Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blog Tour Double Review, Teasers & Giveaway ~ imperfections series by Shaniel Watson


by Shaniel Watson

Who knew falling in love with my best friend had the potential to single-handedly destroy my entire family?

For as long as I could remember I've been in love with sexy, lawyer extraordinaire Nicholas Alexander. We always had a certain chemistry growing up. Especially after we shared one passionate, forbidden, perfect kiss as teenagers. For years I hoped he could look past my overprotective brothers and our age difference so we could be more than friends, I was wrong. Four years ago I left New York and my heart behind. Now I'm back to stake a claim on the only man I've ever loved. But unbeknownst to me, things are way more complicated than I could imagine when I learn he's engaged, to my sister.

Will the love and desire I feel for the one man I've ever truly wanted destroy me? Am I willing to risk it all, for a chance at everlasting love?

Catherine Reed is the one woman I couldn't have but the one I always wanted. She was my best friend’s baby sister which means she was definitely off limits to me and anyone else if I had my way. Not even having a merry-go-round of beautiful girls could stop me from wanting her. Watching her leave was hard but I knew giving in to what I wanted back then would ruin All I've ever wanted was for her to be happy and to see her beautiful smile.

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5 – Rip My Heart Out & Leave Me Bleeding – Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

I didn't want to hurt you.”
“You already did.”
“And that's what I didn't want.” I take her by the hand and she tries to pull away from me.
“Let go, don't touch me.”
Listen to me.”
“For what? You're engaged to my freaking sister. You didn't have the guts to tell me and I had to find out the very first day I come home with a room full of people, dammit, Nick. I and our friendship couldn't have meant that much to you.”

When Catherine Reed moved home after being gone for four long years, she did it with the hope of getting her life-long friend to finally see her as more than her brother Chris's baby sister. She's been in love with him for as long as she can remember, he's always been her protector and there for her in every way possible – except for the one way she always wanted – but she's hoping that will all change now. What she wasn't expecting was to find him engaged to her sister...

Nicholas Alexander has always loved Cat in his own way, but never crosses the line with her. He was best friends with her brother and didn't want to risk their friendship, and being four years younger, she just wasn't ready for him – so he let her slip through his fingers. But she's back now and the connection between them is stronger than ever, only now – it's packed with enough sexual tension to choke him. Sure, the circumstances may not be ideal, but he refuses to let her get away again. Nick Alexander is a man who ALWAYS gets what he wants, and now – his sights are set on Cat.

Cat, I'm sorry for not being able to show you how much I cared for you the way you cared for me all these years. For hurting you, for not making you mine when I had the chance. For caring too much about what someone else would think. You should have been the one. You are the one.”
“Don't do this to me, Nick.”
“I have to.”

Let me start by saying – Ho Ly SHIT. After the blurb the author lays out for us, I was expecting a ton of angst and drama – NOTHING could have prepared me for what I got. Gut-wrenching and soul-searing heartbreak and devastation. And not for the reasons you might think. I have to be very careful with what I say here because there is a twist thrown on right from the beginning that sets the tone for the clusterfuck that lies ahead. I can tell you, this will pull a wide variety of some pretty strong emotions outta your gut and you will definitely develop some intense feelings (both good and bad – but strong) for a majority of these characters. So lets talk about them for a bit. I'll start with Cat. LOVED. HER. My heart bled for her and her situation. I can't even imagine being put in the position she was in and I can't honestly say I would have handled things any differently. I certainly didn't hate her for any of the choices she made (except maybe Matt). She's strong, feisty, funny, and she loves with all that she has. Nick was a conundrum. Hott as hell, sexy as sin, pure alpha badass, possessive, protective and dirty. But half the time, I didn't know if I want to lick him or punch him he made me so spitting mad. He could be a fucking hypocrite when he put his mind to it. Some of the choices he made left me scratching my head and pulling my hair out. His jealousy towards ANY MAN who even breathed in Cat's direction was both wickedly delicious, and at the same time had me screaming 'DUDE – where the HELL do you get off?!'. The hurt he lays on Cat's shoulders and in her heart damn near killed me. I love, love, LOVED Ava and Gage, Chris, Vanessa, Sasha, Chloe and Sophie. I fucking hated Kate and Cat's mom and those feelings only got stronger as the book wore on. I feel guilt over Matt – I. Did. Not. Like. Him. But it was through no fault of his own, he was simply standing in my way. For all the heartbreak we are put through, we get lots of laughs mixed in to balance it all out. The banter between some of these characters was friggin hilarious. But mostly, you can expect a shit-ton of drama with even more tears, tension, frustration and anger. However, we are blessed with some off-the-charts, panty-melting, set your kindle on fire, HOTT-AS-HELL sex scenes. Oh the dirty talk that comes outta that man left me and my girly bits in a puddle on the floor. Now, I do have to warn you – after all the shit we have to endure, from start to finish, you will be left hanging with a cliffy that had me bleeding on the floor. However, the next book is already out so have no fear. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that this was Shaniel Watson's DEBUT freakin novel. She sure as hell came out swinging and I cannot wait to see what she brings us next.

she needs me just as much because I damn sure know I need her. I'm not giving up until I make her understand we belong together. It's not right, it's not wrong, she's mine and I'm hers. It was always meant to be that way and if I have anything to say about it, that's the way it's going to be.


Come to Light
by Shaniel Watson

After years of wanting her and fighting against myself, I finally had her. For one brief weekend I was whole, looking into the eyes of the woman I've always loved. The one person I'd do anything for. 

Catherine Reed is the love of my life, but I blew it when she discovered her sister and I were engaged. But things have changed.
I know she doesn't want anything to do with me, she needs time. Time to heal and repair the damage the discovery of our relationship did to her and her family. I'm willing to give her time, but I will not give up on us. She is my one true addiction and a love as strong as ours is worth fighting for.

Coming back to New York to be with my family and the man I’ve always loved seemed like the perfect plan. Little did I know that I’d be living in a kind of hell after my family turned against me. In the end, I had no choice but to let go of the love of my life, Nicholas Alexander. 

I'm not sure if I can ever truly recover from losing a once-in-a-lifetime love and I know things will never be the same with my family. I didn't think my life could get more complicated, but I was wrong. Consequences for the choices we've made may cost me everything.

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5 – Consequences and Complications – Stars
~this review contain spoilers from book one~

when things went wrong you were explosive, she crumbled, falling apart piece by piece, day by day, a little more each passing hour. You, you are something different, you're almost manic. You're right, it's like you're drowning, gasping for air, and your reaction to that is almost violent to anyone you think will get in the way of your love and being with her.”

Catherine Reed has known her best friend for most of her life, she has loved his almost as long. When she came back home after being gone for four years, she though it was finally their time – she had been waiting for him for years. Instead, he was engaged to her sister. But their connection was stronger than ever, laced with an intense and undeniable sexual attraction – and for the first time, he seemed to be just as affected by it. She tried to fight it knowing giving in would cause nothing but trouble, but he'd wouldn't be deterred. For one whole glorious weekend, she finally got to experience what it was like to have him – and then it all came crashing down on her. Now her life is in ruins. Her family is not speaking to her, and she lost the one true love of her life.

Nicholas Alexander finally had the only woman he has ever loved, for one weekend, before it all blew up in his face. Hooking up with her sister has cost him more than he ever could have imagined – including his soul mate. Things may not have been what she feared, and it's all changed now, but he broke her just the same. Now he will do whatever it takes to get her back. He needs her, cannot function without her in his life and refuses to entertain the idea of either of them ending up with anyone else. But the consequences for their action may just cause him to lose everything.

I love this woman, I can't get enough of her. I want a life with her. How am I going to convince her of that life with me? Too much history, too much bad memories, but I'm betting our good memories can push away most of the bad. This is my second chance, our second chance. I'm going to fight for it.

Again with the complete and total gut-wrenching heartache. I didn't think it was possible for this book to tear me down any further than the first one did – I. Was. Wrong. This time around, we get all the angst, drama, tears and devastation I came to expect where these two are concerned, but on top of that – we're hit with a healthy dose of agonizing fear. All of the same characters I have come to love are back, along with a few I could do without. We get the same laughs when Ava is in the picture, as well as Gage, which helps to take the edge off. Paige and Kate made me wanna cut a bitch. I STILL don't like Matt and it's STILL not even his fault. The sex is just as off-the-charts hott as the first time – I really do love Nick's dirty mouth – and emotions run high as ever. I do have to say – if I had to hear about her 'shacking up' with her 'sisters fiancĂ©' one more damn time I was gonna commit murder. THEY WERE NOT FUCKING ENGAGED – he was nothing more than a baby-daddy and Kate is goddamn delusional. Stop turning Cat into a freaking harlot, you're supposed to be her FAMILY!! Sorry, I needed to get that off my chest – but now you see firsthand how much the author had me worked into a freakin frenzy so – kudos to her. Still... it was AhMazing. I have to watch what else I say about this one because, just like the first time around, we are handed a twist right from the beginning that sets the tone for the ensuing chaos. I have always been a fan of the 'friends to lovers' theme, but I must say – these two have officially taken over as my favorite couple in that category. This series really was unique, intense, frustrating, exhausting, funny, sexy and everything in between. I couldn't have asked for a better ending to this incredible journey than the one we get – I'm only sad to see it end. I could spend many more books with these people and it would never be enough. Luckily, we are getting at least one more story and it's Ava's!! THAT should be intersting. One thing is for sure, Shaniel Watson has definitely secured a spot on my One-Click-Addiction List one tear, blush and scream at a time and I cannot wait to see what she brings us next.

This is how it all started. A sordid affair that was too fierce to be contained by either of us. Or anyone else in it's way.”
“I love you. Good, bad, indifferent, imperfections and all.”

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