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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blog Tour/Review - The Righteous & the Wicked by April Emerson (#giveaway)

Available April 10th from The Writer's Coffee Shop

The winning entrant from the TWCS Library Making of a Masterpiece Competition

The Summary

Small moments can seem insignificant until they change the course of a life forever. The sound of a bulldozer. A chance meeting at a gas station. A gust of wind through a chime. Benign events become something more when viewed through the lens of fate.

Emma Santori is a prisoner of tragic memories. Locked in a spiral of depression, she leads a desolate and empty life, trapped in her decrepit home. Rooted in routine, she’s numb and vacant. As a lonely Catholic school teacher, her only joy comes from her young students. One Saturday morning, her isolation is infiltrated by a mysterious architect building a home beside hers.

That man is Eric Wilder and he’s keeping a secret that’s destroying his life. Filled with guilt and self-loathing, he’s forced to move often. He chooses the small northeastern town of Pine Lake as his latest refuge, and hopes to make a successful attempt at starting his life over. As always, he’s unable to make that happen.

That all changes when he meets Emma.

She finds herself drawn to Eric when she accidentally bumps into him, but Eric’s unfazed by their first meeting. When a gust of wind brings these two people together once again, Emma discovers Eric’s secret. She’s forced to battle between her Catholic faith and her desire for this stranger.

Their attraction is intense and they soon discover they’re each lonely and longing for what the other has to offer. As their friendship blossoms, Emma realizes her passion and lust for Eric are the remedy to her depression. Eric discovers his feelings for Emma are the only antidote to his secret burden. 

They begin an erotic journey, which leads these beautifully broken people to discover that love can be both righteous and wicked.


Book – The Righteous and the Wicked
Author – April Emerson
Publication Date – April 10, 2014
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Romance
Rating – 3 1/2 out of 5 Stars

Book provided by Author (Blog Tour) in exchange for an honest review.

I will start out this review by stating that I was drawn in by the synopsis of the story and after reading, it didn’t disappoint!  This was different – much different than books I have read prior.  I loved the premise of Eric having a sexual addiction along with Emma being a closet voyeur.

Their so-called romance was cute in a sense – especially with their bickering regarding the wind chimes and construction – what I liked the best about this is how Emma eased Eric’s addiction while Eric woke up Emma’s sexuality. They grew together and gave each other the strength to battle their own demons – physically and emotionally.

This story does end up getting very intense with a bunch of drama added in – constantly trying to pull Eric and Emma apart.  They must continue to fight in order to have the light in their dark, lonely lives.

Overall, this was a good read and a breath of fresh air (something new).  The writing was hard to get used to at first but I understood why it was written in the format it was – this gives us an insight into each characters feelings and emotions.  

Introducing April Emerson

April Emerson grew up in rural upstate New York, and moved to New York City after graduating from college with a degree in Literature. As a nature lover, living in the city was a culture shock, but she soon began to enjoy being surrounded by so much energy. Submerged in perpetual crowds, April developed a fondness for people-watching, which inspired her to start writing. Drawn to both the light and dark of humanity, she strives to tell sexy and romantic stories with exquisitely complex characters. When she isn’t writing, she loves listening to music or reading a good book, with a glass of wine.

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