Monday 8 February 2016

Blog Tour & Review ~ House of Paine by Kylie Walker

Book Description:

Paige Acosta's world is flipped upside down when she learns her brother Greg, a undercover NYPD cop has died from an accidental heroine overdose. Paige knows this was no 'ACCIDENT'. 

Greg was obsessed with bringing down the two largest crime rings in New York. 

The Paine and Kramer families. 

Paige is already familiar with the head of the Paine family...he was married to her mother for five years. 

To avenge her brother's death, she drops everything and finds herself immersed in a world filled with tension, terror and the threat of death. 

Paige learns just how far she'll go to discover who murdered her brother…and questions how far she's willing to go with the son of the man who started it all.

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She could smell the aroma of coffee and it was enticing. Throwing her legs over the side of the bed, she slipped into her moccasin slippers and still dressed in her tank top and booty shorts, she stuck her head out into the hallway. She could hear the shower running. Thinking she could get her coffee and get back to her room before he got out, she headed for the kitchen. She walked through the swinging double doors and looked around. She hadn't come in here last night. It was a gourmet kitchen with every amenity a gourmet chef might want. She went over to where the coffee pot sat, reached up into the cabinet above it and found a cup and poured herself one. She brought the mug up to her nose and inhaled its aroma letting the steam seep its way into her pores as she did. 

She took a sip just as she stepped out into the living room and nearly choked on it. Damien was standing in the center of the room, rubbing a towel through his hair. He was completely nude and Paige had never seen anything like him in her life. Something coiled deep inside of her, something she'd never felt before…like a dam on the verge of collapse. Her body trembled with a raw need. He looked like he'd been sculpted out of clay, or stone. His smooth tanned skin encased a body of solid muscle without an inch of fat anywhere. Brilliantly colored tribal tattoos sleeved his entire right arm and climbed up to his collar bone and neck. On his inner right forearm was the word ‘PAINE'. They caught the light of the sun coming in through the glass walls and Paige wanted to trace them with her fingers. She stood rooted to her spot, fighting the violent urge that coursed through her body to touch him. She could picture herself running her hands across his broad shoulders and letting her fingers dance down across the most defined set of pecks and abs she'd ever laid eyes on. She let her eyes roam over his body freely, soaking in every detail, and as they fell on what he carried between a pair of muscular, shapely thighs, the words "total package" ran through her mind. 

"There's coffee made," he said, without looking up. He knew she was there watching him. His confidence…or was it arrogance…only served to turn her on more. 

"I got some, thanks." 

She was surprised that her voice even worked. It felt like everything inside of her was shaking. He looked up at her then. Paige wasn't sure what her face looked like at that moment but whatever it was amused him. His sexy full lips quirked up on the edges in a mischievous grin as he said, "If you need a shower, it's free." 

He turned away from her then and she couldn't help but watch the flexion of his taut ass and quads as he walked away. His back was as muscular and defined as his front and he had tattoos across his upper shoulders as well. When he disappeared from her sight, it still took her several seconds to recover her heart rate and breathing enough to move herself forward. Paige shivered, then allowed herself to picture him again and finally headed for the shower…a cold one, at that.

Our Review:

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

“She felt like her quest for revenge had caused a chain reaction that was ruining many more lives than she counted on.”

Kylie Walker is a new to me author and upon seeing the synopsis for House of Paine I was drawn in and decided to pop my Kylie Walker cherry.

House of Paine is a mafia style romantic suspense type read and Kylie Walker definitely delivered. If I wasn’t chewing my nails I was swooning, she would build you up with angst and suspense only to quell the fear with some honest to goodness romance. It was a roller coaster, but one I was glad I jumped on and was gutted when it finished.

Paige Acosta was one ballsy, stubborn, sassy woman. Her heart was in the right place but sometimes her actions were driven by emotion rather than common sense. She had no life preservation skills and just jumped into everything head first no matter the consequences so it was a good job she had someone watching her back, because she darn well needed it. She was nearly a doctor; she was intelligent she just lacked common sense at times.

Damien Paine was a man born into the life of mafia crime, a life he didn’t want or need and a life he was desperate to get out of, but we all know the rules, the only way you get to leave is in a body bag. Damien was a man with a huge heart and this was all his mother’s influence. Damien had always been closer to his mother while his brother, Alex, had favoured his father and after nursing her through cancer till her dying day Damien no longer had a reason to stay away, but his mother had left her mark on Damien and it was one that would always make him stand out from the rest.

“Please just remember that although you may not have Jackson’s DNA running through your body…Alex does.”

The story begins with Paige’s brother, a brother that she was extremely close to and a brother that is killed while undercover. His killers make it look like suicide but Paige knew her brother and there was no way she was going to let his lasting memory be that of a man that died a junkie. Paige Acosta wants the truth and there was nothing that she wouldn’t do to find it, even if it meant endangering her own life. I told you, she is nuts!!

The Kramer family are chief suspects and with her brother’s partner aiding and abetting Paige soon knows the culprit. Little did she know that the Paine’s were related to the Kramer’s…the same Paine’s that were once a part of her family, her ex step-dad, Jackson, being the head of them. However, Jackson is not about to see his ex-step daughter murdered and so enlists the help of his son in keeping her under control, but when they meet…they lost control…Damien and Paige are a match made in heaven, but do they deserve each other? Damien doesn’t think so, however, Paige most certainly does.

“Knowing he loved her and how badly this would hurt him would make this that much harder.”

This is a story of revenge and consequences. A story that will have your hands gripped to your kindle while chewing your nails as you desperately hope that good conquers evil. Where family loyalties are pushed to breaking point, family secrets are uncovered and the mob are being pushed and pulled in every direction. This book is action packed and I loved every second. It was tense, it was emotional in places, extremely suspenseful but most of all it flowed at a fantastic pace so your attention was kept to those pages at all times. The words consume you and the story takes over. I cannot wait to read more by this author.

About the Author:

A true Canadian at heart, although I love to travel anywhere warm. I am a book addict, coffee addict, a wine addict and a writer! 

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