Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Will To Love (Scarlet Fever #2) by Selene Chardou


Title:  The Will To Love                    
Series:   Scarlet Fever #2
Author:  Selene Chardou
Genre:  New Adult
Publish Date:   November 15, 2013
Review Source:  ARC 

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"I wasn’t looking for love, only a good time and a way to tour the world with a rock band when he came along and hit me like a hurricane. Nothing could have prepared for me for the complexity that was Will Cullen. He hid a secret that would devour me whole and spit me out. The only problem I had was how did I let go when I decided to give my heart to the very man I would never be able to control and who would always be just beyond my reach?” – Laurel Munsen

Will Cullen has always been comfortable in his own skin, even it was behind the scenes as the bass player for Scarlet Fever. He’s always known he was gay and accepted his sexuality even if he couldn’t be out and proud as a member of one of the most popular rock bands in the world.

Laurel was supposed to be a diversion, a beard to hide behind while he and his lover, drummer Grant MacMullen, continued their hot and heavy relationship. Grant breaks his heart and admits there can never be a future between them.

It is Laurel who picks up the pieces and although he knows what they have together is wrong and conforming to society’s standards of what love supposed to be, how can he rectify his strong attraction and desire for men while he is falling in love with a woman?

Both Laurel and Will learn the fluidity of human emotions and together, they gather the strength and courage to live life, understand each other and love with heart, body, mind and soul.

Note: This story is about a homosexual man who happens to fall in love with a heterosexual woman but it does not negate his homosexual status nor is the author implying sexuality is a choice; rather that most of the time, we don’t and cannot choose the person we fall in love with and decide to give our heart and soul.



Ok,  I am going to first start by saying if you have not read the first book in the series, or another one of Selene Chardou's books, then I recommend reading them first so that you will already have an idea as to who the characters are and how they got to be where they are at in their personal lives.

Again I was reeled into this book from the beginning.  Once I started reading it, it just flowed from chapter to chapter smoothly until I was at the end going, I can't be finished yet.  I like how you move from each person's point of view so you kind of get to see what is taking place on both sides of the story. You get the full extent of what is happening between the couple at that moment instead of just from either Will or Laurel.  This story is a good example as to how just because you may relate as either a straight or a gay person, you can not help who your heart chooses to love.

There were several spots in the book where I found myself going back and rereading a section or a statement that I had just read to make sure I understood it correctly, or saying did that really just happen.  I love how she shows that even with all of the obstacles that Will and Laurel face the love that develops between them keeps them strong and able to hold onto each other.  She also manages to throw in some really hot sex scenes that throws the imagination in overdrive.  And last but not least what makes this book what it is, is the amazing plot that Selene builds keeping you in suspense as to which direction and what will she throw their way again.  I can't say it enough.... this is a part of several series that you really must take time to read, because I promise you will not be let down... If you love a good romance, sexy characters, hot sex, and a little drama thrown in for good measure than you have The Will To Love.... what more can I say.  


Will walked outside and knelt before me.  "Fuck. What the hell did I do now?"
"Nothing,"  I said before I turned to look at the pool and swallowed, the harsh bitterness of the Xanex pill still left in my mouth. "I realize everything that has happened between us is on me.  Grant always came first and I was a distant second but now that he's gone, I truly wonder if there is any room past that empty spot he's left inside of you for me?  We don't choose who we fall in love with and God knows if I could take my feelings back for you, I would."
I paused and stared into those vast pools of blue.  "But I can't and I won't. Now, the onus is on you. Do you or don't you want to be with me?  If you can't, I truly understand because it just ins't the way you're hardwired.  We were never supposed be in the first place.  However, if you do want me, then it has to be just you and I.  No one else and certainly no one night stands or interlopers.  I have to know I can trust you or we won't work out.  Do you  understand that?"
He nodded, his silky blond hair blowing in the soft breeze.  "Of course I want to be with you or I wouldn't have said no to coming out and I sure as hell wouldn't have invited you to Vegas.  If this works out and we sign this contract this affects your life just as much as it does mine. I can understand if what we have isn't important enough for you to uproot your life and change everything just to be with me."



Selene Chardou is a world traveler and the alter-ego of Elle Chardou.

Ms. Chardou’s writing is all about hot romance and exciting times with the rich and famous set in the New Adult realm.

She is currently working on Falling into Love (One More Night Trilogy).

There will also be a spin-off series titled simply the Scarlet Fever Series which will chronicle the relationships of all four band members in separate novels.

She also has a pop stars series planned titled Young, Rich & Talented, which will also be a trilogy.

Ms. Chardou has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.



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