Thursday, December 10, 2015

Blog Tour: The Girl's Got Secrets by Linda Kage and Silent Scars by Ada Frost


The Surviving Series #4
Ada Frost
Releasing Nov 28th, 2015

Her Man.

Their Hero.

His Pain.

What happens when you pray for death and you’re ignored?

You have to live.

You have to survive.

But what if the last thing you want is to take your next breath?

To the world, Ryan is a hero, an ex-marine, brother, son and protector. He has devoted his life to keeping others safe. He will do anything and everything to ensure his loved ones are protected, even if that means destroying his very own soul. After an explosion on the battlefield ends his career in the Marine’s, Ryan is sent home with an honorable discharge. But the war hasn’t ended for him.

He is home, he is free and he’s breathing, but he’s dead inside.

He wants nothing more than peace, but the nightmares in his mind will not grant him that. They taunt him, tease him and torture his waking moments. The darkness within him is slowly consuming him, blackness has seeped into his veins and is rotting his core. Ryan is a man on the edge of destruction. For once he is the one in need of saving. He needs a saviour.

He needs her.

Ryan is commissioned as a bodyguard to Aloura Cavendish. When he initially meets her, he believes her to be a spoiled rich brat, wasting his time. But the fire inside her astounds him. When he pushes, he never expects her to push back. When he runs, she chases. For the first time in his life, Ryan has a protector willing to fight his demons. The only problem – he is too afraid to release them.


5 Star Review by Jen Skewes

Wow!!!  What an amazing, beautiful, emotional and gut wrenching story.  I loved this book so much.  Since reading Surviving Love I have been waiting for Ryan’s story.  I knew what he had gone through as a kid and I knew this one was going to be one hell of a roller coaster ride filled with so many emotions.  I also knew that at times it may be gut wrenching and hard to read, but every emotion and every tear was completely worth it.  Ada Frost did not disappoint AT ALL!!!!   

As I mentioned earlier this is Ryan’s story.   I am honestly not even sure where to start with this review.  This is one of those stories where you need to just dive in and experience it all on your own, without knowing too much about the characters or their background story.    You need to be able to feel it all with these characters, the pain, the hurt, but also the happiness.  Ryan is a very broken man because of his past.  He had a horrific childhood but in a way his childhood is what lead him to become the man that he is today.  It also had a lot to do with what happened to him over the years.  The things he has done all stem from his childhood and his past.  He doesn’t think he deserves to be loved.  He has too much baggage, too many demons to fight and feels that no one should have to deal with them.  But meeting Aloura could possible change that.

Aloura has a unique family situation, which I must say I loved.  It just made her who she is and she was perfect.  She grew up in a very unconventional family but also one that is very rich.  Her father is very protective of her so when he thinks someone is out to get him and his family he hires a bodyguard to protect her.  And yes her bodyguard is none other than Ryan Dermont.  

When these two first met I knew that they were just meant to be.  That first moment together was just perfection.  And I am not talking “love at first site, he is so hot I need him now”  type of meeting.  No this was completely different and while I will not say why you know from that moment that if anyone can handle Ryan and his demons it is her.  And my God did she.  Aloura was nothing of what Ryan expected her to be.  She was so much more.  Aloura saw past the demons and the anger that seemed to be Ryan.  She saw so much more to him than what he himself saw. I loved her strength, her perseverance and how much she cared.  But will it all be enough for Ryan to see that he truly deserves the same happiness that his brothers have found?  Will he finally realize that he too deserves to be loved and that with the right person by his side he can get through the pain of his past and move on? 

Oh Ryan!  How I loved and hurt for this young man.  What he went through both as a child and an adult will just break your heart.  I wanted him to find happiness.  I wanted him to realize how worth it he really is.  He has always been there for everyone else, considered to be their hero.  But he has never let anyone be there for him, to love him, to care for him and to protect him.  I wanted him to let his guard down and open up to Aloura.  I wanted him to let her see what it was like inside his head and his world, because in a way I think he needed to let it all out more than she needed to hear it.  And my god those few chapters when he finally opened up to her about everything completely ripped me apart.  It was so emotional and raw and exactly what I needed in that moment from Ryan.  Some people love angst and drama, well for me personally I love the emotional turmoil that characters go through.  I love feeling that hurt and pain with them because in the end when they find their happiness it makes it all worth it.  And this one was worth every emotion that I went through.

Aloura was such a stong woman who never gave up.  But the truth is even the strongest people have their breaking point.  And when that moment came Oh My God was it intense.  My heart felt like it was beating out of my chest at that moment.  It was so unexpected but fit so perfectly into this story.  Well done Ms. Frost!

I absolutely love and adore Ada Frost.  I will read anything this woman writes.  She always knows how to pull out the emotions.  She deals with some very delicate topics in her books but she knows how to handle them with care.  She exceeded any expectation that I had with Ryan’s book.  She gave me so much more than I could have ever imagined.   This story was at times raw, intense and emotional but it was also witty, and beautiful at the same time.  There is also a bit of suspense as well.   Throughout the story you are waiting and wondering just who is causing all the issues and when that moment comes it was not what I expected at all.  I thought I had it all figured out but boy was I wrong.  

Ada Frost, once again you completely blew me away with your words.  Ryan and Aloura's story was just perfection.  I loved every minute of it.  I have been waiting for this one and it was well worth the wait.  Ryan is one of those characters that will just stay with you.  Another amazing job!!

Hi! What to say about myself...I don't really have anything interesting to offer other than I love to read, and create stories for others to enjoy. I've always been told I have a vivid imagination, I just lacked the confidence to pursue putting it onto the the written page. But finally I embarked on making a single dream come true.

I love to read, and write. I only read romance, any genre really, but it has to have a beautiful romance. I also demand a HEA, even if it takes two or three books to get there. Reality is too broken and jaded without having to live through the trauma and angst in a book for it to end unhappily.

Forbidden Men #7
Linda Kage
Releasing Nov 28th, 2015

Here’s the same old “girl posing as a boy” story but with a rock-n-roll twist.

Remy Curran dreams of one day being in a band, except the group she wants to join refuses to hire a girl drummer. So, she auditions as a guy...and makes the cut.

Becoming “Sticks,” a member of Non-Castrato, isn’t quite what she dreamed it would be, though. She spends most of her time keeping up the subterfuge and learning how to walk, talk, act, and drink like a man.

But what’s even harder to deal with is acting oblivious when the band’s heartthrob lead singer, Asher Hart, treats her like one of the guys and not a woman. She never imagined he’d be so much more than a pretty face with a nice voice. But he’s better than perfect. He’s perfect for her.

When love and lies combine, Remy must keep up the act or lose everything. But who knew lying to reach one dream could prevent you from attaining an even bigger dream?

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5 Star Review by Jen Skewes

It is no surprise that I loved this book.  Linda Kage has been one of my favorite authors for quite some time now and it all started with her Forbidden Men.  This is Asher Harts’s story, and one that I could not wait for.  We have seen Asher in the prior books and have learned about him in bits and pieces.  He was one character that I was very curious about.  He is a rock star with a terrible childhood and past.  So any girl in their right mind would want to know his whole story.  I mean a sexy rock star with a past?  Yes, please.  They make for a great hero, plus I needed to see if Asher finds his Incubus t-shirt girl.  But you will find out that Asher is not that guy that you expect him to be and that is one of the many reasons why I loved this book.  

Asher is the lead singer of Non-Castrato, a band that plays regularly at The Forbidden.  He had a very tough childhood, but has managed to get by and do something with his life.  When he isn’t singing in his band he is working at the Forbidden with the rest of the sexy men in this series.  He has become close with them all and lately he has been wanting what they all have.  One by one his friends have found the perfect women and have settled down with them, creating their own little family. And Asher finds himself wanting exactly that.  He wants someone he can relate to and open up to.  

Remy’s dream is to play in a band.  She is one amazing drummer.  When Asher’s band is looking for a drummer she decides to try out.  But unfortunately for her the band, well maybe just one or two members, have no intention of hiring a female drummer.  There is no way a female is going to be the drummer for Non Castrato.  They will not ruin their image and any chances of making it big by having a girl for a drummer.  Remy knows that she is the best drummer out there and she is also a bit pissed that they wouldn’t even listen to her skills.  So she decides to get them back and at the same time make them hear just how good of a drummer she really is.  So she does what any female who was denied an audition would do.  She dresses up as a boy, calls herself Sticks and auditions.  But when they welcome her to the band will she stick to her original plan and let them know the truth or will she keep up the charade?

Now this is where this story gets very interesting and so good.  Sticks and Asher form this amazing bond together.  Which is what I loved.  I loved watching their friendship unfold. They just had this connection that you felt between the two of them.  He opened up to Sticks in ways he hasn’t opened up to his best friends.  Their friendship came very easy to the both of them.  But when all the secrets and lies come out will their connection be broken forever?  Or will Asher find it in his heart to forgive?

As I mentioned the connection between Asher and Sticks was just perfect.  At times I wondered when he finally does learn the truth will he have that same connection with Remy.  And all I can say is that Linda Kage once again killed it.  It was like Asher got the best of both because his connection with Remy and his connection with Sticks were both different but when you put them together it makes for one hell of a perfect relationship and bond.  The chemistry between the two of them was off the charts.  These two were just so perfect together.  

I loved Remy.  Her decisions may not have been the best but she had her reasons and it all came from a good place.  You could see how much Remy was falling for Asher.  He was so unlike the person that she expected him to be. And as I reader I think I felt the same way.   You think of your typical sexy, brooding rock star and that is so not who Asher was. He was just perfect.  

Once again Linda Kage has done an amazing job.  This is one of my favorite series and I will be very sad when it is all over.  I am hoping for Brandt’s story so I have no intention of saying goodbye to these characters just yet.  This one is a bit different from the rest in the series but I think that is what I love about Linda’s books.  Each character has their own personality their own story to tell, all of which are unique in their own way.   I love how she can bring out the emotions, make you feel the connection to her characters and also manages to weave humor and wit into her stories.  And yes there is the witty humor that I love from her in this one, honestly you see Ten a lot in this book so wherever Ten is there is humor.  lol

Aside from his relationship with Remy/Sticks I loved that we got to see more of his relationship with Pick.  I loved to see the bond that these two formed and see them grow closer to each other.  Another fantastic job.   Once again you will not be disappointed.  

Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. Her life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part of her world, and she is so happy to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers.

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