Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pre-Release Tour - The Hustle by KJ Bell

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Aidan Hunter’s heart has been broken twice. The first time was his mistake; Tori belonged to his brother. The second time, an entirely different kind of void remained. After months of trying to understand how Maria perpetrated such heartless betrayal, the only thing Aidan has left is the desire to seek revenge. With everything in place to work the hustle of a lifetime, Aidan learns the truth and he’ll stop at nothing to get Maria back. Only in an unexpected twist, Peyton Miles, a woman completely opposite of Maria, begins to worm her way into Aidan’s heart. She’s mature, sexy and confident, and she doesn’t need to be saved. When an irreversible mistake is made, Aidan loses both women. Fate has other plans and a second chance emerges. Can Aidan let go of the guilt he carries and allow himself happiness? Or will he continue to fight his feelings and intentionally sabotage any hope of a relationship?
Releasing January 24th, 2015

4.5 Star Review by Jennifer Hagen

This is a continuation of Tug’s story and you will need to read #1 which is appropriately titled “Tug”.

When we left off in Tug #1, Aidan (Tug) had been hustled…or had he?  We were all left wondering who was hustled.  Was it Tug or was it Maria?  As we begin Tug #2 we are approximately 3 months following the hustle and Aiden is very angry, hurt, and is going through women again to numb his pain.  He chases the orgasmic euphoria to forget for a brief second why he hurts so much, but when he crashes back down he remembers…

Tug Hunter is fucking dead.
I hate the man left behind.
He’s empty.

In order to facilitate moving on, Tug decides to remodel his apartment to erase all memories of Maria and her son, Javier…a boy that called Tug “daddy” and whom Tug regarded as his son.  Not only did he lose Maria, but he lost his family.  It’s been very tough on Tug and my heart broke for him.  He never seems to catch a break when it comes to love and the emotional slaughter that comes with it.   The interior decorator by the name of Peyton brings a smile to Tug’s otherwise hardened features.  Peyton is confident and strong.  She doesn’t stand for any of Tug’s bullshit and calls him on it.  Peyton is also very beautiful, which equates fueling Tug’s desires.

It is said that people come into your life for a reason and I believe Peyton showed up when I needed her the most, like an angel in waiting.  If even only as a distraction from the day-to-day hell I’ve been living, Peyton serves a purpose.  She’s a new path and new beginning.

But Tug can’t move on from what he’s lost.  He has a plan in place…There’s finally light at the end of the tunnel.  I’ve conned the master. 

Now Tug finds himself in a conundrum…does he go after Maria or does he see what will happen with Peyton?  Peyton is always about taking a risk and finding out what is behind the next door, and she has made it perfectly clear that she is willing to be his second choice (for lack of a better description) falling into the shadow of his still-existing love for Maria.  She wants Tug to look to the future and see himself with her.

“Your past is always going to be there, waiting to remind you of who you were or where you came from.  You decide how much power those memories have.” 

Tug has always found pain when he loves somebody.  First it was Tori, and now Maria.  He is cold-hearted when he doesn’t love somebody, letting the memories of his past take hold of him.  Even when he does allow himself to love he still has a guard around his heart.  He was getting so close to letting Peyton break down some of those bricks, but I could understand the conflict that Tug is feeling because I was feeling it with him.  How do you let go of somebody you loved so much and move on after a short amount of time?  Is Maria really that replaceable?  What would I do if I was given a choice?  I probably would do the same thing Tug did and go for the complete package that was once his.  It wouldn’t matter what collateral damage was being left behind.  He can envision his goal and he shared his eyes with me so I could see it also. 

Maybe wanting to be with Maria is the wrong choice, but ironically, it was Peyton who taught me that some risks are worth taking.  It doesn’t matter because I’m willing to lose everything I have to get my family back, including Peyton.

So now Tug has made his choice.  He’s going to try to get back his family and his love.  There are lots of twists and turns on his road to happiness.  There are times when my eyes were wet with emotion and there were times I laughed seeing the old Tug finally being able to find happiness and be the goofball that he was when we first met him.  Before life jaded Tug, he was a character and it has taken him years to find himself again but the pain was worth it.  He has found his happiness.

I used to believe when things were broken they could never be fixed.  They can, with time and family and love, nothing is irreparable.  Healing takes faith.  Once I accepted I wasn’t irredeemable, even my tattered heart could be mended.

Although Tug’s story is considered a standalone, if you have not read the previous books in the Irreparable series, I encourage you to do so.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…that is some of the best angst I’ve ever read! 

I am so happy that Ms. Bell has a treat in store for us…there will be 2 installments added to the Irreparable series told from Tug’s POV.  Plus we still have Liv’s story to look forward to.  So much goodness will be coming our way!!  Ms. Bell is a phenomenal writer and I can’t wait to read more Tug, even though I know it will break my heart.  I’ll just have to remember that he eventually finds his love.



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irreparably Broken
Appearances are not always reality… That’s what twenty-year old Tori discovers when she moves in with her best friend, Liv for the summer. Liv’s older brother Brady is everything Tori knows is wrong for her, yet he invokes emotions deep in her soul that she’s never felt with anyone else. When the two eventually succumb to their feelings, Tori realizes Brady is not the same confident guy she’s secretly loved for years. Tori desperately wants Brady to confide in her, but he refuses to talk about the secrets that have drastically changed his life. Turning to the one person that always makes her laugh, she begins spending time with the younger brother, Tug. The two grow closer and Tori wonders if her feelings for Tug run deeper than the “just buddies” status they’ve always shared. As she begins to explore her feelings, the conflict between brothers, she’d hoped to avoid erupts. She has to choose. When Brady finally reveals his secrets, Tori makes her decision; one that may leave them all Irreparably Broken.

Irreversible Damage
With their past behind them and a baby on the way, life for Brady and Tori is finally on track. That is, until tragedy divides them. Unable to cope, Tori moves to Minnesota to be with her parents. Heartbroken and alone, Brady throws himself into his music. His career takes off and Tori assumes Brady left her behind. After a chance run in with Brady’s brother, Tug, Tori makes a decision. One that leads to Irreversible Damage.

Tug is a spinoff novel from the Irreparable Series. While it can be read as a standalone, it is suggested you read the series first to fully understand the character. Aidan Hunter lost the only girl he ever loved to his older brother. To numb his pain, he drinks in excess, parties too hard, and sleeps with countless women. When his family expresses concern, he does what he's been taught to do—fake it and pretend his life is perfect. Pretend he loves his new girl and pretend his heart isn’t broken. Maria Santiago is simply trying to survive each day until she finishes college. As a single mother, life is a constant struggle. Add running from a dangerous past and working in the oldest profession, and all she has is hope for a better life. Hope one day she will no longer feel shame and hope her past never catches up with her. After Aidan pays to spend one wild night with Maria, pretending to be unaffected by her is impossible. Their night comes to an explosive end and Maria hopes she never sees him again, but Aidan refuses to give up. As Maria begins to accept that Aidan’s feelings for her are genuine, someone from her past threatens her life. Aidan’s not intimidated and takes a huge risk to protect her. Will the risk pay off and allow Aidan the opportunity to provide Maria with the better life she’s been hoping for?

Meet kj bell
KJ Bell
K J Bell currently lives in California with her husband and three children. As a mother of three, when she’s not writing, she’s usually carting one of her children to their various activities. She enjoys reading, and music, and is equally addicted to both. Writing is a passion she simply can’t live without.

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