Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Review and Tour: Always Me by Jo-Anna Walker

Always Me
Book 2 - Shattered Series
Jo-Anna Walker


Forgetting is hard to do.

Tori McLeod survived the sadistic wrath of a madman at the cost of the love of her life. Always a survivor, she’s determined to move on with her life, for her sake, and the sake of her son, even if she has to leave everything and everyone behind.

Two years have passed since she lost Sebastian Chelios. He was gone, but Tori can still feel the raw magnetism pulling her toward a ghost.

Relationships change and new bonds form. Budding feelings tempt Tori, but she continues to ache for Sebastian.

Whispers of danger lurk around the corner and questions regarding Jose remain unanswered.

Can Tori move on with her life when a dark shadow from her past revisits her? With Jose still being out there, will Tori and her son ever be truly safe?

Two years had passed since Sebastian Chelios had died. Two years since being told that Jose Alvarez was still out there. And two years since I was told I was pregnant.

Pregnant with Sebastian’s baby.

God, who knew that that would happen?

A result of my forgetfulness of the pill. But it was well worth it when I looked into the eyes of my baby. Sebastian’s baby. Our child.

I tried to forget. But the calendar the wall beckoned like a tease, and my eyes darted to the dreaded numbers. My mind went back to those horrible couple of days.

It was like a bad horror movie in mind. Jose kidnapping me. Sebastian showing up. Us both shot. The blur of the hospital. My lover. Dead. Doctors and nurses in my face. Then news of the pregnancy. My head whirled when I got sucked into my thoughts. Real, as if it was yesterday. Realizing I would have to raise a child on my own.

But now…every day I looked at Antonio and ached. His eyes had slipped from blue to brown, and he reminded me so of Sebastian.

His father would never see him. know him.

Fresh tears filled my eyes but I them off. I headed to the front door and made sure it was locked. I looked out the window and noticed a big black car a couple of houses away. Relief fluttered through me. The Feds were watching. Protecting me and my son from Jose.

 A scream came through the baby monitor on my counter.

I ran up the stairs in my small two bedroom house and headed right to my baby’s room. After throwing the door I stood there, panting, gripping my chest as my heart raced against my rib cage.

My son lay there, looking up at from his crib, a big smile on his beautiful chubby face.

I sucked in a breath and tried to the thumping in my ears. “Hi, baby. You sure like giving your mama a heart attack, don’t you?”

He giggled. Yup, definitely Sebastian’s kid.

About The Author:

I'm a new self-published author who just got introduced to the writing world early 2013. My aunt suggested that I write a story because I'm an avid reader but I waved it off and left it alone. Well this year, a story came to me and I went with it. It took me a little bit but I finally got a story idea that worked and now I can't stop or control the characters/stories that keep popping up in my head.
I'm born and raised in Canada and I live with my very wonderful and supportive husband, Michael. We don't have any children (yet) unless you count our two cats. He's been my rock through this whole new experience for me. I couldn't have done it without him and my friends and family.
One of the many things I love about this new chapter in my life is that I'm learning constantly. It's never a dull moment and as long as one person likes my story, I am happy.

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Always Me (Book 2 in The Shattered Series)
By: Jo-Anna Walker
Free Rains Press
ISBN: 978-1492966395
Genre: Modern Romance
Release October 13, 2013
219 Pages
Once again, I was sucked into the Shattered world of Tori, Sebastian, Garrith, Keisha and Brett.  We pick up two years later and Tori’s still in hiding, but now she has Antonio who is the spitting image of his father.  Armed with her friends by her side, Tori struggles with the loss of Sebastian.  Her pain was so complete and consuming, but always feeling the sensation of being watched. She waited like the note said, but for how long? How long does someone put their life on hold?  Brett continues to love and care about her, but Tori just does not feel the same.  Friend’s are all they would ever be.
Dark cloaked figures evoked uneasiness in Tori.  When a note left in Antonio’s nursery could only be from one man, Jose, she is terrified.  He had promised he would find her.  Jose wasn’t the only one watching from the shadows.  Sebastian had never been far especially after learning her had a son.  Now he had two people he would kill for to protect and evil had found them. 
Anger. Fear. Love. Protection. Every imaginable emotion rocketed through Tori when she recognized the tattoos.  Sebastian.  Their passion instantly reignites.  Holy Hell….every girl should have someone to give her spine tingling, breathtaking orgasms like these!  I was   attached to these characters and felt every emotion.  Not everyone was excited to have him back. Jose begins making his presence known more strongly and Sebastian is ready to protect what is his at all cost.  However, the damage done will affect everyone.
“Sebastian possessed me, owned me. He had my body, heart, and soul wrapped tightly in his hand, controlling me. He pushed me, devoured me. Dove under my skin until I broke. Took me to higher limits than I ever thought would happen. He loved me. Love.”
I cannot say how much I am in love with this series. Always Me had murder, suspense, love and heartache. The characters are complex and honest.  And who didn’t love Malvado?  He was like the unsung champion and learning his history made me love him even more.  Tori and Sebastian..ugh..these two use sex to work out their emotions in all the “fast and hard” or morning lovemaking.  These two were meant to be together. 
5 out of 5

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