Friday, June 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Caught in the Storm by M. Stratton

What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted?

Kat Snyder has spent years chasing after the man who attacked her and left her for dead. It is her one obsession and she won’t let anyone stand in her way. Now that they are getting closer to finding him she begins to doubt herself and her need for revenge.

Jackson “Jack” Taylor lost the only woman he truly loved. Now that he’s found her again he’s not letting go and will do everything in his power to make her see they can have a life together.

Together they search for the monster who has hurt so many women. The closer they get, the closer they become, until they are both Caught in the Storm.

Jeremy Ellison sat on a dirty bed in an even dirtier motel room with his head in his hands, wondering how he ended up here. He’d had her; he was almost able to take the one thing Anthony currently wanted. After pulling himself from the water, he didn’t know what to do or where to go. This was a first for him. He’d lost everything. Everything. He had no laptop, no pictures, nowhere to go, and most importantly, no money.
Sighing, he reached over for the newspapers he had purchased, somewhere in there he’d find what he was looking for. Some old lady from the society pages who had more money than brains. Some way to make a quick buck so that he’d be able to move on to bigger and better things. It was a scam he had perfected over the years. Money and items that he could quickly sell would be his. It was what had afforded him the lifestyle he loved so much, and giving the old ladies a thrill, well, it was the least he could do.
He wanted to scream when he saw his picture and the story about him, staring back. A smaller photo of Anthony and Evie mocked him. They were coming for him; they were all coming for him. Pounding his fists on the bed, his head shook back and forth, his mouth opened in a silent scream.
She sat in the grimy motel room clutching her wig in her trembling hands, staring at the room across the parking lot where she saw him enter a while ago. She never expected to come across him after all this time. It took everything she had not to knock on the door and send the bastard straight to hell. She knew he deserved more pain and putting a bullet in him would be too quick. Now that she knew where he was, she could plan. She had to have a plan. Everything had to be in order. The ending would have to be perfect, exactly what he deserved.
Her hands shook as she thought of what she’d have to do to him, but she hadn’t come this far to back out now.
Glancing at her watch, she knew she had to hurry, she wanted to get back to her files on Jeremy. Now that she knew exactly where he was she needed to make sure everything was up to date and she had all the information on him. Slowly she put the wig back on and walked out of the room into the sunlight. She casually dropped her purse near his car where she attached a tracking device. Picking up her things, she put them back in her purse, then stood up and walked away, never looking back.

Before I go in to my review I'm going to say you HAVE to read the previous two books in the series before reading this book.  Also, this review WILL contain spoilers to the first two books. You can check out my reviews for them by following the following links. 

If you'll recall, Jeremy has gotten away and is now being hunted by the gang: Noah, Lexi, Anthony, Evie, Jackson, and Kat. They are constantly looking over their shoulders where ever they go. The are checking every possible lead. You'll also remember that Kat turned out to be one of Jeremy's victims and she is out for revenge.  

Jackson and Kat have a pull towards each other that she tries to deny fiercely. She thinks she is too damaged and broken and doesn't want his to be touched by what has happened to her. He is stubborn and persistent, and thinks she is perfect just the way she is.  

This book is by far the most twisted of the three. M. Stratton can deliver creepy, cringe worthy scenes like nobody's business. I definitely had trouble sleeping after I finished this book. Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres and this whole series definitely satisfied me.
Caught in the Storm is book three in the Storm Series.  You MUST read After the Storm, book one, and Eye the Storm, book two, before you start this one.

**Caution spoilers ahead if you haven't read the first two in the series.  Read at your own risk.**

First off, I want to say THANK YOU to M. Stratton for giving us a recap of who the characters are and why they are important. When you read a series with months in between its hard to remember who and what happened during the last books.  When we get the recap it takes you back like you are picking up where you left off last night.  I also went back and read my reviews of the first two books which can be found here if you are interested:

Okay back to the story.  What can you say about the third book without giving much away?!  Um I'll start with I read this book in about 2 1/2 hours max, it hooked me right away.  Its just as creepy and disturbing as the others.  Actually this one might take the winner in those descriptions.  I won't lie, I closed my eyes a few times while reading to try to make it go away.  Yes, I know I am a wuss and I have said that before in my past reviews on this series.  How M. Stratton thinks of this, I honestly don't even want to know.

Caught in the Storm is based around Jackson and Kat.  These two have been dancing around each other for a little bit.  It comes out that they have a little more of a connection then anyone knew about.  I really like the two of them together, they make a great couple and I was very happy with their story.  We get more of EVERYONE in CitS which I absolutely love.  The Troublesome Trio returns and just like Eye of the Storm we get just the right amount of them.  All the boys are back, Noah, Anthony and Jackson and they are very much protective of the girls in this one because Jeremy's body was never found after what happens in book two. The police aren't sold that Jeremy is alive so its been basically up to Noah, Lexie, Anthony, Evie, Jackson and Kat to keep up on local news to see if he's made an appearance.  Of course we know Jeremy is alive and planning his next move trying to stay one step ahead of them... BUT there is also another character added into CitS that wants revenge and will stop at nothing it seems to get it.   

Caught in the Storm did not disappoint!  Sometimes by the time you get to the third book it feels rushed and leaves you wanting more.  Not this one.  We get another love story, more twist and turns and MORE down right disturbing scenes as we wrap up the Storm Series!  We also get justice for everyone.  I have to say as much as a wuss that I am I loved this series but I will not be doing any re-reads now or probably ever.  

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M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her debut novel After the Storm. She is a self-proclaimed dork that loves to make people laugh and can trip over nothing. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd but is quiet and shy on the outside.

She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.

When not writing you can find M. watching football (Go Bears!), NASCAR, or classic movies, watching her husband and father restore classic cars, and seeing who can be sillier, her or her son, and of course reading.

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