Friday, November 10, 2017

Blog Tour : Protector's Claim by Airicka Phoenix @AirickaPhoenix

Title: Protector’s Claim
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Genre: Dark Romance
Publication Date: Oct. 31st, 2017

Gabrielle Thornton
I made a mistake.
I allowed myself to be born. I allowed myself access into a life that wasn’t mine, and for that, I had willingly submitted my body and soul to a man whose sadistic pleasures knew no bound, a man who relished in my pain as much as he craved my flesh.
A monster I would do anything to escape.
But what if I could make it stop? What if the cost of freedom was a single night in a stranger’s arms? What if one final sin was all I needed to commit to find peace?
 Kieran Kincaid
I had always known of the sickness that lived inside my father, the demons who controlled the man. His death was a blessing to every innocent he’d destroyed with his dark hunger.
Yet, despite his demise becoming my curse, a shackle trapping me in his twisted secrets, it lured me to it, too. It promised me the thing I coveted above all else. It seduced me deeper into the world I wish I knew nothing of, but there was no turning back, not even if by accepting, by taking what didn’t belong to me made me a monster like him.
Gabby would finally be mine.

“You live here alone?” I asked as he left me at the wide, U-shaped island
dominating the majority of the main area to wander over to the fridge.
He nodded. “For the last three years.”
“Where’s your mom?”
He yanked the doors open, releasing a puddle of yellow light across the floor.
“She has her own flat downtown. Likes it better there. Closer to the shops.”
It seemed like such a waste, all that space. I couldn’t picture me there at all with
all those looming, empty rooms and winding corridors. I wouldn’t know what to do with
myself. My apartment wasn’t much to brag about. Even with its smallness, I still felt the
pang of loneliness. I couldn’t imagine being here in the cold and dust, surrounded by
things that would offer no comfort.
“You don’t like it.”
He was watching me when I blinked out of my reverie.
“It’s not that I don’t like it,” I clarified carefully. “It’s just so…”

“Ostentatious?” He brought out a platter of fruit and placed it on the wraparound
counter. “Overdone? An eyesore?”
“Lonely,” I whispered. “I don’t know how I feel about you being here by yourself
all the time. I’d lose my mind.”
“That’s the thing, love.” He rounded to my side. “I’ve been alone my entire life.
You get used to it.”
“I still don’t like it.”
His hands found my waist and I was pulled to him. Warm palms glided up to my
shoulder blades. The heat of them radiated through the thin fabric of my top.
“Then don’t leave me here alone.”
My breath caught. My heart tripped in my chest. It quickened with the light bump
of his nose against mine.
“You don’t make sense,” I murmured, fingers lifting to curl around his bare
shoulders. “Everything you keep talking about, marriage and moving in together after
only one night … men usually avoid those things, don’t they?”
His nose, his lips grazed mine with every slow rock of his head. “I don’t know
about other men, but I’ve been waiting three years for you, Gabby. I’ve done my time.
I’ve accepted that there’s no winning whatever pull you have on me. The want I had for
you in the beginning is now a need I won’t deny myself. I need you. If not here, then I’ll
find us a new place, anywhere you want. Whatever you want, it’s yours, just … let me
keep you.”
I kissed him.
Fuck common sense.

Protector's Claim was a book I had been looking forward to for so long. Everything about this authors writing reaches into my heart and doesn't let me go. She gives you a hero in Kieran that is so very intense and so very protective that I simply hung on every word or every page he was on. These two met when Gabby was a little awkward teenager who Kieran was too old to even notice without being a predator. Thankfully he didn't see her as a woman until she grew up. When he noticed her for real no other woman existed to him. Yes ladies the unicorn of heroes existed in this hot sexy gem. A really celibate hero who treats his woman like gold.

 There is some pretty dark themes here and I'd stay away if you are easily upset by dark subject matter.
But for me I absolutely devoured every page. The darkness Gabby lived through was unspeakable and tragic. But Kieran moved heaven and hell to claim and protect her. I had some moments of pure panic but this author always brings sunshine after the darkness.
Great read.

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Airicka Phoenix is a multi-genre author of novels starring strong female leads and sexy alpha heroes. She started her journey after never finding the type of books she wanted to read. Her love of tortured souls and forbidden romance carried her into writing her own hard-earned happiness. Currently, she lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her babies and can be found hard at work on her next project. For more about Airicka, visit her at FOLLOW AIRICKA’S NEWSLETTER  for updates, new releases, sneak peeks, and more.

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