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Monday, November 25, 2013

{Blog Tour with Review} EMBRACING DEATH by D.T. DYLLIN

Title: Embracing Death
Author: D.T. Dyllin
Series: The Death Trilogy #2
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Expected publication: December 12, 2013 by Dragonfairy Press


All of Samantha Bevan’s memories have been returned to her. But instead of bringing her peace, they’ve only brought her more turmoil. She now recalls the dark addiction to feeling other people’s deaths and every day is a struggle to control her urges. At least she has Austin to help her… or does she?

Samantha will discover that even with her memories, she doesn’t know the truth of her past, and those secrets may prove detrimental to her and everyone she loves. Will she be able to unravel the mystery of who’s been pulling her strings before it’s too late? Or will Austin be the one to suffer from her mistakes?

Goodreads | Releases for purchase mid-December 2013

 My review copy was an ARC copy (well yeah, it doesn't come out for a few more weeks!) provided via publisher for this tour.

Oh. My. Gawd. Again, it just intensifies and Dyllin leaves it with a cliffhanger (WHEN IS BOOK 3 out?!) that just leaves your heart in a twist. I liked the flow of this book. Just when I thought I had a handle on everything, I learn that indeed there is more!

My favorite line from FEELING DEATH was when Austin tells Sam that if she needed, he'd kill someone every day from her if she needed it (you must read to understand). It's powerful because it's something that's so horrendous and yet he loves her so much he would be willing to do so if she needed it. I didn't quite understand fully. Not until we got into more depth in this book.

Malcolm really was a piece of work...just horrific. And now Sam and Austin are dealing with the aftermath of EVERYTHING. (I still hate Nixon; his excuse is pathetic. Absolutely pathetic. He obviously doesn't have a clue as to what love is.)

Bad guys. Good guys. Which is which? It's really hard to tell at times. I mean there's covert operations and then what looks to be sanctioned. And Malcolm seemingly is on the side you'd expect to be good but he's definitely not. And then poor Sam & Austin are all churned up and effed in the head and ... geez. And then you get their shared history and your jaw drops and it's just...OH MY GOD.

More twisties, turnies, and corkscrews into the past, another kindle bruiser that kept me up way past my bed time to see what the heck is going on. And then...cliffy. And I don't have book 3 at the ready to read yet! *sobs dramatically* 

Feeling Death

Samantha Bevans is having the best sex of her life—but it's not with her husband. Fortunately for her marriage, the affair is all in her mind. Isn't it? As an empath, she senses other people's emotions. But her connection to the man with the the chiseled face and haunting eyes seems so real.

There's no time for fantasies with a serial killer loose in Pittsburgh. The killer is targeting dancers at a strip club where Samantha used to bartend, back when drugs were the only cure for the torment of her abilities. As a member of a special task force, Samantha uses her talents to sense the victims’ final thoughts. Just when she thought the case was complex enough, she discovers one of the victims was thinking about her fantasy man when she died.

Who can Samantha trust when she can’t trust her own mind? An empath feels the emotional environment around her…and Samantha is surrounded by death.

Amazon | Goodreads 

This book is trippy. I'm not happy with the label of "erotic" paranormal romance because erotic usually means erotica, and books in that genre are fairly focused on sex. This isn't about sex. This was a total mind screw, a psychological thriller, with romance and yes, sex, in it, but so much more! I should warn you: if you're going into this book expecting the typical-of-most-erotica sexy but easy, cheesy conversations and then nothing but sex scenes, this is not the book for you.

I don't know if it's because I was so fascinated at this absolute mind-frack (hey, I gotta post my review on amazon so no cursing. They get mad when you use the word see-are-a-pee. See? I even had to do that phonetically or they would kick it back out!) that I just took the sexy bits, digested them, kinda said "ooh that was hot", and then promptly forgot about them as I watched Sam unravel or if there just wasn't enough overly detailed sex for me to agree with that slap on label of erotic. Regardless, it IS definitely paranormal romance and it was a heck of a ride.

The build-up is trippy, the way half the book is told in flashback that progress from six years ago to 4 years ago to 3 years ago, it kept me turning the pages, utterly fascinated at these people, their powers, and what it means to be Sam. A more apt description is definitely psychological thriller. As always, I do my best to keep my reviews spoiler free so it's difficult for me to talk about this book (AGAIN, D.T. Dyllin! The Gates Trilogy was the same way! I'm gonna have to get a book club reading these so I can dish!) without giving too much away, but I must say the love triangle is a doozy. And then...the whole Nixon thing...SO. MESSED. UP. Annnnd, since the book is told in a series of flashbacks after the present day is secured, I can't tell you whether I mean flashback Nixon situation or current Nixon situation. All I can say is MESSED. UP.

Thankfully, I'm reading the ARC right now of Book 2, EMBRACING DEATH. It took that whole book to get to the examples of the title, and now I want to know more. I'm hoping I get a bit more history of Malcolm, Austin, Nixon, etc., or resolution and answers and peace (too hopeful? yeah, I'm the eternal optimist) for Sam.

TL;DR -- more of a psychological thriller, romance with hot sex scenes than erotica, this is a Kindle-Bruiser. You will be glued to your kindle, stabbing it with your finger to turn the page!  
About the Author
Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer…are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two very spoiled GSDs.

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