Thursday, May 4, 2017

Blog Tour: Marcus by Victoria L. James

Book: Marcus (A Natexus Novel)
Author: Victoria L. James
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Five weeks after Natalie walked out of my life, I was forced to go back to the start. Twice I’d given my heart to those who didn’t want it, leaving me alone again wondering who I was, where I was meant to be going, and what I stood for.
Loneliness became my new best friend, no matter how hard I tried to deny it. Bitterness threatened to take over and turn me into somebody I wasn’t. Nothing made me feel alive anymore. Nothing made me happy.
Until she arrived. Her. The girl no one was meant to fall in love with—especially not me. Especially not then.
We didn’t know that our time together was fleeting. Our futures were already shaped for us, weaved together by a string of events that were destined to tear us apart if we let them. I just wasn’t willing to go down without a fight this time.
Not all men give up so easily, and the scars on my heart had made me stronger. If anyone could beat the cruel hand of fate, it was me. All I had to do was believe.
In me. In her. In us.
That beautiful, unexpected, thrilling, surprise love of mine.
~ Marcus Anderson

4.5 Stars
Review by Lisa Kane

As much as I loved Natexus I was so torn by the ending. I knew in my heart that Natalie Vincent belonged with Alex Law, but I was in kindle love with Marcus Anderson. He was strong, and honest and gorgeous and everything that a girl wants or needs. But for Natalie, he just wasn’t the one.

She was in my life for five years, and the fact that she isn’t now is going to take some adjusting to. 

Now Marcus Anderson is reinventing himself. Without Natalie being the center of his world, he is trying to find a new normal. But they didn’t just share a life together, they shared the same circle of friends. Seeing Alex and Natalie together hurts, even if he knows that letting Natalie go was the right decision. To complicate things further, his first love, the woman who shattered his heart is back in his life. Is this a good thing or not? 

“You already lost me. All those years ago. I can’t go back. We can’t.”

But in spite of the Grand Canyon wide divide that should separate these three people, they try to accept all the changes. Marcus is a huge part of Natalie’s life and Alex can put aside almost any feeling for her happiness. Marcus is begrudgingly accepting of Alex and in spite of himself, is actually starting to like the guy. Alex has the world back on his shoulders again, as his father has screwed up again and is causing trouble.
As much as Marcus struggles, there are unexpected gifts in his life. One of those is his friendship with Daniella Marston. She’s the free spirited model who can’t seem to stay in one place for very long. But she’s helping to heal Marcus heart, will she be the one to own it someday?

“I thought you weren’t waiting for anyone anymore?”

“I guess I found someone who made it seem like a privilege rather than a sentence.” 

Marcus is a story that is complicated, and multi layered and rich with words and sentences and paragraphs that are all necessary. 
I was happy because of her. She held that power in her hands, and I was the lucky bastard she was gripping on to.

Ms. James does not employ empty phrases to fill the blank spaces of her stories. Her books are lengthy because there is so much story to tell. Her editor must have the job from hell having to make recommendations about what to cut and what to leave. It all needs to here, all the rich dialogue that will bring you to your knees, all the self-reflecting monologues that give such insight into the character, all the treasured moments that make me fall in love with her stories. I wanted peace for Marcus after reading Natexus and he finally gets the love he so deserves. 

All I wanted to do-no, had to do-was feel her, touch her, be part of her, and everything else drifted away.

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Meet the Author

Victoria L James is a teenage girl stuck in a thirty-something year-olds body. Living somewhere 'oop north' in England, she has had a strong passion for words and stories going as far back as she can remember, which she credits to her grandmother and her love of reading anything that was on sale and cheap from the local market stall. Never once did she think she would release a novel, though. At best, she thought her love of language and her ability to create stories in her mind would provide her with a 'get out of jail free' card whenever she messed up and her parents were mad at her during her teenage years... and when even that didn't work out, she thought she was pretty much done for.

When an opportunity presented itself for her to take a back seat from paid working life for a few years, she knew straight away that she had to try and write about a few of these worlds she'd come up with along the way, and quieten all the voices in her head without racking up a heavy psychiatry bill for the pleasure.

Wearing her heart on her sleeve and trying to lighten her friends’ and family’s lives with naff, and more often than not, badly timed, nineties jokes, she has yet to learn the art of knowing when to shut up. Which is another reason writing became a passion of hers. With pen and paper, there are no limits.

A firm believer in never quitting, with a ridiculous obsession for all things Rocky, she hopes that one day she writes a story that will inspire at least one person out there to keep on going if they're struggling. Other than that, she's just a regular old converse wearing, corona sipping, English version of Chandler Bing, who loves and adores her family more than life itself. Oh, and she also has two cats. Every writer has to mention their cats, right?

Other Books in the Series

Download Natexus (book one) here:

Download All the Way (book two) here:

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