Monday, January 4, 2016

Blog Tour Stop & Review ... Pain by Amanda Mackey

PAIN by Amanda Mackey 
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Life is sweet in The Sanctuary—until Lillian Harris is thrown the curveball of her life.

Lillian is perfectly happy cocooned within the lofty perimeter fence of The Sanctuary. Her Sanctuary—a vast oasis for rescued lions, tigers, and elephants. The animals are her world. So when Lillian’s dad tells her a nineteen-year-old criminal who’s fresh out of prison is coming to The Sanctuary as part of a rehabilitation program, Lillian is more than a little apprehensive. She interacts with animals more than humans—and definitely not criminals.

Justice Armstrong is more arrogant than a Silverback, but something darker lurks behind his eyes… 

It isn’t until Justice swaggers toward her from the parole officer’s car—pierced, confident, and more than a little hot—Lillian knows she has her work cut out for her. His stare has the power to rob her of all thoughts. His words, although crude and nefarious, bring a part of her to life she never knew existed. How is this criminal suddenly turning her world upside down?

He has the power to drag her to the dark side....

Pain is his drug of choice, a vice he can’t survive without. Then he meets Lillian Harris. Little miss hellcat. Fiery, strong, and all woman. She challenges him at every damn turn, and watching her tame those fierce big cats makes his need for her that much stronger. He wants to do things to her…wicked things. She makes him crave pain in a whole new way.

When a teen with a dark past bumps heads with a feisty rescue worker, will it be love over lust—or a matter of life and death?

Available on Kindle Unlimited!


**I received an ARC for an honest review.**

This book is filled with a painful and emotional tale of very damaged young man. It's a bit of a slow read and takes place over the course of a short period of time. The first half of the book basically covers days one and two of Justice Armstrong's arrival at The Sanctuary. 

I loved all the animals and the way that Lil was with them. I liked that she seemed to be an animal whispere but that she was also what Justice ultimately needed. Well, everyone at The Santuary was what he needed in order to start healing. 

I just didn't fully connect with this storyline or its characters. The steamy sexy parts were steamy and sexy, but the other aspects of a building relationship just weren't there for me. I also felt like there wasn't enough time spent on how things would be resolved in the storyline and there was too much time spent on the insignificant details. I would have loved more of Justice and Lil in a different light other than verbal lashings and hot and heavy make out sessions. I would have liked to see more of the softer sides of Justice that we barely get glimpses of throughout the book. 

Overall it was a great story and premise but I just didn't fully connect. 


Amanda Mackey was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia when she was 12 years old with her family, where she has lived ever since. She has loved books since an early age and is an avid reader. This has helped lay the foundation for her writing. She's published 2 non-fiction books and has her a fiction novel titled, Instinctual out now. 
Instinctual is a 2 book series. Book 2 will be out Sept. 30 2014.
Amanda hopes to make writing her full time career.

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