Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Complicated (Secrets & Lies #2) by M.M. Koenig

Title: Complicated
Series: Secrets & Lies #2
Author: M.M. Koenig
Genre: New Adult. Contemporary Romance.
Publish Date: July 22, 2014
Review Source: eARC
 

Mia Ryan has learned the hard way that her choices can have horrible consequences. Taking an offer that was supposed to get her life back on track was nothing but a ploy. To keep the ones she holds dear safe, she's forced to finish what she started, without any hope of finding out why she was targeted in the first place. Though Mia has Ethan by her side, she can't seem to believe in him, especially since most of his life remains a mystery. 

Ethan Fitzgerald has done everything in his power to prove to Mia that she can trust him, but it never seems to be enough to convince her to drop the last wall around her heart. With deep and dark secrets lurking around every corner, he has his own plan to keep Mia from any danger, but it may just shatter their love forever. 

There are so many questions – with even more shocking answers – and when Mia uncovers the truth, nothing will ever be the same...

What happens when you finally have the guts to tell somebody about what your real intentions are? For Mia, her gorgeous boyfriend up and leaves her to the other side of the United States. Sure, she finally tells him exactly why she was working under him. She knows that what she has done is wrong, and had decided to tell him in hopes of him understanding her more. She was sadly mistaken. With her life in shambles, Mia feels as if nothing can go right. With Ethan leaving her, the constant feeling of being stalked, and watched, and just an overall uneasiness with her future, she cannot seem to catch a break.

Ethan doesn't seem to be helping much on his end though. Ethan really develops throughout this book, and it is a nice time to really see into his past. He does not have the best past, and swears that he will protect Mia - but should he continue to protect her even after she tells him about what she is really doing at his company? He's torn, and leaves her at the end of Conflicted to tend to his own problems, and to clear his head. What they don't know is that with Ethan leaving Mia behind there are a lot more issues to arise then they had planned.

Not only does Mia tell Ethan her big secret, he comes clean with his own secrets that not even the readers had an idea about. The real question Mia has to ask herself now is if it's worth it to stay with Ethan. Does their relationship even have a chance to stand on its own even after the lies they have told to one another? Mia's world is shattered with all this, and she begins to turn to drinking to ease her worries, fears, and pain.

I enjoyed that M.M. Koenig continues to leave her readers guessing. There are a lot of things that are brought up in Complicated that wasn't answered in Conflicted. M.M. Koenig brings Mia's past back to life towards the end of the book, and the reader is finally able to see who Mia really is, and why she is the way she is. All of this is brought up by Ethan who returns to Mia to protect her from her past, and her present mess that she got herself into.

I feel that Complicated really picked up where Conflicted left off. There was no guessing work, and a lot of the questions I had at the end of Conflicted were answered. The cliff hanger at the end made me want to throw a tantrum - not lying! M.M. Koenig has done it again! Complicated is just such an emotional roller coaster that it is an absolutely, unbelievable thriller. The fact that she brings both romance, and mystery to her readers really adds great grounds for this series. I am in love with this series, and completely look forward to the rest of the books in the Secrets and Lies Series.



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I woke to the sound of waves crashing as my nose caught the salty scent of the ocean. I rolled over to find red rose petals scattered over the bed, with a long-stemmed one lying in the middle. Securing the sheet around me, I rested on my elbows before picking up the single rose. Ethan was on his side with his eyes on me. I twirled the rose and gave him a soft smile. He was without a shirt and propped on an elbow. His messy hair was wet with droplets of water dripping along his neck and the contours of his shoulders, before sliding down his carved chest. The sunlight pouring in from the window made his body gleam. He always aroused me instantly, but staring at him now made him seem even more God-like, and I wanted every part of him.

“Did you take a shower without me? That has to be a first.”

Ethan reached over to tuck my hair behind my ears. His hand trailed down my side to rest on mine. “I got up at sunrise to catch some waves.” 

“I didn’t know you surfed. I’m not surprised, since you like wakeboarding so much.”

He brought our bodies so close that our chests were nearly touching. My heart sped up as he leaned over me with his hand clamped on my hip. “I surf, but you’re wrong about boarding. I don’t like it – I love it. Surfers get really pissy if boarders ruin their ride so I don’t wakeboard when I’m on the ocean. I settle for catching waves on a different board, but I don’t love it nearly as much.”

I caught the passion in his eyes. Ethan loved doing anything on the water. My mouth twisted into an adoring grin as I stared at my magnificent boyfriend. “You taught me how to board. I suppose you can teach me how to surf, too?” 

Ethan chuckled. “I’d love to. I’m not sure if we’ll have time on this trip. I’ll line up another one soon. We should go to Hawaii or Australia. If you’re going to learn, you might as well learn in one of the best surfing spots on the planet.”

His hand veered from my hip down to my ass where he gently pinched me. Ethan licked his luscious lips, and I saw a hunger in his eyes. I knew that look. My breaths started becoming shorter as I responded to his fingers traveling further down. Ethan hovered over me and pulled at my elbows to lay me on my back. He took the rose out of my hand and set it on the nightstand before sliding down the sheet. His lips fell to my collarbone and water dripped from his hair into my cleavage. The coolness of it sizzled with the fire inside me.

“When is our first meeting today?” I stuttered.

“It’s still early. We can do whatever you want for a while,” Ethan purred.

He continued to leisurely kiss his way down to my breasts while one hand wandered further down my thigh. My hand drifted between his thighs where I timidly stroked his straining erection. His lips traveled along my chest until they reached my breasts. Ethan flicked both nipples to attention before taking one and sucking frantically. I groaned when he gently bit down before letting his tongue take over.

“We can go for a walk on the beach,” Ethan murmured heatedly.

I grasped under his shoulders to bring him closer to me. Once in reach, I ran my lips along the top of his pecks and returned the favor by biting down along each of his nipples.

“We can go do some sightseeing,” Ethan groaned loudly.

My fingers ran across the tip of his cock before travelling down his shaft. I worked to match the speed of my lips and the hand wrapped around him. My body clenched as my ache for him grew. His lips journeyed to my neck where his tongue glided to my jaw.

“Or we can stay here and make love,” Ethan whispered passionately.

He spread my legs even further and settled his hand inside before running several fingers in and out. They slipped along the slickness. I bit down on his top lip as he approached my mouth. I moved my tongue along the top of his before going under his chin. I licked away at the saltiness with fervor. His chest rumbled as I continued meticulously sucking along his throat. His fingers matched the pace of my lips as they slipped over my clit.
He stilled my hand around him and placed it along his back. I brought my other hand around him tightly, needing him to satisfy the inferno he had created. He entered, with every inch of him penetrating deep within me. I cried out and commanded my overly turned-on body not to let go. I ran my hands down to his ass to urge him to move again. He groaned before twisting his hips.

I brought my hips up to meet every thrust he gave. My hands scratched up his back on their way to his neck. I pulled him into me in demand for more and he drove into me harder, creating a feeling of euphoria throughout my body. I screamed out his name with each twist of his hips. He slowed down to take several drawn-out thrusts.

“Fuck, you feel more amazing every time,” Ethan shouted.

My hips matched his momentum as he brought us closer. He paused to roll us over to put me on top so I could take him. I rolled my hips with urgency to find a release for us both. My back arched as my hips carried along wildly. Ethan ran his hands along my sides before cupping my breasts tenderly.

“Ethan … God, yes …” I panted.

He sat up to bring our faces together and straddled my legs around him before driving his hips into me. My nails dug into his back as my body started to clench around him. Our thrusts sped up as our bodies strove for a climax. I tightened around him as he started to tremble. I ran my hands to his hair where I grabbed on tightly and screamed out as the ecstasy took me from the room to a far-off place. I shuddered and continued until my body found solid ground again. Ethan rested his head in my shoulder as he found his own release. He gently placed me on my back and slid out before falling next to me, his fingers scratching lightly along my belly.



M. M. Koenig was born and raised in Minnesota. She now lives in the Twin Cities area with her loving dog Marley. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology.

M. M. Koenig enjoys being active and has a variety of interests that coincide with her passion for life. Always one to try new things, she has acquired a variety of skills. Her sarcastic nature and multitude of experiences tend to find their way into her novels.

When she has free time and isn't writing, she spends as much time as she can with friends and family. To fuel her soul, she is constantly looking for new music, movies, and books to keep the writer's block at bay.

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