Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Release Blitz & Review: A Kiss to Tell - Willow Winters

A Kiss to Tell
Author: Willow Winters
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 14, 2018

I didn’t need anyone to tell me, I knew he was forbidden with a single glance.
He was a boy I should be afraid of and definitely a boy I should never want. No matter how much neither of those statements were true.

From the first time I saw him, Sebastian had a hard stare that pinned me in place.  And, years later, it hasn’t softened.

We lived on the same street, went to the same school, though he was a year ahead.  Even so close, he was untouchable.
He was bad news and I was the sad girl who didn’t belong.

One night changed everything.
We both had secrets.  We both saw the pain in each other’s eyes.
That gaze that gave me chills, turned to a lust-filled haze that heated every inch of me.
But that didn’t change who he was.  A man who would take everything from me.

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3 Stars
Chloe Rose has seen the worst, her youth marred by loss and despair with just a single kiss to brighten the darkness. She's grown brave as an adult, hiding her fear in front of others and facing the flickering lights of the dangerous streets she must walk in order to reach home. She doesn't sleep though, afraid of what meets her in her nightmares, at least until Sebastian shows up in the shadows. He offers her a solution and his attention, though he hides his darkness from her. He knows he can't have her light, but he can't deny how much he wants her, especially when she comes to him for comfort as the nightmares become reality.

"In darkness or in light, it doesn't matter anymore. I've been through both"

Told from the alternating perspectives of main characters Chloe Rose and Sebastian, A Kiss To Tell takes us on a romantic journey in a small town littered with criminal activity. The people in this town don't get out, but they want to. Chloe Rose is one of them, a sweet, innocent women plagued by the title of sad girl. She immediately tugs at your heart with her story of loss and her desperate hope to leave, to escape. Sebastian is the hardened man following the direction of another, but he's never let Chloe far from his mind. Their history is simple, a single memorable moment that brings them together as the danger and threat to lives increases. We don't know much about Sebastian, but what we do know made me fall in love with him. He's got a darkness, but he has more light in him than he even realizes, revealing to readers he has a soft spot for the sad girl. He's full of sweet words and naughty thoughts and more secrets than he can count. These two are so drawn to one another that even without the complete background of who Sebastian is I could tell he's made for Chloe. They gravitate to one another and somehow the story, even with the nightmares filling the pages, is 100% a romance. 

"Even the little bits of me hidden away in the pages of my books, all the way down to the marrow in my bones; it was supposed to happen like this."

Fans of Willow Winters will enjoy the backstory that A Kiss To Tell provides for some of its secondary characters and will appreciate the world building when it comes to its connection to Merciless. It reads more like a prequel, but with different characters from the novels that tie into it. Unfortunately, readers that haven't yet met secondary character, Carter, and don't know about the life he lives won't feel the same connection to A Kiss To Tell and its characters. Additionally, while I fell for Sebastian and Chloe right away I never felt like I was part of their story. It has gaps, we see their connection and their lust, but we don't see what it's built upon, we're told the facts and asked to have blind faith in them. It is mysterious though and even with the gaps I couldn't stop reading, waiting for the big reveal that will definitely catch you off guard. A Kiss To Tell isn't as suspenseful as the connected Merciless novel, the darkness and brutality isn't there, but it's an excellent story for the characters that are in it., one that shows a sweet side to the corrupted town and its inhabitants. 

"Is Chloe Rose getting to me? She's always gotten to me."

A Kiss To Tell is a sexy, short story from Willow Winters that just barely touches on the dark and depraved stories some of the secondary characters can be found in. You'll find yourself sympathizing with the characters and flipping through the pages as the intensity reaches a peak. While I loved Chloe and Sebastian, I wanted more from this story and I can only hope we're going to see more of them in the world Willow Winters has created.

Author Bio

Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. She likes her action hot and her bad boys hotter. She certainly doesn’t hold back on either one in her writing!

Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.

In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!

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