Monday, September 26, 2016

Blog Tour ~ Stone by Hilary Storm & Kathy Coopmans


Title: Stone
Series: The Elite Forces #3
Authors: Hilary Storm & Kathy Coopmans
Genre: Contemporary Romance


What happens to a person when they're literally brought to their knees?
Captain Beau Harris' entire world came crumbling down. His own guilt consumed him to the point he was confined to the tortures of his own mind and faced with the reality of his own fate.
Until her. The one woman he should run from. The one woman who could bring light and warmth into his dark, cold world even though he's content with the reality he's destined to suffer.
She should be forbidden, yet she’s not.
Temptation has no boundaries. It teases you until you have nowhere to hide, nowhere to run, except straight into the arms of the one person who could claim your soul.
You think you know what’s about to hit you. You have no idea.
STONE - book three in The Elite Forces Series is going to bring you to your knees.

“You going to stand there all day or get this shit done and over with, bitch?”  He stands with his arms spread open as if he’s waiting for me to drive the first punch.  That’s exactly what I do.  I nail him with a right hook that lands on the side of his temple. He staggers, but before I have time to swing again, he plows into me with a kick to my stomach, followed by a punch that leads to a crunching noise from my nose.  Blood spurts down my face, and pain ricochets from one side of my head to the other.  His arms go up like he’s challenging me to come at him again.

“Come on, Harris, you need this. I can take it, you pussy.  Let’s go.”  And I explode with that phrase.  I grab him by the back of the neck, rolling us to the floor. Fists start flying fast and furious as if we’re fighting for our lives.  An explosive punch to his ribs sets him off exactly how I want him.  He attacks with the force I need.  Brutal punches to my face bring pain to the surface before a sweep of my leg has me dropping back down to the floor.  I welcome the pain.  I need the pain.  It eggs me on and revitalizes me in a way I crave.
My next move is both spontaneous and unpredictable even to myself.  I move swiftly and smoothly, snapping up off the floor.  A swift kick to his jaw before I tumble backwards leaves him stunned and holding his face.
This is a fight with no rules, no winner, where neither one of us is looking to be the undisclosed master.  It’s a language all of its own.  This is a lesson I need and one he’s been dying to give.  Only, I don’t plan to make it easy on him.
I know I’m hiding behind a mask of despair, and knowing this is when I let my guard down, when I decide to surrender and allow the man who has been doing his job as a friend to try and bring me back to the man I once was.  I allow him to get one last destructive punch in.  This is the one I need the most.  The one that clearly knocks me on my goddamn ass until I’m lying there breathing heavily.
My mind starts to tell me it’s time to move on.  My chest explodes inside, and I finally feel the shards of reality that are heating up the blood pumping through my veins.  It’s time to realize she isn’t coming back to me.  It’s time for me to take the lesson of life that has pulled me under this rough, intense current of self-destruction.  It’s his punch to the side of my head that fucking makes me feel I’m alive.  Here’s the best part though, I don’t care if I’m alive.  I care about nothing.  This isn’t living, and yet it’s all I’ve got.

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Stone is book 3 in the Elite Forces series. I highly recommend reading this series from the beginning and in order. Each could be read as a standalone but there's so much character development you would miss out on, just grab them all an start at the beginning!!

I had been waiting for Captain Beau Harris' aka Stone's story. 
I had no clue how devastating it would be.
This man has lost everything.
Everything that meant anything to him, that gave him reason to live. 
It's all gone.
Six months later he's still grieving when Emmy walks into his life.
She's Kaleb's sister and has given Beau no reason to hate her other than the fact that he hates everything at the moment.
He knows he shouldn't treat her badly but can't help himself. He's broken and makes no apologies until Emmy.
Now he finds himself having to apologize for every other thing he says to her.
But Emmy's got patience. She knows he's in hell and gives him the benefit of the doubt.
She tolerates his crap and against his wishes is there by his side whenever he needs someone.
Emmy's got a mind of her own regardless of what her brother may think. She knows what she's doing with Beau and understands that he's got nothing left to give, or at least he believes it. Emmy befriends him and lifts that dark curtain that he's been hiding behind, showing him that it's okay to live.
Just when Beau and Emmy seem to be making progress he comes face to face with the man who took his soul.
When he's done fighting his demons will there be anything left of the man Emmy knows?

Ughh I wanted to cry for Beau, the twist to his story I never saw coming is heart wrenching. The way he deals with it is as well. Emmy, poor girl, it's a good think she's patient because I think she's got a long road ahead of her with him. Hopefully there are plenty of updates on him throughout the rest of this series, I'm not sure if he's going to be the survivor I'm left hoping he is.

This story isn't really a HEA, it's a I'm trying to survive one day at a time kind of thing. There's no real resolution between hero and heroine and that's what makes this book different and frustrating at the same time. I've gotten too accustomed to either they lived happily ever after or they split an moved on, this is neither and it literally is driving me crazy that this is the end!
Loved this series from book one, I've been a fan of both authors and was thrilled when they announced they would be co-authoring a series. I look forward to seeing what comes next in this series.
4.5 stars

About the Author

Hilary Storm

Hilary Storm lives with her high school sweetheart and three children in Oklahoma. She drives her husband crazy talking about book characters everyday like they are real people. She graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with an MBA in Accounting and has a full time job as an accountant. Her passions include being a mom, writing, reading, photography, music, mocha coffee, and spending time with friends and family. She is the author of the International Best Selling 'Rebel Walking' Series, Bryant Brothers Series, Inked Brothers Series, Six and co-author of The Elite Forces Series! Sign up for her newsletter here:

Kathy Coopmans

USA Today Best Selling Author Kathy Coopmans is a Michigan native where she lives with her husband, Tony. They have two son's Aaron and Shane.
She is a sports nut. Her favorite sports include NASCAR, Baseball, and Football.
She has recently retired from her day job to become a full-time writer.
She has always been an avid reader and at the young age of 50 decided she wanted to write. She claims she can do several things at once and still stay on task. Her favorite quote is "I got this."

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