Friday, February 20, 2015

Blog Tour: Love Hurts by Mandi Beck (Review + Giveaway)



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Hi, guys! Today, I'm part of the Love Hurts by Mandi Beck blog tour, hosted by Indiesage PR! In case you missed the previous stops and some of the fun, you can go here to check out all the tour stops!

Love Hurts CoverLove Hurts by Mandi Beck Caged Love #1 
Publication Date: January 18, 2015 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance 

Blurb:
Even when she won’t fight for us, I’ll go to war for her…

Inside the Octagon, I have no fear. I’m at home, in my element, inflicting pain onto men trained to hurt me just as badly. Making them submit, knocking them out, maiming them, because it’s them or me. And I choose them.

 Outside the Octagon, my only weakness is a five-foot-two, classy as fuck woman that I’ve loved for most of my life. She’s the one that brings me to my knees, fills my arms, my heart, and one day soon, my bed. She makes me reckless. Volatile. I drink too much and try too hard to fuck my way out of feeling—all because of her.

Frankie De Rosa is my girl, my best friend. I haven’t earned her yet, but I won’t stand by and let anyone take her from me. She will be the greatest fight of my life, but she’s worth the battle.

 Love hurts, but anything worth having does, right?

  I’m Deacon “The Hitman” Love — Welcome to the Cage.

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My Thoughts:

I loved this book! It's been a while since I last read a book with so much angst and dirty talk. Love Hurts is a steamy and panty-melting book that is impossible not to love. I couldn't put it down and finished it in a few hours.

I'm not big on the best -friends turned lovers thing. I usually make it a point to avoid thosr kind of books, but when I read the blurb for Love Hurts, I could feel everything it promised to be, and I knew it was going to turn out to be a book I was going to love. Deacon and Frankie grew up together and have been best friends for forever. In a family of males, Frankie is the princess, loved and protected by all. Deacon doesn't remember a time when he wasn't in love with her, but he's always held off on telling her, not believing she is ready for him until her boyfriend proposes and he realizes that it's time to take action or lose her forever.

I loved that this book didn't take long to thrust into action. Things were happening from the first chapter and didn't let up until the last second. That's a lie. It didn't let up, not even at the last second and ended instead in a cliffhanger that left my jaw hanging long after I read the last words. Deacon is a stubborn alpha-male that doesn't take no for an answer and will do everything to prove to Frankie that she belongs to him. There were some things I loved about him and there were others that I didn't like very much. He's a manwhore, and even though he wants to make the girl he loves fall in love with him, he lets his hot headness, is that even a word?, get the best of him. I wanted to punch him in the throat on more than one occasion but the jerk is hot and swoon-worthy and I couldn't help but love him.

Frankie frustrated me many times. I liked her, and I understood her worries and why she hesitated to be with Deacon, but she did her share of stupid things and being as stubborn as him, things tended to get out of hand between the two of them. They also tended to get hot and steamy and a lot of clothes just melted off. The sexual tension between the two was palpable from the first page and sparks flew in every direction, which made me very curious about things between them before Deacon told her about his feelings and things didn't stay on platonic levels between them. While I loved that we didn't have to wait long for things to happen, I was still curious to see how they behaved with each other. Deacon never does anything he doesn't want to and isn't very good at restaining himself, so I would have loved to see him trying to rein in his jealously and feelings before he confessed.

This book was such a great read. I was a little confused at the beginning with all the characters, brothers, dads, trainers, body guards... etc. None of them were explained and I had a hard time trying to figure out who was who until about the middle of the book where I become used to them and somewhat figured out who was who and what their jobs and relations to them MCs was.

If you're looking for a book that will make you fan yourself, swoon and fall in love with a hot alpha-mle that you want to punch as much as you want to kiss, then Love Hurts is for you. 

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About the Author:

Mandi Beck
Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

 A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.

 Love Hurts is her debut novel and she is currently working on the next in the series along with whatever other voices are clamoring for attention in her mind.



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