Friday, July 20, 2018

Church. by Stylo Fantôme Release Blitz

A broken girl.

An unusual boy.

A beautiful face that hides a dark secret and an ugly past.

Sealed lips which hide wicked words and dangerous thoughts.

She would kill for him to love her.

He just wants to kill.

Maybe, if Emma Hartley prays hard enough, Church Logan can make both their wishes come true.

Fuse, meet match.

Warning: if you have triggers – this story will touch on a lot of them. This book is a psychological thriller.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

5 Sociopathic Mommy Issues Stars

I need to preface this with an apology, because I have zero idea how to write a coherent review due to avoiding spoilers.

Emma is broken, after a lifetime of doing as her mother bid. The daughter of a con-artist mother who would use her daughter to keep a man's interests after she landed him. The abuse created a strange codependency between Emma and her mother. Mom freshly married to a new mark, Emma is going to community college and camping out on a pullout sofa in her stepfather's home office.

In walks in Church... is Emma's stepbrother her saving grace or the catalyst to spiral out of control?

Church is silent, finding human beings unworthy of his voice. He's also struggling with a feeling of being a sociopath, thinking the fact that he acknowledges his lack of empathy means that he's not a sociopath after all. The man has his own set of mommy issues, after a lifetime of abuse and abandonment. Church is an enigma, one in which Emma is drawn to understand.

To be honest, and I'm skirting the plot, since I don't wish to create spoilers. Both Church and Emma are broken. Irreparably? Only time will tell.

By the end of the novel, I'm not sure who is the driver and who is the passenger. Are they good for each other? We all had that friend who made us do things we only fantasized about doing, never expecting to make it reality. When you bend to peer pressure, are you fully to blame? Or are you all to blame since it was your fantasy to begin with? That is Church and Emma... the fantasy belongs to Church, and Emma is the one saying it's okay to make it reality.

There's a reason you fight your demons, because to embrace them makes you a monster.

Driver and passenger, or partners? Is Emma unleashing the demons inside Church, turning them both into monsters?

There's a balance and symmetry between the pair that is inexplicably a draw for the reader. I started the novel and read it in a singular sitting, needing to see if the train would derail or completely wreck everything in its path.

Definitely some twisty, curvy turns along the way that I didn't see coming, which had me feverishly reading. By the end of the novel, especially with the teaser chapter, readers will wish it was October already, wanting to get their hands on the next installment.

Unusually I had to wait a few days before writing this review – as I needed to let my mind settle, or at least give it a chance!

This is dark, but in a psychological sense, rather than a sexual one. The power that is wielded is partially successful due to sexual issues in the past but is not really erotic. It is unnerving, intense, and destructive.

I am hoping that the second book will give us more, although I am not sure how much more I can take... the twists and turns are not little plot devices, but great big sledgehammer-laden scary moves. And whilst love (as they define it) may be at the core of one protagonist’s actions, it is the furthest from the mind of the other... until maybe it isn't.

Add in the very beige Jerry and his wife, Emma's conniving mother, and the future isn't looking all that rosy – but what kind of rosy is all down to book two.

To describe how I feel about this book, I think I would say that I found myself asking how this would ever earn its designation as a romance, and really wanting to find out.

I am honestly having a hard time finding the words to describe my feelings of this book! This story drew me in, and didn't let go until... well, it hasn't let go. I am anxiously anticipating book two. This was a psychologically thrilling ride from the get-go.

What happens when two damaged people find solace in one another? Certainly NOT what you may be thinking right now.

"No one loves you more than when they're afraid of you. When they're looking at you because you hold their life in your hands. You become their whole world. You become their god."

Emma has never had an easy life. She's always been a pawn in her mother's never-ending parade of filth and abuse. This type of upbringing guarantees she will NEVER be normal. Who needs normal when you have Church?

Church is an enigma. Silent, scary, sexy... socially awkward, or is he?

I'm not willing to spoil any part of this story. This has it all: suspense, anger and hatred, the deep longing... obsession. So many dark emotions while trying to find the light, and it all works together to create an amazing story! I need to know what happens next.

Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Church. (Church Duet #1) by Stylo Fantôme to read and review for this tour.

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