Thursday, January 9, 2014

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW: Tragic Love (Sulfur Heights #2) by M.S. Brannon

“From the moment I locked eyes with hers, we've had this undeniable connection that was and will always be wicked. A love that would literally kill me if it didn't survive, but lately, could kill me if it did.” ~Drake Evans.

For Drake and Presley, life has handed them more challenges than any one person should ever face in a lifetime. Together, they've survived Presley’s captivity from her deranged uncle, but now they must learn how to live with the events that surrounded her time spent with him, while keeping the details of her rescue a secret. 

For Presley Quinn, living the last two years has been practically unbearable, constantly drowning in nightmares put there by a man responsible for the violent images continually playing in her mind. She keeps moving forward, but is barely clinging onto the edge when she’s faced with another obstacle from her past that is so unavoidable, so tragic, it threatens to break her apart—herself.

Drake will do anything to protect Presley from ever feeling pain again. His love is irrefutable. He walks side by side with her, vowing he will never let anyone harm her again. However, when an unexpected event turns Presley against everyone she’s ever loved, Drake is faced with trying to save the only woman he’s ever loved or severing the only lifeline she’s ever had—himself.

**Mature Content Warning** 17 years and older for language and sexual content.

My Thoughts:

Love. It's a powerful emotion and can bring the strongest person to their knees, completely overtaken by it. The moment I met you, I collapsed at your feet, willing to do everything and be anything you've ever wanted.

Wow!! And I thought book one in this series was dark. But Tragic Love takes that darkness to a whole new level. How absolutely fitting is that title, because this book is filled with tragic moments. From start to finish, this story will have you wondering when these characters will possibly catch a break and have some good shine on their lives. 

Drake and Presley were connected from the moment that they met. They both knew that for them, this was it. They were each others future. They were the happily ever after that everyone hopes to find. But life for Presley turned cruel and twisted and she has a darkness living inside her. Two years on and the memories of her horrible past are all very real and very raw. She tries her hardest to overcome it all, but she keeps all her feelings bottled up and hidden. Slowly it's eating away at Presley and that girl that Drake fell in love with is disappearing before his eyes.

You are my love, my life. I've often said to myself you're the very reason I breathe, every gasp of air that fills my lungs is put there because of you.

I can't say that I was a huge Presley fan for most of this book. Her pain was so completely evident and I felt so much sympathy and heartache for her, but, I love Drake. And he suffers so much throughout this book. His suffering is very different to Presley's, but it's no less real. He carries around all the burdens for what Presley is dealing with. He always seemed to take the blame for things. If only he didn't do that, or if he did this, if he listened more, if he didn't get angry... But I felt that his reactions to things for the most part were pretty spot on. You cannot save someone unless they want to be saved.

When I read that ending I was devastated that the author could end it that way. That wasn't at all how I pictured things going. That wasn't the way that I envisioned things in my head. But then the author included an alternate ending. A different way that she considered ending things. And that was even worse. Thank god for not ending things that way. I really don't think I could have continued with the series if it went that way. And so here I sit, with my head spinning in so many directions trying to take it all in.

One of the things that I love about this author is that she's not afraid to take things to a dark place. Sometimes, much darker than my heart can handle, but things are definitely never dull and boring during this series, that's for sure.

And while I've spoken about all the tragedy, there are moments of light peppered throughout, but I would say, grab onto those moments and enjoy them because all too quickly they are over with.

On the downside, there are a few grammatical errors such as wrong words used, words running together and spelling mistakes. But not so many as to distract from the story. But this is just one of things I seem to pick up on really easily when reading, so it did stand out a bit to me.

I found myself with a deeper connection with the characters this time around. Coupled with the authors ability to capture and hold me with her gripping and heartbreaking story, I will continue to take the journey with these characters as they hopefully all work towards their happily ever afters.

4/5 Love for Drake Stars

Author Bio:

M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience.

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