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Blog Tour, My Review, & Giveaway for Dark Universe By Devon Herrera


Title: Dark Universe (The Universe Series #2)
Author : Devon Herrera
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 28, 2013
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What do you do when your whole life is played out as atonement for someone else’s mistakes?   
Lola has spent her life in the shadow of her older brother, until one day he does the unforgiveable and is disowned from the family. Now her parents are putting pressure on her to get married, have children, and live the perfect life. If she can do all this, maybe it will wash away the guilt they harbor for her brother’s mistakes. She’s completely set against it, and refuses to ever fall in love. Until Drake Thomas knocks on her door. 
What do you do when the one person you trust the least is yourself? 
Ever since Drake was a boy he’s been alone. That was the way he wanted it. His father was abusive and he learned at a very young age that he has the same anger living inside of him. Terrified that he’ll one day become the man who ruined his life, he stays away from relationships of any kind. 
Will they be able to move past their misconceptions about themselves and each other, or will they learn that not only can they love, but together they are stronger? Only the Universe knows.
My hackles rise and I look him dead in the eyes and plant a finger in his chest. “What exactly do you want with her, Connor? Because these questions, they come with some heavy answers. Nina isn’t going to be easy or normal and it’s going to be rocky, so if she is just a challenge or some passing fling in a small town you’re visiting, you better just cut your losses now. I had no control over her being hurt the first time, and failed at protecting her the second, so I will not allow there to be a third. You get me?” I stab my finger deeper into his chest and glare up into his baby blues, putting every ounce of threat I can muster into my words. “You don’t need to worry about that. I’m more likely to get hurt than she is at this point.” His words completely shock me. Guys don’t ever admit to things like that. “Now, I hate to be rude, but Nina is going to be out of the shower any minute now and I have some things to say to her when she does. If you’re here when she gets out, she’ll use you as an excuse to get out of facing whatever progress I made with her last night.” I smile wide at him and pat him on the shoulder. “It’s about time that girl had someone to care about again.” I walk towards the door and turn around before exiting, to hammer the point home. “Connor, I like you, but if you hurt her, I will not hesitate to nail your balls to my fence post and leave you for the birds, understood?” Connor’s hand instinctively goes to protect the object in question and swallows. “Like I said, unnecessary, but yea… I hear you. You know, you’re sort of scary.” I look up at the hulking man who outweighs me by at least seventy pounds and has a good eight inches on me and smile.

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Book One - Sapphire Universe

Rule #1 Do not ignore the signs. 
Rule #2 Pay attention.
Rule #3 The less they know about you, the harder it is for them to hurt you.
Rule #4 Comfort is dangerous. It can be taken away.
Rule #5 Need is a handicap. It can cripple you.
Rule #6 He isn’t what he seems. Don’t trust him.

Simple rules made for a simple purpose. Nina Ryan learned early on in life that if you want to avoid being hurt, you need to be proactive. If you pay attention the Universe will always steer you in the right direction. It will help keep you safe. So, she follows the rules, and she is safe. 

Until Connor Wright barges his way through all her carefully laid defenses and threatens to destroy the comfortable life she has created. Faithfully following her #1 rule, Nina tries to accept that the Universe has pushed Connor and her lives together for a purpose. Determined to make Nina his, Connor chips away at the walls Nina has placed around her heart and her secrets. 

Is Nina following the signs that will lead her down the right path, or does Connor hold secrets of his own that will ruin Nina for good? 

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My 5 Star Review 
This story can be read as a stand alone, But like I always try to suggest to get the full meaning behind all the characters I would suggest reading book #1 first. This is where we first meet Lola & Drake.

We meet Drake in the  first book as he is interested in Lola who is Nina's Bff and I was excited when I found out they were getting their own book. They deserved to have their story told.

Of course I knew I was going to love Lola, She is very outspoken and holds nothing back when she needs to. She has worked hard for everything she has. She is independent, loving, caring. She has the ability to love and wants to love Drake.

Drake, he is a hard working cowboy. Who works on Lola's Parents Property helping out with the horse's. Drake grew up in an abusive home and he knows deep down that he is just like his father. So he stays away from relationships and love.

I love how Devon brought these two together and built their love on friendship first. Watching Lola show Drake that he was worthy of being loved and it was ok to love someone was great.

Lola and Drake made me laugh as well. They were so fun, the banter between them was funny.

I even loved Lola's mom. As much as her parents where trying to push her to get married, have children, etc her mom stole my heart with her understanding with the whole situation.

And some of my favorite quotes:

“Fucking her wrecked me. Making love to her might just renew me.” 

“It’s so clear to me right now. That knot in my chest has always been love. I adore her. I would die for her. I would kill for her.” 

“Do you want me to kiss you, Lola?” he whispers.  Words are beyond me at this point, so I just nod.  “You’ve got to do better than that.  You have to give me what I want to get what you want.” ” 

“I know you’re tough, Lola. I can still hurt you, trust me.  I don’t want to, but that’s exactly what will happen if we take this anywhere.” 

“Calm, cool, sexually confident Lo has officially left the building, and drooling, incoherent and sexually deprived Lola has taken her place. ” 
I look forward to what Devon gives us next 

About the Author
319549_209551592514067_1315046232_n I am a wife of a U.S Army Soldier and mother of a beautiful little girl. I work for the Wyoming Department of Revenue in Cheyenne Wyoming, and no we don't still ride horses out here. I've been in love with reading since I first discovered the Harry Potter series in 4th grade. I don't just read a good book I devour it. After reading hundreds of novels I finally bit the bullet and sat down to write one of my own. I had an idea in my head and as soon as I started writing, the story seemed to play out right infront of me. Nothing has ever felt so natural. About 10 chapters into it I decided that I was going to take the plunge and get it self published as an Ebook. "Sapphire Universe" is a Contemporary Romance novel for adults, because lets face it, I'm female. Romance is what I like to read so it's what I'm going to write. Thank you so much for your support, and I can't wait for you to read The Universe Series.

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