Thursday, June 5, 2014

Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway ~ Fiendish Play by Angela Richardson

Author: Angela Richardson
Release date:  14th April 2014
Genre:  New Adult Romance
Hosted by: Forever Me Romance

When James Riley transfers to Cloverley University, he is instantly on the radar of the most elusive secret society on campus, the Lappell. James is an artist. A loner. A free thinker. He doesn't believe in secret societies and wants nothing to do with them. That is, until everything changes. Until he meets her. Anais. The girl who changes it all. The girl who makes him willing to do whatever it takes to own her heart. But the deeper he falls in love, the deeper he sinks into the secret society that has a hold of her. And the further he gets caught up in their world, the more he scrapes the edges about a past he knew nothing about. James has no idea how much of his life is a part of a story that once broke down the walls of the Lappell, many years ago. Who can he trust when love and lies collide?

This is James’s story. The spin off story to the PIECES OF LIES trilogy. Can be read as a standalone series.

Fiendish Play is new adult romance. It will be part of a two book series and contains some mature sexual content.

****4 ½ -Dangerously Surprising, Intense & Shocking- Stars****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

You've come to a place filled with secrets. Worlds within worlds where you shouldn't trust anybody and anything. The people who are part of these groups...they're everywhere...control everything. They manipulate, they scare, and they have ways of making things happen...and making problems disappear. And they take what they want...who they want. And they hurt people who get in the way.”

That. Was. Crazy Intense. From start to finish you have no idea which way is up, who to trust or what will happen next. The word safe has little to no meaning, surprises are hiding around every corner and you just know something monumental is coming your way. Who knew just how dangerous secret societies were? What is more terrifying than a group of rich, powerful and seemingly untouchable people who can destroy you and those around you with little effort and there is nothing you can do about it? Who do you turn to? And whats worse is having no idea of the world you are blindly stumbling into until it's far too late...

here at Cloverley, we're always on the lookout for the best and brightest. It's what we pride ourselves on.”
“You sound like you're scouting for something. You in a fraternity?”
“Fraternities are for people who are sheep. They're for the weak-willed.”
“Okay...And you're in?”
“Something far more superior.”

James has just transferred to Cloverley University for his senior year to study art under one of his idols Professor Liam Aston. As an added bonus, he is leaving his parents behind in Europe, so for the first time in his life he is out from under his mothers grip. It's not that he doesn't love her or that he had a bad childhood, other than moving around a lot, his mother is just a tad bit over-protective. James is an artistic soul who is a bit of a loner intent on focusing solely on his studies this year...til fate puts him in the path of a girl in trouble. Anais makes him feels things he has never experienced before, and he wants her more than anything. He knows she is in some kind of trouble but he never could have expected the kind of trouble it is. His involvement with Anais puts him on the radar of one of the worlds largest and most powerful secret societies, one she happens to be involved with- The Lappell. Thrust into a dangerous world of lies and secrets James has no interest in getting involved with, he becomes painfully aware that if he wants to be with Anais and protect her, he will have to join them whether he likes it or not. What he never anticipated was the role he played in The Lappell's history. When secrets are revealed, James' life will never be the same and he discovers just how few people in his life he can actually trust.

I knew I should have trusted my mind to begin with, but this felt like the only way I could be with her. To keep her safe. To have a future together. To have this all-world-consuming-love. I would do anything for her, including giving up a seemingly normal life and becoming someone I'm not.

I knew going into this that 'Fiendish Play' was a spin-off for another series -The Pieces of Lies Trilogy- but could be read as a standalone. After having finished this book, I think it would be better to have read the previous series first. There were just some times that I felt like I were missing something and after having looked up info on the other books, I think I would have had a much better understanding of The Lappell had I read those books first. I still enjoyed this book immensely, it kept me on the edge of my seat and fully immersed til the very explosive ending-however, I am gonna go ahead and download/read the previous series and give this a re-read before I jump into the next book because I absolutely wanna see how this all ends. James was a beautiful character-strong, caring, sweet yet demanding when the situations calls for it. Although I must admit, he could be a bit long-winded at times. I didn't really connect with Anais too much, but I think that's just because the story is told from James' POV. However, what I do is that she is a sweet girl trapped in an impossible situation. She loves James and wants to keep him away from the trouble that follows her but wants something for herself for once. Marcus was a riot, Byron & Deacon scare the hell outta me, Liam was a surprise and I am dying to see what James does next. Angela Richardson has wrapped me tightly in her web of deception and I'm terrified yet anxious to see where she takes me next.

The only way I could find a way out of this pit of despair was to get the truth. Like it was the only mission I had left. My quest. My pursuit. My hunt. My crusade. To get facts, not fiction. To find out if I was still me...somewhere on the inside. Not just a hidden secret 


What the fuck was going on here?
I moved closer, brushing along the leaves, making a rustling sound. Her head lifted up from off her chest hearing the noise I had made. It was then that I saw her face for the first time. I swallowed back something lodged in my throat. Amongst my need to get closer and help, I was completely thrown by her beauty which made my body instantly react. I had to force myself to breathe, even consciously telling my brain to swallow down a breath so I wouldn’t pass out from loss of air. I had never had this type of reaction from seeing a girl before. Perhaps it was because I was trying to make sense of the urgent situation she was in, but the smarter, more logical side of my brain told me something different. It told me that my inability to use my body like a normal person had something to do with my heart constricting and my pulse racing at the sight of those big brown eyes that were red and glossy with pained emotion. That, and the fact I was drawn irresistibly to her pale skin against her chocolate-brown hair. Just the look on her innocent face screamed at me for an escape. Her image had grounded me like nothing I had ever known. It was scary. It was beautiful. She looked like a fallen angel in the moonlight. Then she did something which moved me into immediate action. She mouthed the words ‘help me’.

JAMES - Fiendish Play

Angela Richardson

I live in North Queensland, Australia, and I’m married with two beautiful children who rule my world. I was a nineties teen princess who grew up loving grunge rock, Tarantino, feminism and free thinking. I live for coffee, wine and cheese, music and movies. I enjoy reading anything that's dark and edgy, but is still romantic and shows lots of originality. Romance, angst, adventure and melancholia feed my writing obsession.

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