Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Tour Review & Giveaway: Three of Diamonds - W. Ferraro

Reviewer: Brittany
Rating: 5 out of 5 Fairies
When I first started reading the Hamden Series, I loved how real each character was. Each story was sweet, loving, and down-to-earth. But this one was all that plus, oh so much, more. This lovely tale added in each of those characteristics plus a heck of a lot of fun kinkery. I love me a good kink tale. And this one housed that plus everything real of the other characters.

I am a sucker for a man that is good with children. And I’m completely swept away by a man that is good with special needs children. So many people are scared away by children that are special needs, and much of it is due to the lack of knowledge. Not everyone is capable of dealing with children with various conditions. Lola, Aimee, and even Wes are not one of those people. They love Boyd and it shows big time. They handle him with his episodes, his energy, and even his temper. At times I though that Wes handled him better than his own sister. Shocking, right?!

Lola is an amazing character and an even better sister. It amazes me that her mother would do what she did, especially given how old Lola was at the time. But she took her role with open arms and did what she needed to do to take care of her and Boyd. When I first read the preview in Three of Spades, I thought for sure that Boyd was going to be her son. It struck me as odd that he called her by her first name, not unheard of, just rare.

Wes, oh lovely, sweet Wes. Now there’s a man that knows how to use words, patience, and actions. He knew that he wanted to spend more time to get to know Lola, and he was determined with what he wanted. No matter how much Lola fought him and tried to distance herself, he found an intelligent way to work around that. And he did it all without alerting others of his intentions. Like I said, he’s super smart with his choice of words. He wanted to put Lola at ease, and that wasn’t going to be easy, especially since Lola knew who Wes was. But Wes had no idea who Lola was. 

Once Wes finally grows tired of being patient with Lola coming to him, he takes charge, and oh how yummy that scene is. Seriously. Read. Then re-read, just for good measure. You’ll thank me later, I promise. Actually many of the “adult” scenes between them are the hottest ever. I never thought that the scenes could get much better than Dylan and Natalie’s, but boy was I proved wrong. Wes is a true yummylicious man; and a protective one to boot.

On that note, I thought that protectiveness would come to play at some point. But I never imagined it would take the road that it did. I knew that external harm was going to come to Lola (Lycus is just sleazy), but I never imagined an internal situation would play a role as well. My heart reached out to her as she was telling Wes the tale behind her tattoo. I believe that most tattoos have a story behind them, and hers truly did, and a sad one at that. But regardless, Wes still did not distance himself from her. He did not let her story scare him away. And for that I fell even more in love with him. And how he reacted to Lola, once she told him how she was being watched, made me root for him even more. I wish Lola hadn’t reacted how she had. I know she’s had to rely on only herself, for the majority of her life, but there’s no harm in leaning on another person every once in a while. And now was one of those times. Regardless she is an independent person and she ended their relationship. 

But it wouldn’t be over forever. After all, a Hamden book had yet to end on a sad note. Everyone deserves their happily ever after and Wes and Lola got theirs as well. And that’s another reason why I love this author so much. Everything has been so real, loving, and in depth. Each book has been a true treat to not only read, but also to have been given the opportunity to write a review. I’d give this one, five golden stars.
Lola Nash’s life edges on safe and controlled, containing few people; her brother, Boyd, a handful of friends and the facility for special needs children where she volunteers, called Aaron’s Place. However, a chance meeting shatters her control when she learns someone else’s closely held secret. The kind of secret causing her explicit and sexy dreams, all centering around Wes Thompson; known as Adonis in the ultra-exclusive world of the sex club, Olympus. Wes is intrigued by the voluptuous beauty who won’t give him the time of day. Like the God he emulates, he has never been the type to give in when he wants something or someone; Lola is exactly what he wants. Is Lola the one that can bring a God to his knees or will Wes conquer her, and then walk away as planned? Is the chance at love worth the cost of giving up everything you hold important? When the cards are down, will Wes and Lola call or fold?

Yet to start this series yet? Start with book one, Three of Hearts
Then be sure to have book two, Three of Spades, ready.

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