Friday, 21 November 2014

** REVIEW TOUR ** Body (Trinity Trilogy #1) by Audrey Carlan

Title:   Body (Trinity Trilogy, Book 1) 
Author:   Audrey Carlan 
Genre:   Erotic Romance 
Release Date:   November 17, 2014 

Men ruin women.

Especially men like Chase Davis. Good looking, intelligent, rich and powerful. I never stood a chance.

I didn’t want to want him.

I didn’t want to need him.

I didn’t want to fall for him.

He wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I let him consume me. Arrogant, confident, controlling, demanding … intense.

When he entered my life, I was finally healing after having barely survived the men of my past. My soul sisters told me to take a chance. To let someone in. I let him in, and he surrounded me with a light so bright I was blinded by the truth...

Men don’t ruin women.

They devour them in every way that counts.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language, graphic sexual content, and themes that some may find disturbing. BODY is book 1 of a three-part trilogy. Book 1 has a “Happy for Now” type ending.

 Ten Fun Facts About Body(Trinity Trilogy - Book 1)

by Audrey Carlan

1. Gillian (Gigi) is the name that my husband and I would have named a child had we ever had a little girl. Alas, I am surrounded by men but loving it!

2. The three soul sisters are loosely based on my very own three best friends. They enjoy seeing what I put their character through. For example, Maria’s character is very different from my best friend Dyani, but they do have core similarities. My girl is fiercely protective, was an incredible contemporary dancer, is Italian and does speak Spanish, even though it’s not her heritage. She however, does not have a potty mouth and was not a victim of domestic violence like her character.

3. The three men aside from main character Chase Davis are loosely based on my soul sisters husbands.

4. My mother was a victim of domestic violence and writing this novel was something very cathartic for me, and I hope it gave the issue a bit more light. Young women, just out of high school can easily fall victim to domestic violence and being so young and impressionable are, in my opinion, often easier to manipulate into believing it’s there fault or they deserved the treatment they received.

5. San Francisco is very near and dear to me as it is less than a two hour drive from my home. Plus, I’ve personally not read a trilogy set in San Francisco.

6. The trinity symbol is extremely prevalent in my life and always has been. My soul sisters and I plan to get a tattoo with it, however, one sister is dragging her feet. The compromise is, if this trilogy makes it onto the New York Times bestselling list one day, she’ll get the tattoo. <crossing fingers> Not sure what I want more, the tattoo or the list! Both would be incredible.

7. Fun fact about this novel is it’s actually the first book I ever wrote but the fourth being published. This novel in particular holds more of my life and heart than anything I’ve written to date. During the developmental edit process I just had a really hard time separating myself from the book and couldn’t be objective. I took the advice of my mentor author Jess Dee and set it aside…for a YEAR! Then after I wrote the Falling Series (3 full length novels) I then was capable of going back to it. I think it’s a better book because of it.

8. I’m a pantser. The extent of my plotting is a one liner for each chapter but not usually until I’m halfway through writing it. Body was entirely written with very little plotting. I just let the muse go crazy and this is what happened!

9. The main character Chase has family members that names all start with a “C.” Chase, Carson, Cooper, Craig, Colleen, Chloe, Charles.

10. Heat level in this book runs at about an 8 out of 10. I like to write erotic sex scenes that make you feel something. I think you’ll find them so hot you’ll need your mate at the ready. <wink>

When I found out that Audrey had a new book coming out, I had to jump on board. I adored her Falling series. They contained such witty, fun loving, strong characters; her sex scenes were hawt and she had a lovely writing style that I quite enjoyed. So, naturally I jumped on board, no questions asked. It wasn't until I finished the first chapter that I thought I'd better go and read the synopsis to find out what I was getting into (LOL).

Gillian Callahan, or Gigi to all her friends is a 24 year old redheaded beauty that has experienced more than a 24 year old woman should have in her years. Her dad skipped out when she was little and therefore was raised alone by her mum. No other siblings or extended family, Gillian grew up essentially alone, her mum trying to teach her that you need to be self-reliant.

"Take a look in the mirror, Gigi. You see that person? That's the only person you can count on in this world. Never expect a man to be your everything. He will fail miserably. If you want something in life, you must go after it."

Unfortunately, Gigi's mother passes young, taken by cancer and Gigi ends up getting lost in man. The wrong type of man. Gigi becomes the victim of domestic violence. Now those of you follow me would know that I have a soft spot for books that contain real life issues, or what some would call confronting or dark. Domestic violence, rape, abuse - whether it be emotional, mental or physical is real. Here in Australia one in three women will experience domestic violence at some point in their adult life (AIC, 2014). I love it when authors try to address these types of issues. This is a topic I'm passionate about - no wonder I'm half way through obtaining degrees in both Justice and Law. Anyways, I digress. Gigi meets the delicious billionaire, Chase Davis. 

Sculpted cheek bones rise as his head tips back in laughter. He's the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome in the inky suit that sits on, quite possibly, one of the most perfect forms I've seen. In a word, he's magnificent.

I quite liked Gigi's character (particularly her dislike for seafood, because in my opinion, she's right - their bottom dwellers, it's like eating the cockroaches of the sea haha). She could be a bit wishy-washy at times, but given her past it's understandable that she fights to not relinquish all of her control to the rich alpha male that is chasing after her affections. What I also loved was the relationships Gigi had with her friends and to find out that they were loosely inspired by Ms Carlan's real life friends, brings a whole other dimension to them. I would assume a lot of us have friends (I know I have) that are quite similar in their core characteristics, fiercely protective and accepting, yet ready to be straight with you and serve you a platter of whoop ass when you need it! 

Chase has some similar demons of his own from his past and in typical billionaire, alpha male style, Chase tries to fix problems with his money and power. Chase is definitely the typical rich billionaire that we have seen in so many books, so in that aspect he kind of annoyed me, yet I do have a soft spot for them as Christian Grey will always be my number one book boyfriend.

I know I won't always make the best decisions when it comes to you. You bring out the control freak in me. I want you safe, I want to protect you and provide for you. I want to give you everything your heart desires.

All in all, a great start to the trilogy and I'm looking forward to Gigi's and Chase's story continuing in the next part of the trilogy.
**I received a copy of the book for an honest review**

Audrey Carlan is a professional fundraiser for an international healthcare related charity by day, and a sensual and erotic contemporary romance writer by night. She lives in the sunny California Valley two hours away from the city, the beach, the mountains and the precious…the vineyards. She has been married to the love of her life for 10 years and has two young children that live up to their title of “Monster Madness” on daily basis. When she’s not raising money, sipping wine with her “soul sisters”, three incredibly different and unique voices in her life, she can be found with her nose stuck in book or her Kindle. A hot, smutty, romantic book to be exact!

In life she believes that all things have their purpose even if we are unable to determine the purpose immediately

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