Wednesday 6 May 2015

Release Blitz ~ Excerpt, Review & Giveaway ~ Fury (The Seven Deadly #3) by Fisher Amelie

Book Description:
Revenge is an euphoric thing. Trust me on this. Nothing compares to the release you get when you ruin someone’s life. When they’ve stolen important things. Things that didn’t belong to them. Things I revel in making them pay for.

What? Have I offended you? I’m not here to appeal to your delicate senses. I have no intention of placating your wishes or living within your personal belief system nor do I care if you hate me. And you will hate me. Because I’m a brutal, savage, cold-blooded murderer and I’m here for my revenge.

I’m Ethan Moonsong…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most sacrificing man to the most feared and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
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I decided that night I no longer cared to get myself under control. I decided I wanted a drink instead.
“Vi, one more?”
            “Sure, darlin’.”
I nodded when she set down the glass and walked toward another customer.
            “I’m surprised you’re in here again,” I heard over my shoulder, and I tensed.
            “What are you doing here?” I asked Finley.
            “Lookin’ for your dumb ass.”
            “Why?” I asked as she sat down beside me.
            “Oh, I don’t know, maybe because I’m an idiot? Maybe because I’m bored?” She sighed. “I don’t know.”
            The bell above the door rang out and we both turned to see Spencer Blackwell and Cricket Hunt walk in holding hands as if they didn’t have a care in the world.
            I narrowed my eyes and tried to steady my breathing. “What the fuck are they doing here?” I asked no one.
            My eyes locked in on them as they moved to the opposite side of the large room. They had no idea I was there. They sat together, totally unaware that their mere existence in that moment bruised me more brutally than I’d felt in a long time. I studied Caroline, the palm of my hand absently rubbing at the knot in the center of my chest. My Caroline. She had no idea just how much she’d worn me out since we’d broken up, worn my body and my soul. I felt too heavy to carry around since she’d gone from me. Far too heavy. She’d been unintentionally cruel, but cruel nonetheless. So I swallowed back the lump in my throat, a lump she’d put there with our childhood memories, our laughs, our love. The ache. The awful ache she caused me.
I continued to watch her. She was laughing, so happy, and very much in the moment with him. And that’s when I saw it. Saw what Finley and everyone else saw. She had never looked at me the way she was looking at him, and I was suddenly sick with jealousy and a terrible, terrible hatred. His hand wrapped around the back of her neck and I snapped. My hands trembled on the surface of my glass and I breathed from my nose in seething anger.

Finley whipped her head my direction, her eyes wide. “Let’s go,” she pleaded.
“Get out of here,” I ordered her.
“No,” she whispered, placing her hand on my own.
I peered into her eyes. “Just. Go.”
I stood up and threaded my way through the bodies. There was nothing planned, no finite idea, but I knew I wanted to get to my truck, the passenger side, the glove box. I shoved through the bar door and into the summer night, my blood pumping through my veins. My truck was parked in the space closest to the street, and each footstep it took to get me there felt like an eternity. I clomped through the gravel lot and threw open the passenger door. I’d forgotten that the glove box had been locked. My hand found my pocket to dig out my keys but they were stuck at odd angles, making it difficult or maybe it was that I was too drunk to remove them with any kind of finesse. This made me pause, but my body couldn’t catch up with the thought and I pitched forward, my hand clumsily finding the edge of the roof of the cab. I swayed and the memory of his hand on her neck renewed my fury.

“I told you you’d feel my wrath, Spencer Blackwell,” I spoke to no one. “And I never break a promise.”
Our Review:
Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 stars
**ARC received for honest review**
“Anger is a consuming thing, a burning takeover.

It sets up shop in your heart and head and murders anything else attempting to make its way in. Life becomes obsessed with it, clouded with it, engrossed in it. You justify the feeling with delusions that you’re owed retribution. You condone thoughts and vengeful acts, feeding yourself with the idea that it’s warranted.
But that nourishment comes at a price. It costs you pieces of your soul, your love, your worth...”

We have a had a long wait for this one and as usual with a Fisher Amelie book I was chomping at the bit to dive in. As with any of Fisher Amelie’s books the writing was perfect, fluid and beautiful, her books are always so well written and you could tell that a lot of research had gone into this book.
This is the story of Ethan Moonsong; he appeared in Greed as the man that Cricket had been in love with since childhood, until she cruelly dumped him for Spencer. I have to admit, I was pro Spencer while reading Greed but now having read Ethan’s POV in Fury you cannot help but feel empathetic and sympathetic towards him. He truly was heartbroken and was on a dark, downward spiral. Cricket had decimated him and he felt nothing but “Fury” towards Spencer.

However, as we all know, sometimes things happen for a reason and while Ethan struggles in the first instance to see any positive side to his current predicament it soon becomes apparent that perhaps there was a method to this madness and there was definitely light at the end of the tunnel.

Finley Dyer had known Ethan Moonsong since school and had always admired him from afar; she had had a crush on him for as long as she could remember. It pained her to see the man that she has loved for a long time in so much pain and despair and on such a dark, downward spiral, so she stages an intervention.

Finley was such a refreshing character, she came across as a free spirit but buried underneath that façade that she so expertly carried was a woman struggling to come to terms with her past. What she had gone through as a child was truly awful and while to the world she hasn’t let that define her, underneath those whimsical clothes and her bare feet is a woman that desperately needs closure. She wants to move on but feels that she can’t until her past has been firmly laid to rest.

The developing friendship between Ethan and Finley was fun to read, her outlook on life and her demeanour soon had the required effect and you could slowly see Ethan coming out of his dark fog and his incessant quest for revenge. But just as life was looking on the up for these two Finley announces that she is leaving for a year to help a charity in Vietnam that is extremely close to her heart. Ethan is devastated, but Finley has left an indelible mark on his heart and although he has realised yet, friendship for these two is only the beginning, I couldn’t wait to see these two at the end.

“Bend to me, Ethan. Because I will not.”

It seems that Finley was being a bit economical with the truth with regards to her charitable endeavours and when Ethan finds out what kind of charity work she will be undertaking, he fears for her safety. He panics, he reacts...he flies to Vietnam.

This is where the story really ramps up and covers some extremely tough hitting subjects. While we like to think that the world we live in is perfect, we all know that it isn’t true. There are some truly vile individuals out there that will do anything for money even if it causes pain and suffering to others. I am sure there are many charities that undertake the work that we see in Fury and I take my hat off to them. They risk life and limb every day to try and curb what these vile individuals disgustingly refer to as their day job.

“I was so desperate to keep you that I lost you.”

It is while in Vietnam that these two really find themselves and each other. Ethan having the most radical eureka moment and his actions thereafter were that of a man on a mission. It was this mission where I struggled. I applauded him and I cheered him on all the way, but some of it I just found a bit unbelievable. As much as I would love to believe one man could achieve all that he did it just didn’t ring true, especially with what he came up against and considering his past experience. I know his Uncle was mentioned, but the skill and dexterity with which he carried out his mission would surely have required training, a lot of training.

“And that was what Ethan emanated. He radiated the word ‘shield’ and all that embodied. His name was synonymous with protector. You could feel what he was put on this earth to do. Protecting your body with his and all the while soothing your soul with his mollifying speech, these were his callings.”
I will admit that this was a slow build and those that find themselves struggling, please persevere. This book has some great messages and is a great story and as I said above the writing is flawless. Fisher Amelie’s writing is always addictive and while I struggled to get into this one in the first instance I was glad I stayed the course and read till the end.

“That was the last of my fury, the last of my wrath, my bitter, confused anger.”

While for me Vain is still my favourite read of this series, I cannot wait to see where and how Fisher Amelie incorporates the rest of the seven deadly sins into this series.
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About the Author:

Fisher Amelie resides in the South with her kick ace husband slash soul mate. She earned her first ‘mama’ patch in 2009. She also lives with her Weim, Jonah, and her Beta, Whale. All these living creatures keep the belly of her life full, sometimes to the point of gluttony, but she doesn’t mind all that much because life isn’t worth living if it isn’t entertaining, right?

Fisher is the author of The Seven Deadly Series, The Sleepless Series, and The Leaving Series, and was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award.


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