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lunes, 26 de mayo de 2014

How to fall in love with THE TOKEN in six steps + giveaway

How to fall in love with THE TOKEN in 6 steps

1 Meet a girl who's slowly descending into depravity

2 Feel your heart rip open for her sadness

3 Fall under the spell of dark men

4 Relish the carnal poetry of the writing

5 Don't let the darkness shy you away from its terrible beauty

6 When you get to episode 3, you will need, NEED,
to have the rest ready to pluck.

This is what I've read so far...


On the first page Faren is hopeless. On the second page, I started to see into her soul. So much sadness there, and strength that ploughs relentlessly towards her goal through all kinds of tragedy. She has secrets and pains that force her to take decisions against her will. It was harrowing to see how she sells her dignity and freedom bit by bit, but also beautifully human because of the author's heartfelt, sensitive writing. Through Marata Ero's poetic and deeply sad words, I was soaked in the story of a doomed girl who has no escape and no future. When Faren and Jared meet face to face, after a first encounter surrounded in harsh mystery, it is full of heart-beating emotion.

I understand Faren's actions. They might be flawed, reckless, but she's trapped in a tight box. The fact that one of her shackles ends up liberating her from consequences is a paradox that opens up a new self-awareness within her.

As strangers, Faren and Jared make wrong assumptions about each other, but that only fuels this melting-hot attraction that overwhelms them. It's only words, but what power words hold! I love it when I forget I'm reading and I can wholly feel myself inside the characters.

The first novella ends with a horrifying jolt. And the next one starts off with an explosive turn of events. A danger from the past comes after Faren and she has to fight back. Meanwhile, her relationship with Jared is going deeper and fiercer. (Sorry, I can't call him Mick, for some reason that name diminishes him in my eyes).

There are so many shadows over Faren. The weight of her suffering crushed me all throughout the story. It's like a palpable coat over everything. You have to be warned that this story has a dark tone with very graphic scenes of barely consensual intimacy and a constant feeling of hopelessness. It all builds up to the sacrifice and secrets balanced against the subtle, emotional, magnetic sensuality of a twisted romance.

There is some light, some sweetness and beauty, but on the dark side, the depravation Faren slowly agrees to is quite disturbing, though masterfully portrayed.

A couple of men stand out as adversaries to Faren's freedom. One of them in particular, Thorn, is quite literally a thorn in anybody's side and soul. Although he's sharply revolting, he's also a challenge to delve into. Does he have a redeeming secret?

Let's find out in episode 3.

That's where things go really bad, as black as sin, and spiral down to brutal violence, despair and impossible crossroads. There was so much anguish that it was hard to swallow. I felt so sorry for Faren. It's so unfair what she goes through, and even if part of what happens to her is due to her decisions, the horrible price she has to pay feels too much. The cliffhanger here is pure dynamite. 

Need. More. Now.

All the enticing covers of the serial

The Token Synopsis:
From New York Times& USA Today bestselling author Marata Eros~

Three volumes ***Limited time only*** A savings of$6! 

4.5 average star rating across three volumes!


The Token Series revolves around heroine Faren Mitchell and self-made billionaire hero Jared "Mick" McKenna. The two literally collide when Mick accidentally runs into Faren while riding his Harley. A mix of chemistry, tragedy, murder and unrequited love transpire in a series of six, dark installments....

TT1. Twenty-two year old Faren Mitchell hears the two words that change her abbreviated life forever. They're so final Faren decides she has nothing to lose by seizing every remaining moment of what life has to offer. Until Faren collides with a motorcycle ridden by billionaire Jared McKenna. 

Even the dark secret of her past and catharsis as a physical therapist can't save Faren from the sexual spiral that waits for her in the arms of a man who commits to no one. When circumstances force her to get a second job as an exotic dancer, Faren never imagines how close that choice will bring her to the brink of a new reality she is unequipped to handle.

TT2. Faren Mitchell keeps the secret of her second job from the one man who could see her through some of the darkest moments of her life. She doesn't want Jared "Mick" McKenna for the billions he's amassed, but for the one thing she's never given any man: her innocence. 

Mick's guilt over the injury he inflicted fuels the beginnings of something more; a sexual consumption of each other that neither were anticipating. When Faren's actions don't match her words, Mick suspicions are raised. His feelings turn to ones of protection after Faren is mugged and he can't reconcile his desire for her with the reality they now find themselves in. 

As Faren's bucket list grows, so does the danger that surrounds the choices she's made. Can she take what she needs from Mick and also secure her mother's life? Or will the truth she has weaved between the lies doom them both?

TT3. Faren collapses, narrowly escaping discovery upon hearing traumatic news delivered by Thorn. When Thorn becomes her uneasy accomplice in the deception of Mick, Faren decides she needs to come clean with the truth. Shelving her pride might be the last thing she wants to do, but as facts and actions continue to contradict one another, her hands become tied in the lies she creates to survive. 

Faren only needs one last lap dance to erase the final debt that hangs over her mother's head like a cloud of doom. But when Ronnie Bunce circles closer to Faren and threatens the last sanctuary she possesses, circumstances unravel to reveal lies that run deeper than she knew. 

Can Faren and Mick consummate their passion before her deceit is discovered? Or will the last dance be the ultimate loss?

App. page count 340 
*Volumes 1-6 available now!
*TT6 releases May 16, 2014

The Token 4Faren doesn't think her heart can break any further until Mick discovers her sullied secret in the worst way possible. 

Faren picks up the shattered remnants of her emotions and moves forward with a desperate plan to win Mick back that doesn't involve one penny of his billions. When Faren sees what remains of her life coming together with a synchronicity she can only dream of, the unexpected happens with Jay--and she must play a razor's edge of deception once again. 

Can she tie this final loose end and receive the money from that aborted last dance before the countdown of debt has expired? Will a dirty cop and the long arm of Ronnie Bunce conspire to ruin the fragile bond she's created with Mick? Or will the concessions Faren's made along the way shatter the dark joy she has been given .... Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The Token 5. Jay puts pressure on Faren for more than she's willing to give. With the discovery of a deeper secret than she can keep to herself, Faren commits to lying no more. Though the goal of her mother's debt has been absolved and she is safe from transport, Faren struggles with concerns over her long term care. 

When Mick finds out the absolute truth, the dynamic of their relationship changes to include something she never expected to have: hope. 

How long can Faren keep those at bay that wish to destroy the fragile happiness between Mick and Faren? Will blackmail be successful in ruining the one thing Faren's decided she wants even more than her own life? Amazon | Barnes & Noble

The Token 6. From the NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author, Marata Eros 

Faren is blown away about the dual revelation of her health. A different threat against her mother remains, while Mick and Faren execute caution with the excavation of the past. Neither want Thorn to suffer for something he's not responsible for.  

The lesson taught to Ronnie Bunce didn't stick and he has connections that even Mick's monetary status can't silence. When its discovered the players on the chessboard have been closing in for a checkmate against Faren and Mick, Farenuses whatever's at hand to save the one she cares about the most. 

Will the gauntlet Faren rushes through put everything she cares about to the test? Does this final danger erase the seeds of the truth she's finally come to terms with—or will the larger threat irrevocably damage her most precious treasure? Amazon 


#1: Pacing. If a reader is easily bored, TT pack a punch! Engaging plot with lots of action.

#2: Mystery. TT offers a lot of loose ends for the reader to tie up before the author closes the circle of the story.

#3: Hot sex. Smoldering sexual tension coupled with in-the-moment erotic lovemaking is sure to thrill.

#4: Alpha-alpha-alpha. Readers that dig tough men with tender hearts should dig TT.

#5: Crime fiction. The author likes to fool with throwing in cops and killers.

#6: Dark romance in a new adult setting. Coming-of-age heroine meets self-made billionaire. 
It can never work, but somehow it does...

#7: HEA. Marata Eros always has an HEA, the journey is raw, but oh so sweet when it does.

#8: TT has a less-than-perfect heroine with a small disability. She's brave and doesn't let the tragedy of her past rule her present.

#9: Multi-genre writing. Marata Eros is renown for blending genres. Fans of horror, romance, erotica and mystery will like the combination in TT serial.

#10: Speed of release. The very best thing about TT serial is a new release publishing every month since the first volume became available on Christmas Day 2013. Volume #6 releases May 16, with the follow-up spin-offs: TT7: Thorn, TT8: Kiki & TT9: Chet Sinclair to publish within half a year of TT6. No delayed gratification; read it right away~

Wow, those are great insights. And I'm so thrilled about the spin-offs!! Thank you, dear Marata. I love you! 

The author MARATA EROS. lsn't she beautiful? 

Marata Eros (a pseudonym for Tamara Rose Blodgett), is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of dark, romantic new adult novels, including A Terrible Love and its companion novel A Brutal Tenderness. Marata lives in South Dakota with her husband


I'm madly in love with this serial. I can't wait to read the rest!

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