BLEEDING LOVE (Hope Town #2) by Harper Sloan-Review and Book Tour
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 14, 2015
I’ve loved once. I gave everything that I had to that love. Blindly believing that nothing could ever take that feeling away from me. Away from us. And when my little world of happiness was ripped from my fingers, I felt a loss that still haunts me to this day.
Now I use that lingering grief as a shield to keep my heart from loving again. It’s that fear that keeps me from letting anyone, except my daughter, get close enough to make it hurt. To make my heart bleed when I inevitably lose again.
Until the day I met Liam Beckett and everything I thought I had protected myself from was shoved back in my face.
He’s on a mission to prove to me that a love worth having is a love worth fighting for.
*Bleeding Love is the second book in the Hope Town series. It will follow Liam and Megan. Each book in the series is a HEA and can be read as a standalone.*
REVIEW: BLEEDING LOVE is the second installment in Harper Sloan’s adult, contemporary Hope Town erotic, romance series –a spin off from her Corp’s Security series. This is Megan and Liam’s story. Liam is a cop; the son of John ‘Beck’ and Denise ‘Dee’ Beckett (Beck-Corps Security #3); Megan is a single mother and widow who was first introduced at the end of Unexpected Fate (Hope Town #1).
Told from dual first person points of view (Megan and Liam) BLEEDING LOVE follows Liam as he formulates a plan-a list-to seduce Megan. Megan is a romance author, a single mother whose husband Jack was killed while on deployment in the Middle East. Alone and grieving, Megan will be introduced to the ‘gang’ by Cohen Cage, Jack’s friend and fellow soldier, and in the ensuing year, Liam is unable to forget about the woman who can no longer ‘feel’. At Cohen and Dani’s wedding, Liam and Megan will hook up for a one night stand that begins to slowly break down the walls that Megan has erected around her grieving heart.
Megan’s grief over the death of her husband is compounded by guilt-a guilt she is unable to understand or forgive herself for as she endeavors to create a life for her young daughter and herself. The attraction between Liam and Megan is immediate but Megan is unable to bring any man into her life in the fear of destroying her daughter’s heart, as well. The push and pull between Megan and Liam is heightened by Megan’s reluctance to move forward; to forgive herself for what she believes is a betrayal to Jack; and to break down the walls she has so conveniently built to protect her heart.
Liam is a swoon-worthy hero; a man with plenty of patience, and he will need said patience to convince Megan that he is the man for her. Throughout the storyline Liam places himself, front and center, into Megan’s life; he is a man on a mission, and his mission is to bring light and happiness into Megan’s life but Megan is numb to the world around her, and in this Liam knows to win Megan’s heart he must first get Megan to ‘feel’. Liam, never one to give up, pushes Megan a little at a time until she is able to see and feel. The only demons to overcome are Megan’s personal demons from the past-there are no outside threats to their relationship or lives. The $ex scenes are erotic, provocative and seductive.
The secondary and supporting characters include most of the next generation of family and friends from Harper’s Corps Security Series. Beck and Dee’s (Liam’s parents) love and support of their son is reflective of Liam’s personality and love for Megan and her daughter Molly. Megan’s husband Jack is revealed through flashbacks and memories.
BLEEDING LOVE looks at guilt and grief; romance and seduction; letting go and falling in love. Liam is the perfect storybook hero who understands Megan’s wants and needs, but also knows that to move forward Megan must let go of the guilt. The premise is heart-warming and inspiring; the characters engaging, humorous, and expressive; the romance passionate, encouraging and intoxicating.
And who doesn’t love BT Urruela on the cover-a perfect Liam Beckett.
Copy supplied by the tour promoter.
Reviewed by Sandy
(Hope Town #1)
by Harper Sloan
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic romance
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date February 17, 2015
Have you ever felt like you were living your life for a future that was predetermined? Like there was some bigger picture you just prayed you would someday see clearly? That picture has been crystal clear to me since I was old enough to recognize it for just what it was.
Or I should say recognize him for who he was.
I’ve loved Cohen Cage since I was a small child. He’s been my everything for the last twenty-two years. I’ve loved him through every girlfriend he’s ever brought home. Through his college years and then mine. I’ve loved him through two deployments. And ever since the day I told him how I felt, he’s acted like I’m a stranger.
My name is Danielle Reid, and it’s time for me to get my man.
Our future is an unexpected fate, and no matter what our parents, siblings, and friends say…it’s going to be worth every second of the fight to make it happen.
REVIEW: UNEXPECTED FATE is the first installment in Harper Sloan’s adult, contemporary Hope Town erotic romance series-a spin off from her Corps Security Series. Hope Town will focus on the next generation-the sons and daughters of the couples with whom we fell in love in the original series. This is Cohen Cage (son of Greg and Melissa Cage) and Danielle Reid’s (daughter of Axel and Isabelle Reid) storyline-a friends to lovers trope.
Dani Reid has been in love with Cohen Cage for as long as she can remember-probably since birth but she is afraid that Cohen does not feel the same way. Sure, they are best friends and the sexual attraction is tangible, but Cohen has never acted upon his feelings, and Dani’s hope for a future with the man she loves begins to waiver now that he is scheduled to deploy overseas. One night of passion will end with a promise of enduring love and a commitment for the future.
Like his father, Cohen is a marine; a Black Ops specialist who is about to head out on assignment but his emotions are jumbled when it comes to his feelings for Dani. He is a man in love but he doesn’t want to place Dani in a position to ‘wait’ when there is a possibility he may never return. Months overseas finds Cohen desperate to return when the news from back home is cryptic and grim. Dani is in trouble and there is nothing he can do from thousands of miles away.
The relationship between Dani and Cohen is a friends to lovers romance that surprises no one but ruffles the hackles of Dani’s over protective and former marine father. The numerous sex scenes are graphic, detailed and very erotic- and at times uncomfortable considering the lack of experience for the heroine-the reality of the situation is questionable but it is an erotic romance storyline of fiction so bending the rules can be expected, but be warned, the descriptive imagery is bolder and more daring than most of Harper’s previous storylines.
UNEXPECTED FATE is a storyline with a large, ensemble cast of characters who play intricate, important and colorful roles throughout the novel. All of the original storyline couples are present including their now adult children who are one another’s best friends and protectors. The ever popular and over the top hair stylist Sway is front and center now that a reality program focusing on his salon is in the works. The second generation will begin to take their place at Corps Security, continuing the storylines of threats, stalkers and protection.
There were a few issues of believability as it pertained to Cohen and his Black Ops preparation and missions. I had to question some events and time frames including the amount of ‘free time’ spared to a marine about to deploy. And some readers may take issue with the sex acts-everything is consensual- but Cohen likes to experiment in the bedroom.
I am looking forward to more exciting storylines in Harper Sloan’s new HOPE TOWN series. I love revisiting the Corps Security boys and the women that they love.
Reviewed by Sandy
Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed ‘Estrogen Ocean’, much to her husbands chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero–the super alpha kind!
Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn’t take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.
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