Release Blitz (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): The Brother by K. Larsen

Title: The Brother
Author: @klarsen_author
Reviewer: Grace & Tammy @tammyvoiced
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 253 pages
Rating: Grace – 4.25 Stars, Tammy – 4 stars


Liam Lockwood stumbled across a photo in a magazine of his long-forgotten brother causing buried secrets, heartache and obsession to bubble to the surface. When Liam sees something he wants, he takes it. He always has and this time will be no different despite his father’s warning.

Payback for a dark and broken childhood now has a name, Nora Robertson.

Grace Review

It is one thing to suffer deviant acts under captivity.
It is another to continue to crave those deviant acts.

Book one (The Tutor) explored Nora’s captivity which morphed into Stockholm’s Syndrome. This book explores how she moves forward. The subject is a fascinating one, how to reset someone’s brain to understand what they went thru, isn’t right.

Despite his death, Holden still has a powerful hold on Nora. While she pretends to move forward, caring on with a normal life of writing, yoga, and get-togethers, her heart still remains with the man who held it in a vice like grip. What is most shocking is who tries to remove that grip on her heart.

I’ll be honest, Liam’s intentions from the start are flawed. His attraction and stalker like tendencies were a bit creepy. Was the attraction ever real, or was he using Nora as revenge against his shitty upbringing? In my opinion, there was not one person in the Lockwood family that wasn’t scared by their past. And each member of that family took steps, right or wrong, to move forward.

Nora is an odd character. There’s her bluntness, and being a logophile (love of words), but what really sets her apart is how her time with Holden shaped her. Therapy and medication can’t change it. So I was surprised how much she pushed away the man whose eyes reminded her of that time she still craves. Most men would steer clear of her, despite her beauty. But Liam isn’t most guys.

Every monster has a voice unique to them. Mine needs to be heard. Dark corners are alive and I’m going to lure her into the dark with me. My cold desire is to hear the thump thump thump of her heart.
I crave it.
I crave her.
My need claws at me from inside, dying to get out.
I grin and head for her.

Knowing what I know now about Liam’s past and how he treated Candy, it is clear he has his own issues based on his upbringing. Maybe that’s why he was a good match for Nora. Both suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Lockwood family members, and that abuse morphed in a desire to feel more pain.

Nora is a beast I couldn’t have anticipated. Her fantasies, her desires are just depraved enough for me to fulfill them.

To me, this book isn’t so much about healing as it is with coping. Finding a balance of happiness without causing harm to oneself or others. Nora and Liam find that balance and learn how to help each other’s cravings, while still be nurturing and supportive of one another.

This isn’t your typical love story, but the layers built by the author with very unique characters, make it an intriguing one that’s worth reading.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

He is the brother.
She was with the brother.

Liam is made into a stalker by revenge. To take what use to be his brother’s, a brother who he loathed. He has watched her, stalking her at every turn then he pounces.

“I’m not the good guy, Nora. I’m no hero.”

Nora is made into a fragile woman after her love dies. She finds it hard to do the simplest of things. She as a darkside, she wants to be pounced.

“Honestly, I want all the beautiful parts of you and all the ugly parts too.”

Kink. They both love it. She had a surprisingly dark side. He was thoroughly shocked that he met his match and more. They explore each other and it was definitely cross your legs, fan your face and bite your fist – scenes!

“His forearm pins my head to the floor. I half-heartedly try to struggle as he thrusts in with such force, that my breath catches and I go stone still. He lays into me blunt and heavy. It’s punishment.”

Both have been through things that the average person would not even think of doing. Both come out broken, jaded, less of light. Liam and Nora were meant to find one another and live out their lives by sharing all of them with each other. The pain, the silent suffering, life changing events, the side of them that were heightened by sexual needs. They learned and found their meaning, their meaning was each other.

“Society often shouts at us to fit into the mold. And I don’t. I never have. So this lingering guilt seeps in.”

I love dark, kinky and HEA reads and The Brothers portrays all of them.

– Tammy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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Six Months Ago
I saw the headline first. The Tutor Captive Speaks Out For First Time Exclusive!
I admit I was curious. I’d heard the news reports. Seen the reporters trying to get the meek redhead to talk to them last year. I was waiting in line at the grocery store- a task normally done by my assistant- when I picked up the rag and flipped it open to the article. Immediately nostalgia sucker punched me. One of the featured pictures showed the redhead, a young girl and…my brother. I slammed the magazine shut and slapped it on the conveyor belt with my groceries. Fucking Holden.
When I slip into my car, I yank the magazine out and read the article. Held captive. Cuts. Love. Emotional abuse. Scars. Moving on. Single. Raise awareness about abuse and PTSD. Blah blah.
“Dammit,” I mutter. Although I don’t recall an awful lot from my childhood I do remember my mother and her specific brand of abuse and my brother’s. I pull my cell phone from my back pocket and dial my father.
“Liam,” he answers.
“Burn through the money already?” His voice is tight.
I groan. “No. Have you seen the latest edition of,” I flip the magazine over, “People Weekly?”
“Why would I have son? You in it?” His voice grates my nerves. He has two tones of voice, condescending and stern.
“No, but your other son is,” I say. I run a hand through my hair. It’s just long enough to consider scheduling a hair cut. My father would prefer it cropped close to the scalp, but I’ve always kept it longer.
“Excuse me?” He barks into my ear.
“Holden Douglas Lockwood, remember him? He’s featured in the magazine.” I wait for his retort. His slew of curses but only silence greets me. “Dad?”
“I’m here. Come to the house now.”
“Yes, Sir,” I say.
I end the call and toss the magazine on the passenger seat. I start the car while pulling up Carol’s contact to send her a quick text that I won’t need her tonight. She texts me back immediately to let me know she left dinner in the fridge for me.
The drive to my father’s house isn’t long but it gives me too much time to focus on my the short movie clips that play in my mind from my former life. Mountain life. Memories of Holden screaming and my father shouting. Holden coming into our room with blood dripping down his torso as I cowered in the corner. Holden covering my mouth in the middle of the night and drawing thin slices along my scalp. What Ma did to him, he did to me, but less so. And hidden. When I told Dad what was happening he snapped. Without warning, he threw me in his truck and drove us away. He told me to never speak of our cabin. To never speak of Holden or baby Laura or Ma again. Nightmares kept me up most nights until Dad started to beat them out of me of with his belt.
We started fresh four hours south of that damned mountain. He created an empire for us. Sent me to the best schools and now I run the business he started. We have wanted for nothing. I have no idea how Holden or Ma or Laura faired. Except now- I do. I know they are all dead from that damned article.
I pull into Dad’s gated driveway and leave the car running at the front door. His valet takes my keys as I pass by him. I don’t bother knocking on my way inside. Dad sits behind his oak desk. He hand carved it. Sanded it for days. Stained it and had his security detail move the enormous hunk of wood into his office. Two fingers of whiskey reside in a glass to his left.
“Sit,” he says. I do. He does not offer me a drink.
“Show me this article.” I lean forward and toss the magazine on his desk. He flips to the article and reads silently. When he finishes, he grunts and slaps the magazine closed.
“We don’t have anything to worry about. They got his last name wrong.”
“But Dad, what about the cabin? There could be things there that lead back to us. Pictures or, I don’t know?”
“There’s nothing Liam. Holden’s dead. Laura’s dead and your mother is dead. Good riddance. It sounds like Holden took up her ‘art’. He was destined to get caught.”
“That’s all you have to say? Laura and Holden were your children too.”
“I let them go a long time ago and you should have too.”
“Don’t you care at all?”
“No. Your Mother was bat shit crazy. Love made me do stupid things for that woman. Move that damned mountain to commune with nature. Live off grid to aid her art. I gave her enough years. I have nothing left for her-not even curiosity.”
“But Holden, Laura?” I say. “I couldn’t care for an infant on my own and Holden was too far gone by then. I could however, save you. Are you not grateful for that?” Save me. The words sound sincere rolling off his tongue but saving me from Ma and my siblings didn’t spare me his abuse. I cannot say this however.
“Of course I am. I just…”
“Don’t over think it Liam and don’t tell anyone about this article. Understood?”
“Yes Sir,” I answer.
“Good,” he says while lifting his glass to his mouth. I watch the amber liquid slosh back and forth and yearn for a glass of my own. The first time I’ve heard of, or seen my brother since we left was in a magazine for being a psychopath and my father wants to simply sweep it under the rug with no explanation. It baffles me and irritates me simultaneously. I say nothing to my father because is not the kind of man you push.


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