Saturday, September 5, 2015

Blog Tour: Transcending Darkness by Airicka Phoenix

One: Sign the contract. 

Juliette Romero had a debt to pay, a debt that wasn’t even hers. But it was the only way to keep her family safe and all she had to do was sell her body and soul to the devil. 

Killian McClary wasn’t called the Scarlet Wolf for nothing. He’d been the head of the McClary Organization since he was fifteen and had built a reputation for being a ruthless son of a bitch when it came to running the city’s underbelly, not to mention merciless when it came to punishing those who betray him. He didn’t believe in weaknesses. Only results. Juliette, with her shy smiles and hot little body was a weakness unlike any other and yet he was powerless to resist one more taste of her sweet flesh. 

Two: Become his for a year. 

When given the choice between her life or her body, what could Juliette possibly do, but submit to a man whose very name invoked fear in the hearts of others? She just never anticipated falling for his dark, hungry eyes and clever hands, or the way the beast in him made her feel oddly safe and cherished. 

But what will happen when Killian’s dark past finally catches up to him and threatens the woman he can no longer imagine himself without? What will happen when both sides find themselves caught in a web of passion, lies and broken promises? Can Juliette tame the wolf or will her love for him devour them both? 

Three: Don’t fall in love. 

Boundaries will be crossed, loyalties will be tested and lives will be changed forever. 

This book is NA and intended for a mature audience. 

4.5 Star Review by Lisa Kane

"You're the one thing I need to keep away from if I am to keep fighting. You make me weak and weak men die."

This is one lengthy, complex story. It's dark and tormented and multi layered. Juliette Romero has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Her parents are both dead and she is the sole guardian for her younger sister, Viola. Vi as she is known, is headstrong, rebellious and slightly out of control. But that is the least of Juliette's problems. Her father got into debt before he died and somehow she has become responsible for the money owed. And there is a lot of money owed-to a very bad man, Arlo. He would love to get his filthy hands on her. His demands for thousands of dollars are unrealistic and he is just hoping she fails to pay. What happens when she can't come up with the money in spite of the 3 jobs she is working-he will take Vi as collateral. 

After meeting with him and failing to come up with the money, Arlo is ready to make Juliette pay with her pound of flesh. She won't let him get her sister, so she is forced to offer up herself. It's not a pretty scene. But before he can rape her they are interrupted by Arlo's worse nightmare. Killian McClary,  otherwise knows as the Scarlet Wolf is there to bring his own justice for Arlo running guns in his territory. But Arlo tries to negotiate with him and one of the things he offers is Juliette. Killian has no interest in the girl, but he takes her with him. A bargain is struck, a contract is agreed upon and Juliette's life is forever changed. 

"You should have escaped whilst you had the chance. Now you're mine, little lamb." 

Who is Killian McClary and why is he so feared? This is where the heartbreak starts. When he was a child, his father was involved with a powerful man, Yegor Yolvoski and did some unspeakable things. When his mother found out she demanded her husband stop doing business with him. To say Yolvoski was out for revenge is an understatement. Killian's mother was kidnapped, raped, and tortured. Killian was forever scarred. His mother's broken; bleeding body was delivered to his father. But the revenge did not end there. His father was killed trying to save Killian. All he had left at such a young age was a girl he considered to be his sister-Maraveet, her parents were killed in a car bombing and she was sent to live with Killian's family. Except for her and Killian's housekeeper, Molly, he was forced to start his life over. But not before he made those responsible for his parents' death pay. And they paid with their blood. By the time he was finished, the Scarlett Wolf was the most feared man in this underworld. 

As Juliette and Killian's relationship changes from a primarily sexual one to one that is more complex, Killian must keep telling himself that this thing with Juliette can only last the year that she is under contract. Bad things happen to those he loves and he won't risk anything happening to her. When you live in a world surrounded by men with no morals, protecting those you care about is almost an impossible task. 

I'd rather die alone than live without her.

This is no ordinary story about a dangerous man taking possession of a woman. This is a story filled with drug dealers, arms smugglers, and worst of all-human traffickers. Things spin so out of control and there is so much suffering, and yet the story doesn't weigh the reader down to where it is too depressing. This lengthy read moves along so quickly that the pace remains consistent and the pages fly. 

"You broke me." The light slipped away with just a shift of his head back in her direction. "You took away everything that I was, everything that made me strong. You made me forget what I was and why."

I loved this book and I am usually heavy into the romance aspect as opposed to suspense or action. But this book is so well written and plotted that I never lost my focus. The characters are well developed and although there is not an abundance of sex, there is enough to make the reader feel the chemistry and connection between Juliette and Killian. This is one that is so worth taking the time to read! 

Airicka Phoenix's Bio:
Self-proclaimed romance addict, Airicka Phoenix lives in a world where unicorns, fairies and mermaids run amok through her home on a daily basis. When she's not chasing after pixies and rounding up imps, also known as her four children, she can be found conjuring imaginary friends to play with. Airicka is the prolific author of over eighteen novels for those who crave strong, female leads, sexy alpha heroes and out of control desires. She's a multi genre author who writes young adult, new adult and adult contemporary and paranormal romance.

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Twitter: (@AirickaPhoenix)

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