Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Slay One: Rivalry by Laurelin Paige-Blog Tour

SLAY: RIVALRY (Slay Quartet #1) by Laurelin Paige Release Date: June 4th


Edward Fasbender is a devil.

He's my father's business rival, a powerful, vicious man who takes what he wants and bows to no one. I only took the meeting because I was curious. I thought he was going to offer me a job.

But that's not what he's after at all. His proposal is much more intriguing, and I see an opportunity. An opportunity to turn the tables and bring down the devil.

I've gotten in trouble playing these games before. I know when the risk is too great, when the stakes are too high. I know how to be cold and strong-willed and destructive. I know how to withstand dominant men with arrogant charm and rugged features.

Yet I can't resist taking on Edward.

And I can't resist the pull he has on me.

Soon I'm not so sure which side of the battle I'm standing on--if I'm the warrior meant to slay,

Or the one who will be slain.


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First, to be clear, I hate Celia.

It's a well developed kind of hate, the kind that makes you throw a party at a person's funeral, laugh at their misfortunes, and keep driving if you seem them on the side of the road next to their broken down vehicle.

So, yeah, in case you missed it as I was subtle, I don't like her.

When she meets Edward, she's the Celia we all know and...not love. She's the manipulator, the one you met before in sn earlier book, but by the middle of the book, oddly, I forgot to hate her. I forgot about all of the things she did in the past, the games, the damage she caused.

And, about halfway through this book, I decided Laurelin Paige is a sorceress. She made me forget that I wasn't fond of Celia and made me, well, feel for her just a little. I'm not sure I like her yet, but she's growing on me. I am also not sure we're supposed to be on her side. I mean, there's some growth on her part in this book, there are things that make you think "ok, that's a corner turned" but, by the end of this book, I'm not sure you supposed to like her, or have totally forgiven her for the things she did in the past.

So, if you are like me, trust me, you want to read this book and get to know Celia. Also, if you are like me, you aren't going to believe this until you read it yourself. I'm actually sitting here a little surprised myself. I read this because it's Laurelin Paige and I love her words, but I also (100% honest here) went into this one afraid it was going to be the first book by her that I couldn't connect with.

Nope. It's amazing. It's dark. It's twisty. It's delicious.

I loved and recommend this title.

Ok, I need to say this before I start reviewing. I'm not a fan of dark books, or books full of angst....except if it's written by Laurelin Paige. I don't know what it is exactly that draws me back to her but I just can't stop. When she writes, I read.

I didn't want to like Celia-and I still don't necessarily trust or like her. But I may have some softer feelings than hate towards her. I'll say I'm intrigued by her. I think that's the best word for her.

Edward-gah. He's dark, yes, but he's a match for Celia in so many ways. Just wow. I'm not loving him right now (notice a theme there?) but I still want to know what is coming next.

These two together are just insane. There were moments that I wasn't sure how I was going to keep reading, but I just couldn't stop. That's the power of this Author. She crafts these characters that just demand that you read them. You don't have to love them, but you have to know them.

I don't want to spoil this book in any way, so I'm just going to say read it. Even if you don't think you can like dark, edgy books. This Author may be one to convince you that you can...she certainly convinced me. I got to the end of this book and frantically kept trying to flip pages in my kindle for more. I definitely recommend this book.

JOIN the SLAY ONE: RIVALRY RECOVERY GROUP when you’re done reading!! Enter at your own risk however!! There WILL BE spoilers!!

Sitting like this, on the arm of the chair, his back straight, we were practically the same height. It occurred to me that this was the closest we’d ever been to having equal footing, and somehow that made me both heady and encouraged.

I reached out to rub the collar of his shirt between my thumb and forefinger, my breath stuttering under the thick weight of apprehension, my mouth watering from how close I was to touching his skin. This close, I could smell the liquor on his breath and the musky scent of his cologne and the fainter scent underneath of pure man.

“Tell me your requests.” Was it my imagination or did his voice suddenly seem darker? Less steady? 

“There’s only one.” I leaned in until my lips were near his ear. “I want to add sex to the deal.” 

He made a sound low in his throat, half like a laugh, half like a moan. “What, now?” 

He turned his face toward mine, and now our mouths were only inches away from touching. I could feel the warmth of his exhale on my skin, sending a trail of goosebumps down my arms.

“Now, sure.” Fuck, I was wet already. “But I meant in the marriage, too.” 

His lips danced around mine. “You don’t know what you’re asking for. You want to be humiliated, degraded, and hurt?” 


Because that was the goal of The Game. 

But, also, YES! 

Because, in that moment, there was nothing more I could imagine wanting than to be all those things, to be humiliated and degraded and hurt, by him. I wanted it so much I ached. Ached in places I hadn’t known could feel. 

I reached my neck forward, pushing my mouth toward his. 

Just when I thought the kiss was inevitable, he leaned back. “You couldn’t handle it.”

About the Author 

With millions of books sold worldwide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author. She is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however.

When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or Letterkenny, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.

She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

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