Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Give Me Reason By Zoey Derrick ~ Book Tour ~ Excerpt and Review

Give Me Reason (The Reason #1)
By Zoey Derrick
YA Paranormal Romance


Vivienne Callahan has known only hardship. As if growing up with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother wasn’t traumatic enough, she’s escaped from her physically and verbally abusive boyfriend only to struggle every day to make ends meet as a waitress in a Minneapolis diner.
Along comes Mikah Blake, a handsome stranger who quickly takes an unexpected and persistent interest in her. On the surface, “Mr. Suit” seems to be Vivienne’s opposite: rich, well-fed, successful. As Vivienne will learn, Mikah is more than he seems, and for reasons unknown, he’s determined to be her knight in shining armor. But after having finally found her own two feet after years of abuse, it’s difficult for her to accept Mikah’s help.
Will her body’s unexpected response to Mikah’s touch be reason enough to overcome her pride and traumatic past and learn to love and trust? Or will her past, refusing to be left behind, come back to claim her?


It is from Glendale, Arizona that Zoey Derrick, a mortgage underwriter by day and romance and erotica novelist by night, writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.
Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.  

The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.

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Warning……Major Cliffhanger of the worst kind……

This book was not really what I expected, I guess I thought it was more of a Paranormal Romance, and it’s really not. I did not know what to think of the Prologue as it hinted at something paranormal at play, but it never came up again. There is no romance at all; there is a connection between Viv and Mikah, who I loved by the way. Viv is a scared mouse, and I have trouble connecting with women who allow them to be treated so bad by a man, but she did show strength too, so I did admire her for that. I still did enjoy this book.

I watched the book trailer just now actually, after I read the book, and it didn’t match what I read very well, it does show that there is more to Mikah, but it’s not revealed in the book. I also hate how Mikah is non-existent for the majority of the book. It’s like he is gone after the first part of the book. I wanted more of him. Hopefully he will be in the next books more.

I will say I hate one thing, and that’s the huge cliffhanger, and when I mean a huge cliffhanger!  I hate when it leaves you hanging in the climax like this one. It’s like it stops mid sentence, well not literally, but feels that way, lol.
I didn’t read the sneak peek at the end, not before I write this, just fyi, and it will probably make it worse. Not sure if I will continue this series, not when and ending makes me felt cheated, but who knows, I may read it, may not. I try to avoid cliffhanger books, especially this kind of cliffhanger, just felt like it wasn’t finished.

I still recommend this book, if you like the domestic abuse stories, with a girl who learns to get strong, and a gorgeous mystery hot rich guy. Seems something supernatural is in play with him, only feel that way because of the Prologue, which I didn’t understand it much.

This story is very short, in kindle it’s around 1500 where most normal size books are at least upper 3,000 to 5,000, so to me is a novella or close to one.
The writing is well done too.
I was provided this book from the author for my honest review.
4 out of 5 stars for me, mainly because of the unfinished feel of it, and it’s just not my favorite book, I liked it a lot, just not loved it.

Note: I read the sneak peek after I wrote the review, and yes, it does let us know that there is some paranormal at play, so now I am more interested in this series, and may continue it.

This review is also posted at Goodreads, here, and Amazon, here

He’s looking down at me, making me feel small at five feet two inches. He has to be at least six feet tall. Broad shoulders. His suit today is gunmetal grey with blue or black pin striping—I can’t tell which. His shirt is a beautiful lavender color with a darker purple tie.
"How do you know I'm not an addict?" I ask, softly.
He smiles at me, warm, genuine. "Because, you've come to return the money I left you last night as a tip." My jaw falls open.
"How"—I swallow hard—"did you know?"
His smile fades a little. "Because, why else would you come down here?"
I close my mouth and look down at the floor. His ability to read me is really scary.
"Since you haven't eaten since last night, I'm going to take you to lunch."
I feel my face flush bright red, both in anger and complete irritation. "That is not why I'm here. I've survived for my entire life fending for myself, I don't need some rich hot shot business mogul buying me food." I reach into the pocket of my bag and pull the folded up paper from it. I thrust it towards him. He refuses to take it. Tears of frustration trickle down my cheeks. "Damn it Mikah, take it." I push it at him again and again he refuses. "I'm not a damn charity case. I don't need your money or your food."
The bell chimes. We’ve finally reached the skyway. As soon as the doors open, I drop the folded up paper with his money in it and bolt from the elevator, turning left, hoping and praying I can get away.
"Vivienne, stop." I hear him say behind me. I keep going, walking quickly but not running. Yet. I'm trying hard to not make a scene.
But he doesn’t seem to care about that. He catches me quickly, spins me around. I grab hold of his arm to catch my balance so I don't go sprawling onto the floor. 

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  1. The preview of book 2 was chosen specifically because of the cliffhanger ending :)