Thursday, January 12, 2017

Blog Tour - #Review ~ Blackwood by Celia Aaron


 

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I dig. It’s what I do. I’ll literally use a shovel to answer a question. Some answers, though, have been buried too deep for too long. But I’ll find those, too. And I know where to dig—the Blackwood Estate on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. Garrett Blackwood is the only thing standing between me and the truth. A broken man—one with desires that dance in the darkest part of my soul—he’s either my savior or my enemy. I’ll dig until I find all his secrets. Then I’ll run so he never finds mine. The only problem? He likes it when I run.

Author’s Note: This is a mystery/suspense romance with violence and explicit sex. Trigger warning.

“Why are your nails black sometimes?” I took a bite of the most disgusting chicken salad sandwich I’d ever tasted.

“Sheriff Crow comes to visit and all of a sudden you’re chatty?” Garrett leaned against my doorframe and watched as I struggled to eat the “mayo with a side of chicken” sandwich.

“I’ve always been chatty. Now it shows because the drugs have worn off and I’m not in agonizing pain.” I put the sandwich down and focused on the potato chips instead. “You’re the non-chatty one.”

He tossed my phone onto the bed. “Maybe that’s for a reason, Red.”

“What reason?” I picked it up and swiped across the screen. No service. Shit.

“I told you when you got here that I wanted you out.” He sighed. “That hasn’t changed.”

I dropped the phone with a grimace and picked at my sandwich. “Okay. And I told you that I can’t wait to leave, so we’re on the same page. Why would those facts keep you from telling me why your fingernails are covered in filth sometimes?”

“It’s not filth.” He shook his head. “While you’re lying around eating my delicious food all day without lifting a finger, I’m working.”

“On what?” In all the research I’d done, I never found Garrett to have any real source of income other than timber and oil royalties on the Blackwood property.

“Why do you care?” He crossed his arms over his chest, the rolled up sleeves of his shirt revealing some dark ink snaking across his skin.

“Why won’t you tell me?”

“Why does it matter?”

I crunched the salty chips. “It wouldn’t matter if you weren’t so stubborn about not wanting to tell me. Now I have to know.”

“You’re calling me stubborn?” He arched a dark eyebrow.

“I see your hearing is working fine.” I plucked out another chip.

His lip twitched, a smile trying to form but failing. “You don’t even know me.”












Review

I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  It was a nice mix of mystery, scandal, hot chemistry, you name it this book had it. 
Elise needs to dig on the Blackwood Estate to finish her thesis for college, but getting the mysterious Mr. Blackwood to agree seems difficult.   Once she's started doing research all sorts of secrets come out to play. She isn't only there for school, but also to find out what happen to her father.
Blackwood knows "Red"  falsely got his permission to be on his land, but for some reason he lets her stay after she is attacked by a boar.  During the time it takes her to heal they are both curious to know more.  He lets her ask questions, snoop around his house,and they both test their limits for each other. Why she is really there, why does he seem to be a recluse....you know the normal for a creepy town.  
Someone finds out that Elise is digging and can't let her continue.  People are now after her, but she keeps going with the help of Blackwood himself.  He also sees that things are not as they should be and he has questions of his own.  
Will the secrets of this small town be revealed or will they stayed buried? 

~Katie

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Celia Aaron is the self-publishing pseudonym of a published romance and erotica author. She loves to write stories with hot heroes and heroines that are twisty and often dark. Thanks for reading.

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