Monday, April 20, 2015

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Instigation by Tessa Teevan!!!!!

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Title: Instigation
Book 1 in The Clandestine Affairs Trilogy
Author: Tessa Teevan
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 20, 2015



Breaking up is hard to do.

Three years after her life changed forever, Gabriella Latham finally has it all. Killer job [if working for her boyfriend counts]. Killer closet [even if she doesn't technically own any of it]. Killer boyfriend [who refuses to let her leave him, even when she tries]. Unfortunately for her, the last part isn't hyperbole. She just doesn't know it yet.

Adrian Morningstar was a dream come true. No one had ever loved her more, and for the first time, in longer than she could remember, she was no longer alone. He was the Prince Charming to her Cinderella, until suddenly he became the Beast from whom she could not escape.

Until him.

When Rafe Matthews is hired to oversee the guest home construction of one of the most powerful businessmen in the country, he finally has his in. Nothing will get in the way of what he sets out to do.

Until her.

Watching from the shadows, he's drawn to the beautiful, isolated woman of the house. His curiosity is piqued and he has to have her. She may be taken by the boss, but that's not enough to stop him. Or her.

It leads to a game of cat and mouse. But who is the true predator? And who is the prey?

Nothing is quite as it seems.

Passions ignite. Tempers flare. Secrets kill.


A devilish, almost villainous grin graced his lips as his eyes filled with amusement. “Oh, Gabriella, you’ve no idea,” he said. “I shouldn’t do this. I shouldn’t be here, but I can’t seem to help myself.”

His words caught me off guard as his hands gripped my hips and he pushed me backwards until the brick of the wall bit into the skin of my lower back. He leaned down until his lips were dangerously close to mine. My insides quivered, and my heart leaped into my throat. For an entire week, I’d been waiting for his hands to be on me again, and now that he was right there, I knew I’d die if he didn’t touch me. Kiss me. Take me home and ravish me like he had that first night.

“Adrian,” I whispered, surprised at the breathy, sultry tone of my voice. God, it’d only been a week and I was already dangerously addicted to him.

His eyes gleamed as if he could read my mind, and I wondered if this has been his plan all along. To give me a taste, a perfect sneak peek at what being his would be like, and then take it away, only to keep showing up to tease me. To dangle the proverbial carrot on the string that was too high for me to get a taste or even the slightest nibble. It would suffice only for a moment, but it would be just enough to keep me from going insane. He was a deranged Pavlov and I was his little dog, salivating and panting, wanting him, that torturous bell ringing over and over again, but instead of giving me what I wanted, he kept it too far out of reach.

My Review:

Gabriella Latham entered into a whirlwind romance with Adrian Morningstar. Their love was intense. All-consuming. He was everything she could ever want.

Until he changed. He’s harboring secrets and she can no longer see the man she once loved. He’s now cold. Distant. Unrecognizable.

Rafe Matthews is a man with an agenda. He’s also inexplicably drawn to Brie. It doesn’t matter that she’s taken by his boss, he just knows he has to have her. But he, too, has secrets of his own.

And Brie is quickly learning that some secrets can get you killed.

Oh, where to begin? I’m a huge fan of Tessa’s and have read every single story that she’s written so far. And this book is unlike any other work that she’s published. It’s suspenseful and intriguing. It’s sweet and sexy as hell. It’s something that will grab ahold of your attention from the very first page and hold you captive until you’ve read the words, “the end.” And then you’re going to write her a letter demanding that the second book to be sent to you NOW.

Adrian is intense. He’s shady. I liked him in the beginning and found myself hating him as the story progressed. Then I found myself wanting to know more about HIS story. I’m looking forward to learning more about him later in the Series.

Brie drove me crazy. A part of me wanted to smack her for her stupidity. Another part of me wanted to shelter her from the storm that was inevitably coming her way. She was too trusting. Too gullible. Too sweet. But as the story progressed I got to see her transform before my very eyes. She became a vixen. She became more confident and more in control. It was nice to see her holding her own.

Rafe. Just typing that name makes me smile. He’s hot. Mysterious. Sweet with his words. He’s a character that I just gravitated towards and didn’t want to let go of. I have some suspicions and guesses as far as what his story may be, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in future installments. All I know is that I want more of him in my kindle and on my bookshelf asap.

Instigation was a deliciously entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked it the first time I read through it and I loved it even more the second time around. And because of that fact, I’d have to give it 5 stars. But don’t take my word on it. One-click this book and try it out yourself. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be disappointed.

About Tessa:

I'm a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.

If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.

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