Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Blog Tour: Excerpt and Review for Tethered Bond (Holly Woods Files #3) by Emma Hart

The third installment in the Holly Wood Files is here! Are you ready for more Noelle and Drake? There's an hilarious excerpt and my review. Make sure you check out both!


Detective Drake Nash: hot, alpha, bossy, and… mine. 
Now, if someone could tell his ex that... I don’t care if the summer fayre is coming to Holly Woods and she’s on the planning committee. What I do care about is sugar-filled food, bright lights, late nights… and danger. The type that won’t come in the form of Nonna’s new cantankerous British parrot, Gio. (Please see the damage done to Mom’s new curtains.) 
Unfortunately, when the danger comes, it comes in the form of something Holly Woods has never seen. The town is rocked to its core, and once again, I’m in danger. Only this time, it isn’t because of my clients—this time, I’m in danger because of who I am… Because of my heritage. 
And despite the HWPD’s best efforts, the bodies keep on piling up. 
Drake’s determined to protect me. I’m determined that I can do it myself. 
Danger. Mystery. Darkness. Malice. 
It’ll be a miracle if any of us make it out of this with guns unfired, cupcakes still frosted, and hearts intact… 

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It’s better for my sanity if I get this conversation with Nonna over and done with. 
Oh my fuck. I have to meet the parrot, too. Holy fuckballs. What if the colorful rat sides with her? 
Oh, who am I kidding? Of course it’s gonna side with Nonna. 
Shit. Clearly, I can be swayed by the desperation of my future sister-in-law. I’ve really gotta get a handle on that crap. This should be Devin having this conversation, not me. 
That thought hits right as I pull up behind Mom’s car on the drive. I take a deep breath, apprehension coiling in my lower stomach, and get out of my car. This feeling always hits whenever I get to my parents’ place, but today, it’s particularly strong. I know that Nonna will play the innocent card and make everything a lot harder. 
I walk across the front yard, and a loud squawk rings in my ears. My heart stops for a brief second, and I bite my tongue. That thing is loud. How are Mom and Dad coping with that? 
I knock on the front door twice before I push it open. 
“Ye cruel wench! Ye vile wench!CazzoCazzo! 
Nice to meet you, too, Gio. 
“Hello,” I call hesitantly, closing the door behind me. 
“Aye! Ye bloody wench!” 
“Oh, shut up, you little shit!” Mom yells. 
I walk into the front room in time to see her cover the offending bird’s cage with a bedsheet. 
“Wench! Wench!” Gio squawks from beneath the black sheet. 
Mom smacks the cage. “I’ll wench your beak real soon!” 
Oy vey. Things have sure gotten violent in the Bond family home. 
Nonna shuffles into the front room and, upon seeing Gio covered, gasps. “Kellie, you-a let-a him go-a!” 
Mom snorts. “Believe me, Liliana. If I could imprison the little shit, I would! My curtains are ruined!” 
I glance at the window. There’s a giant rip in one of the drapes. The ones she bought two weeks ago. 
Nonna gasps and rushes across the room, her cane nothing more than a steadying tool. “Gio!” she exhales, whipping the sheet off. “You-a okay?” 
The concern on her face is comical. Oh, Nonna. 
“Vile wench! Vile wench!” Gio shrills, violently flapping his bright-green wings. “Kellie, ye vile wench!” 
I squint. Doesn’t seem like Gio’s conversational skills are up to much unless he’s going to hop on the Black Pearl. 
“Hello?” I try again, stepping fully into the front room. 
Nonna is leaning forward, cooing at the parrot, and ignores me. Mom turns, her nostrils flaring. 
She’s mad. 
Nonna, do you know you can hear that thing halfway down the street?” I inquire. 
“He is-a no thing,” Nonna murmurs. “He is-a Gio!” 
Yeah, whatever. 
Gio’s wings flap again, and Nonna stands. Two beady, black eyes focus on me, and it’s surprisingly uncomfortable. A high-pitched noise that sounds awfully like a whistle emits from the cage, and I blink harshly. 
“Did he just—” 
Gio interrupts me with a loud, unmistakable wolf whistle. 
Holy shit. The parrot just wolf-whistled at me. 

★★★★★ stars

I don't always read romantic suspense, but if it's Emma Hart's Holly Wood Files Series, I do. I know I'm going to have a great reading experience and I always look forward to finding out she's written a new book in the series. Knowing that, you already know I was eager to read Tethered Bond. I've totally fallen for Noelle and Drake, and all the craziness that comes with them.

It's hard to explain what it is about Noelle that makes me like her so much. I love how determined she is to do things her way and do them right. I love how dedicated she is to solving the cases she gets even if they are just following cheating spouses or a rash of unsolved murders. She really does give her all to her career. I also love how she seems hard on the outside, but is soft on the inside, especially when it comes to her family and Drake. I can also totally relate to her sweet tooth. There isn't much an amazing cupcake can't do. 

I really enjoyed seeing Noelle and Drake again. They're still settling into a relationship, but it's clear they're much more comfortable with each other and their feelings for each other run deeper than they appear. Of course they still have their wonderful banter, and they've quickly become each others go-to when needing comfort. I loved the way Drake was protective of Noelle even when he didn't need to be and I loved how she was the same. The two of them make a great team when they work together.

While the case Noelle and Drake were facing this time was serious, I had my hunches about who the culprit or culprits might be. Instead, it was they why people were being murdered that interested me. I also loved how the seriousness of the case was broken with levity from Noelle's crazy family. Nonna of course was up to her usual tricks but had diverted her attention from Noelle with a new pet and focusing instead on Brady, Noelle's younger brother and his upcoming nuptials. Gio, the parrot was certainly something else. He for one wasn't afraid to speak his mind and was a barrel of laughs.

Tethered Bond is a great read. It's full of action, suspense, romance, and mystery. I enjoyed finding out a little bit about Noelle's past when she was a police officer and the case that caused her to come back to Holly Woods. There are a number of story arcs and they all tie together to make a fantastic tale that'll keep you turning pages and wanting more. I'm already eager and excited for the next book in the series. Noelle, Drake, and the citizens of Holly Woods certainly keep things lively. 

*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.*

Other Books in the Series

 Twisted Bond (Holly Wood Files #1): 
I’m an Italian-Texan woman in a family full of cops. I’m passionate and shoot before I think. You only f*ck with me if you’re stupid. 
 Photograph cheating spouses. Hand over the evidence. Cash my check. 
That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator. 
Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeah… Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason I’m single is because of my job. 
Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until I’m hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash. 
My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch. 
Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life. 
So now all I have to do is avoid my nonna’s blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones. 
All while I hunt down the killer. 
Sounds totally simple—until a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences don’t always end up that way… 
 (Twisted Bond is book one of the Holly Woods Files series and while it does not end in a cliffhanger, it is not a standalone.) 

TANGLED BOND (Holly Woods Files #2) 
One date with the sexier-than-sin Detective Drake Nash. Simple. 
Until you take into account that my brother finally proposed to his girlfriend, so Nonna is on a warpath—and the crazy old bat has Cupid by the balls. 
The upcoming mayoral elections has everyone running on full speed, and while I couldn’t give any less craps about the corrupt Holly Woods mayor’s office, a dead body in the middle of a campaign speech has me thrown right into the middle of it. The victim is close to the mayor, but all he cares about is minimizing the damage to his campaign, so he hires me to work alongside Drake to close the case as quickly as possible. 
Bad news for our tentative relationship. 
We disagree far more than we agree, but being at loggerheads won’t get this murder solved… Or deal with the arrival of someone from his past. 
The mysteries behind the murder aren’t the only things unraveling, and despite being knee-deep in lies and corruption and bonds so tangled they’re almost indecipherable, I have to figure out if I’m willing to fight for Drake the way I do justice… 
Or if he’ll be my one who gets away. 

Author Bio: 
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books. 
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love. 
She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life. 

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