Friday, March 23, 2018

Torn by Alexis Noelle: Release Blitz + Review

Title: Torn
Series: Deathstalkers MC
Author: Alexis Noelle
Genre: MC Romance
Publish Date: March 21, 2018
Review Source: Enticing Journey Book Promotions

That's what it's all about here.
I'd do anything for one of my brothers,
Even go with his old lady to a parent-teacher conference.

But when I see the sweet little number who's the teacher,
Suddenly, school's right up my alley.
She's innocent, naive, and sexy as Hell. 

Damn, I just want in her pants,
And to maybe teach her a thing or two.
And I'm not backing down,
I'll get to her.

But if she ever finds out the truth about our connection,
It'll sever the ties and ruin it all.
I'm just going to keep my mouth shut--

And all over her.

I struggled with this review because I want to be straight forward, yet did not want to be mean or make anyone upset. So here it goes … Torn is a great story. The characters were great and you find out about their past and who they are. Becca is a smart, sassy, beautiful teaching apprentice. She is a young college student with an extremely over protective brother. Their parents were taken from them at a young age, hence the over protectiveness.

Storm is a hot, strong, alpha from the Deathstalkers MC. He knows what he likes and he takes what he wants. With the Deathstalkers on his side, he knows that he will always be backed. The duo moved fast. Very fast. This is where I had hard time with the book. It felt rushed. It felt as though everything important happened in a couple of chapters. Everything big. Especially when the story came to a head and met up with the dramatic, dangerous situation that was spoken about throughout the whole book. The story could have been so much more if Alexis would have taken her time and added more to each situation. I kind of feel cheated, to be honest. This is the reason my rating was much lower than it typically would have been. Again, great story, but it missed the mark in several areas. 

I have been impatiently waiting for Torn to be released but I don’t feel as if I got what I was waiting for. The story was amazing but lacked so much at the same time. I’m kind of old but that Wendy’s commercial from when I was a kid comes to mind, “Where’s the Beef?”

Storm is helping out his MC boss by escorting his wife to the elementary school for a conference. What he wasn’t imagining was to be so attracted to the student helper.

Becca, the student helper, wasn’t expecting this hot, sexy, leather clad beast to walk in for a conference with one of her students. She has never been in a relationship before or the inclination to do so. She has a very overprotective brother that hinders that option, but she can’t seem to get Storm out of her head.

This book seemed to be more of a novella than anything. I’ve always been such a huge fan of Ms Noelle’s which I don’t want to take anything away from this story…I just felt as if there was a lot missing. It seemed very rushed. That being said, the story line was great just wish there was more substance to it.

I have read this series from the beginning and I do love the brotherhood and sisterhood of this series within the MC. That has always been the strong suit of the books. I’ve always loved the grit of the MC as well. This story has some grit to it but not like any previous in the series. Overall, great storyline just needs some girth.

*** NOTE: 50% of all proceeds within the first week of release will be donated to Women Against Abuse.***

The loud crash jolts me out of bed and a few seconds later my mother comes running in the room. “Sweetheart you need to hide, there are people in the house.” Her voice is quiet but I can hear the fear in it.
My stomach drops as my body freezes.
“Now.” Her voice is a raised whisper. She points to my bedroom closet and I run trying to grab for her hand but she shoo’s me away.
I open the door thanking God for once that my closet is such a disaster. I lay on the floor covering myself with any clothes I can.
Mom quickly rushes over finishing the job for me. “No matter what, don’t make a sound.”
She quietly shuts the door and I can hear my father’s voice downstairs. I can’t make out what he’s saying but he’s yelling at someone. There is a loud bang and my heart stops. That sounded like a gunshot but it couldn’t be, this can’t be happening right now.
I lift on if the shirts just a little bit so I can see through the opening in between my door and the floor. I see mom working her way under my bed but I know I shove so much stuff under there, that there is probably no room.
Heavy footsteps sound as my whole body goes rigid. The boots stop at the edge of my bed and I hear a stomach churning laugh before his hand appears and pulls my mother’s leg out from under the bed.
I can hear her pleading with him to take whatever they want and go. I pray that he listens, and that whatever sound I heard my dad is still okay. He doesn’t say a word though. After a few more seconds another loud bang sounds and my mom falls to the floor. I clamp my hand over my mouth silently sobbing and praying that they don’t find me.
My body is stiff from fear, and I’m scared to move because I don’t want him to find me.
“Take anything that’s not nailed the fuck down but do it quick.” I hear him shout to whoever else must be in the house. He stands in my room for a minute before heading over to my dresser. “There ain’t much in here.” I hear the sound of my music box being picked up. My dad gave it to me on my last birthday. It crashes to the ground and I flinch from the noise. “All fucking junk.” The sound of the boots fades.
I can hear crashing and things being thrown around as the men tear through my family home. My mom’s eyes are closed and I pray to god that she is just passed out. She can’t be gone.
It feels like I sit in that closet for days listening to things banging and breaking.
When the closet door opens, I scream.

Alexis Noelle lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her three kids. On top of a writing career, she is a full-time student and a full-time mom. She loves spending time with her kids, although she has to hide the computer from them when she is writing! She loves being active and being outdoors, especially if it involves any kind of shopping.

She has always been passionate about writing. She loves to read romance books and feels like being able to lose yourself in a book is one of the more exciting aspects. The books she loves to read and write will be ones that make you feel for the characters. Alexis believes that you should have an opinion on every character in a book whether you love them, hate them, or think they are up to something.

She also believes that the most important critic is your reader, so she loves to hear from the readers. She want her fans to be open & talk to her about what they want for the characters in the story, and what they would like to see happen.

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