Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Slash by Laurelin Paige Blog Tour

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laurelin Paige comes a new story in her Slay series…

Camilla Fasbender has a secret.

Underneath her posh accent and designer clothes lies the evidence of her pain.

Every heartbreak, every bad day, every setback has left a scar.

From behind her camera, she shows the world what to see. And it isn't her.

Until him.

He sees right through her carefully constructed facade.

And he's going to slash it all to pieces.

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Book 4.5
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Hendrix didn’t strike me as ridiculous. Or impulsive. Or silly.

Why on earth, then, would he believe that there could be something worth seeking out with me? If that’s what he meant at all. Which... he did, didn’t he?

It’s confusing, and confusion makes me hide, on the whole. But since I can’t hide because I’m the fucking teacher in this class—seriously, how did this happen?—and for some reason the educator is expected to stay present, I find my confusion turning to anger. It works itself through me until the beauty of our night together is cropped out of my memory and what’s left is trite and fleeting. His presence feels nothing like flattery—which it did feel flattering, admittedly, for a half second there in the midst of everything else. Now, though, it just feels invasive and unprofessional and mean.

Perhaps I’d confront him about it, if I were a different sort of person, one who isn’t afraid to stand up to a challenge. One who isn’t afraid to live her life.

But I’m not that sort of person, so after I give out the assignments and send the students on their way, I plan to gather my things and get on my way as soon as possible, so fond of hiding that I am. I was stupid enough to believe—or perhaps hopeful is the better term—that Hendrix would let me do that, as he’d let me leave that night in Paris, not that I’d given him a choice.

He doesn’t, though, of course. Of course. He approaches me, his leather camera bag slung over his shoulder, a man satchel underneath.

“Camilla,” he says in that American accent that makes me both cringe and swoon all at once, and for the briefest of moments I find myself considering something different for a change. I consider staying.

But underneath my long sleeve polo neck, my skin throbs with an intensity that equals the blaring of a car alarm, and I think of Fred waiting for me at home to take him out for ice cream and the dead husband who hurt me as much as he loved me and the ugliness that marks me inside and out. And in the chaos of those thoughts, there is no option to stay.

“You being here is in bad taste,” I say before he has a chance to say anything else. “Don’t do this to me.”

I brush past him then, and with the heat of that brief contact following me in radiating waves, I rush outside to disappear among the Saturday-morning Londoners who are out enjoying the early signs of spring.

This is a really moving, sexy, and very enjoyable read. It deals with some difficult issues in a very beautiful way, and Hendrix definitely put all his experience of animal nature to good use in being patient, open, caring, and honest. Everything that Camilla needed, and had never been able to feel she deserved to receive. I have not read the Slay series, but it has been on my list for a while, and it will now be moving up. In that, Camilla is the sister of the lead male character, so I am fascinated to see how he dealt with the cards they were dealt, and how instrumental he was in Camilla reaching this point in her life.

I loved the photography sessions, the knowledge that there was this undercurrent of passion threaded through the room and the conversations were enticing. The use of jealousy, of familiarity, and of parenthood to all affect how someone behaves after such a traumatic life, it all made for a very rich novella.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Hendrix never forgot Camilla. She opened his heart and stole it, never truly returning it. But when she leaves him and heads back to her own life, Hendrix has to decide if he truly wants to pursue it.

Camilla never forgot Hendrix and when she sees that name on her class roster, she starts to get a little nervous. She knows the pull that Hendrix had over her and isn't too sure she'll be able to resist him. She hasn't had the easiest life and has scars both self-inflicted and inflicted upon her.

Hendrix is used to being patient and steady. He isn't willing to let Camilla just hide behind her camera. She is a puzzle that he wants to complete, learn, and memorize.

These two have great chemistry that just builds as the story goes. Both have to learn each other again and be willing to give of themselves. It was a sweet story and I really enjoyed it.

With millions of books sold worldwide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. She is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Killing Eve, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Slash (Slay Quartet #4.5) by Laurelin Paige to read and review for this tour.

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