Thursday, October 15

***BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & EXCERPT *** Exposed by Ivy Stone

Title: Exposed (Unguarded, #1)

Author: Ivy Stone

Genre: Erotic Romance/ Romantic Suspense

Release Date: October 13,. 2015


One explosive encounter brought them together. One infatuation led to a love like no other. One secret tore them apart.

As head of the NYPD Organized Crime Control Bureau in Manhattan, Chief Detective Mason Cole walks in the line of fire every day. Between dodging bullets and braiding his daughter’s hair, Mason is tormented with haunting memories that refuse to relinquish control over him, no matter how hard he tries. After a bust gone wrong, he’s thrown for a loop by a woman who will fill his life with more chaos than ever before. Lindsey Jenkins is a self-made woman. Bold and independent, she lives unapologetically in a life of deception. That is until her facade is threatened by a force stronger than anything she’s ever felt before—love. Leaving their hearts unguarded could lead to destruction. Even worse, it could expose them both to a war they never saw coming. In a city coerced by corruption and treachery, what happens when your greatest passion becomes your biggest weakness? 

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Lindsey Reaching the bottom of the steps, I spot Alison’s one-night stand in the doorway. Roamyn’s voice echoes through the hall, deep and pissed off. “Who the hell are you?” “Jake, what are you doing back here?” I ask, not giving the guy time to answer Roamyn. Mason stills when I use Jake’s name, his body rigid and expression pinched. Jake glances between Mason, Roamyn and myself. “The lady asked you a question,” Mason, steps up beside me, posture tall, chest out, and I roll my eyes at his macho attitude. He actually looks pissed off. It takes me all of a second to realize why. He thinks Naked Guy is here for me, not Alison. The thought he might be jealous has me grinning for the first time this morning. “Um, I forgot my wallet,” Jake croaks out, his voice breaking as both badass detectives shoot him looks that could kill. Turning to me, Mason folds his arms over his torso. “Lindsey, the boy forgot his wallet.” My eyes bulge at the unspoken insinuation he’s throwing at me. Ali appears beside Roamyn, but before I can rip Mason’s judgmental ass a new one, she pipes up, “Wow. That was an asshole move.” All eyes land on Alison and all three men appear thoroughly confused. I lower my hand to my hip and the other out in front of me. “Okay, hold up right there.” I aim at Mason, “Jake here, looks all of eighteen years old. I’m no cougar. So you can take your judgment and shove it right up your ass.” “Seriously?” Ali’s voice cracks through the lasers of annoyance I’m shooting into Mason. Amused, she points between Jake and I. “You actually thought Lindsey would bring a guy home? To her place?” Ali scoffs and Mason grimaces while scrubbing the stubble shadowing his face, obviously regretting his insinuation now. Roamyn turns to Ali accusingly. “Wait, so he was with you then?” “Well, yeah, he sure wasn’t screwing Miss Uptight over here.” She nods in my direction. I roll my eyes. “Real mature, Alison.” “Um, excuse me but–” “What?” Cutting Jake off, four sets of pissed off eyes glare at him. He shrinks back. “Look, if I can just grab my wallet, I’ll get out of your hair.” “I’ll get it, hold on,” Ali murmurs as she disappears down the hall. 

My Review

It’s not everyday that I have the pleasure of reading a Debut novel from an author that leaves me feeling as though a little piece of me has been irrevocably changed.  But that is exactly how I was left feeling, as I regretfully reached the last pages the of Ivy Stone’s Debut novel Exposed.

I’m not sure where to even begin to explain all the things that I loved about this story.  Book One in the Unguarded Series introduces us to Lindsey Jenkins and Mason Cole.  Right from the first pages of the Prologue I was a goner for Lindsey’s character; A glimpse into her past left me heart broken for her and her sister, and had me empathising with her struggles throughout the rest of the story.

“How far would you go to protect the ones you love?  I’d bleed lies to set her free.  I’d bleed truth to watch her fly”

She is one kick ass lady!  Her past has forced her to be strong, and her strength has seen her do whatever she needed to, in order to keep her and her sister alive.  And the price of survival was high.  She trusts no one except her sister Alison and her best friend Oliver, until fate intervenes and her path crosses with Detective Mason Cole.

“Our worlds collided with a violent crash, the impact stronger than either of us could have ever imagined.  We didn’t realize until the damage was done and we had more than just broken bones”

She knows she needs to stay away from him, the secrets she keeps are so horrific they could destroy all of their lives, but when Mason sets his sights on breaking through her carefully guarded walls, will she be able to resist the temptation of him, even if it could be her downfall.

And what can I say about Mason Cole, this is one damn fine detective! For years he’s carried around the demons from his past, torturing himself daily with events that he cannot change.  He is on autopilot, headstrong in his guilt and unwilling to let anyone in enough to help him.  But when the equally head strong, and captivating Lindsey Jenkins becomes mixed up in his life he begins to feel something he has refused to believe was possible for him…Hope.

“She was everything I didn’t know I wanted”

He would do anything to keep her safe, and longs to be the one who will be able to break through her walls and help her to heal and trust again, but will he be able to convince her to take a chance on him when he isn’t willing to deal with the ghosts that haunt him either.

The scenes between Lindsey and Mason were packed with lust and chemistry, and the chase just made for even more satisfying reading.  But this book was so much more than just a sexy love story.  Filled with intriguing twists and turns, plenty of action and elements of dark, feel good and light, all combined flawlessly into a novel that effortlessly flowed from beginning to end, leaving me feeling completely satisfied and yet craving more at the same time.

All of the secondary characters where terrific as well and it is obvious that Ivy has taken the time to craft each of their backstories to intermingle with Lindsey and Mason’s so that we can be left hoping and praying for each of them to get their own books in the future; Especially that of Ollie, Alison and Roamyn, which I am personally dying to know more about.

Congratulations Ivy Stone on an amazing Debut novel.  I cannot wait for Alison and Roamyn’s story in Divided and to see more of what this Author has to offer us in the future.

★★ 5 Stars ★★

Reviewed by
Carly Carter

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About The Author

"Mother. Lover. Dreamer."

Ivy Stone is an Australian author and self-confessed lover of alpha males and happily ever afters. Getting lost in a fictional world is how she discovered her passion for writing. When she isn’t daydreaming up new romantic stories she’s likely to be found spending time with her family. Ivy’s debut novel ‘Exposed’ is to be released on October 20th 2015. This is the first instalment in the Unguarded series. Ivy loves to hear from her readers, you can visit or contact her here: 

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