Saturday 8 February 2014

Blog Tour Stop ~~ Review and Giveaway ~~ Finding Me (Bad Boys #2) by S.K Hartley


The lines are blurred between what is real and what isn't, the darkness that was once a place I feared was now a place of safety. If I stayed in the darkness, the hellish reality of what was truly happening no longer seemed real.

But I was about to be pulled out from under the consuming blanket of dark shadows, and plunged into the murky depths of my past. I was about to be shown my demons and all it's evil sides, all of it's pain and grief. I could only hope I survive it.

What happens when the world you once knew crumbles and falls at your feet?
Who will find me? Who will save me from my demons?

My dark prince or my white knight...

And will I find myself in the process.

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Finding Me follows on directly from where Finding You ends, so you will definitely need to read it first (but they are both only $1 so totally worth buying!!)

Neva has been kidnapped and beaten.  Of course there is the physical pain and that will heal, but the emotional pain caused by the betrayal of the person who has done this to her, now that is going to take some time to get over.
 The kidnapping brings to light a lot of things that were brought to the story in Finding you, and formed who Neva is today ~ what really happened when Neva and Tate's father was killed in that car accident all those years ago?

After Neva breaks his heart by choosing Angel, Logan is determined to leave things be,  but can he leave her when Neva needs him the most?

Who is Angel and how is he caught up with her past?

The story of Neva, Angel and Logan is an emotional one.  It is filled with betrayal, hate, anger, hurt, angst, loss and healing.  You feel every single emotion that the characters go through.  My heart hurt with them, and soared with them.

Logan - ugh, on one hand I wanted to smack him, on the other I wanted to hug him. His hurt was palpable.  I could understand why he did things he did, as much as I was mad at him for doing them.  He has been in love with Neva forever, and love like that doesn't die.

"You are my sea, and I am addicted to drowning in you. When I fell in love with you, I went in feet first and I never want to come back up for air."

Neva feels so empty, it was a joy to see her come alive after a decade in her darkness.  The fight back out of the darkness is never an easy one, and having a bird eye view as Neva does this is hard but heart warming.

But how much can Logan and Neva take, and can they come back together, where they belong?
 Uh uh, for that you are going to have to read for yourself.

I loved the secondary characters, Tate and Low ~~ Neva's brother and best friend.  Tate is so torn, as Logan has been his best friend since they were kids, but he can't stand to see his sister hurting.  

And Low - wow!  Fierce when it comes to protecting her friends.  I really want to find out what happens with these two.

After reading Finding Me, I was left wondering what happens to Angel.  He was such a big part of the first book and what happens in the beginning of the this book, but he seemed to just fade into the distance.  I hope we learn a bit more about him in the next book.

Ms Hartley has given us a wonderful story filled with loveable, broken characters that you can't help but fall in love with.  The story is well paced, the characters are believable and you want to know all about them.   I liked Finding Me more than Finding You - and I really liked Finding You.

I cannot wait to see how things go with these characters in Finding Us


"Neva, don't walk away from me!" Logan spits.

He is angry. What right did he have to be angry with me? I wasn't the one flirting with another girl. Why was he even here anyway? "Go away, Logan!" I say, walking faster.

Suddenly my arms are latched to my back and I am being spun around. My heartbeat picks up around twenty notches as I come eye to eye with Logan.

"Why the hell are you always running from me? I can't take it when you run from me!"

"I'm not doing this now. Let me go." I say, trying to get my wrist free from his grasp.

"No, we are doing this now. Why the hell did you run?"

"We're all running from something, Logan." I spit, repeating Dex's words.

"You still don't get it do you? How much clearer do I need to be for you to understand that I'm not going anywhere? I have been in love with you for ten years, Neva! Ten years. It isn't just going to go away!"

"I never asked you to love me! Why are you doing this to me?" "Because I hate seeing you fall and not get back up. I want to be the one to catch you, but you keep pushing me away!"

"What do you want from me?" I whisper.

"You. Just you. All of you. Every broken piece."

I bow my head. He releases my wrists from behind my back, and they drop to my side. I can't give him what he wants. I just can't do it. I will break him. Christ, I break myself on a daily basis.

"I can't give you that." I say, taking a step back.

"I'm not giving you up without a fight, Neva. You can't just walk away from us!"

"I am protecting you the only way I know how."

"I don't need protecting. What part of me looks like it needs protecting?"

"Your heart." I whisper. I gulp back the tears that were begging to release. I would not cry. But every time I pushed back that feeling, it hurt just a little bit more.

"You're breaking it right now." He whispers, taking a step towards me.

"I will break it over and over again, Logan. My nightmares will hurt you, my fear of people being ripped away from me will gut you, and my anxiety will spike yours."

"I can take pain, Neva. I had dealt with it for the past three weeks. I would rather have the pain with you, than without you."

"I I." The words are at the tip of my tongue. Waiting to release, but I know if I say them, everything will change. Nothing will be the same and I will drag him into the pit of hell where my heart lies and my nightmares are real.

"I can't."

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S.K. Hartley is a mother, wife and a writer. Based in the not so sunny North West of England you can find her either glued to her computer desk, in the public library (Yes, they do still exist!) or floating around her favourite authors books signings.

S.K. Hartley has an unhealthy obsession with coffee, chocolate and retro computer games and a healthy obsession of stalking indie authors.

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