Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blog Tour - Yearning Devotion by Rachael Orman - Review & Giveaway

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  Gwen has had a hard life with many difficult circumstances that have made her a hard woman, who sometimes makes decisions others don't understand. Thankfully McKayla is in her life to help keep her grounded and is the woman who helps her keep her head when all else seems lost. Then one day, a man comes into Gwen's life that makes things take an unexpected twist and makes her face the demons of her past. Will this man help Gwen become a stronger woman or will it break her completely?
To call Gwen’s life difficult would be an understatement.  Abandoned by her parents, she’s alone in the world.  At the age of 12 she was kidnapped by two brothers and held for five years and endured rapes, beatings, starvation, and heartache in the worst way possible.  Her escape came after a brutal beating in which she was able to grab a knife and kill one of the brothers.

That was ten years ago.  Gwen has in a lot of ways been able to move on with her life.  Having met McKayla in a rape survivors meeting, she’s been able to heal for the most part.  But a large part of her is still living in the past having left her unable to be with a man in a relationship.  Mckayla has become her rock and vice versa.  Mckayla is a stripper and Gwen is an escort.  It allows them both to find some healing and move on with their lives.

Gwen’s ultimate dream is to be a fashion designer.  She picked up a pencil one day and started drawing and before she knew it she fell in love with making beautiful gowns and started attending designer school.  It’s on the subway people watching while she’s drawing that she sees a gorgeous man with green eyes.  They share the same schedule every morning getting off on different stops.  One day when Gwen gets off at his stop and trips almost falling to the pavement they actually meet official for the first time.  His name, Cole Cressley.  Cole is always dressed to impress and sure and confident in himself.   So confident that he breaks through Gwen’s walls to the point that she falls into his bed not once but twice.  The second time ends with her staying the whole night.

Cole in the short amount of time that he’s known Gwen has changed her.  He’s made her see what it’s like for a man to take you with pure love in his eyes, at least that’s what she assumes it was until she wakes up the next day and finds his wife ready to kill them both.  Devastated and with nowhere to go, she runs back to Mckayla and once again Mckayla is forced to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and fix the pain caused by yet another man.

It’s not until more than a year later when they see one another again.  But what happens when they do?  Has she really moved on from the hurt he caused?  Whatever became of the other brother that kidnapped her?

With this story, you must keep an open mind.  There’s a lot going on here, f/f, f/f/m, and f/m.  If you’re not into that, then this is not the book for you because there are a lot of f/f scenes that go on in this book.  If you don’t mind that, this is a wonderful story full of pain and heartbreak and a woman’s courage to move on from such a horrible time in her life.  My only issue is if there will be another book?  The ending of this story led me to believe their might be another or even two books in this series, but the end of the book just had a ‘The End’ and that was it.  I would love to know and I’m sure other readers would as well, if there will be another book because for me the story just kind of ended with me scratching my head.  It was fast paced and had an interesting storyline..  Overall this was a great story full of love, passion, and pain, 4 stars.

***ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review***
  Rachael is a stay at home mom with 2 young daughters and a husband that keep her constantly on her toes. She lives in the extremely hot state of Arizona, where she reads and writes away the blistering heat outside. She is a cancer survivor with a quirky personality. She’s been an avid reader for as long as she can remember and been writing since she was in high school. Her hopes of being a writer were crushed when she was young but one day she decided she was going to do what makes her happy and that was to write.

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