Monday, December 8, 2014

Release Day Blitz and Christie's Review: My Beloved by Eden Butler

Title: My Beloved (Thin Love novella, #1.5)
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 8, 2014


Keira Riley was the girl Kona Hale loved first, the woman he wants to love last. They’ve battled addiction, forgiven betrayal and healed from heartache, coming through it all bruised but hopeful that their future will be limitless.

Kona Hale was a blinding flame that Keira Riley gladly burned inside—his touch, his kiss, his overwhelming love, all made her dizzy, desperate and desired, made her believe in a love worth bleeding for, a love that ignites the heart with an unquenchable flame. But when you fall in love with an NFL darling who can’t seem to let go of the spotlight, sometimes even that flame can be gutted by the buffeting winds of opportunity, can be lost behind the brilliant flash of fame.

As Keira and Kona get caught up in plans for an extravagant march down the aisle, the hard won sanctuary they've found in each other's arms begins to erode. Will they be able to see through all the beckoning glitz and glamour to what they have worked so hard to build together, or will their love be lost in the spotlight?

MY BELOVED is a novella set prior to the THIN LOVE epilogue.

My Beloved - Excerpt

“Kiss me, baby. Kiss me like you mean it.” And Keira obliged, tugging at the back of Kona’s hair, taking in his tongue, loving the small bites he made against her bottom lip. “Shit. No, I don’t wanna come yet.” And then he slipped out of her, moved down her body until he was between her legs, using his thumbs to push apart her lips. “I love the way you taste, Wildcat. So sweet, so tangy.” He licked up her folds, lapping all the moisture their bodies had created before he took her clit between his teeth, nibbling, licking until Keira thought she might die from the sensation Kona worked in her. “This is mine, isn’t it, baby? All this,” he said, fingering her suddenly, not preparing her so that the shock and the pressure of his touch left Keira shuddering. “These perfect lips, this pretty pussy, it’s all for me, right baby?”

“Yes. Oh God, Kona, only yours.”

He climbed over her, dragging those hard, delicious muscles up her torso, rubbing himself against her sensitive nipples before he grabbed her face, making her look at him. “And this…” a twist of his hips and Kona slammed back into her, thrusts deep, penetrating, “this is yours. This is only yours.” Another deep thrust and Kona groaned, echoed the satisfied noise Keira made when he hit her G-spot. “I…I gave you this a long time ago, baby.” And then Kona worked faster, lifted on his hands, massive biceps and triceps shaking as moved his hips, filled her, eyes closed and that severe expression, the one that looked like hunger and pain and pleasure that was almost overwhelming, returned to his face. “All yours, baby. I’ve always been yours.”

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♥ About Eden ♥

Eden Butler is an editor and writer of New Adult Romance and SciFi and Fantasy novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. Her debut novel, a New Adult, Contemporary (no cliffie) Romance, “Chasing Serenity” launched in October 2013 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller.

When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football. 

She is currently imprisoned under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana. 

Please send help.

♥ Giveaway ♥

"You still want me? Just me? You still my girl, Wildcat?"

I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I kind of missed this couple’s brand of crazy. Don't get me wrong, I loved Thin Love, but I kind of felt like I survived a hurricane. It was one of those powerful books that really makes you think and in the end, leaves you weakened from all that angst and emotional upheaval. It was harsh and out of control, but on the other side of that was beauty. At first, I was a little nervous about how it was going to turn out. So many times books like these can be pure fluff, filler, or just plain boring. An unnecessary addition to a story that already had a satisfactory ending. I’m more than happy to say that isn’t the case.

This book felt like a natural extension of Keira and Kona’s love story and while there was some angst, I knew that there was a light at the end of the tunnel so it wasn't stressful. It wasn’t a perfect fairytale ending but it was them and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. In fact, if it had been rainbows and butterflies I think it would have lost me. They were tumultuous and desperate, soft and gentle, and passionate and needy. Just like we like them.

My Beloved takes place before the epilogue from Thin Love. Kona and Keira are newly reconciled and basking in each other and just making up for lost time. This part of the book made me smile seeing them in their happy glow. The proposal, their passion and their tenderness for each other made my heart melt. This couple's intensity was still just as strong, but that same intensity had the power to center them.

Kona is determined to give his family everything he missed out on over the years and while his intentions were in the right place, he's not seeing that Keira doesn't need anything at all except the one thing that was missing from her life all those years. Him. He's used to being in the public eye, she shies away from it, even in her career in the music industry. And this is where things start to get derailed between them as they prepare for their wedding in Hawaii.

Kona gets swept away in his family and friends' attention and Keira is left wondering if he really knows her at all or sees what she needs. She wants simplicity and calm and what they have is a media circus.
It's all chaotic, frustrating, and hour by hour, her heart is only hurting more for what the beginning of their always has become. It's only a matter of time before she cracks and falls back on her old line of defense. But the question is, will Kona chase her this time? He swears she'll never escape him again.

This was such a wonderful follow up to Thin Love, it's a decadent treat to be savored for all of those who fell in love and were swept away with Kona and Keira. Eden Butler knows how to bring all of our emotions to the surface and this novella is no exception. I was kind of sad to see this couple's story end with such finality, but at least we still have Ransom's story to look forward to.


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