Blog Tour: FRACTURED SOULS by Jessica Sorensen
Gemma thought she had said her good-byes and had felt every possible emotion she could before her soul was detached again. Deep down inside, she hoped she’d never wake up from it because, in her eyes, life without emotion and memories isn’t worth living.
But she does wake up and discovers she can still feel and remember everything she experienced over the last few months. Alex is also telling her that everything’s okay, that he didn’t betray her, and that what she thought happened really didn’t.
Gemma isn’t sure if she can trust Alex, so she tries to keep her distance from him, even though the electric connection and her desire make it nearly impossible. The only person she can trust is Laylen, but even that becomes complicated when the lines of their friendship begin to blur.
While Gemma struggles with her emotions and relationships, she searches for her mother, entering a dangerous world of secrets, seduction, and evil. The further she digs into her mother’s secrets and past, the more she wonders what waits for her at the end of her search and if maybe some things are better left in the dark.
**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content.
“You don’t have to do it,” I whisper at the sight of the discomfort in his eyes. “If you don’t want to. We can find another way or…”
I trail off as he shifts his body forward in his seat, bending his back and moving closer to me. My chest heaves ravenously as anticipation and fear collide inside me and I turn inward to bring myself closer to him. He maintains my gaze as he cups the bottom of my neck softly, yet at the same time with purpose. I wonder if he can feel my rapid pulse. If he can smell the scent of my blood in my veins. What he’s thinking. I wonder a lot of things, until he leans in so close I feel the heat of his breath caressing my skin, and then all thoughts are lost as a silence overtakes my body.
“Just breathe and try to relax,” he whispers, the pupils in his eyes expanding and taking over all of the blue in his eyes. His lips part, his breathing sharpens and his pointed fangs descend.
My mind tells me that I should be afraid, but my body won’t have any part of it, the prickle on the back of my neck stabs wildly, releasing an abundance of emotions. I lean into his touch, his hand tightens around the bottom of my neck and my knees press into his. I know Draven is watching us, but I block him out and focus on my breathing. Deep breaths. Deep breaths.
Laylen’s head slants to the side, so he’s moving in toward my neck at an angle. When he’s only inches away, his tongue slips out and slides across his lips, moistening them and skimming along the tips of his fangs. I feel a tremor in his fingertips as they delve against my skin and I reach forward to grasp onto his legs. I hold my breath as his lips graze my neckline and then squeeze my eyes shut as his fangs pierce my vein.
It’s far more intense than just the scrape. Blindingly intense. A body-altering intensity. I fall so fast into the dark that I can’t even remember what the light looks like. I hear myself groan, however it barely sounds like me, and an invisible connection seals the inside of my body to him. It guides me forward, forcing my back to arch and I end up pressing my chest against his.
Dawn’s Review – 3.75 Stars
After reading SHATTERED PROMISES Book #1 (See our reviews here) in this series, I was really excited to figure out what was going to happen next for Gemma, Alex, and Laylen. I’ll admit I was a little confused starting FRACTURED SOULS as it has been several months since I read book 1 and I was thrust right back into the story without a lot of back story. I ended up going back to book 1 and skimming through the end to get a sense of where it left off. I would highly recommend that.
Other than that, I love the adventure and the ongoing dangers that Gemma finds herself in while trying to find a way to save her mother from the Underworld and stop Stephan from his evil-doings. And can I say damn, Jessica Sorensen knows how to write some steamy scenes! I’d be okay with a bite from sexy vampire Laylen or a spark of electricity with the strong protector Alex!! There are several twists and turns in FRACTURED SOULS that kept me questioning who’s the most evil, who is good (is anyone?!), and how exactly is Gemma going to solve all of this and survive!
I also appreciated how Gemma’s story focuses on her struggle to figure out who she is, how different situations change her, and how to accept or not accept them.
There are things in life that happen that change who we were, things that are hard to come back from, and in the end we never really are the same.
Be prepared to be ready to read Book 3! This one left me with my jaw open, brow furrowed, and a ‘NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!’ running through my head.
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
twitter username @jessFallenStar