Thursday, March 10, 2016

Release Blitz + Review: Sudden Flames (Sweet Promises #2) by Shanora Williams

Title: Sudden Flames
Series: Sweet Promises #2
Author: Shanora Williams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: March 10, 2016
Review Source: eARC
I have been lied to.


And now, threatened.

With Angelina, it was quick. Sudden.

I was a moth and she was the flame. I had to touch her. I needed a taste. By doing so, my life has completely spiraled.

And then there’s Colette, and her slew of bullshit.
She’s lied to me to over and over again. Sadly, because of that, I no longer crave her love.
Who am I to trust when the world and the people I love seem to be turning against me?

Who is there to fall back on when none of them seem safe enough?

Betrayal no more.

Give a man like me flames, and I will torch anything that stands in my way.
I will burn it right down to the ground.

And yes, that includes the women I care about.

I'm not exactly sure how to feel with this novel. I really enjoyed the first book in the series - devoured it, even. But this one, just wasn't cutting it for me. I felt really lost in the beginning of this book, and I felt like it moved too fast. Why are you giving it 4 stars then if this is how you felt about it?! It is still a well written novel that picks up where Sudden Desires left off, and the characters have lied, betrayed, and cheated their way past each other even more than in the first novel. I will say this one felt a little more angsty than the first novel as that is the main focus is the lies that Griffin Boyd has been told, but it really flowed well, and cut to the chase when need be. 

I did receive an ARC in response for the release this week, and I will say the formatting was a bit messed up, and I am looking forward to purchasing a copy that has been completely formatted. There were a few errors that I could have done without, but again, it is an ARC, and things like that are to be expected as it is not the final copy. Overall being an ARC there was nothing completely out of the ordinary. The story flowed well, and really matched the speed of Sudden Desires. There wasn't much questioning by the reader concerning the story-line from Sudden Desires to Sudden Flames. 

Angelina didn't expect things to go the way they have. She only wanted to hurt Griffin Boyd because of the terrible things she had been told about him. What she doesn't understand is the fact that he isn't who everyone says he is; he's far from the tyrant that people want them to believe he is, and he is far from the person she thought he was. When the truth leaks about his wife's infidelity, she's in shock. Angelina needs to earn Griffin's trust back. There's only so much she can do to gain it back without crossing lines that shouldn't or don't need to be crossed. Angelina must choose between her loyalty to her family, or her loyalty to Griffin when it all boils down to it. 

From one drama filled chapter to the next the reader is brought back to Colette - alone looking at the ocean that she somehow has come to love more under the moonlight. She brings up her lost child, how Griffin betrayed her, how she's nothing but a cold hearted witch that wants nothing more than to trap Griffin in his own lies, and deceit. But how can she do that when she has her own secrets to hide? A lot comes out in this regard because it seems to really show Colette's true colors, and how much she despises her life, but also regrets the things she has done. 

This novel was drowning in lies, betrayal, and deceit. From one drama filled page to the next, this novel will have you begging to learn what Angelina chooses, and what Griffin decides to do with his own life. I would definitely suggest reading the first novel, Sudden Desire since this is a series, and that they tie in with one another.

“You can’t avoid my questions forever, Colette.”

“I know.” I smile down at him and he watches my eyes, narrowing his in the process.

“You know what?”

“I know I can’t ignore you for long. But, honestly, there’s nothing to say.”

His eyes are still thin. “You aren’t upset about all of this? Because I’m fucking pissed. With Gabriel, Colette? Fucking Gabriel? What does he have that I don’t?”

I shrug one shoulder, lips pressing together. “Nothing really.” And then I grin.

“So why do it? I have never made you feel lonely. I have always been here for you. I have jumped hurdle after hurdle for you, Colette, and you go and give your body to Gabriel just like that? I fucked up, I know, but I never would have even considered it if you’d actually given me a chance at making you happy again.” He sighs. “I mean, I know we have had our problems, but you should discuss your issues with me. Not him.”

His face softens and sadness masks it. He looks me in the eyes, almost on the verge of tears, his head shaking, face full of disbelief.

Aw. I’ve hurt him. I’ve really done it now.

“It just happened.” I pull the comforter over my legs.

“Things don’t just happen. Not that way, Colette.”

“So you and Angelina?” I snap. “You two didn’t just ‘happen’?” I fold my arms tightly across my chest.

“No.” His head shakes, nostrils flaring as he finally looks away from me. “No, we didn’t just happen. She listened. She was there. She understood what was going on with me and she—”

My lips parts as each thing he says about her feels like a stomp on the chest. I thin my eyes at him, shaking my head with disbelief. “Wow,” I breathe. “You really like this girl, huh?”

He doesn’t respond, and really he doesn’t have to. I can see it. It’s written all over him. I should take it as a good sign that he’s using the past tense when in reference to her. Hopefully it means she’s in the past too.
Shanora Williams is a twenty-something that creates authentic romantic stories that, may or may not, make you question what a "Happily Ever After" truly is. After hitting the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers list at the mere age of nineteen, Shanora ventured further into the creative writing world, working even harder to create unique and memorable romances for all to enjoy.

She currently resides in Waxhaw, North Carolina and is the mother of one amazing boy, in love with her devoted man, and a sister to eleven.

When she isn't writing, she's spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down anything sweet and salty. She also writes under the pen name S. Q. Williams.


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