Title: Carter Reed
Release Date: September 28. 2013
Release Date: September 28. 2013
Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by the boyfriend. She had two choices. Call the cops and be killed by his family’s mafia connections or kill him first and hope to survive. There was no choice to her. She killed the bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her. Carter Reed. He’s a weapon for the rivaling mafia family, but he’s also Emma’s secret. Not only was he best friends with her brother, but she’s the reason he became that weapon in the first place.
Tijan started writing later in life, after she had already graduated college with a different direction in mind and a different degree under her belt. Hitting the brakes on that path, she taught herself how to write a good book and began posting at sites such as Fictionpress, along with Wattpad. After receiving such encouraging messages from readers, she self-published Fallen Crest High and has continued throughout the year. She continues to keep writing NA books!
September 30. 2013
4 Stars ★★★★
ARC Provided by Author for Honest Review
As a huge Tijan fan it truly saddens me to admit how much I just ‘Liked’ Carter Reed. It held so much promise and I expected more drama and action and it just never delivered.
Carter Reed is known as this big scary mafia badass. He’s a killer plain and simple. You’d think there would be drama non-stop considering his profession. However, soon after reuniting with Emma he states he’s leaving his association with the mob. (Aren’t these things supposed to be impossible???) In fact it’s because of Emma that Carter’s even in the position he’s in to begin with. In an act meant to avenge her brother’s death, Carter Reed kills every single member associated with his death, no matter how little their involvement. Throughout the book we’re told over and over what a scary guy Carter Reed is. I mean simply being in the mob alone makes him a bit more terrifying. However, we barely get to see him in action and his bad-ass-ness was sadly missing.
Even Emma. At one point Carter refers to her need to become her own bad-ass to live in his world. ‘Great’ I thought, as if her opening performance was a precursor surely she could live up to expectations and earn her place at Carter’s side. Again, I didn’t see this. After her initial moment of bravado, she loses her spark. I wouldn’t say she becomes a wilting flower but she didn’t wow or shock me at all and her bad-ass side was gone with the removal of her roommates boyfriend’s body. (On a side note, can I just say what a remarkable shot she is for someone who never shot a gun before. Right between the eyes… And you see why I expected more).
The book itself wasn’t bad thus the 4 stars. It was interesting and sure had a flaming romance but the car chases and gun fights I was expecting were sadly nowhere in sight. Basically the whole story revolves around Carter trying to protect Emma from an adversary. The man she killed in the beginning is the son of one of the opposing families and he’s out for Emma’s blood.
Honestly, I find these guys more bad-ass and scary than any of the characters in the book…
I just wasn’t blown away. With such a promising blurb I thought Carter Reedwould put the bad in bad ass. We all like our alpha men with a side of naughty and though he had that, we never get to see his Cold Killer side. The side that has made him who he is.
In fact he gets his
ass handed to him in the end. Sure it was part of his plan, but did nothing to
make support his “Cold Killer” persona.
Overall this book was ok for me. I didn’t love it and I certainly didn’t hate it. I just wasn’t impressed. I expected more and instead I got a bland romance with minimal action. I will not give up on Tijan and since so many others’s loved this book I’d certainly recommend it. It wasn’t bad at all and the story will keep you entertained but don’t read too much into the blurb like I did and you’ll still enjoy it. However, you’ve been warned, the action involved is more reminiscent of a cheap home movie rather than a Hollywood Blockbuster.
Images of the two of us flashed in my mind and I grew wet again. He was going to be the death of me. A part of me knew that once I felt him inside of me, it wouldn't be enough. I would want more. I would never be satisfied, and when he made me come, that'd only been the teaser. My body was primed and ready again. My hand slid down his muscular back. It felt all the ridges, all the dips and curves. A dark pleasure spread through me when I felt his muscles contract as he turned his head to see me.
This was mine.
He was mine.
He groaned and had me against the wall in a second. His hands grabbed my hips and positioned me at an angle before he slammed his into mine. I felt the bulge in front of his pants. That was for me. All for me. He bent over me and lowered his lips just above mine as he thrust against me.
I couldn't breathe. My hands held onto his arms. The muscles there also moved underneath my touch, as if wanting more.
"This," he growled in a whisper against my lips. "This is what I wanted that night. I couldn't contain myself and I had to taste you, but tonight is the night I really have you. You're mine, Emma. You always have been."
I nodded, so weak against his touch.
He was mine as well, but I didn't say it. Not yet, though everything in my body was aching for me to do so.
He took my hand again and led the way out into the hallway. People stopped and watched us as we left. I knew it was because of him. Carter was lethal. His body was carved and molded to perfection. His eyes were cold while his face resembled an angel's. Everyone knew who he was, where he had come from. Even the media went into a frenzy when he was seen in public. However, he moved like a ghost, how he trained his men to be, so those moments were rare, and this moment wasn't any different. His staff had seen him before, but they all went quiet in the presence of a deadly panther.
A wave of possession rocked through me. My legs shook as I remembered my climax. This creature who held my hand was mine, as I was his. I belonged to him and I gasped in silence as I felt his claim sink into my blood. It went deep to the bones. Everything in me belonged to him, and as I followed him through his club, I knew that I was becoming addicted to him. My hand yearned to touch his back again, to slide across his muscles and so much more.
I bit down on my lip. This ache wasn't going to go away. The ache between my legs and the ache that resonated deep inside of me grew every time I was with him, every time he looked and touched me.
A soft sigh left me and he glanced back.
I was scorched by his gaze. His wolf eyes saw into me. I was stripped bare to him, no matter what I wore or how many walls were around my heart. He saw through everything. His hand tightened around mine, and he lifted it. His lips grazed against the top of it. My eyes closed, the ache doubled between my legs at that soft caress.
"Sir." A man stepped out of the shadows. Another guard.
Carter stopped as he listened to what the man had to say. He spoke quietly so I couldn't hear, but both glanced at me.
His eyes narrowed and darkened. His hold on my hand became possessive.
I asked again, "Carter? What is it?"
He turned, his decision made, and he curved a hand into the place between my shoulders blades. He started to walk with me down a hallway. As we got further along, I saw Mike waiting for us and then I recognized it was the same box where I had left Noah and Theresa. I dug my feet in. I didn't know what was going on, but I knew he was going to leave me there. Something came up and he needed to handle whatever it was, but I didn't want to be left behind.
"No." I shook my head. "You're not leaving me." Not again.
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