Saturday, April 5, 2014

Blog Tour!: The Righteous and the Wicked by April Emerson (Review, Excerpt)

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Available April 10th from The Writer's Coffee Shop

The winning entrant from the TWCS Library Making of a Masterpiece Competition
The Summary:
Small moments can seem insignificant until they change the course of a life forever. The sound of a bulldozer. A chance meeting at a gas station. A gust of wind through a chime. Benign events become something more when viewed through the lens of fate.
Emma Santori is a prisoner of tragic memories. Locked in a spiral of depression, she leads a desolate and empty life, trapped in her decrepit home. Rooted in routine, she’s numb and vacant. As a lonely Catholic school teacher, her only joy comes from her young students. One Saturday morning, her isolation is infiltrated by a mysterious architect building a home beside hers.
That man is Eric Wilder and he’s keeping a secret that’s destroying his life. Filled with guilt and self-loathing, he’s forced to move often. He chooses the small northeastern town of Pine Lake as his latest refuge, and hopes to make a successful attempt at starting his life over. As always, he’s unable to make that happen.
That all changes when he meets Emma.
She finds herself drawn to Eric when she accidentally bumps into him, but Eric’s unfazed by their first meeting. When a gust of wind brings these two people together once again, Emma discovers Eric’s secret. She’s forced to battle between her Catholic faith and her desire for this stranger.
Their attraction is intense and they soon discover they’re each lonely and longing for what the other has to offer. As their friendship blossoms, Emma realizes her passion and lust for Eric are the remedy to her depression. Eric discovers his feelings for Emma are the only antidote to his secret burden. 
They begin an erotic journey, which leads these beautifully broken people to discover that love can be both righteous and wicked.


Emma drags the lawnmower from her garage and pushes the dreaded metal contraption to the end of the driveway. The grass in her yard is very overgrown, because cutting it is her least favorite chore. She yanks the pull handle, but it doesn’t make a rumble. She tries again. Nothing. Emma hears footsteps on the gravel and stops. There can only be one person behind her. Emma turns around and narrows her eyes at her unwelcome neighbor.
A smile spreads on Eric’s face as he looks her up and down and walks toward her.
“You need some help with that?” He’s covered in sweat, wearing a white T-shirt and black athletic shorts. His hair is damp. He’s beautiful. She tries to avoid his eyes, but fails.
“No. I can handle it. And I thought I told you to stay off my property.”
Eric stifles a laugh at her attempt to be rude. He can see the sweetness that lies beneath it. “Well, technically, I’m in the street, so it’s not your property.”
He steps closer. His audacity and proximity fuel the fire inside her and she prays for him to leave her alone. She prays for what she thinks is right, not for what she wants. She yanks the pull cord again and it rumbles. He moves even closer and her heart fluctuates between her lust and her distaste for this man.
“Please, let me do that for you.” The voice that was once perverse is now sweet.
Emma lets herself study him. Tall, fit, gorgeous. Not unkind, but something dark lives in his soul. She can feel it. That darkness should frighten her, but instead she feels drawn to it. In truth, she would like nothing more than for Stormy Eyes to put his hand on the mower and make it purr. She’d like nothing more than to sit on the porch and watch him push this machine back and forth across the yard with no shirt on. Dirty and sweaty. Muscles flexing. She’d like nothing more than to bring him a beer when he’s done, and watch him drink it. To take him inside when he’s finished, and get in the shower . . .
“I said I have it!” She yanks the cord with one final, furious pull.
My Review:
Emma is a teacher at a Catholic school, who is learning how to put the pieces back together, because her world was shattered. She really thought she had the perfect life, a husband, and a growing family. But everything changed suddenly. Leaving her to fix her life and move on. After being woken up on a Saturday morning, she notices that someone is building a house next to hers. The POV switches to Eric(In this book, the POV works). Eric, is the new guy in town, who happens to be the one that is building the house, next to Emma’s.

Eric is a wham bam, thank you, ma’am kinda guy ;) But that all changes when he meets Emma(well sorta). Emma is instantly attracted to Eric. She sees Eric around town with different women. Seeing him with different, intrigues Emma. After Emma and Eric, start going hanging out/going on dates….Emma finds herself falling for Eric. Everything goes crazy, after her past shows up, and Emma has to deal with her not so distant past.

The Righteous and the Wicked, is a sexy book! If you can handle a lot of sexiness, this book is for you!

I Give It:
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Introducing April Emerson

April Emerson grew up in rural upstate New York, and moved to New York City after graduating from college with a degree in Literature. As a nature lover, living in the city was a culture shock, but she soon began to enjoy being surrounded by so much energy. Submerged in perpetual crowds, April developed a fondness for people-watching, which inspired her to start writing. Drawn to both the light and dark of humanity, she strives to tell sexy and romantic stories with exquisitely complex characters. When she isn’t writing, she loves listening to music or reading a good book, with a glass of wine.
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