Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Tour & Giveaway ~ Pieces of Autumn by Mara Black

Pieces of Autumn

Author: Mara Black
Genre: Dark Romance 18 +
Publish Date: July 31, 2014
Publisher: Indie Published

Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

~Synopsis ~
I wish I could tell you that I was stolen.
Kidnapped off the street in some third-world country, sold against my will, while a desperate family back home waited and prayed and talked about me on the news.
I wish I could tell you that, because then you might understand.
What really happened? I walked to my fate with my eyes wide open. But before you say I deserved whatever happened to me, you should know. I was desperate. I was alone. I was afraid for my life. You would have done the same thing.
I thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse.
But then, I woke up in darkness, unable to move. There was only one thing I was sure of: I wasn’t alone anymore.
And then I heard HIS voice...
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Never say that word to me.”

I had never heard his voice like that. Not once. My blood chilled in my veins. If I thought I’d ever been afraid of Tate before, it was nothing. Absolutely nothing compared to this.

I’d wanted to unnerve him, but instead, I seemed to have unhinged him. Unleashed something I didn’t understand, and didn’t want to.

I’m sorry,” I whispered.

Too late,” he replied, his chest rising and falling rapidly with each breath. His tone was pure venom, pure sin, pure fucking evil. “Too late for apologies.”

In that moment, I had three choices.

I could fight him.

I could run.

Or, I could tie myself to the mast and meet him, measure for measure.

I chose the storm. With the hurricane himself standing there, his pulse pounding so loud I could almost hear it, I chose to stand tall.

What was happening? What was he about to do? I had no way of knowing, no way of guessing what he’d do. How he’d ruin me.

But I knew I could survive.

His hand lashed out and grabbed mine, lifting it to his face. Eyes half-lidded, he brought my fingers to his lips, my thumb pressing past them and up against his teeth. Finding resistance, for a moment, until he parted them and suckled it into the soft, wet heat of his mouth.

You belong to me now.”

★✩★✩★ 5 -Dark & Devious- Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I was their property, to abuse and barter as they pleased. All I could hope for was that my eventual owner would be merciful. But what were the odds of that?
What kind of man would buy a woman?

Autumn is on the run. Hunted. Alone, scared and starving; but she is a survivor and will do whatever it takes to stay alive. That is why she turns herself over to Stoker. She knows she is selling herself, she knows what will be expected of her, she knows. She tells herself she is doing it just to survive, to escape the monster hunting her, nothing or no one could be a worse fate than what she runs from....right?
Till she wakes in darkness, and hears his voice. She very quickly learns exactly what kind of man she has been turned over to, she should be terrified-and she is...but she isn't. She should hate and despise him-and she does...but she doesn't. If nothing else, at least she's safe now...right?! I guess it really all is about the devil you know...but does she, could she ever really know or even understand the man who now owns her...

I hated this girl, I hated her for shining a light on all the dark, private corners of my life. I hated her because she made me remember my weakness.
I'd been alone here for such a long time, nursing my anger, with no one but myself to take it out on. She'd finally given it an outlet. And for that, she would pay.

There really isn't much I can say without blowing the whole story out of the water. This really is a book you just have to go into blindly to truly experience the full effect. It is an emotional rollarcoaster full of semi-highs and extreme lows. You never know what Tate is gonna do next, how he will react, and most importantly; you will struggle to understand what Autumn is feeling and the changes that she goes through-the same way she struggles with it. You're just forced to feel it all; it's intense, a little scary, and yes-it does still manage to be hott as hell at times if you can believe that. This does have a distinct dystopian feel to it, it's set in the future which is something I didn't get from the synopsis, but it just adds to the story and the overall desperation of all involved. Be prepared, this is most definitely a dark romance; not the darkest I've read, but far from light and fluffy and it screams of the urgent need for redemption, along with the heartbreaking desolation that you feel when you realize that it's not always possible. All in all, it was a smashing debut for Mara Black; one that has solidly landed her on my 'One-Click Addiction List' and I for one cannot wait to see what she brings us next.

And that was the beauty of it, the incredible grace of my Autumn. She didn't try to pretend I was perfect. She didn't tell me that I'd done nothing wrong. She just accepted it. All of it.

Mara Black is a connoisseur of love that lurks in the shadows .

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