Thursday, November 20, 2014

LISA'S REVIEW: Sulfur Heights Series (M.S. Brannon)

Scarred Love (Sulfur Heights, #1)
Scarred Love (Sulfur Heights #1)
by M.S. Brannon

"I am certain, without any doubt, she was meant to be in my life. We belong to each other. I spent too much of my time consumed with what everyone else thinks of my feelings for Darcie, but the truth is, it was always supposed to be this way." ~Reggie Evans

Darcie Claiborne spent several years of her young life living with a monster, always fearing what he would do next. Clasping onto her last ounce of hope, Darcie releases a scream. It’s her final attempt to live; to survive the villain of her reality. Sweeping her up in his arms, Darcie’s knight in shining armor rescues her from the hell she’s been living; from the stepfather she's feared for all those years.

Reggie Evans has been forced to grow up before he’s ready when his mother dies of an overdose, leaving him responsible to raise his younger brothers. One fateful night, Reggie jogs by an old, run down house and discovers a young girl clinging to life as she screams for help.

Three years later, Darcie is healing and always protected by the man who saved her, but now she's fighting with something she isn't prepared to face. The growing love for the man who saved her life three years ago, the same man who’s nine years older. All the while, Reggie fights to protect Darcie from the demons of her past and new ones of her present.

**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content**

WOW! I just love Darcie's character! She had such a horrible childhood and then swoops in Reggie! What a man! I loved the dynamic here. The age difference just gives this couple more grit! This is not a hearts and flowers romance. This is dark and gritty with loads of turns and a few twist! I was blown away by this book. I wasn't sure what to expect with reviews all over the place! I am super excited that I went ahead and picked this book up. I wish the next book was about these two! I want more of Darcie and Reggie! I think this is a book I will easily find myself coming back to in the future. I would definitely recommend this to the darker romance lovers out there! I found myself lost completely in this story and I think you all will too!

Tragic Love (Sulfur Heights, #2)

Tragic Love (Sulfur Heights #2)
by M.S. Brannon

“From the moment I locked eyes with hers, we've had this undeniable connection that was and will always be wicked. A love that would literally kill me if it didn't survive, but lately, could kill me if it did.” ~Drake Evans.

For Drake and Presley, life has handed them more challenges than any one person should ever face in a lifetime. Together, they've survived Presley’s captivity from her deranged uncle, but now they must learn how to live with the events that surrounded her time spent with him, while keeping the details of her rescue a secret.

For Presley Quinn, living the last two years has been practically unbearable, constantly drowning in nightmares put there by a man responsible for the violent images continually playing in her mind. She keeps moving forward, but is barely clinging onto the edge when she’s faced with another obstacle from her past that is so unavoidable, so tragic, it threatens to break her apart—herself.

Drake will do anything to protect Presley from ever feeling pain again. His love is irrefutable. He walks side by side with her, vowing he will never let anyone harm her again. However, when an unexpected event turns Presley against everyone she’s ever loved, Drake is faced with trying to save the only woman he’s ever loved or severing the only lifeline she’s ever had—himself.

**Mature Content Warning** 17 years and older for language and sexual content.

Okay, so this title is one of the most fitting titles I have ever seen! Get ready to cry like a baby. Go buy your tissues first with this one. OMG! I am in shock I think. I am a total wreak right now and I feel like I need some time here. I will not be reading for days because of this book! WOW! Drake, oh Drake! I do love you and I really, really want to hate Presley but, for some reason I love her too. At times I hated her but others I really loved her. This story got to me so bad. I really don't want to give it away. This is a book that when someone asks me I would say "pick it up, you just have to read it to understand" I am saying that to you all now! PICK IT UP! READ IT! M.S. Brannon just keeps getting better with each page I read written by her. I do hope that you all give her a try!

Blind Love (Sulfur Heights, #3)
Blind Love (Sulfur Heights #3)
by M.S. Brannon

"She is magnetic to me. Every emotion she feels pulls me that much closer to her charm and energy. For reasons unbeknownst to me, I want her to know what she means to me." Jake Evans

For Jake Evans, life was as it should be. No responsibilities. He was the master at embracing his reckless lifestyle whenever it presented itself. Surviving on his ability to expertly hustle, fight and womanize, Jake could do it all; lived it all.

Raised in a rundown city, filled with crime and drugs, he had survived the death of an abusive mother and a life with an absent father while only having his brothers to depend on. His lifestyle became fast and Jake had lived it the only way he knew how, until the day he met Delilah.

Delilah St. James was the epitome of flawless. Brought up in an affluent southern household, Delilah's life had been planned from the moment she was born. She was raised to be the perfect socialite and daughter, and groomed to be the ideal wife. When a school internship moved her to Sulfur Heights for the summer, Delilah collided with the bitter reality of life outside her comfortable gated community when Jake Evans upset her perfect world.

Over the next two years, Jake and Delilah became best friends, embracing a friendship neither one was prepared to have, although they soon found it to be a relationship that neither one of them were willing to sacrifice.

A tragic turn of events brings Jake and Delilah together once again. Only this time, the feelings are different. Lines within their friendship are blurred. Everything they vowed never to do, becomes the very thing they cannot deny. Will Jake and Delilah's relationship withstand the changes surrounding them? Or will the emotions sever the two year friendship they'd fought so hard to keep?

OMG! I just don't know what to do with myself. This series may just be the death of my emotions! I am such a wreak here. The last book was so hard to move on from and now we relive so much of it, just from a different POV! I am dying here! This is Jake and Delilah's story and they are beautiful together. But, love is not easy, especially in this series. I just don't know how to recover from this book or the last. I don't see how the characters can cope with all that has happened either! OMG! This is another story that I say "You just have to read it to get it" I feel like so many will love this series but, you gotta read them in order. It's in your best interest to read them all together! A lot happens and I feel like you just need them all together so that you can process these emotions!


Surviving Love (Sulfur Heights, #4)
Surviving Love (Sulfur Heights #4)
by M.S. Brannon

“She is my heart and the other half of my life, and now, that life no longer exists." ~Drake Evans, Surviving Love

For Drake Evans, life was once happy. He was living the kind of existence that any man would envy. By his side was the woman he loved and a daughter he cherished. Life was truly perfect, until the day demons from the past came crashing into their perfect world, destroying everything he had been so sure would last forever.

Today, Drake’s life is shrouded in misery. Every day he faces the unyielding pain of losing the love of his life at the hands of a drug dealing murderer. On top of it all, he has to live with the anguishing betrayal caused by the devastating role his brother played in Presley’s death. Gone are the days of carefree happiness and impending futures. They've all been replaced with the shallow emptiness hollowing out his heart and the undeniable rage pumping through his veins. Drake is only moving through the motions of life, raising his daughter and earning a living, in the only way he can tolerate—alone.

Since the day she was banished from her family, Zoe Ledoux lives her life as a free spirit. For the past four years, Zoe’s been moving through life day by day, place by place. She never stays in one area long enough to establish relationships. She refuses to get close to anyone, protecting herself from the fear of once again being left behind. Then a turn of fate sends her to Sulfur Heights where she lands a job working as a bartender.

In a chance meeting, an instant connection forms, bringing together the wounded souls of Drake and Zoe. It is together that they begin to cope; to mend the brokenness of their pasts and feel what it is like to truly live again. However, will their newly formed friendship be enough to pull Drake and Zoe from their dark pasts? Can Drake overcome the fear of losing someone he loves and eradicate his anger just enough to let someone in? Will he learn that Surviving Love with Zoe is what he ultimately needs in order to be happy?

I so needed this book! I was struggling to survive the last two books myself so having more of Drake and giving him a chance to survive too! Amazing! I love this series. I don't think I have ever been so pulled into a series before! I am completely lost in the Evan's family! I must say, you have to read the rest of the series first to fully understand the emotions and experiences that have plagued this family. Zoe is great and has her own problems. Together can her and Drake heal one another? You must read to find out! I don't think anyone can read this series and not have their heart ripped out multiple times. Now, we need Jeremy! Like NOW! So pick up this series and fall in love and hate and cry and love again!

Redeemed Love (Sulfur Heights, #5)
Redeemed Love (Sulfur Heights #5)
by M.S. Brannon
“Who am I? For all intents and purposes, I am the nice guy; the loyal brother and decent citizen. I am quiet and non-confrontational. I am the brother nobody worries about and can always depend upon. To my family, I am the good one. However, that’s only what they see on the outside.” ~ Jeremy Evans

Outwardly, Jeremy Evans is a typical guy, the calmest of the Evans brothers. He’s obsessed with cars, enjoys the company of beautiful women, and is devoted to his family. Inwardly, however, Jeremy is a ticking time bomb. Torn between what’s right versus what’s wrong. When the attempted rape on Darcie occurs, Jeremy finally loses the battle within himself. The pure hatred for Sulfur Heights consumes him and escape is all he thinks about.

Three years later, he is secretly engrossed by the drug-infested underworld. Jeremy’s double life leads him on dark and sinister paths of drugs, violence and rage.

The Evans family is destroyed after Presley’s murder and consequently Jeremy’s arrest. He’s sent to prison where he’s forced to survive with the mistakes he’s made on his conscience. However, only one thought lingers. It consumes the years he spends locked in a cell. Retribution.

Cami Ryker used to have a picture perfect life. She was loved by her family and happy with her life until her brother’s sudden death tore her family apart. Cami is forced to care for her ailing mother and assume the responsibilities of a normal adult. However, when the bills are paid and her mother is tucked away for the night, Cami likes to cloud her mind in order to escape her daily struggles. Late one night, a stranger trolling the streets rescues her in a dark alley. The mysterious stranger will become one of the most important people in her life until the day he’s sent to prison.

Four years later, Jeremy is released and seeking redemption for his mistakes, but the betrayal is still thriving amongst the Evans family.

Will Jeremy finally find the solace within to gain the forgiveness from his family that he desperately craves? And is it possible for Jeremy to save those he loves and exonerate himself in the process?
**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content**

I was so ready to hear what Jeremy had to say! Yes, this is a love story and I loved that part but, I was reading this book to get Jeremy's POV! I needed it like I need air! I was so heartbroken by Jeremy's role in some of the horrible events that have plagued the Evan's family. I hated seeing it and it made me hate him a little. Now, I must say he may just be my favorite Evan's. I think this may just be the best book of the series. But, I can't say just read this book, you must read them all! There is no way you will fully understand the emotions and love in this family without reading all of the books. Also, you might want to set out time to read them all in order. You will be so drained and a emotional wreak that you will want to do it all at once! This series is amazing in the way that your emotions are brought out and amazing in the way you will love every character, even when you hate them! Amazing!


M.S. Brannon
About the Author
M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience.

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