Monday, August 18, 2014

Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway ~ Always Conall by Sibylla Matilde

Always Conall
Bitterroot Series #2
by Sibylla Matilde


***** Mature Content, Sexual Situations, Adult Situations, Strong Language *****To him, I was only just Sage, Matt Nichols’ little sister. But I've worshiped Conall my whole life. My brother's best friend. My secret crush. My first and only love. Always hoping he’d really see... me.

And then, a torrent of circumstances ripped through my life. One by one, my family began to crumble. My dad's heart attack. My brother's tragic death. My mother's slipping sanity. And then Conall's abandonment. He took my heart when he left, but he gave me a reason to grow up fast, to be strong, and to live.

Now, just when things finally start looking up, he's back in Bitterroot. Standing before me, not the boy he once was, but a man. Just when I’m on the cusp of living again. Just when I’m starting to feel like I could let go of the past and be happy without him, the feelings I set aside for all those years are raging once again through my veins. My tight control is slipping. The future I've so carefully mapped out now seems so uncertain.

He’s changed, but he hasn’t. I hate him for leaving, but I love him for coming home.

But will he stay? And do I really, truly want him to after he shattered me before?

I love you.”
Sage,” he whispered, “don’t do this. Don’t say that. I’m not worth it.”
But I do,” I shook my head defiantly. “I love you, Conall.” A drop of rain fell from the tip of his nose to his full lips, and I pulled myself up to capture it with a clumsy, tremulous kiss. My fingers framed his taut jaw. “I love you,” I hoarsely begged. “Please don’t go.”
Sage,” he warned. His hands settled at my hips, as though to steady me… maybe even to steady himself. He didn’t pull me closer, but he didn’t push me away either. His raging uncertainty fueled my desperation, and I moved with him, guiding my fingers around his neck and pulling myself closer. Molding myself against his body, I lifted my trembling lips to kiss him again.
For a moment, he stood frozen, shocked by my brazen actions. I pulled my body against him hard, turning my head, increasing the pressure of my lips, pushing my tongue into his mouth. Kissing him like I’d always dreamed of doing.
He couldn’t leave me. He just couldn’t.
He was all I had left.
I had to make him stay. So I beseeched him with my kiss, my touch, my sheer overwhelming need. I pleaded with the tears that streamed from my eyes and mixed with the frigid raindrops. Please, Con,” I whispered.
Please… I need you. I love you.”
And then, as though he was coming alive, his strong hand caught the base of my head, tangling in my hair as he began to kiss me back.

I love you. I always have, since forever. It's always been you, Conall.”

*****5 Wicked Second Chance Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Conall was here.
I wanted to cry. I wanted to hide. I wanted to drink. I wanted to... wrap my arms around him and never let go. My pulse felt erratic, and my thoughts jumbled around in my brain. I felt like a hyperactive, bipolar schizophrenic on crack.

~Sage Nichols has loved Conall McAllister her entire life, all she ever wished for was for him to see her as more than her brother Matt's younger sister, the girl they always torment, the one who follows them around; she just wants him to see her. But tragedy strikes when she least expects it, taking away everyone she loves one by one; her dad's heart-attack, her brother's car accident, her mothers slipping sanity. And just when she thinks things couldn't possibly get any worse, Conall skips town with barely a goodbye, abandoning her but leaving a piece of himself behind. Sixteen year old Sage is forced to grow up overnight weather she's ready or not.

~Five years later, Sage is finally starting to get to a place in her life where she feels like she'll be okay. She has worked hard to get to where she is and is finding it a little easier to breathe. She still misses Conall with a fierceness and hates him for leaving her when she needed him the most, but that doesn't change the fact that she will always love him-no matter how much it hurts. That's when her life takes a turn she never saw coming~Conall comes back to town. The boy she has loved her entire life has grown into quite a man, one who has no idea of the mess he left behind. A mess he is determined to make up for, even if she fights him tooth and nail. The more time they spend together, the more Sage loses control of her tightly reined emotions; she has dreamed of his return for five long years, but now that he's back she is scared to death to let him in again. After all, he will just end up leaving her again-that's what he does, isn't it? Can Conall convince her that he is here for good this time or will her abandonment issues send him running when it gets too hard?

Right. Who we fuck is our own business. I forgot.”
You know, I waited. For years. And you didn't even fucking call me. And now you just want me to drop everything when I don't even know how long you're going to be here. What the fuck, Conall? You don't get to make me feel like shit for wanting a halfway normal life.”

This book had everything I love about a good second chance book. Lots of drama, tons of angst, a whole crew of amazing characters and enough sexual tension to melt your kindle. I mean seriously, the chemistry between these two was off-the-charts and it caused some crazy situations; both good and bad. I have never seen so much stubbornness between two people, it caused a lot of fighting that's for sure. But no matter what happened, or what was said, the pull to each other never waned. The biggest hurdle they had to overcome was Sage's fear of abandonment, which was huge and rightfully so. No matter Conall's intentions for leaving in the first place, he caused quite a bit of damage and Sage most definitely made him work for it; I loved that about her. The only thing that drives me crazier than insta-love, is someone who is too quick to forgive. I am all for forgiveness, I am not someone to hold a grudge myself, but there is something to be said about a little bit of groveling-no one should roll over too easily, I don't want any doormats in my stories. In the end, Sibylla Matilde delivered us a heartfelt story that will grab your attention right from the beginning and will not let go. She has earned her spot on my 'One-Click Addiction List' without a doubt and I don't see her going anywhere anytime soon.

He was, quite simply, the love of my life.
He had been all my life.
The only constant, even when he was gone, really. His absence had made me stronger, but never made my love wane. While it had been tinged with other emotions, the deep, intense love always won out.

Because of Kian (Bitterroot #1)

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 Sibylla Matilde grew up in the mountain valleys of Southwest Montana exploring the dusty Old West gold country on the back of a horse. She attended a two-room schoolhouse beginning in 1st grade & had the same teacher until she changed schools after 7th. Beginning at about age 12, Sibylla discovered historical romance, feeding off of work of Jude Deveraux & Lisa Kleypas. She loves a book that can make the reader run the gamut of emotions, from the sweet glow of new love to gut-wrenching heartache. She is a true romantic & always has stories floating around in her head, living in a fantasyland until she writes them down to free them.
Music is her emotional trigger. Growing up with a Wagnarian-loving mother, Sibylla was raised to treasure music that digs deep into the psyche, drawing out elation, sorrow, grief, desire. The soundtrack to her life includes many genres spanning centuries. She looooooooves Thirty Seconds to Mars (rather obsessively, actually… but, really, how can you NOT be crazy about this guy!? Jared Leto. Shhh. ) & pimps them out to all her friends through Spotify. She also delights in Met Opera HD broadcasts at her local movie theater & hopes (listening Met?) to someday see Diana Damrau reprise her role as Mozart’s Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. Sibylla lives with her husband and hero who saved her from her own calamitous, young-adult self. He makes her laugh daily, even when things are tough. He’s proved to her that love really can heal a shattered soul. In 18 years, they have never had a fight, although argue regularly with their two teenage kids who have, unfortunately, inherited their father’s quick wit (unfortunate as it is a quick wit that Sibylla, herself, definitely does not possess – there is a reason she is a writer & not a stand-up comedian). They live a quiet life with their two weird little rescued Chiweenies. Wait… teenagers & little yap-dogs? OK, maybe not so quiet.
~Stalk Her~

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