Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Sins That Bind Us by Geneva Lee Blog Tour

I wasn’t given a choice. Not when I did my first line of cocaine. Not when I became a single mother. But I changed, and every decision I’ve made was to protect myself and my son from my weaknesses—and my past.

Until Jude came along and made me question everything, even my own secrets.

The sins I carry with me can never be discovered. Life handed me broken bits of people and left me to construct my own world, and it’s too fragile to take a chance on Jude Mercer.

We write our own stories.
We build our own prisons.
We weave our own lies.
We commit the sins that bind us.

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Maybe he was already as tightly wound as me, but I can’t help but squirm under his possessive stare. I ignite that ferocity. I’m the storm that unsettles the peaceful blue pools of his irises. And realizing that vanquishes my fear. Because I’ve undone this man.

I want to say something but my mouth is empty. Before I can find words his lips find mine instead. He crashes against me, and I’m powerless against his force. He’s washing me out into the unknown and I don’t care if I drown.

My body shapes to his as his hand slides under my ass, lifting me from my feet. I coil around him, instinctively pressing the core of my want against his groin. A low growl vibrates through him and his arms bind me closer.

I want as much of him as he’ll give me. It’s the only need I’m capable of processing and I open to him, allowing his tongue to stroke across my teeth and then massage over mine. It’s an invitation and I RSVP by tangling my fingers into his hair. I grip it tightly, desperate to possess him as fully as he has me.”

When he backs into the kitchen table, we both spring into action, unbuttoning and unbuckling as quickly as our impatient fingers allow. Wiggling off my jeans, I return my attention to his body. I trail my palm over the swirling black ink and then I lunge forward and sink my teeth into his skin.

“Christ, Sunshine,” he grunts, but before I can register it as a complaint, he’s pushed me flat against the table and unsnapped my bra. I move to slide it off and my wrist knocks over a box of crayons.

Our eyes lock as they scatter to the floor and before I can raise the white flag, I’m back in his arms. Jude kicks open the door leading to the garage.

“I’ll fix it later,” he promises, sweeping me out the door. Twirling me around, he barricades it with our bodies. “Hold on.”

I wrap my arms around his shoulders and cling to him as he frees his dick. I feel its heat prod against my belly. His whiskers scratch against my cheek as his mouth slants toward my neck. “I can’t be patient,” he warns me.

“Don’t be,” I beg.

He doesn’t need coaxing. His hand slips between my thighs and shoves my panties to the side. My bare back smacks against the wood as he thrusts into me. Jude’s chest smashes against my breasts as his weight overwhelms me. I lose myself to the rhythm. To the crash and the ebb. There is only each stroke, and the glorious, violent inevitability of being abandoned and filled.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

5 Twisty Stars
Geneva Lee is a new-to-me author, and I didn't know what to expect. I received the ARC today, and opened it immediately, and read it to the end in one sitting.

Truthfully, I have no freaking idea how to review The Sins That Bind Us.

Here goes... The story is told in present, with a few scenes presented in the past. There are a few major players in the story, with a small side cast which is basically a BFF/roommate and a gaggle of NA members.

A pair of identical twins, Grace & Faith, who were raised by their grandmother after their parents' death. At the cusp of adulthood, the grandmother is placed in a home for dementia. Now there is Max, Faith's hearing-impaired son. In walks Jude, a man met at a NA meeting.

The Sins That Bind Us was a fast-paced, page-turner, filled with addiction, enablers, and the lifelong aftermath of dealing with an addict. With maturity, The Sins That Bind Us shows both sides of addiction, how its hardest on those who love the addict – the enablers. The lessons learned and morals shown should be taken to heart by those reading who are dealing with addicts in their life, especially if they are the addict themselves.

While there was a ton of dark, uncomfortable, emotionally painful content on the pages, there were just as many warm and fuzzy, romantic, steamy hot, and cute and cuddly scenes to offset the darkness with light.

As I read, I could feel something lurking beneath the surface. I kept reading quicker and quicker, wanting to know if my theory was correct. Many books are written, calling themselves mind phucks, when the content makes it obvious what you're getting yourself into – it desensitizes you to the point you just shrug when the climax hits. The Sins That Bind Us is subtle, whispering – you can just sense there is more than meets the eye. The reader tries to figure out what is foreshadowing, only to disregard it. I went back and forth with 'Am I right? Nah, guess not. Yes, I'm right!'

I was right ;)

Even still, it hit me hard. I imagine those who didn't figure it out will be getting a cerebral lashing because it was so subtle beneath the hesitation and romance. But I'm not going to explain, because you should just read the book if you want to find out. I'm not going to ruin it for you.

As I said; this was the first book I'd read by Geneva Lee, and I look forward to reading more in the future.

This is one of those books that has your heart and mind on a trip of highs and lows, a need for a box of tissues, and a prompt to remind you to eat and hydrate. If you start this at night, do not expect to get any sleep until you have finished, and maybe not even then... There is something to be learned from every book – this one provides lessons in abundance, and I would challenge anyone not to think about their own behaviours after reading it.

Not only is the story well plotted, but the characters are perfect, and the interactions so realistic. I was soon in the midst of everything, my mind working overtime as I got to see more than anyone else, but still needing the threads tied together. It is dark, and sad and difficult, but with patches of bright, clean light and ... hope.

If you like books which make you think, this will certain do that – and deliver you a real treat of a story.

Geneva Lee prefers fantasy to reality, especially fantasies involving powerful, dangerous, and sexy men. You can find her devouring a good romance while avoiding the laundry and the children. She lives in Kansas City with her family.

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