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Thursday, November 9, 2017

✯BLOG TOUR✯ Protector's Claim by Airicka Phoenix {REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY!}

Protector's Claim by Airicka Phoenix

Release Date: October 31st 2017 by Airicka Phoenix
Genres: Romance

Gabrielle Thornton 

I made a mistake.
I allowed myself to be born. I allowed myself access into a life that wasn’t mine, and for that, I had willingly submitted my body and soul to a man whose sadistic pleasures knew no bound, a man who relished in my pain as much as he craved my flesh. 

A monster I would do anything to escape.

But what if I could make it stop? What if the cost of freedom was a single night in a stranger’s arms? What if one final sin was all I needed to commit to find peace? 

Kieran Kincaid

I had always known of the sickness that lived inside my father, the demons who controlled the man. His death was a blessing to every innocent he’d destroyed with his dark hunger.

Yet, despite his demise becoming my curse, a shackle trapping me in his twisted secrets, it lured me to it, too. It promised me the thing I coveted above all else. It seduced me deeper into the world I wish I knew nothing of, but there was no turning back, not even if by accepting, by taking what didn’t belong to me made me a monster like him.

Gabby would finally be mine.

My Review:

After having read other books by the author before, I can honestly say that her books just keep getting better and better than ever before. She knows how to deliver characters that will stay with you and never let go. Protector’s Claim is a story about second chances that will literally leave you wanting for more. 

At the beginning of the story we get to meet Gabrielle Thornton, a college student who may have a respected last name, but all her life she has been struggling to keep up with her wealthy family. As the black sheep of her family, Gabrielle has endured their bad treatment towards her all her life. Now that she has finally moved out of her parents’ house, it all seems to be working just fine, but she has bills to pay and needs get the money that she needs fast. It is that she stumbles upon an opportunity that she can’t deny, but that will mean giving up on the one thing she has left and that will ultimately change her life forever.

Kieren Kincaid has it all, he has the looks and the wealth to get just about anything he wants. Yet for the longest time he has been eyeing Gabrielle from a distance while waiting for the perfect time to make her his. He knows that she is young and inexperience, but even he doesn’t know the struggles that she gone through her whole life. He wants to protect her and show her that she can trust him, but it won’t be easy especially when finds out what she has been afraid of the most. It’ll be up to them to learn to move on if they want to be together.

I absolutely loved this story, it was such a roller coaster ride that will leave you at the edge of your seat wanting to know more. Airicka Phoenix has created such a great story filled with so much substance and feelings. You will love Kieren, he is kind and protective. On the other hand, Gabrielle is such a strong individual who has struggled all her life. She wants to be there for her family even though they treat her like crap, like she doesn’t belong with any of them, and it was emotional to read. When she is with Kieran their relationship blossoms and it just keep growing from their. The steamy scenes that we get will leave you blushing and swooning for the characters. When I first read the synopsis of the book, I wasn’t really sure what it was going to be about since we don’t get a lot of information, but it was nice surprise when I started reading the story. The author does a good job writing stories with a dark twist in them that I’m really enjoying to read. She has become one of my go-to authors and if you life a bit of mystery/darkness to a romance story then this is the right book for you. I would highly recommend it, you will not regret it. :)

***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating: 4.5/5


“You live here alone?” I asked as he left me at the wide, U-shaped island dominating the majority of the main area to wander over to the fridge.

He nodded. “For the last three years.”

“Where’s your mom?”

He yanked the doors open, releasing a puddle of yellow light across the floor. “She has her own flat downtown. Likes it better there. Closer to the shops.”

It seemed like such a waste, all that space. I couldn’t picture me there at all with all those looming, empty rooms and winding corridors. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. My apartment wasn’t much to brag about. Even with its smallness, I still felt the pang of loneliness. I couldn’t imagine being here in the cold and dust, surrounded by things that would offer no comfort.

“You don’t like it.”

He was watching me when I blinked out of my reverie.

“It’s not that I don’t like it,” I clarified carefully. “It’s just so…”

“Ostentatious?” He brought out a platter of fruit and placed it on the wraparound counter. “Overdone? An eyesore?”

“Lonely,” I whispered. “I don’t know how I feel about you being here by yourself all the time. I’d lose my mind.”

“That’s the thing, love.” He rounded to my side. “I’ve been alone my entire life. You get used to it.”

“I still don’t like it.”

His hands found my waist and I was pulled to him. Warm palms glided up to my shoulder blades. The heat of them radiated through the thin fabric of my top.

“Then don’t leave me here alone.”

My breath caught. My heart tripped in my chest. It quickened with the light bump of his nose against mine.

“You don’t make sense,” I murmured, fingers lifting to curl around his bare shoulders. “Everything you keep talking about, marriage and moving in together after only one night … men usually avoid those things, don’t they?”

His nose, his lips grazed mine with every slow rock of his head. “I don’t know about other men, but I’ve been waiting three years for you, Gabby. I’ve done my time. I’ve accepted that there’s no winning whatever pull you have on me. The want I had for you in the beginning is now a need I won’t deny myself. I need you. If not here, then I’ll find us a new place, anywhere you want. Whatever you want, it’s yours, just … let me keep you.”

I kissed him.

Fuck common sense.

Author Bio: 

Airicka Phoenix is a multi-genre author of novels starring strong female leads and sexy alpha heroes. She started her journey after never finding the type of books she wanted to read. Her love of tortured souls and forbidden romance carried her into writing her own hard-earned happiness. Currently, she lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her babies and can be found hard at work on her next project.


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