Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Conflicted (Secrets and Lies, #1) by MM Koenig


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Conflicted (Secrets and Lies, #1)
by MM Koenig (@M_M_Koenig)
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 19th, 2014
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Mia Ryan was on the path to make all her dreams come true. Her life was everything she wanted it to be; until one fateful night changed everything – leaving her broken and without direction. Nearly a year later, she still has little faith in anyone or anything. Desperate to reclaim her life’s ambition, she takes an unexpected offer that promises to solve all her problems. But as Mia moves forward, she’s faced with obstacles she couldn’t have foreseen. The biggest of them lies within the mystery of Ethan Fitzgerald; a man who affects her like no other, but who she should avoid pursuing, at all costs.
On a mission himself, Ethan Fitzgerald didn’t care who he pissed off on his road to fulfill his mother’s dying wish. He relied on himself, and was closed off to the world around him – until Mia Ryan walked through his door. Normally one to avoid messy emotions, Ethan’s world is turned upside down by Mia, and he can’t seem to get enough of her.
There are lines you can cross that will change the course of your life forever …

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A course of heat ran through my entire body. I shook my head – Ethan was lurking around here somewhere. I peered over my shoulder and sure enough, there he was, staring at me unashamedly. My rational thoughts started to fall by the wayside as I soaked in every ounce of him. I took in his casual stance as his back rested against the wall with a leg kicked up.
He was breathtaking, and on display like a supermodel. His fitted jeans were hugging his body in all the right places. My eyes trailed up his sculpted chest. His white button-up shirt had a black pattern that weaved its way up the right side. I wondered what was underneath that intricate design. I had seen glimpses of tattoos that started at his wrists and stretched up to his elbows. My thoughts drifted past what his tattoos were and on to seeing his naked body. When Ethan sauntered closer to my desk, my pulse sped up as my stomach clenched tightly together.
Shit. I'm slipping. Why does he have to be so damn hot?
His eyes smoldered as he surveyed my body. I raised an eyebrow and the grin that curled at the edge of his lips transformed into a cocky smile. Unable to stop the rising heat, I flushed embarrassingly. I turned around, securing my purse to leave.
I'm going to call it a day if that is OK,” I muttered, with my eyes to the floor.
If I stared at him any longer, I'd have some serious problems. I'd fallen back on track with my purpose here. It was less difficult for me to separate it. I kept the guilt at bay and remained focused on getting more information for Harrison. Nothing new presented itself, but I was at least in the mindset that made it easier for me to be here.
I'd be back to square one if I had a conversation with Ethan. There was no way in hell I was letting that happen. It was bad enough that I had no ability to prevent the blushing when it occurred, so keeping my eyes to the ground was the best idea for me.
My cheeks would not be the only body part of me on fire if I stole another peek at him.
Yes, of course. I hope you have a great weekend.” Ethan paused for a second before asking, “Anything fun planned for the evening?”
Ethan pulled his hands out of his pockets and placed his thumbs through his belt loops. His long fingers trailed down his thighs. My mouth went dry. I blinked to stop myself from mentally undressing him. I chastised myself for making the mistake of looking at him again – It was game over for me. My body ignited everywhere as I fell deeper into his eyes. I wished they'd tell me more about him, but they kept me in a trance more than anything else did.

5- Conflicted Pretty much sums it up -Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I hated this pain. I hated being numb all the time. I hated that my life's ambitions vanished because of him. I hated myself for allowing him into my heart, only to have him break it so badly that I barely found the pieces. I'd never be able to put them back together. The damage was so severe that any attempt to fix them was useless.

Mia Ryan may not have had the best family life growing up, but she was well on her way to achieving all her dreams when it all gets ripped away from her as a result of the worst kind of betrayal by the one man she trusted most in the world. Her ex destroyed her, tore away her future, and abandoned her all in one fell swoop; to say she now has trust issues would be an understatement. Never again will she lay her heart on the line and she lives her life hiding behind the walls now surrounding her heart; the only people she allows close to her are her roommates who also happen to be her best friends and the closest thing she has to family. When an opportunity arises to get herself back into journalism, it comes at a price and with a huge risk; but the payoff just may be worth it. She jumps in with both feet, but with a necessary cautiousness and even a little bit of guilt at the lengths she will go to to get back what she lost. When she meets Ethan Fitzgerald she knows she is in trouble; he is the first man to banish the numbness from her soul, awakening a part of her she thought long dead and turning her on with barely any effort... he is also the one man she needs to avoid getting involved with at all costs. It's to bad for her that Ethan has set his sights on her and when he wants something, nothing stands in his way. He pursues her with a relentlessness that both excited her and scares her, but what will happen when he discovers the real reason Mia entered his life in the first place?

It took everything in my power to walk past him, acting like what he said meant nothing whatsoever to me, when on the inside, I was a bloody mess. He wasn't going to back down. I wasn't sure if it turned me on or tormented me.

I cannot even begin to explain how much I loved this book, in so many ways, for so many reasons. Yes- it is a romance, but it's so much more than that. It is a known fact from very early on that Mia is getting herself into a situation that may be more dangerous than she anticipated, but as the story goes on it also becomes clear that she really has no idea just what she was signing up for or why. Everyone is hiding something, everyone has a secret agenda, and no one is what they seem. Each and every chapter is steeped in deception, danger, and a lust so thick you will choke on it. The chemistry between Mia and Ethan will burn up your kindle, the insta-lust is quite evident, but don't take that to mean they jump in the sack right from the word go; oh no- there is a build up that will leave even the readers a sexually frustrated sopping mess as the cat and mouse between these two last for at least 50% of the book. But when it finally does happen.... just dayum. Seriously explosive and hott-as-hell and so totally worth the wait. And as a side note; FINALLY someone else sees the yumminess that is peanut butter on pancakes!! there really is no other way to eat them ;)
I also loved the relationships between Mia and her roommates, it's easy to see how much they all love each other and they really are their own family with a history stretching most of their lives. Each with their own personalities, each with their own quirks, and each of them bring out a different side of Mia that you wouldn't see without their interactions. The only thing that could have made this book absolutely perfect for me was a little bit of POV jumping; the book is told entirely from Mia's end and I would kill to see just what the hell Ethan is really thinking. Ultimately what really did my head in, what laid me out and screaming, was the freaking ending. There will definitely be some WTF's flying around here, but take comfort in the fact that book two 'Complicated' is already available ~ yes, I checked!! I CANNOT WAIT to get my greedy little hands on that one, I'm dying to see what else is in store for this fantastic couple, and hell-everyone else in this story. M.M. Koenig has secured her spot on my One-Click-Addiction List with this gem and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

He had infiltrated the wall within my heart. He had pressed upon it until it had cracked at his advances. In his pursuit for me to surrender to him, he stole a piece of me. It aggravated me as much as it exhilarated me because I didn't share that side of me anymore. 

5 Fun Facts about Conflicted

1. A recent review commented on the relationships that Mia has with her friends (Bri, Jackson, Trey, and Shane). The reviewer was curious as to whether those characters were based on four of my closest friends, and if so, that I was ‘one lucky chick’. The answer to that is yes! The friendship between Mia and Bri is very similar to the relationship I have with my best friend. The friendship’s Mia has with the boys is loosely based on the friendship I had with three of my closest guy friends in college. My best friend and I lived with a group of our closest guy friends our junior year of college. It was my most memorable year in college. It’s a time I reflect on and feel so incredibly fortunate to have so many memories with some amazing people.

2. I’m a very active person that loves trying new things. In chapter fifteen, Ethan whisks Mia away for the day to help take her mind off things. He takes her to the pier to spend a day out on the lake. How Mia learns how to wakeboard was loosely based off when I learned how to wakeboard. There was an incredibly handsome guy that taught me how to over the course of a summer.

3. I wrote Conflicted out of order. The middle came to me before the rest of the story did, and I went with it. I wrote for nearly six months straight and inadvertently wrote three-fourths of Complicated with Conflicted. After continuous requests from my closest girlfriends to read what I had, I finally shared a few chapters. It was then that I realized that I had wrote two books at once. As a result, I divided the two books and made some minor adjustments to Complicated to ensure the timeline remained accurate.

4. Mia’s story has been with me for a very long time. I was terrified to actually write it. I had written on and off over the last ten years and it was always a version of Mia’s story. My best friend gave me the push I needed to finally commit to writing a novel and to later publishing it.

5. I’ve had several reviewers state that they felt like they were watching a movie or TV drama while reading Conflicted. I can honestly say that part of my writing process is seeing the entire scene in my head prior to writing it down. In doing so, I try to be as true to the moment as I possibly can be and hope that the setting and emotions hit the mark. 

Conflicted Playlist
Linkin Park - Numb
Goo Goo Dolls- Here Is Gone
Eighteen Visions - Broken Hearted
Jack’s Mannequin - The Resolution
Lifehouse - Broken
OneRepublic - Feel Again
Evanescence - Going Under
Carolina Liar - Show Me What I’m Looking For
Timbaland - Apologize (feat. OneRepublic)
Taylor Swift - Twenty-Two
Katy Perry - Last Friday Night
Moby - South Side
Bon Jovi - You Give Love a Bad Name
Fall Out Boy - Sugar We’re Going Down
The Verve - Never Let You Down
Switchfoot - I Dare You To Move
Enrique Igelsias - Escape
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
Usher - Love In This Club
Leann Rimes - Right Kind of Wrong
The Fire Theft - Heaven
Akon - Don’t Matter
Snow Patrol - Open Your Eyes
Colbie Caliet - Fallin’ For You
Howie Day - Collide
Sum 41 - With Me
Lifehouse - Everything
Buckcherry - Sorry
Maroon 5 - Love Someday
Blind Pilot - Half Moon

M. M. Koenig was born and raised in Minnesota. She now lives in the Twin Cities area with her loving dog Marley. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology.
M. M. Koenig enjoys being active and has a variety of interests that coincide with her passion for life. Always one to try new things, she has acquired a variety of skills. Her sarcastic nature and multitude of experiences tend to find their way into her novels.
When she has free time and isn't writing, she spends as much time as she can with friends and family. To fuel her soul, she is constantly looking for new music, movies, and books to keep the writer's block at bay.

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