Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Control by M.S. Willis Blog Tour & Giveaway

***Content Warning - This is a new adult fiction with mature themes. It contains graphic sexual situations, mature language and explicit description of sexual violence.***

Paige Stone lived anything but a normal childhood. Having been raised around an abused women's shelter operated by her parents, Paige was a constant witness to the tragedy and heartache suffered by women at the hands of the men they trusted. Out of refusal to ever allow that to happen to her,... Paige built walls around her heart at a young age. Those walls were only fortified when tragedy struck on her sixth birthday and took from her the only friend and love she knew. Now at 22 years old, and working as a private investigator, Paige is driven by a deep need for strength, independence and a stubborn refusal to accept help from another person. Surrounding herself with her three best friends, Paige never assumed that the autonomy she had worked so hard to build could be challenged.

That was, until Paige met Daemon Pierce.

Mysterious, strong-willed, and breathtakingly beautiful, Daemon seemed to instantly know Paige better than she knew herself. Paige is disgusted by Daemon's reputation as a womanizer, but becomes intrigued when she is unable to discover his background. Paige's curiosity about Daemon proves to be her downfall as she is swept up in his charming and arrogant pursuit to possess her in every possible way.

For the first time in her life, Paige will struggle for control while Daemon slowly dismantles the walls she has built around herself. Only time will tell who will be victorious in their battle of wills as Daemon teaches Paige the weaknesses within herself that she never knew existed. Paige stays one step ahead in her struggle against Daemon's controlling ways, but when tragedy strikes her life a second time, she has to choose; will she put her life in danger, or will she finally accept a helping hand?

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You are the most frustrating woman I have ever known.  From the minute I first met you, you have done nothing but argue, fight against me and push me away.  But at the same time, your skin and your body crave and react to my touch. And I have to tell you, Damsel, I’ve never been more intrigued and more turned on than when I hear those sassy little words of yours spill out of those lips and then see those exquisite bumps run up your arms when I come near you.”  He reached over and traced the crease of my mouth with his finger and his gaze became heated.  
His crystal blue eyes burned into mine as he said, “I have no bigger desire than to break that persistent stubborn streak in you, right here and right now.”
His voice dripped with sin and dark pleasures and the sound of it was causing an involuntary dampness to develop between my legs.  Regardless of my body’s reaction to him, my brain wouldn’t give up the fight.
“So, what?  You want to break me? Tame me like some wild horse?”  I laughed. “Where’s your riding ring? I must have missed that when you gave me the tour of your place earlier.”
The look in his eyes became primal at my words and I shivered under the intensity of his stare.
“Oh my sweet, little damsel, you’re in it at this very second.”

My Review:

What an amazing debut novel! There's no doubt in my mind that M.S. Willis will be a huge hit once this book is released. The writing was seriously better and/or comparable to author's who've published multiple books. I got so wrapped up in the story line that I finished reading it the same day I started! The imagery was excellent, the story literally played out like a movie in my mind. Usually I can more or less guess what the ending will be or how things will play out, but I was just so consumed by this story I didn't even think ahead. I was going page by page, living in each moment, letting the story unfold on its own. And what a story! The characters were well developed & intriguing. Control had the perfect blend of sex, drama and action, with a tiny bit of humor thrown in every once in a while. Basically its a well balance novel with an awesome story line and perfect execution! I'm definitely a fan.

My quick blurb:
Having grown up around an abused women's shelter run by her parents, Paige Stone has developed quite a back-bone and a no nonsense policy as far as the opposite sex is concerned. Having witnessed all the heartache & tragedy that walked through those shelter doors she's vowed not to let the same fate befall her. I absolutely loved her strength & conviction. She can fend for herself, in most cases, and finds comfort in having total control of herself and her life. And then comes Daemon Pierce. The name alone drives me crazy (in a good way) b/c it reminds of Damon from the Vampire Diaries). But anyway, Daemon is tall, dark and gorgeous...and at first glance appears to be quite the womanizer. He ignites emotions in Paige that she didn't know she was capable of feeling, and she soon realizes that he also likes to be in control. Daemon wants nothing more than to tear down the walls that Paige has so carefully constructed around herself, but first she needs to learn to let go and let him in.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel & simply can't praise it enough! I seriously can't wait to read the next book, Conflict!

About the Author:

M.S. Willis is a romance novelist whose debut novel, Control, was released in 2013. Although currently writing in the romance genre, Willis has plans to expand her literary pursuits into multiple genres and has no fear conquering difficult subject matters in her writing. Willis is a native Floridian who is also a photographer and musician. When not absorbing herself in written, visual or musical expression, Willis is an adrenaline junkie, a ‘closet’ video game enthusiast, and an avid outdoors person and nature lover.

Cover Artist Bio: Jason L. Lee 

Jason L Lee is a Florida Native. The arts have always been a big part of his life. Science, nature, and spirituality have been inspirations to him. He started displaying his work in 1993. In 1996 he started to venture from drawing & photography into acrylic painting. This led to painting live with local bands starting in 1998. His paintings are now created mainly at home. He uses a combination of impressionistic and illustrative painting techniques to create fantastical imagery. He is currently a Scenic Artist working for The Nassal Company and Co-Founder of the Arts Hub Organization. 

Dragonfly Necklace Creator: Verita Bolin 

I started making jewelry in the 80's. In middle school I sold bracelets. In 2004 I started selling my jewels to the public. I went to The William Holland School of Lapidary Arts to learn stone identification, wire wrapping, and chain making. In 2009 I met Jason L Lee, an artist and curator. He liked my jewelry and invited me to display in Creative Spirit Art Gallery, at 1st Friday Art Strolls and on Orange Ave. I have a company with my mother, Tita. We set up all over Florida, have an Etsy store, and Facebook page. People around the country own my jewelry.

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