Tuesday, February 3, 2015

review || TRUST ME { blitz + playlist }

Trust Me by Ella Sheridan
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing (2/1/2015)
Series: Southern Nights, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author/IndieSage PR
Purchase || amazon | all romance || Goodreads 
Rating: ★1/2

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A woman on a mission…

Maddie Baker spent four years seeking vengeance against the man whose abuse destroyed her life. That search has led her to a small town outside Atlanta and a missing teenage girl. Nothing will stand in the way of her mission, including a jackass of an ex- soldier who reawakens emotions best left to die.

A man on the hunt…

Jack Quinn learned to recognize trouble in the marines, and he sees it in Maddie the minute he lays eyes on her tending bar. Her secrets are hidden deep, but secrets are his specialty, and peeling away her barriers only makes him want her more. He’ll do whatever it takes to get her to trust him with her body and her heart. 

An old threat whose time has come…

Staying hidden kept Maddie safe, but the search for justice will bring her into the open and face-to-face with her treacherous past. Risking her life is one thing, but risking her heart is another. In love and in danger, she must trust Jack to lead her—and pray they both come out alive. 
{ playlist } .
JACK — “Train” by 3 Doors Down
 MADDIE — “Stand” by Rascal Flatts

“Beautiful Lie” – Thirty Seconds to Mars
 “Gotta Be Somebody” – Nickelback
 “Break the Spell” – Daughtry 
 “Round and Round” – 3 Doors Down
 “Renegade” – Daughtry 
“Call Your Name” – Daughtry
“Tennessee Line” – Daughtry
“Baptized” – Daughtry
“Battleships” – Daughtry
“Truly Madly Deeply” – Savage Garden
“Ghost of Me” – Daughtry
“Landing in London” – 3 Doors Down
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Teach Me || amazon | all romance ebooks | kobo | bn

about Ella || Ella Sheridan grew up in the middle of nowhere, otherwise known as the Deep South. Books provided her with adventures, friends, and her first forays into romance. To this day she explores the world through the words of her favorite authors, whether that’s the worlds across space and time or the worlds of love and passion. When she’s not writing or working or reading, she is corralling her two active teenagers, snuggling on the couch with her husband, working out her stress in a martial arts class, or sleeping. But no matter what she’s doing, the voices in her head just won’t let her go.

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 { review } .

At first, superficial, glance, TRUST ME is TEACH ME with different characters.

Guy who protects people for a living, teaching victimized women to defend themselves. Same guy falls for one said victimized woman. Victimized woman's past comes to haunt them. Eventually, all's well and they live happily ever after.

But like I said -- that's on first superficial glance.

Con liked Jess from the beginning -- he found her attractive and went as far as 'stalking' her to the local coffee shop he only ever saw her at. Jess was confronted by her nightmare the day she first meets Con; Con offers his services, putting his libido aside. Eventually, Jess learns to trust him (and her, at that) -- and so and so forth.

Now, when Con's good friend first sees Maddie? Sure, he thinks she's hot, but damn she has a mouth on her. And where Jess found Con attractive but was in no way in the market for a relationship, one date or more? Yeah... Maddie is so far off the market that she does her damnedest to deter Jack from the get-go.

...after all, what better nickname for a man named Jack than 'jackass'? And she certainly slings it like it's part of her everyday language.

But then again... there's not exactly the urge to call someone by nice nicknames when he's issuing commands at you as if you're a dog...
"Stop!" Planting her firmly on the ground out of the way, Jack whipped ehr to face him. Wild eyes latched on to his, her face going red with impotent anger. He gripped her biceps before she could explode into violence..
...Jack allowed every ounce of command he possessed to shine from his eyes, using attitude as much as strength to subdue her. Only when Maddie sank back on her heels did he let her go.
"Stay!" His pointed finger told her where, though the way her mouth dropped open and the stunned look on her face assured him he only had moment to work before her surprise wore off and she came after him again. 
Maddie is super cautious, even if and when she's flipping birds and running her mouth. The attitude stems from her deep need to change; the cautiousness is due to the fact she's living life on the run.

Jack, on the other hand, is crude and, like Maddie says, a jackass, quite frankly. However, like a quick flip of the switch, a few kisses and that changes (because it's most certainly not the first one that changes their attitudes toward one another).

Maddie is a very strong lead female. She doesn't take shit and wants her hands in the dirt that Jack starts to dig. Does she shrink back at times? Try to keep her demons hidden from the man she's coming to, dare she say it... like? Absolutely.

But when it matters, she lets him in -- exactly where Jack doesn't realize he needs to be.

I remember loving TEACH ME. When I started TRUST ME, I was a bit disappointed to find the theme was the same... but then I looked past that superficial surface and really, truly enjoyed watching these two go through the motions -- especially because, as Ella states, Jack did not make this story easy (I'm curious about what and where he gave her the most hell...).

The next story to be released will be TAKE ME, where we follow Jack's friend, old Marine buddy, guy we meet in this book... Gabe. However, it's more than Gabe and some girl... According to the quick blurb, it's Gabe, Sam (his twin), and Peyton (the girl, I'm assuming). I've read one ménage story that involved brothers and a girl (can't remember the name). And while threesomes and whatnot... ok, it's a fantasy that many take a part of... the whole "doing it with your sibling" just freaks me out a little bit.

...but because this series hasn't steered me wrong thus far, I will read it with an open mind. I'm just a little bit more cautious with that one.

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