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Marata Eros Token 2From Goodreads: Faren Mitchell keeps the secret of her second job from the one man who could see her through some of the darkest moments of her life. She doesn’t want Jared “Mick” McKenna for the billions he’s amassed, but for the one thing she’s never given any man: her innocence.

Mick’s guilt over the injury he inflicted fuels the beginnings of something more; a sexual consumption of each other that neither were anticipating. When Faren’s actions don’t match her words, Mick suspicions are raised. His feelings turn to ones of protection after Faren is mugged and he can’t reconcile his desire for her with the reality they now find themselves in.

As Faren’s bucket list grows, so does the danger that surrounds the choices she’s made. Can she take what she needs from Mick and also secure her mother’s life? Or will the truth she has weaved between the lies doom them both?

This is volume two in a novella serial. Each volume is app. 20-25,000 words.
Disclaimer: This story contains sexual themes, situations, profanity and violence. Ages 17+.

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This was another great novella by the talented Marata Eros. Picking up where book one’s cliffhanger left us, my heart was in my throat as Faren dealt with her situation–and that’s all I can say because if you haven’t read book one, well, I don’t want to spoil it. Packed with some action and some scary antics, Eros smoothes over the situation for the time being, but nothing is resolved, and it comes down to whether or not Faren is ready to start trusting people and open up, or if she’ll allow herself to be caught in another scary situation like the one that opens this sequel.

Faren is a bit frustrating to me in that she doesn’t open up. I get her reasoning, I do, but if I were in her place, I’d be screaming from the rooftops looking for someone to take care of me, especially if my time was running out. I like her, but I want her to finally give in and tell Mick… especially when she learns a bit of truth about his businesses…

The sexcapades in this novel are heightened quite a bit in this sequel–remember Faren dances on the side and makes bank doing specialty gigs, so there is quite a bit more touching and detail than I personally enjoy, and there is one scene that just made me sick (I think it was meant to, though), so readers need to be aware–this is definitely for mature readers of NA.  While extremely well written, I personally will not be continuing the series because I’m a bit of a prude. Four stars.

4 starsI received this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: The Token #2

Series: The Token

Author: Marata Eros

Marata Eros Token 2

Release Date: January 8, 2014

Age Group: New Adult

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Synopsis:

Faren Mitchell keeps the secret of her second job from the one man who could see her through some of the darkest moments of her life. She doesn’t want Jared “Mick” McKenna for the billions he’s amassed, but for the one thing she’s never given any man: her innocence.

Mick’s guilt over the injury he inflicted fuels the beginnings of something more; a sexual consumption of each other that neither were anticipating. When Faren’s actions don’t match her words, Mick suspicions are raised. His feelings turn to ones of protection after Faren is mugged and he can’t reconcile his desire for her with the reality they now find themselves in.

As Faren’s bucket list grows, so does the danger that surrounds the choices she’s made. Can she take what she needs from Mick and also secure her mother’s life? Or will the truth she has weaved between the lies doom them both?

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MarataEros130509-3Author Bio:

Marata Eros is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of dark, romantic new adult novels, including A Terrible Love and its companion novel A Brutal Tenderness. A passionate writer who loves interacting with her readers, Marata lives in South Dakota with her husband.

Author social media links:

Blog: http://marataeroseroticaauthor.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marata-Eros/336334243087970

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P7280057From Goodreads: Twenty-two year old Faren Mitchell hears the two words that change her abbreviated life forever. They’re so final Faren decides she has nothing to lose by seizing every remaining moment of what life has to offer.

Until Faren collides with a motorcycle ridden by billionaire Jared McKenna.

Even the dark secret of her past and catharsis as a physical therapist can’t save Faren from the sexual spiral that waits for her in the arms of a man who commits to no one. When circumstances force her to get a second job as an exotic dancer, Faren never imagines how close that choice will bring her to the brink of a new reality she is unequipped to handle.

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With two small, quick words, Eros immediately hooks her readers at the beginning of this novella, causing a series of successive thoughts to rampage through our heads as the story takes off. It’s impossible not to be intrigued—even though we don’t know Faren Mitchell at all, we understand the words, we understand their all encompassing meaning, and we understand the pain, fear, and heartache that stands behind them.  We know, and Faren knows, and so we are quickly united from the very first page. It is a great beginning.

Faren is a strong character.  She is a fairly broken person, in more ways than one, but her heart is in the right place, and though I don’t necessarily agree with her final choice for work, I understand how she feels and why she chooses to do what she does.  Told from her point of view, we learn her thoughts, regrets, desires, and wishes for the future, especially where her mother is involved, and as this story unfolds, we also learn the harsh reality that engulfs Faren’s past, putting us eye to eye with her on an even deeper level.

As a novella, events within move rapidly, and while chapters do tend to jump from scene to scene, it keeps readers guessing.  I actually really enjoyed that Faren would suddenly be somewhere else after a chapter break, with Eros using Faren’s thoughts and actions to explain the time lapse and what happened in between. While initially jarring for me the first time it happened, I realized what Eros was doing failry quickly and it works very well for this type of story, especially as so much happens to Faren throughout.

Now, this novella does deal with strip clubs, but it is relatively clean–at least, not explicitly graphic, for which I am thankful.  Eros toes the line very gracefully, and as we learn Faren’s true reasons for taking on this line of work, we begin to understand exactly why she chooses to do what she does.  That, and the two little words at the very beginning of the story…

Of course, Eros leaves readers hanging in the worst possible way, which is exactly her style, as it were, and I wouldn’t expect anything less, though I am indeed dying to know what’s going to happen next for Faren as her situation is quite dire, to say the least.  Thankfully, The Token is the first of a novella series with monthly release dates—novella number two is already 71% complete with a pending release in mid January, and the third in the series is slated for release on February 1. Good reads are ahead.  I can feel it.  Four stars.

4 stars

I received this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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