Aug 11, 2015

Release Day Blitz & Review-- Escalation by Tessa Teevan


Author: Tessa Teevan
Series: Clandestine Affairs #2


The moment Rafe appeared on her doorstep, he was everything Brie Latham didn't know she needed. Sexy. Mysterious. Provocative. The absolute opposite of her domineering ex. Like a white knight in the form of a rugged, handsome construction worker, he freed her from her cage, allowing her to spread her wings and find herself again. To find love again. 

Just as she was ready to give in and finally admit her feelings for him, her past swooped back in, death and destruction in its path, causing her to question everything she knows.

And everything she feels.

Was their relationship all just smoke and mirrors? Was she destined to repeat the vicious cycle with yet another manipulative man, only to crash and burn yet again?

Who is Rafe Matthews, and will Brie survive long enough to finally discover the truth?

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While I hang my head, shame and remorse fill me. I promised to protect her. And what did I do? I let her down.

I should’ve known that it would end up like this. I should’ve seen it coming. Yet my mind was clouded as my days and nights—and, soon, my heart—were filled with her, and she was all I could see. I let my guard down, and this is where it got me. Where it got us.

I never got to tell her the truth.

I never got to tell her how I feel.

I will never forgive myself if I never get the chance.

And I will spend the rest of my days hunting the man who did this to her. When I find him, I will kill him.

Because for her? I’d do anything.


"In such a short amount of time, she's become everything to me, and I will never forgive myself if I fail in protecting her."


Okay, so after Instigation, the first book in the series, we are left with a cliffhanger that literally had me yelling to find out what happened to Brie. I won't go into details because I'm not a spoilery type of person;)

But I will say that this book picks up right where the first left off. You're hooked right from the start, needing to know what the heck was going on with Brie. But better yet, you finally find out just who Rafe Matthews really is!! My goodness this story is soooo good!

"Even though she's looking at me as if I'm a complete stranger, I'm not giving up on us. As long as I have my way, Gabriella Latham won't leave my sight. Not any time soon. Hell, preferably not ever."

I absolutely loved how this story had so many twists and turns. Everything was weaved together perfectly. Just when you thought the story was going one way...BAM...plot twist!

My hopeless romantic heart wanted Brie and Rafe to just be together and live in blissful harmony, but how boring would that story be, honestly?! I like that Tessa didn't just write these two characters as a "love at first sight", "peachy keen" couple. They have fought for each other and they continue to. Even through the lies and secrets, they still can't stay away from one another.

"It's my weakness, this man, and even though I shouldn't let him further ingrain himself in my heart, it's too late. He's already buried so deep that he'll never leave."

I'm on pins and needles waiting for the next book!!! These cliffhangers are so good!!! Yes, I'm a lover of cliffhangers:) 

Rafe and Brie's story is nowhere near over! So many discoveries were made and so many secrets have been revealed. The past has caught up with the present and it's not good. If you thought they fought for their relationship before...hold on to your hats...and hearts! It's about to be a bumpy ride!

"Just as my heart will always beat for you, I will always breathe for you. You're my life, Brie. If you're not breathing, then neither am I."
"Then we'll breathe together."


Book 1: INSTIGATION - ON SALE for 99¢!


Tessa Teevan

Tessa is a twenty something book junkie who loves creating books boyfriends as much as she loves reading them. Government worker by day, writer by night, she gets little sleep, but couldn't imagine her life any less hectic. She lives just outside of Dayton, Ohio and has been married to her own book boyfriend for nine years. 

If she’s not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find her curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. Her other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Stone Sour. 

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