Thursday, February 27, 2014

Promo Release Event and Review!- Unbearable Guilt (Breathe Again, #2) by Emma Grayson

Title:  Unbearable Guilt (Breathe Again, #2)
Author:  Emma Grayson
Publication Date: February 24th 2014
Goodreads URL: HERE
Plot:   Kane Archer hasn’t always been tormented; he hasn’t always hated himself or been full of rage. He hasn’t always lived his life with an overpowering sense of guilt that threatens to destroy him. 

There was a time when his life was different. He was optimistic; he smiled and laughed; he loved passionately; he had it all.

Kane was content—until the unthinkable took it all away.

Two and a half years later and still reeling from his fiancée’s death, Kane returns to the one place he vowed he’d never visit again—Camden—with the promise to find the men who killed her and bring them to justice, regardless of the cost.

Emotionally numb, stricken by guilt, and haunted by the events preceding Aimee’s death, the last thing Kane wanted was to meet someone he connected with; someone who made him feel again.

As Kane gets closer to those responsible for Aimee’s death, he is thrown a curveball when he discovers a secret so devastating it rocks his world and threatens to destroy his chance at happiness.

Whitney Jareau packed up her life when tragedy struck her family, leaving everything behind. Finally free from the persistent and domineering family that insisted she do the one thing she couldn’t, Whitney found peace in Camden.

Two years later, her family wants her to come home and will stop at nothing to get her there. Wearing her heart on her sleeve for Kane Archer, a man so gorgeous it hurts to see the pain he carries, Whitney fights her family and refuses to return home to carry out their wishes.

Can Whitney stay strong without giving in to the demands of her family?

Can Kane let go of the past and move forward with the woman who brought him back to life?

Or, will he walk away from her and carry the burden of UNBEARABLE GUILT

Unbearable Guilt Excerpt:
“Yeah, that will do—” Kane said into his cell as he came out of the kitchen, wearing nothing but a pair of black baggy sweats that hung low on his hips, the top of his V showing perfectly and making the ache inside me grow more intensely. He stopped dead when he saw me standing by the door. “Gotta go,” he said and hung his cell up without giving Basil a chance to say anything.
“Hey,” I said, trying to keep my focus on the yellow bag of M&Ms and can of Red Bull he was carrying.
He looked me over then tossed his cell phone on to the table in the dining room, and walked into the living room. “Hey, what’re you doing here?” he asked, sitting down on the couch and putting the M&Ms and Red Bull on the coffee table.
“I just wanted to stop by and talk. Sorry, maybe I should have called.”
He took the black game controller into his hand and pressed a couple of buttons and the screen on the TV came to life.
Video games. Figured.
“If you came to talk to me more about what you said last night, you should just turn around and leave,” he said dryly.
“No, I just came to apologize for what I said. It wasn’t fair for me to bring any of that up, especially Aimee, and I just want you to know that I’m sorry,” I said, watching him for any kind of acknowledgement, but he stayed focus on the TV. “If you ever need to talk or anything, I’m here for you, you know where to find me.”
He didn’t say anything.
He just nodded and kept his eyes on his game. I could see his jaw was tight, like he was clenching it, and his eyes looked as if they weren’t even watching the TV, but just staring at nothing—like he was waiting for me to leave.
Again, ouch.
“Okay, I’ll just let you get back to what you were doing,” I mumbled, then turned around and made my way to the door and pulled it open to leave.
I didn’t hear him get up off the couch, and I didn’t hear him come up behind me until his arm reached out over my head and pushed the door shut, and then he grabbed me by the hand and turned me around so we were facing one another.
My heart rate spiked and my core vibrated with anticipation the moment we came into contact. I could feel the tiny sparks of electricity igniting and spreading over my entire body and shooting right between my legs, making my pussy throb desperately for him and only him.
I swallowed the breath that was caught in my throat as I looked up at him. His green eyes vibrantly shimmered down at me as one side of his lips twitched then started to curl, as if he could read my mind.
Fuck. Me.
Kane continued to look down at me as his hand slid up over my body until his fingers wrapped around the first button of my coat and pulled it open, then did the same with the next two that followed.
My bag fell to the ground as his hands slid inside my coat, his warm fingers softly grazing over my breasts as he moved them over my shoulders and pushed my coat off, and I let it slide down and fall to the ground around my feet.

“Baby,” he said, his voice low and raspy. “You’re not going anywhere.”



Unbearable Guilt knocked it out of the ballpark for me!! I LOVED it!!♡♥  I had been waiting for Kane’s story ever since book one when he had saved Lexie and was even more intrigued when Lukas had mentioned that he was dangerous and had something to do with his fiancées death. After that, I was SOLD and there was no going back for me. EVER.

“Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt” 

So as you guys know from Unbeautifully Loved and my last paragraph, two years and a half ago Kane lost his entire world: his friends, the community, and most importantly: his fiancée, Aimee. 

“There was no changing the fact the love of my life was dead, and I would carry the guilt of her death for as long as I lived.” 

After that, he is shunned by the entire town (and even Lukas) and is labeled a murderer. Not to mention, he holds an immense amount of guilt for Aimee’s death and makes it his purpose to track down the people responsible and make them pay.

He now vows no more relationships with women. Only unattached strings of hot one night stands.

That is, until he meets barista/gym worker, Whitney Jareau, waltzes into his life and all of his previous ideals are shot to hell and are constantly challenged.

So, Whitney. 

Whitney Jareau moved to Camden after tragedy struck and she had lost her parents and “brother”. She tries to make a new start of things until the demands of her family start coming back to haunt her and threaten her budding relationship with Kane.

Now faced with a man who wants no connection to her and new discoveries that threaten to demolish all that Whitney’s ever believed, what will Whitney do? And will she give in to her family’s demanding decree? 

Moreover... with the murderer’s of Aimee much closer to base than Kane thought, will it change his ordeals with Whitney or shatter it?

With secrets, lies, revelations, and betrayal in the air it’s going to be a heck of a ride! 

Will Whitney be the one to give Kane his life back and find redemption for the one he had failed in the past? Will Kane be able to let go of the pain, anguish, hatred, disgust, and heartbreak that’s he’s carried all these years and be able to start over and breathe once again?

He’s well in for the fight of his life!

My verdict: Man, I FREAKIN’ LOVED this book!! Albeit, it was slow at parts (like when Kane went all into his hunter/business mode where I admittedly skimmed over) and then there were moments where I wanted to grab Kane’s head and beat it with a stick!! He was so dang stubborn and acted like a jacka** to Whitney at times!!

And as for Whitney, boy did I think that only Kane had problems!! Whitney may not hold any sort of guilty conscious but after the sh** she goes through and finds out in this book, I think she deserve a lifetime shot supply of whiskey (her favorite alcoholic beverage) for messed up family f*ckery of the year!!

I liked her immensely though and thought she was even funny at times. I mean, just the way from the very first chapter we get introduced to her when she was checking Kane and then at the time where she was once again drooling over and daydreaming about him at the gym cracked me up!:

“To be that band across his large bicep”, “To be that towel and water bottle”…
“How’s that book?” Kane’s voice broke through my thoughts.
-“Tanned and muscular,” I whispered out loud, then looked up to see Kane standing in front of my desk-sweat dripping down his chest, an amused smirk spreading across his lips.
-"Why’s that interesting?"
-“Because, that’s a magazine, not a book, darling.”

buahahaha! lol!

I now can’t wait for Kessel’s story which will be book three!! It looks to me that he might be paired up with that mysterious bartender, Ryhon, that he was shown to be having a heated argument with!! Hmm, I wonder how they know each other?

I'm also hoping for a Zane (Whitney’s playboy older bro) and Basil book!! As well as a Mollie and Adam? Or her and Thaddeus? And or Thaddeus and (??) story? 

Gosh, the possibilities!

Bravo, Emma Grayson!! I already want more!!

*An ARC was provided by Rockstar Lit and Author's Angels on behalf of Emma Grayson for an honest review*

My Rating:
-Overall : 9
-Plot : 9
-Writing : 9
-Characters : 8.5-9
-Cover : 9
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Emma Grayson is a Canadian author who resides outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with her family and six year old son. She is Amazon’s Bestselling author of Unbeautifully Loved, the first book of the Breathe Again series and Take it All, book one of the two part, inspired by real events series, Blinded by Love. Currently she is working on Promise it All, the conclusion to the Blinded by Love series, and also in the prewriting stages of a new trilogy, Breaking the Rules, a spin-off from Blinded by Love. When she’s not writing she enjoys time with her son, coming up with new book plots, going to the movies, reading, enjoying time with girlfriends, and watching rerun episodes of Criminal Minds. She loves music of all kinds, coffee, all things purple, Oilers hockey, and doesn’t leave the house without her iPhone, Kobo, flip flops and a pack of gum.

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