Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Instigation (Clandestine Affairs #1) by Tessa Teevan

Breaking up is hard to do. 

Three years after her life changed forever, Gabriella Latham finally has it all. Killer job [if working for her boyfriend counts]. Killer closet [even if she doesn't technically own any of it]. Killer boyfriend [who refuses to let her leave him, even when she tries]. Unfortunately for her, the last part isn't hyperbole. She just doesn't know it yet.

Adrian Morningstar was a dream come true. No one had ever loved her more, and for the first time, in longer than she could remember, she was no longer alone. He was the Prince Charming to her Cinderella, until suddenly he became the Beast with whom she could not escape.

Until him.

When Rafe Matthews is hired to oversee the guest home construction of one of the most powerful businessmen in the country, he finally has his in. Nothing will get in the way of what he sets out to do. 

Until her.

Watching from the shadows, he's drawn to the beautiful, isolated woman of the house. His curiosity is piqued and he has to have her. She may be taken by the boss, but that's not enough to stop him. Or her.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and this is only the beginning. 

Passions ignite. Tempers flare. Secrets kill. 

Book 1 in the brand new Clandestine Affairs Series. Book 2, Escalation, will release late summer 2015.


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3.5 Stars
Instigation is filled with plenty of lies, mystery and questions to be answered. And yes, before I go any further, there is a cliffhanger on this one, but don't let that stop you from reading it! 

Gabriella is young and tragically lost her family when she was younger. So to start fresh, she moved to a new city. Gabriella fell in love quick with Adrian. He was rich and handsome. He pursued her, made her fall in love and be nothing but there for him. In return, he gave her everything from money to a place to live. But he wasn't quite what he seems. In beginning their passion was hot, but over time, it fizzled and he became more mystery and questionable. 

Deciding that she had enough of his "business trips" and extra-curricular activities, she's determined to leave him. But not until Adrian puts her in her place. 

Then along comes a stranger, Rafe.  Another mystery man, but with a good conscience. He quickly becomes attracted to Gabriella and wants to protect her and keep her safe from Adrian. 

Their relationship turned a little to quick for me. So I didn't quite get the connection in the beginning, but overtime, they were both good to each other. 

While trying to get away from Adrian, Gabriella stumbles upon some information that connects Adrian and her past. And it's still a mystery of why Rafe is involved!

Like a said, the book ends with a cliffhanger and I'm dying to know what happens and all the who and whys that go along with this story.

Instigation is sure to keep you guessing. 

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A devilish, almost villainous grin graced his lips as his eyes filled with amusement. “Oh, Gabriella, you’ve no idea,” he said. “I shouldn’t do this. I shouldn’t be here, but I can’t seem to help myself.” 

      His words caught me off guard as his hands gripped my hips and he pushed me backwards until the brick of the wall bit into the skin of my lower back. He leaned down until his lips were dangerously close to mine. My insides quivered, and my heart leaped into my throat. For an entire week, I’d been waiting for his hands to be on me again, and now that he was right there, I knew I’d die if he didn’t touch me. Kiss me. Take me home and ravish me like he had that first night.

      “Adrian,” I whispered, surprised at the breathy, sultry tone of my voice. God, it’d only been a week and I was already dangerously addicted to him.

      His eyes gleamed as if he could read my mind, and I wondered if this has been his plan all along. To give me a taste, a perfect sneak peek at what being his would be like, and then take it away, only to keep showing up to tease me. To dangle the proverbial carrot on the string that was too high for me to get a taste or even the slightest nibble. It would suffice only for a moment, but it would be just enough to keep me from going insane. He was a deranged Pavlov and I was his little dog, salivating and panting, wanting him, that torturous bell ringing over and over again, but instead of giving me what I wanted, he kept it too far out of reach.

About the Author
I'm a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.

If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.  

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