Tuesday, July 23, 2013

***Axel by Harper Sloan Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway***

“Serious as shit right now, Izzy. You keep looking at me like I’m the last drop of water left over after a long-ass drought and I will take you right here in the doorway. Jesus Christ, I’m so f*cking hard right now, I think I really could hammer nails.” – Axel Reid

“Fate might hate me, but that doesn't stop me from hoping one day she forgets about her favorite chew toy. When that day comes I hope karma has some fun with that bitch fate.” – Isabelle West

Fate hasn’t always been friends with Isabelle West. In fact, fate has been a down right bitch.
Isabelle has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn’t by your side. It can hand you dreams on silver platters, but it can snatch them right back and hand you nightmares. One thing Isabelle knew for sure fate was consistent with was taking away everything she ever loved.
For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband.
When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.
Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.

How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?

Sandy B's Review:

“You really think that once I bury myself deep within your p*ssy and feel your tight walls squeezing the come right out of my d*ck, that I ever want to let you go again? You must be out of your f*cking mind Princess. I won’t even be able to let you out of my f*cking bed until we make up for every single day we have lost.” 

I bet I have your attention now, haven’t I?  Axel is not one to be toyed with in any way, shape or fashion.  Frankly, I read that paragraph over and over again.  Each time I read it – it sounded better and better.  Now don’t get me wrong because there is way more to this book than sex and swoon worthy Axel. 
Isabelle and Axel were life long loves.  He is raised in the foster care system and goes off to the military promising he’ll come back – except he doesn’t.  She loses her beloved parents, goes to live with her grandparents and is nowhere to be found when Axel returns. There is the crux of the matter my friends. Two people who loved each other desperately kept apart through no fault of their own. Axel goes into a specialized area of the military.  Izzy eventually ends up marrying Brandon Hunter.  Brandon is a nice guy AT FIRST. Then he turns into Izzy’s worst nightmare.  He is controlling, he is verbally, emotionally and physically abusive. One night after a particularly brutal beating – Izzy reaches out to her best friend, Dee, for help. Dee brings her buddy Greg Cage on board as protection when Izzy leaves Brandon. That decision puts Izzy directly into the path of a head on collision with her lost love Axel.
Izzy is not the girl that Axel remembers.  She has been conditioned by years and abuse and fear. The shock of seeing Axel sends her into a tailspin.  Axel is not the same guy either.  He’s also been conditioned to be a soldier 24/7 even though on the inside he may feel like the same guy.
The way these characters relate to each other feels very real. Izzy’s fear – verging on the point of paralysis – feels real.  Greg’s protective papa bear instinct is at odds with itself because the guy Izzy knows as Axel is his good buddy and new business partner. 
Harper Sloan deals with this mature subject matter honestly.  I am warning you this is not for the faint of heart. Lord knows I had to walk away from my Kindle at certain points. Having said that, Harper knows how to bring the smexy, the angsty, the lingering menace of the abusive husband that won’t go away in a manner that kept me turning page after page until 2:00 a.m. when I darn well knew I had to get up at 5:00 a.m. 

The next book in the series is in the work and will be centered on Greg Cage.  Yumm I can’t wait to taste….I mean read…Greg’s story.  Whatever way Harper Sloan gives it, I already know I’m gonna like it.

"I want this, God how I want this.  Right or wrong, this feels like heaven; even chocolate is no match for the full body electric tingles that are shooting through my system."

About the Author:
Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husbands chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!

Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.
"You talking about the ink or the body. Hit a growth spurt, grew a little. Work out hard; my body is my protection so I can't slack. Nothing much has changed."

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