Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Big Bad Wolf by Jus Accardo

Book Blurb:

Kensey Deaton comes from an elite werewolf lineage, but just because her family is royalty, doesn't mean she'll fall in line like some perfect little princess. She has plans and they don't include an arranged marriage!

Slade McAlister has his own family drama. His Alpha father happens to be the most reviled wolf on the eastern seaboard, and it's a stigma he can't escape. So when his neighbor Kensey--the girl of his dreams and his nightmares--proposes a solution to solve *both* of their problems, he sees an opportunity he can’t ignore.

Kensey and Slade aren't only from opposite sides of the tracks, they're from opposite sides of the war. But if they can sell their 'relationship', they might just make it out of this with their freedom.

You know, as long as all that fake PDA doesn't turn into more...

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He took a sip of water and nodded. He eyed the new plate as the girl set it down in front of him. “Raw fish? You’re buying me a burger as soon as we’re done here.”

“It’s Japanese,” I whispered. “Odori don. When you pour—”

The maid leaned across him and poured soy sauce over his plate. The squid in the center twitched once, then started to squirm with spastic enthusiasm.

“What the—” Slade flinched and jumped back, falling out of his chair and taking the maid—and the soy sauce—with him. She let out a squeak as the gravy bowl flew from her hands and hit the wall behind us. The ceramic shattered, splintering into a thousand tiny pieces as salty brown liquid splattered in all directions.

I managed to extract myself from my chair as Slade was helping the maid to her feet. Once she was up, she scurried into the kitchen, mumbling something about towels, and he turned back to the table. “My apologies,” he said with a bow toward our out of town guests. “I wasn’t expecting my dinner to dance.”

My father stood, the look on his face anything but forgiving, but I didn’t stick around. I grabbed Slade by the wrist and led him up the stairs to my bathroom to clean up.

“Haven’t been in here in years,” he said as we passed through my room. “Your d├ęcor hasn’t gotten any better.”

I rolled my eyes and shoved him through the bathroom door. Once inside, I clasped his shoulder and pushed him on to the edge of the tub. “Neither have your manners.”

“How was I supposed to know the damn thing was still alive?”

“It wasn’t.” I ran a towel under the water, then rang it out. “It was dead.”

“Beg to differ. It moved. It fucking started moshing on my plate.”

I knelt in front of him then paused. This wasn’t going to work while he was still wearing the shirt. “It was the salt in the soy sauce. The muscles in the squid were reacting to it. Take your shirt off.”

He waggled his brows. “Finally.”

I sighed and grabbed the back of his collar then gave a hard yank. The material caught on his chin for a second before coming over his head. “Says the guy who insisted I was a horrible kisser.”

He snorted. “That was years ago.Like I said, you’ve gotten a little bit better.”

He leaned back and I didn’t miss the way he flexed, the hard planes of his chest moving in an almost mesmerizing way. I also didn’t—couldn’t—miss the scattered assortment of marks and scars.

“They’re not pretty, are they?” His voice was low calm, but the look in his eyes was anything but.

“Gavin?” The scars were a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and left very little skin unmarred.

“For the most part.” He shifted, almost like he was uncomfortable with my scrutiny.

I cleared my throat and turned away. “Ya know, scars are a sign of honor in the wolf community.”

“Yeah?” There was a twinge of amusement in his voice and I was glad. “Then pick one. I’ll let you honor it with a kiss.”


My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Romance, Teen, Werewolves--

Kensey refuses to roll over for her father and accept the mate he selected for her, instead she wants to be shown the respect that male werewolves get and be able to choose her own path. ​Slade wants nothing more but to escape the terror that is ​his abusive father and pack alpha, but is instead tied to a life he wants no part of and a reputation he really didn't earn. When Kensey comes up with a solution to both their problems, Slade is hesitant. But what could go wrong, and it is an easy win-win for both of them, right?

I am such a sucker for werewolf books, seriously, I gobble up all that I can get my grabby hands on. Add in a romantic element (aka the mate bond or whatever is the equivalent in a given book) and I am ever so happy. When I saw that Jus, who I absolutely love every book of hers that I have read, was writing a werewolf YA romance, I counted down the days until it was available for me to read.

The story was dual narrated by Slade and Kensey, alternating at chapters (just the way I like my romances!) Both characters have to deal with and overcome a struggle, but in such different ways. Slade is the lone wolf with an outrageously bad reputation that he did not earn and a daily battle with control over his wolf and anger. He would love to escape the life that he knows full of abuse and disappointment, but hidden deep down he was a big sweetheart. Kensey is 100% comfortable with who she is as a person as well as wolf, going out of her way to break the sweet, delicate mold that female werewolves have been placed in- instead she is capable and confident and refuses to let her father dictate her path. Past hurt and present dislike war between the two characters, but underneath bubbles chemistry and good intentions. I really shipped the two of them and I am ever so happy to report that this is a HEA story to melt your heart.

This was the perfect standalone paranormal romance, a very fast read that can be picked up and enjoyed in one sitting (if you are like me and refuse to put the book down to do adulting stuff such as cook and clean and basically be an adult). I highly recommend any book by Jus be it her sci-fi dimensional travel series The Infinity Division or this cute, sweet (pretty much pg) paranormal romance (or all her other titles I have yet to my hands on!). I can't wait to read more from her, regardless of what she wants to write about.

​ I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book. ​

Author Bio:

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

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