Thursday, September 11, 2014

Blog Tour Review: Conspire by Erin Noelle and S.E. Hall

"He wants answers. 

She wants freedom. 

The search is over...when they Conspire."

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; 
ensure justice for those being crushed."

When I heard a book name Conspire was coming out that was being written by 2 of my all time favorite authors, I was jumping for joy!  And boy oh boy did they deliver!  I would give this book four stars.  This book was the whole package. There was sexy steamy scenes, mystery, angst, jealousy, love, hate, humor and soooo many more emotions.  I am so happy I took a chance with this book.  It is told in dual POV's of Graham(aka Bryce) and Jocelyn.  It is a bumpy ride but you do eventually get a earned HEA.

Graham (AKA Bryce) has just faced the worst tragedy of his life, the loss of a his brother.  His brother's death was ruled as a suicide but Graham knows his brother better than that and he is set out to prove this was a murder not a suicide. Graham is very smart and will find the answers he is looking for and no games will be played but his own.

I have approximately three hours of driving left, likely closer to two with my lead foot, to savor silence, the calm before the storm.  For tomorrow, the games begin, and I don't mean the ones someone had sloppily played on my brother.  No, I mean the kind I play... and win.-- GRAHAM (BRYCE)

What he finds while he is under cover searching out the truth is more than he ever expected.  He meets Jocelyn and she will turn his life as he knows it upside down.  He can't let her distract him from his goal, so he will try to refrain but that will only last so long until he looses himself in her completely.  

"This weekend, no rules, no should or have to.  Only me, you , and want to or can we...sound good?"-- GRAHAM (BRYCE)

He has to keep his secret from Jocelyn for now and by going by is sue do name is the only way to keep her safe and him on the right track.. but when secrets come out and truths are finally revealed will Jocelyn still want anything to do with him?  Or will she never trust him again?

Jocelyn works for her fathers company but has always wanted to be a lawyer.  She has always put her wants behind so that she can please her family, even to the point that she suffers in a relationship with Hunter her father's right hand man.  But when she finally realizes that enough is enough and breaks it off with Hunter, she will truly find out what it is to finally live. 

Call it selfish, call it arrogant, call it whatever the hell you want, but my happiness and the life I want to live isn't going to be disregarded, discounted, or dismissed in order to satisfy my parents or some guy who devotes the minimum amount of effort and attention to keep me content.-- JOCELYN

 She meets a sexy stranger that comes to work at her company and he sets her body and mind on fire.  She is determined to find out more about Bryce and nothing will stand in her way.... except for maybe Bryce himself.  

"No," she crawls on her knees to me, and in her signature move, covers my mouth with her fingers.  "I understand you and I are new, maybe not destined, but you are the only spark I've felt in as long as I've known what a spark is.  Sure there's obstacles, but I know you feel it too, Bryce."-- Jocelyn

When she finally gets Bryce to take a chance with her she will see that Hunter and her Dad aren't all that they seem and when her life gets destroyed by a secret that she never knew existed.. she won't know who to trust.  Will Bryce be able to help her through the pain????

"Ill be at your place tonight, seven sharp, to eat.  You will be wearing that outfit, and by the end of the night, the only thing you'll be mad about is that I only have one dick to fuck you stupid with."-- GRAHAM (BRYCE)

You need to pick up this book like yesterday!  Thanks for another great story and I can't wait for more from both authors!

"Appearances, however, can most definitely be deceiving, because internally, I feel like a chaotic mess, a bird caged from birth set free with no idea how to fly, much less to where."
Working for her families company JCC Pharmaceuticals, from the outside it looked like Jocelyn Craig, director of Public Relations had it all; heiress to a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical company that was on the verge of a break-through drug approval, a fiance who seemed to be perfect and a best friend slash personal assistant who was always in her corner.  Appearances can be completely deceiving, and Jocelyn knew that better than anyone.  Finding it easier to do as her father wished, she gave up her dreams of law school to work for his company, a place where she wasn't really taken all that seriously.  She was engaged to a man who she didn't love and more often then not, couldn't stand the sight of.  Making the best of the life that she had, she had accepted that this was her happiness; that is until one fateful day when Bryce Griggs walked into her office for an interview.
Bryce Griggs or more accurately Graham Harrison was the epitome of the phrase appearances can be deceiving.  Working for the NSA in technology information, he takes a leave of absence when his younger brother Devon commits suicide.  Determined that his younger brother would never take his own life but was instead murdered; Graham sets out to prove his theory correct by immersing himself in Devon's world; down to landing a job at JCC the company he was interning at right before his death.  With an intelligence that so few possess in computer information, he creates a persona that will get him in the door, hoping to gain access to the information that everyone else seems to be ignoring.  He never planned to fall for the "boss lady" and the more time he spends with her, the more he hopes that she will be able to forgive him for the lies that he has told her in order to get justice for his brother.
"Even apart, we always carried a 'piece' of each other on us, no matter how far our paths took us away.  I was, and still am, my brother's keeper, and will die proving that if necessary. Never failing him again."
Working together with Devon's roommate Reagan, Graham begins to piece together the clues that Devon left him, clues that only he would be able to unlock as his big brother.  The closer that he comes to the truth, the closer him and Jocelyn get, which leaves him wondering what he will be left with at the end of this mission.
Erin Noell and S.E. Hall spin a tale of deceit that one can only imagine in their novel Conspire.  They keep you on the edge of your seat with each page that you turn wondering how it will turn out.  Was Devon really murdered or did he commit suicide like it seemed from the outside?  Would Graham be able to keep his whits about him when he was distracted by his beautiful J every night?  Would he gain the justice that he yearned to obtain for his brother?  This book was a 4 star read for me and I would highly recommend it to others who love a story filled with love, with super steamy sex scene and a mystery that is uncovered layer by layer until the very end.

 Can something good come from something so tragic??  In Conspire, we get a thrilling tale of who done it and a romance that brews in the wake of it all.  I am always curious how authors co-write a novel but I think SE Hall and Erin Noelle did an outstanding job with this one.  It kept me on the edge of my seat as the mystery unraveled.  I was so rooting for Hayden and Jocelyn to find their way through the lies and cover ups to find their happy place.  I seriously loved about 90% of the book but felt the ending was rushed and the story unraveled so quickly.  One can say this is a story about their love and not the story of a mass cover up.  But for me, I felt like the story was so developed and then within a chapter or two, all was uncovered.  But with that… I will say I did really enjoy the story and the hotness that went along with it!  The novel is told in dual POV and is a complete story.

Graham just learned the news that his brother, Devon, committed suicide.  Knowing his brother so well, he knows this is impossible so he travels to Philadelphia to uncover the truth behind the alleged suicide.  He quickly learns that his brother was interning at a large pharmaceutical company, JCC Pharmaceutical, and volunteering at a clinic where drug trials from this company were being held.  Since he works for the NSA he has the resources to uncover the mystery behind his brother’s death and know he needs to start with JCC. He assumes the identity of rival competitor’s employee and get hired at JCC.   He recruits his brother’s roommate Reagan in the process and her quick wit and dedication will prove to be an asset. 

What he didn't expect was to fall for the daughter of the CEO of JCC, Jocelyn.  She is head of Marketing and is on the board at JCC. Jocelyn is fresh out of a relationship with the CFO of JCC, the one she is expected by her father to marry and run the family business. Tired of his egotistical ways, she finally tells him she's had enough.  When Graham assumes the identity of Bryce and an employee of JCC, their relationship grows hot and fast!
"My appetite for her is infinite.  I'm a starving man at an endless buffet when she's in my arms." - Bryce

"The things he says, so much gentleman, the missionary-style account you met at a church picnic and know always be good to you.  But  the way he says them, the indecent, unfairly gorgeous body, mouth, and face they come out of... like the Adonis of billboards you refuse to believe actually exists but would let fuck you six ways to church on Sunday if he did." Jocelyn

When Bryce starts to discover the truth is he able to get Jocelyn on his side?? The business of high profile pharmaceutics is big business and some will stop at nothing to get to the top.  Even committing murder.  Will Bryce discover the truth and what will happen when he discloses it to Jocelyn? Can Jocelyn look past the lies and forgive Bryce/Graham for hiding his true identity?  On the flip side, can Bryce/Graham trust Jocelyn... it is her company that he is working to bring down?  This novel will hold onto you and not let go until the end!

She giggles and kisses my lips softly. “I live here, so I’m not escaping, frowny-face. I need to use the bathroom.” She wrestles out from underneath my hold, stretching her arm to the chair beside the bed. Sitting up on the edge, she slips on a satin robe before standing.

“Why are you covering up that body, babe? I was already hard waiting to watch you go,” I tease…except not at all teasing.

“What?” She glances over her shoulder with a sassy grin. “You don’t like it?” She looks at her silky attire and runs her hands over the robe enticingly. “I’ll have you know, I’ve been told pink is my color.” Her mouth turns down subtly the second the words escape; a faraway sadness ghosting across her eyes for a fleeting second before she quickly dismisses the thought away and fakes a smile.

A surge of nausea consumes me, a shiver elicited with the chill that creeps up my spine, the unfair devil of irony dousing me in frigid shame and guilt.

It’s her—my Jocelyn—was Devon’s…fascination, his ‘I hope she feels the same.’

I just made love to the woman my little brother never even got a chance to ask on a date.


S.E. Hall is the author of the Amazon Best Selling Evolve Series, Emerge, Embrace, Entangled (novella) and Entice as well as the bestselling stand-alone NA Romance, Pretty Instinct. She also co-wrote Stirred Up, an erotic short story with her CP and friend, Author Angela Graham and is honored to be a part of the USA Today and NYT Best Selling Devour box set. S.E., which stands for Stephanie Elaine, resides in Arkansas with her husband of 18 years and 3 beautiful daughters of the home, and one married daughter who graced her with two beautiful grandchildren. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading and writing and the occasional trip to the casino. She's also clutch at Baggo, when it's warm outside, and definitely the woman to pick on your side for some Flip Cup!

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 thus far in 2014, has published When the Sun Goes Down, a contemporary romance novel, and Transparent, a romantic suspense 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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