Monday, June 13, 2016

~*★Blog Tour with Review★*~ Paradise Found: CAIN by L.B. Dunbar

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“I hate that I love you,” she said. “You left me.” “I lost you, there’s a difference. Now that I found you, I intend to keep you.” Lost. I’d tasted the sweetest fruit of temptation, and I wanted another bite. I had promised myself before, but once wasn’t enough. The savory flavor of her lingered long after I’d lost her. Contending with the pressure to return to the fight, in order to prove myself to my father and the world, I had to let her go. Found. It has been a year. Sofie Vincentia and I had played a dangerous game. For one night, we pretended, only to discover our farce was real. I’d lost her, but I hadn’t stopped searching, hoping for her return. I was used to getting what I wanted, so when she didn’t come to me, I had to go after her. This would be the greatest fight of my life.

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Title: Paradise Found: CAIN
Author: L.B. Dunbar
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports - MMA
Series or Standalone: Series (Paradise #2)
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa

L.B. Dunbar has done it again.

She’s taken MMA fighters, put them together in romance, weaving together a biblical like, fairy-tale style read that once started, sweeps you off your feet. Her words and way with description almost lyrical in nature. Captivating to be sure.

But she also gives you not so perfect characters. Ones that on a day to day appear to be anything but the fictional entities they are, but more like real everyday people, experiencing much the same things we do, but on a little bit of a grander scale. Hero’s that even though they make mistakes (and trust me here, Cain made some serious missteps along the way), you still can’t help but root for. Want the best for and definitely want to see come out the other end of what plagues them.

In this case Cain (and Abel’s) father.

What a piece of work that was. I thought I’d seen the level of his depravity and lack of feeling as it pertained to his family in Abel’s story, but let me tell you, the worst is yet to come. There were quite a few instances here where I was just taken aback and completely off guard at just how deep his own hatred of his family went. The sheer need for destruction on all levels that he had. While I have to admit I did think that things were taken to an almost out of this world at one point (hence the rating being lower than Abel’s), it wasn’t so much so that it took away from the overall feel of the story for me.

I still loved it and I still loved Cain and Sofie together.

For anyone that’s read the previous novella, you’re aware of how their relationship comes to be and how it ends up heading into this one, but what you get here on a much grander scale is just how affected these two people are by each other. Sure, they’ve got the physical attraction, but there are points in this novel, way before any feelings are admitting or I love you is uttered where you see it’s even more deep seeded than that. You can see that it’s more and you just want both of them to smarten up so they can see it clearly too.

These two whenever they were together in scenes were phenomenal. Scorching yet fluid at the same time. It was like all the pieces fit for me. What Sofie was to Cain and really what he was to her. Temptation and Sin at times, but ultimately, change, beauty and happiness. In a way, a soft place to fall for both of them. And considering what they managed to go through within the pages of this story, they were both definitely deserving of that.

Overall, this book delivered on everything I went in hoping it would, even if there were some aspects I didn’t enjoy as much as the others and I think that if you’re a fan of MMA fighters, falling in love, flawed characters that mess up a few times before they get it right, you’ll really enjoy this. I know I did.

My thanks to the author and all others involved for letting me read an ARC of this story before its official release out into the world. I can safely say that as long as this author keeps writing, I’m going to come back for more. She hooked me and it’s my hope she’ll hook other readers in the same way.

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About the Author

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I'd love to say I've written for 10,000 hours, and that makes me a pro. But I can't say that. What I can say is I had a story in my head that wouldn't go away. I thought typing it in my computer would be the end of things, but it only led to another story and another. I love reading, so characters in my head isn't something new. What is new is my creation of them. Hope you enjoy my favorites as much as I do. Happy reading!

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