Blog Tour: Kick By Carmen Jenner

When I was ten, my father indoctrinated me into the family.

A brotherhood who would fight, protect, and give their lives for one another. A club whose ties ran thicker than blood, murkier than the dirt and grime that tainted my soul. Stronger than the bonds that connected me to my own family.
A band of brothers, where loyalty was kept and paid in a currency of blood.
When I was twenty-seven, I betrayed that brotherhood.
I’ve spent every day since running, avoiding paying back that debt.
My name is Daniel Johnson.  I have betrayed everyone I ever loved.
And I’ll betray her too.
This is my story—if you’re screwed up enough to want to read it.
Warning: KICK contains graphic violence, profanity, drug use, and explicit sexual situations of a taboo nature. Intended for an 18+ audience only. Not intended for pussies.

I am going to expand on the warning the author gives above.  This is book has some really dark scenes and if you have rape triggers or abuse triggers you may want to proceed with caution.  I love a good dark read but there were some scenes in here that had me putting my kindle down for a few minutes and walking away before I could go further.  With all that being said, I must be sick and twisted in my head but I just kept going back for more.
I don’t want to go to deep into the book because I don’t want to give anything away, but the things that Kick has done, things that he witnessed, things that not just affected him, but someone close to him as well.  He has a way with crazy.  That sentence won’t make sense until you read the book, but trust me he is like the crazy whisperer.  His story isn’t pretty, it’s not even a diamond in the rough, it is raw, gritty, dark and disturbing.  Now I am not saying all those things only pertain to Kick.  Nope, but again you will have to read the book to see who and/or what I am talking about.

Please though, if dark reads aren’t for you, then don’t read the book.  If rape situations or drug use are triggers or hard limits, then please don’t read the book because while this is dark and disturbing at times it is a damn good book, one that still has me thinking about it days later.
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Excerpt #1
“You gotta let go now, Princess. I gotta hand you over.”
Her panicked gaze meets mine. “He’ll shoot you.”
“No, he won’t.”
“Yes, he will.”
I smile down at her. “What are we just gonna stand here forever, you in my arms, your dad holding a gun to my head? If he shoots me, he shoots me. Ain’t nothing I can do about that, Princess. At least I’ll know I did one thing right.”
She takes a deep, shaky breath. “I’d be dead if it weren’t for you.”
I nod, because it’s true. If Slayer hadn’t come at a deal, Prez would’ve eventually killed her, and he’d have tortured her some more first. “Promise me somethin’?”
“Get on your feet and then get the hell outta here. Prez will come looking for you again. He’s not a guy who likes to lose. Take as much money as you can, and get the fuck away from this life, otherwise you’re gonna wind up filling a body bag way too young.”
Lauren is wrenched away from me then. She screams as the Italian carts her off toward the clubhouse, flailing and slapping at him despite her injuries.
“Daniel!” she screams, reaching out toward me as he struggles to get her inside. Without thinking I take a step forward, but I’m attacked from behind. My knees go out from under me and I’m shoved face-first into the ground. Some heavy motherfucker sits down on my back. I buck, trying to unseat him, but I’m whacked in the back of the head until I stop.
“Well, isn’t that fuckin’ touching? The Angel scum, in love with my daughter? Didn’t I warn you away from her once before?” Slayer asks, circling me like a predator circles prey. The biker using me for a chair shoves his gun against the back of my skull.
“Yeah, I did,” Slayer continues, and he motions for the guy on top of me to force me to stand. I’m dragged up by the hair and presented to Slayer. “At the rally, where she fuckin’ went missin’!” His red, blotchy face almost touches mine. He’s so close I can see the blood vessels snaking out from the corners of his eyes. He’s fucking high. His daughter’s been locked up, raped, beaten, treated like a fuckin’ animal over some shit that she shouldn’t even have to know about, and the arsehole’s gettin’ high as a fuckin’ kite instead of findin’ her? He makes me sick. He’s everything I hate about the life. And he’s more than likely exactly where I’ll end up, because this is what we are—this is what livin’ in the club gets you: bitterness, enemies, and a shit-tonne of bad blood.
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Carmen Jenner
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAYBest Selling Author, doctor, pilot and CIA agent.  She’s also a compulsive, flagrant prevaricator who gets to make things up for a living.
While Sugartown may not technically exist, Carmen grew up in a small Australian town just like it, and just like her characters, she always longed for something more. They didn’t have an Elijah Cade, though.
If they did, you can be sure she would have never left.


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Review: The Bonus by AJ Adams

This is not your typical love story. It’s about as unconventional as you can get. It’s not even your typical dark read. Because trust me, it’s not a light and fluffy read.
From the very first scene in the book, you are sucked into a world that no one should ever be part of. Unfortunately, many have been part of that world. Most don’t survive it.
Chloe has ended up in a bad situation. It’s not just any typical bad situation. She’s in a world of hurt and there’s not a lot she can do about it. She gets one chance to make a bid for freedom and she takes it. Kyle ends up giving her that chance and their romance begins.
But Kyle isn’t your typical good guy. He’s ruthless. He’s brutal. He’s unforgiving.
By all rights we should hate Kyle. We should despise him. But it’s fiction, so we can ignore the ruthless parts of Kyle and focus on the good. Yes, even though he’s ruthless, he does have some redeeming qualities. It’s those qualities that make us like him.
It’s a true testament to an author’s writing ability that they can make me like a character that by all rights I should hate. Well done, AJ Adams. You’ve done an amazing job with that.

For all that read this book, be warned, it has dubious consent. It also has scenes of graphic violence. So, if any of those things bother you, don’t read it. But if you do decide to wade into this dark world, you’ll be sucked in from the very beginning.

Review: Underestimated by Jettie Woodruff

I have found a new love. It’s dark reads. For some reason, dark reads are appealing to me and I’m loving them. Underestimated by Jettie Woodruff is one of those reads.
I found myself drawn into a world that is unbelievably dark and twisted. It was horrifying, it was sick and it was intriguing. If it was so horrifying, why was I drawn into it?
Jettie Woodruff’s writing drew me in to this story about a girl from a small town. She’s literally sold by her father to an asshole of a man. Well…I hesitate to call him a man, I’ll just call him a male person. And that’s being kind. I was hooked. This was an amazing story that held me from the first sentence to the very last.
Morgan’s plight pulled at my heart. I so wanted her to gain her footing and find herself. I wanted her to learn what it meant to be loved and cherished. She fought the entire way. She did what she had to. Unfortunately because of the way she was treated by her husband, she didn’t truly learn how to value herself. It took her getting away and finding a real man in order to learn that.
Morgan finally got away from Drew, her husband, and met Dawson. Dawson is a real man. He knows how to treat a woman and he loves with his whole heart. He showed Morgan how to beat back her demons, how to love and how to be normal.
Life has a way of throwing us curve balls and Morgan finds herself right back where she started. With Drew. Only this time, she’s not putting up with him. She’s taking a stand. But when she finally remembers everything, will she choose Drew or Dawson?
I truly despised Drew. Even at the end, I felt he had no redeeming qualities. He’s an ass, he’s manipulative and he’s sick and twisted. Now, don’t get me wrong. We should all go for what makes us happy and live life the way we want, as long as it doesn’t hurt others. Drew hurt Morgan. He cause irreparable damage to her. He forever altered the way she looked at sex and love and not necessarily in a good way.
Dawson was the perfect gentleman. He loved Morgan and gave her what she needed when she was recovering. However, because of Drew, that was never enough. I felt so bad for Dawson. He deserved to be loved unconditionally and passionately. Morgan just wasn’t that person. Drew made sure of that.
While I’m not happy with the ending, I understand it. Things happen. People make choices we don’t agree with, it’s their life and they have to live it the way they want.

I have definite plans to read Underestimated Too. I have to get inside Drew’s head and see what the hell he was thinking. His reasons for doing this to Morgan are horrible. He’s a true asshole! I have to see what he was thinking.

Review: Boy Next Door by Emma Clark

HOLY FUCK BATMAN! This is one twisted, sick, disturbing story. It’s a dark read that will leave you reeling from the implications of it all.
Mia met Brandon. Mia accepted a ride from Brandon. Brandon destroyed everything Mia knew.
Mia’s car wouldn’t start after work one night. Brandon happened to be there and offered her a ride home. Mia doesn’t know Brandon, but she gets in the car with him anyway. I mean, he looks like the boy next door, so he should be safe right? WRONG!
Mia ends up being held captive by Brandon and he does every imaginable thing to her. OMG! I was breaking for Mia.
Brandon keeps her there for weeks. He terrorizes her, rapes her. Yet, she falls in love with him. Yep. You heard it. Falls in love with him. Definitely a case of Stockholm Syndrome.
But what happens when she finally gets free? Is she ever really free?
I loved this story. It’s dark and twisty nature made me love it that much more. Be WARNED!!! There is kidnapping, rape, bondage (not role-play) and Stockholm Syndrome. If any of those things offend you, DON’T READ IT! There is nothing consensual in this book, so be prepared.
So, if it was full of nothing consensual, why did I love it? It’s so well written and even though Brandon is a rapist, I actually ended up feeling a bit sorry for him. Not enough to acquit him, but enough. After learning about his family, it made me feel for him. He actually does a few (NOT MANY) redeeming qualities. It was an interesting look into the mind of a psychopath.

Definitely worth the read! Be remember…it’s not pretty, there are no flowers, there is no romance. It’s dark, twisted, sick and disturbing. You have been warned.