Friday, June 19, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Beautifully Brutal (Southern Boy Mafia #1) by Nicole Edwards

Sometimes love isn’t beautiful...
Meet Max & Courtney in this southern mafia romance!

Sometimes love isn’t beautiful...
Sometimes the only way to describe it is beautifully brutal.
If you think you know him… You’re wrong.
If you think you know his family… Wrong again.
If you think you know his story… You don’t.
If you did, you’d likely wonder how the hell a man like Maximillian Adorite managed to make it to this point in his life. At twenty-nine, he’s experienced more than most people could only ever imagine, all thanks to his family. Organized crime they call it. Mafia.
No matter how they spin it, it comes down to one thing. Max gets what he wants. Except for the one thing he wants most.
Her name is Courtney Kogan.
And now that he’s had a taste of her, Max knows he’ll never be able to let her go.

The Southern Boy Mafia series is a spinoff from the Sniper 1 Security series. It has been set up to be read without reading Sniper 1 Security, however, the characters will frequently cross over.

Courtney spun around, her gaze slamming into his.
Check on me? Why the hell would you wanna do that?”
Because it was an excuse to see her. But that wasn’t what Max told her. “I wanted to make sure you were all right.”
Courtney huffed as she returned to pouring the vodka into a glass, adding 7-Up from a can sitting on the table. Max’s gaze instantly strayed to the extra glass, and his frustration rose again.
She tossed him a glare over her shoulder. “Oh, you’re referrin’ to when you blew some guy’s brains out in the middle of your office? Don’t you have a dead body to clean up or somethin’?”
He didn’t say a word. His rule was that he’d never own up to anything. He didn’t feel safe anywhere that wasn’t home, never knew when someone was trying to trap him. And of all people, Max wasn’t delusional enough to believe Courtney wouldn’t turn on him with the right motivation. Ultimately, she was one of the good guys. And that was why they never had been able to find a middle ground. It was more difficult than it appeared considering they were at opposite ends of the spectrum—middle ground was just too far away for either of them.
Not to mention, arguing with Courtney was moot. Max knew from experience that she would never let up, which was why he’d given up long ago.
Oh, right. You have people for that,” she continued, turning to face him again before taking a sip from her glass. “I’d offer you a drink, but then you might think you can stay.”
I’m gonna stay,” he informed her.
Courtney’s eyes narrowed on him, and Max’s body instinctively reacted, hardening instantaneously.
You’re not gonna stay,” she retorted, her tone clipped. “Not today, not tomorrow. Not ever.”
Max shrugged out of his leather jacket, folding it across the arm of the sofa as he moved closer.
I’m serious, Max,” Courtney said, her eyes widening as she backed up until her ass hit the table. “You’re not stayin’. RT’ll be watchin’ my house until you leave. It’s not an option.”
Max continued to stalk her slowly until he was standing only a few inches away from her. Unable to resist, he cupped her face in his hands, enjoying the silky smoothness of her skin against his palms.
Damn, how he’d missed her. It’d been damn near a full year since the last time he’d touched her, since the last time he’d made love to her. Although touching her now ... it was as though not a minute had passed since that fateful day.
I’m stayin’,” he said softly.
Courtney shook her head, opened her mouth, but then snapped it closed. She wanted to argue; it was evident in the lines that creased her forehead.
Leaning forward, Max tested the waters, allowing his lips to brush hers lightly. Even that was nearly more than he could handle. It’d been too damn long since he’d touched her, tasted her, loved her. And fuck if he didn’t want to do it all again. Right here. Right fucking now.
Max, please,” Courtney pleaded quietly. “Please don’t do this.”
Do what?” he questioned roughly, pulling back and allowing his eyes to slide over her beautiful face, down the slender column of her neck, where he noticed the rapid thump of her pulse.
We’re through,” she stated, her tone holding a hint of conviction.
So you’ve said.” In fact, Courtney had told him they were over many times during the year they’d been together. And for the year that followed, right up until this very moment, Max had thought about her every single day, about the way she’d ended things so abruptly the last time. Didn’t matter that he’d called her bluff and that had technically been the reason they’d gone their separate ways.
Had it not been for the crazy shit he had to deal with on a daily basis, he might’ve actually taken the time to play her games. But there was another problem with that. He was fucking tired of playing, which was the only reason he’d allowed her to walk away then.
And that was the real reason he was there tonight. He wanted to know whether or not this was truly over. For him, it wasn’t. There wasn’t a chance in hell that he’d ever be able to get over her. Probably not in his lifetime. But that didn’t mean that moving forward wasn’t possible. With or without her.
If she didn’t want him, he’d move on. He had business arrangements dangling in the wind, one in particular that was entirely dependent on where he stood with Courtney.
Tell me you want me to leave, Courtney. Tell me to go, and I’ll never darken your doorstep again. You’ll never have to see me.”
Max could see the surprise in Courtney’s eyes, in the way her throat worked when she swallowed hard. He’d never made her that promise, never told her that he’d willingly let her go, although he’d spent the last year staying away from her. He’d had eyes on her the entire time; he knew every single move she’d made during those months. He knew for a fact that Courtney had never brought another man home with her, nor had she ever gone home with a man. Had she made that choice, Max wasn’t sure how things would be at this moment, but more than likely, there’d be another dead asshole buried six feet under.
The point was, she hadn’t.
Tell me that’s what you want, and I’ll do it, Courtney. But know this ... if you send me away this time...” Max took a deep breath, exhaled. “I won’t come back. Whatever this is between us, it’ll never die, never go away completely, and we’ll both have to live out the rest of our lives with the decision that you make right here. Tonight.”
I want...”
The pause that followed stole the air from the room.

5 – Beautiful, Brutal & Everything in Between – Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I'll never force you, Courtney. But I will have you. Make no mistake, I will have you in my bed, where you'll be beggin' me to make you come. It will happen.”
Courtney swallowed hard. She hated him. Hated what he did to her. Hated how much she wanted him, despite knowing better. Hated that, when it came to him, he body seemed to be making all the decisions.
But more importantly, Courtney hated him for the man he was.

He is the second in command of the Southern Boy Mafia – family run, dangerous and deadly, it's all he's ever known.

She is a security specialist at Sniper 1 Security, a company founded by her father and his best friend.

Their paths never should have crossed, but they did, and it forever changed both of their lives.

Both from completely different worlds, and opposite sides of the law, Maximillian Adorite and Courtney Kogan couldn't be more different, and yet from the moment they met the chemistry between them burned red-hott. She hates everything about who he is but she cannot seem to stay away from him – she is the only light in his dark world and one taste of her will never be enough. Max ALWAYS gets what Max wants, and what he wants is Courtney. But with so much working against them, enemies hiding around every corner, and Courtney fighting their connection every step of the way – did they ever really stand a chance? Will Courtney ever be able to look past what Max is long enough to see the man that's hidden on the inside or will she be too late?

It'd always been like this... Their interactions were heated, passionate, and innately sexual underneath it all.
Beautifully brutal, that was how she'd come to think of this thing between them.

I have been a Nicole Edwards fan ever since I first discovered the Walker Brothers and I haven't looked back since – this book just reminded me why. Though this is vastly darker than those boys were, the writing is just as captivating, the characters just as addicting, the sex hott as ever and I loved every damn minute of this journey. I happen to thoroughly enjoy my romances on the rougher, grittier side, and this fed that addiction quite nicely. Max was pure Alpha Badass, and even when he was being a giant dick I still loved him cause I got where he was coming from, I understood his frustration with Courtney and wanted to shake her myself – if it wasn't for the fact that I got why she was struggling as well. They both had their moments where I wanted to kill them, but they were both fighting some very real inner-battles that actually made sense. They really did come from completely different worlds and changing the way you think about things that have been ingrained in you since birth is not an easy thing to do. But the one thing they could never deny was the attraction that burned between them, even if they did deny their growing feelings. This all made for some very hott encounters and a whole lot of drama. What was different about this book was that their joint past was already well established and we got to learn all about it through multiple flashbacks. I never thought this would be something I would enjoy but it worked, Ms. Nicole pulled it off brilliantly. It helped move the story along while forcing you to better understand the struggles they were going through both individually and as a pair – so to speak. Add in a shit-ton of amazing secondary characters and this book was impossible to put down. I am very much looking forward to more from these people – especially Leyton, Ashlynn, RT, Z, Dane, Jase, & hell even Genny – all these people should provide some very interesting stories and they are the ones that grew on me the most. And now that it seems they are gonna be spanning three separate series in one way or another I see a lot of sleepless nights in my future. I CANNOT WAIT. If Nicole Edwards hadn't already landed herself on my Dirty One-Click-Addiction List with Kaleb than this fascinating tale would have landed her there. If you haven't read any of her books yet then I highly recommend you pick one, ANY ONE, and start TODAY.

Hell was a way of life, something he trudged through every single day because this was the life he'd been born into, the life he'd ultimately chosen. But her... Courtney was light and energy and good. He craved that little sliver in his world, feeding off her goodness, knowing it would never help but needing it all the same.

What’s your affiliation with Sniper 1 Security, for those that may not know yet?

Sniper 1 Security is my family’s business. My father, Casper Kogan, and his long time friend, Bryce Trexler started the company more than three decades ago. I guess it seemed logical that I did what my family did. I’m a personal security specialist – though there are plenty of names people use to refer to us.

Do you think of yourself as an adrenaline junky since you like this line of work?

Adrenaline junkie? Hmmm. Sure, I guess I can see that. I like to live on the edge. I think I’ve proven that.

What the craziest thing you have done on a dare?

The craziest thing I’ve done on a dare… **smiles** Not sure how crazy it is, but once, I stood up on the checkout counter at Wal-Mart. Started yelling that they needed a cleanup on aisle five-ninety-two. For the record, the Wal-Mart employees don’t necessarily like that.

If not this line of work, then what?

It would always be this line of work. I can’t see myself doing anything else.

Favorite type of car?


Boys with Tattoos or no?

Either or. And I guess it depends on the tattoo. I’ve seen some that I don’t particularly care for. I tried to talk Max into getting one that said “Property of Courtney”, but he said no. I’m still working on him though.

Do you have any tattoos?

Nope. But I’ve been tossing around the idea for a while. It’s hard to come up with an idea for something that’s so … permanent. I’m sure I’ll think of something one of these days.

What’s your go to drink when you’re out on the town?

Fireball and RumChata – I’ll let you look up what that’s known as. **smiles**

Last question, ideal Saturday night?

I’m a fan of going out to the clubs with my friends and I’ve got a favorite that I frequent – Devil’s Playground.

New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards launched her professional writing career in July of 2012. Having been an avid reader all of her life and a huge fan of creative writing, it seemed the likely path for her to take. Since then, she has released fifteen books and has no plans to stop. As her full-time career/hobby, Nicole writes steamy contemporary and erotic romances. Nicole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who was born and raised in Texas. Married with three kids and four dogs, she has plenty of interaction to keep her imagination brewing. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After segment as well as Indie Reader’s best seller list. She has forged her way as an independent author. Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, she prefers to be hiding out in her writing cave, talking to the fictional characters that have built up in her head over the years. When she isn’t writing or plotting her next book (sometimes translated to “playing on Facebook”), Nicole loves to read and spend time with her family and her dogs.

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