Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Beneath These Shadows (Beneath #6) by Meghan March: Release Blitz Review & Excerpt


Blurb:

From USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes another dangerously sexy alpha hero…

The only permanent thing in my life is the ink I put on my clients.
I drift from city to city, in and out of beds, from one tattoo shop to the next.
Every time I start to put down roots, I rip them up.
Until New Orleans.
Until her.
She’s everything I’m not.
Full of fire and life. An innocent where I’m a sinner.
I want to consume her. Protect her. Keep her.
But first, I have to escape from beneath these shadows.

Beneath These Shadows is a STANDALONE romance set in the world of the Beneath series. You DO NOT have to read any other books in the series to enjoy it.



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Excerpt:

“You ever broken the law before this, Eden?”

I expected a quick and unequivocal no, but it didn’t come as fast as I thought it would.

“I don’t think so. I mean, I’m sure I have by accident sometime. I’ve jaywalked. But I’m not some kind of criminal.”

Well, that makes one of us, I thought.

My anger from earlier started to fade and be replaced by the heat of the knowledge that Eden’s naked tits were only inches from my chest, separated by water I could see right through. Last time I’d seen them under her pink bra, she’d been too fucked up for me to take advantage . . . but tonight she was completely sober.

I raised my gaze from her chest, expecting her cheeks to be red when she realized I was staring at her nipples, but she wasn’t watching my face. She was staring down at my body.

“Like what you see?”

That got her attention.

Eden jerked her head up to meet my eyes, and the blush colored her skin like I’d timed it.

“You’re . . . big.”

A booming laugh broke free from my throat at her unexpected response, and her cheeks flamed even brighter.

“No, that’s not what I meant. I mean . . . everywhere. Not just, in the . . .” She looked down, then jerked her gaze back to mine. “I’m going to shut up now.”

That kind of awkward and fumbling response couldn’t be faked, and protectiveness rose in me again. Eden was no con artist. She was a girl who couldn’t even say the word cock without turning red.

“Ain’t no shame in my game.”

She reached out a hand and covered my lips with her fingers. “Stop. You’re just making it worse. I wasn’t checking out your . . . package. I mean, I did before you got in the pool, but that’s only because I thought you’d have underwear on because who doesn’t wear underwear?” The babbling continued, and so did my laughter.

Hell, I hadn’t laughed this much since Delilah had given in to a customer’s request and tattooed a flexing veined eggplant cartoon on a client so he could send pictures of it instead of dick pics.

Eden pulled her hand back and covered her face. “I’m going to stop talking now. I seriously can’t be trusted to say anything that’s not completely humiliating when you’re standing this close to me naked.”

“I disagree, and since I’m not ready to get out and put my clothes on, you’re going to have to deal with it.”

She mumbled something under her breath.

“Come again?”

Eden pressed her lips together for a beat before saying, “I don’t know how to deal with it. This isn’t something I’ve ever dealt with before.”

A crazy thought popped into my brain. “Are you a virgin?”

If there was a red brighter than fire engine, that was the color of Eden’s cheeks. “No! Of course not. Really. I’ve touched a dick before. I mean, just the one, but it still counts. Well, I didn’t really touch it. Except, you know, inside me. Oh my God, I’m just going to shut up now.”

Realization dawned on me as her babbled protest silenced. “You’ve had sex with one guy? Once? How old are you?”

Eden turned to bolt, but instead smashed her tits into my arm. I stepped close enough so that only an inch of water separated us.

Her gaze went skyward. “This is so humiliating.”

That’s where she and I had differing opinions. “Why? Because you haven’t fucked every guy you’ve ever met? What’s wrong with that?”

Eden’s gaze snapped down to mine and her brows drew into slashes. “Hey, whoa now. You can toss that double-standard crap right in the trash. What if I had screwed every guy I ever met? Would that make me less of a person? I mean, it’s not like you probably haven’t been with dozens and dozens of women. I’m not judging you. Except for maybe that Kitty girl. I mean, really? You’ve got to have some standards.”

My laughter boomed out again across the courtyard. “Cupcake, just because I can get most any pussy I want, doesn’t mean I do it.”

“Still, double standards are—”

When she started on another tirade, I decided to silence her the best way I knew how.

I leaned down and covered her lips with mine.

About the Author:

Meghan March is the author of contemporary and erotic romance novels.

Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

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Review by Michelle:

As a die-hard fan of the Beneath series by Meghan March, I was over the moon to be getting a SIXTH book in the series. Nobody does dirty talking alphas like Meghan March and when you add in tattoos, a man-bun, and some virtually impenetrable armor in Beneath These Shadows the enigmatic Bishop is sure to become your new favorite lumbersexual.

Eden may seem like a damsel in distress at first, but all she needs is a little support and some room to spread her wings and this girl can really soar and be just as bad as any of the previous Beneath ladies. Both sweet and innocent and sassy and fierce, Eden is the perfect combination of soft and hard, damsel and heroine.

I love a good broody hero and while Bishop certainly fits the bill, he is also so much more. Protective, possessive, and commanding definitely come with the alpha package but big-hearted, self-sacrificing, loyal, devoted, even doting makes him ever more swoony.

Opposites definitely don't just attract in this story, they combust! Although they may find out in the long run they have more in common than anyone would ever think, this sulking, jaded, no-strings artist could not seem any more different than the sheltered, inexperienced, starry-eyed princess in need of saving. When these two come together, you will find yourself holding your breath waiting for them to finally take the leap. Once they do, watch out, the heat is almost too hot to handle.

While this book can be read as a standalone, I loved the connection this story has to so many other works of this author. Not only do Eden and Charlie have a lot in common, not only do we see plenty of the characters from the preceding Beneath books, and not only do we witness all of our beloved NOLA characters band together, but an infamous character from the author's Dirty series also has a special influence on this story. I love revisiting past characters, I love when new characters are effortlessly assimilated into the world we already know and love, and I really love when the universe in one series expands to envelope another. It gave me the warm and fuzzies, it brought back all of the past struggle and accomplishment, and made me fall in love all over again. So really, you CAN read this book as a standalone and it would be wonderful. SHOULD you? Maybe, maybe not. Would I? Never. I enjoy having the past and the insight into each character too much, I enjoy recognizing the connections and reconciling the characters from other series with those of the current series too much, and I enjoy the rush of having my favorite character reappear to make me swoon all over again way too much.

Although my favorite alpha may still be Con and the award for most shocking and action-packed definitely still goes to Beneath These Lies, Beneath These Shadows is a fantastic cross-over story with plenty of action (both inside and outside of the bedroom) captivating characters and a great twist. If you love this author, this series, or just plain alpha hotness, you do not want to miss Beneath These Shadows!

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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