Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Promo and Review: Didn't I Warn You? - Amber Bardan

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Bad for You #1
Amber Bardan
April 18th, 2016 (Digital), May 24th (Print)
Carina Press
April 18th, 2016 (Digital), May 1st 2016 (Print)
Harlequin Australia

Not everything dangerous is bad. 

From the moment Angelina laid eyes on him, she fell into a fantasy. Mysterious, foreign, gorgeous, Haithem offered her what she needed most—a chance to feel again.

But Haithem is much more than he appears to be. He lives in a world of danger where everything comes at a price.

For Angelina, that price is her future. 

He's made sure the life she's left behind is in tatters. Made her family believe she's dead. Still, he talks about protecting her, about keeping her safe, but she can't distinguish his truth from his lies. She can't separate her pleasure from his betrayal.

Haithem warned her. He told her he'd make her heart race, her body come alive and her most primal needs rush to the surface. His for the taking.

He didn't say she'd come to love the devil who's destroying her, even as he keeps her prisoner.

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After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber Bardan finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her time in a coffee-fueled adrenaline haze, writing romance with a thriller edge.

She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.

Amber is an award winning writer, Amazon Bestselling Author, and member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.

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4 Stars
Angelina is a rule follower, she does everything by the book and lives under her parent's watchful eyes, or she did until she saw him. With his tan skin, dark eyes, and impeccable dress, the man is what fantasies, her fantasies, are made of and he's made her come to life. Haithem is much more than meets the eye and when he sends for her to meet him at his yacht a night of pleasure is to be expected, but a life of danger and a future in tatters is not. Held captive, Angelina cannot separate truth from fiction. He says he's protecting her, from dangers she knows nothing of, but can she protect her heart from the danger he promises he is?

Holy moly, this book, I could not put it down! It was nothing at all like I expected and it totally knocked my socks off. You see that list of bookshelves? Yes, I marked both book boyfriends and favorite series, because there is no way you are taking me away from Haithem...and Angelina, but mostly because I am pretending I am her. At almost 400 pages, Didn't I Warn You? is a heavy novel with incredibly dark undertones.

The mixture of lust and fear felt by Angelina is palpable, I too wanted to follow Haithem to the depths of hell and it is because of Amber A. Bardan's writing style. She wrote with the most incredible detail, every thought, every scene, was something I could feel with the character or visualize from their perspective. While I was annoyed with Angelina's idiocy, I have to admit I loved what it led to. Putting two characters, both with heavy secrets and very different life experiences, on a yacht in the middle of the ocean, playing a never-ending game of truth and dare, could have gone terribly, but it didn't. The innocence versus corruption, the light and dark, played off each other perfectly. What won me over with both characters though, was the push and pull of emotions between them, the not-quite foreplay. The chemistry is insane between the two and I could have read their sexy and witty dialogue forever. I loved how dangerous Haithem was, yet he had this good side he showed Angelina that made her hold onto hope, even though the reader can see far more hints at his bad side than she could. On top of that, both characters had intense pasts that really formed them into the people they were and watching them both relive their pasts together was incredibly thought provoking. Unfortunately, the danger that is hinted at is real and the growing suspense in this book culminates in one incredible ending. 

I can sum up my thoughts in just one sentence, Amber A. Bardan's Didn't I Warn You? is such a great dark, forbidden romance with incredibly mysterious characters and I absolutely recommend it. Every word, every moment, between Angelina and Haithem drove me deeper into the story and I couldn't put it down. This book is the perfect combination of dangerous and romantic, of fire and ice, the unputdownable story of the war between an angel and the devil she covets. I cannot wait to read the next in the series.

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