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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

BLOG TOUR: PROTECTOR'S CLAIM BY AIRICKA PHOENIX

Title: Protector’s Claim
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Genre: Dark Romance
Blurb:
Gabrielle Thornton
I made a mistake.
I allowed myself to be born. I allowed myself access into a life that wasn’t mine, and for that, I had willingly submitted my body and soul to a man whose sadistic pleasures knew no bound, a man who relished in my pain as much as he craved my flesh.
A monster I would do anything to escape.
But what if I could make it stop? What if the cost of freedom was a single night in a stranger’s arms? What if one final sin was all I needed to commit to find peace?
 Kieran Kincaid
I had always known of the sickness that lived inside my father, the demons who controlled the man. His death was a blessing to every innocent he’d destroyed with his dark hunger.
Yet, despite his demise becoming my curse, a shackle trapping me in his twisted secrets, it lured me to it, too. It promised me the thing I coveted above all else. It seduced me deeper into the world I wish I knew nothing of, but there was no turning back, not even if by accepting, by taking what didn’t belong to me made me a monster like him.
Gabby would finally be mine.

REVIEW: 5 out of 5 Stars

What an emotionally compelling story this was. Protector's Claim by Airicka Phoenix further demonstrates why this author is one of my favorites. She does dark and dirty so well, and always manages to give her readers a fantastic story that is impossible to put down. Gabby and Kieran's story was full of angst, suspense, emotional highs and lows, and a beautiful love story.

Phoenix created a fiercely strong connection between Kieran and Gabby, and that was one of my favorite parts of the story. Both characters were so well-written. I loved how crazy protective Kieran was, and I really enjoyed the different facets of his personality. Gabby was a great character as well, strong and vulnerable at the same time. I felt so emotional while reading about her struggles. The bond that she shared with Kieran, and the love that developed between them, was so incredible to read. Nothing was easy for these two, and Phoenix did a great job pulling me in emotionally.

The book was extremely well-plotted and had some amazing twists and turns. There were times where I didn't know where the author was taking the story, and I loved that. There was a lot going on within the book but it never felt overwhelming. Both the storyline and its characters were on point. Phoenix gives her reader the full package, making the book a really enjoyable reading experience. I truly loved this story and cannot wait to read more from this author in the future.

Airicka Phoenix is a multi-genre author of novels starring strong female leads and sexy alpha heroes. She started her journey after never finding the type of books she wanted to read. Her love of tortured souls and forbidden romance carried her into writing her own hard-earned happiness. Currently, she lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her babies and can be found hard at work on her next project. For more about Airicka, visit her at AirickaPhoenix.com FOLLOW AIRICKA’S NEWSLETTER  for updates, new releases, sneak peeks, and more.(no spamming. Promise) AIRICKA’S NEWSLETTER → http://bit.ly/2xeO3Pl JOIN AIRICKA ON . . .   INSTAGRAM → http://bit.ly/2hmbhLO  FACEBOOK → http://bit.ly/2hqScFG  TWITTER → http://bit.ly/2hn5fI1  BOOKBUB → http://bit.ly/2lEuozU  GOODREADS → http://bit.ly/2hFF9zi  PINTEREST → http://bit.ly/2hm8qCH  WEBSITE → http://bit.ly/2gxoIr8  AIRICKA'S COZY CORNER → http://bit.ly/2vZ6of2  AIRICKA'S INFERNAL PLAYGROUND → http://bit.ly/2gsYBy9 Looking for your next read? » Amazon → http://amzn.to/2xcUxhi » Barnes & Noble → http://bit.ly/2gsSyd4 » iBooks → http://bit.ly/2gRXj0V » Signed Paperbacks → http://bit.ly/2hbSKkW  AIRICKA’S ELITE PROMO TEAM → http://bit.ly/2hbXK9k »Protector's Claim Amazon → http://amzn.to/2xMlsSK iBooks → http://apple.co/2gJiN1I Barnes & Noble → https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/protectors-claim-airicka-phoenix/1127235749?ean=2940154942789
“You live here alone?” I asked as he left me at the wide, U-shaped island dominating the majority of the main area to wander over to the fridge.
He nodded. “For the last three years.”
“Where’s your mom?”
He yanked the doors open, releasing a puddle of yellow light across the floor. “She has her own flat downtown. Likes it better there. Closer to the shops.”
It seemed like such a waste, all that space. I couldn’t picture me there at all with all those looming, empty rooms and winding corridors. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. My apartment wasn’t much to brag about. Even with its smallness, I still felt the pang of loneliness. I couldn’t imagine being here in the cold and dust, surrounded by things that would offer no comfort.
“You don’t like it.”
He was watching me when I blinked out of my reverie.
“It’s not that I don’t like it,” I clarified carefully. “It’s just so…”
“Ostentatious?” He brought out a platter of fruit and placed it on the wraparound counter. “Overdone? An eyesore?”
“Lonely,” I whispered. “I don’t know how I feel about you being here by yourself all the time. I’d lose my mind.”
“That’s the thing, love.” He rounded to my side. “I’ve been alone my entire life. You get used to it.”
“I still don’t like it.”
His hands found my waist and I was pulled to him. Warm palms glided up to my shoulder blades. The heat of them radiated through the thin fabric of my top.
“Then don’t leave me here alone.”
My breath caught. My heart tripped in my chest. It quickened with the light bump of his nose against mine.
“You don’t make sense,” I murmured, fingers lifting to curl around his bare shoulders. “Everything you keep talking about, marriage and moving in together after only one night … men usually avoid those things, don’t they?”
His nose, his lips grazed mine with every slow rock of his head. “I don’t know about other men, but I’ve been waiting three years for you, Gabby. I’ve done my time. I’ve accepted that there’s no winning whatever pull you have on me. The want I had for you in the beginning is now a need I won’t deny myself. I need you. If not here, then I’ll find us a new place, anywhere you want. Whatever you want, it’s yours, just … let me keep you.”
I kissed him.
Fuck common sense.
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