Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Control by M.S. Willis


Barns & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/control-ms-willis/1115450106?ean=2940016677040

I received an ARC from this author and this is by far my FAVORITE book of 2013 so far.  Check out this awesome cover....which will be explained as you read the book.

Book Description:
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?

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

Book Review:
As I said at the top of the page CONTROL is my favorite book of 2013 thus far.  This is the authors first ever release.  I swear this is a NY Times Best Seller.

As stated above Paige she grew up in a home where her parents sheltered abused women and their children.  She was determined to keep the walls she built over her heart after her closest friend and first love was suddenly removed from her life after a tragic event.  She's a PI and after meeting Daemon Pierce she can't find any information on him past the last 5 years.  Which is not totally strange givin his age.  Daemon seems to know how to read Paige just right.  He can tell when she's holding something back, when she's feeling upset about something, and when she's really wanting him while running from him.

Daemon notices a tattoo Paige has on her left shoulder.  Instantly she feels him stiffen as he asks her about it.  It's a reminder of someone she loved and lost.  Why Paige feels the need to share all her secrets with Daemon is confusing to her.  She can feel her walls start to melt the more time she spends with him.

Oh, and did you see in the description that Daemon is a womanizer?  Paige has been warned several times to stay away from him.  Being the great PI she is she tries to go undercover to the bar he owns while he's working to see if she can find if Daemon is true to his word or if everyone's right about his love 'em and leave 'em ways.  This is probably one of the best scenes in the book.  These two are just too cute together.

So of course you know I've left out a huge part of the story and only focused on Daemon and Paige here.  There's lots of drama included in this story.  A friend of Paige who is a friend with benefits that's in love with her.  She does not reciprocate the feelings.  A gay male roommate, a female roommate who's always attracted to the wrong man.  This attraction may cause Paige and her friends their lives!

What will happen to Paige and Daemon?  Someone wants Paige dead...will he be found and arrested?  Will her friends survive?

My opinion:
How many books do you read that you feel completely absorbed into the book?  Control was like that for me.  The instant I started reading this book I couldn't put it down.  I mean, really.  It has one thing after another in there and I wanted to know all the secrets.  The author has the right amount of suspense, romance, and fellowship in the book.  I'm already jonesin' for the second book.  Last year my favorite book of the year was Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.  It has lots of social "no no's" people don't like to talk about.  Well, Control has a bit of that with the shelter, murder, love, sex, stalking, friendship highs and lows, rape, angst, and Alpha Male control.  I felt all of Paige's emotions.  I sympathized with her.  I love her.  I'm on Team Daemon!

I promise you will not be disappointed by this book.  If you are....I don't know what to say as I think it's freakin' fantastic!!

Out of 5 stars, I give Control a 10!

Coming July 2013 Conflict

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.

Visit M.S. Willis on her author page:  www.facebook.com/mswillisbooks 

Find her on GoodReads here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17912005-control.  

Add Conflict to GoodReads here:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18078229-conflict

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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