Book Review: T.M. Frazier’s King

I was at a restaurant hanging out with the bestie when my long awaited advance reader’s copy of King showed up in my phone’s Kindle app. In that moment, I could have died of sheer happiness and I was literally dancing in my seat. Although I completely embarrassed myself in public, I didn’t care because I had a copy of King before its official release. After impatiently waiting for this novel for over a year, I was in bookworm heaven and I wasted no time driving home to dive into what I can honestly say was an adventure of epic proportions. 

So before we get started, you need to understand a few things about King. It is not a romance novel for those with delicate sensibilities expecting sweet, but misguided characters finding their way to love and happily ever after. Instead, King is a contemporary (dare I say urban) romance novel where the lines between good and evil, lust and love, savior and sinner are as enigmatic as the novel’s dark, twisty, and seemingly unredeemable characters. Moreover, reading King may make you entirely redefine “happily ever after” because, in this romance novel, love and happiness are far too fragile and fleeting. In King, there are no winners in this game of love–just losers.

If I had to summarize Doe and King’s relationship, I would encapsulate it in the lyrics of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-factor.”

It could all be so simple
But you’d rather make it hard
Loving you is like a battle
And we both end up with scars

So here’s the skinny!!! 

The Good:

  • Despite the year long wait, King didn’t disappoint. I simply couldn’t put it down. This might be the first time in my life where I can’t wait for summer to be over so that I can read the sequel. (Tyrant is due for release August 17, 2015).
  • I’m not sure if it was the visit to Grace’s or the carnival date with Doe, but I absolutely fell head over heels in love with King’s gentler side. A few ounces of light in a heart so dark, made this glimpse of him all the more precious.
  • While it was initially harder to see, Preppy was such a lovable guy. He made me laugh and somehow I always thought he was more dangerous than King. Moreover, it has to be said that the violence between Preppy and his stepfather (especially at the end of the novel) devastated and broke my heart.
  • I loved Doe’s unrelenting honesty; it made me laugh especially how it showed up at Grace’s. 
  • The sexual tension between Doe and King was off the charts hot; it was a roller coaster ride I didn’t want to get off. I swear one minute King wants to kill her and the other minute he can’t keep his hands off of her. Doe and King’s chemistry was burning up the pages of my Kindle and I couldn’t get enough.

The Bad: (Yep!!! Blame it on the English Teacher in me!)

  • A few pacing problems. There were times, especially at the very beginning and very end of the novel, where the pace could have used a little adjusting. At the beginning of the novel, I was dying for Doe and King to finally meet and interact and it seemed like it took forever to get there. I think the background on King and Preppy’s friendship could have been moved to a later time. Then at the end of the novel, I felt like the story was flying a little too fast.  I wanted the novel to slow down a tad so I could savor it a bit more. 
  • There is a major life altering incident with Doe that is majorly glossed over and it robs the novel of some of its realism. Without spoiling the novel for those of you who haven’t read or finished King, I didn’t believe Doe when she said she was over the incident. There are some things you do not get over so easily and her response (or lack thereof) to the situation does not match how she had been characterized thoughout the novel.
  • Preppy’s friendships with Doe and King, at times, almost eclipses the relationship between Doe and King. Doe and King’s moments, though explosive, left me wanting more. What can I say? I couldn’t get enough of them. Though he was a very like able character, it made me jealous that Preppy took up so much prominent space in the novel.
  • Bear: I really liked him, but he was a very thinly veiled catalyst character. Basically, he shows up to keep the plot moving between Doe and King, but it’s really clear that this is his only purpose in King. I wish Bear had been given a bigger role because his character had the potential to be so much more. Would it be too much to hope that he might get his own story in a later novel (hint, hint)?

The Ugly:

Romance novels rarely surprise me, but the cliffhanger at the end King caught me completely off guard in the best possible way!  Not only was it bittersweet, but I was absolutely astonished by the sudden revelations we learn about Doe and King by the last chapter. All I can say is be prepared for a heart attack when you read the last page. Trust me, Fraizer saved the best for last. Unfortunately, this also my major beef with the novel. Although, I was aware that there would be a sequel with the release of Tyrant, I had no idea how mind-blowing the cliffhanger in King was going to be. Having to wait until August to find out what happens next is absolutely cruel. OMG!!! How am I going to survive the 56 days, 13 hours, 13 minutes, and 4 seconds until Tyrant is released? 


Favorite Passage:

I loved sleeping with his big body next to me. I loved the way he made me feel so small. I loved the way his nostrils flared when he was about to kiss me, and then when he did, I loved that he kissed me like he was mad at me. Like it was my fault I was so desirable that he just had to put his lips to mine, his hands on me.


Final Thoughts: (Score: 4.5 of 5)

Although I received King for review, it’s a novel that I would unquestionably spend my money on. Receiving an advance copy, however, made my reading experience all the sweeterI enthusiastically recommend this novel and have already recommended it to anyone who will stand still long enough to listen. So, if you’re tired of sappy, Harlequinesque romance novels, give King a try. You won’t be sorry. It’ll be the best $3.99 you ever spent.

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Blurb:

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

King, a notorious career criminal just released from prison, is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, sex or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.


“I’ve been in a maximum security prison. I’ve been around the worst of the worst. I’ve had to sleep with one eye open thinking that any second I could be drawing my last breath.”

“Why are you telling me this?”

“Because. I want you to know that none of those motherfuckers ever scared me as much as you do.”


Published on June 15, 2015, King is the first book in a two part series available in Kindle, iBooks, and Nook formats for $2.99 (for a limited time and then it returns to regular price at $3.99). Tyrant, the second book in this series, is available for pre-order now for $2.99 and is due for release August 17, 2015.  


If you missed my previous excerpt reveals from King, I’ve linked them below for your reading pleasure. 

Warning: King contains graphic adult subject matter, so please keep this novel excerpt out of little hands.

T.M. Frazier-King Excerpt #1

T.M. Frazier-King Excerpt #2

T.M. Frazier-King Excerpt #3


If you’re interested in winning a signed paperback of King & Swag Pack check out the link below. The giveaway end June 28, 2015. 

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***Please note that this giveaway is being sponsored by T.M. Frazier not AllThingsTashia.***


About the Author

T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids. t.m. frazierShe attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.

In the third grade, she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.

It only took her twenty years to start the next one and it was not about hamsters.

Stalk Her: Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.


KING. IS. HERE!

NOW AVAILABLE

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1ALhF4i

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1AOJb0q

iBooks: http://apple.co/1KreL6J

Nook: http://bit.ly/1B7H73R


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OMG!!! T.M. Frazier’s King is Now Available

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OMG!!! I haven’t been this excited about a book in a long time. I was literally dancing in my seat when my review copy showed up in my Kindle. Yes, King is officially available and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on this long awaited novel. [So stay tuned…a review is definitely in the works.] In the meantime, I was given access to another exclusive excerpt release that will whet your appetite for all that King has to offer. Please let me know that you think. (P.S. Keep reading because there is also a link to a giveaway of a signed paperback copy of King and a swag pack of goodies.)


Warning: King contains graphic adult subject matter, so please keep this novel excerpt out of little hands.

T.M. Frazier-King Excerpt #3


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Blurb:

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, sex or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.


“I’ve been in a maximum security prison. I’ve been around the worst of the worst. I’ve had to sleep with one eye open thinking that any second I could be drawing my last breath.”

“Why are you telling me this?”

“Because. I want you to know that none of those motherfuckers ever scared me as much as you do.”


Now available for order, King is the first book in a two part series for $2.99 on Amazon in Kindle format. Tyrant is the name of the second book due out August 2015. 


If you’re interested in winning a signed paperback of King & Swag Pack check the link below.

Enter T.M. Fraizer Rafflecopter Giveaway

***Please note that this giveaway is being sponsored by T.M. Frazier not AllThingsTashia.***


About the Author

T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids.

t.m. frazier

She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.

In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.

It only took her twenty years to start the next one and it was not about hamsters.

Stalk Her: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.


KING. IS. HERE!

NOW AVAILABLE

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1ALhF4i

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1AOJb0q

iBooks: http://apple.co/1KreL6J

Nook: http://bit.ly/1B7H73R


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Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Review + Giveaway

If you’re looking for budget friendly sun protection, look no further. The Coppertone Clearly Sheer sunscreen line is a great option. For review consideration, Bzz Agent sent me free samples of two types of this sunscreen: Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days and Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray. 

According to Coppertone, the Clearly Sheer Sunscreen line has the following benefits:

  • It absorbs in seconds for a clean and light feel.
  • It has a moisturizing formula that leaves your skin soft and smooth.
  • It won’t clog pores or cause breakouts (clinically tested on acne-prone skin).
  • It has a matte finish that is perfect for use under makeup.

Over the last 6-weeks, I tested out both sunscreens and here’s my full review below.

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Here, I’m wearing Coppertone Clearly Sheer on my hands and body and it is completely undetectable.

Pros:

+Can be found a most common shopping venues, i.e. Target, Ulta, Walmart.

+It is budget friendly. You can purchase for under $10. If you use the Bzz Agent coupon, it can be purchased for about $8.00 and some change (including tax). However, if you purchase at Ulta, you can use their $3.50 coupon and pay under $8.00 with taxes included.

+The product (Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days) does what it says:

  1. It did not make my acne worse.
  2. It can be used under makeup without complication;  I had no problems using it with my Becca primer. 
  3. It is absolutely sheer and easy to blend into the skin. If you have a deeper complexion, like me, you’ll have zero problems with this sunscreen white casting on your skin. 
  4. My skin felt soft and smooth after use.

+Both types of Coppertone sunscreens were easy to use for the body, but I preferred the continuous spray version because I could spray it quickly and easily.

+Both types of Coppertone sunscreens are person of color friendly. I did not have to excessively work to blend in the sunscreen. It was so easy to use, I did not even need a mirror. There was absolutely no white casting on my skin and it dried matte.

+The Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days has a very light and fresh fragrance and it didn’t smell like sunscreen at all.

Cons:

-Unfortunately, the fragrance in the product made my eyes water initially. That’s only thing keeping it from being a 5 star product.

Results:

4-stars

If Coppertone were to develop a fragrance free version, Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days would be my go to everyday sunscreen. I really loved using this product and 5 ounces of product for under $10.00 is a great deal when my typical everyday facial sunscreen (Coola) is $36.00 for 1.7 ounces. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a quality sunscreen at a drugstore price. However, I would caution anyone with sensitivity to fragrances

Try a Sample:

I held onto a sample of the Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days for my readers. If you’re interested in trying a sample of the Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days, please comment below about which sunscreens you’ve tried and loved and I’ll enter you in my drawing for a sample. **Please do not comment that you want to win the giveaway. If you do, you’ll be disqualified. 🙂

Drawing closes 12:00 pm (MST)  July 11, 2014. Winner will be announced via comment on this blog post by 2:00 pm (MST) on July 11, 2014 and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. In the event of no drawing entries, by stated deadline, the giveaway will be withdrawn. Winner must be 18 years of age and a resident of the US. Winner will receive a 1 ounce tube of the Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Sunny Days. Good luck everyone!!! 🙂

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