Friday, July 3, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Deacon (Starkis Family #1) by Cheryl Douglas

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 15th , 2015
 Starkis Family #1 (Can be read as standalaone)


When Deacon Starkis sets his sights on the gorgeous young model gracing the pages of his glossy catalogue, he knows he has to have her. One problem. She’s not available. But that won’t stop Deacon. He’s a man used to getting what he wants and he wants Mia.

Mia is stunned when she receives an email from the elusive billionaire who owns the lingerie company she models for. He tells her he’s intrigued. He’s not the only one. But she knows she’d be a fool to throw away an eight year relationship for a brief affair with the head honcho. He doesn’t do relationships and she doesn’t do casual sex. It seems they’re at an impasse. 
Who will come out on top in this battle of wills? The dominant one or the woman intent on teaching him the meaning of submission?

I stared at my reflection. “I don’t understand, Barbara. I thought Eleni was supposed to be
modeling the bridal collection.”
She pinned the white bustier until my full breasts spilled over the top. Then she artfully
arranged the white sheer robe so it revealed just enough of her handiwork to be enticing without
looking trashy. “What the boss wants, the boss gets. Even if it means we have to lose sleep to get
these damn alterations done on time.”
“Remind me to give you a raise, Barbara.”
I turned so fast that the pin Barbara was holding jabbed me in the thigh, but I barely noticed.
It was him. Oh God. I couldn’t breathe. I was going to pass out right there.
“Mr. Starkis,” Barbara said, a blush stealing over her cheeks. “I’m so sorry. I didn’t hear you
come in.”
“I’d like a moment alone with Miss Barnes, Barbara.” He gave her a pointed stare before he
said, “I’ll try not to keep her too long. I understand you’re on a tight schedule.”
She lowered her head before gathering her measuring tape and pins. “No problem, take all
the time you need.”
He waited until Barbara had closed the door and we were alone before he whispered, “Theia,
you look breathtaking.”
I still didn’t know what theia meant, and I was beyond irritated to be meeting him under
these circumstances, especially armed with the knowledge about his penchant for young models.
Closing the gap in the sheer robe, I tried to stare him down, but it wasn’t easy. Even
standing on a pedestal and wearing four-inch heels, I was still slightly shorter than he was.
“We meet at last.” He stepped closer and ran a fingertip over my cheek. “You’re even more
beautiful in person than I imagined you would be.”
His accent was more pronounced than it had been over the phone and sent delicious chills up
my spine in spite of my annoyance at my body’s betrayal.
His bright blue eyes flashed with irritation. “You are annoyed with me. Again?”
“I’m not having this conversation here.” I looked around, wondering if he’d seduced other
women in that very room. “I’m working. Kindly leave.”
His irritation blossomed into anger. “I own this goddamn building. No one tells me when to
Oh. Feeling properly chastised, I did the only thing I could. I turned away from him and
fixed all my attention on the mirror in front of me.
He walked around me in a slow circle, his hand rubbing the dark stubble on his square jaw.
“Mmmm, this looks even better than I imagined it would. It’s so easy to imagine unwrapping
you on our wedding night.”

5 – Smokin' Hott & Emotional as Hell – Stars

There are so many things I loved about this book, and yet – it kinda drove me batshit crazy. But that is the beauty of a fab author, being able to twist you into knots yet still loving every damn minute of it. One of the things I found most fascinating is the fact that she delivers us with a hott-as-hell book, packed with drama and emotion, and she does it all without dropping the eff bomb even once. Not that I'm averse to the word, I use it myself way more often than I should, but it's rare these day to have a book not utter it AT ALL and still manage to keep the steam at a ridiculous high throughout most of the book. The chemistry between Deacon and Mia was off the charts hott and completely undeliable but Deacon himself kinda drove me crazy. The man was Alpha to the extreme and not always in a good way. He tried to control virtually every aspect of Mia and demanded loyalty and trust from her but every time she turned around she was running into women he has banged in the past. Women who were a part of HER LIFE, and an every day part of HIS life, and he acted as though she should just get over it cause in was in the 'past'. Now eventually we get down to the nitty gritty of what makes Deacon the man he is, and I was able to understand him a lot better, but still...
Mia was an absolute doll and the interactions between her and her bestie were freakin hilarious. All in all it was a fantastic journey that I would definity recommended to any and all romance lovers, as long as you like a healthy dose of drama thrown in cause boy do we get that here. I can tell you I am very much looking forward to much more from this family.

"No matter where we are in our relationship, whether we're living together or I'm wearing you ring, I am yours.
Totally. Completely. Yours.”

Cheryl Douglas - Author Photo

When one door closes, another one opens. I closed the door to my business for the last time in 2011, which left me with a decision. What now? Find another location and move my nutrition business, go to work for someone else, or take a chance on my dream? I chose the latter and I’ve never looked back!

I’ve always loved reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I jumped in with both feet and decided writing would be my career, instead of just a hobby, that my muse woke up from her deep slumber.
It was like someone flipped a switch inside my head and stories just came pouring out. At the end of the day, I would often look at the keyboard and wonder, ‘Who the heck wrote that? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure it wasn’t me!’

I don’t write books. I tell stories, or rather, I allow my characters to tell their stories through me. I’m not a plotter, never have been, never will be. Why? Because I have no idea how the story will evolve and it’s not my place to manipulate it. My job is to get to know these characters, figure out what makes them tick, then follow their journey wherever it takes me.

When I’m not writing, I’m daydreaming. Thankfully, I have an understanding husband and son who know I’ll re-join the land of the living just as soon as my muse decides it’s quitting time. I don’t work for myself. I work for her. She’s the boss. And I’m okay with that.

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