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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Breaking Spades: W. Ferraro

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00005]Breaking Spades (Hamden#4)
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Cecille “CeCe” Cervetti lives her life by one rule: Never let a man control her heart, ever again.
CeCe has built a life to be proud of--she’s successful in business, and in lust. Men are her playground, to take from, and use to her body’s content. They can only have what she is willing to give, so don't try asking for more.

When an unknown stalker raises the stakes, ripping away her hard won control, CeCe reluctantly seeks help from the first, and last, man she gave her heart to before he vanished from her life--Jarod Gates.

As they struggle to unmask the stalker, CeCe and Jarod learn of each other’s scarred pasts—scars that made them who they are today. But when her body screams for Jarod’s touch, can CeCe manage to keep her control? Or will Jarod make her question the one rule she’s built her life on?


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Her defense mechanism might just be his self-destruct button.

We met CeCe in Three of Spades as she is Dylan's long time friend and pseudo-sister. He introduced CeCe and Jarod when they were younger, and those two shared some significant moments that completely shaped the way their lives would play out.

Thirteen years later CeCe's business is broken into and she is getting gifts from an unknown source. Dylan and the police cannot find the perpetrator. So Dylan brings in their old friend, Jarod who is now a Private Investigator/Security Specialist. Dylan has no idea what happened to them back then or the storm he has just unleashed. CeCe is far from thrilled to be in Jarod's presence again. Jarod has regrets and demons that haunt him. But he sees this as a second chance with CeCe and he is going to pursue her despite her resistance.

She was a double edge sword; she was his talisman, but also his trigger.  She was certainly going to make this job harder than anything before. The question was, would he be willing to face the demons he has avoided for years and if he did, would he live with the fall out?

Jarod and CeCe...Oh My! He pushes. She pushes back. He pursues. She runs. He falls back. She pursues. They spark and combust. They're afraid to open up and show vulnerability since their past is too painful and feelings are so raw. She has huge walls up due to his past actions. He has regrets. They are both unaware of the depth of feeling of the other. She was totally broken so she closed down. He had his reasons for leaving. But their communication and tolerance is impaired making it difficult for them to be on the same page at the same time.

I loved Jarod. He is damaged and guilt ridden, but strong and commanding. He has a good sense of humor, is sexy as Hell, but has an underlying vulnerability and insecurities too. Once you get past his cockiness and flirtation, you can see he was broken and truly needed a connection.

"I may have climbed my way out of hell, but for you, I'm willing to go back at a moment's notice."

CeCe is tough, feisty, guarded, and closed off. She is determined to be in control and not break. She does not want to be hurt again so she resists, denies, and runs. And in protecting herself she just keeps hurting them all. I seriously wanted to shake her at times and make her really see Jarod. 

She couldn't allow him to weave his way back into her life, in any form. If she gave him an inch, he would take a mile, and she just couldn't go back to that vulnerable girl again. She hadn't allowed anyone to alter her course, so why should the one man that made her choose it, be the one to implode it?

In the midst of their sexual tension and emotional drama, CeCe is still being stalked. It escalates and that irritates their already frayed nerves. The tension builds not only between them, but with the case.  A swirling mess of love, lust, jealousy, guilt, denial, longing, miscommunication, and pain affects them both and causes more confusion and challenges. There are twists, turns, and surprises. This couple has chemistry, passion, and past demons.  But before they can move forward, they not only have to face the past, but also deal with the present threat and personal insecurities. There were times when my heart just hurt for each of them. But I was rooting for them all along.

Can Jarod keep her safe? And if he does will she ever allow herself to truly be his?

I loved getting more with Dylan, Natalie, Seth and Mae. Seeing the overprotective friend/adopted big-brother side of Dylan just melted my heart. And seeing Natalie come into her own and be able to manage her husband, Dylan made me smile. I love the Hamden community and network of friendships. They push each other and support each other. They always make me laugh. This was another sexy, engaging story in this series with added suspense and intrigue. And Jarod is another Hamden Hottie for sure.

Thanks to W. Ferraro for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review. 
Three of Hearts (Book 1)          
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Mae Turney is searching for the type of life and happiness she has never known but has only dreamed about. She's fortunate enough to find a great opportunity to live in an exterior apartment of a beautiful lake house in a small town in Vermont. When she realizes the apartment and scenery are not the only gorgeous appeal but the home owner, Seth Finn, is as well, she puts it all on the line for the chance at love. When she becomes comfortable and confident in her own skin and sexuality, Mae realizes that this place and this man is exactly what she came looking for. Knowing Seth and his three children are as special as they come, Mae bets the house, and prays she and her gamble are enough.

Three of Spades (Book 2)     
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Dylan Cross is the type of man that enjoys everything female, and enjoy it he does, but always on his terms. However, his terms are pushed to their limit when Natalie Parker proposes an offer; teach her and her delectable little body, all about sex and desire. There is one catch. He has to play the part of Natalie’s madly in love boyfriend for her dying mother. Dylan signs on, and finds that separating the two is harder than he thought. Natalie’s days of shyness and lack of confidence come to a quick close as she learns what her body craves and demands in the bedroom. Soon, Dylan becomes the student as Natalie teaches him things he didn’t even know he wanted. Will Hamden’s notorious playboy, bachelor be able to keep calling the shots, or will he find that, he, himself, is just another player at the card game of life, as we all are?

Three of Diamonds (Book 3)
Lola Nash’s life edges on safe and controlled, containing few people; her brother, Boyd, a handful of friends and the facility for special needs children where she volunteers, called Aaron’s Place. However, a chance meeting shatters her control when she learns someone else’s closely held secret. The kind of secret causing her explicit and sexy dreams, all centering around Wes Thompson; known as Adonis in the ultra-exclusive world of the sex club, Olympus. Wes is intrigued by the voluptuous beauty who won’t give him the time of day. Like the God he emulates, he has never been the type to give in when he wants something or someone; Lola is exactly what he wants. Is Lola the one that can bring a God to his knees or will Wes conquer her, and then walk away as planned? Is the chance at love worth the cost of giving up everything you hold important? When the cards are down, will Wes and Lola call or fold?
I live in New England with my young family. I'm a stay at home mom to two very active children. For all of you who are familiar with the stress of this job, I decided to complete an item on my bucket list and write a book. When I'm not writing, you will find me cooking, reading, shopping or being silly with the kids.
I wish you all happy reading and hope you fall in love with the men of Hamden.


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