Friday, August 2, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: CONFLICT by M.S. Willis


CONFLICT (Control series #2)

by: M.S. Willis



Synopsis:


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

Conflict is the second book in the Control series. This description contains spoilers for those who have not read book one in the series, entitled Control.

Private Investigator, Paige Stone has always appreciated the independence of her life, however, her world was pitched upside down when she and her roommates were attacked and nearly killed. As a result of the attack by Chris, Paige now finds herself dependent upon Daemon Pierce for a place to live as she hides from Chris. Paige has never lived with a man before and demands that Daemon consider her a "roommate" only, even though it goes against her own desires.

Strong-willed and arrogant, Daemon Pierce has been working hard to protect Paige from Chris and from herself. Letting go of his life as a womanizer, Daemon tries to prove to Paige that she can trust him, even though he refuses to enlighten her as to his past. Daemon struggles to comply with Paige's ridiculous demand to be "roommates" and quickly finds that he has fallen in love with the girl who does nothing but push him away.

Chris is still on the loose and Paige becomes impatient at the amount of time it is taking the authorities to apprehend him. Paige takes it upon herself to hunt Chris down, while still refusing to ask for Daemon's assistance. When Paige discovers a message left by Chris, she devices a plan to locate him while keeping Daemon in the dark as to her plans. Paige's emotional journey once again places her in dangerous situations and when secrets are revealed and decisions are made, Paige has no choice but to look deep within herself to see if she can finally trust the man who will stop at nothing to save her.


Review:


Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Heat Rating:  HOT!!


**If you haven't read Control, STOP! Conflict is NOT a stand alone book, you really need to read Control first to understand what is going on in this story.  However, this isn't a bad thing, Control was a great book and you get to see how it all started from the beginning with Daemon and Paige (links to buy Control and my review of Control are at the bottom of this page, so please scroll down)**

Conflict!!  Holy cow, I am impressed!  Conflict is book two in the Control series and it blew me away.  It is very rare for me to love the second book in a trilogy as much as the first or last book, since they are usually the bridge stories getting the reader ready for the big final book, but I LOVED this story.  I am going to say it right here: it was better than Control, and it is currently (as of today) my favorite book I have read in the last month.  I have to hand it to M.S. Willis Conflict surpassed my expectations, gave me everything I was hoping for and left me super excited to read what she will do next for the last book, Conquer, coming out later this year.

I don't want to say too much, but I fell in love with Daemon all over again in this book!  The reader really gets to spend quality time with Paige and Daemon, getting to see how their relationship is growing, evolving and moving forward.  After all these characters went through in book one, it is was nice to see David, Annie and Alex again and watch them push on after the tragic events of Control, trying to find their balance and their new "normal".   

M.S. Willis does a great job with dialogue, pacing and giving the readers a real insight into her characters.  There are moments I wanted to shake Paige and slap Daemon, but when you deal with such high drama and emotion it is bound to happen.  This story has  twists and turns, it gives you shocks and moments so hot you might need a fan and at the same time it gives the reader one hell of a ride.  Conflict is hard to put down, it moves fast and keeps you constantly going through emotions (anger, fear, lust, laughter, sadness and love) and will leave you desperate for Conquer (not a cliffhanger hangover but a I NEED MORE NOW kind of thing).  

I HIGHLY recommend reading Conflict, it was a brilliant follow up to Control.  M.S. Willis continues to knock my socks off with her writing and she will be an automatic buy, no matter what the price of the book is, author from now on (for me at least).  Now, hit that 1-click button and go see what Daemon and Paige are up to for yourself, I will be sitting here waiting for Conquer (coming September 2013).



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Excerpts:


My head fell back under the spray of the water and it soaked my hair.  My eyes were shut against the rivulets of water running down my face.  Eventually, I lifted my head to let the water travel down my back and when I rubbed it from my eyes, I opened them to find Daemon standing in front of me.  He was completely naked and his eyes seared into mine.  I gasped from the intensity of his gaze and my body jumped in reaction to my surprise.  Every defined muscle on his body was tense and his hands were clenched into fists.  Water continued pouring down my body and I couldn’t will myself to speak.  I was frozen in place staring at what was probably the most powerful person I had ever known.  Both physically and mentally, Daemon had absolute command over, not only himself, but everything around him.   He demanded respect whenever he entered a room and he carried himself in such a way that the potential threat within him did not go unnoticed.  Yet, for as hard and authoritative as he was, he could still be soft and compassionate.  There was this playful, boyish side to him that lit the entire room around him and all that stood nearby.   
With one long stride he moved under the spray of the water with me.  The water ran down his tanned skin, leaving little drops that would eventually slide along the outline of his perfect lips, his broad chest and down along the muscles of his abdomen.  My body trembled at his proximity and I jumped at the sudden sound of his voice.
“Take it out on me, Paige.”
My brows pulled together in confusion at his request and he stepped closer before explaining.  He was barely brushing up against me when he said, “Your anger, your frustration, your pain...take it out on me.  Let me be your outlet.”
I was knocked back by his words.  What did he want me to do?  I didn’t understand the strange request he was making and I remained quiet as I tried to make sense of what he was saying.   His close proximity put me at eye level with his smooth chest and I had to look up to catch his eyes.  
“I don’t understand what you want me to do, Daemon.  Do you want me to fight you?  Somehow I think that could be dangerous while we are both naked and soaking wet in the shower.”  My voice was husky and raw and my body was absolutely on fire for him.  Just staring at the water as it streamed along the ridges of his muscular body was igniting within me such desire, that the anger and frustration that had earlier consumed me was being smothered and extinguished.
Daemon reached down, grabbed my hands and placed them flat against his rock hard chest.  I could feel the strong, rhythmic beat of his heart.  He held my hands in place as he said, “Scream at me, hit me, scratch me, kick me, fuck me…it doesn’t matter as long as I can help take some of that pain and frustration out of you.  I don’t care what you do to me, Paige, just as long as you’re with me.  Use me anyway you need, just never leave.”  He leaned down to place a kiss on the top of my head.  His forehead rested on mine when he continued. “Promise me, Paige, that you’ll never let me go.  I don’t think I could survive it.”


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Meet 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.
Visit M.S. Willis on her author page:  www.facebook.com/mswillisbooks
Find her on GoodReads here:  www.goodreads.com/book/show/17912005-control



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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