01 April 2014

Facing Me Tour Stop!

Title: Facing Me (Shaft on Tour #2)
Author: Cat Mason
Genre: Adult Romance
Publication Date: March 25

“Everyone has a story my pages are just a lot darker than most.” 

Aiden Chesterfield needs control like he needs to breathe. It pushes back the dark past he tries to pretend doesn’t exist. Just as badly as he needs the structure that domination provides, he needs Camaron to be the one to submit to him. Though, when Aiden realizes how unworthy she feels of his love; he sends her away. Her insecurities anger him, but break him at the same time. Forcing him to come to the realization that her emotions are one thing he cannot control. 

Camaron Allen left everything to start her life over in Vegas with hopes of finding family. After losing the man she loves because of her insecurities she’s determined to become stronger. When a phone call from her best friend has her taking on a new career, she is forced to face more than herself. Shaft is hitting the big time and everyone wants a piece of the rockers’ pie; and some are willing to do anything to get it. Will Cam and Aiden be able to move beyond their fears and face the possibility of a future, together? Or will they forever fight their demons alone?

If you can manage to get through the first half of the book, you will find some entertaining reading and a few suspenseful moments.  The first half wore me down with the constant back and forth of Aiden and Camaron regretting their choices yet not being adult enough to just go and talk to each other and see if they had anything worth fighting for.  I realize this is the second book in this series and maybe it would have meant more to me had I read the first one, it just felt the first half really crawled by.  Once Cam made the choice to go find Aiden, things started getting good.
Aiden felt Cam was too insecure for a relationship, but I really felt like he was the one who was running.  He had some baggage from his childhood, I get that, but for the alpha Dom he claimed to be, and yes there was proof he could deliver, he just seemed to be the one running from the real commitment.   He hadn’t told Cam about his past, although we as the reader got most of the story before she did, once he did tell her, he gave all of us the real reason he was so high strung and stressed out.  The upcoming meeting he was going to attend was a make or break deal for his family and of course telling Cam was going to be difficult, but I didn’t think it was worth the chapters of angst we had to endure to get to this point.
Cam, labeled the insecure one, appeared to me to have come out of that box and deserved a different title in life.  She had her concerns, who wouldn’t when the man you are in love with is in a rock band and groupies are all over him, but geez she knocked out a handful of women on her own.  I consider insecure running and playing games feeling like you don’t stand a chance against a groupie, NOT going toe to toe and slapping the crap out of them.  She is the manager of the band and she has more than wild band members to babysit.  She is trying to make sure Daisy and the baby are safe on this tour while trying to convince Aiden that they might have a shot at making this work.  I did get tired of her running to Luke and Chase every time something went wrong, but by the second half of the book she had stopped that.
Then of course we have Hunter  who I did feel a connection to because of his story but I couldn’t stand to read his part of the story because everything out of his mouth is vulgar and made him look rude and stupid.  I didn’t like that because you could tell from hearing how his brother talked about him and how Hunter was so protective over the ladies on the bus, he had a real man charm going for him, but then he would open his mouth and I would be back to cringing when reading his comments. 
The ending of the book was great, I think it was awesome how Aiden’s horrific past was brought to a closure, the event that made Cam and Aiden wake up and realize that they needed to make a choice about their relationship and I have high hopes for Hunter that he is finally going to take the vulgar mask off and be the real man he can be is going to happen soon.  I was even happy to see that Daisy’s nightmare was being dealt with now so she can focus on the baby and her marriage to Gray. I won’t say this is a horrible book that you shouldn’t read, the last half was worth the angst I felt during the first part of the book, but I don’t think I would have it on my reread list any time soon.  

This is the sequel to Escaping Me, which I LOVED... This one didn't quite grab me as much… till about 50% then I couldn't put it down. Don't get me wrong, it was good till then just not 'can't put down good'. 

Aiden is a Dom and needs control. Cam couldn't handle the pressures from being a girlfriend to someone in a band about to become big. Not to mention other issues within their relationship so Cam and Aiden split. Only to realize that was the stupidest decision... EVER... 

It was fun to watch as Cam became more confident as a woman and in herself as well as in her and Aiden's relationship, as they try to figure out if they can make it work. 

Aiden has his own issues, which we learn a lot about and I don't want to give away so I don't want to really touch on them but it was touching to learn the softer side of this sexy man. 

I did feel like we could've seen more of the Dom side of Aiden since that is a big trait of his. I felt like we spent maybe a little too much time watching Cam away from Aiden when really it was him that made her into the woman we see at the end. But all in all, a great book. Can't wait for Hunter's story

Cat Mason is thirty years old and a mother to three children. She was born and raised in Granite City, Illinois which is just across the Mississippi river from St. Louis, Missouri. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and children. Previously publishing Contemporary Romance under her real name, Amy Cox until she decided to lose the filter and let it all hang out. When she isn’t writing, she is reading or spending time with her friends and family.

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