03 July 2014

The Sordid Promise Tour Stop!

Warning: Contains graphic language, frequent graphic sex, disturbing violence, and very dark themes.

When physical pain allows you to escape your reality; what do you do when the pain is no longer strong enough to quiet the emotional ache?
Diouana "Nikki" returned to her hometown six months ago to tend to her sick mother. She thought she'd left her "baggage" behind her on the opposite coast, only to find that it never left her side. As her self-destructive thoughts begin to consume her, her mother -- realizing Nikki's torment -- pushes Nikki to complete her last wishes.

Eric Brenton, Nikki's new neighbor, lives in a dark, chaotic world that is easily hidden behind his model good looks and cocky demeanor. Unapologetic about his dirtier intentions, he sets his sights on Nikki with an offer to help her. But his help comes with very unorthodox conditions and a huge price.

And Eric...comes with an extensive black box warning label.
Wow! That was an intense read. I think I loved it. I’m not sure if I actually know what I think I know or not. Confused? So am I. But it’s a good confused. The Sordid Promise is not your typical romance. Heck, the author even tells you that, and warns you that it’s not a happy story. She even hints that it’s not a romance, but I have to disagree – it is the love story of two dark and broken people. Because the book is a psychological thriller, it will not be an easy read for many people. There were several times while I was reading that I thought I knew what was coming, but then the Ms. Lane would take the story off in an entirely different direction. I enjoy reading a book that does the unpredictable and keeps me thinking and engaged – The Sordid Promise does this very well.

This is the kind of book that is very hard to review because as you read it and secrets are revealed, you forget when you learned them and whose version of the truth was revealed first. This is a psychological thriller, not in the mystery/who-done/it sense, but rather in that there are just so many secrets being kept, so I was constantly wondering if what I knew was the truth or not. As the reader, I rarely had the “inside scoop” and I think this is why it made it so easy for me to connect with Nikki – I felt her confusion and frustration. This of course only seemed to heighten the feelings of anxiety and attraction she felt toward Eric. The “moth to the flame” feeling was so palpable while reading that I couldn’t wait for her to get burned because the level of sexual tension between Eric and Nikki was unreal. Suffice it to say, Ms. Lane can write sex scenes – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Ms. Lane flat out tells potential readers that this is a twisted, complicated, and broken story and she’s not kidding, it’s not a marketing ploy, and this is not a book for everyone. If you are a fan of dark reads, take her advice one step farther and download the sample from an online retailer to get a taste of the book; granted it’s just a taste, but you’ll get a glimpse into the brokenness that is Nikki. I did and was immediately taken with Nikki and had to read her story. While I never anticipated the extent to which the main characters are broken, I am so glad I got a chance to read The Sordid Promise and was relieved to discover that it is book one of the series, even more relieved to learn that book two is the continuation of Eric and Nikki’s story. And so the stalking begins as I wait eagerly for the release of Sordid Descent in November.   
Ive been creating my own little world since I was very young. When I was eight years old, I began to bring those worlds to life with pen and paper.

While I write across genres (I find it hard to stick to one genre), I do have an archetype when it comes to the female protagonist they have to have certain type of strength, strong convictions, and layered personalities. There will often be a lot of darkness and depth to my stories, but I dont see the point in writing vapid characters who are thrust into safe situations.

Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy is my first love. If there is one thing for sure, I'm a bit of a misfit when it comes to Romance. I prefer my romances dark. The elements that will be common in my stories are: depth, controversy, and misfit characters.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Angela! This is--hands down--one of THE best reviews I've read for TSP. Thank you so, so much! I'm so glad you decided to join the Blog Tour for The Sordid Promise.