Friday, 17 January 2014

Book Tour and Giveaway - From Lies to Promises by Faith S Lynn

Title: From Lies to Promises
Author: Faith S. Lynn
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: 

With a past buried and left behind, Katrina changes her last name on a search for a normal life. But what is normal, really?

Three years, two amazing friends, and a new future, she thinks she has finally secured it. That was until Ryder. With him she was able to forget her fears completely, to feel more normal than she ever has.

But when her past comes crashing into her present, will he think her past is all lies, and abandon her like everyone else that she thought loved her did. Or will his promises bring her above the dark that surrounds her life.

My Rating = 3.5/3.75 Stars

*ARC received direct from the author in exchange for an honest review for the book blog tour.

This is the debut of author Faith S Lynn and an engaging new adult read for me.

Katrina has escaped her past and moved away to re-establish herself and her sense of peace to a town over from where she used to live. Her tragic upbringing and the darkness surrounding that has lead Kat to believe she has no self-worth and to trust nobody with her secrets, her heart or her new found peace and security. She is a victim in recovery and does not divulge her past to anyone, even her new found ‘sisters from another mister’ Skeigh and Lexi.

But then she meets Ryder and he brings for the new feelings that she never thought possible, she finds peace in her soul. However would he feel the same about her if he ever found out the truth?
I like the synopsis of this book and it is essentially a good read. I like the subject matter that to some writers would be too dark or taboo to cover, but it is handled well. The reader is kept guessing to what this actually is until all is revealed around the halfway mark.

For me, though, there were some areas that totally flummoxed me and left me scratching my head thinking WTF? For instance in one early part of the book she was near assaulted  by an ass-wipe of a doucebag (who also happens to be a ‘friend’ of Ryder) yet the next day she was sat fishing with them all. Now although she was hesitant around him I feel that after all she had gone through in the past she would have been running to the hills away from him. Maybe I could understand why she did not report this though – so yes more head scratching. The other thing was Ryder’s action after he finds out what happened in her past, even though his behaviour and what he said immediately did not head up that what he did. And then Kat’s easy acceptance of his explanation. I needed more angst and background for his behaviour and her response to this. Some serious nut kicking or something was called for!

Overall this was a good debut novel. The characters were engaging and likeable, Katrina and Ryder’s interactions and erotic interludes were smoking hot. Even the secondary characters were enjoyable (apart from the asswipe and his side kick!) I did find myself routing for TJ though and I think he needs his own more adult book. Just sayin’ – sexy barman!

I did enjoy this book and would definitely look to read more of Ms Lynn’s work. Definitely recommend. 

Excerpt #1:

“That’s what I am doing now, is getting to know you. Should I not want to be a part of your life? Are you a serial killer or something?” He jokes. “Ah, she does smile.”

I don’t even know that I am smiling until he says something, which only causes me to smile bigger. “What are you talking about, I smile all the time.”

“Yea, but that one was real.” He doesn’t say anything more, just starts digging into his food. I don’t press him on what he means because I know. The question is, how does he?

Excerpt #2:

Before Ryder has a chance to react, I take his face in my hands and pull him down for a kiss. For a second he is still, then he kisses me back. This kiss isn’t like the first one, there is no holding back for either of us. I am giving myself over to be hurt, I know this. What’s the saying? Go big or go home. That’s what I intend to do. I ease my hands away from his face and around his neck. His elbow still supporting his weight, his other hand has made it to my hip. He grips it and pulls me closer to him, our bodies lined together perfectly. When his teeth graze my bottom lip in a soft nip, I can’t contain the moan that leaves me. Hearing it, Ryder deepens the kiss.

We come back to reality when the movie starts. Ryder pulls back, my body begging for more, and he has that damned grin on his face. “That makes me very happy.” I smile on the inside, I want to make him happy. To be the reason that smile takes residence on his handsome face.

I am a New Adult author. From Lies to Promises is my debut novel! I am wife to the best husband of the freaking universe and mother to 3 majorly awesome kids! Reading, Xbox, cooking and WINE just barely scrape the surface of who I am. Everyone who knows me will say I am a nerd... and I would agree. Want to know a secret? I am a super hero. True story!

I have an obsession with anything people consider odd and I think learning is the bees knees. I have an Associates degree in Business Management and was an accountant for 7 years. I know, boooring! But I like having a problem and seeing a solution.

Maybe, just maybe, this is why I enjoy writing so much!

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