Sunday, August 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Tension by R.L. Griffin - Reivew & Giveaway

The Stella who emerges from the rubble of the bombing in Montana is a woman full of conflict. She knows she should be grateful that she lived when others didn't, but after waking in the hospital as a celebrity, complete with a new moniker, she's bitter and distrustful, questioning everything in her life. She's unsure of her friends, her new boyfriend, and her job. In addition, a face from the past reappears and threatens to take the one good thing in her life.

Stella attempts to deal with the new scrutiny of her life with her usual sense of humor, but she's filled with a new emotion that she tries desperately to hide: HATE. Her recovery is hastened by her determination to find the man who turned her into a walking scar. She's going to kill him; she needs to kill him.

Stella isn't alone. She has her close friends and her dog, Cooper. Will their support be enough to help Stella accomplish her plan, or will this endeavor be her undoing?

This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

Stella is not the same woman she was before she woke up in Montana.  The woman she is now is broken.  Awakening from the bombing in Montana, she also has a bullet wound to contend with.  Shot by her ex-fiance who was suppose to be a dead undercover ATF agent, she has one thing on her mind to make him pay.

Stella went to Montana unknown to the world and wakes up known as the FBI Beauty making her a celebrity overnight.  She can't go anywhere or do anything without the entire world analyzing her life on Twitter.  She used to be close to her friends Billy, Millie, and Patrick but with all the secrets surrounding her friendship with Patrick, she's only left with her friend Jesse McIntyre, her dog Cooper, and boyfriend George.

But Stella has secrets.  George knows there something wrong with Stella but she won't tell him what's on her mind, not even telling him that she knows who shot her and that it's none other than Jamie.  Everyone thinks that he's dead but she knows he's alive.  Very few people know the truth and the more secrets she keeps from George, the more worried she is that she will lose him.  George struggles a lot with the social media surrounding their relationship will they be able to survive the scrutiny into their relationship?  Or will Stella's plans for revenge against Jamie destroy their love forever?

Let me start by saying this.  If you have not read the first book By A Thread you'll need it to read this one.  While I suspected that this was book 2 when I opened the book, it wasn't clear in the description that this is book 2 that should be made clear.  Those of us readers who pick and choose books based off of descriptions and only have a limited amount of time to select a book before reading it would be very upset to discover it's not a standalone but a book in the middle of a series.  For me this book while it had it's strong points just fell a little flat for me.  I was just expecting so much more knowing the background from the first book and the description of this book, but it just didn't do it for me.  There was some action and suspense but the relationship between George and Stella just didn't do it for me.  I'm the type of person that wants so much more in a romance novel even if it's not a cheesy romance or an erotica based story.  I'm not sure how I will feel about reading book 3.  Sure the cliffhanger left me wanting more but with so many other books out that I just don't think that one will be near the top of my TBR list.  I know a lot people will probably not like my review much because there are so many positive reviews about this book out there but my opinion is that, mine.  It just wasn't for me.  3.5 stars.

***Review copy provided in exchange for a honest review***
R.L. resides in the Atlanta area with some cool dudes: her husband, son and two dogs.  She was born and raised in the South.  She attended Georgia Southern University and moved to Washington, D.C. to intern in the United States Senate during the impeachment trial.  Falling in love with the city, she went to law school at American University, Washington College of Law.  By A Thread is R.L.’s second book, but is the first in a series of books.

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