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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Blog Tour: Tempting Bad by M. Robinson + 5* review + excerpt

Title: Tempting BAD
Author: M. Robinson
Release Date: March 24, 2015


I’ve come from a privileged life and an even more privileged upbringing. My parents taught me right from wrong and everything in between… except I wanted the gray area. I wanted to live life on the edge with the possibility of falling over. I didn’t care about the consequences 

because I had no heart…

I left that on the floor of my parents’ bedroom door, shattered.
And never went back to pick up the pieces.


Family first.
I learned the meaning of the word hate.
I learned that life is a battlefield and I stood frontline.
I learned that praying doesn’t work and God doesn’t listen.
And I learned how to be a man…
All at the receiving end of my father’s fists, my mother’s tears, and my sisters screams.
You can’t run away from your past…
It will always find you, especially when you’re asleep.

Warning: Book contains adult situations.
Sex/language. Mature readers only.

I was there, but I wasn’t.
I danced around in a sea of emptiness and longing, it moved around me easily, carelessly, harshly.
It was all and it was nothing.
It made me full and it made me empty.
It pleased me and it dismayed me.

I didn’t care. I was there to do a job. To be a VIP. I played my part beautifully, just as I always did. Letting myself get taken away on empty promises of nothing, but somehow seemed like everything. 

Andrea's Review
*ARC received in return for an honest review

**Tempting BAD is a VIP spin-off and can be read as a standalone, although I'd recommend reading the VIP Trilogy first to get a better understanding of the whole story and characters involved**

Two words...Book Hangover!!

I feel like I've been pulled through an emotional wringer, twice over! I love, love, LOVED Tempting BAD which, in my opinion, is the best yet from M. Robinson. Even better than the VIP Trilogy and I absolutely love those books!!

Having read the VIP Trilogy I was looking forward to getting to know more about Brooke 
and Devon. Devon's story promised to be a fascinating one to tell but I wasn't prepared for how intense and emotional it was. I have to admit I wasn't sure about Brooke in the Trilogy, I thought she came across as quite hard and selfish at times, going after what she wanted without any regard for others' feelings but, getting to know her in Tempting BAD has totally changed my mind about her. I have fallen in love with Brooke and Devon and are now my favourite characters in this series.

I love M. Robinson's style of writing, she isn't afraid to push the boundaries, giving the readers gritty, emotional and explosive plots and tackling tough subject matters that can be quite hard to read at times. M. has a great knack of sucking you into this fabulous, hedonistic world of rich, beautiful and strong but, equally, broken characters she has created, keeping you hooked with baited breath until the very last page and leaving you think WTF?? I could feel the strong emotions and  intense passion surging between Brook and Devon. Their pain, their deep-rooted hurt and their obvious love for each other seeped through the pages and gripped my heart and soul. My heart was hurting for this couple so much and what they went endured.

In Tempting BAD we got to see how very different Brooke and Devon's background, growing up, were from each other yet they were both two very broken individuals trying to get through life the best way they knew how, by putting on a front, pushing their feelings, their hurt to the back of their minds.

Devon had a very traumatic and abusive childhood, the scars on his body nothing compared to the scars imprinted in his head. He works tirelessly and selflessly to provide for his family, pushing his past to the back of his mind. Apart from his nightmares keeping him awake each night, Devon insists he's doing just fine. Until the day he meets Brooke.

On the surface Brooke had it all, a loving family, wealth, friends, a happy childhood. But, at sixteen she discovered a secret about her parents which kept to herself for fear of upsetting everyone until one fateful night, two years later when it all came crashing down around her, destroying her, changing her and not in a good way. She leaves home and becomes a VIP. After a rocky start life is good for Brooke, she is in control of her life and her emotions, knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it, she is living the high life as a much sought after VIP. Everything is going the way she wants it until she meets Devon.

As soon as they meet, through a mutual friend, they're drawn to each other, recognising an instant connection, a kindred soul. Brooke sees Devon as a game, someone to have fun with for a little while. Devon sees a fragile, broken soul, a deer caught in the headlights, someone ready to take flight at the first signs of distress. His caring, nurturing side in him wants to take care of her, fix her but Brooke isn't ready to be fixed. 

As they stumble through a seriously hot 'friends with benefits' relationship, their feelings begin to develop into something deeper, more intense but they refuse to admit it to each other. Can they help each other overcome the fears of their pasts or will they continue to allow their fears to rule their lives, destroying them in the process?

M. Robinson has done a brilliant job in creating the perfect story for Brooke and Devon.
Tempting BAD is gritty, raw and hard-hitting with scorchingly graphic adult scenes that will get you hot under more than your collar! It is filled with heart breaking, gut-wrenching emotion that stays with you long after you've finished reading and I can't recommend it highly enough. 
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Andrea gives this a rating of...

M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! 

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