Monday, 9 March 2015

Blog Tour ~ Excerpt & Review ~ Losing Her (His #2) by Mariah Dietz

Book Description:

“I loved her and she left. Maybe I wasn’t enough. Maybe I’ll never be enough.” I’ve been thinking these words since before we even got together.

Everything is new. The old no longer has a place here. Physical items are easy to replace. I'm constantly battling the ones that aren't.

Every thought and memory I have is stained.

By you.

You weren't even there for half of them.

How is she still present even though she left?

I can do this. I’m going to survive losing her.

*** This is the second book of the His Series, and it DOES end with a cliffhanger. The final book of the His Series, Finding Me, will release June 1, 2015***

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“Dude, you’ve got to get up.” Jameson sighs as I pull the pillow back over my head. I don’t even know what day it is anymore. I don’t care.

What adds salt to my wounds is the fact that the world keeps turning. People continue waking up and going about their day. The sun rises and sets. I hear kids laugh and play, neighbors greet one another, and birds sing, and all the while I wonder how? How does the entire world appear to be surviving this nightmare of losing her? 


Hank comes to visit in June. I still haven’t heard from Ace, and yet I’m still staying at my mom’s. I can’t leave. I can’t go back to that house. I’d moved rooms shortly after she left, and now reside in the guest room on the main floor. It’s better this way. There aren’t any pictures of her in here or random memories, like the one of her sitting on my bean bag chair when I was sick last summer. I also don’t have to face the window that looks out onto hers.

Hank knows that I know mom sent for him, hoping that he’d be able to “help” me. She of all people should know that having Hank around isn’t going to help me. He’s fucking married to the love of his life; he doesn’t have a fucking clue about the shit that I’m going through.

Of all things, Hank wants to go camping. I’m sure he thinks that getting away will help. He doesn’t understand that moving rooms has helped me realize I could go to Antarctica, and things wouldn’t change; the distance isn’t going to make the pain any less.

When we get camp set up, Hank opens a cooler and passes me a beer with a giant, shit-eating grin, like we’ve just overcome a huge hurdle. Deciding that I shouldn’t rain on his little douchebag tea party quite yet, I accept the beer with merely a grimace before taking a long swig. Before long, that single swig becomes a chug, and then a guzzle as I consume more alcohol than what three people probably should.

I sit by the fire and close my eyes. My mind automatically reaches back into that locked and forbidden drawer to pull out the image of Ace, striving to recall the sound of her laugh, the feel of her touch. It brings me back to our camping trip last September, when Jameson announced that was what he wanted to do for his birthday.

Our Review:

**ARC Received for honest review**

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 Stars

“You lied to me Ace. You fucking lied to me.”

This book is the second book in this trilogy and is Max’s story. This book was so emotional that at times I hurt, I physically hurt. As I read, I felt everything, I lived through everything and at times I cried…a lot. One thing that Mariah Dietz manages to deliver is a raw, emotional, gritty and compelling story, one that I couldn’t and didn’t want to put down.

I really cannot say anything about this story because it would give too much away and would spoil it for everyone. All I can say is that as you will have read Becoming His, you will know the intense relationship that Max and Ace has, you know that they share that soul mate bond, their love for each other was intense, full on and true and a love like that only comes once a life time. So when a relationship loses its direction, hits the skids and just generally veers in a direction you don’t want, you feel the pain and you feel for the parties involved.

Written in Max’s POV in the second person the way this book was delivered was unusual but compelling none the less. By pouring out feelings and memories you could not help but feel the emotional anguish, the raw pain and the complete and utter devastation that Max was going through. It was real, intensely real and upsettingly real. On the opposite side though this book was perfectly balanced by Max’s memories, memories of good times and memories that were so vivid you could picture them all and you couldn’t help but temporarily forget the bad and bask in the good.

“I want you to know everything about me – even the bad, because when you look at me with that smile, my smile, I feel like even my ugly isn’t so bad.”

Max took a huge leap of faith by getting involved with Ace; he had taken a vow to never put himself in that situation of losing a loved one. He had seen the devastating effect it could have; he had already lived through it with his parents and so never, ever wanted to get put into that position himself. He always chose a woman he could never fall in love with for that reason but along came Ace and changed all that. He gave her everything, heart, body and soul, so when Ace loses her way after the devastating news the Bosse family received you knew that it was going to be hard.

“It’s pain that slows down time, that makes seconds feel like hours, as you debate the reason to continue breathing.” 

Throughout this story though we are still treated to all the other characters that we knew to come and love in Becoming His and they all had their part to play in Max’s story.  The never ending ripples of the Bosse news in Becoming His are felt through everyone, they all deal in their own way but they are always there for each other. They are one big family, but you know that this family will never be the same again.

As the book progressed but heart was getting heavy, nothing was going the way I wanted and I couldn’t help but have that impending fear of doom. Knowing that Mariah Dietz loves a cliff hanger I was worried as to what else could possibly happen that could make a bad situation even worse. I will say that the cliff hanger is not a bad one; in fact I feel it ended in a good place that only leaves you salivating for more.

“How does the entire world appear to be surviving this nightmare of losing her.”

I cannot wait to read the conclusion of this story and I will be eagerly anticipating the climax to Max and Ace’s story, I just hope and pray that it goes the way I want it to!!

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About the Author:

Mariah Dietz lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and two sons that are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon, where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.

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