Thursday, 15 October 2015

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Transparent (Luminous #2) by Erin Noelle

 RELEASE DAY - October 15
Book Description:

Her elusive past didn't worry me,

Her heartbreaking scars never made me cringe,

And her haunting demons only made me a stronger man.

But the day Blake Martin was stolen from me,

I was scared to death.

Prepared to do anything necessary to get her back,

Little did I know it just might cost me my life.

My name is Madden Decker, and this is my story.

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Book 1 ~ Translucent 99c
Book Description:
Sometimes you reach a point where you just can’t take any more — a breaking point, some call it.

The day I watched my husband murder the woman who was pregnant with his child, my point didn’t just break, it exploded like a full magazine’s worth of hollow points firing through the barrel of a fully-automatic AK-47. 


I am no longer his American Princess, nor am I his slave. 

Now, I’m a murderer in hiding. My name was Bryleigh Carter Oliveira, and that was my story.

Translucent is one woman's story of breaking free, starting over, and learning to trust again through willful submission.

 Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Get ready, girl. You’re about to become the most important pawn in the biggest mafia war this country has ever seen.”

To say that I was excited when I saw that Erin Noelle had penned a sequel to Translucent would be a severe understatement. This was one of those books that I had always wanted to read as I was desperate for more. I wanted to know what happened after and most of all I wanted to know that Blake/Bryleigh was okay. This girl just could not cut a break, just when you thought that she had it all, it seemed that her past was coming back to haunt her in the worst way.

This book put me through the emotional wringer for so many different reasons, just when you think you know who the bad guys are Erin Noelle turns everything on its head and the person you least expect becomes a hero. For me, this hero really made this book for me, while this is definitely Blake and Madden’s story, Erin Noelle also brings another man to the forefront, Raze and Raze really left an impact. Blake really needed friends and in the most unlikely of circumstances, Raze becomes her best one, if only the circumstances were different…

At the end of Translucent we were left with the mother of all cliff hangers and this book begins where Translucent ended. Blake had been kidnapped. Just when Blake had found happiness that happiness is ripped out from under her. Finally, Blake had found someone she loved, even if she had not been brave enough to utter those three little words. She was still extremely guarded, she had to be but with Madden Decker she could finally be herself.

Madden was head over heels in love, even though they had not been together that long there was nothing he wouldn’t do for Blake and little did he know those limits would be tested so soon. Once Madden shockingly realises what has actually happened he becomes Blake’s knight in shining armour, even if that meant putting his own life on the line.

“That’s who I am as a lover. A guardian. A protector…knowing she trusts me with all of her is the highest of highs.”

This book centres around Blake’s captivity and Madden and the FBI’s attempts at finding her before she meets a grisly end. Once it becomes apparent that she has been abducted by the mafia, many questions are raised. How did they find her and most importantly, why did they want her?

Erin Noelle really captured Madden’s desperation, my heart broke for him so many times and his sometimes rash actions had my heart bleeding for him. It takes something like this to make a person realise just how much someone means to them and it is here that Madden really appreciates just how strong his feelings and love is for Blake. He will do anything…give up everything if he could only get Blake back and it is also here that Madden finds out who he could really trust.

“…touching him, holding him, kissing him – I now know without a shadow of a doubt where my place is in his life: By his side.”

I have to mention Raze, this man, gah this man really got to me. A victim of the blood that ran through his veins, this man had lost so much and felt he had no purpose in life, but he was so much more than he thought. This man had a huge heart and no matter the ramifications he finally wanted redemption. He got it in the end. This man had me in tears so many times, such a beautiful character and one that I wished I knew more about. He was deep and troubled but he was just a lost soul that had lost his soul mate and had never recovered. I desperately wanted to cuddle him, hug him, just give him some love.

In summary, I loved this book, I loved the conclusion, I LOVED the fact that the author did NOT make this a love triangle but something much deeper, much more believable and so much more tangible. This was a story of righting a lot of wrongs.

“To the ends of the earth, sweet girl.”

I would love a book about Madden’s brother, Easton. Another complex character who I am sure has an incredibly interesting and eventful story to tell. Plus, we may get more Raze!!

About the Author:

Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child.

A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. Her titles published include the Book Boyfriend Series, the Dusk ‘Til Dawn Series, Translucent, Conspire — co-authored with SE Hall, Surviving Us, MILF: Wrong Kind of Love and Spark.

Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.

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