EXODUS, book two, is the explosive conclusion in The Ravenhood Duet from best-selling author, Kate Stewart, is LIVE!
Get ready for a sinfully 𝐇𝐎𝐓, 𝐀𝐍𝐆𝐒𝐓𝐘, 𝐔𝐍𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐕𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐋, and 𝐓𝗪𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐃 love storyfilled with suspense, a little action, and 𝐀𝐋𝐋.𝐎𝐅.𝐓𝐇𝐄.𝐅𝐄𝐄𝐋𝐒!
5 can you keep a secret CROWNS
Having read this author’s work before and knowing how wonderfully versatile she is when I comes to her writing, I wasn’t at all phased by the vague blurb for this duet. On the contrary, I was hugely intrigued and couldn’t wait to read what she had in store for us. Having read Flock, I realised that the first part of the story was just the tip of the iceberg and we really knew nothing of what was to come next. Exodus has everything and to say I’m blown away is an understatement. Mind blown, more like, wrecked even, by this clever, multilayered, well thought out and brilliantly executed plot that kept me guessing from the start.
The first half of the book was sheer psychological perfection. It’s mind bending, full of twists and turns which gave me a hugely frustrating feeling of being out of control. I still couldn’t decide if Cecelia was being manipulated and managed for reasons other than pure entertainment and if she was, why and for what purpose.
The second half of the story was sheer raw emotion, that’s the only way I can describe it. I loved the intensity, the anguish and the drama. I loved Cecelia’s stubbornness, her drive, the way she grew in strength and resilience. Through all the heartache, she developed a real sense of self and made peace with what she saw as her place and purpose in the world. Even though I wished more for her, I nevertheless admired her for it.
I love how unusual and complex this whole story is. It’s unpredictable, unexpected and passionate, in more ways than one. As the tale began to unfold and secrets were revealed, I still had no idea how it all would end, if anyone would in fact get their happy ever after. They do say the best things in life don’t come easy and if there’s one thing I realised about these characters, however, is that they certainly don’t give up easily and most definitely play to win!
Can you live a lie?
It’s a ghost town, this place that haunts me, the one that made me.
It’s clear to me that I’ll never outgrow Triple Falls or outlive the time I spent here.
I can still feel them all, my boys of summer.
Even when I’d sensed the danger, I gave in.
I didn’t heed a single warning. I let my sickness, my love, both rule and ruin me. I played my part, eyes wide open, tempting fate until it delivered.
There was never going to be an escape.
All of us are to blame for what happened. All of us serving our own sentences. We were careless and reckless, thinking our youth made us indestructible, exempt from our sins, and it cost us all.
I’m done pretending I didn’t leave the largest part of me between these hills and valleys, between the sea of trees that hold my secrets.
It’s the reason I’m back. To make peace with my fate.
And if I can’t grieve enough to cure myself in my time here, I’ll remain sick. That will be my curse.
But it’s time to confess, to myself more so than any other, that I’d hindered my chances because of the way I was built, and because of the men who built me.
At this point, I just want to make peace with who I am, no matter what ending I get.
Because I can no longer live a lie.
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START THE DUET WITH FLOCK!
Can you keep a secret?I grew up sick.
Let me clarify.
I grew up believing that real love stories include a martyr or demand great sacrifice to be worthy.
Because of that, I believed it, because I made myself believe it, and I bred the most masochistic of romantic hearts, which resulted in my illness.
When I lived this story, my own twisted fairy tale, it was unbeknownst to me at the time because I was young and naïve. I gave into temptation and fed the beating beast, which grew thirstier with every slash, every strike, every blow.
Triple Falls wasn’t at all what it seemed, nor were the men that swept me under their wing. But in order to keep them, I had to be in on their secrets.
Secrets that cost us everything to keep.
That’s the novelty of fiction versus reality. You can’t re-live your own love story, because by the time you’ve realized you’re living it, it’s over. At least that was the case for me and the men I trusted my foolish heart to.
Looking back, I’m convinced I willed my story into existence due to my illness.
And all were punished.
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About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kate’s title, Drive, was named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodreads Choice awards for best contemporary romance of 2017. Her works have been featured in USA TODAY, BuzzFeed, and translated in five languages.
Kate is a lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.
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