Thursday, August 24, 2017

Widow by Erica Chilson

Clover Webster and Malcolm Mason are trying to overcome insurmountable odds: Lifelong secrets plaguing both families. The failed, bitter romance between their eldest born. The ghosts of their deceased spouses. Most importantly, the addiction that taints everything it touches. Will Malcolm and Clover be able to forge an unbreakable bond in order to traverse this landmine of a blended family?

Prepare for a roller coaster ride of emotions: devastating loss, the mourning of death, the renewal of hope, the awakening of love, the unexpected humor of watching one’s loved ones fall down, get back up, and dust themselves off. Blended is the chaotic calamity of everyday life.

Author’s Note: Widow is book #3 in the Blended Series, the sequel to Good Girl.
Not suitable for younger readers: 18 +.
Contemporary romance involving sensual, erotic themes.

Add to Goodreads –

Book 3
Buy Links

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~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆☆
Where to begin... This story totally changed my perspective about Clover, Malcolm, and the entire crew. The backstory about Clover & Sam and Camille & Malcolm furthered the story more than I would have thought.

Second chances come when you least expect it and Clover Webster had no idea of what she was in for. Malcolm Mason has been watching Clover for years and now has her where he wants her.

Trials, tribulations, angst, love, romance, dangerous situations, and betrayal litter the foundation of the Blended series. From the ashes, a new family is created and where they go from here, only the author knows and I can't wait to find out.

Where do I start?!

This book was EVERYTHING I was hoping for, plus some. We were introduced to all the characters in Good Girl, but Widow takes us to the next level.

The story runs concurrently with Good Girl, so we get to see different points of view for the same time period. This book alternates between Clover and Malcolm.

I thought I knew what was going on from Good Girl, but I knew absolutely nothing – and THIS is the reason I LOVE Erica Chilson's writing. As an author, she draws you in, gives you a fantastic story – draws out emotions – and then completely pulls the rug out from under you.

Clover is the matriarch of her brood, having lost her husband to cancer, she's raising teenage twins and feeling totally unappreciated and exhausted. She's coming to terms with her past "mistakes" and learning to live with/from them.

Malcolm (mmmm... yeah, he's my new book boyfriend) is the epitome of MAN. Alpha male, police chief, single father of four, yet he's kind and respectful. He's facing demons of his own, while providing the backbone his family needs.

This story seriously had me feeling the gamut of emotions: I laughed, cried, tensed up, and was elated. You can't help but feel connected to these characters and cheer them on.

This is the story of our Widow, Clover Webster and our Widower, Malcolm Mason and the blending of their lives and families.

The way Malcolm connects with Clover and tries to woo her is unconventional to say the least. From one point of view it is fun, clever, and sexy, from another it is mean and bullying. I confess, early on I wanted to strangle Malcolm just a little. But it is hard to stay mad at a man who doesn't let his ego get in the way of what he wants, a man who puts the needs of his family first and who is so full of love.

Clover has spent her life taking care of others. Her brother, her parents, then her husband and children, always sacrificing her own needs and wants for those around her. Six years since the passing of her husband, Sam, Clover is stuck in her life and has not dealt with Sam's death and their toxic relationship. Be prepared for an emotion packed journey. The issues from Clover and Sam's relationship had me in tears time and time again.

While Clover and Malcolm's relationship is our primary focus, there is plenty more to this story. Tracking down Devon to get him to rehab, dramas between Willow and Essie, learning little bits and pieces of the relationship between Auggie, Isis, and Rob, and the list goes on. Every time we had a glimpse of a secondary character, I was left hungry for more of their story.

I first read Widow when it was released in 2014 and it was my favourite book that year. I was nervous about the re-read, worried it wouldn't live up to the memory of that first amazing reading experience. I need not have worried. I loved it just as much the second time around. Reading Widow I laughed and cried, I got mad and frustrated – my emotions were all over the place and I loved every single minute.

Also Available in the Blended Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our Good Girl post.

Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our Wildly Wedded Wife post.

Erica Chilson does not write in the 3rd person, wanting her readers to be her characters. Therefore, writing a bio about herself, is uncomfortable in the extreme.

Born, raised, and here to stay, the Wicked Writer is a stump-jumper, a ridge-runner. Hailing from North Central Pennsylvania, directly on the New York State border; she loves the changes in seasons, the humid air, all the mountainous forest, and the gloomy atmosphere.

Introverted, but not socially awkward, Erica prides herself on thinking first and filtering her speech. There are days she doesn’t speak at all. If it wasn’t for the fact that she lives with her parents, giving her a sense of reality, she would be a hermit, where the delivery man finds her months after expiration.

Reading was an escape, a way to leave a not-so pleasant reality behind. Reading lent Erica the courage she gathered from the characters between the pages to long for a different life. Writing was an instrument of change, evolving Erica into the woman she is today- a better, more mature, more at peace thinker.

Erica has a wicked mind, one she pours out into her creations. Her filter doesn’t allow all of it to erupt, much to her relief. Sarcastic, with a very dark, perverse sense of humor, Erica puts a bit of herself into every character she writes.

Connect with Erica

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Widow (Blended #3) by Erica Chilson to read and review.

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