Today we have a phenomenal new release from A. M. Hargrove with her FREEING HIM, a sexy new romance. Below, you'll find all the book info, and exclusive excerpt, as well as an awesome giveaway!! Check it out!!
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“Mommy! Mommy! I’m scared. Where are you?” Dark. It’s so dark. I can’t see anything and my throat hurts so bad. I want my mommy. But she won’t answer me. Why won’t she come? She always comes when I call her at night. But she doesn’t come this time. And I keep calling her. My Spiderman pajamas are wet and I want my blankie because I’m cold. My teeth make a clicking noise because they keep chattering and they won’t stop. I have to pee again and I don’t know where the potty is. I’ve already wet myself once and I don’t want to do it again. Mommy will be mad at me and I don’t want to ruin my Spiderman pajamas. Maybe if I roll up in a ball I’ll be warmer. After a while it doesn’t help much, so I call for Mommy some more. But she still doesn’t come. There’s a noise somewhere and I lift my head. I think I was sleeping. “Mommy, is that you? Mommy!” I sit up and it’s still so dark out. I want to see my Spiderman pajamas so I hold my arm in front of my face but it’s too dark to see anything. I scream. And scream so long my throat hurts. And I cry. “Mommy! I want my mommy!” I curl up, knees to chest, and rock back and forth, crying for Mommy. But she never comes. Something scrapes in front of me. Is it a monster? I think there’s a monster in here and I scream. “Shut up. Stop that screaming or I’ll leave.” I can’t stop screaming. I try but they keep coming out of me, even though I don’t want them to. Something covers my mouth, and a mean man tells me if I don’t shut up, I’ll have to stay in the dark forever. His voice scares me more than the dark. More than not having my mommy. My body shakes and suddenly my voice is gone. I can’t talk. “That’s better. Now listen. This is your new home and the sooner you learn some manners, the better it will be. Behave, and your life will be easy. Obey me, and you’ll be given treats. Disobey, and you’ll be left here alone. Do you understand me?” The mean man says things to me but I don’t know what they mean. I only sit and try to see him. But I only see the dark. “Good. Now eat this.” Something is pushed into my mouth. I can’t eat it because my throat hurts so bad. I start to choke. Then I vomit. The mean man yells and he wipes my face. It’s so dark, I can’t see him. “Drink.” He shoves a straw in my mouth and I drink. When I do, it burns my throat and I cry. “More.” I drink more but it hurts. My face is wet from crying. “Good.” Then I hear the scraping sound and it’s quiet again. And I curl up and cry. I want my mommy. I want her to sing to me and rub my back like she does when my head hurts. I want her to kiss me and tell me a story. I want to tell her I didn’t mean it when I did those bad things and didn’t listen to her. Maybe that’s why she’s not here now. I’m sorry, Mommy. I didn’t mean it. I’ll be good. Come back, Mommy. It’s often said that an addict has to hit rock bottom before they can begin their journey to recovery. My story is much different. Surprisingly enough, I’m not an addict and never have been. But I’ve been at the bottom. More than once. I hit it the first time when I was only seven years old. Not only was it the bottom. It was hell. It’s when I learned to lick the fiery flames of the devil himself. Only my devil was a dragon. Also known as my father. What I didn’t realize was that time was only a dip in the barrel compared to what would happen to me later. The first time I thought he broke me but I didn’t know how wrong I was. It wasn’t until later that I realized what kind of destruction he could spawn. And that time I didn’t only break, he took me apart piece by piece, until there was nothing left to crush. William Shakespeare wrote, “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?” Well, for years I was wronged. And now I plan to seek revenge. Carefully, slowly, and methodically. And when the time is right, I will strike with everything I have.
Freeing Him Synopsis: *This novel contains mature content and is not intended for younger readers. Kolson Hart and Gabriella Martinelli…destined to be together, fated to be torn apart. After avoiding his father for years, Kolson knew asking his father, Langston Hart, for a favor would be like selling his soul to the devil. Only the devil wants more ... more than Kolson is willing to pay. But some promises can’t be broken, not without losing what’s most important. For Kolson, that’s Gabriella Martinelli. Left with two choices–pay up or risk everything–Kolson’s only way out is to do something drastic, something so monumental not even Langston will be able to interfere. The question is: Will it be enough to guarantee Gabriella's safety from his father? Kolson freed Gabriella from her past, and now he’s risking everything for her again. Will she be able to save him from the demon that hunts him? Or is fate too strong for them to fight? As the suds rinse, I stare at and memorize everything about her. A deep clenching pain rips through my gut, and then I know it’s not true what they say about your heart breaking. It doesn’t even come close. Your heart doesn’t break. A gash splits your gut wide open and then it expands straight on up to your sternum until your heart explodes out of your chest. The f***ing thing isn’t broken. It’s goddamn annihilated. And there isn’t enough superglue in the entire world to piece it back together again. And then parts of you start to fall off, one by one. And you know it’s not possible to ever be put back together again. You’re f***ing Humpty Dumpty.
My 4.5 Star Review
“I need you kea. I always need you. You ground me. Make everything right again.”
Kolson has finally found his happiness with Gabriella. He made sure she was safe from her cousin Danny. Unfortunately he had to turn to the one man he has been avoiding for years, not just a man, the monster, his father also known as The Dragon. Langston Hart is heartless, cruel and thrives on power. He will step on anyone and do everything he can to get what he wants, his cruelty and abuse know no bounds.
The dragon… the way he eyed her tonight. He knows she’s my weakness and he’s going to make my debt somehow involve her. I’m not sure how, but he will. And I’ll have to leave her in order to save her.
Gabriella knows that Kolson and his brothers grew up in an abusive environment. She just didn’t know the extent of abuse. She will do everything she can to FREE Kolson from his nightmares of his past but in order to help him, he needs to open up and let her in.
Her hands fists my shirt and she pleads, “Why can’t you tell me?”
“Because it could destroy you. I can’t take that risk. Ever. Can you please drop it? When the time is right, I will tell you. But not now. Not today.”
Things are going well until Langston calls Kolson to collect his debt. Kolson would rather die than see the man he loathes touch anything to do with his company. Kolson does what he thinks will save his company and keep Gabriella safe from his father, he disappears without a trace.
“A deep clenching pain rips through my gut, and then I know it’s not true what they say about your heart breaking. It doesn’t even come close. Your heart doesn’t break. A gash splits your gut wide open and then it expands to your sternum until your heart explodes out of your chest. The fucking thing isn’t broken. It’s goddamn annihilated.
Gabriella does everything in her power to find Kolson, and when his father starts threatening her, she calls in reinforcements. She refuses to let the demon of a man bring any more harm to those she loves; but some demons whether from your past or the present will take a small army to take down. Once again, Gabriella is faced with death but in the end, she knows and does what needs to be done to finally free the man she loves.
“You make my heart pound; you make it beat with a kind of life that it never had before. You’ve changed the way I think about everything… my past, my present and my future. I once told you that you short-circuited me, rearranged me inside and made me whole again. And I was right. But you do so much more than that. You freed me from the ghosts that haunted me, the monster that tried to destroy me, and you’ve strengthened me. And I love you for that.
This book was FANTASTIC. Seriously, A.M Hargrove created the monster of all monsters. They come in all different shapes and sizes but man, Langston Hart was a sick man. The abuse those kids endured when they were little. Speaking of abuse, this also comes in so many different forms from sexual, mental and physical. A.M wrote the abuse with the upmost respect. As disturbing as some of it was, it was detailed with care.
Both characters had demons that they faced. Of course there were plenty of bumps along the way but they came out on top.
I LOVED this story. It was so powerful and angsty and sexy. This is a MUST read!
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