Monday, July 15, 2013
Wreck Me- J.L. Mac
Blog Tour: Wreck Me by J.L. Mac
Review And An Exclusive Excerpt From Damon's POV, Courtesy Of J.L. Mac!!!
Life can be cruel. People can be ruthless and evil. The world can be cold and uninviting. No one knows these things better than Josephine Geroux. By her own definition, she is a twenty-five year old “nobody with nothing,” and she is content to stay that way. Growing up an orphan has made her tough and indifferent to the people around her until she meets a strangely familiar man with a face that haunts her for reasons she can’t understand.
Despite the pain that will inevitably ensue, she makes it her mission to discover what parts of her tragic puzzle she is missing. On her journey to discovering why the she feels an alarming connection to an absolute stranger, her greatest fear is reawakening the demons and darkness from the past that will surely overtake her if she lets her guard down.
Little does Josephine know that the past should be the least of her worries. She is toying with a man who has already broken her heart once. She just doesn’t realize it.
Although she makes it a point to avoid interactions with others, Josephine’s life becomes entangled with the enigmatic stranger. Before she realizes it, she has given herself over to the one person who is close enough to wreck her.
5 Brilliant Shiny Stars!!!!
J.L. Mac has once again hit it out of the park with her second book, Wreck Me. It's taken me a few days to get my thoughts together on what to say here without giving too much away. This book is filled with all kinds of awesome and I was so grateful to have the pleasure of reading it.
The minute you read the Prologue, you are grabbed by the intense emotions and cannot look away for a moment. Josephine Geroux lost her parents at nine years old during a horrific car accident. She has grown up an orphan, living in "homeless kid prison" as she calls it and being shuffled in and out of foster care. At sixteen she had had enough and refusing to be a victim she left out on her own.
"Look girl, you have a choice. You can stay like this and hope for all that bogus bullshit that people tell you about to come true or you can work your a** off and turn things around for yourself. No one is going to fix things for you. So get to it."
Now at 25, she works in a bookstore owned by a man named Sutton or Captain as Jo calls him. Josephine loves books so much. When she was a teenager she would go to the library and the librarian would allow her to stay and read so that she could educate herself. Jo taught herself everything she needed to know and got her GED.
"And who the hell are you?"
"Miss USA and you?"
"Captain America. Can I help you?"
"Fitting name. I want a job."
"And why the hell would I hire a bum?"
"I can tell you why. I love books. Probably more than you.
I have likely read every book in here at this very moment.
I can tell you authors names along with their works off the
top of my head. I live in a book most days and dream of them
most nights. I'm honest. I know how to work my ass off and I
wouldn't bail on you. Clearly I am in no position to throw away
a steady job."
And this is how her and Sutton meet. Sutton is a grumpy old man, but underneath his exterior he loves Jo like a daughter and she loves him like a father. Jo has been dealt a shit life and it has made her rough around the edges. She has a dirty humorous mouth. I found myself laughing at her realism. She tells you like it is.
One day she is chasing a thief out of the bookstore and she meets Damon Cole. He is familiar to her but she can't figure out why and there is a definite attraction there as well.
I loved Damon..I mean LOVED Damon. He is a gorgeous, dominant, giving, and caring man. He sweeps Jo off of her feet and they fall into a very intense sexual relationship. Ahhh, the sex...once again J.L Mac has shown us her prowess for writing a hot as hell sex scene. I mean hello, Damon makes Jo see stars!!! As they spend more and more time together their feelings for each other grow deeper. I loved how Damon asked Jo to repeat herself whenever she would say something he liked to hear.
"Who are you Josephine?"
"I'm your girlfriend."
"If you are my girlfriend then what does that make me,Josephine?"
"Say it again."
"Say it again"
"Ah! My boyfriend."
Their relationship is perfect, except for one thing. Damon is hiding something, and that something could wreck Jo forever. I was heartbroken by the end. When Jo found out what she thought was the truth, I yelled and screamed at her to see reason and to just listen. My heart broke for Damon, a man who has carried unnecessary guilt for years for something that was not his fault. And then, the letter. Oh my gosh, I was a big balling baby at this point and did not want to find out anything bad, and yet I kept reading unable to put down my Kindle. This was my final thought at the last sentence...
"Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Please, please ,please no!"
Wreck Me, will make you laugh, cry, laugh more, cry more, and leave you desperate to find out what happens next.
Josephine and Damon have been through so much and they deserve a happy ending. I'm looking forward to see if they get it in book two, Restore Me.
Bravo J.L. Mac! Also props to the cover artist; that is one hot cover!
NOW THE EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT!!
The First Encounter -Damon’s POV
I need to shave my face soon. I look scruffy as hell right now. Not that it matters a whole lot. Staying clean shaven for the sake of wearing a suit is not an incentive for me. I can’t stand wearing suits most days anyway. I run my fingers over the hair across my jaw to check the length. Screw it. I can manage to keep it a few days longer. I couldn’t shave it without having to look at myself in the mirror and I’m not doing that. I can’t.
I round the corner to keep walking towards the coffee shop when movement catches my eye.
“What the hell?” I grumble under my breath. Something compels me to jog across the street.
“HA! I’ll take that thank you very much!” I get to the entrance of the store just in time to hear some woman yell, then some jerk narrowly misses me as he comes charging from inside. I throw my arms out and jerk back to avoid a collision. I watch him high tale it down the sidewalk. I glance back at the entrance to see a woman kneeling on the floor. Her back is facing me. I can’t help but admire how her brown hair looks hanging down her back. I don’t even have to see her face to know this woman is beautiful. Call it a baseless gut instinct, but I can feel it. I have to make sure though.
“Ahem.” Well shit, I scared her. She jumps up and turns to face me. Christ! I was right. I knew it. I knew she would be beautiful. Beautiful isn’t the fucking word. I clench my hands so hard that my nails dig into the meat of my palms. I damn near clutched my chest. She’s stunning with her wild looking brown hair. Even through squinted eyes I can see that they are a deep green. If her lips were any more pouty I would swear they were the work of a surgeon. They aren’t though. I can tell fake when I see it and I have seen and touched my fair share of plastic ladies. This one though, she… she’s fucking stunning. I feel like a damned moron standing here doing nothing. Do something.
“Are you alright ma’am? I saw someone running out of here.” Please be single. Say you’re single. Honestly, if she isn’t single it doesn’t make a difference to me. I have to talk to this woman. There is no doubt in my mind. I have to have her. I will have her.
She is definitely younger than me but she is pure grown woman for sure. Mid-twenties maybe. Her eyes are squinted but I can see her trying to get a look. That’s right baby, get a good look. Guess the glaring sun behind me isn’t helping. She turns and crouches to pick up some key chains and other stuff that has fallen from a display. “Jo. My name is Jo. Ma’am carries an implication of being something I am not. So yeah, just call me Jo.” Perfect chance. I am a man with keen instincts and I know opportunity when I see it. Chivalry isn’t dead. I come closer and crouch down to help her gather up the junk. When I come nearer I am immediately slapped in the face with her scent. It doesn’t smell like the heavily floral shit that most women douse on every day. This smells lightly sweet. It smells like it could damn well be natural. It makes me wonder if this sweet scent just covers her skin naturally. If it does, my mouth waters to sample every inch of her skin. I need to get a grip on myself or I’m going to be sporting some serious hardware in this book store.
“An implication of what exactly?” The question rolls off my tongue without even having to think about it. Why would she say something like that? Her delicate shoulders lift and fall in a shrug and I can see her scrambling around in that head of hers for something to say. I’d like to put her out of her misery by asking her to come out with me but I am fascinated. Undeniably, and completely fascinated. She looks uncomfortable and I can’t help staring. I watch and wait for her to say something.
“You know… someone who is married or someone who is older, or someone who has stature or some type of title. Someone who deserves respect. I’m none of that so call me Jo.” She frowns just a bit and it is clear she is thinking hard on something.
“Okay. Jo” I’ll call her Jo or any other name she wants me to as long as she agrees to come out with me. Then maybe come home with me. Then maybe come under me. My private thoughts aren’t doing me any favors in the boner department. Fuck.
“And you are?” She arches that brow and it feels like a thousand spotlights have landed on me. This chick is a no nonsense type. This could be a problem. I will just have to figure out how to get her into my bed and make things a little…clearer. I don’t tolerate mouthy women that’s why I prefer them gagged and bound. But this one, she’s different. I want her more than once. I want her until that sweet scent radiating from her no longer makes my mouth water and my cock twitch. I’ll set her straight. She will understand who is in charge, and she’ll like it. I’ll make sure of it. Time to make this work.
“Damon. Damon Cole.” I take her smooth hand in mine and shake. Maybe we just hold hands for a while because I would swear it on my life and every dollar I have that there is something here. Maybe it’s the woman. Maybe it’s the urge to fuck her silly or maybe it’s just the urge to fuck in general. No sex in weeks has a way of making people crazy. Her hand stays in mine and we watch each other. The sassy look has been replaced with something curious. She feels this too. I feel like jumping up and down like an idiot. She feels this too. This is perfect. Getting her to do what I need and want should be all the more simple. Her perfect mouth pops open and pauses for a moment before speaking.
“Do I know you?” Nope. Don’t think so. You will soon though. I look at her observantly. Yeah no way I know her. I would remember her.
“No, Jo. I don’t think so.” Not yet anyway. Not yet.
**Thank You J.L. Mac for creating Damon (swoon) and providing me and all your readers with this excerpt.**
I had a chance to sit down with Kat and Hottie Mc.Hotterson/Sex on Legs Ben Chase to ask a few questions and learn a few of their favorite things. They were really fantastic and here is what they had to say....
FAVORITE THINGS ...
Kat: "My favorite is most definitely Ben's rum caramel crepes. They are to die for."
Ben: "I am a steak and potato kind of man. 16 ounce ribeye steak, medium rare, baked potato, loaded."
Kat: "I drink loads of coffee and hot tea. So I guess that would be my favorite. As far as alcohol, I like Moscato."
Ben: "I drink water, tea, coffee, or aged scotch."
Kat: "Jane Austen. Always will be I suppose."
Ben: "J.D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye. It's a classic."
Kat: "Oh, please don't make me pick just one. I know I dislike John Mayer! Pffft! Anyway, um, I guess....I am in a Pearl Jam mood lately so I guess they are my favorite."
Ben: "I am a Stones man."
FAVORITE PLACE TO VACATION-
Kat: "The beach. It doesn't matter where, just as long as its the sea. That's home for me."
Ben: "My favorite place is wherever Kathleen is."
Me: When did you each know you were in love with the other?
Kat: "The day he showed me his photography. I knew I was his even if I could not admit it just yet."
Ben: "From the moment I saw her in the Book Ends I knew she would be mine. I knew we were made for each other. I made it my mission to win her heart."
(Could he be anymore charming!?!)
Me: Are you worried about what else John Murray has in store?
Kat: "We don't really talk about that much. I talk about it with my therapist but we don't usually discuss it."
Ben: "The fact is John Murray is in prison. He poses no threat to us and even if he did, I assure you, Kathleen is safe."
Me: Any exciting plans for Valentine's Day?
Kat: "I don't know."
Ben: "We have plans. Secret surprise plans."
Kat: "Do any of these plans include conspiring against me with Cheyenne and Tucker? You three really know how to mess with my head.:
Kat: "Ugh. I'm going to choke that hooker!"
Seven Years of Bad Luck by J.L. Mac is available now. If you haven't had a chance to read it I suggest picking up a copy today. You will love it!!! You can check out my full review on Goodreads.
Also look for J.L Mac's new book Wreck Me coming at the end of Feburary.
Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/494602581
I'd like the thank J.L. Mac for her time on this and wish her lots of success in the future.