Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Sordid Promise by Courtney Lane Book Blitz with giveaway

Title: The Sordid Promise
Author: Courtney Lane
Genre: Erotic Suspense/Psychological Thriller 
Publication Date: March 26, 2014

Warning: Contains graphic language, frequent graphic sex, disturbing violence, and very dark themes.

When physical pain allows you to escape your reality; what do you do when the pain is no longer strong enough to quiet the emotional ache?

Diouana "Nikki" returned to her hometown six months ago to tend to her sick mother. She thought she'd left her "baggage" behind her on the opposite coast, only to find that it never left her side. As her self-destructive thoughts begin to consume her, her mother -- realizing Nikki's torment -- pushes Nikki to complete her last wishes.

Eric Brenton, Nikki's new neighbor, lives in a dark, chaotic world that is easily hidden behind his model good looks and cocky demeanor. Unapologetic about his dirtier intentions, he sets his sights on Nikki with an offer to help her. But his help comes with very unorthodox conditions and a huge price.

And Eric...comes with an extensive black box warning label.

My Review
I finished this book days ago and my mind is still reeling. I honestly don't even know how to put my thoughts on paper at this point. My brain is just a jumbled mess. I don't think i've ever had a book mess with my head so badly before, so kudos to you Courtney Lane. The Sordid Promise is dark erotica with a lot of suspense. It surely isn't for the light hearted so if you are looking for sunshine and flowers with a lovey dovey romance this is not the story for you. 

Nikki is the heroine of the story and she comes with a messed up past. At one point she was suicidal and she is now on medication to treat her depression. She avoids social interactions as much as she can. She has come home to be close to her mother who is dying of cancer.

Dr. Eric Benton is Nikki's mother's next door neighbor. He is a man of many masks and by the time I reached the end of the story, I still wasn't sure that i had him entirely figured out. Gorgeous on the outside, a good job, the ability to charm the pants off of any girl, and wealthy, Eric uses these features to cover the dark and ugly that lurks underneath the public facade. 

Fate, or was it, had these two crossing paths and their lives would never be the same. When past meets present and secrets are revealed will Eric and Nikki keep their sordid promise?

I dont want to say too much about the book for fear of spoiling it for other readers. This book had twists and turns on every page and was very addictive. My curiosity had me turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning. Courtney Lane created complex characters that, even corrupted and dark, you couldnt help but fall in love with them. I am eagerly waiting to see what she will come up with next. 4.5 Stars

I’ve been creating my own little world since I was very young. When I was eight years old, I began to bring those worlds to life with pen and paper.

While I write across genres (I find it hard to stick to one genre), I do have an archetype when it comes to the female protagonist — they have to have certain type of strength, strong convictions, and layered personalities. There will often be a lot of darkness and depth to my stories, but I don’t see the point in writing vapid characters who are thrust into “safe” situations.

Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy is my first love. If there is one thing for sure, I'm a bit of a misfit when it comes to Romance. I prefer my romances dark. The elements that will be common in my stories are: depth, controversy, and misfit characters.



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