Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lawless by T.M. Frazier - Review Excerpt, Cover Reveal, and Giveaway!

Author: T.M. Frazer
Publication Date:  6 December 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  King series, book 3, Lawless series book 1
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance 
Age Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

Thia is prim and proper. 
Bear is leather and lawless. 
It will never work between them.
It's a lie they almost believe.

*It is necessary to first read King and Tyrant to fully enjoy Lawless.*

My Review:

What does one say about this book.  It is brutal.  It is gripping.  It is emotional. It is sexy.  It is pain and it is beauty.  If you read King and Tyrant you had to know getting into Bear's story was going to be all of those things, what you didn't know was how much Thia herself would affect you.  If you think that Bear's past was painful you will find that Thia's could be considered much worse.  Yes Bear's past was brutal...the things that he lives through...well, I don't even know how he is still functioning even if his idea of 'living' is wasting away his days with women, drugs, and alcohol...but Thea's past and present are heart breaking. It may be the mother in me that both struggles with the situation and yet sees knowingly how it all came to be.

I don't want to give you details about what happens with her family and how exactly it is that she finds herself in need of Bear's help and protection as it is such an integral part of the story and you need it to be laid out in front of you during your is often heard in books, (and actually drives me a bit mad so I can't believe I am going to say this...) 'it is not my story to tell.'

I loved how T.M. Frazier begins the story in a flashback.  We are taken back 7 years prior and to the day that fate brought Abel (Bear) McAdams into Cynthia (Thia, not Cindy) Andrews life.  Man I loved the pluck of this little girl.  She, even at ten years old had a strength to her that she would carry forward into her 'adult' years that surpasses most peoples abilities.  I also loved that her strength, was tempered by a very real vulnerability and kindness.  She, like Bear (although he would never admit to such a thing) has an open and giving heart.  Backing up a little to what I just said, here was one of my major sticking points in giving this book a 5 star review...Thia is 18 to Bears  28.  Now typically I am not too bothered by age, but I guess what bothered me is how little it seemed to bother Bear.  Yes, yes...Bear is not a good guy.  These books aren't about good guys, but Bear to me is a guy that underneath his rough exterior and bad-assery would think heavily on the fact that this girl is still so young.  Is she wise beyond her years, is she legally an adult, is she more than capable of making her own choices and decisions, yes.  Am I saying that this relationship should not have occurred at all, no.  What I wish I had seen was a little more struggle on Bear's part about this aspect.  'He may be a 'Lawless' A-hole, but he's not %100 percent a dick!'

(Had to get my gratuitous Chris Pratt in there, even if Chris Pratt isn't in it, ha)

Something that I absolutely loved, LOVED is the amount of King and Ray we get and the way we get to see how much King has grown since his storyline.  He's tempered and thoughtful, but still completely badass to the core.  

"You'll get it one day.  You'll have your own to worry about, and then you'll realize that the psycho you thought you were, the one no one was stupid enough to f*^k with, should be very f*^cking afraid of the psycho you will become to protect your family." - King 

And our boy Preppy...he's here too.  I am so glad that we still get pieces of him, that he continues to be an integral part of the story, because well....Preppy.  I want to say so much more on this topic but in case you haven't read King and Tyrant yet I don't want to ruin anything for you, just know that once you let Preppy into your heart, and you like King and Bear will never be without him again.  I don't often wish for different outcomes in books and when I do I am usually so irritated with the author that I can't even think their name with out fuming, haha...but with this one I am not angry, just sad and even though I know things had to go the way they did I wish dearly that they had not.  T.M. Frazier, is there anyway to turn this into a 1980's Dallas moment (dating myself here, ugh) you know the moment I'm talking about right ?  

There are so many things to love about this book.  Mrs Frazier's writing style is flowing and easy...any twists and turns are spelled out clearly and while there is suspense and intrigue you aren't left scratching your head at what occurs.  Some things might seem a bit far fetched, but hey it is a book and book life is not real life so just sit back and enjoy it.  Her books are intense and fast paced, they are on the shorter side of what I would consider a full length novel but they are not novellas.  She will suck you into her world with in a matter of sentences and keep you there until the very end.  She will crush you with the depth of her characters and their 'darkness' but keep you coming back for more because of their strength, loyalty, emotion, and at the heart of it all their enormous capacity to both love and hate.  Bear's story like King's is raw, gritty, dirty, ugly, tragic, at times truly beautiful.  I will say that at the end of Lawless you may want to toss your book and call Mrs. Frazier all sorts of dirty words, the same words you just read in her book, because yes...she leaves us on a doozy of a cliff....but lucky for us we don't have to wait too long, Soulless, will be out in February.  So while I think you should read this now, if you can't handle a cliff-hanger hold on until then and read them both at once.  If you have not read King and Tyrant, I highly suggest you do.  Do you HAVE to no, but as the author says, "It is necessary to first read King and Tyrant to FULLY enjoy Lawless." and I want you to enjoy it!  

This is an ADULT DARK contemporary romance...there are scenes that can be particularly difficult to read, abuse, rape, drugs, death...know that going in.  If you have triggers consider these things before reading this book.  Please go into these stories with a mature and open mind.  They are beautiful stories but they are surrounded by a lot of ugliness and sexuality.  If you love Dark Contemporary Romance don't pass up this story, if you are a fan of MC (motorcycle club, biker) books don't pass up this story.  If you are a fan of strong men, even stronger women, and characters that are searching for their place in the world, for love and acceptance, for redemption, and honor in a world of pain read this story.  Bear and Thia are two beautiful souls  clawing their way out of hell together and I think you will love them as much as I do.  



“I’m going to remember this as the worst time in my entire life. The very worst.” She shook her head. “There is nothing I can do to change that.  Girls my age are playing sports, going to dances and parties, kissing boys.  And that’s never been me.  I’ve had a full time job at the grove and a part time job at the Stop-N-Shop. I’ve done nothing over the last few years except work my ass off and watch my family fall apart. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse…now all this.”  She waived around to the house and to me and let out an awkward laugh. She took another hit off the bowl, passing it back to me.  Her coughing much less than it was on her first try.  
“Ti, how old are you?”  I asked, clearing my throat as I ventured into territory I knew I shouldn’t.  She was a pistol, even if she was a sad one, but there was a wave of innocence about her that had me both feeling bad for her and salivating for a taste of her.   
This is for her, not you. I told myself.  It was only a partial lie.  
“Seventeen,” She said, sniffling.  “Eighteen soon.”  
“You ever been kissed?” I asked, her eyes met mine. “And not a peck on the cheek or a brief smack of the lips, but a real fucking kiss? One that leaves you without air in you lungs and your thighs pressing together in search of more?”  I said, my voice coming out deep and strained.  My cock coming alive at the thought of tracing my tongue along her pump lips.  
“Why?” She whispered, and as soon as the words left her mouth I knew there would be no coming back from what I was about to do.  
I pushed off the fire pit and pulled her up off the chair, pressing her tits into my chest and my straining cock against her stomach.  I tipped her chin up and looked into her confused emerald greens. She followed my thumb with her eyes as I traced her bottom lip.  There were too many lines marring her face, questioning what it was I was up to.  I knew she would try to pull away at any second, try to stop me.  But it was too late for that.  
I was beyond stopping.  
Just one taste.
“Answer the question,” I pressed.  
“No,” she said with a slight shake of her head, and before she could try to argue, I leaned down and pressed my lips to hers. 
I was already going to hell.
Might as well enjoy the ride there. 

And if that excerpt wasn't enough look at this bit of gorgeousness it's the finale to Bear and Thia's epic love story.

(Gratuitous Chris Pratt moment (oh look I did get him in there) and some serious swooning going on for that cover, don't tell Chris. *winks*)

Pre-order Soulless (Book Two) Lawless Series
Releasing February 23rd

About the Author

T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids. 

She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously. 

In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.

It only took her twenty years to start the next one.
It will not be about hamsters.

Signed copy of Lawless (2 Winners)

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