Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Scarlett Red - Release Day Launch and Review

Special Price 99c
(will change September 29)

Author: P.T. Michelle
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Self Publication
Series: In the Shadows, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Thriller
Age Recommendation: 18 and up (Mature Adults)
Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Mister Black swept in and out of my life like a tornado, leaving me twisted up and forever changed in his wake.

And now that my life is finally back on track, I need to move on, despite the many reminders of our time together.

But our pasts are only as far away as the shadows we hide behind, and sometimes those shadows grow darker, converging on the present in the most insidious way.

He is Black: a stealthy hunter and rainbow master.

I am Red: a truth seeker and desire keeper.

Together we are obsession. Passionate colors destined to be drawn together.

My Review:

After leaving us standing in an open doorway staring at a white box we find ourselves thrust back into Talia's life,  three years later. 

Three years!  At first I wanted to rail against the injustice of it all.  How is it possible that Red and Black went three years with no contact? How could Talia have fooled herself into thinking any other man would do?  How could Sebastian not thrown everything aside to come find the woman who gave him a rainbow?  Three years have gone by, how will Talia and Sebastian ever reconnect?  

"I am even more screwed up than the guy Talia met three years ago. He might've had a glimmer of hope for something more with her, but I am half the person I was back then.  Learning to reengage in life, while pretending to be whole has been hard enough since I got back." -Sebastian

Those are the questions that ran through my head as soon as I realized the time jump from Mr. Black and Scarlett Red, I needed answers and they can be found in the book, but I can't give you any of them because they are all tied up so neatly into the plot that any hint will give away the story and you don't want me to do that.  

Talia is as strong as ever.  She's spent the last several years fighting her way through life and her memories.  She's graduated from college, gone to work at a newspaper, gotten engaged, let go/quit from the newspaper, started a successful writing carrier, and been cheated on by her now ex-fiance (whom I loathe by the way) Nathan. Talia is as she's always been though, a fighter.

"I put one foot in front of the other and lift my head higher. Screw the non-forkness of my path.  I'll plow a new road if I have to!"  -Talia

Yet while she fights to live life on her terms she struggles everyday not to live in the past.  Not to live the past of her childhood. Not to live with the never ebbing yearning for the one man she has always wanted, Sebastian Black.

After being urged by her aunt and also her best friend Cass ( I do hope we will get her story one day), Talia finds herself (thanks for bailing Cass, *wink*) heading off to a singles event, onto the radar of a sexy pilot who reminds her of her Mr. Black,

"Two gorgeous bright blue eyes stare back at me - not Sebastian's unique dual chocolate brown and brilliant blue one.  The sight reboots my stunned brain, which then goes into major comparison mode just to be sure.  Even though Bash is obviously ripped, he's leaner than Sebastian's thick bulk.  His eyes are different, and his hair is longish, brushing his collar, instead of close-cropped.  Bash has a beard and his voice is definitely deeper and raspier.  He's not Sebastian.  Disappointed yet relieved I exhale and try to get control of my nerves." -Talia

and into a deadly mystery that she needs to unravel and solve.  

P.T. Michelle's ability to build her characters so beautifully gets to me every book of hers I read. They are perfectly flawed, they are raw, and honest.  She lays them out there for us (don't get me started on a Talia buffet) to make what we will of them, but she doesn't sugar coat them or try and make them grittier than they need to be.  They just are and I love that about Sebastian and Talia.  My favorite quote from the book actually sums this up very well I think.

"They represent us, Talia.  Naturally raw and beautifully dirty." -Sebastian

Scarlett Red is a longer book than Mr. Black and I loved that.  It gave Ms. Michelle the chance to lay out the story in such a way that we as readers can pull it all together nicely, a way that answers almost (the story isn't over, so there will always been a few questions) every question I was left with after Mr. Black and after the beginning of Scarlett Red.  There are plenty of things you will just kind of figure out along the way, but the twist at the end I don't think you will ever see coming ( I know I didn't) and Ms. Michelle is very good at leaving us with teasing cliffhangers.  Not the kind of cliffhanger that makes you want to hurl cuss words and your book across the room.  No, it is the kind that leaves you sitting there staring at those last few words and knowing that there is so much more to come and I can't wait to read it!  

This is a mature adult read due to some violent and sexual situation.  It's a great read for those that love a bit of a gritty Contemporary New Adult, Alpha males, strong females, and some mystery! 

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Book Description:

We all have someone who crossed our path and fundamentally changed us. That one person who blew through our lives, their presence forever stamped on our psyche. They linger in our thoughts, in our hearts, and in the decisions we make. A soul crusher or a dream maker, depending on the perspective.

My person is MISTER BLACK.

I didn’t know him by that name when I first met him. 

I didn’t know him at all, but the impression he left behind was just as powerful as the name I call him today.

He is Black: a deadly enforcer and masterful seducer.

I am Red: a justice bleeder and willing participant.

Together we are passion. Colors colliding through each other’s lives.

When our secrets converge in a passionate encounter,
stepping out of the shadows just might be worth the risk.


Author Bio

P.T. Michelle is the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY and International Best Selling author of the New Adult/Contemporary romance serial IN THE SHADOWS, the YA/New Adult crossover series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, and the romance series: BAD IN BOOTS, KENDRIAN VAMPIRES and SCIONS (listed under Patrice Michelle). She keeps a spiral notepad with her at all times, even on her nightstand. When P.T. isn't writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.

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