Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book Review: "Second Nature" by DL Roan

(When Seconds Counts, Book 2)

Former Operative, Grant Kendal, has spent his life hunting the shadows of evil. He can feel it changing him; twisting him into the very thing he despises. A mindless killer. 

Thalia Brezlin is a marked woman, hell-bent on revenge. She is haunted by the nightmares of her past. A past that lies in wait to destroy her. When she washes ashore Grant’s desolate island of exile, beaten, stabbed and clinging to life, their worlds collide.

Follow them across Africa, Madagascar and India into the underworld of human trafficking. Where innocence isn't lost, it’s stolen.

Passion will rage, rules will be broken, lives will be shattered and the truth will be revealed. Survival is Second Nature.

WARNING: Second Nature is a contemporary erotic romance and contains explicit sexual content, adult language and graphic violence. Recommended for the adult reader only. While Grant’s story can certainly be enjoyed on its own, the author recommends becoming better acquainted with him and his journey by experiencing his debut in Second Chances (When Seconds Count, #1)

5 Stars

Yeah…I am sure that can’t even begin to explain what this book did to me. It chewed me up, spit me out and screwed me up BAD. This wasn’t my normal kind of read….just like DL Roan’s first book, Second Chances, which I absolutely loved. This book took action and passion to a whole new level. It wrecked me….it honestly, truly wrecked me. It was so powerful and nail-biting and sexy, all wrapped into one!

We first met Grant when he was helping to save Gabby/Claira in book one….I wasn’t too sure I was fond of him. I believe I am singing a whole different tune!!! After we left him in book one, he escaped the daily grind and disappeared from society onto an island in the middle of nowhere.  He needed to release his own demons and just be alone…..or so he thought. 

The premise of this book deals with some very heavy stuff (again, this is me who doesn’t read dark and action, this was very new for me). I think that it was an eye opening book for a few reasons….one being the fact that child sex trafficking and slavery is very much a BIG problem.  This was a very heavy subject for ME to read….and I will say that it scared me in the beginning, but I am glad I read through it.  I loved that it was truly a love story, but had all the action needed to make it a nail-biter and page turner. I couldn’t put this book down.

One day, Thalia washes ashore on HIS island battered, beaten and unconscious. Grant (ever the gentleman) nurtures her back to health, making sure that she is ok before he takes her back to the main island. He certainly didn’t need someone on his island…right? He, who does not enjoy the feelings most normal people have, felt the need to take care of her. He wanted to….he didn’t understand why he wanted to, but he wanted to. He needed to. Seeing this alpha side warring with the nurturing side of him made me smile…honestly smile. It was SO opposite to what we know of him…I had to shake my head. I really saw a different side right away and found myself just wanting to wrap myself up in a “Grant” of my own!

So, we started to see who Thalia was and how Grant took care of her. She was a serious badass and had no problems making sure he understood that. Thalia also didn’t trust him and she didn’t like her feelings towards him….she drinks him in as he stands there while she is waking up.

Six foot two, maybe three, broad chest, corded muscles in his arms and legs, and the deadliest amber eyes she’d ever seen. Fuck, I’m screwed. This was no tourist or zoo keeper.

Grant had to make her understand, prove to her, that she could trust him. She had some serious trust issues, given her background, and she finally had to come to terms with the understanding that he was there to help her. Through some events and happenings, she finally lets go and learns to trust him. It was a rough road for her, but the travel was well worth her time. Now….through this discovery of trust with Grant, I must say WOW!! DL Roan can write a steamy scene….and it just I may not be able to articulate how much I LOVE GRANT, but I will sure try.

Alpha…..did I already mention that?

Ok…..with all of Grant’s promising qualities, he is a real downer on himself. He doesn’t feel he deserves love and emotion. Namely: Thalia and all her pure innocence.

She was strong and beautiful, inside and out. She was perfect in ways he would never deserve.

By the time they figured each other out, the intense feelings between them needed answering. The way the love scenes were written in, the way they were described, was amazing. I loved reading it…I had a stupid smile on my face when they were together. I loved when they finally discovered they had each other to love.

Pushing up, he crawled over her body, trailing whispered kisses up her side, under and around her breasts, and along her neck until he reached her lips. “You heal my soul,” he breathed.

Grant just made me smile…he was so sexy and so protective. I know I have said this…but damn! It’s still screaming at me!!

No one had ever made her feel so much at one single moment in time. There were no words to describe the intensity that flowed from his body into hers. He had literally worshipped her with his mouth. It was too much.

When Grant finds out what Thalia’s final mission in life is….he is dead set on making sure she doesn’t do it. It’s too dangerous. His protective side wants to keep her tucked away and to take care of her. Stubborn Thalia is determined to do what she set out to do….and this is where the thick, heavy side of the story comes into view. We dive into a very dark section of the book and it is a nail biting, very scary, seriously angsty and mind blowing journey. I wanted to just sit and read…I needed to know what was going to happen!! To try to describe how Roan was able to bring out these emotions and deal with such a touchy subject tells me that she can really write. I definitely felt the emotions pouring from the pages….ok, my kindle app, but you get the picture!

Even though, from the very beginning, I knew who Thalia was, I really enjoyed watching the journey Grant and Thalia took to find out who she was, break down both of their walls and come into their own. This book really left me with a book hangover. It doesn’t happen often….but this one did. I neeeeeed the third book NOW. NOW. Hurry up DL Roan!!!

I give this book 5 sexy and truly mind blowing stars.


When Seconds Count Series....

Second Chances (When Seconds Count, #1)

(When Seconds Count, Book 1)

Do you love Ménage Romance? You can't miss Second Chances, a full length, unforgettable, ménage love story that will leave you breathless!!

Six years after the McLendon brothers lost their wife during the birth of their twins they are merely existing. Focused only on running their ranch and raising their boys, finding another woman to share their hearts with isn't even a dot on their map.....until Claira Robbins drops into their family like a baby bird falling from its nest.

She certainly ruffles more than a few feathers. Matt and Mason believe she is the one who will heal their hearts and family. Their older brother Grey? He plans to live the rest of his life comfortably numb from the neck down, even if it kills him...and it just might if Claira's lethal past catches up to her.

Can they convince Grey to let go of the past and give love a second chance? Or will his own haunting secret destroy what is left of their family for good?

WARNING: Second Chances is a MFMM erotica menage romance and contains explicit sex scenes. Content suitable for adult readers only. Oh, and absolutely no steamy action between brothers, because that would just be awkward.

Read Bethany's Review: here

About the Author:
D.L. Roan

D.L. Roan lives and writes in her "beautifully wild and southern" home state of Florida with her "perfectly flawed hero" husband and two 80lb lap dogs. 

In addition to exorcizing her characters' lusts, D.L. enjoys scuba diving, fishing, and sitting by a bonfire on a starry night. 

Completely addicted to the written word, she's had a brood of characters residing inside her imagination for as long as she could remember. Being able to bring them to life and let them out to play has been a life's dream fulfilled.

Romance has always been her favored genera. While erotica and ménage are her favored spicy flavors, she also enjoys paranormal fantasy and has been known to stalk the work of certain historical romance writers. "I like the innocence and complexity of the time."

Much Love to all,


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