Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Giveaway and Review: The Tied Man by Tabitha McGowan

Lilith Bresson, an independent, successful young artist, is forced to travel from her home in Spain to the wild borderlands of northern England, to repay her feckless father’s latest debt by painting a portrait of the enigmatic Lady Blaine Albermarle.

On her first night at Albermarle Hall she meets Finn Strachan, Blaine’s ‘companion’, a cultured and hauntingly beautiful young man who seems to have it all. But Lilith has an artist’s eye, and a gift for seeing what lies beneath the skin. She soon discovers that Blaine is more gaoler than lover, and if the price is right, depravity has no limits.

As the weeks pass, Lilith finds that she too is drawn into the malign web that her patron has spun, yet against the odds she forges a strong friendship with the damaged, dysfunctional Finn. In a dark, modern twist to an age-old story, Lilith Bresson proves that sometimes it’s the princess who needs to become the rescuer.

Please note that this storyline contains depictions of drug abuse, violence and non-consensual sexual activity.

4 Star Review

***WARNING: This story contains situations where there is drug use, non- consensual sexual activity and violence. 

No amount of honeyed words could have prepared me for what I saw. My earlier comments about dungeons was no longer funny, because that was exactly what Blaine Albermarle had constructed in the cellars of her warped fairytale home.... 

Lilith Bresson is a well-known and wanted young artist who also comes from a troubled past. Due to her estranged father's debt, she is forced to leave her home is Spain to travel to northern England where she is to paint a portrait of the perplexing Lady Blaine Albermarle. 
When she arrives at Albermarle Hall she is immediately introduced to Finn Strachan who happens to be Lady Blaine's 'companion'. Finn is an extremely handsome young man who appears to live the life and want for nothing. Lilith has this uncanny little gift where she is able to see things for how they really are and being able to see through the fa├žade people put on. *Insert the brutal reality and nightmare here* 

"Finn, what the hell do you think you're doing?" I finally managed to ask. "I'm here to ensure your needs are met. Making sure your stay at Albermarle Hall is as pleasurable as possible." 

Stuck at Albermarle Hall for the next few months, Lilith and Finn develop a friendship. Lilith learns just how damaged Finn is and also sees the ugly truth about Lady Blaine and what really goes on at Albermarle Hall. She is forced to watch her friend get beaten, tortured and much more. 

"Anyway, I digress. What I want to say is that Albermarle can offer you a greater opportunity for release than most could ever dream. Why don't you come with me? It's far easier to experience than to explain." Blaine stood and reached out her hand to lead me back through the doorway. 

Realizing that Lady Blaine is more of the warden of Albermarle Hall then a host, Lilith gets caught up in a dangerous game that Lady Blaine likes play. No one she cares for is safe but she will risk it all to save the ones she loves, no matter the cost. 

"You're the first person in this whole f@*king place who's ever asked permission to touch me, you know that?" 

As disturbing as some of the scenes were in this book, it was well written. This definitely isn't one for the faint of heart. 

Lilith is a petite little fireball and will stop at nothing to right the wrongs. Finn has to be one of the most enduring, lost and tortured characters I have come across, my heart broke over and over again. What this man has gone through is far from champagne wishes and caviar dreams. He been stuck in a living nightmare and has managed to survive night after night. He feels lifeless until Lilith comes into his life not only physically saving him but also saving him mentally. Finn in return has also saved Lilith she has also endure some of life's nasty lessons and for the first time she is willing and able to open her heart.
Together they fight one of the most evil beings out there. I have read some nasty characters but I have to say Lady Blaine takes the cake. She is pure evil with no boundaries. 
The characters were brilliant. You either loved them or loathed them. I think this is my first book where I hated more characters than I liked. I also enjoyed the fact that the girl gets to rescue the boy. 
My only complaint, I really wish there had been an epilogue. It doesn't end poorly but it just ends. I would have loved to know a little bit of the aftermath and how the characters have dealt with things. 
For such a difficult and disturbing subject, this book was wonderfully written. This book is similar to Captured in the Dark by CJ Roberts but with some mob like situations. 
A job well done by Tabitha McGowan. 

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