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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Branded Blog Tour - Book Review - Branded: A Bad Boys Anthology by B. L. Wilde, Jeanne McDonald, Jo Matthews, Mary Elizabeth, and Sarah Elizabeth

Author: B. L. Wilde, Jeanne McDonald, Jo Matthews, Mary Elizabeth, Sarah Elizabeth
Release Date: August 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Suspense
Presented byWritten Elegance

Synopsis from Goodreads
B.L. Wilde, Jeanne McDonald, Jo Matthews, Mary Elizabeth, and Sarah Elizabeth give us five good reasons why good girls love bad boys. The men of Branded are sexy, adventurous, and troubled deep into their souls. There may be no redeeming them, but at the risk of losing everything, these good girls must decide if loving their bad boy is indeed worth the cost.
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Condemned by B.L. Wilde
Ten years served for a crime he didn’t commit. Ten years to lose everything he ever knew. Finally released from prison, Clayton McGuire is on a mission and nothing will stand in his way. He is determined to get revenge against the gang that set him up and take back what was stolen from him all those years ago.
Clay will stop at nothing to win back his honor and the heart of the only woman he has ever loved. Will she take him back when he finds her? Or will he be condemned to live a life without his soulmate? 
     I am a huge fan of Wilde's work. I love her Seductors series, so I was very excited for this read. I am proud to announce Wilde has done it again. Clay was definitely a bad boy to root for. He has been wrongfully committed for murder and wants to clear his name. And worse, he has loss the one thing that kept him going in prison - the love of his life, Brooke. He is tough and determined/ You will totally get behind him fighting to get his life back and it starts and ends with Brooke. You do see where the story is going early on, but that doesn't take away from the end result. This was fast paced and kept my attention from beginning to end. You do understand the predicament Brooke was put in. I knew things were going to get crazy, but man, they were really crazy. And as I would expect from Wilde, super hot scenes from Clay and Brooke. I think her stories should come with some kind of warning label or something. Overall, this was an amazing short from Wilde.
Renegade by Jeanne McDonald
A chance meeting between a rookie cop and a common criminal who’s searching for a way out. 
An unforeseen circumstance.  An instant attraction.  A magnetic connection.
Tattooed, pierced, and foul-mouthed, she can’t help but be drawn to him.
Two people entirely wrong for one another, yet so perfectly right.
When their worlds collide, Lucy Diamond will learn the true meaning of love and sacrifice as she embarks on the road of no return with bad boy Jude Wallace. 
Like a thief in the night, love will take them both by surprise. 
     I have never read anything by McDonald, but after this, you bet I will. I loved this from the first sentence. Heck, actually the title chapter . I loved those. I am a huge Beatles fan and I loved how every title chapter was a Beatles song. It immediately put a smile on my face. I love how we are put into the action very quickly. Lucy is put into a situation she never expected and she doesn't seem to realize how bad it is. But her deep depression sends her in the life a their named Jude. Lucy and Jude, get it? I felt like watching Across the Universe when this was done. Stories aren't the same, but still. Nonetheless, the chemistry between them could have burned up my ereader. That first kiss was to die for. Everything moved very fast in this story, but nothing was left out. I loved the mystery of how Lucy and Jude are tied together. It was quite a thrilling and action packed story even though it was short. The characters were easy to love and I wanted to stay with them long after the read was done. The only negative is that it was too short. I could have easily read 300 pages of this. I want to read 300 pages of this. I at least hope we get a story about Lucy's partner, Sarah. It hints at her past and I would like to know more about her. She seems very carefree and all over the place, but we see there is more there. Overall, this was a very good read and I am looking for more from McDonald.

 Desolation By Jo Matthews
Liam Jenkins grew up with everything he ever wanted. At age 17, his world is ripped apart and he finds himself without a home, without a car, and without money. His support system is gone and he is left to fend for himself. Not having any other option, Liam turns to sex and small crimes to survive.
When a beautiful woman chooses not to turn him into the cops but invites him to her hotel room instead, Liam’s world is flipped upside down again and everything he’s learned on the streets ceases to exist.
What will happen when one night with her isn’t enough? When she haunts his thoughts and dreams? When his past finally catches up with him, will he be able to start over? And will his mystery woman be there to see him through?
     I have signed up for so many tours from Matthews and it is so nice to read something she has written. This was quite an interesting read. I wasn't sure what to make of our lead character Liam or some of the other characters as well. Liam is a rich kid who gets thrown out because he was defending his mother against his father. His dad was just fired and has become quite a drunk. But Liam manages to survive by stealing and having sex with pretty women. I felt bad for him, but there were times when I felt he doesn't feel as desperate as I  thought he should. He comes off cocky at times. But then again, homeless or not, apparently he was hot enough for any girl to want him. So maybe there was some pride in there, who knows. I liked the connection he had with Paige near the end, but I wish we saw more of it. We didn't get much of that. The book basically recaps his being thrown out at seventeen to him on the streets until he is twenty-three. Our thing that did upset me was his mother. I do like how she pays a part, but I hated her part in all of this. Liam tells us from the beginning both of his parents are rich. So the actions she takes makes no sense. She has to have connections. Hell, she has the money to leave, but what she did pissed me off. If you were a poor woman, I could understand you having no other choice, but you come from old money - an oil empire. You can't tell me you had no other options. Nonetheless, this was well written and beautifully told. It could be a bit unrealistic at times though especially at the end. Won't complain too much about it because it was the outcome I wanted. Still, I enjoyed this read a lot.
Low By Mary Elizabeth
Lowen Seely has been forced into making bad choices his whole life but none as consequential as the one that lands him behind bars. He thought times were tough before he was locked up; the boy from the hood learns living a law-abiding life is nearly impossible with a felony record.
He finds hope in Poesy Ashby, the girl who kissed him through glass partitions every weekend for two years.
Not everything is simple, but in her he finds strength.
In her, he is brave.
Even crooks love.
When Lowen and Poesy stare poverty in the face, he has another choice to make.
And this time, she’s driving
     I really liked this one. This is my first read from Mary Elizabeth and I really love her style. I loved how authentic this story felt. It really shows you what happens when you are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Lowen was a character you are instantly sympathetic towards. He is doing all he can to take care of his family. His father is in jail and his mother is physically disabled from her job. He had to quit school to support them. Seeing Lowen's ups and downs was truly traumatic. You feel sorry for him. I really like Poesy. We see more of her in the second half of the story. You can tell she is the rock of the relationship. She keeps her hopes up, but as always, life has a way of knocking that out of you sometimes. Elizabeth has done such a great job with this story. The only thing that drove me crazy was the ending. I turned hoping for another chapter. I couldn't believe it stopped there. I really wanted to know more. But still this was a great read. Again, very realistic. Definitely things in life we all could relate to.
Don't Let Me Go By Sarah Elizabeth
Based almost entirely on body language, intimate feelings can develop within less than a minute of meeting someone.
Additionally, meeting in a dangerous situation increases the chances of falling in love.
This is that fall.
Where meeting her eyes means seeing it through.
Following down from the start to don’t let me go.
From roll up to run.
Between old glory and new beginnings.
This is what happens when a lamb is carried to the slaughter by courage, instead of a cowardly lion.
     I have to say this was a bit different for me. This story didn't really flow like the others. It was actually kind of difficult. We are thrust into a story and are immediately introduced to about five different characters. I honestly can't tell you much about anyone because there isn't a lot given. We learn that they run drugs and one of their own, Rhys, has stolen from them. The dialogue and mannerisms in this book made no sense at times. We are told that the story is in 2011, but the characters sound like a gang from the 1950s. I honestly didn't know whether they were young or not until we are given an age. It was kind of confusing. Then there was the love story. Let me say this, if you are going to have a story with young people, please clarify the age as soon as possible. Our lead, CL, is twenty-three years old. But the love interest, Kenny (Lamb, and yes she is a girl) is someone in high school and she seems pretty young. As a matter of fact, him and the other guys call her "kid" all the time. But he is clearly lusting after her. I couldn't get into the connection early on because I just kept screaming "Pedo!" in my head. We only learn near the end that she is eighteen. Worse yet, he never bothers to ask her age before he starts staring at her.
     Also something that pissed me off is we don't know the reason behind why Rhys did what he did. As a matter of fact, at the end, something happens. But why it happened makes no sense. What they have been searching for is right there. Why did it need to go that far? It was unnecessary when you think about it. So not only was it unnecessary, but what about Lamb through all of this. We don't know whether Lamb is protecting him or not. She is related to him, but she doesn't seem all that worried. Did they like each other? Did she know what he did? We never know. I felt like I was given only part of the story. I can't describe these characters. I can't tell you who is who. We aren't given much.  All we know is CL wants out, but he needs to find out how. These guys have been more than friends, they were like brothers. But can he really choose them even if what they were doing was wrong? I think the story would have been told better if it were in a novel. There are too many characters and a lot more of the story that just weren't fully fleshed out here. There is something here, but this really felt crammed and it was confusing to follow at times.

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Meet the Authors

B.L. Wilde
B.L. Wilde is a British author obsessed with many things, including heated love stories. Fully supported by her husband, she can often be found at her desk working on her next project.
Her journey into the world of erotica began when she started writing online stories over three years ago, and she hasn't looked back since.
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Jeanne McDonald
Jeanne McDonald began telling stories at the ripe young age of five, when her mother considered the truth to be a lie due to her extensive embellishment to the retelling of an event.  She wrote her first short story when she was twelve years old, and at the age of sixteen she tried her hand at poetry.  She reconnected with her love for writing in 2010 thanks to the encouragement of a dear friend.
Her passions include a "mild" Starbucks addiction, music, reading, quotes, movies, and romance.  When she's not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, chatting with her friends or diligently working toward her bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.

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Jo Matthews
Jo Matthews is an Arizona native, where she lives with son. A stay-at-home mom since 2007, she only recently discovered her love and passion for the written word. When she’s not writing, she’s usually knee deep in editing—an aspect she thoroughly enjoys.
As an editor, she has propelled quite a few authors into the published world, and with her skills, has landed several stories on Amazon’s Top Sellers lists.

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Sarah Elizabeth
love’s listener is a lone wolf born a unicorn with a red panda soul and a heart she drew herself. friend, sister, elizabeth, and true love, she’s a messenger that makes art with words and love with art. she’s been yelly, yellowglue, squeak, cuppycakes, precious pinks, warren, little grey, a girl named ben, and sarahbear.  she’s a synesthete, a heart junkie, a truth seeker and secret keeper. poet half, sun half, and total scripturient, Sarah’s work is equal parts her passion, sanctuary, precipice, vice, adventure, restorative, deliverance, and joy. she currently resides in Kansas City, and she’s bringing Rococo back.

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Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets. Known as The Realist, she is one half of The Elizabeths—a duo brave enough to never hide the truth. Born and raised in Southern California, she’s a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She’s a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it’s perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she’s not letting go until every story is told.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm all swoony right now. Thank you so much for your review of Branded and of Renegade. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate it...we all do.
    My best,


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