Monday, June 29, 2015

Blog Tour: Reprisal by Kathy Coopmans

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Reprisal by Kathy Coopmans
Sequel to CONTRITE

Clove Calloway thought she ended her nightmare life when she stabbed herself.

When the darkness took over, she thought she’d find peace. Seeing her husband die by the hands of his traitorous brother, Trent, destroyed her. Little did she know, her dreadful life without Turner is just the beginning. She awakens from one nightmare right into another, confined in a house with the Master Manipulator of them all.

Now, she's fighting for her life instead of trying to end it. As the truth unfolds, layer upon layer of deceit could suffocate her. How many times and in how many way can she be betrayed? But Clove refuses to lose. Just how she's going to win is a plan she's yet to determine...

Zack is determined to find his sister Clove, he knows she is out there somewhere. He can feel it. He wants her home. And he is going to find her! He’s ready to take down the evil that has her in his clutches. Only he’s just as shocked as Clove when the truth unfolds…

There’s more…. So much more. Are you ready?

Revenge. Retaliation.


3.5 Star Review by Jennifer Hagen

Reprisal front cover (1).jpgWow…How about that ending to Contrite?  I was beyond excited to find out there was going to be a sequel.  I thought for certain I was going to have to live my life never knowing for certain if it was Trent or Turner  whom Clove was talking to.  Clove has given birth to a daughter, Journey, and the baby is 3 months old when the story begins.  Clove has been held captive for over a year by Trent and a character I am purposely going to leave unidentified.

Trent’s not smart enough to do this on his own; that much I have figured out.  His dad wasn’t, either.  Every stick has two ends; Trent and his dad are on one end, and someone else is on the other.  But who? Who in the hell would want to do this?

The “who” may be in question, but the “why” is known – for money.  They are willing to rip apart a family all for the sake of money.  Trent has additional reasons for keeping Clove – he has fallen in love with her.  He feels like he knows the real Clove because of all the stalking he did prior to pulling off the scheme and because of the intimate moments they have shared while Clove was pretending.  He is a loon, but yet I still felt a little sorry for him.

My own selfish reasons keep her here.  I love her.  I need her. 

On the other side of the story we have those who have been looking for Clove with nothing to go on, but suddenly a lightbulb moment occurs and they know who the mastermind behind all of this is.  Whoa Nelly!!  That is something warped, I tell you. But back to me feeling sorry for Trent…I do.  He doesn’t know what it was like to be loved growing up and he has never had anybody show him what love consists of.  He’s always had to take care of himself and his father.  Who has ever taken care of him??  I know I shouldn’t have any empathy for this monster knowing what he did to Clove in Contrite, but I am a sucker for the lost puppy. 

I close my eyes as a foreign sensation washes over me.  I wonder what it is, until it hits me.  For the first time in my life, I am feeling what it truly is like to be loved. 

Tell me you didn’t feeling a little something for Trent in those words.  The first half of the book is riding the coattails of Contrite in which we never know whether Trent is serious, crazy or delusional.  Whose side is he really working?  The second half is more about forgiving and coming to terms with what one does in desperate times to prove how far love will take us into the darkness.  Can Clove forgive herself for her betrayal to Turner or will she accept it as the means to an unknown but hopeful ending?  Clove is a strong woman who wasn’t beat down by Trent and his conspirator, but when in the security of her family she realizes the truth of what she did and she struggles with it.

“You and my dad are both treating me as if I’m fragile and you’re afraid I’m going to break.  But what the two of you fail to realize is, you cannot break something that is already broken.”

I loved Contrite.  I rate hard and very few books earn 5 stars from me – Contrite earned that, but with Reprisal I feel like I am needing something more, but yet I cannot pinpoint what that more necessarily entails.  More from Trent? More drama between Clove and Trent?  Maybe that would have jolted me a little because as it is I didn’t feel a WOW factor or any type of exclamation.  I do know that I have a couple questions lingering in my head which did not get answered and this frustrates me to the point where I become obsessed with finding the answers.  I still remain a steadfast Contrite fan and am certain it will find its way on my top 2015 list, but the sequel just fell a little flat for me.  I have truly enjoyed the crazy ride Ms. Coopmans took me on and I think this story will always remain with me.

This all started out as a game to me.  A game in which I would have a life where I never had to worry about food, shelter, or how I was simply going to fucking survive from one day to the next.  I never expected to fall in love with Clove.  And yet I did.  I didn’t lose that game.  I won.

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Something is terribly wrong. I can feel it. My stomach is restricting, contracting. “Oh God.” My hands clutch my stomach. Excruciating pain progresses from my lower abdomen.

“Clove.” That grating voice reaches my ears from across the room.

“Stay the hell away from me.” His bare feet appear in my line of vision. His jean clad legs bend landing him on his hands and knees in front of me. “Please,” My voice wobbly. I’m petrified. I don’t know what’s happening or why. An unsettling feeling begins to well inside of me, clamping my eyes shut as another agonizing pain jolts. Only this time the pressure is so intense, so unbearable, making my body shake, beads of sweat instantaneously emerge on my forehead. “Trent.” Someone is calling his name, it’s not me though as my ability to speak is gone. My hearing is not.

There is nothing in this world that could make me not recognize the sound of that southern accent calling out Trent’s name. My heart pounding at an increasingly rapid pace. A dozen needles stabbing profusely over and over again.

My forehead crinkles in confusion, lifting it slowly, the click clack of her heels on the hardwood floor, louder the closer they approach. Heels as bright red as the blood beginning to pool underneath my body, those shoes are demanding the right to be heard as she squats down next to Trent. “W…what are you doing here?” My trembling sound waves ricochet throughout the room.

“You don’t look so well Clove, my dear.”
Her sound sugary sweet. She’s watching me so intensely. I don’t know how or why it hits me, but it does. When her head tilts to the side, her snide smirk graces her face.
“Y…you,” I say through a clenched breath. The last thing I remember before I fall on my side, crying, pleading, begging god to save my baby is the sound of her malicious laugh.

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Author Bio:

Kathy is a Michigan native where she lives with her husband Tony. They have two son's Aaron and Shane.

She is a sports nut. Her favorite sports include NASCAR, Baseball and Football.
She retired last year from being a full time hairstylist to pursue her writing career.

She has always been an avid reader and at the young age of 50 decided she wanted to write. She claims she can do several things at once and still stay on task. Her favorite quote is "I got this."

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