Tuesday, September 20, 2016

[Review + Excerpt + Giveaway] El Diablo by M. Robinson

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I was ruthless.
I was feared.
I had sacrificed. Myself. Her. Everything...
Living in a world where I was worth more dead than alive was a choice. I was a bad man, never claimed to be anything else. I’ve done things I’m not proud of. Seen things that can’t be unseen. I’ve caused pain that I can’t undo.
It was all my choice.
Every decision.
Every order.
Right and wrong never mattered.
Until her.
She was under my protection, until she became my obsession.
But who was going to save her...
From. Me. The devil himself.

Fate brought us together. Destiny destroyed us.

“Go stretch again, cariño,” I ordered in a dominant tone. Nodding to the barre.
“I’m fine,” she stubbornly replied. Shaking her legs and arms out. Getting back into position, looking at me through the mirror.
I cocked my head to the side, arching an eyebrow. She narrowed her eyes at me, but begrudgingly listened. I pressed play, allowing the melody to once again take over. She placed her leg on the lowest barre, making her ass stick out in my direction.
Tempting me.
She closed her eyes, needing to get lost in the music, wanting to push away all the negative thoughts, already feeling discouraged. I stood, taking off my suit jacket. Rolling up the sleeves of my collared shirt as I stepped onto the hardwood floor. I slowly came up behind her, catching her off guard.
She froze, turning around, opening her eyes. Peering up at me through her lashes. “What are you doing?”
I leaned forward against her ear, grinning. “I’m helping you stretch.” Getting down on my knees in front of her.
Her eyes dilated. The feeling of disappointment replaced with nothing but lust. She placed her arms out to the side, resting up against the barre, supporting her weight. I grabbed her ankle, lifting it up in the air, rubbing along her leg as it was fully stretched, before setting it on the lowest barre. Running my other hand up her side, easing her over toward the extended leg. She understood what I was doing, reaching for her ankle, stretching. Standing back up, bringing her arms above her head, I caressed along her leg again, casually turning her torso so her leg was still placed on the barre behind her.
Her breathing hitched as I touched her all over her lower body. My lips softly kissing the inside of her thigh to where she wanted my mouth the most.



 4 Stars!

El tipo está loco!

Instead of El Diablo, M. Robinson could have called this book El Loco, because Martinez seemed way more crazy than evil to me. The guy was so far gone in his own head I was surprised he actually got any business done. He felt like a guy that was way more talk than action.

"I had killed. I had avenged. I had loved." ~ Martinez

While we got a pretty good glimpse of Martinez in Crave Me, the fourth installment of the Good Ol' Boys series, we now learn how he became the man that he was. From a young age Alejandro was groomed to take over the family business. Like it or not. So his story begins when he is just about to turn fifteen. Meeting his strong-willed father, loving mother and scared sister. They act like a pretty traditional Mexican family, what the father says goes and the mother does her best to protect her children.

"Her bright green eyes, pouty lips, and the smell of her long, dark brown hair." ~ Martinez at age twelve

Just with that line alone, we know we aren't dealing with an average twelve year old boy. I have a fourteen year old son and when asked about a girl, he says eh, she's okay. I wasn't a fan of how "old" Martinez was written, however he caught up to his age pretty fast. I'm glad we didn't say in his formidable teenage years for long.

"...there was no turning back. Not for her. Not for me. Not for anyone." ~ Martinez

And this was his mantra for the rest of his life. As Martinez grew into a powerful man, he was getting more and more lost in his own mind. Making a point to keep people at bay, not having real relationships with anybody, including his own flesh and blood.

Known as El Diablo in the streets, Martinez stayed with that pretense, reminding every woman he came across that he was bad for her and being with him would cause nothing but harm. Every. Single. One. Finally the one he waited for showed up and threw him for a loop. Yes he still used his "woe is me" mantra on her, but this chick didn't care. She was drawn to him and wanted to find out why.

M. Robinson did a good job at keeping the storyline moving along and like a few of her other books, threw in every situation possible, including the kitchen sink. This time it worked for me. While not a huge fan of how Martinez came off as more whiny than "the devil", I did like how the story played out and spanned years.

The book is well written from various points of view. Maybe I have a heart of steel or don't pander to the author, but once again I wasn't gutted or bawling my eyes out while reading this book. I was however, completely interested, from the first page to the last. If I might make one suggestion to the author, retire the phrase "little girl". It seems used too often in her books which doesn't give her characters an original feel, more on the recycled side.

 4 Stars!

 The story has laughs, secrets, lies, and heartbreak. I was pulled right into this story.

This is Lexi and Alejandro’s story. Alejandro is the devil or everyone seems to believe so. The chemistry between this two is off the charts. Lexi should fear Alejandro as she just knows he is going to break her but she has no fear. Alejandro is intense but also protective. But in the end who is going to protect Lexi from the devil? Is he is going to hurt her or destroy her?

You will want to smack, hate and then love the devil at different parts of this book.

I recommend this book and this author.

 4 Stars!

I have read almost ever book by M. Robinson to date. She is an amazing writer and great storyteller. I like that she doesn't hold back in her writing.. giving you raw grit and surprising twists. She is know for being the Queen of Angst and definitely lives up to the title in her books. But this book took all those factors to a whole new level.

El Diable was a somewhat dark read with intense moments, passionate embraces, and a suspenseful storyline. Starting from Martinez at a young age, we follow his life as he learns what drives him, and makes him the person he is. His story is not easy and downright hard at times. He is going to drag you to the gutter and back by the end. That is until Lexi enters his world. Be prepared for laughs, steam, lust, anger, sadness, and love.

Martinez and Lexi... two people who are going to storm into your world, rip it apart, and then slowly put you back together. Martinez is hard, dark, and ruthless. Lexi is strong, vulnerable, and passionate. When these two collide, it is of epic proportions. Get ready for a ride with the Devil that will leave you on the edge of your seat and gasping for air.

I recommend this book.

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USA Today Bestselling Author of The Good Ol' Boys Standalone Series, The VIP Trilogy, Tempting Bad, and Two Sides.

M. Robinson loves to read. She favors anything that has angst, romance, triangles, cheating, love, and of course sex! She has been reading since the Babysitters Club and R.L. Stein.
She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in psychology, with two years left. 
She is married to an amazing man who she loves to pieces. They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Tabby cat. 

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