Sunday, April 03, 2016

Review & Excerpt: The Silent Violent Few: Noir by Grayer Vaughan


The Silent Violent Few: Noir
The Silent Violent Few # 3
By- Grayer Vaughan
Genre- Romance, Fiction, 16+

"How will he still want me once he finds out what I've done?"
Alabama Crowne thought she had finally secured her freedom when the life she was destined to live came to a halt. Despite everything she left behind, there was one constant she would never be rid of as death claimed who she was in order to become who she was meant to be all along:  Cash Zachary Calloway.

 Leaving one life to create another didn't seem so bad until Finn Haines, the man she thought she knew, begins to become unhinged when secrets, lies and betrayal tempt them both into an epic end game of "name that Submissive".

Thinking she chose the right Calloway, Alabama takes a chance to build a life worth living as she is set to give birth to the next Calloway heir until facts about Finn's past lead her down a dangerous path filled with devious deviants of epic proportions.  

Unsure of who the father of her unborn child is, Alabama begins to struggle with her sanity, keeping her pregnancy hidden while she soon realizes that the only way out of the mess she created might be to return to the life she left behind as visions of her dead best friend Frankie lead her down a dangerous path of becoming the one thing she never thought she would: Mrs. Calloway.

Will the darkness she created claim the life she must live to be free or will her static inspiration become the dominant Noir she will need to save her from the violent death Goddess has planned?


~My Review~

Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy as part of this blog tour in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

~This book contains adult content! Recommended for 16+ readers.~

Let me start by saying that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. When I agreed to read and review as part of this tour I had never heard of either the book or the author! But I signed up regardless.

The storyline is good, it's been thought about and planned well. I often found myself wondering what was coming and trying to guess what was going to happen next; I was never right. I did however find I was easily sucked into Alabama's life and kept there until the bitter end.

I felt as though it took me a while to get accustomed to the authors writing style and I occasionally found following the dialogue confusing to both follow and know who was speaking. But it seemed to get better as the book progressed.

The characters got better and better, each one showed more and more personality as the plot thickened! And boy did it thicken! Honestly how much crap can one girl take??? This one... A LOT.

Alabama... has it tough, but she goes from strength to strength and just doesn't give up. I really was hoping that she could make it through the steaming pile of shit the author heaped on her; evil author!!! ;) 
Frankie... I didn't really care for; I found myself wondering about her very early on; was she really who she made out to be or was she hiding something?? there was just something about her. I didn't realise she turn out to be... (that would be a spoiler and I can't do that!!)
Cash... Cash was very convincing. He even had me believing him. He's just soo devious and cunning, very smooth and dare I say a little bit charming!
Niko... on the other hand... Niko is the ever present and steady constant that is overlooked by everyone, that is until it matters. Could he truly be Alabama's knight in shining armour??
If there's one thing I've learnt in reading The Silent Violent Few it's that characters aren't always what they seem!!!

Overall... A surprisingly good book. Well thought out; plenty of unexpected plot twists and turns, and some really good characters. I certainly didn't envision that ending. Will I be reading book #2? I'm not 100% sure at the minute. I think The Silent Violent Few is a 3.5* read for me.

If you haven't read The Silent Violent Few it is a Good book and I think it would be well worth a read and if you've already read the book I'd love to read your thoughts... :)


~Excerpt~


Why is white noise so comforting when you are lying in the deepest river of pain? The snowy sound surrounds you in the blankness as your broken eyes search through the black and white hues for the thin line of defined gray. That’s the only place that is sustainable, so now that’s what you call home. I found myself within the gray static, allowing it to become my truth and now, it’s that same gray static that I can no longer breathe without. He owns my freedom, claiming it the moment I surrendered. There’s no one to blame. I take full responsibility for this choice.

    I did this to myself.

    It was all me.

    Death was something I never envisioned until this very moment. I didn’t know I would have to die before I learned to really live. No one teaches you to die. The feeling just comes naturally, taking over you like swift mercy.

    Before I tell you how I died, let me explain how I attempted to really live.
    Sometimes when your life speeds up to quick for you to really learn, you have to measure out the things that matter with detailed sounds to help you recall your true north.
    As I lay here pinned to the ground surrounded by blood, all I seem to search for is the gray static noise that dissolves the pain I now hold within me.
    I simply failed to read the signs life was tasking me with.
    Isn’t it funny the way you never long for something when you freely have it?
    The moment it’s ripped from you, that’s when you hunger for it the most.
    I simply wanted to be free.
    The first warning sign went off like a brightly lit flare in a limitless darkened sky when I found myself stuck at a work function I had to attend for my company, Pierce Publicity, representing my client at a movie premiere party. It was at this official event that I realized he was everything I needed, not necessarily someone I deserved.
    From the first moment my green eyes confronted his grayish-blue eyes with a firm stare, I was captured.
    In a selective instant, my freedom became a concept of past generated versions of myself.
    I remember our dark interlude well.
    Our moment was soundtracked with the beckoning of a base guitar and rhythmic snap of symbols that accompanied the silvery voice of a seductive looking singer as he sang my melodic truth. The words floated out of his mouth brilliantly capturing the lust filled want that filled every corner of my soul, making everyone in the room disappear instantly.
    No one in that second was more important than my grayish-blue eyed wanting addiction.
    It was a fix that seeped into my pulsating veins like the savory lyrics that breathed life into me. I was hooked on the whimsical fire lullaby that tailored those stolen moments into a craving that satisfied a deep desire.
All it did was make me want the beautiful stranger that much more.


~Book 1~


 


~Book 2~
 



 
~About the Author~

Grayer Vaughan is the author of “The Vaughan Chronicles” series: Magnolia Like the Flower, Burning Blossom, Starshine; The Cathedral Saga: The Receiver, and The Silent Violent Few series: The Silent Violent Few, Risen, Noir.


Beginning at 11 years old, Vaughan began training in sport Karate as her parents wanted her to be able to defend herself against bullying in school. She began studying under the late 10th Dan Master Richard Dixon, learning Japanese Goju, which is Taekwondo, Kempo, and Kungfu combined. Over the next 7 years, she earned her blackbelt degree and fought all over the United States defending her regional, and divisional titles as well her right to fight for the State of Texas for her division. She received her first state title at 11 and her first world title at 14, fighting her way up to earn her titles. She is still undefeated and is now a retired World Champion. After making the decision to retire, she continued the family tradition in joining the Armed forces once they became of age. Upon discussing an opportunity to fight in the All-Army karate team, Vaughan decided to join the Army to follow in her father’s footsteps. serving 6 years in service, Vaughan returned home to Texas where she entered college to study as an artist. In an effort to keep a promise she made to her grandfather, Daniel, to write about her extraordinary life, she penned "The Vaughan Chronicles", basing the story off her life experiences.                   


“There is always an opportunity to continue to grow mentally, spiritually, and physically. They may have tried to push me back, but they will never succeed. I can always get better. Never give up.” ~Grayer Vaughan.


According to Grayer, she never intended to become an author. “It happened by answering a “what if” question, and a promise. I was blessed enough to be with my grandfather, Daniel in his last hour here on Earth. He asked what I would do in the next ten years as he wouldn’t be around to experience it with me. I said, “I have no idea, Grampy…I guess I will sell my art- have a show or write a book? I have no idea!” He replied, “you should do it. I believe in you. Promise me you will do whatever it takes to get it out there.”


With the promise made, he passed away a few seconds later. It took 6 months for Grayer to honor that promise, and with each book produced, she continues to keep her accord intact.


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