Monday, July 21, 2014

Release Blast - CRAVING ABSOLUTION by Nicole Jacquelyn

(The Aces #3)
by Nicole Jacquelyn
Released: July 21, 2014  Amazon.UK  Amazon.AUS


Farrah Miller and Cody “Casper” Butler have a longstanding relationship that both refuse to discuss.

It isn’t romantic.

It may not even be classified as a friendship.

Casper’s been saving Farrah from herself for longer than he’d care to admit, watching silently as she drowned herself in alcohol. Then, when she finally got her act together, he left. He told himself he was giving her time to sort herself out. He tried to give her space.

But getting shot in the chest can change a man’s perspective, and Casper’s done waiting.

When he shows up on her doorstep one night, everything changes.

He’s the man who’s seen her at her very worst.

She’s his weakness.

He runs when things get hard.

She never lets anyone see below the surface and is terrified of being abandoned.

He knows it’s a long shot, that there’s a good chance she’ll never drop her guard for him—but he has to try. Because a life with Farrah is exactly what he wants—even if he has to fight her for it.

(The Aces #3)
by Nicole Jacquelyn
ARC Review
Release: July 21, 2014

My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐️


Awesome third novel in The Aces series by Nicole Jacquelyn!! High on dark angst and troubled love, CRAVING ABSOLUTION is the story of a trust that is hard to give but even more difficult to earn.

Farrah grew up under the greatest of misconceptions. Something that would affect her decisions and her life for years. And even after she had found a haven with her best friend, Callie's family  and was taken in by Gram as one of her own, the scars left behind were deep and festering. Her adversity to the Aces MC of which Callie's brother and man were members had been spoon fed to her growing up, and she would have nothing to do with them. But she couldn't resist Cody, never had been able to, and when he finally decides to force down her walls, there is no way she is able to stack them up high enough again to keep him out.

Cody, or Casper as his MC brothers call him, had found a home and a new family with the Aces. Now that his brother Grease had finally laid claim on his sister Callie, he had settled in to the lifestyle, abandoning his former life without regret. It also brought him closer to Farrah, for whom he had cared from a distance for a long time. Hadn't just cared about, but taken care of as well. During her most difficult times, he had always been there to catch her and make sure she was safe. Seeing her straightened out and living a healthy life, encouraged him to finally make a move. And once he went in, he wasn't going to be pushed out again. But he hadn't considered all the bagage they carried between them.

The relationship between Farrah and Casper is at turns explosive and sweet. Sometimes within mere minutes. It is the many triggers each of them carry with them of past mistakes, present troubles and future expectations. And I haven't even started on the impact of their environment, which is of huge influence. Both are still young and yet have seen too much in their life time already. 

Casper's loyalties seem to be divided, or at least tested, and Farrah is in a constant state of confusion, not knowing who or what to believe. Trust is the priciest of commodities, easily broken, hard to regain and can only be given completely. 

Fantastic writing by Nicole Jacquelyn, with insightful dramatic family dynamics, clever little plot twists, heart-breaking discoveries and mind-blowing sex scenes!

✨A scorching, powerful and gritty novel of redemption.✨

**Copy provided in return for an honest review**

Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions.
Thank YOU for having me!

First, I am curious, your books show a great amount of depth and insight, and suggest a wealth of life experience - yet you are still very young. If not by age, how did you get so wise?
Ha! I don’t feel wise! Not at all! I still make stupid mistakes and piss off my mother on a weekly basis. Most of the time I wonder if I’m doing anything right—but I think that’s pretty normal. None of us feel like we’ve got it all together. To be honest (and this may or may not make me look like a complete jackass) I just sit down with a vague outline and write. I’m sure that some of the lessons in the books are ones that I’ve learned personally—but I don’t think, “Oh, well, I’ll add this and this so the reader learns this.” Lessons in forgiveness, and finding your place, and learning to stand on your own two feet? Those are pretty universal and I don’t deliberately add them in. I just write.

Another thing I have been wondering about is the 'Trilogy'. I see the series described as such now, and realize this will be the last book, but since these are technically individual stories with their own HEA, why stop at three?
The Aces Series is a trilogy… for now. However, Poet’s story has been in my head for months, and I know he won’t wait long. There is also another couple that needs their story told—once you’ve read Craving Absolution you’ll know who I mean. But for now, I’m going to work on another project. The Aces will ride again… eventually. There is a whole new generation of Aces that need their happily ever after.

And lastly, I always want to know an author's routine when writing. It is something that fascinates me. Some need absolute silence and their favorite items surrounding them to find the zone. Some can write best amidst their busy family with kids virtually hanging off their arms. Some write in the mornings, some in the middle of the night. What, if any, is your 'writing-routine'?

I write in silence, on my bed, in the middle of the night, with a Redbull Red on my nightstand. It’s the only time I have any quiet! After I’m halfway through the book (I can’t listen to music until then), I listen to my playlist that I’ve usually spent months putting together for the story.  Nothing fancy or wild… though I have been really superstitious and haven’t written on anything but my old worn out laptop even though four letters stick really bad and it’s missing the seven key. I actually just bought a new laptop… and I’m still using the old one to answer these interview questions…

Nicole Jacquelyn is the mom of two little girls and a full time college student. She hasn’t watched television in well over a year, she still does things that drive her mother crazy, and she loves to read. At eight years old, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told people she wanted to be a mom. When she was twelve her answer changed- to author. By the time she was eighteen, when people asked her what she wanted to do with her life, she told them she really wanted to be a writer- but the odds of that happening were so slim that she’d get her business degree “just to be safe”. Her dreams stayed constant. First she became a mom, then she went to college, and during her senior year- with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool, she sat down and wrote a story.


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