Tuesday, August 11, 2015

RELEASE DAY BLITZ & REVIEW: Escalation (Clandestine Affairs #2) by Tessa Teevan

Author: Tessa Teevan
Series: Clandestine Affairs #2


The moment Rafe appeared on her doorstep, he was everything Brie Latham didn't know she needed. Sexy. Mysterious. Provocative. The absolute opposite of her domineering ex. Like a white knight in the form of a rugged, handsome construction worker, he freed her from her cage, allowing her to spread her wings and find herself again. To find love again.

Just as she was ready to give in and finally admit her feelings for him, her past swooped back in, death and destruction in its path, causing her to question everything she knows.

And everything she feels.

Was their relationship all just smoke and mirrors? Was she destined to repeat the vicious cycle with yet another manipulative man, only to crash and burn yet again?

Who is Rafe Matthews, and will Brie survive long enough to finally discover the truth?

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My Review

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


So for some reason I missed (not really sure how that happened) that there was going to be a 3rd book in this series. I was hoping that we would get answers and we did, but of course it ends with...ANOTHER CLIFFHANGER. And although it isn't a good one, at least it doesn't feel as dire as the last one. 

This book picks up right where the first left off. Brie is in the trunk of Adrian's car and that car is in the water. Luckily Brie survives, but Adrian disappears. When Brie wakes up in the hospital we finally find out who Rafe really is. It didn't come as too much of a surprise, but it did make me want to know WHY. Ahhhhh.....So many questions. 

While Brie is in the hospital, the situations becomes even more complicated. A little fact (one that Brie has been wondering about) comes to light that makes ending this thing even more important. Rafe manages to explain some things to her and when is all said and done, Brie does go home with him. Despite everything, Brie loves Rafe and knows that she belongs with him. 

I'm not going to say that everything between them is okay. Let's just say that it is and it isn't. The two of them might still be in the middle of a crazy situation, but one thing is made very clear: Rafe loves Brie with everything he has and he won't let anything happen to her. He wants a life together and she does too. 

I love when the two of them are just themselves. Brie and Rafe. Two people in love. It's mentioned a couple times in the book that their love story may not have started out normally, but they are definitely enjoying the ride. And as a reader, I am too. These two are a fantastic couple and are meant to be together. I never once doubted Rafe's feelings for Brie, so I was very happy when all of her doubts go away. 

In this book we get a little closer to finding out what is going on, but the more information Brie and Rafe uncover, the questions just multiply. Now I am a person who watches a lot of TV shows. Cop/FBI/crimesolving TV shows that I enjoy and pride myself on figuring out the mystery or whodunnit. But with this story I have NO IDEA what is going on. You're so good Tessa!! By the end of this book, she sets up what I going to assume is an awesome third part to this series, where we will finally learn everything, but also get that happily ever after I want so badly for Brie and Rafe. I can't wait!!!


While I hang my head, shame and remorse fill me. I promised to protect her. And what did I do? I let her down.

I should’ve known that it would end up like this. I should’ve seen it coming. Yet my mind was clouded as my days and nights—and, soon, my heart—were filled with her, and she was all I could see. I let my guard down, and this is where it got me. Where it got us.

I never got to tell her the truth.

I never got to tell her how I feel.

I will never forgive myself if I never get the chance.

And I will spend the rest of my days hunting the man who did this to her. When I find him, I will kill him.

Because for her? I’d do anything.


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Tessa is a twenty something book junkie who loves creating books boyfriends as much as she loves reading them. Government worker by day, writer by night, she gets little sleep, but couldn't imagine her life any less hectic. She lives just outside of Dayton, Ohio and has been married to her own book boyfriend for nine years.

If she’s not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find her curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. Her other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Stone Sour.

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