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Review of Dismantled (Girls on Top #2) by Yara Greathouse w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Title: Dismantled
Series: Girls On Top Series
Author: Yara Greathouse
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 18, 2015
Cover Designa: Rebecca Berto of Berto Designs
Photography: Erin Dawn Photography
What happens when a stranger takes everything from you in the blink of an eye? When your life goes from perfection to hell and you aren’t sure if you want to climb out of the hole you’re in or dig down deeper?
Events from Traxx Maxwell’s past prevent him from getting into serious relationships and he likes it that way. One unexpected day, hell breaks loose. “The Incident” happens. Traxx is forced to watch something that no one should ever see. He starts to fall into a person that no one recognizes. There is darkness moving within him – he is broken inside.
While she’s waiting for Traxx to quit his slutty ways and really notice her, Ciara Collins is dating other guys and having fun. One unexpected day “The Incident” takes over Traxx’s life. While he tries to push everyone away, Ciara refuses to retreat. Can she help him put his fractured life back together or will he have to remain this shattered shell, completely dismantled?
And just when life seems somewhat bearable, the creepers who have been quietly observing and enjoying Traxx’s suffering, have decided to take everything away from him – once and for all.
This is a story about how the unexpected can make someone’s life fall into pieces, and how unconditional love and friendship can help those who are dismantled become whole again.

 

 

So, I signed up to read this forgetting that’s a New Adult book.  Gah!  As most know, I don’t “do” NA books.  Too much angst for me since I loved my 20’s.  So I thought to myself hopefully I won’t throw the Kindle, delete the file, pour bleach in my eyes and then email the tour company saying that I just couldn’t finish it.
Sweet baby, OMG!  Am I ever glad that I read this book.  Wanna know why?  Will let me list the ways:
1.  Ciara!!!!  She is one of the strongest heroine’s that I’ve read in a long time.  YA/NA/Adult.  She is NOT TSTL, doesn’t need saving and she can definitely hold her own.  Even with Traxx, which isn’t easy at times.  I would sit and have a beer with her.
2.  Traxx!!!  It was actually nice to see the hero have to be saved from the heroine.  It was refreshing and didn’t make him a weak man because of it.  Because of the “incident” he truly needed Ciara to pull him back to what he was beforehand.
3.  The suspense element was spot on for this NA.  Not too heavy but not to light hearted.  There is a tragic story that takes place and the journey to make it back in one piece.
4.  Secondary characters that are richly drawn and not just window dressing or plot devices.  They serve a purpose to the story and I would love to hear more about them in the future.
5.  Going back to Ciara and Traxx…Ms. Greathouse wrote them so well that I felt like I was a part of them in the end.  I hated to let go of them.  Wonderfully written and multilayered.  Again, in my opinion, that’s not the norm in NA books.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read some wonderful NA books but this book is the best so far.
6.  Character growth is a big thing for me.  I want to see my characters grow within themself and then with each other.  Ciara and Traxx did this for me and it was wonderful to watch.
So if you wondering if I like the book, I LOVED this book.  Its the second book in a series but its stands alone.  Will I go back and get the first book?  You bet.  I’ve been told that Ms. Greathouse writes the most wonderful heroine’s and that’s just what I want to read in a New Adult book.
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I’m still waiting for him to say something…
anything. So many emotions cross his face in a matter of seconds. Happy.
Confused. Sadness. I don’t know what to say. Perhaps I need to say nothing at
all. In the stillness, our eyes do all the silent talking. Our chests move with
heavy breathing and desire pours out through our pores. It’s unmistakable. The
question is what are we going to do about it? The seconds feel like hours while
we weigh each other’s options.
Finally, Traxx man-ups the situation, and he slowly
takes a couple of steps until he invades all my senses. So close that I can
feel his body heat, and the clean scent of his cologne becomes a part of the
air I breathe. I look at him, my high heeled shoes giving me a closer look to
his masculine face. His jaw is tense. His eyes intense. It’s a lot more than I
can take. He’s everywhere and nowhere all at once. I want to grab a hold of
him, and I want to turn around and walk away. Too many feelings…too much. I
want it all. With shaky fingers I place a hand on his chest. I’m unsure if I
should push or pull, so I leave it still instead. He is rock solid and soft at
the same time, if that’s even possible. His heat burns my hand, but I won’t
move it. It’s the best burn I’ve ever had.
The heat moves through that hand and comes into me
– inside of me, moving throughout my body and filling in my empty heart. One of
his hands comes up to cover the one I have on his chest, and as I turn my head
to look at the Traxx sandwich my hand’s caught in between, his other hand lifts
up, and grabs my hair, moving it behind my shoulder. His hand caresses my
shoulder, then my collarbone, never leaving my skin, until it finally wraps
around the side of my neck and with his thumb, he gently rubs the outline of my
jaw. Back and forth. And again – back and forth. It’s a beautiful feeling. It’s
excruciating. I catch myself looking into his eyes and then my eyes move so I
can stare at his lips.
“Ciara, you are breathtakingly beautiful.”
I realize I can’t talk and then something similar
to a whimper escapes my lips. I recover quickly by clearing my throat and
whispering, “Thank you.” The time lingers on. I wish I could pull him inside my
place and into my room. Keep him there, allowing myself to be selfish. There
are so many things I want to do to this man that even eternity wouldn’t be
enough time. I also need to try and decipher these feelings I have for him. To
show him someone cares and that he is worth it. His eyes say so much and
nothing at all.
Raising my chin with his fingers, Traxx whispers,
“It’s time to go.”
“Is it really… time?”
“Yes, it is. We may have to finish… this… another
day. Don’t you think?”
“Agreed. We really have to work on…this.”
He kisses the top of my hand and steps away from
me, back into the receiving hall, waiting for me to lock the door. I turn
around and he smiles and extends his hand towards me. I hold on to it and
follow him to the truck. The thought occurs to me that I would follow this man
anywhere he needed me.

 

 

 

Yara Greathouse likes to write contemporary romance dashed with elements of suspense. She grew up in Dominican Republic, moved to the Unites States at the age of 17 and served in the US Army. Always an animated storyteller, she finally gave into her friends’ requests for her to write. Her first series, “Girls On Top” is about strong female lead characters and the sexy alpha males who love them.
She currently resides in Texas, but calls Georgia her “home” state. She lives with her husband, has two boys, a dog (Hank) and a cat (Mollie) who acts like a spoiled child. Her days are dedicated to a job she loves as a Business Analyst, and during her free time she writes, takes care of her family, and indulges on her love of reading, cooking and travel. She loves to hear from readers, bloggers and other authors. You can find her at:
Email: YaraWrites@hotmail.com

 

 

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