Friday, July 31, 2015

Heart’s Chord by Charity Parkerson Blog Tour

Even though he already has more to do than there are hours in the day, Finn has no problem adding Austen to his life. The sexy former marine is the only good thing that’s happened to Finn in a long time.

For Austen, Finn is the perfect man. If he sees anything lacking in Austen, he never shows it. But falling in love with Finn changes everything for Austen. All the insecurities he’s faced since coming home from deployment confined to a wheelchair, come rushing back to the surface. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t let Finn in.

When Finn decides he’s had enough of not being enough, and his dreams come crashing down around him, he’s ready to walk away from everything for good. But he never counted on Austen’s reaction to losing him, or how far his Ugly Eternity family will go to make his dreams a reality.

**Author note**
This is an Ugly Eternity bonus story. It can be read as a standalone.

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“You need some posters or a mural or something on the ceiling in here,” Finn mused aloud after a few minutes.

“Why’s that?”

Finn squinted at the offending blank ceiling, attempting to picture the perfect art as he answered. “Judging by your incredibly sexy body, you spend a lot of time in here. You need something to focus on. There’re some studies that suggest visual stimuli is directly linked to physical health.”

“What do you think of these studies?”

At the curiosity in Austen’s voice, Finn rolled onto his side and up onto his elbow. His gaze swept down Austen’s body, taking in every hardened line and scar. His cock lengthened as hunger rose inside him. This man was under his skin. There wasn’t one particular attribute he could point to in order to explain his insane desire to touch Austen, but it was there. When he met Austen’s stare, there was no way Finn could hide his desire. “I think a little visual stimulation has never hurt anyone.”

Austen’s mouth quirked in one corner at Finn’s claim. “The view in here is looking pretty damn good right now.”

Finn wanted to kiss him. His lips tingled with longing, but sometimes, Austen didn’t invite Finn’s touch. He didn’t know how to explain it. There were moments when Austen’s expression remained closed, shutting Finn out—times such as now. Tearing himself away from temptation, Finn settled down beside Austen once more, going back to staring into space. “I can’t hang around all day, but maybe I can figure out something else. Maybe there’s a book somewhere about images for every environment.”

He felt Austen tense beside him a split second before Austen’s mouth came down upon his—hard and hot. Surprise gave way to lust in an instant as Finn opened for him. Finn flattened his palms against the floor beside him to keep from reaching for Austen. His skin itched to be closer, but he didn’t want to ruin the moment, and it seemed like he always did somehow.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This was a short and sweet book. Finn always thinks he isn’t doing enough or being enough for anyone. He works hard, has goals and dreams, and even though he doesn’t have much time he makes if for Austen. Austen is the hot former Marine in the wheelchair that he secretly looks at every day in the diner. Finding it hard to let Finn in, Austen still tries. These two are so sweet together, I just love them. This whole series is good but you don’t have to read any of the other books to enjoy this one. When Finn finally decides to throw the towel in because he can’t handle things he finds out just how much Austen loves him and how all his other friends are there for him too. Great read for a day at the beach but I did shed a tear or two at times since I felt each of the guys’ pain when the going got rough.

Characters: Well written and easy to relate to
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Heart's Chord is book five in the Ugly Eternity series. I did read books one and two but somehow missed three and four. I guess you can say I read as a standalone, then. It does have mention to past characters in the series but nothing completely plot driven that reading as a standalone would cause you to not understand.

I found I like Ms. Parkerson's style of writing, there is an easy flow to it. There were a few scenes that were very emotional which I loved. I think this was my first read that there was a MC in a wheelchair. Which made obstacles in the relationship, physical and emotional, which Ms. Parkerson wrote very well. You never forgot he was in the chair but it wasn't shoved in your face like a third main character.

It was a quick read that I wish was longer. It did was make me want to go back and pick up books three and four and see what I missed with these characters. I highly recommend this series for anyone that like rock books but it's not your typical band book, well worth the read!

I have enjoyed this series to date, and this is a welcome bonus! Although characters appear that we know, it is not essential that you have read them to enjoy this book – and if you haven't, you could go back and do so with great pleasure.

This is a sweet, emotional read, which builds beautifully and seduces the reader with its heat. It is not without its frustrating moments, but that adds to the intensity and also makes it more real. The sweetness does nothing to detract from the sexiness, nor the passion – in case you were wondering. Ms. Parkerson has the talent to write that in spades!

This series is in my feel good reread list – that is for sure.

While this is the first book that I have read from the Ugly Eternity series (and did so with no problem), it is not the first of Ms. Parkerson’s books that I’ve read. I enjoy the author’s writing style immensely and Heart’s Chord is no exception as she manages to pack a feel-good romance with some steamy sex scenes, the right amount of conflict and angst, perfectly broken characters who see the man inside rather than the mask they present the world, a bit of heartbreak, and an ending that insured that I will go back and read the rest of this series. Thankfully the story wasn’t as ominous as the blurb’s “he’s ready to walk away from everything for good” statement had me fearing it would be. (Sated was the last book of Ms. Parkerson’s I’ve had a chance to read, and if you read it you know what I mean).

I loved the way that Austen and Finn “met” especially when later in the book we find out why Austen finally initiated contact. The unrequited attraction of both of their parts and the outright openness of Finn makes the way their relationship progresses feel right rather than rushed. Because Heart’s Chord is a novella, the author did not play out every scene of their interactions. Yet via texts between the two and their inner musings, I was able to follow their developing relationship even as parts of it happened “off page.” The conflict and angst come into play when each man’s insecurities keeps him from talking to the other. While it could easily be chalked up to stereotypical male behavior to not talk about their feelings, their issues prove to be rather sensitive subjects and I could easily see why neither man would want to talk about it. Who wants to expose their string of failures to the man he’s falling in love with? Can’t blame Finn for keeping his fears to himself. Who wants to tell his could be lover that his injury has affected his sexual functioning? Yeah, I’m not sure that would be an easy conversation for anyone, let alone Austen when he regularly questions why Finn is attracted to him in the first place. I got it and I found myself empathizing with each man rather than getting frustrated with them. But my heart absolutely broke for both men when Austen’s insecurities pushed Finn away one time too many. Fortunately the author crafted the perfect ending for these two as Austen put his fierce determination to the task of getting back his man and making Finn’s world right again. Heart’s Chord was a great novella and I cannot wait to go back and read the other books in the series.

Also Available in the Ugly Eternity Series
Book 1
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Book 2
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Book 3
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Book 4
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Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora's Cave Publishing, Indie Publishing House LLC, and Punk & Sissy Publications. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.

*2015 Passionate Plume Finalist for Paranormal Erotica
*Winner of 2, 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards
*2015 Golden Flogger BDSM Award Finalist
*2013 Readers' Favorite Award Winner
*2013 Reviewers' Choice Award Winner
*2012 ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance
*Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath

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  1. Thank you for the wonderful reviews and for participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart.

  2. Thank you for hosting me and for the awesome reviews :-D


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