Saturday, 20 June 2015

Blog Tour ~ Bound by Lies (Bound and Broken #2) by Rebecca Shea

Book Description:

Torn between two men; one was what I needed; the other was what I wanted.

One man was safe and the other was dangerous.

But both men would lay down their lives to save me.

ATF agent Sam Cortez is fighting to bring down the Estrada family empire, which was built on

Alex Estrada did what was needed to keep me safe…and paid with his life.

Starting over as I try to rebuild my life, it’s clear that the past is never what it seems.

What no one knew was that we were all bound by lies.
murder and corruption.

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Our review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Alex was my love – dark and dangerous.”

Well, Rebecca Shea certainly packed an emotional punch with this one, when I could read between the tears, the blurry eyes and the pathetic excuse of a reader that I had become I was totally and utterly transfixed with this instalment. This is the conclusion to this series and picks up right where Broken by Lies finished. This book takes no prisoners, you dive straight into the aftermath of the cliff hanger we were left with and you need to hit the floor running...or crying as in my case.

“Pain. That’s all I’m capable of feeling in this moment. My lungs burn. My heart aches. My head screams.

That’s all I feel.”

I found myself messaging the author throughout, I needed to vent, I mean, she was cruel, she was horrible, how could she do this to me? But that was the beauty of the start of this book, you had no time to think, that fear and rush of the ending of book 1 comes flooding back, those emotions, that fear that trepidation and it literally crushes you. You are assaulted from the start and it doesn’t get any easier as the story progresses. Just when you think all is well, bam, she does it again. So be prepared, tissues, wine, alcohol, chocolate, ice-cream, whatever floats your boat, stock up on it, because you are going to need it.

“Safe. I should feel safe in his arms, but the only arms I want around me are Alex’s.”

In this book you just need to expect the unexpected, is anyone who they seem? Emilia is stuck; she knows that the fall out is not going to be good, she knows that she will most likely be the next target so she needs to stay safe, but who can she trust? Everything she thought she knew has been turned on its head, she is distraught, she is scared, she is alone or is she?

Sam, the man, or is he? Again, another one of those characters that has his issues but tries to not let them get in the way of doing his job, but Emilia has never been just a “job.” He has fallen in love with her but he knows the chances are his feelings will never be reciprocated. He seems to be the ideal man as her protector, but will emotions get in the way, especially when the person he has to protect becomes even more valuable?

“I wonder to myself how many times she’s heard that lie, and if I’ll ever be able to truly protect her.”

I love that we got more of Alex and Sam’s back story. We knew they were estranged but what had really happened to get them there? We got answers and I have to say, one bit that was revealed, really changed my opinion of Sam, it actually brought tears to my eyes.

This is one of those books that you cannot review without giving away too much of the story. So I will have to be brief. This instalment is extremely plot driven, ends are tied up (some conveniently), but you never know where you stand until the end. Rebecca Shea keeps the proverbial carrot on a string dangling till the conclusion and while you chase said carrot, your head and emotions will go through the wringer. This book was way more emotional, but this was to be expected considering the ending of book one, but they are ever changing, grief, empathy, sympathy, betrayal, love, hate, more love, it’s never ending but what a read, what an ending and what an epilogue!!

This would have been a five star read for me, but as I said above, some bits were tied up a bit too conveniently and lost their impact because you could see it coming, but I will add, not until the scene was starting. However, despite the emotional turmoil Rebecca Shea put me through I was happy by the end, I may have still had the red eyes, but I was smiling. This was a great two book series and one that I can highly recommend for those that love romantic suspense, with a mafia twist.

“We were all bound by my lies, Em. But not anymore. There are no more lies. There never will be.” 

About the Author:
Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time and her nights writing, bringing stories to life.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her son’s football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.

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