Thursday, April 3, 2014

BLOG TOUR: London Bound (Chase Brothers #1) – Nana Malone + Review, giveaway & excerpt!

Released: April 1st, 2014

It wasn’t exactly like spunky, photography student, Abbie Nartey ran away from her life…except, that she left under the cover of darkness and put three thousand miles between her and her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal. She went to London searching for her dream. She never expected to find love, or herself.

Heir to his family’s tech fortune, sexy, Alexi Chase, is looking for freedom—from his family and from his past. What he’s not looking for is love. With secrets like his, he can’t afford to let anyone get too close. But a chance rescue has him wondering if the price of keeping secrets is too high.

Will Alexi risk losing love to keep his past hidden? Will Abbie trust herself enough to love again? Or will their pasts keep then from accepting true love?

This book contains mature themes and is intended for audiences 18+

"No matter how twisted and damaged we are, there's always someone out there who will love us as we are."

London Bound is a simple love story between a talented woman who ran from her past (Abbie) and a sexy man who's still running from his past (Alexi). And two entwine themselves in this lovely love story as they overcome issues coming from family, friends and outside forces. Although admittedly their chemistry was too fast, I definitely enjoyed the two's connection towards the end.

This book was actually pretty damn good. Albeit it's a bit bland, but it's actually a really enjoyable read.

Abbie is a woman who I found so inspiring from the beginning. She was weak and we see her develop starting from the first chapter when she stood up to that fucking abusive douchewaffle with a fucking knife. Hell yeah!

I loved how she's quirky and quick with her words. She's an adorable character. But sometimes I find her too plain with no real appeal. I mean, yeah, she's cool and all but then she doesn't really have a specific trait that makes her, her. I liked the independence she showed in the beginning and I was hoping it would strengthen in this book.

But anyway, then we have Alexi. DEAR LORD. This man is schmexy. He's brilliant too since he actually produced an app. I dig smart guys. And I think Alexi has more "color" here because he's more varied and we can see what she actually likes about him. Not only is he super hot and super smart, but he's also super jealous (woo hoo!) and super loyal and super sweet! God, I love this man and his words.
"I'm falling hard for you. I know it's soon. I know you are just coming off something, but I want you to be aware. You can take your time to figure things out. I'm not going anywhere."

But like Alexi mentioned, it was going really fast. Their relationship didn't have enough time to develop and their feelings were much too extreme that they didn't give each other that much time to get to know each other.

Nevertheless, it was a pretty damn good read and I definitely enjoyed it! And I have to add that I LOOOVE the structure of the book, how it was in third person omniscient alternating between the two characters.


3.5 APPLES!!!!!

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♕ London Bound (Chase Brothers #1) 

Now this is the Abbie I fucking loved

“Where the hell did you get that?”

Stupid move or not, she wasn’t going to let this one go. If there was ever a time to stand up for herself, it was now. She was not the pathetic girl he thought she was. She had been strong once and she reached deep into the depths of a long forgotten girl to find a sliver of that strength. “Where the hell you hid it.”

She’d braced for shouting, but nothing happened. Instead, when Evan spoke, his voice was pleading. “Look, I know I shouldn’t have kept it from you, but you have to realize that London isn’t going to happen. We won’t survive if we don’t go together. Law is a more stable profession than photography. I mean, what are you going to do with that anyway? I had your best interest at heart.”

Her best interest? Her best fucking interest? 

Her fingers curled around the knife handle as her anger bubbled to the surface. She forced a deep breath, then another, and peeled her fingers off. “You lied to me. Every day I asked you, and every day you hid it from me.” She searched his handsome face. How had she become this? What had become of the real her?

He waved a dismissive hand. “Look. I did it for you. You needed to make a decision. The right decision. And you wouldn’t have been able to make it if you’d seen that envelope. Besides, you and I both know that you wouldn’t be happy in London.”

“Don’t!” Her body vibrated with fury. “Don’t talk to me like I’m a child. You did it for yourself because you wanted me to make the choice that you wanted. You’re dispica—”

The stinging crack across her cheek snapped her head to the side. A pinball of pain ricocheted in her skull. The burning pain spread from her face to her neck and well into her hairline. She knew from experience now would be a good time to shut the hell up. 
But it was as if the stronger woman inside her finally refused to be silenced. “I will not shut up. You lied to me. You hid this from me. You made me feel like I wasn’t good enough to make this dream happ—”

The next crack was enough to knock her over, and she tasted blood on the tip of her tongue. Desperate to steady herself, she reached up to the counter for purchase, but only managed to bring the diced chicken, mayonnaise, and chopping board down with her.

Evan kneeled in front of her. His tight face registered a barely concealed mask of rage. This was it, she’d done it now. There would be no concealer good enough to hide the bruises he would give her. And she didn’t give a damn. She was tired of cowering.

But instead of lying there, she probed for the cutting board to use as a shield. Her fingers wrapped around the knife handle instead. Shaking, she gripped it tight. 

Over the years, she’d lost count of the number of times he’d hit her. Once, she’d even tried to run home. Her mother had made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that Evan was the kind of man Abbie needed in her life. And she had better learn how to please him because she wasn’t going to do much better than a Peters. 

Her mother had also pointed out that Evan would be powerful someday and Abbie would benefit from that. Abbie had learned that day not to go running home with her problems. Once, she considered telling her father, but that would end in bloodshed, either with her father dead or in jail for murder. Neither outcome was acceptable. So, as always, she suffered alone.

When Evan spoke, his voiced sounded controlled, but Abbie didn’t buy it. 
“You know better than to provoke me. I don’t want to hurt you, but Abena, you cannot speak to me like that. Are we clear?”

Decision time. She could nod her head and say yes. Or for once, she could stand up to the person who’d hurt her over and over again. The person who’d deliberately tried to keep her dream from her. 

With the taste of blood in her mouth and her heart hammering in her chest, she tilted her head to meet his gaze as fury chased away the fear. Slipping the knife between their bodies, she glared at him. “No. Not clear. You have two minutes to get the hell out of my house, or I swear before God, I will not be the only one bleeding in this kitchen today.”

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USA Today Best Seller and iTunes Breakout Books author, Nana Malone's love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin.

It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She's been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.

While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

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