Saturday, February 28, 2015

Book Tour for The Other Brother Part 1: Forbidden by Lauren Hawkeye & Tawny Stokes (Review & GIVEAWAY)

In this provocative tale a bad boy tempts a good girl who he should never claim as loose familial ties complicate their futures.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of The Other Brother Part 1: Forbidden by Lauren Hawkeye & Tawny Stokes, along with my impressions of it, and then get a look at future installments in this series!  Make sure to go to the giveaway link below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!

From two New York Times bestselling authors comes a stunning tale of betrayal and blood…
Simple. The consummate good girl, this is the word I used to describe my life… until my stepbrother Seth came to live with us. Until that point, I’d been a very good girl… but my older, emotionally blocked stepbrother made me want to do very bad things.
With him.
In the course of one night everything changed, and my simple world was torn to shreds. I wanted to hate him. I did hate him. Mostly. But now he’s back. And nothing will ever be simple again.
The Other Brother is a novel told in three parts. This is part one of three.

***The Other Brother Part 1 is on sale for 0.99 during preorder and the first two days of sale only… get yours now before the price goes up!***

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You can read chapter one here!
You can read chapter two here!
You can read chapter three here!


Those looking for an intense read that puts its characters, and readers, through the emotional wringer will find this an apt description of The Other Brother Part 1: Forbidden.  From start to finish there's a sense of foreboding as bad boy Seth tries to do good while apparent good boy Theo starts losing control.  Caught in the middle of their tug of war is a sweet and innocent girl attracted to Seth against her better judgement and his last shred of goodness.  One fateful night changes everything irrevocably, leaving all of them bruised and as the years pass they're all once again set on a collision course that leaves you screaming as the final page is turned.

Allegra was the good girl who got good grades and knew very little about what went on between a man and a woman.  She instantly became attracted to her new step-brother and the brief glimpses of compassion he showed her.  She knew he was dangerous but he was also a big temptation.  She's older and wiser now that he's returned, with an attraction just as intense, but there's anger in her now where once there was awe.  She hates that his actions tore her family apart and led her on a path of self-destruction but she's still drawn to him and when Theo returns too she'll again need the protection Seth once promised her.  I felt sympathetic towards Allegra and the overpowering feelings Seth engendered in her.  The rush and sexual promise he represented was understandably intoxicating though she was much too young to handle those feelings.  I look forward to their now being on a level playing feel.

Seth tried to make a home with his newly-remarried mom but Fate set him on a different path which led to heartache for everyone.  He was attracted to his young step-sister but kept his distance, only showing his true emotions when she needed comfort.  Unfortunately he saw the perverted and dangerous looks his step-brother aimed at Allegra and acted as her white knight which resulted in a horrific outcome.  He's stayed away since that night and made something of himself though thoughts of Allegra never left him and there's now nothing holding him back in claiming her.  I was drawn to Seth's intensity and sexiness.  He cared for Allegra, she was one of the few people he truly did care for.  He's a different man now, closed off and desperately fighting for control so he doesn't lose it again.  With the return of the creepy Theo though he might have to do whatever necessary to keep the somewhat clueless Allegra safe.

This was a fast read, an atmospheric one that kept the sexual tension high.  The writing here was enthralling too but massive typos, which I've never commented on before, pulled me out of the story frequently.  As the story progressed I became just as obsessed with Seth as Allegra did as I was drawn to his bad boy/good guy mentality.  Seth just wanted to find a welcoming place with someone who cared for him and it was heartbreaking that the promise in Allegra's eyes was snuffed out over his hidden deed of protection.  I look forward to when the truth comes out about that night, and about Theo, which will hopefully pave the way for Seth and Allegra to be together as adults.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.


Lauren Hawkeye/Lauren Jameson never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living… though when she looks back, it’s easy to see that she’s the only one who is surprised. Always “the kid who read all the time”, Lauren made up stories about her favorite characters once she’d finished a book… and once spent an entire year narrating her own life internally. No, really. But where she was just plain odd before publication, now she can at least claim to have an artistic temperament.

Lauren lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, toddler, pit bull and idiot cat, though they do not live in an igloo, nor do they drive a dogsled. In her nonexistent spare time Lauren can be found knitting (her husband claims that her snobby yarn collection is exorbitant), reading anything she can get her hands on, or sweating her way through spin class. She loves to hear from her readers!

Tawny Stokes has always been a writer. From an early age, she’d spin tales of serial killers in love, vampires taking over the world, and sometimes about fluffy bunnies turned bunnicidal maniacs. An honour student in high school, with a penchant for math and English, you’d never know it by the foot high blue Mohawk and Doc Martens, which often got her into trouble. No longer a Mohawk wearer, Tawny still enjoys old school punk rock, trance, zombie movies, teen horror films, and fluffy bunnies. She lives in Canada with her fantastical daughter, two cats, and spends most of her time creating new stories for teens.
Tawny also writes adult paranormal/urban fantasy fiction under the name Vivi Anna, and is an aspiring screenwriter.
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  1. Love this =) Can´t wait for my chance to read it!
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Saturday!

  2. Nice review, thanks for sharing!