Monday, June 23, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: Caught In The Storm (The Storm #3) by M. Stratton




What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted?

Kat Snyder has spent years chasing after the man who attacked her and left her for dead. It is her one obsession and she won’t let anyone stand in her way. Now that they are getting closer to finding him she begins to doubt herself and her need for revenge.

Jackson “Jack” Taylor lost the only woman he truly loved. Now that he’s found her again he’s not letting go and will do everything in his power to make her see they can have a life together.

Together they search for the monster who has hurt so many women. The closer they get, the closer they become, until they are both Caught in the Storm.


 

Prologue 
Jeremy Ellison sat on a dirty bed in an even dirtier motel room with his head in his hands, wondering how he ended up here. He’d had her; he was almost able to take the one thing Anthony currently wanted. After pulling himself from the water, he didn’t know what to do or where to go. This was a first for him. He’d lost everything. Everything. He had no laptop, no pictures, nowhere to go, and most importantly, no money.
Sighing, he reached over for the newspapers he had purchased, somewhere in there he’d find what he was looking for. Some old lady from the society pages who had more money than brains. Some way to make a quick buck so that he’d be able to move on to bigger and better things. It was a scam he had perfected over the years. Money and items that he could quickly sell would be his. It was what had afforded him the lifestyle he loved so much, and giving the old ladies a thrill, well, it was the least he could do.
He wanted to scream when he saw his picture and the story about him, staring back. A smaller photo of Anthony and Evie mocked him. They were coming for him; they were all coming for him. Pounding his fists on the bed, his head shook back and forth, his mouth opened in a silent scream.
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She sat in the grimy motel room clutching her wig in her trembling hands, staring at the room across the parking lot where she saw him enter a while ago. She never expected to come across him after all this time. It took everything she had not to knock on the door and send the bastard straight to hell. She knew he deserved more pain and putting a bullet in him would be too quick. Now that she knew where he was, she could plan. She had to have a plan. Everything had to be in order. The ending would have to be perfect, exactly what he deserved.
Her hands shook as she thought of what she’d have to do to him, but she hadn’t come this far to back out now.
Glancing at her watch, she knew she had to hurry, she wanted to get back to her files on Jeremy. Now that she knew exactly where he was she needed to make sure everything was up to date and she had all the information on him. Slowly she put the wig back on and walked out of the room into the sunlight. She casually dropped her purse near his car where she attached a tracking device. Picking up her things, she put them back in her purse, then stood up and walked away, never looking back.



“I was spellbound the moment I saw you. There couldn’t be any other but you. I spent days, weeks even years, looking for you. Everywhere we used to go, I’d go. I’d think I saw you only to be disappointed when it wasn’t you. Even when I was traveling through Europe six months ago, I was still looking for you. I never gave up.” - Jackson
Caught in the Storm is the third book in the Storm series. It was a nice continuation of the story line that connects the three books and couples. If you haven't read the first two books, After the Storm and Eye of the Storm, you will be pretty much lost because it just won't make sense to you without the back story.
In book two we learned that Lexi's body guard Kat, was actually a victim and had her own agenda and reasons for being on Lexi's security detail. It also hinted at a past relationship with Evie's brother, Jackson. Thankfully, all of the questions were answered that left the reader hanging in the previous books.
The story is told from the POV of Kat, Jackson, Jeremy and a mystery women named Dana. I had assumed that this would be the last book in the series, but now I am not so sure. Although, everything pertaining to Lexi and Noah, Evie and Anthony, and Kat and Jackson, was resolved, this mystery women throws a wrench in that because she, herself, is a mystery.
Kat is still very traumatized by what Jeremy did to her, and she is understandably determined to destroy him.  As the story unfolds, bridges are mended, friendships are forged and love is in the air.
"... you matter more to me than any kind of revenge. Because I know killing, him won’t change anything. Because I’m not that person. I couldn’t kill anyone. It wasn’t who I used to be. Jackson, I want to be her again. I want you to know the carefree girl I used to be. I want us to have a future together. I was so caught up I couldn’t see anything else but ending what mattered most to him, his life.” - Kat
This book was good but I didn't feel the same intensity as I did with the first two books and I feel as though the ending was kind-of anti-climatic. It also seemed a bit shorter than its predecessors but it was enjoyable and I am glad that I was given a chance to read and review.
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I am sad this is the last book in the Storm series but it’s also a thrilling end to one of my favorite series!  M Stratton does a phenomenal job on things that should be creeping me the fuck out but I’m turning the pages like a mad woman to see what happens next!  If you have not read the first two books, they are serious MUST READS! 

From the previous books, we now Jeremy is on the run.  He’s been hiding out and keeping a low profile but keeping always one step ahead of everyone else.  In the third book we are have Kat and Jackson.  Kat is the lone victim that was able to escape from Jeremy many years ago.  Jackson is the kind and loving guy that we all just love to love. He and Kat have been previously in a relationship years ago… until the day she just up and left.  Fate has brought them back together in the hunt for Jeremy.   The old feelings are there but will they act on them or will Kat fight to keep her priorities in order, which do not include falling for Jackson again.  All the usual characters make appearances and I gotta love the troublesome trio, they are still up to no good! 

 In the hunt for Jeremy also introduces a new player to the game.  She also has her own agenda and she will stop at nothing to seek the revenge she has been searching for. I don’t know why, but this series has me wanting more for the deep disturbed thoughts.  M Stratton gets you inside of their heads and leaves me speechless!  I seriously hope we get more from this character because I’m so intrigued by her.  I want to know everything about her and what has led her to the point when we met her in this novel.  

 I love a novel that takes you through every emotion and M Stratton does just that!  She can make you laugh and then she can make your skin crawl but then she adds the cherry to the top and gives us also a steamy romance.  This series has made me a huge fan of the authors and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us now this series is complete.  

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What happens when the hunter 
becomes the hunted
Caught In The Storm is book 3 in the storm series.  Even though this book is about other characters in the story than the first two it still follows the same story line so it can not be read as a standalone.  Its told in multiple POV's.  I know sometimes that can get confusing but not at all in this story. This was a brilliant ending to this crazy amazing story.  I have to tell you I have never read a story that I am in such awe of how the author can write the bad guy part, and let me tell you this man was a sick and twisted bastard, but damn if M. Stratton didn't nail the sick and twisted mind of him.  This series will blow your mind, it has so many twists and turns it gets your head spinning.  I have to say I loved the fact that each book was about a different couple in the story.  You normally have wait from most authors for the side characters stories but M. Stratton was freaking amazing at how she pulled it off.   I really don't want to spoil the story at all especially for anyone that hasn't read the first 2, or is patiently waiting for this book because they want closure like I did, so I will make this short and sweet!   

This was Jackson and Kat's story.. you find out more about these two even though you have met them in the other books.  I absolutely loved Jackson from book 1, but I can't say I have always loved Kat.  She did finally grow on me in this book and after you read it you will see why.   Kat had a huge secret that is finally revealed in this book, and it bring her character into a better light and it will bring Jackson's character out more too.  They discover things about each other and try to make things work around all the obstacles.  There is also a new character that is brought into the story but I won't tell you much about he/she because he/she has a hell of a lot to do with how things finally end.  You also find out way more details about the sick bastard (yes I don't use his name cause he is vile and I wanna hurt him terribly).  Just know that even though I will not giveaway the ending I was a little disappointed that only 1 person got the joy and not the whole group.  You will understand what that means when you read the story.  

Go get it now!  I would rate this whole series 5 stars!  
I will leave you with some of my favorite lines from this book.

Kat- It felt good to move, better than she thought it would.  Glancing at Jackson out of the corner of her eye, she also had to admit that dancing with him had awoken something in her she thought was long dead.

Jackson- Jackson turned and walked out of the room.  He hated to see Kat so traumatized.  When he got to the landing on the second floor, he looked up the stairs to the third, knowing she was up there--alone, facing her demons.  He wanted so badly to be up there with her.

Kat and Jackson- "Where do we go from here?"  She was scared.  Scared of what he was going to say.  Could she do it?  It would mean losing control, something she had grown to depend on.  It was the only thing she had.  If she controlled everything, nothing would be a surprise.  
He tightened his arms around her.  "Sweetheart, wherever we want to go."  


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M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her debut novel After the Storm. She is a self-proclaimed dork that loves to make people laugh and can trip over nothing. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd but is quiet and shy on the outside.

She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.

When not writing you can find M. watching football (Go Bears!), NASCAR, or classic movies, watching her husband and father restore classic cars, and seeing who can be sillier, her or her son, and of course reading.


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