ARC Review: Black and Blue by Gena Showalter + Trick or Treat Hop

Posted October 30, 2013 by Francesca in Reviews / 5 Comments

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ARC Review: Black and Blue by Gena Showalter + Trick or Treat Hop
Black and Blue
by Gena Showalter

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: October 22, 2013
Published by Pocket Books
Pages: 387
Format: ARC
 

 

“If you are not reading Gena Showalter and you love paranormal romance, then you are missing out!  She can rock a story like no other.” ~Under the Covers

Evangeline Black.  Corbin Blue.  Yes, Black and Blue.  Corbin is part of the Otherworld Assassins team and he’s kind of the playboy.  The card they use when seducing a girl to get ahead in the mission is required.  Evangeline is Michael’s daughter.  She grew up thinking her father didn’t love her as much as the men he rescued from terrible pasts and made part of his team.  She’s been determined ever since to prove her worth as part of the organization until tragedy strikes too close to home.

I’m always a sucker for stories about forbidden love and this is no different.  Corbin owes Michael everything.  He took him in when he would’ve had no hopes for a future.  Gave him a purpose and a life.  And the one rule is that none of the guys are to get close to his daughter.  Not in that way.  But Corbin’s never been able to stop his attraction to her.

The explosion and attack on the assassins that we already saw in LAST KISS GOODNIGHT is a game changer.  It brings Evie back in the game and Corbin impossibly close to her.  And in that close proximity sparks are bound to fly.

Parts of the story in BLACK AND BLUE happen at the same time as book one in the series, and fill in some gaps in the storyline.  It was interesting to see more of the dynamics between the guys in Michael’s team.

And then there’s Corbin and Evie.  These two have incredible chemistry.  The sexual tension is sky high, their banter is witty and when they finally come together?  Explosive!  I loved reading about them and seeing them work together, because yeah, they make an awesome team as well.

There are things they both have to get over and I liked that they didn’t throw caution to the wind.  Evie knows part of Corbin’s job description is that he may have to sleep with women involved in a case.  Corbin knows the man he respects most in life warned him away from his daughter.  Their intentions have to be clear and serious before they take that final step.

I have to say that as much as I love a good bad boy, with blonde hair, pretty eyes and oh yeah, other than being a sexy assassin he’s also a sports celebrity (that’s his cover) totally yummylicious!  But I also have to mention how much I liked Evie.  She’s the type of kick ass chick I love to read about, tough but vulnerable.  Prickly on the outside, but mush on the inside.  LOVE IT!

But enough about them!  The storyline in this book is even more engaging than the first one.  Corbin is trying to find his teammates after the explosion, trying to stop whoever is trying to kill them all.  Trying to find the missing Michael.

If you are not reading Gena Showalter and you love paranormal romance, then you are missing out!  She can rock a story like no other.

*ARC provided by publisher

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HALLOWEEN HOP INSTRUCTIONS & RULES:

Thank you for joining in Gena Showalter’s BLACK AND BLUE Trick or Treat Halloween Hop!

The instructions and rules are easy!

1)  Every day there will be 3 – 6 participating blogs.  In order to enter the giveaway you must “Trick or Treat” at the participating blogs, see which candy the blog has posted and then enter the name of that candy into the Rafflecopter widget.

2)  There is ONE MANDATORY blog PER DAY.  In order to enter the giveaway, you must visit the mandatory blog of the day.  You will receive 10 points for each mandatory blog entry.

3)  Once you visit the mandatory blog of the day, you then have the choice of gaining extra points by visiting the “Optional” blogs for that day.  You will get an extra 5 points for each optional blog you visit.  Once you visit each blog, write down the candy you found at each blog and be sure to enter it Rafflecopter widget to get your points.

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BLACK AND BLUE Halloween Hop Tour Schedule- 10/18 – 10/31

OCTOBER 18

Books and Their Seven Deadly Sins (mandatory contest entry)

http://booksandtheirsevendeadlysins.blogspot.co.uk/

Curse of the Bibliophile (optional extra points)

http://curseofthebibliophile.blogspot.com/

Nette’s Bookshelf Reviews (optional extra points)

http://nettesbookshelf.blogspot.com

OCTOBER 19

Window Seat on A Rainy Day  (mandatory contest entry)

http://www.thewindowseat13.com/

Manga Maniac Café   (optional extra points)

http://www.mangamaniaccafe.com

Paranormal Book Club  (optional extra points)

http://www.paranormal-bookclub.com

OCTOBER 20

Eclipse Reviews (mandatory contest entry)

http://totaleclipsereviews.blogspot.com

My Book Addiction  (optional extra points)

http://mybookaddiction.com

Book Nerd  (optional extra points)

http://booknerdash.blogspot.com

OCTOBER 21

Booked & Loaded (mandatory contest entry)

http://bookedandloaded.com

Toot’s Book Reviews   (optional extra points)

http://tootsbookreviews.blogspot.com

Darkest Addictions Reviews (optional extra points)

http://darkestaddictions.blogspot.com

OCTOBER 22

Book Monster Reviews (mandatory contest entry)

http://www.bookmonsterreviews.com/

Victoria’s Gossip  (optional extra points)

http://victoriasgossip.com/blog/

Who’s Reviews (optional extra points)

http://whosreviews.wordpress.com/

Taking It One Book at a Time (optional extra points)

http://takingitonebookatatime.blogspot.com

OCTOBER 23

Vampires, Werewolves, & Fairies, Oh My (mandatory contest entry)

http://vampireswerewolvesfairiesohmy.blogspot.com/

The Reading Café (optional extra points)

http://www.thereadingcafe.com/

Darker Passions (optional extra points)

http://darkerpassions.net

Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance  (optional extra points)

http://romancingrakes4theluvofromance.blogspot.com/

Paranormal Romance Fans for Life (optional extra points)

www.paranormalromancefanforlife.blogspot.com

OCTOBER 24

Mad Hatter Reads  (mandatory contest entry)

http://madhatterreads.com

Fundinmental   (optional extra points)

http://www.fundinmental.com

Urban Girl Reader (optional extra points)

http://www.urbangirlreader.com

Little Read Riding Hood (optional extra points)

http://littlereadridinghood.com

OCTOBER 25

10/25 A_TiffyFit’s Reading Corner (mandatory contest entry)

http://tiffyfit.blogspot.com

Tome Tender (optional extra points)

http://tometender.blogspot.com

My Secret Romance (optional extra points)

http://www.mysecretromancebookreviews.com/

Queen of All She Reads (optional extra points)

http://queenofallshereads.blogspot.com/

OCTOBER 26

Reading Between the Wines   (mandatory contest entry)

http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.com/

Mythical Books  (optional extra points)

http://mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/

Coffee Talk Writers   (optional extra points)

http://coffeetalkwriters.wordpress.com/

Rumpled Sheets Blog (optional extra points)

http://rumpledsheetsblog.wordpress.com/

OCTOBER 27

Books, Books and More Books   (mandatory contest entry)

http://booksbooksmorebooks.blogspot.com/

Close Encounters with the Night Kind   (optional extra points) http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com

Diane’s Book Blog (optional extra points)

http://dianelynchbookreviews.blogspot.com/

Crazy Four Books (optional extra points)

http://crazyfourbooks.blogspot.com

OCTOBER 28

KT Book Reviews (mandatory contest entry)

http://ktbookreviews.blogspot.com/

New Adult Addiction  (optional extra points)

http://www.newadultaddiction.com/

LilyElement  (optional extra points)

www.lilyelement.blogspot.com

Coffee and Characters  (optional extra points)

http://www.daniellecromero.blogspot.com

OCTOBER 29

Romance with Flavor (mandatory contest entry)

http://romancewithflavor.com

FUONLYKNEW (optional extra points)

http://fuonlyknew.com

Miscellaneous Thoughts of a Bookaholic (optional extra points)

http://miscellaneousthoughtsofabookaholic.blogspot.com/

Same Book, Different Review  (optional extra points)

http://samebookdifferentreview.blogspot.com/

OCTOBER 30

Under the Covers (mandatory contest entry)

https://www.underthecoversbookblog.com/

Literal Addiction (optional extra points)

http://www.literaladdiction.com/book-blasts-and-more.php

I Smell Sheep   (optional extra points)

http://www.ismellsheep.com/

Romance Junkies  (optional extra points)

http://www.romancejunkies.com/rjblog/

Wicked Readings by Tawania  (optional extra points)

http://wickedreadingsbytawania.blogspot.com

Where the Night Kind Roam  (optional extra points)

http://paranormalromancenovel.com/

OCTOBER 31

Books-n-Kisses  (mandatory contest entry)

http://www.book-n-kisses.com

Babbling about Books and More  (optional extra points)

kbgbabbles.com

Inner goddess  (optional extra points)

Http://www.innergoddessforum.com

Snarky Mom Reads… (optional extra points)

http://www.snarkymomreads.com

Book Bliss (optional extra points)

http://lbookbliss.wordpress.com

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the White Rabbit Chronicles, Otherworld Assassins, Angels of the Dark, Lords of the Underworld, and several of other series.  She has written over thirty novels and novellas.  Her books have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.

Connect with Gena:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads

 

At the end of the tour Gena will pick THREE (3) winners to receive:

GRAND PRIZE:  $100.00 gift card to Amazon

RUNNERS-UP:  TWO (2) winners will each get an autographed copy of BLACK AND BLUE and some SWAG from Gena.

Did you like this review? If so, please tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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Those gummy brains look good. Wish I had little ones to go trick or treating with :).

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I forgot about all those weird gummy candies that were out there. Ugh!

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I look forward to reading this one.

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I love reading Miss Gena and was awestruck when I finally got to meet her in person.

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Agree 😀 🙂
Gena Showalter write really wonderful,simply pull you into the story from the beginning to the end!
Her series Lords of the Underworld are one of my favorites series,and this series is already on my to-read list,I plan very soon to begin with reading 🙂

Thanks for the great review 🙂

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