Release Blitz + Excerpt + Reviews: Four Crows by Lily White

 

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Four Crows

By Lily White

Release Date: February 28, 2017

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Synopsis

“You’ll have to forgive me, Darlin’, for all the unforgivable things I’m about to do…”

Loyalty is never easy – especially when you’re forced to choose between family and the man you would do anything to possess…

Born into a world that no child should endure, Magpie “Maggie” Crow is doted on by her loving father and over protective brothers. As much as she loves them, she fears them, especially when she learns secrets they’ve kept hidden.

Elliot McLaughlin joined the U.S. Marine Corps right out of high school to provide for his wife and son. He’d never intended to become a father so young, but was willing to do what it took to give his family everything they needed.

After Elliot’s family goes missing, he returns from war to an empty home. Obsessed with discovering who took his family, he investigates their disappearance and plots his revenge.

Passion brings Maggie and Elliot together. Obsession pushes them apart. As a bitter battle begins between Elliot and the Crows, Maggie’s heart hangs in the balance.

**Disclaimer: This book is intended for audiences 18 years of age or older. The subject matter of this book discusses sensitive topics that may be a trigger for some readers.**

 

 

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Exclusive Excerpt

Standing by the edge of the bed, I locked my eyes with his and allowed the towel to slide down my body.

He didn’t move a muscle, didn’t pull his intense gaze from my eyes. “Are you sure, beautiful? Are you sure you can do this?”

Nodding my head slowly, I watched him with timid fascination. “You seem to ask me that question a lot, Elliot. And there hasn’t yet been something I couldn’t do when you were standing there next to me.”

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4 Star

Tracey’s Review

Since his wife and son went missing fourteen years before, Elliot McLaughlin has been fighting his demons. Returning from serving his country to find all that he loved gone without a trace has left him a broken and bitter man, and the only thing that he wants is revenge.

Maggie Crow’s upbringing has been what you might call unconventional. She knows that strange things happen at the parties that her father and two brothers have, and she’s learned that it’s best not to understand exactly what goes on behind those closed doors, best to let the music drown out the screams.

When I read the synopsis for FOUR CROWS by author Lily White, I knew that this was a book that I wanted to read. I have not read any of Lily’s other books, but this one sounded so dark and captivating that it went right to the top of my TBR, and I could not wait to get going with it. And I can say with certainty that I have not read a book like this in, oh, ever. This book is, indeed, dark, rife with violence and uncertainty, with loss, betrayal, and, finally redemption, and it’s sure to be one of the books that I’ll read this year that will stay with me for a very long time.

I do enjoy a darker, less HEA read sometimes, but, let me tell you, this book is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot, a lot of violence, both implied and overt, so, if that’s not your thing, you might want to steer clear. But this book is fascinating to me, too, a picture of such twisted evil that I could not stop reading.

With all of that being said, though, FOUR CROWS is more than just a dark read. The freeing up of people bound by the things tethering them to the life that they’re given, the decision to be more than they are, the ability to rise above and create beauty from the pain, Lily’s written a book that demonstrates all of these things. I don’t want to give anything away, because I really believe that a book like this one should be gone into without preconceived notions or spoilers, but I will say that this book is much more hopeful than I would have thought. Do I recommend it? Absolutely yes, although proceed at your own caution, because the triggers are there, and they’re not pretty. That being the case, though, FOUR CROWS is an easy 4 stars for me, and I will look forward to reading more by Lily in the future.

***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***

4 Star

Michel’s Review

I have a very vivid imagination and with every book I read, it plays out in my head like a big screen film.  When I saw the blurb for Four Crows by Lily White, I knew this was a book I wanted to read.  I love dark, twisted tales that are loaded with suspense and intrigue.  Add a romance to the mix and it’s pure gold for me.

Four Crows begins with a very dark moment told through an innocent child’s point of view.  The innocent reasoning combined with the twisted reality automatically gives the reader chills.  It sets the story in motion.

Elliott McLaughlin’s wife and four year old son went missing fourteen years ago.  They disappeared without a trace while he was serving his country.  For fourteen years Elliott has lived with the guilt of not being there and protecting his family.  He has searched high and low.  He has researched missing women and children throughout the country.  The one thing he has found in several of the missing cases leads back to the Crow family.

The Crow family is transient.  They move throughout the country under the pretense of a business involving storm clean up.  When they are in certain areas, women and children come up missing.  How are they connected?  Elliott intends to find out.

When the Crows return back to their home base, the town where Elliott’s family went missing, Elliott’s ready for them.  He has discovered the best way to gain information is through Maggie Crow, the youngest and only daughter of the Crow clan.  Once he meets Maggie and gets to know her, he realizes that she is an innocent victim of her family as well.  Rather than destroying Maggie along with the Crows, he hopes he can save her as well.

As the story plays out and the Crows once again begin their evil deeds, it will be up to Elliott to put an end to their atrocities .  Although Maggie is innocent of their deeds, she is still a Crow.  She may choose family over justice for those who lost their lives at her family’s hand.

Lily White wrote an intense thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat.  There were some disturbing scenes that were graphic enough to get the overall picture but not overly graphic to where the reader was cringing.  Through it all, Elliott and Maggie were finally able to face the demons and move on with their lives.  Nothing can replace the loss of life but there can be peace found once the bad memories are put to rest.

I would highly recommend this dark romantic thriller.

***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***

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Author Bio

Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.

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Release Blitz + Review: Lucian Devine by Renee Carlino

 

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Lucian Devine

By Renee Carlino

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luciandivine_03-1-1-1“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

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Robin’s Review

Renee Carlino, best known for writing new adult/contemporary romance novels such as Sweet Thing, Before We Were Strangers, and Swear on This Life, decided to take her writing in an entirely different direction with her newest novel. Lucian Divine is a delightful paranormal romance that reads more like a contemporary romance. No matter the genre, Lucian Divine is a story that will quickly grab your attention, and before you know it, you’ll be reading the final pages!

Evelyn Casey is a 24-year-old fashion school graduate who feels her love life is going nowhere. But with her latest attempt at dating, her guardian angel has decided he just can’t take it anymore. Lucian, assigned to Evelyn since birth, is ready to be reassigned to another soul. He’s tired of having a front row seat as Evey dates and develops feelings for random men, and his pleading is falling on deaf ears. Not only has it driven Lucian to drinking, but he is now considering breaking cosmic law by revealing himself to her.

I absolutely LOVE the characters in this novel! Primary or secondary, the characters are what make this story great! I especially enjoyed reading the dialogue between Lucian and his angel peers, Zack, Abigail and Mona. And Carlino’s character development in Lucian Divine is one of its stronger aspects. Consider this: a celestial being involved in a loving relationship with a human woman. There are going to be all kinds of challenges with both of characters as they learn to adapt to each other. Carlino shows a natural progression of their relationship, and we are able to see both physical changes and emotional growth.

My emotions were all over the place while reading Lucian Divine, but mostly, I just smiled my way through each chapter. Lucian Divine is a story you don’t have to take too seriously. It’s humorous. The dialogue in this story is funny, especially between Lucian and his angel friends. I also felt some anxiety at times, and even sadness, but Lucian manages to keep a great sense of humor throughout, even when things aren’t going so well for him.

According to the author, “This book is about faith, love, the unknown, and not taking ourselves so damn serious all the time.” I definitely wouldn’t consider Lucian Divine religious. Instead, it’s an inspiring story – I felt hope in true love. If you’ve been looking for a light, fun read, look no further than Renee Carlino’s 4-star Lucian Divine!

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Michel’s Review

Renee Carlino is known for creating unforgettable characters with compelling and highly emotional stories.  With her latest release of Lucian Devine, Renee stepped outside of her norm and created an imaginative heavenly love story that purely entertains the soul.

Lucian Devine and his heavenly crew of guardian angels are not the typical angels.  Like most beings they are individuals with their own quirks, personal likes and dislikes, and motivations.  What sets them apart from the world is their job description and boss.  They are guardian angels assigned to souls.  Their job is to protect, gently guide, and buffer the realities of life.  They are not supposed to intervene with fate or make contact with their assignments.  Lucian Devine has always been a rule breaker and is paying for his transgressions of the past.  His latest assignment is going to change the game and cause him to break every heavenly rule.  He’s fallen in love with his charge.  Evelyn Casey has captured his heart and he can no longer stand by in the shadows watching her muddle through life with one failed relationship to another.  He wants to claim her as his own.  He’s willing to pay the consequences if it means one moment in the arms of the woman he loves.

Evelyn Casey feels like her life is going nowhere.  She’s working at a job she hates.  She’s dating losers left and right.  She’s stuck and doesn’t know what she wants out of her life until she meets her guardian angel.

Lucian and Evelyn find a love so pure that heaven surely could not frown upon it.  Rules are rules and heavenly rules were not meant to be broken.  Can their love withstand the wrath of heaven?

Renee Carlino created a charming heavenly romance that had me smiling throughout the book.  This book was a pure delight.

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Renee-121Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com