★ Review ☆ Unraveled: Tortured Soul #2 by Kate Givans

Let me start by saying, this is NOT a standalone. If you haven’t read book #1, Tortured, then you aren’t going to understand or enjoy this book. I encourage you to not read this review is you haven’t read book #1, as there will be some spoilers in here.

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Tortured is Josh’s story . . . .

In Tortured we meet Willow, the fun loving, free spirited red head who pulls Josh out of his reclusive state after an accident that took the life of his best friend. An accident Josh feels responsible for. Willow shows him how to smile, how to let go and live again. How to love.

But just as fast as she blows into his life, she is ripped out of it, leaving Josh wondering what happened, where she is and if he will ever see her again.

Unraveled is Willow’s story . . . .

Willow’s story is a little different from book #1, it is told in past and present, which I feel has executed perfectly. It gives Willow the chance to explain her actions, secrecy, and her past.

Willow lost her mother at a young age, leaving her to take care of her brother Cole and sister, Mya. Sure, her drunken, mentally and physically abusive father was there, but Willow did all she could to keep herself and her siblings unnoticed by him until the day she could pack Cole and Mya and disappear.

She has been on the run ever since, never staying in one place too long, never making friends and certainly never thinking of falling in love. Until Josh. He made her forget all the terrible demons of her past and let her feel safe, protected.

And then her world came crashing down around her. She did the only thing she knew. She ran. This time she’s headed for California. If she can’t have Josh, she might as well have a piece of a place he loves. This is a place for fresh starts all around, and more life altering changes for Willow.

Willow and Cole made an agreement, that when Winnie, their RV, retired, it was time for Cole to move on and start a normal life for himself. A life Cole doesn’t want without his sisters. Willow doesn’t give him a choice when she and Mya leave him behind.
Willow believes she is doing what is best for them all, but could that be a huge mistake?

Grab it and find out!
Kate doesn’t pull out any stops, she tells it like it is and drives it home with one hell of a story with such a phenomenally strong and selfless heroine.
This story is left on a cliffhanger, one I want to seriously shake the next book from Kate 😉

Unraveled is an emotional read. Trust me when I say this, get your tissues ready. From anger to love to heart wrenching and right down to leaving your skin crawling in a few parts.

Kate has out done herself in this book, by far her best work to date.
Now the wait for Mended. Oh and Cole’s sexy, brooding story where he runs off for some wild fun with Maso, right Kate? Hehe a girl can dream, right? 😉

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★ Release Day Tour ☆ Unraveled by Kate Givans

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I get that you probably hate me. I don’t blame you. You’ll probably hate me even more once this is all over. That’s okay, too.

Honestly, I hate myself.

But before you make any judgments about me, you should know I never planned for things to go this way. I really do love him, and I never meant to hurt him.

It’s just that some things are better left unsaid. Some secrets are meant to be kept.

Still, I can’t help feeling like I’ve just made the biggest mistake of my life.

My name is Willow Lansing. I’m a gypsy, a vagabond, stealer of hearts.

And it feels like I’m unraveling at the seams.

 
 

EXCERPT: 

I sat at the dinette, map unfolded in front of me, sipping at my extra cream and extra sugar mug of coffee. Hot chocolate might have been my drink of choice, but days like this one required caffeine.

We had a full day of driving ahead of us, and I needed to get us off the highway we were on. But in order to do that, I needed to have at least some sort of idea as to where we were going. I hated doing that, though—planning our destination. I felt like it made us easier to track. Suspicious, I know, but I’d apparently become a little paranoid. Rightly so, considering the razorblades ripping my heart to shreds over not leaving sooner, for letting myself fall in love, and putting everything at risk.

How could I have been so stupid? So damned careless?

Oh, that’s right . . . Josh.

Just the thought of him triggered a pang in my chest, one so painfully raw, I was sure my heart would fall right out onto the table, leaving behind a gaping hole in my chest so deep and wide that it’d never be filled again. Not by anything or anyone. Because there wasn’t a single person or thing on this earth could ever give me what he had given me, something I’d desperately needed when he’d found me on that bridge.

Hope.

As I’d stood up on that ledge that night, looking out over the water, I thought of how easy it would be to just end it all. I wouldn’t do it, not as long as Mya needed me. But there’d still been this sobering realization just before he showed up . . . if I fell, there would be no one there to catch me. No one to rescue me. Only me and the sky and the ground below.

So I’d just haBlack and white grunge image of a beautiful teenage girl sitting on the floor cryingve to learn how to fly.

Not literally, of course, but figuratively.

Josh had been the one to give me wings with his willingness to help a complete stranger, a crazy girl standing on a bridge, ready to plummet to her death—or at the very least contemplating the idea. They grew stronger as I got to know him, learned just how kind, gentle, caring, and sensitive he really was. I bloomed under his attention, his affection, his love. And for the first time in a very long time, I felt free. He had been more than I ever could have wished for, perfect in every way.

But none of that mattered in the end—not his beautiful soul, not his deep laugh that warmed me from the inside out, not the way he loved me without question, limitations, or conditions. It couldn’t, no matter how much I wanted it to. Because things with wings have to fly in order to survive.

And that’s exactly what I’d done.

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Tortured (Tortured Soul #1) by Kate Givans

They say time heals all wounds. I beg to differ.

It’s been more than a year since the crash that killed my best friend. Everyone else has moved on with  their lives – his girlfriend, his parents, our friends – everyone except me. But they weren’t there.

They  don’t have to relive that horrible night, over and over, like some sick, twisted movie. I didn’t ask for it, and I couldn’t make it stop.

Then I met Willow.

With her unwavering compassion and carefree spirit, she put some slack in the chains holding me to my past. Her bubbly optimism has taught me what it means to walk away from tragedy and loss a better, stronger man.
 

There’s just one problem.

Underneath all that beauty, she’s secretive. Evasive. I’m pretty sure she’s running from something, but I don’t know what. The closer I get to finding out, the more it seems as if she’s just another link in my chains of torture.

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Contemporary romance author Kate Givans drags her broken characters through unimaginable pain and loss before handing them a well-deserved happy ending. When not writing, you can find Kate relaxing with a book, herding up her five children, or listening to music on her iPod. She always has a cup of coffee in hand, and no one will ever convince her that chocolate isn’t a food group. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter, and be sure to join her book club for a free and exclusive copy of Imprisoned (Tortured Soul 0.5).
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★ Review ☆ All I Want for Christmas by Kate Givans

Kate delivers once again with this sweet novella that shows you that family isn’t always blood. Family is who pulls you up when you’re at your lowest and gives you the opportunity to spread your wings.

Cooking, cleaning, school, working and taking care of her mother is all 16 year old Reyna knows. That is until the state steps in and places her with a foster family.

Reyna doesn’t want to be with the Millers, she wants to go home to her mother. It doesn’t help her that they are a lot like the Brady bunch. All activities, outings and meals are done together. Family is extremely important to the Millers and they are always extending.

One moment, that’s all it took around the new kid, Neil, for Reyna’s mind about her new family to start changing.

Neil was her rock, as much her savior as the Millers. Happiness, hope and sure enough, first love developed real fast between these two.

But Reyna knows enough about life to know it isn’t always a fairy tale, not everyone gets the boy and lives happily ever after. Sometimes, the boy breaks your heart and then disappears for years without a single trace before storming back in to save you before you even knew you needed it.

All I Want for Christmas is not your typical cookie-cutter holiday romance.

Yes, it has love, hope and its own HEA. But this story is more than just that. It shows hardship, loyalty, betrayal, growth, love, forgiveness and of course, second chances.

Seriously, this is a Must read.

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★ Cover Reveal ☆ Unraveled: Tortured Soul #2 by Kate Givans 

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Release Date: June 15th, 2015
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This is NOT a standalone. To enjoy Unraveled (Tortured Soul #2), you must first read Tortured (Tortured Soul #1)
**Please note that this book may be highly triggering as it contains violent, graphic sexual content and the abuse of minor children.**

I get that you probably hate me. I don’t blame you. You’ll probably hate me even more once this is all over. That’s okay, too. Honestly, I hate myself. But before you make any judgments about me, you should know I never planned for things to go this way. I really do love him, and I never meant to hurt him. It’s just that some things are better left unsaid. Some secrets are meant to be kept. Still, I can’t help feeling like I’ve just made the biggest mistake of my life. My name is Willow Lansing. I’m a gypsy, a vagabond, stealer of hearts. And it feels like I’m unraveling at the seams.

Excerpt:

It’d been nearly noon by the time we managed to get back on the road. Mya sat buckled into her safety belt at the dinette in the back, watching her new movie, the same one she’d watched at “Nana Jan’s.” Cole worked on making everyone lunch. And me? I just tried to keep my eyes and my mind focused on the road . . . but gods I hated the Midwest. All that flat land reminded me of those old black and white cartoons, the ones where you could tell they used the same handful of frames over and over, rehashing them into a seemingly endless loop. A cow here. A corn field there. A hill every thirty minutes or so. A patch of trees or a lake about every hour. Some folks say the Midwest has its own beauty, that there’s something amazing about being able to see for miles around. Whatever. I’d take the mountains or the forests, hell, even the plateaus of the desert over this . . . this . . . emptiness. It made the minutes feel like hours and the hours feel like days. We hadn’t even made it to Oklahoma City yet—less than two hours from where we’d started—and I already wanted a nap. Not that I could take one. We needed to at least make it to Texas that day. And after that . . . I didn’t know. I still hadn’t decided where we’d land next. I tried to fool myself into believing it had more to do with not wanting to make too obvious of a choice, but the ache in my chest told me differently, reminded me that my indecisiveness had everything to do with wanting to turn the rig back around and head back to Emporia. I loved that crazy, quirky college town. I missed its brick streets and funky vintage shops and restaurants. The way the weather would turn at the drop of a hat. How no one really seemed to notice me or my eccentric style, thanks to the throngs of college students constantly coming in and out of town for classes and holidays and breaks. Most of all, I missed Josh. A part of me wished he could have seen the warnings for what they really were—a way to keep that distance between us, to save him from more pain than necessary, a sacrifice of my own heart to save his. It would have made things easier on him. But the damage had been done, and all I could do was hope that I hadn’t done any irreparable damage to his kind heart or beautiful soul. Ah, who was I kidding? I’m nobody . . . nobody special, anyway. Not someone worthy of his love and affection, and certainly not worthy of his heartache. He deserved better, that’s for certain. Obvious, even. But I had underestimated just how much I needed him—the way he looked at me, the way he touched me, the way he treated me like a normal girl . . . a girl that didn’t have ghosts and secrets and demons and a fucked up past. Too bad it had all been a lie.

About Tortured (Tortured Soul #1)

“There are certain stories that leave you feeling empty, that touch your soul and rock you to the core in ways that are not always pretty. Tortured is one of those books, its roughness, sadness and broken characters will touch every fiber of your being.” – Reading, Dreaming “Genuine, moving, and reminds us that there’s hope for all of us.” – Rachael Wade “A highly emotional and touching story.” – My e-Literate Obsession WARNING: This book is intended for 18+ readers ONLY. Potentially triggering content and concepts in books to follow. A contemporary romantic drama about loss, healing, and love’s ability to reach beyond scars and secrets, no matter how deep or hidden. More than a year after the death of his best friend, Josh is still tormented by the past. Everything changes when free-spirited Willow barges into his life. She challenges him, helps him feel something other than the overwhelming pain, sadness, and anger. There’s just one problem. Underneath that carefree spirit, Willow is elusive and secretive. Josh believes she may be fighting a few demons of her own, but the harder he tries to uncover the truth, the more she pushes him away. Can Josh get her to open up before it’s too late? Or will he discover that some secrets are better left untold?



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Kate Givans may be a bit quirky and slightly off-key, but there’s more to this contemporary romance author than her oddities and eccentricities.
Familiar with some of the more difficult aspects of life, Kate loves complicated characters. More accurately, she loves dragging hers through unimaginable pain and loss. But she isn’t completely heartless. In fact, she’s a tad obsessed with making sure her characters receive the happily-ever-afters that are often so elusive in real life.
When she’s not writing, you’ll find her curled up with a book, talking about books, drowning in coffee, herding up her five kids, watching a movie with her amazingly supportive husband, or binging on one of her favorite shows.
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★ New Release ☆ Tortured, Tortured Souls #1 by Kate Givans

Tortured,
Tortured Souls #1
By Kate Givans

WARNING:
Due to sexual content and graphic nature of some scenes, this book is intended for 18+ readers ONLY.
Potentially triggering content and concepts in books to follow. 

A dark and gritty, contemporary adult novel about loss, healing, and love’s ability to reach beyond scars and secrets, no matter how deep or hidden.

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More than a year after the death of his best friend, Josh is still tormented by the past. Everything changes when free-spirited Willow barges into his life. She challenges him, helps him feel something other than the overwhelming pain, sadness, and anger. There’s just one problem. 

Underneath that carefree spirit, Willow is elusive and secretive. Josh believes she may be fighting a few demons of her own, but he harder he tries to uncover the truth, the more she pushes him away. 

Can Josh get her to open up before it’s too late? Or will he discover that some secrets are better left untold?

 
We’re all afraid of something. Spiders. Heights. The dark. Whatever the fear, there’s usually a story behind it – something that’s instilled it, given it the ability to manifest itself in everyday life. 
But there’s one fear that needs no explanation, one that almost everyone has.
The fear of death.  
Inevitable and unpredictable, death is something we all think about at some point in our lives. We realize that, someday, we’ll simply cease to exist. And it could happen in the blink of an eye. No warning. No way out. No do-overs.
I’m not like most people though. To me, death is peace. Peace from pain, and from an existence much worse than death: torture.
Your body is still alive. You know exactly what’s happening to you – the endless cycle of pain and mental anguish, the constant drip, drip on your forehead.
At first, you’re optimistic, hope it’ll end, that maybe someone will come along and save you. Then comes acceptance: this is now your life, and there’s no way out except death. You start wishing for each breath to be your last.  
I know what it’s like to reach that state of mind, to feel like your situation is hopeless. It’s a long road back, but trust me, there’s someone out there that cares. They’re looking for you, ready to free you from your chains.
Just be careful.
Sometimes salvation can rip you from the inside out, and before you know it, you’re right back to where you started. 
Tortured. 
 

 

Quirky, clumsy, and always a little off-key, Kate Givans has always loved books and the words contained within. Now that she’s writing the stories, she’s filling them with broken characters, angst, and even a few of those happily-ever-afters that seem to evade us in real life.
When not writing, this wife and mother of five can be found guzzling coffee, day-dreaming, dancing for no reason at all, playing with the voices in her head, watching her favorite shows (Originals, Grey’s, OUAT, The Following), listening to music, and reminding herself to “breathe.”
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★ Review ☆ Tortured, Tortured Soul #1 by Kate Givans

“Those moments of loss and death were hell on the soul; no amount of love or life could make the pain less hurtful, but they were the moments that carried you through, gave you strength to fight another day.”

I am always a little nervous starting a new book from a new author who’s work isn’t the typical book I read. With nothing but a single quote, I decided to give it a go, boy was I surprised.

Kate is a Very promising author, and I for one am very excited to follow along with her journey.

“We all suffer from scars of torment. Some are just made more visible than others.”

 

Josh is dealing with a lot of grief after the accident where he lost his best friend,  an accident he feels responsible for and can not move past. He goes through the motions of life, but he isn’t really living it. He has shut out everyone in his life and decided to pretty much give up on life.

Then he meets her…..

“Standing on the ledge of the arched concrete bridge, arms spread wide, she looked like a bird about to take flight. I probably would have taken more time to admire the auburn curls whipping around her upturned face, the absolute freedom she seemed to embody in that moment, had it not looked like she was about to jump.”

 

Willow, the free spirited girl who is set on having fun, living life to the fullest and is set on including Josh in that. Even if he doesn’t want it.

The more he pulls away, the more she shows up and reinforces that she can be his friend. She is determined to remind him just how fun life can be and that love can come crashing through when you least expect it.

“I inhaled it on a sharp breath and tried to remind myself of all the reasons I didn’t need to get involved with her. But one nagging question kept running through my head: Who is this girl, and what is she doing to me?”

 

With her infectious carefree attitude, it isn’t long before Josh can’t get her off his mind. The undeniable attraction, the connection that draws them together grows stronger with every turn of the page and Josh is left with his heart wanting the patient, bubbly and compassionate gypsy, who forced herself into his life, opening his eyes once again. And she wants him…
The only problem is, Willow has a world of secrets that she can’t share, leaving Josh in the dark about her entire life.
Does he hold on with all his might to show Willow that she can trust him with her life, or move on and learn to live without the girl who brought him back to life?

I guess you will have to pick it up to find out 😉

“Even if someone had handed me a map, shown me the way back to life without Willow, I wouldn’t have redirected my course. I wouldn’t have changed a damn thing. That’s the funny thing about love. Sometimes you’re head over heels long before you’ve even have the chance to register the fall.”

 

Kate Givans has a wonderful way of making you empathize with the characters, makes you believe their stories and leaves you crazy with frustration at waiting for the next installment.I actually had a few days break between finishing the story and actually getting the review in place, my original review was;

 “He was… she’s awww… And now he ….. But she’s being …. Cow! ;)”

Oh, I will warn you all, my thought on seeing the words “The End”?
“HOLY FUDGE-CAKES!”
 
                 
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★Cover Reveal ☆ Tortured, Tortured Souls #1 by Kate Givans


Tortured,
Tortured Souls #1
By Kate Givans
Coming July 2014
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A dark and gritty, contemporary adult novel about loss, healing, and love’s ability to reach beyond scars and secrets, no matter how deep or hidden. 

 

 


More than a year after the death of his best friend, Josh is still tormented by the past. Everything changes when free-spirited Willow barges into his life. She challenges him, helps him feel something other than the overwhelming pain, sadness, and anger. 


There’s just one problem. 

Underneath that carefree spirit, Willow is elusive and secretive. Josh believes she may be fighting a few demons of her own, but he harder he tries to uncover the truth, the more she pushes him away. 

Can Josh get her to open up before it’s too late? Or will he discover that some secrets are better left untold?


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WARNING: Due to sexual content and graphic nature of some scenes, this book is intended for 18+ readers ONLY. Potentially triggering content and concepts in books to follow. 

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I first met Willow out on Old Mill Road.
Standing on the ledge of the arched concrete bridge, arms spread wide, she looked like a bird about to take flight. I probably would have taken more time to admire the auburn curls whipping around her upturned face, the absolute freedom she seemed to embody in that moment, had it not looked like she was about to jump.  
 
I remember my hesitation, how desperately I wanted to turn back the way I’d come, pretend that I’d never seen her. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly thrilled about having the responsibility of whether or not this crazy chick lived or died thrown in my lap – even if I did understand, at least on some level, what might be going through her
head.

I knew, better than most, what it meant to feel like life wouldn’t ever get better. But I wasn’t the person to talk her down. It might have only been six weeks since I’d left Shady Pines, but I didn’t know the first thing about helping someone find the light at the end of

the tunnel. Hell, I still had days that I’d have much rather jumped right along
with her than try and brave another morning.
 
Thankfully, that particular day hadn’t been one of them. 
And, since I only had two options – go past her or go back the way I came, I figured it couldn’t hurt to at least try and talk her off the ledge. It was better than the alternative – watching her plummet to her death. That would have meant even more trouble, and that was the last thing I needed.    
Edging cautiously along the gravel path, I took slow and calculated steps towards bird-girl, stopping just feet away from her. I weighed the risk of grabbing ahold of the oversized sweater jacket she was wearing, but ended up deciding against it. My luck, the damn thing would come clean off and she’d end up in the water anyway.
 
I still wasn’t sure what to do when she spoke, face still upturned to the sky. 
 
“I’m not going to jump.”
 
I cleared my throat. “No offense, but that’s not what it looks like from here.”
 
Her head tilted slightly, as if she were trying to shrug but the movement came up a bit short. I waited for some other response, but as the uncomfortable silence stretched on, I got the impression that my presence was both unwanted and unnecessary.   
 
Well, you…uh, have a nice night,” I finally said, taking a couple backward steps towards town.
 
“You could join me.” 
 
Her words, prying and inquisitive, stopped me dead in my tracks.
 
“Yeeaaah….Thanks, but I prefer to keep my feet on the ground.” 
 
She chuckled. The light, carefree sound intrigued and, for some unknown reason, annoyed me all at once. Maybe because I’d never laughed like that. Actually, I didn’t know anyone that had. Which made me question what the hell she was doing up there in the first place.
 
Crazy.
Definitely crazy.
  
About the time I started backing away again, determined to get as far away from her as possible, she glanced over her shoulder. A pair of sparkling blue eyes ensnared me, rooting me, once again, to the ground beneath my feet.   
 
“How will you ever learn to fly if you don’t take time to spread your wings?” she asked with wide-eyed conviction.
 
Whatever pull I’d felt just seconds before shook free and floated away with the cold, bitter wind. I’d taken enough rides on the crazy train.

“Well, anyway. It was, uh, nice meeting you.” 

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Quirky, clumsy, and always a little off-key, Kate Givans has always loved books and the words contained within. Now that she’s writing the stories, she’s filling them with broken characters, angst, and even a few of those happily-ever-afters that seem to evade us in real life.
When not writing, this wife and mother of five can be found guzzling coffee, day-dreaming, dancing for no reason at all, playing with the voices in her head, watching her favorite shows (Originals, Grey’s, OUAT, The Following), listening to music, and reminding herself to “breathe.”

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