Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Release Blitz & Book Review: Set Us Free by M.R. Leahy

Set Us Free
by M.R. Leahy
Bound Forever #2
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: May 23rd, 2017


For Emmalyn and Kodah being set free meant living in the real world away from the clutches of her step-father. It meant living a life they always dreamed about together.

But it’s never that easy, is it?

Life is cruel and untamed.

And not everything in their past can be forgotten. Nor is it as settled as they hoped.

With their new-found freedom comes challenges no one should ever face. Separated by memory but together at heart Emmy and Kodah must find their way back to each other so they can finally live their happily ever after.

So they can once and for all be set free.


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Set Me Free
by M.R. Leahy
Series: Bound Forever #1
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About the author:

M.R. Leahy was born in Amarillo, TX, where she was briefly raised before moving to a small Island in the middle of the Puget Sound called Whidbey Island. Growing up she lived with her mom and younger sister and a few cousins scattered close by.

As soon as she could, M.R. Leahy left the small island to get a feel for what the world had in store. After jumping around a few places, she landed in beautiful Wilmington, NC where she not only met the love of her life but became pregnant with her first child. Not long after finding out about the life they created they married and moved to San Diego, CA so they could be closer to family and start the beginning to their forever.

M.R. Leahy now has two beautiful boys and is living life to the fullest, not taking anything for granted. She now spends her time being a stay at home mom. When she's not making lunches and kissing booboos, you can find her nose deep in a book getting lost in the many different worlds authors provide, or writing and creating different stories of her own.

M.R. Leahy writes dark romances but also has her hands in contemporary romance and romantic comedy. Her possibilities are endless.

My Review:

I love this series. There's so much pain and heartache but also lots and lots of love! You just had to look deeper beneath the surface of some characters.
Emma and Kodah weren't the only ones that have stolen my heart. Buck, Drifter and even JB were loveable individuals and I hope that we get to see at least one or two of them again in the future.

This book was a lot different to the first. Emma and Kodah were finally free from that horrible place but their past still haunted them. Both struggled with Emma's memory loss and her panic attacks due to flashbacks. I can't say which had it worse, Emma for not remembering or Kodah for not knowing when or if his love of his life will remember him again and having to live without her until then.
“He was a memory that was meant to be remembered, not forgotten.”
But there was a lot more going on in Set Us Free. It wasn't just about Emma and Kodah anymore. It was about revenge, acceptance and most of all about family.

It was also told from multiple POVs which added more width to it since Emma mostly dealt with her memory loss and getting her life in order while lots more stuff happened around her.

The Story:
Emma and Kodah are finally free but life isn't what they had planned and hoped it would be. Emma doesn't remember most of what happened and struggles with panic attacks due to flashbacks and triggered memories of her past. But the one thing she knows for sure is that the man in the shadows, a stranger, gives her a feeling of familiarity and safety.

Kodah tried to stay away and give her time to remember, but it hurts more and more to not being able to touch her and hold her in his arms. But he's certain that one day he will make good on his promise because Emma has always been his and the world should know that.

When a thread turns their lives upside down, it's just a matter of time to find out if it will destroy them once and for all or finally bring them the yet missing piece of their happily ever after.

As much as I loved this book, I think it could have been even better or darker at some parts as we didn't get to experience everything first hand (i.e. stuff with Buck). If I had to choose, I'd say that I liked Set Me Free a little bit better, which doesn't mean that this one was not as good, it's just a question of different opinion/taste. I loved the special bond between Emma and Kodah in the first book which wasn't as present in SUF because of her memory loss. But both books were just too different to compare as they played in two very different chapters of the character's lives (during captivity and after).

The book started out rather slow. Emma couldn't remember anything that happened and her recovery was a slow progress which was understandable. Every time when she remembered something, it was like a punch to the gut, pain radiating through her body, overwhelming her. It definitely was an emotional read. Especially seeing Kodah so helpless, when all he wanted was to be with her but couldn't.
“This is why I never wanted to remember. This is why I have fought for so long to keep things hidden. Because of this pain I knew I would feel.”
I absolutely loved Buck and Drifter! Both so different yet so similar with their troubled minds.

There was one thing that I did NOT like, which I can't tell you about because of spoilers. Not that the story was bad because of it, I just wished a different outcome of a particular scene closer to the end.

Last but not least, I am looking forward to JB and Bailey's story. The sneak peek got me all excited and I hope we don't have to wait too long for their book. I loved JB already in SMF and SUF and hope he will find his peace with his past.
And like I mentioned before, I'd be happy to see some characters again.

-- I received an ARC of this book from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. --

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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