Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Giveaway, Review & Tour: Because of You (Playing with Fire #2) by T.E. Sivec

4.5 Hearts

I loved this book! I was REALLY excited to jump into this one and get Brady’s story since I absolutely loved him in A Beautiful Lie (Playing with Fire, #1). 

Although a few things are referenced from book #1, these can absolutely be read as stand alones. This book picks up about a year or so after the events that happen in A Beautiful Lie. Brady is no longer in the Navy and has been having a rough time dealing with some guilt from his past. When his little sister shows up with her young daughter looking for refuge from her abusive husband, Brady knows he needs a steady job to help provide for his family. That’s where Layla Carlysle comes in. She is a pop star at the peak of her career that has been getting some threatening mail from an obsessed fan and Brady has been hired to find out who the psycho is. 

Neither Layla nor Brady wants anything to do with this arrangement. Layla has trust issues with any person hired by her evil wench mother and Brady doesn’t want to be around a diva pop princess. Upon meeting though, there is no denying they are instantly attracted to one another.

Fuck, stop ogling the client. And absolutely stop picturing her naked.

I almost sniffed his fucking shirt. I actually looked him up and down like he was a piece of meat, which he obviously noticed. Son of a bitch!

There is this underlying tension about the crazy stalker who is tormenting them. I was immediately sucked into the suspense of the story; the prologue begins with actual letters from her “biggest fan,” Ray. I love that from page one the tone is set and the creepy factor is there. All the while you are experiencing the connection between Layla and Brady and getting sucked into their relationship. I absolutely love these two characters and their chemistry was HOT! There was such intensity between them, not only physically, but emotionally. Brady is so protective and yes, quite swoon-worthy.

I know I’m done for when it comes to this woman. She’s gotten under my skin, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be ready to remove her. I can’t walk away and I sure as shit can’t ignore whatever this is between us.

It soon becomes clear that there is more going on than what meets the eye. The mystery goes so much deeper than just some crazy fan. Layla and Brady have so many ghosts and secrets in their pasts and it’s unclear which ones are going to have an affect on their future and how the story is going to unfold. 

Trusting someone is what got me into this mess. I trusted the wrong person, and now I’m going to pay for it with my life.

It was clear with A Beautiful Lie that Tara Sivec can absolutely write romantic suspense, but I feel like this book was a bit smoother. It’s told in first person in both Brady and Layla’s POV and I am so thankful for that change. I felt so much more connected to the story and the characters. I breezed right through this and read it in one sitting. I never felt like there was a lull and I was completely immersed in the story. What I wasn’t expecting was the emotion it stirred in me. Layla’s loss of her father, her being controlled by her horrible mother, and her music, all those feelings sometimes hit me out of nowhere and I LOVED it!

Sing what you want to sing, write what you want to write, and play what you want to play. Be amazing and be free. Let the music take you where you want to go. 

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T.E. Sivec is the pen name for Tara Sivec. Under T.E. Sivec, she delves into a more serious genre that is
her absolute favorite to read romantic
suspense. She loves reading a book and feeling her heart speed up
with anticipation and wanted to be able to give that feeling to her fans.
T.E. lives in Ohio with her husband and two children, living the dream of being a fulltime

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