Saturday, July 20, 2013

Blog Tour for Fallen for You and Taken by You by Carlie Sexton

If you believe your life is the sum total of your choices, what do you do when things just don’t add up? You are about to find out. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be dull. And surely, it won’t be safe. In fact, making just one wrong choice could put evil at your bedside watching you sleep.

And so it is with Kate Simmons, a young woman who, by choosing to regain her life, actually puts it at risk by the very choices she makes. After unimaginable heartbreak stops her world on a dime, Kate falls into a three-year blackness of self blame that brings her to the edge of life, itself. As time finally brings light back through tiny cracks of renewed desire, Kate moves out of the prison she made for herself in her mother’s home to find a new reality, rooming with her best girlfriend, Charlie.

Yet, to be free is to be vulnerable, and Kate’s choices more than ever mark a splattered line between being happy and being dead.

Care to choose? Here’s your menu:
A strangely alluring building manager so possessed with wanting you for his own, he’ll bury more than the fact he has a girlfriend; a buff college student for whom you are clearly hot, as are all the other girls on campus; a pushy lawyer who is as handsome as he is intoxicated with conquest, who doesn’t take no for an answer, who gets what he wants — always.

Sometimes, it’s whom you choose. Sometimes, it’s who chooses you. If you’re Kate, it’s both, and it puts you on a perilous road where good looks and humor are the thin masks of jealous delusion and utter violence.

You’re in trouble when the sum total of your choices is written in blood red.

Our 4 Star Review 

 He wanted to be calm when he found Kate. He had to convince her that they belonged together. He had to make her listen. I will find her no matter what it takes!

After suffering from a tragic loss that sends her world crashing down, Kate Simmons is trying to let go of the guilt and taking the first step in moving on with her life. Escaping from the strained relationship she has with her mother Kate and her best friend Charlie Andrews get an apartment together. Kate re-enrolls at San Diego State University to finish getting her degree. After taking some time off she is ready to get her life back and move on.

With her best friend Charlie at her side and still loving her job at Nordstrom. Kate is ready to become an independent woman. What she wasn’t expecting was attracting the attention of three separate men. The choices Mark, the handsome college student who seems to be the ladies man, a womanizer; Roger, the very nice and decent looking apartment manager and her new neighbor and finally Neil, the gorgeous, determined and successful lawyer. What Kate doesn’t realize is just how dangerous one of those men really is and that her choices could mean life and death.

She saw that Roger’s door was open. He came to the threshold to talk to her, all smiles as usual.

Hey, Kate! Would you like to come in for a cup of coffee? I’m currently brewing a fresh pot,” He asked enthusiastically.

“I would love to, but it’s the first day of school and I want to get to class early to get a good seat. Plus, I heard that parking at SDSU is a nightmare. Can I take a rain check?”
“Sure. Some other time,” he said, sounding more than a little deflated.
“How about after I’m done with my classes” My second class ends about ten. I should be home by ten-thirty.”
“That would be great! I’ll be waiting. Do you like anything special in your coffee?” “Well, I’m a fan of hazelnut, but I don’t want you to go to any trouble. I am a coffee fiend so really anything will be great,” she said.
“Well, it’s a date then,” he said, a glimmer in his eyes. “See you later.” “See you then, Roger.

As Kate adjusts to being a student again. She finds herself attracted to a fellow student Mark Baxter but keeps her distance. He constantly surrounded by women.  It has been awhile since she has had these feelings but her gut is telling her that there is something more to him, he maybe gorgeous but he is definitely a player.  Trying to fight her attraction to him and after talking with him, she agrees and gives him her number. Still unsure if he is being honest or just being a guy.

“I don’t want any of the other girls on campus,” he said, a frown on his gorgeous face. A face with chiseled fine features and big green eyes that had already seared their way into her heart. Then his face relaxed. “I want the beautiful, intelligent woman standing here before me now. It’s not only your beauty that I find intriguing, but your intelligence is extremely sexy to me as well. Every time you talk in class, I am mesmerized by what you are saying. I want to know everything about you. I want to figure out what makes you tick. I want hours to go by with you and have it seem like minutes. I want to make you feel things that you have never felt before.”

What Kate wasn’t expecting was the persistence and persuasiveness of Neil Statton. Neil is everything she would want in a man he is gorgeous, successful, sexy and determined. He has been nothing but a gentleman with her. He is so intense and the attraction she feels towards him scares her more than anything. How can she be this attracted to two completely opposite men? Coming to terms that she isn’t tied down to anyone she agrees to go on a date with Neil a date that will change her life in more ways than one.

“I know I said I would be a perfect gentleman. But the truth of the matter is you make me absolutely wild.” His breathing was heavy. “I want you so badly. I want to be your man.” “You are so beautiful. I want to make love to you. Please let me,” he pleaded. “I want you so much. I just can’t wait.”

Roger Wilkins. I love how Roger appears to be this normal guy. In the beginning I was like - ok his military training has him more in-tune with things and with people, but then hearing his thoughts about Kate after only having a phone conversation with her. That is when I realized that there is a little more to Roger than I thought. He is that character you love to hate. He is good looking but creepy- gets too involved, asks weird questions, makes you uncomfortable. I was intrigued yet mortified and shocked at some of his actions. The man absolutely has no remorse. WHOA! He is a creeptasticly fubard character. Brilliantly written.  Kate is friendly with him but also uncomfortable around him she can’t explain it but she remains friendly with him. He is her neighbor after all and has been nothing but nice to her.

Then you have Mark. He is this gorgeous college guy who is genuinely interested in Kate. He is swoon worthy for sure. Kate knows guys like him, the player. He does his best to prove to Kate that she is wrong about him. Kate wants to give him a chance but is reluctant. When Kate over hears gossip from another classmate she realizes her gut was right.

Last but not least is Neil Statton. A widowed, gorgeous, young lawyer. The moment he saw Kate he knew he had to have her and used to getting what he wants he does everything he can to get her. He is smart, sexy and very determined. Their attraction for each other is off the freaking charts! With their commom bond of suffering a loss, they can easily relate to each other. This man will melt your panties right off of you. *fans self-off* You can’t help but fall in love with him.

Kate is so out of the dating loop and so distraught from her past that she has no idea what to do. She see’s that Roger has shown some interest. He is nice but he also has a girlfriend. Her two toughest decisions are between Mark and Neil. She is really torn up about it until she discovers the truth about one of them. What’s a girl to do? The one thing she doesn’t do is string them along.

When Kate finally makes her choice, you are left with two very unhappy men. One of them will do everything he can to make what he thinks is his competition disappear for good.

When one of the men start acting strange, facts start to surface and Kate realizes her life is in danger as are those around her. When Kate and Charlie suddenly move out, one man will do everything to get her back and won’t give up until she is his.

Carlie Sexton has the perfect formula in this book... mystery, suspense, the shock factor, romance, loss, steamy sex, humor, heartache, love... This book had me pulled in from chapter one. The character are fantastic!

This book leaves you hanging and I am so looking forward to seeing what happens in book #2.

A job well done by Carlie Sexton! Bravo!

 Book Synopsis:
How tragic it is when a caged spirit finally finds its freedom and — entranced in its ecstasy — is invited by that freedom into a cloaked dance with danger.

In Book One of this three-part epic, Kate Simmons — young and alluring, and finally out of her cage of grief — attracts more than attention. Intoxicated by her newfound independence, a blithe Kate is on her way to finding out that around the corners of life, some life-changing eye-openers await. As the story continues in Book Two and she begins to churn a dangerously turbulent trail, it is Kate who now has to snap to, to react, to outrun, or become yet another tortured victim who vanishes down the path of wrong choice.


Having already roiled the risky waters of jealousy, Kate moves in with Neil while Roger — an enamored oddity — visits his son in Germany. Upon his return and finding Kate gone, Roger’s predator mind becomes unhitched, and then unleashed, on the hunt of a lifetime. But whose life?

Step by creeping step, even as Kate’s future closes in on her, she attends — obliviously — to her new life, working through the challenges of fresh relationships, losing family members both to death and to deceit, questioning the depth of love.
Every path offers a choice. Every choice offers a consequence. And every consequence summons its due. As emotions swirl across fateful days and nights, some in Kate’s life will reach out to touch happiness in warm embraces, others to sever ties in bloody traces.

The stains of passion are frequently mistaken. The question here is who will be taken?

Our 4 Star Review 

“I’ll find you soon, my love....... Very soon.”

Roger returns from his trip to Germany to find Kate gone and her apartment completely empty. Confused, hurt and angry, Roger is on a mission to find Kate.  Stopping by a bar to think, he meets another women by the name of Rose and he is happy for she is someone to bide his time until he is able to locate Kate.

Kate is happily living with Neil. Feeling better about being away from Roger, she tries to continue on with her life. When she gets some unexpected news in regards to her father, finds out that Neil has been keeping a secret and is forced to quit her job, Kate feels as if her life is out of control. She is sad, hurt, confused and scared.

“You, my beauty are the calm in my storm. You bring peace to my everyday life and I so desperately need that. You and I complete each other. We don’t have to compete to have our needs met.”

When Roger reappears in Kate’s life with his family in tow, and the news that Kate’s school mate Mark’s body was found, Kate is freaked out again. Neil hires a security team to protect her. Again, Kate continues to move on with her life with Neil.

“Baby, it’s going to be okay. I’ll call Paul and get some men assigned to me if that will make you feel better. I’m not going to let anything hurt us. I love you so much and will do whatever it takes for you to feel safe again.”

Neil being the awesome boyfriend plans a fantastic day for Kate. Regardless of the security measure, Roger is on a mission. Using all means necessary to get what he wants, he will remove whomever gets in his way to have her. When she least excepts it, Roger strikes and Kate finds herself completely helpless.

Book #2 in this series definitely didn’t disappoint.  I loved getting to know more about Neil and his past and exactly what is was about Kate that completely enamored him.

Kate, her life is literally in shambles. She learns of Neil’s late wife. She learns the truth about her father  and some truth that changes the dynamics of her relationship with her mother. It also bring her and her brother closer together. She is forced to grow up a lot. Roger is on her tail and relentless. Kate only knows safety and love when she is in Neil’s arms, other than that she feels so alone and scared.

We also got to know more about Natalie and her difficult past as well as Mac. I LOVED the sparks between them. They have a ton in common and my heart just melted with Mac and how he helped Natalie.

Again, this story has it all suspense, romance and angst. 

Carlie Sexton has created a charming serial killer that keeps you on edge with the decisions he makes, most of them leave your jaw dropped open.

Be prepared for a major cliffhanger!  I cannot wait to see what happens next.

A freaking fantastic job!!

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