Friday, 7 April 2017

Blog Tour & REVIEW ***Striking Back: The Series by S.M. Shade***


Striking Back The Series
Author: S.M. Shade
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The complete Striking Back Series is now available in a box set. Follow three MMA fighting brothers who run a domestic violence shelter for women and children.
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The first time I met Mason Reed, we were standing naked in a bank, surrounded by guns.
That should have been a warning.
An MMA champion, trainer, and philanthropist, but not a man who gives up easily, Mason is trouble dipped in ink and covered in muscle.
Growing up in foster care, I'm well aware that relationships are temporary, and I do my best to avoid them. After a sheet clenching one night stand, I'm happy to move on, but Mason pursues me relentlessly. Sweet, caring, protective, and at times, a bossy control freak, this persistent man has climbed inside my heart, and I can’t seem to shake him.
After saving me from a life threatening situation, he’s also won something much harder to obtain. My trust. But does he deserve it? Is his true face the one he shows the world? Or is his charitable, loving manner only a thin veneer?
From the moment I saw her, I wanted her in my bed.
I should've stopped there.
Everly Hall burst into my complicated life and changed it forever. I'm a fighter, but I had no defense against this beautiful, stubborn woman.
Now, I stand to lose everything I have, everything I am. My secrets are dangerous, and put more lives at stake than my own. I intended to tell her in time, but my time is up.
Everything rests on Everly.
This is the conclusion of Mason and Everly's story.
Hit it and quit it.
One and done.
Hump and dump.
That has been my philosophy on relationships for the last seven years. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a bad guy. I'm always upfront and truthful with the women I date. I don't promise them anything but a good time.
I could've gone on happily sleeping my way through the major metropolitan area if it wasn't for her. The dark haired beauty who haunts my days and keeps me awake at night. Strong and sweet, she makes me reconsider everything I believe about love.
Too bad she's completely off limits.
I've never been good at following the rules.
Ninety- two days. Thirteen weeks. That’s how long it’s been since I lost my love, my best friend. It’s been everything I can do to drag myself out of bed and get back to work, but I know Cooper would want me to move on. I think he’d even be happy if he knew who I want to move on with. The target of my affection, though, may not be so thrilled about my choice.
He’s straight. Or he thinks he is.
A womanizer of the worst kind with a face and body that keeps a steady stream of willing women at his door, he seems happy to work his way through the entire female population. But there’s no mistaking the way he looks at me when he thinks I’m not paying attention.
One way or another, I’ll show him what he really wants.
Intended for 18 years and older. Contains sexual content, including sex between two men.
Review by: Jennifer

An amazing start to this series, Everly is just that... amazing! Everly starts off having a good morning, breakfast with one of her besties, got to drool over a hunky tattooed god, but when she gets to the bank things sort of take a downhill turn. Seeing the hunky guy from breakfast, huge plus, having to get naked infront of hunky guy.... not soo much. Who knew bank robberies could be so funny? 

When she ends up seeing hunky guy, who we now know is Mason, at one of her charities she immediately pegs him as a stalker. When this confusion is cleared up, she finds out he is the founder of the Striking Back organization, a safe place for women and children. To Everly's dismay, Mason is a really good guy; but this isn't what she wants, she doesn't want someone that could break her heart. The past for both of them holds bad memories and trust issues. Mason is trying to prove that he is not the bad guy that Everly thinks him to be. But things start to happen that has Everly needing to be watched, tires slashed, threatening notes, those sorts of things. Can Mason keep her safe? Will Everly even give Mason the chance to keep her safe?

I like this series so far and can't wait to start the next. Everly has a problem with jumping to conclusions and the ending was left in a cliffhanger style that I can already see what was really going on when Everly clearly is jumping the gun. With some drama, assumptions that seriously make an ass out of the person doing the assuming, sweet sexy times, and an ending that leaves you hanging, I give this 4.5 stars.

Read Everly before attempting to read Mason, as Mason starts where Everly left off.  So at the end of Everly, she had found out some info about Mason, that leads her to assume the absolute worse of him. Something that TBH really irked me about her, the jumping to the wrong conclusion at every turn. When she of course figures out that, surprise she was wrong, she feels horrible. When she states that she needs some space, Mason obviously lets her go without any fight, how do you have a relationship with someone that thinks the worst of you? Will Mason forgive Everly for jumping the gun, or will he just let her go for good? When Mason's past shows up on his doorstep unexpectedly how will everyone deal with this new situation that has come up? Will Everly accept this new change, or will she do what she has always done, run away?
So we get a lot more back story with this one, as to why Everly jumps the gun so often, why Mason is so angry at his dad. There is so much going on in this story, but I don't really want to leave any spoilers. There are a few editing mishaps but other than that I will say it was a very good story, with some drama, some hot sexy times, and a bit of violence this comes out to be a good 4 star read.

Parker starts before Macy gets attacked in book two, and skims along from either Parker's or Macy's POV. Macy has a crazy ex-boyfriend, Everly is the one who made sure she got into S.B. After having a few run ins with Parker, Macy knows that he is all about the ladies.  When they think everything has died down and Macy's ex hasn't been seen, he strikes back (no pun intended) and Macy is put in the hospital this time from her injuries. Parker has now made himself her bodyguard, 24/7, nobody is going to hurt her again. As the two spend more and more time together, they both start to have feelings for the other.

Parker is not used to this at all and has no clue what to do, so he hangs on for the ride and ends up deciding that she is going to be his, and his alone. Until one morning Al, the ex-boyfriend, finds them and once again Macy's life is threatened. Parker let this happen, he let himself be distracted by love, so he lets her go, so she can be safe. Macy is now heartbroken, Parker is as well. Will he pull his head out of his rear and get his act together? Or will it be to late and Macy will start moving forward with her life without him?

I loved that Parker got his butt handed by love!  His silly antics actually made him a very sweet and loveable character, The chemistry between Macy and Parker was steamy hot. With the usual drama, sexy times that make you fan yourself, and a bit of violence  this is a 4.5 star read.

So Alex starts a few months after the ending of Parker. This is a few months after the death of Cooper, and Alex has since been living with Ian. Ian is still a pig and carrying on with his man whore ways; all the while Alex just sort of lives, not really doing anything, just staying to himself and drinking for the most part. Ian is the one that keeps pulling him out and making sure he doesn't sink too deep into the black hole of depression. 

When the tables turn and it becomes Ian that needs Alex to make sure he is taken care of, something shifts in their dynamic. Alex thinks more about Ian, and its becoming less and less that he dwells on Cooper and the what could have been. Ian finds himself leaning more on Alex and wanting to hang with Alex instead of going out. Can Ian be honest enough with himself and admit that he wants Alex, in a way he never thought would happen? Will Alex be enough for Ian, or will he find himself missing that ladies?

So I really liked the final installment of this series. We get to see how everyone is living out their HEA. This has some serious drama, very hot MM sexy times and even some regular mf sexy times. Ian did need a good throat punch, but I think we knew that the situation was going to come up at some point with him. I did find it a bit odd that Cody was missing for some bits, and it seemed like he was added as an after thought, just IMO. I do give this 4.5 stars.

Sticking Back Series
Three brothers, finally finding their HEA after having made something of their lives. Coming from a very hard situation early in life, Mason, Parker, and Alex have busted their butts to get some place different and to make sure that they help other people in the same situations. With each book having drama, a bit of violence, and some really HOT sexy times, this series was very entertaining and at times had me laughing out loud, and then frustrated at others. This is a 4 star series, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

About The Author
S.M. Shade is a homeschooling mom hopelessly addicted to Dr. Pepper, love stories, sunshine, and men with full sexy lips, though not necessarily in that order. A voracious reader since sounding out her first word, she started writing as a teenager and rediscovered her love of writing as an adult. Originally from Indianapolis, she now lives in a small Kentucky town with her teenage son.
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