Thursday, September 24, 2015

review || THE LIES BETWEEN US { blog tour } by M.N. Forgy

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M.N. Forgy, LLC | September 22, 2015 | Romantic Suspence/MC Romance
Devil's Dust, book 4


Cherry's life growing up was nothing short of a nightmare. Having an abusive father forced her to fend for herself from an early age. Bruised and emotionally broken, she finally escaped, running straight into the comfort that Lip's arms brought. In the beginning, everything seemed to fall into place perfectly. He made her forget the messed-up ways of her life. But secrets can't stay neglected. They have a habit of revealing themselves regardless of the consequences. Terrified, Cherry can't speak a word or she'll lose it all.

Lip is no stranger to the criminal life. Growing up among convicts, he wanted nothing more than to show his worth. He'll do anything for the club without question, including serving six years in prison. But nobody could have predicted life's plan. Rugged, tattooed, and wanting nothing more than to have Cherry, Lip is no longer the man whom Cherry remembers. After his release, he came out a beast with more secrets and lies than his cage could hold.


When a relationship is surrounded by mounting dark secrets, is it possible to survive and come out unscathed?
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{ about m.n. forgy } .

m.n. forgy bio.jpgM.N. Forgy was raised in Missouri where she still lives with her family. She's a soccer mom by day and a saucy writer by night. M.N. Forgy started writing at a young age but never took it seriously until years later, as a stay-at-home mom, she opened her laptop and started writing again. As a role model for her children, she felt she couldn't live with the "what if" anymore and finally took a chance on her character's story. So, with her glass of wine in hand and a stray Barbie sharing her seat, she continues to create and please her fans.

{ excerpt } .

After he leaves, I open his wallet, reading his name, address, weight. All of it.

“Phillip DeLuca.” I taste his name running off my lips as I trace my finger over his picture. He’s so handsome. He’s the kind of guy most people would be afraid of, but not me. I want to get to know him. Lost in a daydream, my car door is yanked open.

“Where the fuck is it, bitch?”

“What?” I shriek as I’m pulled out of the car and slammed forward onto the hot hood. “I don’t have anything!” I scream, trying to pull free. He shoves me back down on the hood. His hand tangled in my hair.

“Don’t think about moving,” he spits, his tone harsh. I roll my eyes and continue leaning over the hood. My heart slams against my chest in pure panic, and my hands shake. He pulls away and leans in to the car. Within seconds, he finds his wallet. Shit.

He peers at me with a fierce energy in his eyes. The intensity has me pulling off the hood, scared out of my mind.

“You have some balls,” he mutters, shoving his wallet back in his pocket. His tone is soft and tender suddenly. I turn my head and eye him angrily.

“Fuck you.” I cross my arms and lean my hip against the car. My choice of words more confident than I’m feeling.

He steps up to me and grabs my hips hard with both hands. My skin burns, and my mouth parts with desire. His brown eyes find mine, and his hands yank my body closer to his. I feel like all the air is sucked from my lungs as I search his dark eyes. Placing my hands on his solid chest to steady myself, my palms buzz with excitement.

“You’d like that, wouldn’t you?” He looks me up and down and leans in close. “You’d like it if I pushed you over the hood of this car and fucked you ‘til your legs gave out.” His words feather against my lips, he’s so close. I hold my breath, willing my body to pull away, but I don’t move. Just when I think he’s going to kiss me, he grabs my hand and pulls it upward. I furrow my brows and watch as he pulls a pen from his back pocket, pulling the cap off with his teeth. He writes his number and the word ‘Lip’ on my hand.

“Call me. Don’t make me come find you, Cherry.”

“Cherry?” I ask out loud.

“Your swimsuit,” he yells over his shoulder before starting his bike. I look down at my white shirt noticing my cherry bikini peeking out from the bust line. A smile creeps across my face. I know I shouldn’t like him, but I kind of do. Driving past me, he winks and I swear I sigh like a damn fool.

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{ review } .

This was a story full of angst and hurting pasts. The story line and characterizations of Cherry and Lip were done well, and they were true to the author's writing style. That said...

When it comes to "motorcycle club romances", regardless if the story is about the "good guys" or the "1%-ers" or whomever, the men are gruff. Heck, the women are gruff. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Some authors, though, bring the gruffness out more than others, and I would say that that is the way of M.N. Forgy. Some readers will not connect to this... myself being one. However, I was interested enough in Lip and Cherry to push on.

I personally get annoyed with the language when it's over-used, but outside of dialogue I felt this story was well-written.

{ Side note? I have not read the rest of the series; from other reviewers, it sounds like the story of Cherry and Lip brings out answers to questions throughout the series, but having not read the rest of the books? I don't necessarily think reading the previous three books is a need-to (a want-to, sure, but not in the sense where everything would have clicked further had I read the other books), but it looks as if this book made series lovers extremely happy }.

I enjoyed watching Lip and Cherry's romance, from beginning to the last scene on the couch in domestic bliss. Cherry's life hasn't been the best, no, but she has a solid foundation by way of her brother, and eventually the club. She hasn't made the best decisions in life, and some of her decisions were actually made for her, but watching her fight for her life, for her passions, and for those she loved, was a great way to showcase a truly solid, truly loyal, woman.

Lip was the very definition of MC-alpha male. In addition, the author made it a point to show that this was a biker who'd been to jail. Many series talk about it, many say certain members had been there, but this was one of the few times I'd read of the character who'd been there.

He's rough around the edges and scowls like it's cool, but under that hard exterior is a man close to his club, a man who lives for the brotherhood, and who will fight for the ones he loves -- something he'll prove to Cherry a time or two.

Like I said, aside from dialogue problems on my part, this was a well written story; this author definitely belongs in the MC genre and I'm sure she could make me a fan of her series..!

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{ read the rest of the series! }

The Devil’s Dust Series
What Doesn’t Destroy Us (Book One) The Devil’s Dust

The Scars that Define Us (Book Two) The Devil’s Dust

The Broken Piece of Us (Book 2.5) The Devil’s Dust

The Fear That Divides Us (Book Three) The Devil’s Dust

Love That Defies Us (Novella)

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