Monday, January 9, 2017

[Release Blitz + Giveaway] Set Me Free by M.R. Leahy

Title: Set Me Free
Series: Free #1
Author: M.R. Leahy
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: January 9, 2017

Book Blurb

Set Me Free is a dark romance
I do not advise anyone who is sensitive to certain subjects or sexual situations to read it as it does contain certain situations.

Set Me Free 

Torn and betrayed by her family, Emmalyn is taken and forced to live with her mother and stepfather, who happens to be the leader of one of the biggest sex trafficking rings around.

Thrown into a world of sex and slavery, Emmalyn is roomed with Kodah. A hot-headed boy, whose only weakness is her.

Both lost and tortured in this endless hell, they cling to the hope that one day they will make it out, that one day they will be set free.

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Copyright to M.R. Leahy 2016
(Subject to Change)

I know I shouldn’t feel this comfortable in a stranger’s arms, but for some reason, I can’t help it. He looks at me like I hold the light to his darkness, like I’m a treasure.
Lying my head back down on the pillow, we continue to stare at each other, his hands running up and down my back in soothing motions. I’m not sure how long we stayed like that before he finally spoke, his voice breaking the silence for the first time.
“What’s your name?” he asks, his voice soft, barely above a whisper
“Emmalyn.” The way he whispers my name sends shivers across my body
“What’s your name?” I ask, my voice small and shy
Silence follows as we lie there. I think he has fallen asleep when his hand caresses my face. Opening his mouth, Kodah says the very thing to give me hope, to give me a fighting chance, and steals my heart while sealing our fate. “I’m going to get us out of here, Emmy, and when I do, I’m going to keep you.”

My Review

4 Stars!

A Good Dark Start

Heed the author's warnings on this one if you aren't a fan of the darker novel. While not the darkest I have read by far, there are quite a few triggers for readers. If you are looking to dabble into the darkness, this is a great book to start with. M.R. Leahy did a nice job at balancing her dark elements with a solid, intriguing storyline as well.

At six years old Emmalyn had everything she knows taken away from her. She was lied to by her horrific mother (more on her later) saying that her loving father decided he didn't want her anymore. Now she is under the roof of the nastiest child sex slave ring leader known to man and being prepped for sale. Again, she's six. Yuck.

The only thing that has kept little Emmalyn as sane as she is all of these years is Kodah, her roommate. He is a few years older than her, however she felt a protective, not creepy vibe from him right off the bat. They've become best friends over the years, almost to thier detriment. The staff is clued in on how close they have become and begin to use them against one another.

The mission is to get the hell out of that place of course and that is easier said than done. As we span the years with Emmalyn and Kodah, we go through the torture and mind games with them, waiting and hoping to see that light at the end of the tunnel. As the puzzle pieces finally start to fall into place, the story takes a crazy turn and you don't know what in the heck is going to happen next.

While the book was well written and kept my interest, there were a few things that bothered me. One was no real information on Emmalyn's mother. Why in the world would she turn on her daughter like that? What did Marx have over her, if anything? It felt like huge hole in the storyline every time the mother was in the picture. Also, the little flashbacks didn't seem necessary and honestly, I started skipping them. I was more interested in where the story was going, not where we'd already been. Finally, the ending. Ugh, I am starting to like standalones more and more. These series books are getting hard to keep track of for a voracious reader such as myself.

Author Bio

M.R. Leahy was born in Amarillo, TX, where she was briefly raised before moving to a small Island in the middle of the Puget Sound called Whidbey Island. Growing up she lived with her mom and younger sister and a few cousins scattered close by.

As soon as she could, M.R. Leahy left the small island to get a feel for what the world had in store. After jumping around a few places, she landed in beautiful Wilmington, NC where she not only met the love of her life but became pregnant with her first child. Not long after finding out about the life they created they married and moved to San Diego, CA so they could be closer to family and start the beginning to their forever.

M.R. Leahy now has two beautiful boys and is living life to the fullest, not taking anything for granted. She now spends her time being a stay at home mom. When she's not making lunches and kissing booboos, you can find her nose deep in a book getting lost in the many different worlds authors provide, or writing and creating different stories of her own.

M.R. Leahy writes dark romances but also has her hands in contemporary romance and romantic comedy. Her possibilities are endless.

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