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Sunday, April 27, 2014

My Favorite Book Couple with Laura Kaye

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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I’m glad to be here at Ramblings from this Chick to talk about favorite fictional couples! Such a fun topic, and I knew immediately who I would be discussing: Zsadist and Bella from J.R. Ward’s Lover Awakened. In a lot of ways, Zsadist has a lot in common with the hero of my most recent release, Devlin Eston from East of Ecstasy, the final book in my Hearts of the Anemoi series that released last week. Both experienced a long period of abuse in their past, both are scarred by that past—physically, emotionally, and psychologically, both feel unworthy and even incapable of love, and therefore both experience incredibly satisfying redemption at the hands of the woman they love.

For this event, I’m giving away an eBook of Lover Awakened and an eBook of East of Ecstasy. But before we get to more details about the books, here is my Top 10 List of why Zsadist and Bella are my favorite fictional couple.

10. When they meet, Bella isn’t scared of Zsadist in the way he thinks she should be, and it totally rocks his world.

9. When Bella gets kidnapped, Zsadist’s entire mission in life is to rescue—or avenge—her. Nothing else matters to him until one or both of those are accomplished.

8. When the doctor examines a rescued Bella, Zsadist is already in so deep with her (despite denying it) that he has to be restrained by two of his Brothers while another man puts his hands on her. All this despite hating to be touched.

7. Because he’s never done it before, Zsadist has no idea how to take care of Bella, but that doesn’t stop him from trying, even when it embarrasses and humiliates him. He’s already sacrificing for her before he realizes he cares. Bella brings that out in him.

6. They draw strength from one another in the most beautiful way. He helps her overcome her captivity, and she does the same for him.

5. Bella helps Zsadist regain control over and slowly accept his body, and in turn that allows him to care about pleasing another person for the first time in his life. And despite all his hard edges, he’s incredibly gentle and tender and giving.

4. After her needing breaks down his walls regarding sex, his eyes change colors, proving that being with Bella is healing him and bringing him back to life. The moment he sees his eyes is possibly one of the best and most moving scenes in a romance book ever.

3. Bella is strong enough to refuse the incomplete relationship Zsadist is begrudgingly willing to give her, so she leaves. And her leaving is what finally allows Zsadist to take ownership over his life, to heal, and to become a better man. The transformation is beautiful and one of the best in fiction.

2. Nalla.

1. Zsadist and Bella’s story tells that if they can find love with one another and overcome their obstacles, any of us can.

My only problem with Bella is that I’m not her. LOL But if I can’t have Zsadist for myself, then she’s the next best thing! *winks*

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

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The final chapter in the award-winning and bestselling Hearts of the Anemoi series…

She’s the only one who can give him the strength to save them all…

Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she's been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don't speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father's plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he's been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin's love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever...or lost.

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On sale for .99¢!

 Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 eBook copy of Lover Awakened + East of Ecstasy 

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  1. Hi Laura! #8 is so swoon worthy. I love it when the hero gets all possessive.

    Congrats on the release of EoE!

  2. Hi Laura, Congratulation on the new release of East of Ecstasy.
    Hooray!! I luv ur anemoi series especially Zephyros. He's Yummie

    thank you for the chance to win :)

  3. Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I love the Hearts of Anemoi series, so I can't wait to read East of Ecstasy. Fingers crossed! :-)

  4. I will tell you, Laura, one of my favorite book couples is Caden and Makenna. I love them!! For a novella, Hearts in Darkness packed a punch. I would love to have more of them, in a full length novel someday!!

  5. Zsadist and Bella are my favorite characters from BDB! I loved that book.

  6. I love this series and can't wait to read East Of Ecstasy. Thank you for the chance to win.

  7. I loved Lover Awakened and Zsadist and Bella are one of my favorite book couples. I borrowed this book so I would love to have it for myself. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  8. Can't wait to read.

  9. I am looking forward to reading East of Ecstasy.

  10. Bella & Zsadist are my absolute favorite couple!!! I think I need to re-read Lover Awakened now! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

  11. I've never read JR Ward, but I loved your list, Laura. I'm also looking forward to reading your new release.

    Marcy Shuler

  12. What a great pick! I love Laura's books :) Thanks for sharing!

  13. Congratulations on finishing the Hearts of the Anemoi series!

  14. Love the BDB series and Zsadist and Bella are two of my favorites as well. Love the emotional turmoil of the book and the HEA they finally got.

  15. Hi, I just got your series and I so far I'm loving it! Thanks for the give away!!

  16. Bella and Zsadist are one of my favorite couples, too.

  17. Thanks for this amazing giveaway.

  18. like Zsadist's book

  19. #4 sounds adorable!

    I've heard great things about J.R.'s series. This one sounds super great!