Thursday, February 27, 2014

Tragic Desires Tour with Excerpt, Review, Giveaway and Promo

by A.M. Hargrove

Released : February 2014

My name is Gemini Sheridan. At least that’s what I thought it was for 23 years. Then one day a slight adjustment on the wheel of my mountain bike set into motion a series of catastrophic events that changed my life forever. Now I’m running from the headaches that threaten to destroy me… from the assassins that threaten to kill me… from the truth that exposes who I really am… and from the man that wants to save me. Because he now owns my heart and I fear him above all others.

My name is Drexel Wolfe and I’m a private investigator. Nothing ever stands in the way of what I want because when I see something I just take it. All of that changed the night my life collided with Gemini Sheridan’s and now everything is one hot damn mess. And the worst part of it all is that I’m trying to save her ass and I don’t know why the hell I’m even bothering. Well, that’s not exactly true. Fact is, I can’t stop thinking about her. She’s crawled into every thought I own, asleep or awake. I have serious plans for her that include making her mine. What she doesn’t know is that when I play, I play for keeps. Nothing and no one will get in my way or stop me… not even Gemini Sheridan herself.
4.5 Stars ★★★★☆  
February 19. 2014
I was all over this book like a fat kid and cake. Excuse the cliché but this book was everything I Love in a book and more. I won’t lie and say I wasn’t scared to read it. Not because of the subject matter, cover or author, nothing to that effect. In fact my fear of reading this book stems from having met A.M. Hargrove this past summer. She was one of the nicest and sweetest authors I’ve met. Once she found out I was a blogger she wouldn’t stop signing bookmarks and postcards and more and literally shoving them into my already full hands. (I’m only lucky she did not suffer carpal tunnel for a world without this book would be a sad sad place.) Alas, my fear was untold for every page of Tragic Desires from the start was excellent and I ate it up until I wanted to scream at the unfairness of it even having to end. Every hour I had to work was plagued with thoughts of the characters and what would happen next. If it wasn’t for my basic needs of food and shelter, this book easily would have made me walk out the door.
Suspense, action, adventure. And let’s not forget the romance for this book had it in spades. A burgeoning love that not only grows at a steady and believable pace but brings out emotions and sentiments you didn’t know you possessed. Trust me, Drex will have you up against the wall and begging for more in only a few short chapters.. This man has skills : )

I guess I should probably get to the book at some point and rather than just leave it at it’s awesome I’ll tell you why I thought so. Immediately from the get-go you are sucked in. Gemini is a very powerful character and she is easily very relatable and likable. Gemini’s passion is biking. She’s a pro and knows more about this sport than anything else and finds no greater joy than when she’s pedaling and flying around on her mountain bike. Too soon Gemini’s passion turns to pain when she is injured during a ride. Gemini doesn’t just suffer a bruised ego or body, no. Gemini is left with debilitating migraines that are a daily occurrence. Her pain is so bad that death would be an easier solution. I will certainly never suffer a migraine again without thinking of this book nor will I ever treat them so lightly. Just imagining suffering the way Gemini did is painful and scary. Gemini has been told her situation is basically untreatable so she numbs her pain any way she can, often using drugs and alcohol when she can force herself out of her darkened bedroom. 
I could go on about Drex’s awesomeness but he’s best to be devoured on your own. When he is called in by an old friend to work on a case involving missing girls, Drex doesn’t expect to be around for longer than a week or two. Yet on his first night ‘undercover’ Drex sees Gemini and though she brushes him off he can’t stop thinking of her.
Unfortunately for Gemini Drex is not the only one who has their eye on here. The next night Gemini gets caught in the middle of an almost kidnapping; little does she know Drex won’t let anything happen to her. As if things weren’t crazy enough Gemini learns there’s more to her past than she ever imagined. The mother she looked up to, until her death in an accident, was hiding major secrets and Gemini has barely begun to uncover the complexity of the truth and her identity.

 This book had everything I love to read about and I was involved from page one to the end. These characters felt like my friends and I couldn’t stop rooting for them, especially when they were running from danger. There was the ever popular romance blended with a mix of suspense, mystery and danger. Gemini has to learn to deal with more issues in her already complicated life. As if having debilitating migraines is not bad enough now she’s thrust in the fight of her life, for both survival and answers. Overall I can’t say more than I LOVED THIS BOOK. READ IT.!!!! (I do implore you to read with Caution as constant reading mixed with so much suspense may lead to your own migraine… Have some Excedrin at the ready!!! : )
On a side note: Props to AM Hargrove on all the research she must have done on the sport of mountain biking. Honestly I've never even thought of it in such a serious manner, but Gemini's passion is really tangible in the book and even though I'm not an avid biker all the detail and facts made it so much better and more interesting. 
Author Information
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life.  So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase.  Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head.  Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window.  She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job.  Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings); Dark Waltz and Tragically Flawed.

Other than being in love with writing about being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

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Tragic Desires—Excerpt 7 Language, Sexual Content

Think you can go back to sleep?”
He raises his brows and says, “Gemini, I’m in bed with an extremely sexy woman. How can you even ask me that?”
Holy shit! My eyes wander to his chest—how did I not notice that he’s shirtless? What’s wrong with me? Have I suddenly gone blind? The man is perfect. Before I can think about it, my hand reaches out and touches him. I don’t dare look at his face because I know one look from him will melt me on the spot or give me an indication that this isn’t appropriate, and I don’t need him to tell me that. I know it’s not appropriate. Hell, it’s not appropriate for me to be in his bed, either, but here I am, and damn if I’m not going to enjoy every minute of it.
My fingers trace the curves and slopes of his rigid muscles, down to his tiered abs. He doesn’t have a six-pack; he has an exquisitely sculpted set of matching eights that lead me to that sexy V. I know where that V leads, but I can’t go there because his boxers are in the way and I’m not brazen enough to slip past the elastic waistband.
But before my thoughts take me any further, his hand traps mine.
“Gemini, what do you think you’re doing?”
My voice is lost, trapped in thickness. Desire. I’m shocked to find I want this man. Lust unfurls in my belly and it’s bad enough that I swear I can taste it. My tongue moistens my lips as my mouth has suddenly become as dry as the Sahara.
“Aren’t you going to answer me?”
His voice is deep, yet soft, and sends a current racing through me. Even though it’s only his hand touching me, I feel him all over my skin.
“Um, I …” I find I have no words.
“Gemini, look at me.”
Oh God. I know if I do, I’ll be lost. I am so screwed.
My head tips upward and I’m nailed by his heated stare. He’s giving me the half-closed, sexy look.
“You can’t touch me like that and not expect repercussions.”
What does he mean by that?
“You don’t think I’m going to let you do that and not retaliate, do you? All I’ve been doing since you walked into my life is fantasizing about fucking you and here you are, running your fingers across me. Do you think you can get away with teasing me like that?” I don’t have to wait long because as soon as he finishes his sentence, he’s on me like a cat on prey.
His kiss is pure heat and fire and it ignites one inside me. Our breath mingles as we consume each other with our tongues. His hands set my body aflame. Our actions are frenzied, crazed, and a part of my mind screams for control. But then I cut it off because for once, I don’t want or need control. I only want this to be about the moment.
He must’ve read my mind because he stops for a second and asks, “Do you want me to stop? Tell me now.”
“No! Please, don’t!” I pull him back to me.
“I don’t want this to be difficult for us afterward. Think about it before we go any further.”
“I don’t care about anything right now but this.” And that’s the damn truth. Maybe it will be difficult after, but if so, I’ll deal with it then.
“I know, but are you prepared to handle the aftermath?”
“Yes! I want you, Drex. Do you want me?” I’m suddenly barraged with doubt.
“Look at me. Touch me. Feel what you do to me. Do you even have to ask?”
His lips are parted and those damn eyes draw me in. But when my gaze drifts down to his boxers, I find my answer. My hand reaches for him, and when I feel how hard he is, I know there’s no stopping us now. We both know it. I sit up and pull my shirt off and watch him as he studies me. The rise and fall of his chest quickens, matching mine. I hold my breath as his hand extends because I know what he’s going to do and I’m not sure I’ll be able to stand it. When his thumb slides across and pinches my nipple, it feels as though a million sparks ignite in my belly and radiate outward. My back arches as I push myself closer to him and sigh. I drop my head back and let the sensations take over.

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1 comment:

  1. EEEEP! Thank you, Crystal, for the awesome review!! And no, no carpal tunnel yet ;) LOL You had me laughing so hard!!! SO EXCITED HERE that you loved SEXY DREX! Thanks for joining in on the TD tour! BIG (((HUGS)))! xoxoxo


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