Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Blog Tour: Transparent by Erin Noelle

Her elusive past didn't worry me,
Her heartbreaking scars never made me cringe,
And her haunting demons only made me a stronger man.
But the day Blake Martin was stolen from me,
I was scared to death.
Prepared to do anything necessary to get her back,
Little did I know it just might cost me my life.
My name is Madden Decker, and this is my story.

4 Star Review by Lisa Kane 

Transparent picks up right where Translucent ended. Blake Martin has been tricked into thinking Madden was picking her up when in reality she was being kidnapped by the Russian Mafia. She's way over her head in a world of trouble. Her captor, Raze is the grandson of Anatoli Kabinov, the head of the Russian mob. They have plans for her to flush out her ex father in law, Vincent Ricci. Of course her former in laws are looking for her for pay back for her killing her husband Ish. Just to remind you, Ish was one sick bastard. Not only did he abuse Blake, he raped and killed countless women and tortured lots just for fun. Blake was forced to give up her real identity as Bryleigh Carter Oliveira, otherwise known as the American Princess, go into the Witness Protection program and begin a whole new life. She thought she had finally found some peace and let down her guard when she fell in love with Madden Decker, the rich CEO of Decker Enterprises. But letting down her guard may just get her killed this time. 

"Get ready, girl. You're about to become the most important pawn in the biggest mafia war this country has ever seen."

Raze is an interesting character. Raised to be a killer by his family, he fell in love with Darya Stoliyaski, who was the love of his life.  He married her and they lived happily up until she was brutally raped and murdered by no other than Ish. Now he is out to finally avenge those he hates more than anything. But he seems to have formed a strange bond with Blake. He is aware of some of the terror she faced as Ish's wife and the fact that she killed the scum responsible for his wife's death doesn't hurt.

I was completely caught off guard to find myself wrapped in Raze's arms when I regained consciousness as he did his best to comfort me. 

 But this is a dangerous game he is playing. The Russians want Blake to do their dirty work for them. 

Madden is desperately trying to find Blake. But he is making stupid mistakes along the way. Although he has figured out the puzzle of Blake's past, but questions if everything about their lives together is a lie or not. 

My initial draw to her, the irresistible desire to take care of her, to absorb her darkness as my own. That's who I am as a lover. A guardian. A protector. I find my ultimate pleasure when she willingly gives me control of her body, mind, and soul, and allows me to free her from the demons that haunt her. Knowing she trusts me with all of her is the highest of highs.
And knowing I failed to keep her safe is the lowest of lows. 

Transparent is full of intrigue and mystery and suspense. As with the first book, there is a ton of violence but you can't write about the mob without the seedier side being revealed. The twist to this one is the person you think you should hate-Raze is the one you end up loving. Living in that world promises to bring heartbreak and Transparent is no different. The ending is bittersweet. While the pieces of your heart are glued together, there will always be chips scattered on the floor. 

I’m in shock. We all are. Complete fucking shock. Unable to even process the words Marshal Doherty just spoke. Words that shred me to my core.
Lies. It has to be lies. That’s my initial thought, though I know what he says is one-hundred percent true. He has no reason to be dishonest. He’s shown me the articles on his phone. It’s her in the pictures. Looking exactly like she did in the photos inside the hidden envelope in her drawer. Like the one I took and keep in my desk.
“Who?” I ask, finally able to manage words. “Who do you think has her? Honestly.”
The suit-clad man sighs and crosses his arms over his chest, eyeing me with a circumspect hesitation. If he’s smart, he can sense the desperation oozing from my pores, and he realizes how dangerously devoted to finding Blake I am. No one will stop my efforts to find her, especially not after what he just revealed about her unthinkable past.
“The first place we’ll look is Chicago,” he concedes, his voice so low it can barely be heard over the buzz from people around us. “Vincent Ricci has become one of the most powerful underbosses in America over the past few years, and he has made no secret he’s looking for the woman who murdered his son. There’s a pretty price on her head. It may take a couple of days for whoever has her to get her there, but I’ll have my guys working close to him, keeping their ears to the ground. The Italians are known for having flashy, extravagant celebrations when they torture and kill someone they’ve been searching for. A way to show their entire community what will happen to you if you’re ever marked as an enemy of theirs. If he has her, we’ll know soon. They’ll want everyone to know.”
My stomach rolls, threatening to revolt at the images in my mind of where she could be.

Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child.
A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. Her titles published include the Book Boyfriend Series, the Dusk ‘Til Dawn Series, Translucent, Conspire — co-authored with SE Hall, Surviving Us, MILF: Wrong Kind of Love and Spark.
Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.

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