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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saints & Sinners Books Presents: Blemished by Juliet Braddock; #ReleaseBlitz, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #Live, #99Pennies, #Review


Rating:  4 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Saints and Sinners and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

A tragic accident in the middle of an immobilizing blizzard joins Gavin Fletcher and Chloe Cabot, uniting two tarnished souls on a life-changing journey that defies the odds of their haunting pasts in BLEMISHED, the new novel by Amazon bestselling author of erotic romance Juliet Braddock.

Beautiful and imaginative, Chloe struggles to survive the daily grind of life in Chicago. An artist who never dared to explore her dreams, she takes pride in her independence and fends for herself at all costs.

A young advertising executive who’s rising fast within the industry, Gavin has built an ordered and precise life, but he’s much more lonesome than he’ll ever admit.

Both exist in worlds veiled in secrecy.

On the surface, Gavin’s life exudes perfection. He’s building his own thriving business, but beneath that slick exterior, he’s hiding the truth about his enigmatic lifestyle.

Chloe, on the other hand, has been dealt a rough hand in life. As details of her heart-wrenching past emerge, she fears she might lose Gavin for good.

Together, though, they discover solace in each other’s arms. While Chloe blossoms as Gavin’s submissive under his tough but tender tutelage, she wonders if he might just be the one to break the façade of fear that surrounded her heart.

Just as emotion transforms them from reluctant strangers into unlikely but enduring lovers, heartbreak strikes their relationship again, forcing an unforeseen reversal of roles.

Please make sure to read the author’s Acknowledgements.  They may not be written to you but sometimes you learn about what they’re going through and the people they appreciate.

This story is told in parts – it is one of the longer books that I’ve read this year but I think you’ll find it’s worth the price.  Don’t expect this to be a fluff piece.  There’s heart and soul here as well humor and sexual situations. 

Gavin Fletcher is out trying to do the right thing for his health.  It’s a way for him to try and forget his stressors.  Chloe Cabot is at the right place at the wrong time.  But it turns out all right in the end.  You never know who’s going to come into your life and the effect they will have on it.  This is especially true when Gavin disclosed something very personal – certainly had me do a double take.

Most books that I’ve read this year have our male character with light, dark, or even gray hair.  It was nice to see an author who gave her character red hair.  They are men who tend to get overlooked – can’t figure out why.  On top of that, she gives him an interesting pet choice.  At one point you think that you have to feel sorry for Chloe but she shows that she doesn’t want your pity.  She will not let her situation define her and once Gavin comes into her life she seems to bloom.

I could go on and on about the book but if I did you wouldn’t be able to enjoy it for yourself.  There is BDSM her but it’s just an extension of who Gavin is.  He’s not trying to convert anyone but you have to take him as he is.  He makes Chloe comfortable in trying to learn what she would like to do in order to please her partner.  It’s not about pain.  For me, it was a great introduction to the writing style of an author I’ve never read before.  This isn’t the first book she’s written so I will have to check out some of her other work. 

Amazon bestselling author Juliet Braddock’s first efforts in
creative writing came long before she learned to put crayon to paper.  In fact, she began spinning stories in her
head nearly as soon as she could form complete sentences.  As long as she can remember, she’d always
created sagas about imaginary friends, family members and pop culture icons, and kept everyone around her entertained with her witty—but often very tall—tales.

For her sixth Christmas, Juliet’s mother got her a child’s
typewriter to preserve all of those creative thoughts filling her head, but she quickly switched to ball point pens and notebooks when the ribbon ran dry. 

Most of Juliet’s early attempts at writing romance focused on
members of Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet or young leading men on Broadway.  However, as she matured as a writer, she decided that it was just as much fun to create her own romantic heroes and heroines.

At an early age, she also developed a love for big cities,
and the tallest of skyscrapers were never high enough for her.  Juliet’s wanderlust would eventually lure her
to New York, a city she often visited during her formative years, and her love affair with Manhattan began.  She’d
promised herself that one day she would return for good. 

Juliet’s passion for writing and for big cities converged,
and after graduating with a degree in Journalism, she decided to set out on a journey to find her heart…just where she’d left it. 

A week after her college graduation, Juliet made the big move
from a small town to New York City, where she has made her home ever since.

In between building a career in communications and writing on the side, she’s indulged in international travel, theater and art.  A wine and food buff, she’s by no means a connoisseur, but she can give a few good restaurant recommendations if you’re in the city. 

“There’s something so inspiring about living in a city like
New York that’s so rich in culture and so very vibrant. Every neighborhood has its own story to tell,” Juliet says.  “I
often do my best plotting on the subway, just observing the lives unfolding around me.  New York truly has a billion stories nestled between the skyscrapers.”

A proud Manhattanite, Juliet couldn’t live anywhere
else—except for Paris, perhaps—and is a gushing cat-mom to a Russian Blue mix who was rescued as a kitten from the streets of Brooklyn. 

Find Juliet on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Her website is

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