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VIVIENNE CALLAHAN, discharged from the hospital after surviving a near-fatal attack from Riley, her abusive ex-boyfriend, has come to the safety of Mikah’s protection. As she continues to heal physically and mentally from her ordeal, she begins to have strange dreams…dreams that follow her into waking life and hint at a fate she never could’ve foreseen and dangers far greater than Riley.
Meanwhile, MIKAH BLAKE has some ideas about her future, too, and the more she considers his proposals, the weaker her resistance to him becomes. His recent actions have taught her to respect and trust him, but soon her feelings for him threaten to deepen into something more, something she may not be ready for.
In the third book of the Reason series, Vivienne will discover who and what she and the people around her really are.
“Mikah, Vivienne has decided that she wants to know the sex of her baby. Do you want to know, too?” Dr. A. asks.
Mikah’s face lights up. “If she wants to know, then I’d like to know, too.” The whole time he says this, it’s as though his eyes are boring into me, searching, seeking, wanting. Similar to the way he looked at me when I first met him at the diner.
“Okay then,” Dr. A. says. She walks around to the other side of the bed from the ultrasound machine and places the device into a holder of some sort that is attached to the bed. “How’s the view, Mikah?”
I now notice the little image in the corner of the screen that shows what Mikah can see. It isn’t much, really: a little bit of my bump, but more of the machine that Dr. Alston is now standing at. She turns the monitor toward us. “This might be a little shaky on your end, Mikah.”
“Alright. Viv, you okay?”
“Yeah,” I say to Mikah.
Dr. A. proceeds to push my sweatshirt and tank top up so that my belly is exposed. Once that’s done, she goes for the bottle and squirts nice, warm gel along the lower half of my belly. Then she brings out the small, flat-headed wand and gently presses it to my stomach.
Everything is very quiet as Dr. Alston does her thing with pushing buttons.
I can see the baby’s heart pumping wildly. She pushes another button and the echoing sound of a heartbeat fills the room.
She moves the wand around a little more and the head comes into focus. It looks similar to last time, but this time it’s bigger; there isn’t as much black surrounding the baby as the first time.
She points to the monitor. “There are the eyes, nose, lips and chin. See this string of pearls? That’s the baby’s spine.” I watch as the baby moves. “Oh, I see. A little showoff.” She laughs and moves the wand again. “There’s an arm, and the other one is…right there.” She moves her finger up on the screen, pointing at a faint, translucent white line in the background, leading up to a cluster of shorter white lines. “The other hand.”
She moves her hand down further on the screen at the same time she moves the wand. “A leg,” she says.
I’m starting to be able to see what she’s pointing out. She moves the wand again to my right side, and I can see feet. Two of them with little tiny bones. As if on cue, the baby spreads its legs, and one foot goes off the screen.
Title: Give Me Desire (Reason Series)
Author: Zoey Derrick
Publication info (if available): Zoey Derrick Publishing (December 29, 2013)
Rating: (out of 5 fangs) 4 out of 5
I received this book from Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock in exchange for an honest review.
Review: I have not read the first two books of Zoey Derrick’s Reason Series, and that has left me at a disadvantage. I felt as though I were coming into the third act of a four or five act play, and I was. However, the author has done a good job in catching the reader up to an extent so that I was still able to enjoy the book. I was confused about some things, but I expect that it was because I was missing a piece of information I would have gotten from reading the other books in the series.
The book begins with Vivienne Callahan in the hospital, about to be discharged after being beaten by her ex-boyfriend. The author has very thoughtfully given what I assume is the last bit from the previous book to remind the reader of where they are in the continuing action, and that will be helpful upon re-reading the book, but it did me little good this go-around.
Taking the book out of the context of it being a series book and looking at it as it is, I would definitely recommend this book to folks who enjoy paranormal romance. The characters are as believable as is possible when characters aren’t precisely human, and I love the interaction between Viv and her guardian, Mikah. The book isn’t filled with hot-and-heavy sex scenes, though it is not devoid of passion, either, so I would say it would be appropriate for 16+ readers.
Reviewed by HR Duby
These are the questions to be answered from 1-10
|Has reading this book caused you to be interested on reading additional novels by this author and would you recommend this book to friends or family who like this genre?||9||I definitely want to go back and read the first two books of this series. I don’t recommend an entire series until I’ve read it, but if the others are like this one, I would.|
|Do you feel the world or situation was well developed to the point that you were able to visualize it?||9||I appreciated the fact that the world was developed enough that I was able to visualize it despite it being the third book and I’d not read the first two yet.|
|Did the author engage you to the point that you had a hard time putting the book down?||9||I had a little trouble getting into the book because I’d not read the previous ones. But once I did, I was fully engaged.|
|Were you emotionally connected to the main characters?||8||Yes, but I believe I would be emotionally connected more upon reading more of their story.|
|Were you emotionally connected to the secondary characters?||7||Only vaguely. I didn’t get enough of a chance to interact with them to be able to find out that interesting thing about each character that would allow me to connect.|
|Were the characters, believable?||9||On the whole, yes. Paranormal romance is difficult because it often involves characters that are not fully human and it can be hard for the reader to believe that a character is what he or she is. The author, in this case, introduced who they are, but didn’t belabor the point, and that helped.|
|Do you feel that the story was well paced to keep your interest?||9||Yes, definitely.|
|Was the dialogue in the story believable and interesting?||9||The characters talked like people actually talk. So many times, an author fills his or her characters’ mouths with perfect speech and it comes off stilted.|
|Were the love scenes satisfying and appropriate to the story and characters?||9||While there were not many, that seems appropriate to the characters and I appreciate that the author did not simply toss sex scenes into the story just to sell books.|
|Overall, how did you like this book?||9||I enjoyed it very much. I will be re-reading it once I’ve read the other two books and I eagerly await the release of the fourth.|
Amazon Best Selling Angels, Demons & Devils and Paranormal Author of Give Me Reason – The Reason Series Book One comes from Glendale, Arizona. Zoey, was a mortgage underwriter by day and is now a paranormal, romance and erotica novelist full-time. She writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.
Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.
The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.
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Cover Reveal: Unraveled (Book Three)
Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.
Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?
Note: Although these books are part of a series, they do not need to be read in order.
Undeclared (Book One)
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For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.
Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.
Unspoken (Book Two)
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Whore. Slut. Typhoid Mary.
I’ve been called all these at Central College. One drunken night, one act of irresponsible behavior, and my reputation was ruined. Guys labeled me as easy and girls shied away. To cope, I stayed away from Central social life and away from Central men, so why is it that my new biology lab partner is so irresistible to me?
He’s everything I shouldn’t want. A former Marine involved in illegal fighting with a quick trigger temper and an easy smile for all the women. His fists aren’t the danger to me, though, it’s his charm. He’s sliding his way into my heart and I’m afraid that he’s going to be the one to break me.
Impulsive. Unthinking. Hot tempered.
I allow instinct to rule my behavior. If it feels good, do it, has been my motto because if I spend too much time thinking, I’ll begin to remember exactly where I came from. At Central College, I’ve got fighting and I’ve got women and I thought I was satisfied until I met her.
She’s everything I didn’t realize I wanted and the more time I spend with her, the more I want her. But she’s been hurt too much in the past and I don’t want to be the one to break her. I know I should walk away, but I just can’t.
Bonus Content: Upon reaching the USA Today Bestselling milestone, I wrote a 10,000 word epilogue as a thank you to the readers who loved and supported Unspoken. I posted it for free on my blog but at the urging of readers, I have added it to the original version.
Note: This is a New Adult Contemporary Romance with mature content and sexually explicit scenes. 91,000+ words. Standalone novel.
Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at email@example.com.
$50 Gift Certificate and a separate prize of a set of Woodlands books – Unspoken and Undeclared with the three sets of dog tags for Noah, Bo, and Gray. (2 Winners)