Saturday, March 22, 2014

Blog Tour + Review: Unexpected Consequences (Isthmus Alliance #3) by Sloan Johnson

Title: Unexpected Consequences
Series: Isthmus Alliance #3
Author: Sloan Johnson
Genre: Adult, Erotica
Publish Date: March 19, 2014
Review Source: eARC provided for Review

Zeke Reed lives his life by his rules, the biggest one being that he refuses to settle down. Through the years, it has become a running joke amongst his circle of friends that his condo would be well served by the installation of a revolving door.

That’s what makes his friendship with Mary and Jeff work. All three of them are looking for some no-strings-attached fun. Until fate steps in, making them all take a look at what’s been developing while they’ve been busy fooling around.

Unfortunately, every decision in life has consequences. When you choose to openly share your life with more than one person, things get complicated. Will Zeke, Jeff and Mary be able to stand together as the world tries to pull them apart?

When Sloan approached me to Beta read the third installment in the Isthmus Alliance series, I was dumfounded ... I couldn't believe she thought of me.  Then of course, like the fan girl that I am, took less than half a second to respond that I would indeed be honored to give her my thoughts.  And so here they are!

At the conclusion of Unexpected Protector I was an absolute wreck.  I immediately got on Facebook to share my reaction with my friends and Sloan was one to respond and immediately shared my reaction with her page because she was tickled that she had ruined a fan reading her book.  I absolutely loved Tommy and Holly's story and had to know what happened following that epic cliffhanger.  Unexpected Consequences picks up where Protector left off with lives being in danger.  I won't tell you exactly why, you'll need to read Protector to figure that out.  But I absolutely adored the way that Jeff and Zeke took care of Mary in this situation and how they made sure their family and friends were safe in the end.  The frustration that Zeke has toward Jeff for being able to be close to Mary at the hospital because of being a Psychiatrist there broke my heart for him.  The tenderness that Jeff tries to show Zeke because of his frustration is heart warming and beautiful.  

I hated two character's in this story in particular.  Mary's mother and Zeke's mother, Deborah. Mary's mother because she's an over bearing pain in the ass.  She can't just let Mary be.  When she's needing pampering the most, her mother feels the need to stop the two men that are there for her always, from doing their job of protecting and taking care of her little girl.  Then there is Zeke's mother. There are a few things I can't stand in this world (getting on my soap box for a minute) and that's religious zealots that spout scripture and hate from a book written by a group of self centered, religious men.  Yes this may be one girls opinion but reading about it really peeves me off.  Which, yes is the purpose of putting said characters in a book because they are needed to create turmoil and to try and set the seed of doubt in a character about who they are and who they love in particular.  They both fit the bill of characters you love to hate and Sloan writes them well!

The story overall was absolutely wonderful.  The one thing I had an issue with and I shared this with Sloan after completing the story, was that I felt the ending was a bit rushed.  There was so much that happens between the three of these characters as their relationships with one another and as a threesome unfolds that I didn't feel any real closure when the thing I wanted to happen finally occurred.  It almost felt forced.  I will say I'm partial to Holly and Tommy in Unexpected Protector and I'm definitely looking forward to Dylan's brother's story because I just know there will be more of Tommy as his hatred toward Liam comes to a head.  Sloan is fantastic at giving you just enough and leaving you begging for more.  So please, ma'am, may I have some more?!  Thank you for writing this amazing love story between Zeke, Jeff and Mary.  I can't wait to see what their future holds!

Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s body. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed, purple haired mom of two kids, one of which was a thank you present to her husband for letting her get a Staffordshire Terrier with more anxiety issues than Sloan has, which is saying something. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself in a good book and forget that she has somewhere to be.


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