bringing the business into the 21st century may be the right answer: he recognizes how the erotica genre has become more and more popular in the last few years, and that this is what his company needs in order to remain successful.

But how can he make this happen without bringing his father’s wrath and his brother’s disdain upon him? Enter Cary Anderson, a very successful freelance editor who knows just what to do in order to help Hunter reaching his goal. Being the womanizer that he is, Hunter knows how to turn on the charm to get what he wants, but he is very surprised when Cary does not simply fall in line. It seems that this woman knows her own mind and she is definitely not afraid to voice her opinions. So: imagine Hunter’s surprise when he realizes that he is becoming more and more attracted to her even though she is not his usual type – what is he to do? And how will he react when he learns about the secrets Cary hold?

There are many things I love about this story, but I actually want to address the title first: “The Bondage Club” is absolutely brilliant! Because even though you might think that you know exactly what this romance is about – because of its name – you will be wrong. Because this book is so much more than what meets the eye. Obviously, I do not want to give away the plot, and you may call me a tease for stating the above, but I just feel that it will be a great disservice to you if I reveal too much. And the last thing I want is to ruin your reading pleasure.

I really like Hunter: he is in a rut, plain and simple, and the fact that he slowly reveals more and more of himself and opens up his mind to new possibilities – both professionally and personally – makes me believe that you will fall for him as well. I admire his tenacity, and even his use of sarcasm is rather endearing. I admit that I found him to be a bit of a challenge sometimes – well, he is, after all, a man – but once I uncovered more and more about his background, I could understand him so much better. And once he learns to accept the fact that his old dream could become a reality, he grows so much. Yes, I like Hunter very much indeed.

“That was the problem with desire; if you didn’t pursue it, you ached, and if you did indulge, you eventually spent the rest of your life wondering when everything had gone so horribly wrong.”

As for Cary: oh, she could make me laugh! Initially, I thought that she was so confident, but once the mask she wears around other people started to slip, I saw a woman so like myself (or who I used to be, anyway). I found myself able to fully connect with her because some of her actions are born out of a need to please others – read: men – instead of having the courage to just be who she truly is. Her insecurities made me want to reach inside my Kindle so that I could give her a hug or offer words of comfort even though I knew that this was not possible. But what I love most about her is the fact it is not only Hunter who needs to do a lot of soul searching: no, Cary has to take a good look at herself and her life and find the strength to become the person she wants to be; through Hunter, she learns that pleasing others all the time is not healthy – no, she has to put herself first. And that is a scary thing to do. But she also has to learn that she may be an expert in erotica based on a theoretic point of view – but she definitely has a lot to learn about the male mind, and Hunter is just the man to show her how it works.

“Love can be a kind of bondage,” she explained. “We can get tied to someone just as easily as we can get tied up by someone. The book is about bondage in all its forms.”

As always, I am drawn into the world this author creates with her words. Miss Weis knows how to make me laugh, swoon, and even fume with anger because of some of the actions, or reactions, her characters make. But like I stated above, I love how she incorporates hope and encouragement even when the timing seems awful. Whenever I have read her books, I find myself sitting back and wonder about my own life, actually, and if there are any changes I need to make, because her words are just…powerful and strong. That is how I feel, anyway.

The setting of “The Bondage Club” was particularly interesting to me because it deals so much with the publishing business – one I have always been very fascinated with – and I truly think that Miss Weis manages to paint a very realistic and vivid picture of how the industry works. Furthermore, a book that is written entirely from the male point of view is always very fascinating to me, so that is also why I love this book.

I cannot say that much more without giving the entire plot away, so I will simply stop here and say: if you love romance novels, surprises, and a sassy heroine who knows how to make a male bewildered, tripping over his feet, you will love this book! There is great banter between Hunter and Cary, the pace of the story is perfect, and even though it deals with some serious life choices, I honestly think you will find yourself able to really connect with these characters. Because some way, somehow, this story will make you stop and think long and hard about your own life and the choices you have made in the past. That is how it has been for me, anyway, and I love how it leaves me with a sense of hope and courage to fulfill my own dreams. Thank you, Miss Weis!

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Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans.  Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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Release Day Launch: “After This Night” (Seductive Nights #2) by Lauren Blakely – Teasers, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Synopsis

This is the conclusion of Julia and Clay’s story that began in the New York Times Bestseller Night After Night.

“Why do you like me tied up sometimes?”
“Because the way I feel for you is so out of control that this is one way for me to feel in control again.”

Their world was passion, pleasure and secrets.
Far too many secrets. But Clay Nichols can’t get Julia Bell out of his mind. He’s so drawn to her, and to the nights they shared, that he can’t focus on work or business. Only her. And she’s pissing him off with her hot and cold act. She has her reasons though-she’s trying to stay one step ahead of the trouble that’s been chasing her for months now, thanks to the criminal world her ex dragged her into. If only she can get out of this mess, then maybe she can invite the man who ignites her back in her life, so she can have him-heart, mind and body.
He won’t take less than all of her, and the full truth too. When he runs into her again at her sister’s wedding, they have a second chance but she’ll have to let him all the way in. And they’ll learn just how much more there is to the intense sexual chemistry they share, and whether love can carry them well past the danger of her past and into a new future, after this night…

Please note: This book is intended for 18+ due to dirty talk, light bondage, and lots of sexy scenes.

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“I wish I were there wearing your clothes right now.”

He laughed. “That’s what you want to be doing? Because I’d like to be fucking you if you were here.”

“Well, that too. But then I’d put on your shirt.”

“You like that, don’t you?”

“I know you do too,” she said.

“I do. Seeing you in my shirt and your heels is my kryptonite.”

“Oh, is that it? That’s your kryptonite?”

“Or maybe it’s just that you are,” he whispered, admitting more than he wanted to.

“I think the same could be said here.”

There was a pause, and though they were three thousand miles apart, the silence was heady. He was in a drugged-out state tonight. This woman was his pill, and closeness with her was what he craved most even as he feared she would destroy his heart. Smash it to a million tiny pieces and eat it for lunch. But he had a built-in barrier in distance, and with no trips to San Francisco on his immediate calendar he saw nothing wrong with this temporary moment of relief from the pressure inside of him from wanting her. They couldn’t be together in any meaningful way, and he couldn’t get hurt if he didn’t actually see her. Right? Right, he answered for himself.

“What are we doing, Julia?” he asked, and he was sure she could hear the longing in his tone, but he didn’t care. There was no need to hide it after they’d just broken down and pleasured themselves together.

“I wish I knew,” she said, her voice wistful and full of yearning. “I really wish I knew.”

He heaved a sigh, trying to sort out his thoughts, but his brain was a mixed-up mess and he didn’t know how to untangle all the threads. Or if he wanted to remain tangled up with her instead.

“What are you going to do when we hang up?” he asked, changing direction.

“Read a book.”

“What are you reading these days?”

“A crazy story about a guy who treks across Antarctica.”

“That does sound crazy.”

“Yeah. He’s kind of hallucinating and talking to penguins right now,” she said with a small laugh.

“Can you blame him? I have to imagine if you’re stuck in the polar ice cap that talking to penguins might be a rare source of comfort.”

“As long as he doesn’t eat the penguins I’ll keep reading it.”

“Here’s to no penguin meals in the books we read.”

“What will you do?”

“I suspect I will fall fast asleep and dream of a beautiful redhead on the other side of the country.”

“She would like that dream very much,” she said in a sweet voice, the kind that worked its way beneath all the hard edges in him, and settled deep in his heart. “Will I talk to you again soon?”

He took a fueling breath, and put his armor back on, steeling himself. “I don’t know the answer to that.”

 

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Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

 

 

 

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Release Day Launch: “Night After Night” (Seductive Nights #1) by Lauren Blakely – Synopsis & Giveaway

Hello, my lovelies!

Happy Easter!

I am thrilled that Lauren Blakely’s “Night After Night” is available today! Or, to be perfectly honest, the book released a few days ago, but the official release date is today.

 “Night After Night” is the first full-length novel from her first Erotic Romance Series, The Seductive Nights Series. The prequel novella, “First Night”, is included in “Night After Night”!

Grab your copy today and don’t forget to enter to win a signed paperback copy of “Night After Night”!

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Synopsis

**Warning: Spare panties are needed for reading this book…you’re welcome.***
“You are being rewarded for turning me on. But we’re doing it my way. You teased the hell out of me, and now I want to watch you squirm. Crawl up on my bed and get on your hands and knees.”

Their world was sex, love, and lies.
He intoxicated her. Commanded. Consumed.
With a dirty mind and a mouth to match, Clay Nichols is everything Julia never knew she wanted and exactly what she cannot have. He walked into her life one night and unlocked pleasure in her that she never knew was possible. Possessing her body, captivating her every thought. Which makes him way too dangerous for Julia to risk her heart, given that she has a price tag on her head. She ran after one mind-blowing week with him, but now he’s back, and determined to make her his own.
No matter the cost.
She was a sexy drug to him. Fiery, unforgettable, and never enough, Julia is an enigma, and Clay isn’t willing to let her go without a fight. But she’s got dark secrets of her own that threaten to destroy any chance of happiness. She’s a wanted woman – the stakes are high, her every move is watched, and yet the lure between them can’t be denied. Can two people burned by love trust again when desire and passion are met by danger at every turn?

A sensual, emotionally-charged erotic romance from the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Blakely…

Please note: This book is intended for 18+ due to dirty talk, light bondage, and lots of sexy scenes. This ebook edition also includes the prequel novella First Night, which precedes Night After Night.

 

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Blog Tour: “Tortured Soul” (Mercy’s Angels #3) by Kirsty Dallas – My Review & Giveaway

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Hello, everyone!

I hope you are all having a great weekend.

Today, I am part of the blog tour of “Tortured Soul” (Mercy’s Angels #3) by Kirsty Dallas – a dark romance that made me feel a great range of emotions. Besides my review, you will find a tour wide giveaway for you all to enter as well.

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Title: “Tortured Soul” (Mercy’s Angels #3)

Author: Kirsty Dallas

Genre: New Adult Dark Romance

Release Date: 22nd February, 2014

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Synopsis

Emily Donovan didn’t know love, she didn’t know gentle and her future wasn’t hers to own. Because HE owned her. There is only so much one soul can take before it is broken beyond repair and she had reached that milestone long ago.

Braiden Montgomery had secrets, secrets that would see a special place in hell reserved just for him. He was trying to make amends,  trying to find his own form of redemption when a waif of a girl with jet black hair and pale blue eyes seized his heart.

Emily’s soul had been tortured by men like Braiden, so trusting the dark haired Dom would be one of the most difficult things she would ever do. For a man with skills like Braiden, keeping ‘Em’ safe would be a piece of cake. Bringing her frozen heart back to life might just prove impossible though.

***Third book in the Mercy’s Angels Series. Can be read as a standalone, or in series read order:

Saving Ella – book 1
Fighting Back – book 2
Tortured Soul – book 3***

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My Review

ARC received by the author in exchange for an honest review

Having just read a couple of great, but lighter romance novels, I needed something slightly darker, and I am happy to say that “Tortured Soul” fulfilled that need.

I was immersed in the story from page one; when we first meet Emily, she is a slave to Jonas Levier, a truly vile and despicable man. I will not call him a “human being” because that is most definitely not the way he behaves. He is sick, twisted, sadistic…Well, I am sure you get my meaning.

Emily has been a slave to Jonas for seven long years, and is actually rather surprised herself for holding on for so long. In the beginning of her captivity, she fought back, of course, but Jonas found a way to break her eventually. She no longer has her own opinions about anything – she does not eat unless allowed by her master, she sleeps when she is told to sleep, and she has no hope whatsoever left in her soul. There was a time when she escaped, but Jonas threatened to kill her sister, Rebecca, if she did not come back to him willingly. Knowing how ruthless this man’s nature is, and that he does not make idle threats, she did what she was told.

Jonas is, however, no longer satisfied with Emily and he has decided to sell her – he relishes her fear of this, but Emily resigns herself to the fate of never becoming free again.

“Someone was in here, but I no longer knew who. The girl inside was broken, damaged beyond repair.” (Emily)

Then enters Braiden Montgomery: he has met Emily before, when she was in hospital after her escape, and has since that day been determined to save her from the clutches of Jonas. A former contract killer, he believes himself to be tainted, soiled and beyond redemption. He now runs a security firm with his cousin, Dillon, and has not seen his family since he removed himself from their “business” years before.

Having succeeded in rescuing Emily, Braiden takes her home to Claremont, the town she wanted to escape as a teenager. To say that Emily cannot adapt would be an understatement: always fearing punishment, she cannot let go of her “slave persona”, and even though it breaks Braiden’s heart seeing her like this, he is not surprised. After all, Emily has been stripped bare, losing herself and her personality in her years of captivity, and she needs extensive help in order to return to society.

From the time Braidem meets Emily, he finds her attractive, and he is repulsed by his lustful thoughts of her. He is a natural dominant, though, and he cannot help being drawn to her submissive nature, so in order to not go too far, Braiden leaves Emily and goes hunting: he wants Jonas’ blood.

Now, as you all know, I do not usually want to give away too many details of the actual storyline in a book, and it is no different with this one.

It should come as no surprise that I have absolutely no first-hand experience with the human trafficking world; having said that, however, I found Emily’s emotions, her loss of self so realistic and believable. I admire her for her strength, her need to keep her sister safe, and her will to survive. I could absolutely understand her confusing feelings towards Braiden, and I had no problems connecting with her. Also, the way we learn about the atrocities Emily went through in her years as a slave made me feel nauseous, and even though I could not put the book down, I almost wanted to take a break from time to time.

And Braiden? Well…wow! Simply…swoon-worthy. He is so gentle with Emily, denying himself to show his true self in order to not hurt her – both mentally and physically – and his feelings of self-loathing are understandable, yet they made me very sad as well. Braiden shows strength, kindness and his attraction to Emily definitely made me smile like a goof: and yes, I also blushed sometimes *wink* Honestly, Braiden now holds a very firm spot on my list of BBF’s.

I could really feel the way these two characters are drawn to each other, and I am not simply referring to the dom/sub pull: no, in different ways, they are both tortured souls who want to find a way out of the dark and into the light, and the way they help one another reaching this goal is very well written.

“I don’t want what other women can give me, Em. I want you, just as you are. Scars, tears, anger, nightmares, fears, I want it all. I need you, Em, and I think you need me, too. I don’t know if now is the right time or not, but I’ll be damned if I can stay away.” (Braiden)

The pacing of the story runs smoothly, and I honestly believe that Miss Dallas excels at showing the reader that although Emily finds freedom, she is not free of her past. No, she has plenty of relapses and suffers from nightmares as well – the traumas Emily suffers from seem to be very realistic, and that is a major factor as to why I give this book such a high rating. Also, the secondary characters provide the reader with some rather funny moments at just the right times – so please do not think that it is all “doom and gloom”.

All in all, I enjoyed this book very much, and I will absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes their romance to be slightly darker than most. Yes, you will cringe and cry while reading this story, but I believe that you will also laugh and sigh happily from time to time.

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I’m just a little Aussie girl with a big imagination, so much to write and so little time to do it. When I’m not writing (or reading) I am kept smiling and sane (for the most part) by my 5 year old daughter. She is the light in my world.  I have a wonderfully supportive family who keep me completely grounded. Trust me, they will never let any success go to my head!! And I love them for it. I enjoy ice cold ciders, barbeques, music and art. I hate cooking, in fact I think I have major kitchen allergies. My feet rarely grace anything other than flip-flops and even in the middle of a hot Aussie summer, I love my jeans!!! To sum me up in a few words (and you know how hard just a few words is for an author) ~ easy going, laid back, dreamy and passionate.

I hope you all love reading my novels as much as I love writing them.

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“Eraser” by Megan Keith

Eraser

Blurb:

A man with no name.

Mysterious.

Dangerous.

Brooding.

Sexy.

Once a week he frequents the bar where Mackenzie works.  He orders the same drink, scotch on the rocks, and he sits back on the same lounge chair, quietly watching… waiting…

He has money – that much is obvious.  He wears his tailored suits well.  He smells divine, of expensive cologne, and orders his scotch from the top shelf.

He drinks alone, but he never leaves that way.  With a snap of his fingers, a flick of his eyes, a glimmer of a smile, he gets the attention of the most attractive women in the bar.

This time his focus is on Mackenzie.  Instead of feeling nervous Mackenzie is enthralled, intrigued… and aroused.

NOTE:  Not for the weak, feint-hearted or for people with sticks up their ass (unless you like that sort of thing sexually that is).

MATURE 18+ READERS ONLY!  Contains explicit sex scenes and a BDSM type scenario.

My Review

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This review will not be as long as my others because this is a novella and I am afraid of revealing too much of the story.

I usually have a hard time with novellas, meaning finding them interesting because I always want to know more! I am seldom satisfied which is why I normally steer clear of them. Having said that, it is healthy to step out of one’s comfort zone sometimes and try something new or different. That is the reason I started reading “Eraser” – and I am SO glad I did!

As the blurb says, our heroine, Mackenzie, works at a very high-end establishment and every Friday, the same male customer comes in, orders the same VERY expensive Scothch and observes the female patrons. What fascinates Mackenzie so is the fact that he always leaves with a different woman on his arm, and she longs to be one of them.

When he this particular Friday singles hers out, she cannot help but notice how he seems to treat her differently: for one thing, he orders her 3 of the same very special and expensive Scotch, but what is more important is the way he looks at her and the way he speaks.

“There was something different about the way he was looking at her tonight. She didn’t believe he had ever taken so much notice of her at any time prior. It intrigued her. HE intrigued her. He always had.”

She is drawn to him and, against all common sense, agrees to go “home” with him even though he does not do repeats, as he calls it. Also, she is only allowed to call him “Sir”. Strange indeed…

What follows is an extremely erotic night filled with passion. And that is all I will say about what happens in the novella, you have to read it yourself. 😉

Now, I really did enjoy the story and I think it has been a very long time since I read a novella where I did not get disappointed about it. I like the set-up, the main protagonist, Mackenzie, and I REALLY like the mysterious elements – I do not think I have read a story before where I did not know the hero’s name.  Or maybe I should not call him a “hero”…This male is a dominant with a capital “D” and true, there were some parts of him that I did not approve of but that is just my personal opinion. I was almost shouting “YES” when I got to the ending and got to read Sir’s own thoughts and feelings – I love different POV’s in a book but more now than ever: after all, he IS such a mystery. So I am very happy with the fact that the author decided to give us that. J

“When she had slept he didn’t want to let her go. But she had needed some space and time, even if she didn’t know it.”

The reason I am not giving the book 5 stars, though, is the fact that I still want to know more…I know, I know, it IS a novella! But I just cannot help myself. 😉 Also, although we get Sir’s thoughts in the end, thus getting the chance to know him better, there are still a few points that I need clarified – I was left with one too many questions unanswered. But please bear in mind that this is my personal opinion.

Overall, I absolutely loved the novella and I am very glad that I took a chance and read it. The author has opened my eyes to the fact that although a story is short, it can be just as satisfying as a full-length novel. So thank you for that, Miss Keith!

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