Friday, July 10, 2020

Diamond in the Rough by Skye Warren Blog Tour

I'm stepping off a nine hour flight when it happens.
A white van. A dark hood.
Every woman's worst nightmare.

Now I'm trapped in an abandoned church.
The man who took me says I won't be hurt.
The man in the cell next to me says that's a lie.
I'll fight with every ounce of strength, but there are secrets in these walls.
I'll need every single one of them to survive.

Diamond in the Rough is a new dark romance from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren. This is a trilogy with cliffhangers.

Finding yourself has never been so dangerous...

Book 1
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The dream comes to me before death.

I’ve seen it before. It comes to soldiers taking their last ragged breaths. They see their mothers kneeling over them in the middle of the godforsaken desert. They see a beloved wife holding their hand. I don’t have a mother or a wife. So it makes sense that the angel would come in the form of a stranger.

Except my angel begs me to let her go.

“I have money. And my family, they’ll pay a ransom.”

I walk through the conversation as if it’s a forest, touching the leaves and searching for animals beneath the foliage. She’s a puzzle, this angel, but she’s mine. I won’t give her up to die alone.

Adam comes downstairs. You can last seven minutes.

That’s when I know this is no strange dream. There is a woman in the cell with me. Christ. “Don’t listen to him,” I tell her, my voice low. The words echo off the damp stone walls. “Don’t fucking listen to a word he says.”

“You don’t want water?” Adam asks, taunting.

It’s painful how badly I need that goddamn water bottle he’s flaunting. But I have no illusions about my injuries. I’m going to die in this old French prison, and the part that pisses me off the most, the only thing that I really regret, is not taking Adam down with me. “He’s fucking with you.”

“I’ll do it,” the woman says, her voice brave and wavering at the same damn time.

I try to sit up, to stop her, to save her, but pain lashes my side. It blinds me. Ludicrous, the idea that I could save anyone in this state. “Don’t trust him. God, don’t let him—”

Don’t let him touch you.

If he kidnapped this woman, he’s going to do more than touch her.

There’s a squeak as the old metal protests its use.

Shuffling. Movement. The sounds filter through my haze of pain and hunger and the never-ending knife of thirst. They filter through with a bolt of goddamn outrage.

How dare he touch her? She’s my angel of death. Mine.

I shake my head against the cold concrete. No, that’s the blood loss speaking. She’s a real woman. Flesh and blood. And she’s going to get hurt.

“Let’s bring you into the light,” Adam says with his flawless, fake French accent.

It’s pitch-fucking-black down here, but somehow he finds a tiny shaft of light. The door is open a crack. Hope surges through me. No matter how unlikely escape, the human spirit won’t give up.

The woman cries out as she stumbles over something. Her back hits the bars with a clang. And then I can actually see her face in more than monochrome shadows. The delicate bridge of her nose, the eyes wide with fear. Blue. They’re blue. Her lips are a full, flawless pout, and my hope rips to shreds.

She’s beautiful. Incandescent, even in this hellhole. How will she ever survive?

“There we are,” Adam says, sounding very pleased with himself. He’s crowding her, one arm holding the bars, the other cupping her jaw. His perfectly tailored suit was made for this moment. It could be the picture of any man flirting with his date after dinner, stealing a kiss outside the restaurant.

Except he didn’t date her. He kidnapped her.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is one of those books that will consume you if you are not careful. You think you will only read a few chapters and before you know it, you have read the day or night away. But it will be worth it. The author has brought a scary situation to light with Holly when she goes looking for her sister. She is kidnapped and placed in a cell with a man. But what Holly doesn't realize, is the man in the cell is a man from her past. And she thinks he is a bad guy because he stole a diamond from the museum years ago when they met.

Elijah is surprised when he realizes who the woman is in the cell with him. He can't believe Holly has been put back in his life. He has thought about her after their meeting years ago and he wishes the meeting now were different. But he will do everything in his power to keep her safe. But she still thinks he is a thief, he has to tell her the truth.

Can Holly and Elijah hang on until help arrives? Will they have to escape to save themselves? Will she learn the truth about who he really is? And will Holly find her sister?

I loved this story and couldn't believe that it ended when it did. I need more now, please. If you like a really great story with a little dark and suspenseful side, then this one is for you. I hope you love it too.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Mystery, Romance
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Holly and her sister, while being quite different, have always had a close relationship. So, when Holly's sister goes missing, it's up to Holly to figure out how to save her. But when Holly meets a friendly passenger on her flight, what she doesn't expect is to end up in a cell with someone from her past.

Elijah is used to living on the edge. He knows danger and risk. But when he's on a mission, the last person he expects to be joining him is the woman he never forgot. Battered and beaten, he knows that his mission has now changed. He'll do anything and everything to protect Holly from himself and those who mean to do her harm. He doesn't care what the consequences might be.

Holly and Elijah will have to navigate history, their current situation, and rely on each other in ways that they have never relied on anyone before. Warren has created a couple that has chemistry, complexity, and a relationship that hopefully will withstand a lot of pressure.

The characters are all interwoven beautifully, and you'll be asking yourself what happens next. I am very much looking forward to reading more about this couple.

The prequel Hidden Gem should be read first to get the back history on Holland and Elijah. You don't have to read it, but it makes Diamond in the Rough so much better! [Note: I found out after the fact Elijah North is a character from another book, that series does not need to be read to complete this one.]

When Holland's sister disappears from social media, Holland knows she's in trouble. Holland drops everything, jumping on a plane to Paris knowing she has to find her.

Elijah knows he's about to die, why fight; his end has come until the woman is put into the dark cell. What happens next, neither one of them expected!

The recognition, the chemistry is amazing. Diamond in the Rough is fast paced and captivating. I couldn't put it down.

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Diamond in the Rough (The Diamond Trilogy #1) by Skye Warren to read and review for this tour.

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