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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway- Storm by Nina Levine

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lorraine

3.5 out 5

The first half of Storm, I thought this was going to go into my take or leave pile.  There was a lot of build up that had potential to go in numerous directions and I didn’t want to get my hopes up that it would go the way of drama and angst that I have come to expect from an MC novel.  The second half of Storm made up for any of my concerns that the plot would fizzle out.  The story took some cool twists and I realized what I had originally thought of as a slow lead in was vital background to the plot.

Madison and J: very hot together.  I kept picturing that is yelling and throwing things at each other, one slaps the other, and then they grab each other and start kissing each other.  Well, in Madison and J’ case, they have hot sex against the wall.   This combo is done quite often, but also just as often misses the mark.  Nina Levine nailed it.

A well done debut from Nina Levine and well worth a read if you are an MC fanatic.  Looks like this is going to be the first in a series that is going into my TBR.  I even wouldn’t mind if she did a prequel novella to give a little more to Madison and J’s history that led to the beginning of this.  I would tell you to ignore the cover though.  It’s a beautiful drawing that would actually look great in a frame on my wall, but it’s a little Rebel Without A Cause, not that that is a bad thing, just not the best fit here.

mandy

4 out of 5

Bravo. Another debut author with amazing storytelling skills.  And she writes about hot bikers! Nina Levine’s debut novel, Storm, is the first book in the Storm MC series and I look forward to seeing where she takes the club and its members. This first book brought Madison, the club president’s daughter home for protection from club dealings and the love story that plays out is not an easy one. Madison and J have real communication issues and a history that is not pretty or full of hearts and flowers. Their love story is filled with fights, heartbreak and death. Madison has a tough time handling things but as time progresses; we see her character do a lot of growing. J is the typical hot biker with alpha tendencies, but he has a sweet side for Madison. The rest of the cast are real and interesting enough that I have a couple players that I hope to see in future installments- Madison’s BFF and club member, Nash, are just a couple. And Scott, Madison’s brother, should also be in that list. And Blade. Oh, who am I kidding, I want more from Nina Levine and the Storm MC.

Nina Levine has a wonderful writing style and I love that her characters, regardless of being rough and gritty bikers or old ladies, speak with a semblance of intelligence. I enjoy swearing and I have the dirty mouth to prove it, but I appreciate that Nina didn’t write about another MC with an array of legit businesses and an inability to speak above a fifth grade vocabulary. This book is smart and the characters are more mature (late twenties, early thirties). But don’t let me discount the Storm MC bikers.  They’re bikers through and through and the book has its share of swearing and plenty of bloodshed. Storm is well written, perfectly paced, and loaded with super hot sex scenes.  I guess what I’m trying to get across is that you should read Storm. It’s a must read.

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Life can be a bitch but love can get you through any storm.
 
Madison Cole’s family is the Storm Motorcycle Club. Her father is the President and her brother is the VP. She grew up surrounded by bikers, crime and violence. Two years ago she walked away from her family and the world they live in. Her soul was shattered, her heart was broken and she had an addiction she couldn’t shake. She picked up the pieces and put herself back together. Now her family wants her back. The club is being threatened and they send a club member to return her home to safety; the one person that could destroy everything she has worked so hard to build.
 
Jason Reilly has sacrificed a lot for the motorcycle club he calls family. Two years ago he made the biggest sacrifice of all; he gave up the woman he loved for them. Now he is being sent to bring her back and he is conflicted. He thought he was over her but discovers their connection is as strong as ever. Their love was all-consuming, passionate and fiery. It was also their undoing and he doesn’t know if either of them is strong enough to battle the demons that ripped them apart, to find love again. 
 
Madison and Jason are brought back together by a force out of their control; one that pushes them to a breaking point. Can they overcome their past and discover a love worth fighting for or will the harsh reality of their world finally and completely break them both?
 
 
 
 
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I grabbed my purse and headed outside to go and buy lunch.
J was on the phone, but saw me come outside and signalled for me to wait.
“I’m going to buy lunch, J.  And I only get an hour so I don’t have time to wait for you,” I said, tersely.  He kept talking and scowled at me.  I turned and started to walk away from him, towards the cafe where I always bought lunch.I could hear him muttering something into the phone and then he must have ended his call because he went silent. Then, he barked,“Madison!”
The last thingI wanted to do was stop for him, but there was something in his tone; a ‘don’t fuck with me’ command.  So I stopped, and turned around to look at him.  Oh, my.  He was shitty. He stalked to where I was and got in my face. 
“Why the fuck do you have to be so difficult about this?” He was fuming. Well, I could see him, and raise him in his anger.
“Maybe it has something to do with the way Scott has gone about this.  And the fact that he sent you!”
He flinched.  It was only for a second, and most people wouldn’t have even noticed it. But I knew J, and I saw it.  It
surprised the fuck out of me. 
“Well then, it looks like we’ve got some shit to sort out, babe, because I’m not going anywhere.”
“I don’t want to sort shit out with you.  That ship sailed two fucking years ago, J,” I spat.
He gripped my arm, pulling me closer, “No, it fucking didn’t,” he growled, eyes blazing, “And you can’t deny there’s still something here.I feel it and I know you feel it too.”
I laughed.  No, actually, I cackled.  “You wanna fuck, J?  I can feel that, and, yeah, if you wanna go there, I’m all for it.  But don’t mistake my desire for your cock for anything else.”
 
 
 
 
 
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Nina Levine is an Aussie writer who writes stories about hot, alpha men and the tough, independent women they love. You won’t find any whiny, spineless women in Nina’s books and you certainly won’t find weak men. 

A warning though, you will find hot, dirty sex, lots of swearing, occasional violent encounters and men and women who live fast and love hard.

Nina’s debut book Storm will be releasing in November 2013. It is based around the Storm Motorcycle Club and is the first book in an MC series.
 
 
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Blog Tour- Review & Giveaway: Withstanding Me by Crystal Spears

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While the chaos and bloodshed have slowed for a short period, life is never quiet in the world of Breakneck. The club is taking time to regroup from internal betrayal and the changing of the guard in a rival group.
Zig Zag became a father at the age of thirteen. While raising a child has never been easy, now his eighteen year old daughter Tatiana makes his life downright hard. She has caught the eye of Travis, the new President of the rival MC Gunners, but all she really wants is Shadow, the newest addition to the Breakneck family. When Shadow’s rejection sends Tatiana running from the only family, home, and safety she’s ever known, ZZ is crazy with worry. The distraction caused by Tatiana’s disappearance could prove to be Zig Zag’s downfall.

If that isn’t enough, ZZ finds himself rampantly attracted to the one and only Storm. She’s beautiful, quick and witty. Their friendship is the one thing that keeps him from growing crazy, and Storm stands by ZZ through all the turmoil. Zig Zag is not accustomed to hearing the word no, so Storm’s constant withstanding just draws him in deeper. Their friendship is one thing keeping him from going crazy, until one night…

The club is regrouping and rebuilding from the mayhem known as the Russian Mafia. A hit is ordered on Tatiana, Storm, Winter, and Piper.

Tatiana’s egg donor reveals secrets that a thirteen year old Zig Zag was too young to understand.

Braxxon is out of reach while he helps Greg Cage deal with some dirty business.

Bloodshed… Secrets… Betrayal… Trauma… Welcome back to the Breakneck world.

Note: Withstanding Me is Book #2 in the Breakneck Series. Reading the first book, Seize Me, is advised for ultimate enjoyment and understanding of this book.

Lorraine’s Review

Rating 4.5 out of 5

I didn’t expect to like Withstanding Me as much as Seize Me.  I wasn’t crazy about ZZ’s character in Seize Me, so wasn’t expecting much.  I think I need to walk into more books not expecting much, because I freaking loved this one more than the first!  Crystal Spears is fast becoming an author on my list of “must read everything by this author”.  I only have a handful on that list.  Before I rattle on about how fabulous ZZ and Storm are, I really need to spend a moment raving about Crystal Spears’s writing style.

So, I believe that first person perspective is difficult to do successfully.  I’ve seen it go awry more than once in a book.  Going back and forth between the two main characters is confusing if not done right.  Being able to not only do that, but then flip to minor character’s point of view is serious skills.  I think it adds a depth to character and plot development that is not used often enough.  I love feeling like I’m not just reading a story, but that I am IN the story, and that is so much more satisfying at the end of the day.  Before I forget, I have a quick word about the way the slang is written.  Sometimes, slang can be really irritating, but I am going back to what I said a moment ago about feeling like I am in the story.  Slang, when used properly (as is the case in this series), makes a story a much richer experience.

ZZ and Storm: Freaking fabulous.  The push and pull between them throughout was agonizingly delicious.  Half the book felt like foreplay, but how Storm held out so long, I have no clue.  ZZ…so much more than just a super HOT body.  The raw emotion he felt for his friends and family was so refreshing, and it made me warm and mushy how he treated not only Storm, but his other loved ones as well.  And Storm was so sweet and beautiful.  Her background would not normally leave behind the amazing woman her character was.  She’s someone, that if she existed in real life, I would have a deep admiration for.

The story itself was awesome.  Lots of twists and a few heart-wrenching scenes.  Definitely some shit that I did not see coming.  There was some background detail regarding ZZ that I thought could have been expanded on, but I have a feeling that it is going to be in Tatiana’s story.  I’m now going to go pretend that I’m not dying for Shadowing Me to be released.

withstanding meMandy’s Review

Rating 4 out of 5

I am a sucker for biker books. Who am I kidding? I’m a sucker for most books, but bikers do it extra dirty. I gravitate toward the dirty. And Crystal D. Spears can write dirty. She holds nothing back in her books. They are full of violence, sex, drugs, and vengeance. These books are not for the faint of heart. Seize Me was a fantastic introduction into the Breakneck world and I thoroughly loved it! Winter is the shit! Withstanding Me was equally if not more enjoyable. Crystal wrote Withstanding Me with a more rugged voice than Seize Me and we also got to see things from more characters’ points of view. It gives us some extra insight into the action and the players involved and makes the book and the Breakneck family that much more “real” for the reader.

These are not hearts and flowers romance books.  Shit is going down and people die. There are a lot of characters at play. I am totally in love with Sniper- hope his story is coming soon! And I have a soft spot for Shadow even if he is a moron for turning away Tatiana. But the focus of Withstanding Me is ZZ and Storm.  ZZ has a messed up past, but he makes no excuses. I like that in a man. Storm is a strong woman, but she withstands ZZ even when it makes her heart hurt.  She makes it very clear that she is not just “pussy” and ZZ will not get a piece until he’s ready for more.  ZZ tries to resist the siren call that is Storm but the more she denies him the more he practically follows her like a love sick puppy.  And the best part is that this big bad biker doesn’t even realize that he loves the shit out of her, until he does.  But it takes a lot for them to reach that conclusion.  Lots of blood and plenty of revealed secrets kept me turning the pages as fast as I could.

Overall, Withstanding Me was a great read. My only complaint is that the editing is a little rough.  I get that the bikers are rough and their language reflects that, but there are still grammar rules to follow that would push the book that much farther for me.  I really try to overlook editing errors and judge based on the writing and the story/message that an author is trying to convey. But commas and such are important.  Writing can reflect the dialect and roughness of the characters while respecting grammar rules. I’m such a buzzkill. But when I agree to provide a raw review in exchange for a book, I’m not gonna lie. And I am rarely tactful.  SO, let me just put it this way: Crystal D. Spears has immeasurable talent.  The Breakneck world is written with all of the raw, gritty details that it needs and deserves.  The stories are original and riveting. The men are hot and the women are hotter. And I will read the next one, and the next one. Commas be damned!

How to Find Crystal Spears & the Breakneck Series

Crystal can be found on Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Website 

Book #1, Seize Me can be found on Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Book #2, Withstanding Me can be found on Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon

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But wait, there’s more…

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Love Crystal Spears? Love Harper Sloan? Well, they have done a series crossover between the Breakneck Series & the Corps. Security Series. Characters intertwine with surprise cameos. You should probably read Withstanding Me by Crystal first, THEN Cage by Harper Sloan!!
But then you have to read Axel before Cage, and Seize Me before Withstanding Me. It’s almost too HOT to comprehend!

Read our Review of Axel by Harper Sloan. Read our review of Seize Me, if you missed it yesterday.

And watch for our review of Cage during Harper Sloan’s Blog Tour.

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Book Blitz: Withstanding Me by Crystal Spears


 
Blurb:
 
While the chaos and bloodshed have
slowed for a short period, life is never quiet in the world of Breakneck. The
club is taking time to regroup from internal betrayal and the changing of the
guard in a rival group.
 
Zig Zag became a father at the age
of thirteen. While raising a child has never been easy, now his eighteen year
old daughter Tatiana makes his life downright hard. She has caught the eye of
Travis, the new President of the rival MC Gunners, but all she really wants is
Shadow, the newest addition to the Breakneck family. When Shadow’s rejection
sends Tatiana running from the only family, home, and safety she’s ever known,
ZZ is crazy with worry. The distraction caused by Tatiana’s disappearance could
prove to be Zig Zag’s downfall.
If that isn’t enough, ZZ finds
himself rampantly attracted to the one and only Storm. She’s beautiful, quick
and witty. Their friendship is the one thing that keeps him from growing crazy,
and Storm stands by ZZ through all the turmoil. Zig Zag is not accustomed to hearing
the word no, so Storm’s constant withstanding just draws him in deeper. Their
friendship is one thing keeping him from going crazy, until one night…
The club is regrouping and
rebuilding from the mayhem known as the Russian Mafia. A hit is ordered on Tatiana,
Storm, Winter, and Piper.
Tatiana’s egg donor reveals secrets
that a thirteen year old Zig Zag was too young to understand.
Braxxon is out of reach while he
helps Greg Cage deal with some dirty business.
Bloodshed… Secrets… Betrayal…
Trauma… Welcome back to the Breakneck world.
 
Excerpt:
 
It’s been two fuckin weeks since Mira stopped by the damn clubhouse wanting to talk to my daughter. What gives her the fucking right? She left me to raise a child at the age of thirteen, and eighteen years later, she thinks she can magically return into Tatiana’s life? Yeah, that’s right; I’m a thirty-one year old man with an eighteen-year-old daughter. Judge me bitches. I don’t give a shit. I admit I’m sitting at Club Sated and getting wasted off my ass over this shit. Why am I here, and not at Breakneck? Well, there’s plenty of naked pussy around, and when any man is upset and feeling down, he wants to be around pussy. Don’t let any of them lie to you. But there’s this one bitch here that I want and for the first time in my life, a bitch doesn’t want me back. I don’t see what the big deal is. I just wanna take her home and fuck the shit outta her. Hell, we don’t even have to leave the club. I can fuck her right here. I’m sure Winter and Braxxon wouldn’t give a shit, but then again, they just might because the bitch my cock is aching for is their manager Storm. And shit do I wanna ride that Storm. 

Storm is just another piece of ass, but for some reason, something about this woman fascinates me. She’s a fucking young buck too. She’s Winter’s age, only twenty two. That’s literally only four years older than my own daughter is. You would think that alone would detour my cock, but it doesn’t.

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