04 October 2013

Bella Jewel Blog Tour Stop!

Sex. Who really knows sex? I mean, we've all had sex, great sex even but when you get down to the details, how many of us actually see sex for the raw, primal act that it is?

I thought I knew sex. I've had sex. Heck, I've felt lust. Once, I've even felt love. I thought I knew exactly what sex was.

Until I met Cade.

He's the meaning of sex.

He's a biker.

He's dangerous.

He's powerful.

He's dominant.

He wants me.

My world is about to change, for the better? I don't know. But here's my story, I hope you're ready for it because it's not the beautiful, heart wrenching story most people have to tell. It's passionate, forbidden, morally incorrect and downright, fucking beautiful.

“Fuckin’ love you, sugar. You know that, yeah?”
I nod. “Cade, I know that. I’ve known that for a while now. The thing is-”
“I want you to know how much.”
Stubborn man is cutting me off at the one moment I want to tell him I love him.
“I know how much, the thing is-”
“Sugar, you’re fuckin’ changin’ everything I am.”
“You’re changing everything I am too, that’s why I wanted to-”
“Sugar, fuck,” he growls. “Do you ever stop talkin’ for five minutes?”
“I’m trying to-”
“Sugar!” he says, tugging my hands. “Shut the fuck up!”
“Why?” I cry.
“Because I’m tryin’ to fuckin’ ask you to marry me.”
My entire world stops. I feel like I’ve been punched in the chest, but in the best possible way. He wants to marry me? Cade Duke – big, bad biker – wants to marry me? I feel my eyes burn with unshed tears, as a feeling of pure joy rushes through my body.

There are a lot of biker books out right now, and I have to say, I’m finding that fact particularly enjoyable.  I love alpha men, and that attitude just seems to go hand in hand with the biker/motorcycle club genre.  So I say:  keep ‘em comin’! 

This is the story of Addison.  She’s had a supremely crappy life, with a drug addicted prostitute mother and an absent father, and has suffered mightily at the hands of her mother’s pimp.  She has been left to fend for herself and it’s made her hard; and her heart even harder.  After her mother dies, she wants to escape the confines of the life she’s been leading and goes out in search of her father.  She finds him, and his motorcycle club, and she also finds Cade.  Mm mm…Cade.  He’s a biker, he’s an alpha, and he’s actually a good guy.  They have an instant attraction to one another, which Addison attempts to deal with in the same way she deals with her budding relationship with her father – with a ginormous chip on her shoulder. 

I liked the evolution of Addison’s character in this story.  She starts out very hard, very determined and very angry.  However, by the end, you see her attempting to embrace the good in her life and to forge ahead with actual relationships with others.    Addison’s character has moments of supreme stupidity.  She’s just so determined not to let anyone control her that it nearly gets her killed.  She’s a difficult character to like, and by the end I wouldn’t exactly call myself her biggest fan, but I my opinion of her did improve.

There’s action and adventure in this story, and some pretty heavy and exciting sex in this book.  And everyone knows I’m a big fan of the sexy time.  The more the merrier, I always say.  Cade is quite delicious, and my favorite kind of alpha male.  He doesn’t screw around, he knows what he wants and works until he gets it, but he’s not a pushover. Alpha man magic, as far as I’m concerned.
I really felt that this book was middle of the pack in the grand scheme of biker books I’ve read lately.  It has good character and plot development though, and for those reasons I give it 4 stars.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, because that hero is one tortured dude…and those are some of my favorites!  


Spike knows tragedy, he knows that feelings are better left hidden. He refuses to put his heart out there again, it's a pain he's not willing to ever let himself feel. He's got a mission. He's got a goal. Nothing is going to get in his way. He will seek his revenge.

But then there's Ciara, the sister of his deceased wife. She's beautiful and damned determined to throw herself into his life in hopes they can reform an old friendship, but Spike won't hear of it, and Ciara refuses to give up.

Who will win the battle of wills?

“I am proud of myself,” I scream so loudly the entire bar goes silent. “I am proud of everything I’ve done, and that includes him.” I jab a finger at Spike. “He’s everything to me, and he was everything to me before Cheyenne came along. If you want to hate me, go right ahead. It’s not like I haven’t lived my entire life with the same emotion being tossed at me on a daily basis. I am sorry Cheyenne is gone, but it isn’t my fault. It was never my fault. She wanted Spike, she pushed for him, and you can blame me as much as you want for that, but she was a big girl and she made her own choices. I’ll never be sorry for being with him now, because I love him. I’ve loved him far longer than she did, and I’ll love him until I stop breathing. Maybe it’s wrong, maybe it’s disgusting, but it’s my happiness and you know what?” I get to my feet, my legs shaking. “I fucking deserve it!”
Then, with legs that don’t want to move, I walk out of the bar. I get to the parking lot before they catch up with me. My mother grips my arm and swings me around, her face wild with emotion. Then suddenly, she lets me go. Her eyes widen and she takes a few steps backwards. I turn slowly, and see what she sees. Spike, Cade, Granger, Muff and about ten other bikers are standing in a massive line, glaring at her. She stumbles backwards, and clutches my father’s arm. Spike steps forward until he’s in their faces.
“You ever lay a mother fucking hand on her again, I’ll kill you,” he hisses at my father, and then he turns to my mother. “And if you ever call her another trashy name, I’ll knock you the fuck out. I will only say this once, so you fuckin’ listen and listen good. Cheyenne made her fuckin’ choices, and her choice was me. She put herself in my life, and she chose to stay there. Ain’t Ciara’s doing, and it wasn’t my doing. I loved your daughter, I loved her with everything I knew how to love with at the time, I took care of her, and then I fucked up, and she’s gone because of me. I’m not sayin’ I’ll ever forgive myself for that, ‘coz I won’t, but it can’t be undone. As for her,” he points a finger at me. “She’s been my fuckin’ heart since the day I laid eyes on her. She’s been treated like a fuckin’ dog by you two, and her sister, and she didn’t deserve that. You have done wrong by her, and you fuckin’ know it. You will never admit it though, because you’re too fuckin’ selfish. You can call me every name under the sun, you can disown her and treat her like a dog, and you can think whatever you want about the situation, but the reality is that I fuckin’ love Ciara, and I’ve loved her from the moment I laid eyes on her. Don’t mean I didn’t love Cheyenne, ‘coz I fuckin’ did, it just means I probably didn’t love her as much as she deserved, and she did fuckin’ deserve it. The truth of the matter is that my heart has, and always will, belong to Ciara and there ain’t no fuckin’ way I’m livin’ another second without her, because of shit that went on in the past.”

If this is the direction this series is going, then give me more!!!!  I liked “Hell’s Knights”, but I really enjoyed Spike’s story in “Heaven’s Sinners” even more. 
Spike is nothing less than a tortured soul.  He has made some stupid choices in the past that have lead him to feeling responsible for the death of his wife and their unborn baby.  He has basically pushed everyone and everything away in his pursuit of revenge.  But Ciara has other plans.  She’s inserted herself back into Spike’s life, and you find out that their history is DEEP.  It’s really a very sad story of miscommunication and feeling that you’re not good enough, an affliction that both Spike and Ciara suffer from.  Everyone has those “Shoulda-coulda-woulda” moments in life.  Unfortunately, that moment for Ciara and Spike caused both of their lives to go down a dark and painful road.
Even though Spike is kind of a bastard, you can’t help but love him.  Especially when you get to know his story and what really drives him.  His capacity for love and caring is deep, and the depths of that love and caring are what have driven many of his decisions and mistakes, as they are both his strength and his weaknesses.  He and Ciara are so similar in that regard.  She has let her feelings of inadequacy to her sister rule her whole life, and continues to let it control and influence her.  Both Spike and Ciara are such well-crafted characters, you can’t help but feel pulled into their lives and struggles, and hope that they get over themselves enough to let each other really see what they have.
And now for the most important part…the sexy time.  Oh lawd…the sexy time is soooo good in this novel.  Spike is kinky, and kinky in a way this reader likes.  There are some very hot scenes between him and Ciara.  Five stars for the smut factor in this book!
All in all, this is a great story with wonderful characters.  The writing is so fabulous that you feel the pain and elation right along with them…they seem so real, their struggles so easy to connect with.  It’s the story of two damaged people who attempt to heal and challenge each other.  I loved it.  4.5 stars!

Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She's crazy, fun, outgoing and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell's Knights will be released in August 2013.

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