Friday, October 30, 2015

Blog Tour: Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway for The Wrath of Cain (The Syndicate #1) by Kathy Coopmans

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Watch the Wrath unfold!  Clubs. Mafia. Drugs. Murder. And the man they all know as Scarface, will leave you guessing in book one of this brand new series...

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Eloped at the age of eighteen. Separated at the age of eighteen. Disappeared at the age of eighteen. This is what happened to Calla Greer. Her perfect life was shattered on her wedding day when she caught her husband Cain with another woman just hours after they said I do. With her heart broken, she moves across the border to Windsor, Canada to get away from the nightmare she stumbled upon. Hell bent on going to college and fulfilling her dream of becoming a lawyer.

After six long years of still being married, Calla returns to Detroit to have Cain sign divorce papers.

Only Cain has changed.

He’s bitter, angry and for a good reason.

At least that’s what he’s been telling himself for the past six years.

Cain Bexley had fifteen minutes to destroy his marriage to protect the woman he loved.  He did the only thing he could think of to make her leave. He jumped in bed with a woman. Life at home was a lie. Lives were at risk.

People are not who they seem.

Not even Cain’s dad or Calla’s parents are who they say they are. When Calla shows up begging for a divorce. He shows her exactly who he is and no way in hell will he sign those papers.

What happens when six years later she returns? The only woman he has loved. A woman who has changed herself! When all the lies surface will she be able to forgive everyone she has trusted in her life or will Calla turn to the man who destroyed her?

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My brain finally catches up with the fact I’m naked in front of Cain for the first time in six years. I sit up in a rush of water and bring my knees to my chest, resting my chin on top of them.
“You... you shouldn’t be in here.”
“You wouldn’t answer me,” he says exasperatedly.
“Well, no shit. My head was underwater. That still doesn’t give you the right to just walk in here.”
“When you don’t answer me when I’m standing right outside of a wide open door, not to mention the fact this is my house... well, then I think I have every fucking right. Don’t you?”
“No, I don’t. You could have just peeked in and seen I was fine and waited. Was this some kind of ploy for you to get me right where you wanted me? Are you so afraid that the minute you turn your back on me I will up and try to leave? Are you going to watch my every move? Or did you have an ulterior motive in suggesting I shower, just so I could strip down naked and you could make damn sure I didn’t go anywhere? So tell me what the hell it is, because this back and forth, hot and cold game you’ve started is really starting to piss me the hell off!”
I glare up at him, not quite able to read his eyes.
What I do know is that the sexual tension between the two of us is so strong, it’s working triple overtime. There’s only one tiny little obstacle in our way... and that would be our past. The fact that I can’t trust him. He broke every bit of it the same day he broke my heart. One of us needs to give in, take charge so we can just fuck and move on.
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★★★★ stars

I'm a total sucker for second chance romances and organized crime/mafia/mob novels. You put the two themes together and the book automatically becomes one I have to read. I had to know why Cain was unfaithful an hour after he got married and how he was going to take Calla's demand he sign divorce papers.

When I started reading this book I was totally TeamCalla. I mean I could feel her pain at being betrayed so cruelly and then her desire to just be rid of the legal bond that tied her to Cain. I loved how she was snappy, snarky, and not taking anyone's trash when she showed up. I even applauded her for making the best of her situation when Cain revealed a fraction of the truth. However, I feel like she gave into her feelings and desire for Cain long before they'd been able to work anything out about the past or their present.

Cain was an interesting character. I went from liking him to almost detesting him for what he'd done. I really felt like he could've avoided a lot of heartache by just talking to Calla. I mean he was young when he and Calla first got together and his rationale and actions showed he wasn't quite mature enough to handle everything. That being said, I liked how he never gave up on Calla. I may not have liked his methods but he was certain Calla was it for him.

When it came to this story, there was really nothing I could guess. The story is fast paced and it caught my attention very early. And then the plot twists started happening and I was totally taken by surprise by them. I never saw them coming. Most of them were shocking and I could understand why Calla was devastated by the revelations. I liked Manny, Cain's best friend a lot. I hope he gets his own book as I feel like he's got a lot of story to tell. I must say the title of the book is a bit of a misnomer. I kept expecting Cain to lose it and go berserk at times, and when he didn't it was a little bit of a let down.

My first book by Kathy Coopmans was a good one. It's got plenty of action, both in the sheets and off. I enjoyed reading it and am already excited about book two in The Syndicate Series. I hope to see more of Calla and Cain in future books. 

*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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About the Author:
Kathy Coopmans

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Amazon Best Selling Author Kathy Coopmans, lives in Michigan with her husband Tony where they have two grown sons.
After raising her children she decided to publish her first book and retiring from being a hairstylist.
She now writes full time.
She's a huge sports fan with her favorite being Football and Tennis.
She's a giver and will do anything she can to help another person succeed!

Use whichever one of these you would like babe.

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