05 May 2014

Love's Paradox by Laure Kreitzer - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

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Paperback, 1st, 288 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2014 by Revolution Publishing, Inc.

Stalked by her abusive ex-fiancé, Rae Zachery retaliates by singing karaoke and spilling all their dirty secrets to the entire bar. When her ex attempts to silence her brazen performance, sexy, leather-clad Parker comes to her rescue and soundly punches her ex in the face. As valiant as that may be, Rae finds Parker’s violent assistance unsettling, yet she can’t help but be drawn to him and his tragic past.

Fighting her attraction for Parker is a battle Rae can’t win, and soon their night of sharing secrets morphs into an undeniable bond. But fate won’t so easily relinquish her grip on their happily-ever-after. Instead of blissfully skipping into obscurity, Rae and Parker are subjected to her ex-fiancé’s vicious proclivities. Who knew love could hurt so good?

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The first chapter had already caught my attention – I applaud Rae Zachery for that amazing performance in the bar. I think my jaw dropped a little, and as if, I was in the bar, I stared at this brave girl who sung her heart out and was brave enough to spill her ex’s dirty secret in front of her crazy ex. It was a Grammy-worthy performance that had me in awe. You think she was always like this, but wrong. She had been living in fear for her life, for her sanity, for her well-being. Ian did a number on her.

Parker saved her just in time, and this leather-clad sorta-sexy-biker had me already swooning for him. He’s a knight in shiny leather. Little did she know that they shared the same tragic past. Both are drawn to each other, the attraction and sexual tension was as clear as the blue sky. But her past had made her wary of men in her life. It made her extra careful and quite afraid. This guy, however, would do anything to prove to her that he was different from her ex-boyfriend.

I felt sad for her because their relationship with Ian because it started out really good – that’s why I can’t blame her why she stayed. Perhaps it was because somewhere in her subconscious she wanted that to happen again. That the old Ian might come back and the monster can go away. But it didn’t happen, the monster continued to linger, until she no longer know herself. He didn’t want her to be with her friends, she can’t decide for anything, she has to get his approval for small things, she no longer is her own being.

Abuse comes in different types, and it’s a sad thought that most of us looks the other way when we now someone who is experiencing this type of situation or we try to keep our mouths shut because we mind our own business. Little did we know that a little help, a little hope we give these women (who are the usual victims of abuse), might help save their lives. That is why I loved the friendship that she had with Hunter and Cherry – Ian might hate them for what they are, but I simply adore them. They may be consider deviants and their choices may not be the usual, but they are great friends who helped Rae during the time she needed them the most. Hunter had never allowed Ian to go in between their friendship, and thank goodness he stayed with her through the aftermath of her relationship with him.

I wished she  sought help for her flashbacks – it was more of a PTSD type of symptom. It was as vivid as she recalled everything Ian and her have been through. It started out small, until it grew and I can no longer tolerate him – what in the world is wrong with him?! Argh. He’s a real jerk. He thinks he’s invisible because he has strong connections and he’s not afraid to use it. The more Rae tries to get a life, the more he comes after her. It was killing him that she’s moving on, and he wasn’t going to let her get away from him. He started to woo her, give her things she wanted, and it was just creeping me out. There was a scene where I thought he was changing, but I guess, I was wrong. But I was just so glad, that in the end, he got what he deserved.

A very sensitive topic that has been threaded well, and placed in a different light by another author; Love’s Paradox is a roller coaster of emotions – the feelings of love, dread, fear, happiness, grief and a whole lot more being stuffed into a one well-paced novel had me up till the wee hours of the morning. There were a lot of ups and downs that will get you hooked in no time – you will laugh, you will get teary, you will feel bad. Rae is a great character who have been through a lot and survived the worse – whatever she had in the end, she truly earned it.

✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪

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Laura Kreitzer is a best-selling fantasy and science fiction author who hails from western Kentucky. Her full-time 9-5 job used to be working in a lab devoted to water dye-tracing investigations at Western Kentucky University, though her passion was always writing. After seven years of dedicating her life to the environment, she made the tough decision to leave the university to pursue her writing career. Now Laura has two series and eight novels published, with several more in the works. 
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