November 14, 2013

Blog Tour ( review + excerpt ) : Unexpected Protector (Isthmus Alliance #2) by Sloan Johnson





Title : Unexpected Protector (Isthmus Alliance #2)


Author : Sloan Johnson
Release Day :  November 2013
Tour Hosted by: Enticing Journey Book Promotions

Synopsis

Everyone makes mistakes in life. Unfortunately, Holly Richards has become an expert at taking the wrong path in life. This time, she may have gone so far that she has alienated the one person who has always been there for her. Will she be able to make the right decision for once in her life?

Tommy Reed’s world shifted the night he found Holly Richards lying in a pool of blood on the ground. For reasons he can’t explain, he feels the need to protect Holly from her own past. In the process, he’s hoping to also teach her that there is more to D/s than releasing pent up emotions. 

Life isn’t easy for the former-junkie and the cop. Some of those closest to Tommy are less than thrilled with his devotion to Holly. Those who pressured Holly into her former life are worried she’ll share what she knows. Is there any way for both of them to come away from the situation unscathed?


Author Bio

Sloan is a Midwestern mom who began writing nearly seven years ago as a way to make money while staying home with her daughter. Now, with two kids in tow and having written more articles on how to assemble various pieces of furniture than she can count, she is reaching to make her dreams come true.

Unexpected Angel, her debut novel, released in August 2013.  Unexpected Protector is set to release November 2013.

Sloan loves to hear from her readers!

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My Thoughts

Let me begin with how I got into this series. Like most bloggers out there, we discover new books through each other and that's exactly how it was for me. Plus the whole "soft side" to BDSM was intriguing. Let me just share that I rarely read books that have BDSM, Fifty Shades was my first introduction to that. So, I was intrigued to see how there was a softer side. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Unexpected Angel, so of course, I couldn't wait to read the next one.

This book can be read as a stand alone, but I suggest reading the first one. You'll get a better sense of ALL the characters, since the first book is about Tasha and Dylan. And this book picks up right where the first one ended, just the way I like the next book in a series to begin.

Holly was definitely not my favorite character ... at first (I still don't know how I feel about her), based off what had happened in the first book, everything she put Tasha through, it's pretty much unforgivable. And as you will see, Dylan is very hostile towards her and bless Tasha's heart for never giving up on her. I don't think I could be that forgiving. Holly has quite the battle to get through; drug abuse, betrayal, walls upon walls of letting people back in.

Tommy; his stalker-ish ways are kind of creepy, but also .. endearing? Well it's obvious, when you begin the book that there is some sort of pull towards Holly and he can't figure out why. But ever since he found her in a pool of blood, he feels the need to protect from everything and everyone. He goes to crazy extents to take care of her.

I loved Holly and Tommy's relationship, even though it did take a while for it grow, which is the way I like it to happen in my stories. He helps her grow and get past all of her demons, it wasn't an easy road, but it all helped their relationship growth. I just love everything he does for her, he's a top-notch guy in my book!

I enjoyed this book, there were some points where it lulled a little bit, but for the most part, it flowed well. I know that BDSM is a part of their story and series, but it almost felt unnecessary in their story ... not really sure how to describe it. The way that BDSM played a role in the first book, in comparison to this one, it's quite different. Or maybe it's just me?

And last but not least, C-L-I-F-F-H-A-N-G-E-R ending ... and a Liam (who happens to be Dylan's brother, not Tommy's best friend), I can't wait to hear more about that story!

MY RATING :



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Excerpt

I nod, my throat constricted by the emotion I’m not used to feeling. 
“Good girl,” he whispers in my ear before drawing the lobe into his mouth, sucking and nipping. He continues working his way down my neck, biting my collarbone harder than I’m used to. I jerk in surprise, but not in pain. 
“Don’t stop,” I beg him. My mind doesn’t seem to process the fact that he’s on the wrong end of my body to make my core clench tight. I never knew before now that it’s possible to be driven to climax without any direct contact with either my nipples or pussy. I scream his name as my head falls back, eventually allowing my head to come back to rest on his shoulder. 
“Such a responsive girl,” he praises me as he holds me close to him.
“What about you?” I ask when my breathing returns to normal.

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