Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blog Tour: Mending Scars by Brandy L Rivers ~ Review and GIVEAWAY!

Author: Brandy L. Rivers
Series: Others of Edenton (Dacia and Preston’s story), Book 5 ~ STANDALONE
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Some scars run soul deep. 

Preston finally knows what he wants, but it’s an uphill battle to win her confidence. Dacia has been hurt countless times, including by his own hand. Despite her accusations, he wants what’s best for her. 

Dacia struggles with her inability to trust. Her mother has always been too wrapped up in her own life to pay attention. Her father only comes around when it benefits him. Dacia no longer believes she’ll ever come first. 

Remus is a fugitive on Earth and in Faerie. His ungrateful daughter refuses to help, even when a mage nearly tracks him down. His best hope is pitting Dacia and Preston against each other. 

Ultimately, Dacia must choose. Can Preston help mend her scarred heart? Or will her father’s corrupt plan spoil Dacia’s chance at happiness?

~ 5 STARS ~

Ever since the first time I read a book by Brandy L. Rivers, I fell in love with her writing. The stories have always had a smooth flow that’s allowed me to fully connect with the plot line and all the characters. I’ve always been fully intrigued by the developments made throughout her books and honestly, I’ve never felt “let down”. Brandy quickly became one of my favorite authors and it’s safe to say that I will continue to read anything she writes, regardless of the genre – because yes, she not only writes amazing Paranormal Romances, but Contemporary Romances too (so far).

Mending Scars was yet another amazing installment in the Others of Edenton Series. While this was book 5 in the series, it can be read as a standalone. I always recommend reading books in order because you will always have a deeper connection to the characters and the storyline, but even if you haven’t read books .5 – 4, you will still be able to thoroughly enjoy this one.  At least, I know I did and I’ve only read book 1: In Too Deep prior to this one. I will be going back and reading them all, though! I just LOVE these characters!

In Mending Scars, we got Dacia and Preston’s story. 
These two characters had a not-so-positive/friendly past. You can immediately tell (even if you haven’t read the prior books) that Preston and Dacia weren’t among the “most liked” characters in the series, especially Dacia. They had both done a few shady things in the past that well, yes, earned them their “I-don’t-like-you” statuses. And this is precisely the reason why I absolutely loved this book’s title: Mending Scars. It played into the storyline in more ways than one, both physically and emotionally.

There was SO much more to Dacia’s character, and Preston’s for that matter. Their back stories were intriguing; I felt for them and understood why they did the things they did. They both had their fair amount of issues that weren’t necessarily their fault – they just didn’t know better. I mean, for starters, Dacia had one hell of an evil father that caused her so much emotional pain that it amazed me how good Dacia actually turned out to be! All she wanted was to be acknowledged, accepted, and loved by her dad, but nope. An evil being such as Remus wasn’t capable of those feelings.
Then on the other hand, we had Preston. He had this huge secret he’d kept all his life, one that could very well change his future, all while trying to bring down the most evil man of all, Remus. As fate would have it, Dacia and Preston ended up ‘bonding’ which of course made things even more interesting. After all, two broken souls completing each other? Heck YEAH.

However, falling for Dacia made Preston’s job a tad more complicated. Not only did he have his hands full with putting Remus away, but he had to do so all while keeping Dacia safe and protecting her not just from any physical harm, but from any and all emotional repercussions as well. I mean, he was trying to capture her DAD, nonetheless.

“You are my heart, Preston.”
“And you’re mine.” 

Overall, this was yet another fantastic book by Ms. Rivers. The paranormal side of it kept me on my toes, fully captivated, while the romantic aspect kept me swooning nonstop (and blushing – talk about hot scenes!). She has truly done it again! Rivers delivered one more must read!! Five stars to Mending Scars!! I absolutely loved Preston and Dacia’s story! 

His head throbbed in sync with the sound of his phone buzzing out of reach. Preston cracked one eye open to find her elegant face relaxed in peaceful slumber.
Slivers of memory floated through his mind. Toryn’s party. Dacia throwing herself at him. Then it went fuzzy, other than flashes of explosive sex.
He regretted his temporary lack of memory, which he hoped would be restored once the hangover abated. The unrelenting metallic vibration started again, and he sat up to take a look at his surroundings.
Dacia’s house.
Last time he was here, everything had ended in disaster. He nearly died at her hands, though she wasn't in charge of them, thanks to a shadow fae taking possession of her body. Then Amethyst, the woman he'd been trying not to love healed him, shattering the dam of pent-up emotion he had walled off so long he nearly drowned in the ensuing rush. Jamie, who knew their relationship was over before he did, ended things that night. At least Amethyst and Jamie had found their soulmates, even if he was left behind.
He wasn’t sure Dacia was his forever, but he wanted to find out. If she’d let him. There was definitely a spark between them.
Insistent buzzing from his phone jerked Preston back to the here and now. He spotted his pants hanging from a chair. His shirt was on a bed post. Dacia's dress lay on the floor in at least two separate pieces.
Must have been in a hurry. A stupid grin spread on his face as he remembered Dacia screaming out his name.
Shaking off a wave of desire, he got up to grab his phone and found a list of texts and missed calls from Robert.
The texts were nagging him about what he’d learned, and trouble with the fae. He scrubbed a hand over his face and tried to remember what Robert was referring to.
What the hell? I never forget anything—not even when I want to.
He sat on the bed and Dacia curled around him in her sleep. A slow smile reappeared on his lips as her satin skin caressed his.
Looking down, he saw her, the real her, without makeup or glamour. She didn't need any artificial shit. Dacia looked a lot like her aunt, the queen of the Air Kingdom in Faerie. Unfortunately, her piece of shit, twisted-as-a-Twizzler-stick father was still at large after being caught conspiring against the queen, plotting unthinkable acts against his niece, and torturing women. Yup, inter-dimensional scumbag.
Dacia had a few issues, but deep down she was a tough woman dealing with a fucked-up family, much like him. She was so used to disappointment she’d built a fortress around herself, and had recently developed an annoying habit of bolting rather than risk being disappointed. Sooner or later he would scale the walls and sneak inside.
Maybe last night he had. Maybe. But he couldn't remember much—certainly not enough.
“You're still here,” she murmured sleepily, hope shining in her eyes.
“I told you, and I'll keep telling you, it's you I want to get to know, you I want to please, only you.” He brushed his knuckle down the faint scar on her cheek. The line ran from just below the inner corner of her eye, down to the corner of her jaw.
She flinched away, covering that side of her face. The hope died as her gaze went stony. “Because you feel sorry for me. I don’t need your pity.”
“No, fuck, not because of that! Yes, I'm sorry I put the mark there. But listen closely, that scar isn't what I see when I close my eyes. What I see is a feisty woman who holds my interest for a laundry list of reasons. I want to learn everything about you.”
“You keep touching it, kissing it. You pay too much attention to it. Even when I have my glamour in place.”
Well, shit.
He did, but only because it was seriously hot. That might make him a freak but he was okay with that. He gave a sheepish shrug, and tried for an innocent tone. “You don't want to hear my reason.” She was too vain to appreciate his point of view.
Her eyes flashed with anger as she ghosted out of bed. She materialized a few feet in front of him with her hands on her hips. “Because you feel guilty for making me ugly!”
And damn him, but Dacia pissed off made him hard as adamantium. He rose to his feet, pointing to his cock that stood at attention, wanting nothing more than to be buried to the hilt in her heat. “Does it look like I feel sorry for you? Or maybe that I don't like what I see? Trust me, Minx, I want you any way I can get you. This,” he gripped his length and her gaze followed his hand as she hungrily watched the slow stroke, “should be a significant indicator that you—scar included—are more than sexy. I can't stop imagining your taste, the feel of your nails in my skin, the way you wrap around me. This is what you do to me.”
He blinked and she was gone. Then he was shoved onto the mattress and she was over him, sliding onto his thick length as her mouth closed over his, taking what she wanted. Borderline punishing, her nails cut past skin as she rode him hard. Tears fell on his chest.
Grabbing her face, he rolled them over, gentling the pace while he dried her tears. “Don’t cry, Dacia. I’m not giving you a reason to cry. I want your pleasure, your desire, I want us, but I don’t want to be the reason you cry,” he promised as he thrust into her slowly.
Her big onyx eyes bored into his. “Why?” she whispered. “No, don’t answer.” Dacia flipped them over, pushing her pace harder, faster. Her mouth meshed with his, their tongues dancing.
He was right there on the edge, trying to hold back, when her core started to ripple around him. They both cried out as flames danced over them and everything in the room was picked up in the whirlwind that surrounded her bed.
A rush of excitement, desire, and panic shot through them as he tried to pull her closer but she phased out as the fires faded and her belongings fell around him.
Stunned, Preston lay there, wracking his brain for an explanation, but the pounding in his head renewed with force.
He felt her, floating in the room. Her eyes burned a brand into him. “Dacia, please talk to me.”

~ Brandy L Rivers ~
I've always loved books, especially about monsters and magic, so I started writing. I'm working on a prequel and the next few books in the Others of Edenton series, and I have a head full of stories to share.

I'm a stay at home mother with a wonderful husband who lets me write and write to my hearts content.

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