Friday, 17 June 2016

New Release & Review: Didn't You Promise by Amber Bardan

Didn’t You Promise
Bad for You #2
By: Amber Bardan
Releasing June 13, 2016
Carina Press

Didn't You Promise

Bad For You Series

He always keeps his promises.

Angelina has sacrificed everything to be with the man she loves. Forced to abandon her family, and even her own identity, Angelina depends on Haithem as never before. With no more secrets between them, Haithem has become the source of all her needs. Sexually. Emotionally.

But not even Haithem can hide forever.

While they're sneaking across borders, avoiding persecution from everyone who would see Haithem dead and his prototype stolen, the media fascination surrounding Angelina's disappearance continues to mount.

For Angelina, it's a brutal reminder of what she's left behind and the pain she's caused to those who believe her dead or held against her will.

To Haithem, it's a warning: he stands to lose the one person left in his life he loves beyond measure. The hunt won't be called off until his enemies have destroyed him, his life's work and everyone involved—including Angelina.

He has only one choice. He's promised to protect her. And Haithem always keeps his promises.

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 “What about an apple?” I held up the reddest of the two, rotating it back and forth.
I could practically see the thoughts hammering his head the same way they did mine. Maybe his were less obvious, his torment only visible because I witnessed the change in him.
A cola?”
He rested a hand on my thigh. “You eat. I’ll have something when we stop.”
I set the cooler down between my legs, keeping the apple but laying my other hand on his.
Hmm,” I said.
He glanced at me. “What?”
I guess I’m just disappointed.”
He frowned hard enough to make me pity the thing that dared disappoint me. I guess there was more evil in me than I’d known.
I sighed as audibly as possible. “Someone swore to fulfill my needs later…” I rubbed the apple against my lips, inhaling its sweetness. “But you’ve been driving all day—and haven’t eaten since six a.m.” I suppressed the spasm forming in my throat, and held my lips even. “Frankly, I don’t believe it’s going to be everything I was guaranteed.”
The brakes squeaked. We jerked to a halt behind the car stopping in front of us. Traffic hummed and groaned outside the car. Inside, silence screamed electric.
The hand beneath mine tightened over my knee.
I took a bite of apple to keep from choking on a laugh.
Is that so?” he asked, his voice more honeyed than the fruit dissolving over my tongue. “And to think I thought you were sweet.”
Haithem turned my hand, raised it and clamped his teeth over the fleshy mound on my palm below my thumb. I gasped, the sting just enough to remind me he had bite. How easily he could chew right through me just like the apple I held, if he ever decided to use his teeth on me.
Now, when I’m good and ready—” He turned his face towards me, let me catch the wicked promise in his eyes. “—I’m going to fuck you like you're not."
Oh, sweet Jesus.
He’d been taking it easy on me all this time? He released my hand and pried the apple from my fingers.
Then ate the apple whole.
I’d never seen someone eat an apple that way—from top to bottom, core and all.
He ate the freaking stem.
He actually ate the stem.
Who eats the stem?
Apparently, Haithem eats stems. I reached between my knees and pulled a cola from the cooler, cracked the lid and took a gulp. Served me right. I got what I wanted…and now I’d get what I wanted…
If I could survive it.

 DIDN’T I WARN YOU (Book One) *Recommended reading first*

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My expectations were high as I dived into this second book in the Bad For You series. Ms. Bardan didn't disappoint with Didn't You Promise as we continue the journey with Angelina and Haithem.

There's no doubting the potency of Angelina and Haithem bond in the first book so I'm surprised that their connection became stronger and more intense as their relationship developed. With an alternate point of view, we're exposed to the thoughts of both protagonists at crucial points during their dangerous, secretive expedition as the true magnitude of Haithem plan is revealed. Yet, the way's littered with insecurity, betrayal and deceit. Potential danger always at the forefront as Haithem wrestles with his conscience...should he leave and walk away from Angelina or stay?

Angelina's trust, love and devotion to Hathem are tested to the limits as she comes to terms with the sacrifices – not only her own but Haithem's too. She may have been a shy unassuming, naive young woman before that fateful night she went to Haithem's boat. However, as time moves on, she's more than capable of holding her own within their extraordinary coupling to the point where she is the one to bring the controlling-alpha Haithem to his knees.

The pace is fast, the sexy times are hot, the writing superb!

I strongly recommend you read Didn't I Warn You first to fully identify with the protagonists and their won't disappoint. I highly recommend to fans of Romantic Suspense.

***arc generously received courtesy of Carina Press via NetGalley***

After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber Bardan finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her time in a coffee-fueled adrenaline haze, writing romance with a thriller edge.
She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.
Amber is an award winning writer, Amazon Bestselling Author, and member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.

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