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Possess: Shamed # 2 by Laura Marie Altom with Excerpt and Giveaway

Possess: Shamed # 2 by Laura Marie Altom with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop today – please read on for the excerpt, enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a $25 eGift Card from bookseller of choice AND a Loveswept Mug and Tote. Then, be sure to check out excerpts and reviews from the other tour stops!

Book Review:

I usually don’t have an issue jumping into series, but this book does not work well if you haven’t read the first.  In short, Ella had a bad relationship and is still not quite ready for a new one, but along came Liam.  Billionaire, utterly in love with her, and completely out of the question.

What I can do is comment to this particular story, and what I read, despite feeling as if I had gaping holes in my ability to understand the backstory.

Ella was, for me, not as well-developed as she should have been. She was very immature and prone to over-dramatizing everything, I think this was an attempt to show trepidation and fear about her abusive husband. I couldn’t find a way to connect with her at all, even with applying full understanding of her history of abuse.  Adding in yet another secret was coals to Newcastle for me – too much, and not necessary: there was enough tension and ‘what next’ from the situation as it stood.

Liam – I seriously do not understand this “billionaire’ craze in romance, it’s tired and overplayed, and just because someone has money doesn’t mean they have anything else to offer.  And I found nothing in Liam to like, he was also immature, childish and so far from powerful and strong that he felt more like a caricature to me than a character.

I was curious about just how much would be added, and while I didn’t feel compelled to get an answer, the journey was okay – not great, not horrible, but certainly not feeling as solidly built as it should have been.  There are those who can’t live without the billionaire / damsel in distress stories, and they would be sure to like this.

Possess: Shamed # 2 by Laura Marie Altom with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Possess
Author: Laura Marie Altom
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 30 December, 2014
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 240
Rated: three-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

Ella Patton and Liam Stone return in the breathtaking conclusion to the steamy, contentious love affair that began in Control.

Will you marry me? Those four little words should be a dream come true. But for Ella Patton, they’re the start of a waking nightmare. For despite the insatiable desire she feels for Liam Stone, marriage is out of the question—divorcing her abusive husband, Blaine, would be too dangerous to even contemplate. Besides, Ella couldn’t ask for anything more than the life she and Liam share: a scalding hot passion that’s totally outside the bounds of “I do.”

Liam has hit a brick wall. His fortune can’t buy Ella’s freedom from the oppressive monster the law recognizes as her husband. Blaine will take any opportunity to bring Ella back under his authority, no doubt exacting a terrible revenge as punishment for nearly slipping away. But Liam has a force greater than money and influence on his side: Ella’s love. She sparks his most unstoppable determination—and ignites pleasures that no man should be able to possess.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 How had I not seen this coming?On some level, I’d known Ella—my Ella—still legally wore another man’s vows. I’d almost questioned her about the way she’d referred to him as her husband in the present tense. Instead, I’d followed my cock instead of logic. Rather than having her background checked nine ways to Sunday, I’d mooned over her with enough theatrics for her to have been some unobtainable, movie-star crush. Stupid. I’d known what we’d shared was too good to last.

“Liam?” she asked. Her voice sounded far away, as if the moments between my proposal and her proclamation had twisted time and the very earth beneath us until we now occupied our own islands, separated by shark-infested waters and vast, rolling banks of acid fog.

I hated her.

I loved her.

“Liam, you’re bleeding.”

I’d clenched her ring so hard that I’d cut my palm. Blood trailed down my wrists and over the stupid sapphire cuff links I’d bought on a whim when selecting her jewelry because they’d matched her blueberry eyes. Blood stained my starched white shirt.

Kneeling alongside me, she coaxed open my fist, taking the biting bauble. She tucked it into my shirt’s chest pocket before removing my tux coat from her shoulders to wrap one sleeve around my hand. She bundled the rest, wrapping and tucking until it became a black hornet’s nest growing off of my appendage.

“Instead of the party,” she said in a matter-of-fact tone, “let’s have your driver take us to the beach house. It’s been such a busy day—busy week,” she tacked on a chatty titter, “wouldn’t it be nice to ring in the new year on our own? We can make popcorn and watch a movie—anything you want. Oh—and we need to stop off for ice cream. We can’t have a party without ice cream.”

Was she even listening to herself? Why wouldn’t she stop this incessant babble?

“If you think about it, we have so much to be thankful for, and I really deep-down believe this year’s going to be great. You’ll keep growing your empire, and I’m going to start those online classes.”

“Stop.”

“You don’t want ice cream?”

I don’t want you. Your complications. Your fucked-up past.

Only, that would be a lie, because that even though I knew she was bad for me—like popping an Ambien, then downing a few fingers of scotch—even if I washed my hands of her tonight, come morning, she’d still be in my head.

I didn’t want to just marry her, I wanted to possess her.

“Liam, please . . . talk to me.”

“What the hell am I supposed to say? I don’t commit. You know that. So when I gave you my ring, it kind of meant something. Where do you get off, keeping a bombshell like this? If I hadn’t been dim-witted enough to propose, would you have ever told me?”

“Yes—no . . . maybe.”

“Maybe?” At that, I had to laugh. “Christ, I’ve gotta get out of here. Away from you.”

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About Laura Marie Altom

Laura Marie Altom is the author of more than forty books in three different genres. Now that her kids are in college, Altom spends her days writing and chasing after a menagerie of pets: a mini long-haired dachshund named Cocoa, a Yorkie named Daisy, a mutt named Sweet Pea, and Domino—a black-and-white stealth cat she rarely sees. She’s happily married to her college sweetheart (go Hogs!), and when night falls, she steals a few romantic moments for herself with her own hunky cover stud.

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