Release Date: June 22, 2014
~ Synopsis ~
Sometimes you reach a point where you just can’t take any more – a breaking point some call it. The day I watched my husband murder the woman who was pregnant with his child, my point didn’t just break, it exploded like a magazine firing through the barrel of a fully-automatic AK-47. Literally. I am no longer his American Princess, nor am I his slave. Now, I’m a murderer in hiding. My name was Bryleigh Carter Oliveira and that was my story.
Translucent is one woman's story of breaking free, starting over, and learning to trust again through willful submission.
~ Excerpt ~
Meet Bryleigh Carter…
Picking me up off the bed, Ish threw me over his shoulder and marched out of the hotel room, into the pitch-black night. Scared speechless, I didn’t make a peep as he strode into the small motel office and dropped me on the floor. The male front desk attendant that had rented me the room had eyes as big as saucers, obviously fearful of Ish and the scene unfolding in front of him.
“Did you give her a room to stay in?” he demanded.
The older man nodded, taking a small step backwards.
“Don’t you fucking move, Gramps, and answer me when I ask you a goddamn question.”
“Y-yes, I gave her a room,” he admitted in a cracked voice.
“Did she pay you with money, or did she fuck you for it?”
“She paid me with money, sir. I don’t run that kind of business.” The man looked down at me huddled in a corner on the floor, and then back up at Ish. “She never even offered that kind of thing.”
Ish stomped around to the back of the counter and held his hand out, palm up. “She wants a refund. She’s not staying here tonight.”
Trembling, the man opened the cash register and pulled out some cash, setting it in Ish’s hand. As he did, Ish grabbed hold of his wrist and twisted it behind his back.
“Please…please don’t hurt me,” the man begged. “I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong.”
“No, you probably didn’t, but she did,” Ish spat, his fiery eyes darting over to me. “Princesa, did you know you were doing something wrong?”
The growing sob that had built in the back of my throat escaped as I nodded and said, “Yes, I did.”
“Well, someone needs to be punished for your bad behavior to remind you not to do something like this again.”
“Punish me, Ish,” I cried. “That poor man has nothing to do with this. Please, let him go.”
He glanced over at the man he held in a tight hold, and then back at me before releasing an evil laugh that echoed loudly throughout the small room. “Sorry, Princesa, but I need you to be pretty for our upcoming wedding.” Then, without warning, he pulled a long-bladed knife from the leg of his pants and chopped the man’s hand clear off in one swing. I’m not sure who screamed louder, me or the man, but within seconds, it was only my high-pitched voice shrieking, because Ish took the knife and slit the man’s throat, killing him instantaneously. Dropping the bloody body, he stalked towards me, bent down to my level, and clamped his hand on top of my mouth.
“Quiet now, Bryleigh, before you alert anyone else and I do the same thing to them. You don’t want to be the reason anyone else dies tonight, do you?” he whispered in my ear.
Immediately, I stop screaming, knowing damn well he would do exactly what he promised. “Now, that’s my good Princesa,” he said, stroking my hair. “We should get out of here. I’m going to carry you to the car, and I expect you to be well-behaved.”
Lifting me from the dirty tile floor, he carried me like a baby out to his car and placed me on the passenger seat. Petrified of what was going to happen next, I sat as still as a statue as he got into the car and drove north, back towards Chicago. He said nothing the entire drive home, but once we were both inside the apartment, he threw me on the bed and stripped me naked. Turning me over so that I was face-down on the mattress, he yanked forcefully on my hips, raising them in the air. He held tightly onto my hipbones as he viciously thrust himself into my virgin ass—no warning…no lube…nothing. I shouted out at the intense pain, and tears immediately began to stream down my face, but he didn’t stop thrusting until he was buried completely inside of me.
Leaning over, with his chest pressed to my back, he said in low, spine-chilling voice, “Anytime you fuck up, Princesa, someone will pay the price, and I will make you watch as I administer the punishment. You need to see the consequences of your actions, so don’t fuck up again if you don’t want any more blood on your conscience.”
He then fiercely fucked me until he came deep inside my asshole. He pulled out, not saying another word, then showered and left. I cried until I couldn’t see, and passed out with exhaustion.
That was the only time I ever tried to run away, but sadly, not the only bloodstains on my hands. It was only the beginning.
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~ Review ~
~ Rating ~
This is the first book in the Luminous Series and WOW this book was AMAZING!!!! This is not your everyday, boy meets girl, they have their struggles and run off into the sunset. Oh it starts that way, Bryleigh and Ish, a young couple caught up in each other until the ugly horrific truths of the man you fell for a revealed and you see he is nothing short of a monster. Running off into the sunset….NO….Running for your life!
When we meet Blake she is a shell of the girl she used to be. Forced to start over in a new place with a new name constantly looking over her shoulder out of fear. Making a new start and keeping a low profile is her only focus, something to keep her mind off of the past she is still running from. Her position at JDT Graphic Designs will fill her days until she can retreat to the small apartment and the safety of its walls.
That is until a business meeting turns her world upside down in the form of Madden Decker. The no nonsense business man who doesn’t do relationships since his heart was broken. But one look at Blake and he is drawn to her. He sees something in her more than her beauty and he is determined to win her over at any cost.
Using his business relationship on more than one occasion to turn things in his favor, Madden and Blake begin spending time together. He notices her self-destructive behaviors and her nightmares and wants nothing more to heal her and make her his own. Revealing very little about her past until necessary, Blake realizes that when she’s with Madden she feels safe and because of that she lets her guard down and starts to let him into her closed off heart.
But could that end up costing her…..her life?
The scenes described within the pages bring the horrific, violent and degrading nightmares of Blake to life. I was scared for her and felt her pain and fear that she lived with before fleeing her past. A wolf in sheeps clothing describes Ish to a tee. His little or no regard for life has you shuddering as you turn the pages.
I was happy for Blake when she found some level of happiness in being with Madden. All of her attempts to dissuade him failing. She thought all of horrible things that have happened to her and that she had lived through would send him running from her without looking back.
This story will definitely take you on an emotional roller coaster but it is definitely worth the ride. The end will leave you with the floor falling out from under your feet. If you are anything like me, I was like, OH NO!!! You CANNOT do this to me Erin Noelle!!! But she does and you can bet that I will be waiting very impatiently to get my hands on the next installment Transparent, releasing this Fall.
Get ready for ...........
Cover: Furious Fotog
Cover Design: HangLe
Cover Model: Michael Federico, Model Madness, LLC
Editing: Kayla Robichaux
Formatting: Christine Borgford with Perfectly Publishable
Release Date: October 15, 2015
~ Synopsis ~
Her elusive past didn't worry me,
Her heartbreaking scars never made me cringe,
And her haunting demons only made me a stronger man.
But the day Blake Martin was stolen from me,
I was scared to death.
Prepared to do anything necessary to get her back,
Little did I know it just might cost me my life.
My name is Madden Decker, and this is my story.
~ About the Author ~
Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child. A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. In 2013, she published the Book Boyfriend Series, which included books Metamorphosis, Ambrosia, Euphoria, and Timeless, and recently published When the Sun Goes Down, a contemporary romance novel. Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.
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