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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - Marcus (Natexus #3) by Victoria L. James

Book: Marcus (A Natexus Novel)
Author: Victoria L. James
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Five weeks after Natalie walked out of my life, I was forced to go back to the start. Twice I’d given my heart to those who didn’t want it, leaving me alone again wondering who I was, where I was meant to be going, and what I stood for.

Loneliness became my new best friend, no matter how hard I tried to deny it. Bitterness threatened to take over and turn me into somebody I wasn’t. Nothing made me feel alive anymore. Nothing made me happy.

Until she arrived. Her. The girl no one was meant to fall in love with—especially not me. Especially not then.

We didn’t know that our time together was fleeting. Our futures were already shaped for us, weaved together by a string of events that were destined to tear us apart if we let them. I just wasn’t willing to go down without a fight this time.
Not all men give up so easily, and the scars on my heart had made me stronger. If anyone could beat the cruel hand of fate, it was me. All I had to do was believe.

In me. In her. In us.

That beautiful, unexpected, thrilling, surprise love of mine.

~ Marcus Anderson

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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Well, that’s certainly not how I expected the book to read. I had a rough idea how the book would turn out and, well, I was so wrong, kind of. I know, that makes no sense, but it will once you read the story.

I immensely enjoyed reading this story. I think this book, book 3, was better than book 1, I can’t judge book as I’ve not read it. I enjoyed Marcus’ character so much and really enjoyed getting to know him better. All of the characters leave such a lasting impression as you read. They are a family and have a bond no one can break.

There was definitely not a lack of detail or description.  There was one scene that just really sticks out in my mind and the images are so clear and precise. They don’t waiver, there is no second guessing, the details really just paint the picture perfectly. Okay, I take it back, there is another scene that is just as good. It’s absolutely stunningly beautiful. I know I’m being vague on this information but it’s for your best interest as I would ruin the story and this is just one you need to read.

As I mentioned above that I didn’t expect the story to go the way it did. It was quite a shock to the senses and made me sit up a little straighter and grab my kindle a little tighter.  It also pushed my reading speed a little faster and expanded my reading time each day until I finished the story.  This is one of those stories that would be excellent to read in one sitting. However, it is a longer story and it might take a larger chunk of your day, BUT, if you have the time, then I’d recommend it.

Do you want to one-click this book yet? If so, make sure you get book one first, Natexus.  Read it, then dive into Marcus, you’ll appreciate my heads up. I’ve not read book 2 as I mentioned above but I don’t think it was necessary to understand book 3. Someday though, I would like to read book 2 so I have all the details.  Go grab yourself a copy and get cozied up and be ready for a fantastic read.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion.*

Victoria L James is a teenage girl stuck in a thirty-something year-olds body. Living somewhere 'oop north' in England, she has had a strong passion for words and stories going as far back as she can remember, which she credits to her grandmother and her love of reading anything that was on sale and cheap from the local market stall. Never once did she think she would release a novel, though. At best, she thought her love of language and her ability to create stories in her mind would provide her with a 'get out of jail free' card whenever she messed up and her parents were mad at her during her teenage years... and when even that didn't work out, she thought she was pretty much done for.

When an opportunity presented itself for her to take a back seat from paid working life for a few years, she knew straight away that she had to try and write about a few of these worlds she'd come up with along the way, and quieten all the voices in her head without racking up a heavy psychiatry bill for the pleasure.

Wearing her heart on her sleeve and trying to lighten her friends’ and family’s lives with naff, and more often than not, badly timed, nineties jokes, she has yet to learn the art of knowing when to shut up. Which is another reason writing became a passion of hers. With pen and paper, there are no limits.

A firm believer in never quitting, with a ridiculous obsession for all things Rocky, she hopes that one day she writes a story that will inspire at least one person out there to keep on going if they're struggling. Other than that, she's just a regular old converse wearing, corona sipping, English version of Chandler Bing, who loves and adores her family more than life itself. Oh, and she also has two cats. Every writer has to mention their cats, right?

Other Books in the Series

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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Torn. Speechless. Confused. That’s how I felt when I ended this story. I’ve never read a story where I’ve had such an internal battle going back and forth because of the characters and the relationships with the characters.

Don’t confuse the first few words as disappointment to the story. There is absolutely no disappointment towards the way that the author wrote the story or the details between the pages. I feel like those details are near perfection. I think the author wrote a truly remarkable story.

There is something major that I think the author addressed in this story that is usually never mentioned. That is the feelings that never truly disappear from your first love. The feelings that might be buried upon finding your next love, but the feelings that are always there, and that can be rekindled or resurfaced. I think this element really added to the story and is the reason I felt so conflicted while reading. My mind couldn’t decide which character to root for and which character should go on their way.

I think this was definitely an emotionally heavy book. There were the sweet, sappy parts. Then there were infuriating, maddening, absolutely gut wrenching details. It was a roller coaster of emotions and I thoroughly enjoyed everything single moment of bliss and torture!

So the question remains, should you read this story? Absolutely. If you haven’t one-clicked yet, do so now. The author does such a great job telling a truly delicate story and covering details most authors leave out. I think this book provides a different side of a romance story than your traditional fairy tale romance does and it’s absolutely stunning!

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion.*

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