Today we are hosting a blog tour stop for the sexy end to an amazing and angsty ride, Reparation by Stylo Fantome. Keep reading for a review, teaser and giveaway! The Giveaway is a new Kindle 7 Fire and signed books from this series. If you're new to this series, there is a special sale going on until December 9. You can grab the first book, Degradation, for free and Separation and Reparation for $.99.
The Devil has met his match
When Tatum O'Shea decides it's time for some payback, no one is safe from her new game - not even the devil himself. Tate is going to get her happily every after, even if it means making everyone else unhappy in the process. But a persistent Jameson, a meddling Sanders, and an amorous baseball player make it very hard for a girl to keep her focus, and suddenly it seems Tate has a few too many suitors for her fairy tale ending. Sometimes, it's very difficult to tell who Prince Charming really is ...
WARNING: may induce Kindle throwing, screaming at fictional characters, and possibly a few tears. Also graphic sexual situations and sadomasochistic themes.
Reparation is one heck of a way to end a series, and the strongest book overall in this trilogy. Seriously. This is an epic, dysfunctional love story in all its glory. The third installment digs down deeper than the last two. There is more depth and flavor to this story, which is saying a lot considering how much I adored both Degradation and Separation. There was continued character development for all characters in Separation, as well as a heaping dose of angst, sex and explosive arguments.
Reparation picks up not too long after Tate and Jameson return from Paris and begins with a conversation between Jameson, Sanders and Angier. All three of these men are concerned about Tate's robotic behavior and are trying to find a solution to it. Tate hasn't been the same since the end of Separation. Her life was turned upside down by the hot, alpha male Jameson and she has suffered a bit emotionally at his hand. After much coaxing, Tate eventually relents and lets herself slip back into her self, and then another bombshell is dropped by the woman I love to hate, Petrushka Ivanovich.
See, Tate has some serious trust issues due to Jameson's and her early relationship. Although they were always supposed to be in an open relationship, Tate developed deep feelings for Jameson and thought that he reciprocated those feelings, at least in part. Jameson destroyed Tate once before with his games, and Tate has promised herself that she will never allowed herself to be fooled again. Her distrust of Jameson is a central theme to this book. This is why she has become a shell of her former self, and why she almost destroys her own life. I love how Fantome studied the issue of trust and loyalty in this book. Tate learned that at some point, she would have to trust Jameson again if she wanted to live her life to its fullest.
There was so much talk about Jameson being the devil that it almost became comical. Jameson really hasn't been the devil since the end of Degradation. While Jameson did some soul searching and decided which things he could live without, and which things he needed to survive, Tate was stuck wallowing in pity. Jameson as a character has been growing since the beginning of this trilogy, while Tate was sidelined for a while. Tate, in my opinion, became much more the devil in Reparation than Jameson ever was. She was difficult to get along with, put her friends in tough situations (especially Sanders) and did a lot of feeling sorry for herself. Again, I understand why she was upset with Jameson at the end of Degradation, but at some point, Tate needed to take responsibility for her own actions. Tate is lucky that Jameson waited for her to work all of her shit out.
Sanders took center stage in Reparation. I can't explain how much I love this character. He is the only character outside of Jameson and Tate that I really couldn't do without. Sanders shows how selfless he is throughout this story, whether it is taking care of an emotionally unstable Tate, protecting Tate from herself, or enjoying a few "firsts" with Tate. Sanders cares for both Tate and Jameson deeply and we see just how good of a man Sanders really is in this book.
Jameson, as always, stole the show for me. Jameson is one of my favorite male alpha heroes. Once he made up his mind about Tate, he did everything in his power to show her how he changed. He jumped through metaphorical hoops for this woman, and still believed in her when things looked grim for the two of them. He definitely showed the most character growth, while keeping his naughty edge. He was willing to put his heart out on a ledge for Tate, not knowing if she would embrace him or crush him, and I really admire him for that.
If you are a fan of dark, sexy romances, you must give this series a try. It is written so well and will keep you engaged from cover to cover. I love the world that Fantome developed and the characters she created. I'm just sad that this is the end for Jameson and Tate. It was a wild ride, but it ended in a good place that will always have me looking back fondly on this amazing series.
“Sanders. I have a lot of experience.”
His eyes snapped to hers.
Tate stood in front of him.
“I have a lot of experience. I've been told I'm pretty good at it. I like you. I want you to feel good. I would want it to be special,” she whispered. He held up a hand.
“No. No. The very idea is repug -,”
Tate put her hand on his mouth and straddled his legs. Sat down on his lap. Sanders stared at her, wide eyed. She almost laughed. He looked terrified. Sure, they were very close. They cuddled, slept next to each other, and he had seen her in many various stages of undress. But this was different. She was almost pressed against his chest, in a very intimate manner; being a virgin, being the way he was, he had probably never been that close to a girl. She could feel, see, his breathing pick up.
“First of all, telling a woman she is 'repugnant', is a definite turn off,” she hold him. She let go of his mouth.
“You're not repugnant, the idea is. Please get off of me,” he urged, his arms hanging rigidly at his sides.
She ran her hands up his chest. He was very solid and firm.
“Second of all, you should never look a gift horse in the mouth. Women are very fickle. One minute, you think you're getting laid. The next minute, she's yanking those panties up and stomping off. You should take it where you can get it,” she suggested. He squirmed under her weight.
“We can't do this.”
“We can do anything we want.”
“Jameson would kill me,” Sanders stressed, his eyes looking past her, at the wall. She dug her fingers into his shoulders.
“No, he wouldn't. He would probably congratulate you. Pat you on the back. Then you could swap stories,” Tate teased. Sanders shook his head.
"No. He would kill me. He loves me, but he loves you more,” he whispered.
Tate couldn't handle that, handle those words. She yanked him forward and kissed him.
Crazy woman living in an undisclosed location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ..., forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.