March 7, 2014

'Tragic Desires' by A. M. Hargrove Blog Tour - Review + GIVEAWAY

March 7, 2014

Thanks for stopping by on the Tragic Desires blog tour, hosted by Ink Slinger PR! Today, I am reviewing A. M. Hargrove's latest romantic suspense novel Tragic Desires! There is also a giveaway you can enter! Did I mention it's international!? Enjoy!

Title: Tragic Desires
Series: Tragic #2
Author: A. M. Hargrove
Publication Date: February 16, 2014
Genre: Adult, Romantic Suspense

My name is Gemini Sheridan. At least that’s what I thought it was for 23 years. Then one day a slight adjustment on the wheel of my mountain bike set into motion a series of catastrophic events that changed my life forever. Now I’m running from the headaches that threaten to destroy me… from the assassins that threaten to kill me… from the truth that exposes who I really am… and from the man that wants to save me. Because he now owns my heart and I fear him above all others. 

My name is Drexel Wolfe and I’m a private investigator. Nothing ever stands in the way of what I want because when I see something I just take it. All of that changed the night my life collided with Gemini Sheridan’s and now everything is one hot damn mess. And the worst part of it all is that I’m trying to save her ass and I don’t know why the hell I’m even bothering. Well, that’s not exactly true. Fact is, I can’t stop thinking about her. She’s crawled into every thought I own, asleep or awake. I have serious plans for her that include making her mine. What she doesn’t know is that when I play, I play for keeps. Nothing and no one will get in my way or stop me… not even Gemini Sheridan herself.

**This book is NOT part of a series, but Drexel Wolfe, the main character, was first introduced in Tragically Flawed.

*This is an Adult Contemporary Romance and is not suitable for younger readers dues to its sexual content and language.
** This is a Stand Alone Companion Novel to Tragically Flawed.

The thing I love about romantic suspense and thrillers is that it keeps your adrenaline pumping, mind racing, questioning your own judgement, on the tips of your toes you fear of falling over the edge all the while entertaining some sweet romance along the way, and Tragic Desires is no different. It is packed with suspense, action, anticipation, intrigue, fear, courage, hot sexual tension, a dangerously sexy alpha male hero and an unstoppable romance. Hargrove weaved a myriad of elements to knock you on your ass and toppling over the edge in all the right ways. ;-)

I'll try to keep this review spoiler free, because the suspense and mystery of it all is part of the fun. The chemistry, build up and anticipation is slow-burning and hard-hitting. Boy does it deliver it all on a silver platter. When all hell breaks loose, it's as explosive as the tension in this story. It's fun and a bit scary to see it all unfold once the chips are down and out.

Drexel is one to be reckoned with. He is so fiercely passionate in all things -- his job, sex, love and all things Gemini, and I can see why it's impossible to resist his advances. Granted, there were times where he was infuriating and even pushed my buttons (hey, nobody's perfect), but as long as he pushes the right ones, it's all good. He's plenty redeemable in the end, though, so no worries on labeling him negative terms of endearment. 

And Gemini is a somewhat likable character. Okay, minus her unhealthy vices she peruses to cope. She has dealt with a lot of pain and grief and still suffers from it, but that made her more authentic even if she was frustrating at times. But underneath all that pain lies a strong (yet stubborn), perceptive and realistic woman, and I can see why Drex becomes drawn to her. And she's smart to be suspicious of Drex's interest in her in the beginning, because who can you really trust out there in the world? In the end, Drex proves that she had nothing to worry about after all.

The chemistry between Gemini and Drexel is so thick with tension and passion, and electrifying that formed a strong bond in their connection whether they wanted it or not. It may not have started out so well between them at first (it almost never is), and that just adds fuel to the tension. But sooner than later, all pretenses are blown to pieces. They are susceptible to each others inexpiable magnetic pull, and when they give in to their desires, there is no stopping them. Their passion is raw, deep, but most of all, true. What I found so refreshing is that they were mature; no immature communications, denial, childish reactions or antics. Once everything was laid out on the table and cleared the air, it's game on. Seriously, Drex is book boyfriend material, ladies. He can get you hot and wet, and he will protect you with his life. And he's not bad to look at either. What more can a girl ask for?

The suspense, action, intrigue, anticipation and sizzling hot romance made for an enthralling read that keeps readers on their toes through it all. The fun part is the journey to see if they make it out alive, and together. It was definitely a wild and sexy and enticing ride.

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One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include Kissing Fire, Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, the series the Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and reEmergent), Dark Waltz and the upcoming release Tragically Flawed.

Other than being in love with being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups. 

(If you're wondering, it didn't happen EXACTLY that way, but….)

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