To what lengths would you go to break away from a life filled with pain and suffering?
Tori Farrell has lived a dangerous life. When you grow up with a Motorcycle Gang of Mercenaries and Drug Lords like the Dragons, a normal life is more like a fairytale. For years, she accepted her dark reality, a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. In the end, she learned the most valuable lesson: survival.
After years of being ruled by the Dragons, Tori uses her skills of seduction and assassination to free herself from the grasp of the people who vowed they would never let her go. Taken in by the FBI, she fears not everything is what it seems, and soon finds herself lost in a web of lies and deceit. She thought getting away from the Dragons would put her on a path to a new and better life, but now she must face the cold hard truth” there is always a price to be paid.
I will state right away that this book/series will not be everyone’s cup of tea. It is dark. It is violent. It is disturbing. It will haunt you. And it is amazing.
I have had this series on my TBR for months, and have gotten to know the author through her Facebook page, events and street team. I have read her latest, Summer Angel, and was definitely impressed with it. I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but I have been wanting to sink my teeth into this series after reading teasers and comments for months. I signed up to host a spot on her blog tour next month so finally had an excuse to move binging on the whole series to the top of my list.
Tori Farrell has no idea who she really is, and has very good reasons for not trusting anyone. This first book in the series finds her barely alive in a house full of murdered bikers. She wakes in a hospital with three unknown men, who we soon find out are FBI agents who want to pick her brain for information. The story that slowly unfolds is unbelievably brutal but is told in a very powerful way and somehow shows Tori’s incredible strength as anything but the broken victim you would expect someone who had gone through a tiny percentage of what she has to be. No matter what she has done, you want to find a way to give her the childhood she missed, even though in her almost serene realism about her situation she accepts that this simply is not possible. Few literary characters I have ever befriended are so deserving of a happily ever after, and I am certainly on board for the next six books in the series to find out if she can achieve a semblance of one.
Amongst many other thoughts and feelings on this book, I want to mention that it is extremely well written and edited. I don’t give 5 star reviews lightly, but I feel this has earned them no matter how difficult emotionally it may be to read. As hard as it is to wrap my head around such an ugly story coming from such a sweet and beautiful woman I am getting to know, I may be most amazed at the light and hope she manages to weave into such a horrific tale. In some ways I am glad to have waited so long to jump into this, because I don’t have to wait months or years to see what comes next – book two in the series is queued up to start now. I foresee my reviews for the rest of the series coming very quickly as I just have to know what comes next for Tori.
Definitely for mature audiences only. Explicit violence, abuse and sexual situations.
Raised by bikers and held by the FBI, Tori Farrell has literally walked over dead men to get to where she is today.
When she broke the ties to her dark and twisted life with the Dragons, she thought it would give her a fresh start and a chance to live a normal life. However, she soon discovered the demons from her past have no desire to let her go.
Bound to a halfway house under orders of the FBI, Tori takes things day by day, working to move forward and to face her own addictions. With her true identity a mystery and no family to turn to, she must learn to accept the love and support of those around her. When a mysterious and charismatic man walks into Tori’s life, she believes she’s finally found someone who wants her for who she is. But sometimes danger doesn’t hide cloaked in darkness” It comes out into the light of day in the form of a smooth talking bad boy who appears to be everything you’ve been looking for, but is really the one thing you should be running from.”
Book Two of Tori’s tale is a little easier to read, but only a little. Right away I will note that this is for ages 18+ for explicit violence and sexual situations. If you haven’t read Captive, you really need to start at the beginning and work through this series one book at a time.
Tori has landed in LA for at least six months as the story begins. She is set up with a job at a music store. Her new boss, Terry, quickly becomes my favorite character in the series. Okay, so before I started reading the series the author mentioned my husband was a Terry in a conversation on Facebook, but that really doesn’t factor in to my like of the character…he is just super cool and an all around good guy who is exactly what Tori needs in her life whether she is able to realize that yet or not.
Tori’s struggle to overcome her past is not always easy to read, but it is fascinating and will keep you reading. I am sure anyone reading this review has already read the first book and knows her story is not pretty, but captivating in its horror. You can not help but root for this young lady to somehow overcome the adversity that is all she has known in life to this point.
Again, the execution is flawless. Samantha Jacobey has a true talent. I would guess that it would be extremely difficult for an author to pen a tale so dark, but she does in marvelously and manages to infuse hope into even the most brutal of scenes.
This is not a series for everyone, but if you can handle the violence and darkness I could not recommend it more highly. It is hard to say much without dipping into spoiler territory but there are some shockers revealed in unexpected places in this story. I have already loaded book three because of the expected cliffhanger – I went into this knowing it was a series of 7 books so that does not bother me in the slightest. I am definitely all in for this ride, over all the bumps in the road, because I can’t help but root for our dark angel and can’t imagine how Ms Jacobey is going to make it work but feel I HAVE to know the rest of the story.
I will also add a note encouraging all fans to check out the authors fan page and group on Facebook – she is a jem who is very friendly and involved with her fans. It definitely adds to the reading experience.
There is nothing crueler than getting a taste of something you’ve fought hard to reach, only to have it ripped away, sending your world into a tailspin
Tori wants to put the past behind her, but it’s a daunting task when you have the FBI trying to force you back into the life you’ve escaped. When a ghost from her past visits, it could be the leverage they need to do exactly that – put her back into the game of murder and deceit. Tori has decided to run, in an attempt to protect her new friends, by fleeing from LA.
Wanting a place to call home and feel safe from the madness, she sets out with a plan to disappear and hide in anonymity. Her idea only holds one flaw – a man she can’t shake, who won’t take ‘No’ for an answer.
She soon discovers that getting a new life means she must first lay to rest the demons of her past.
As the third book in the series about Tori Farrell, you might think the tale could be becoming tedious. Well, if you hadn’t read the first two books and seen just how much there is to tell. Tori has had the most difficult childhood imaginable, to say the least, but apparently the author thought by this point readers would need a change of pace. I have to say this was a very good call on her part.
As book two ended, Tori was running from LA, terrified for those she had come to care about that her past had caught up with her. In a way, it had, but not in quite the way she had assumed. As we start the third book in the series we meet Michael Anderson, brother of the only person who had ever shown affection and concern for Tori.
Much of this book is told from Michael’s POV, and though he let’s us know he had not been impressed with Tori in his previous meeting with her, he took the request of his brother to look after her very seriously.
I will say that this is still for an 18 and over audience for violence and explicit sexual content, but for readers of the first two books in the series I will say it is greatly toned down in this volume. It is a refreshing break for Tori to find herself through much of the book. Perhaps my favorite in the series so far (although no reappearance of Terry, my favorite character so far) and definitely an easier read all around.
When seduction and danger are all you’ve ever known can you ever truly leave it behind?
When Tori walked away from a life of crime, she set forth on a path of redemption and discovery. She found a man to call her own, and a life she would give anything to keep. But love and life aren’t always beautiful or kind…sometimes they are painful and traitorous.
For years, Tori’s drug of choice was alcohol, but through hard work and self-determination she has learned to exist without it. Suddenly faced with her true identity, and the danger of having friends and family destroyed by the world she left behind, she finds herself once again lost in a dark world filled with sex, drugs and murder.
She thought that a life of normalcy is what she wanted most, but when she gets a small taste of the dangerous life she once lived, she is forced to face the facts…not all of the demons are found on the outside.
Book Four in the series and it continues to be engrossing, in fact I read this one in just a couple of hours as I find myself so caught up in Tori’s tale.
I appreciate more fully the nicer side I mentioned in my review of book three, as book four brings about events that force Tori to revisit her ugly past. I have repeatedly stated that this series is for mature, over 18 audiences only for the explicit violence and sexual situations, and that is extremely true in this volume as well.
I do not include spoilers in my reviews, which becomes more difficult the deeper I get into the series. I would generally assume that anyone reading a review of book four in a series was already familiar with the first three, but I still would like to protect the entire series as much as possible. This volume brings several plot twists, including huge reveals on two major subplots that have left me very curious from book one. I mentioned this one brought more difficult situations than book three, but still not as intense as in the first two. This certainly brings new sides of Tori’s struggles, strengths and weaknesses to light. It will be very interesting to jump into book five (as soon as I finish this review) to see how she brings the conflicting emotions together, and if there will be retribution for ends left untied. Though I have given five stars to every book in the series so far, I will admit that it took me a while to really hit my stride with it. I am definitely fully in now, and don’t see much slowdown until I have finished the last word of book seven.
I was provided with a copy of this book for review.
What do you do if you discover the life you’re living isn’t the one you were meant to have?
Tori Farrell’s path has been a long one. She was raised by a Motorcycle Gang called the Dragons, trained as an assassin, and lived by the sword in a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. She made her escape, and even successfully thwarted a second attempt to draw her back in.
Returning to her safe new life, Tori faces unforeseen challenges, as the discovery of her Rock Star relation, Brian Madson, gives way to the desire to have the life she was born to live. Haunted by fear, and caught in a fierce battle between her husband and brother, she must learn to accept her dark past and face her future boldly. The FBI and The Organization still linger in the shadows, and time is creeping forward, pushing her to choose. Which path will she take, and where will it lead, when she is forced to decide between destiny and fate…
By book five, many series are getting a bit dull, repetitive or generally burning readers out, but Samantha Jacobey’s has managed to avoid all of that in this series that is all over the board, and anything but dull. Though it remains for mature audiences only, with explicit sexual situations and violence, they do seem to be a bit tamer than their earlier counterparts in a way that shows growth on Tori’s part, as she continues to struggle with finding out who she really is.
As a huge music lover, I am thrilled with many of the twists and turns this book takes in regards to her personal blossoming musical skills and the involvement of a band we first met in book two. Again, it is difficult to say too much without getting into spoiler territory, but the personal tug-of-war she finds herself in in this installment is more emotional and evocative than in previous books – another testament to the growth that has snuck up on her.
The last chapter has me on edge in regards to another major storyline that has been woven through the series without many answers, but continues to intrigue me even as I become more invested as a reader with Tori’s ability to truly gain a new life being threatened by a source that should be the one she can trust.
I simply cannot put this series down and am relieved that I already have the final two books already waiting for me as I would not want to have to wait for the next book to be published! I do read series books fairly often, and am usually patient waiting for the next release but don’t think I would be as patient with the thrills, chills and cliffhangers of this one. The author’s marketing of “Splurge on a Completed Series” is spot on with this one!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
When past and present collide, how do you escape your fate?
Tori Farrell is finally on the path that leads to a bright future. Raised to be an assassin, she lived in a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. Gaining her freedom, and discovering her true identity, she has reconciled the life was born to have with the one she fought so hard to flee. Managing to hold on to her soul mate, she is pushing forward, refusing to allow the fear to hold her back any longer.
Taking her place in her brother’s band, Tori faces new challenges. Learning to live the life of a rock star seems easy enough, and she quickly gets a handle on what she holds most dear. Soon enough, the tables are turned, with the realization that the FBI has merely taken to the shadows, waiting for the other shoe to drop. Only when her former lover forces his way back into her life does it become clear; some things are simply meant to be…
The sixth book in Samantha Jacobey’s New Life series certainly does not disappoint. Wow! I truly have no idea where to even begin on this review. Being this far into the series makes it very hard to review without spoilers.
As Tori tries to balance and juggle all the conflicting factors of her new life, as well as reconcile things she still struggles with in her old, she never really gets a break, a chance to explore “normal”, which makes this a non stop action packed volume. One of the storylines that has perhaps intrigued me most from the very beginning really heats up in this one, as the lines between good guys and bad guys blur more than ever before. I’m also pretty sure I have figured out a very, hmmm, interesting, twist to the tale well before Tori has, that will have a huge impact on her any way it plays out from her. In the midst of all the other stresses brought on, the timing could not be worse, or perhaps better for the high drama this series has been no stranger to at any point.
It is very nice to see some old faces from book two, not so nice to see reappearance by other characters, and a few the jury is still out on. One new character, Mason Hunt, has this reader particularly intrigued.
As always, this book/series are for a mature, over 18 audience only, for explicit sexual situations and violence. Also, as always, this volume is very well written and edited, and though I have a bit of disappointment knowing there is only one more book left, I can’t wait to finish this review and get started on it.
I did receive a complimentary copy for review.
To what lengths would you go to protect the people you care about most?
Tori Farrell has lived an incredible life. Raised by a Motorcycle Gang, trained to be an assassin, and a target of the FBI, having a normal life became an obsession. Taking her place in her brother’s band, she refused to let her dark and dangerous past force her to remain in hiding. The only problem with that was, some knew who she was in her former life.
The halfway house burned to the ground and her friends in imminent danger, it is time for Tori to take a stand. Surrounding herself with the strongest and darkest men that she can trust, she sets out on the greatest adventure of her life: to bring The Organization to their knees. Will they make it through the maze of lies and deceit? Will the FBI turn out to be friend or foe? And most importantly, will they all survive, as Tori makes her push to be avenged…
The final book of a seven book series, and what a long, strange ride it has been. I really had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up the first book in the series in January, but this has been a very intense, interesting, twisting and turning, jaw dropping journey from book one through the last page of book seven.
The title is Avenged, it is the end of the series – you simply know that s&%t is going to get real for this final installment, and it certainly does. Tori and her ragtag group are going to settle things once and for all and it is quite an all out melee.
The FBI – we finally get to see exactly who is playing on what team, and under whose direction. This has been the most compelling underlying storyline for me probably from book one. Seeing how this one falls into line is what I have been waiting for.
Tori’s Men – who is going to make it out alive becomes the most important question, at the crux of things more than who means the most to her. Everyone knows the risks..will it be worth it in the end?
The **bleeping** Organization – finally have all of the missing pieces come together on this mysterious bunch? Can Tori possibly take on something this big?
Tori’s big surprise – I had figured it out in the last book, but how long is it going to take her to see, and what will it mean for this story? How much will this interfere with what she needs to get done?
As always, well crafted, action packed, well written and edited, it is all perhaps most important in this final book that it all comes together, flows, and brings closure. Ms. Jacobey gets excellent marks on all of the above.
Again, for mature audiences only. for explicit violence and sexual situations. I did receive a complimentary copy of this book for review.
Samantha Jacobey is a middle aged woman who earned a BS in Business Management and has worked in half a dozen fields. With a relentless zest for life, she enjoys action and adventure, as well as all the love and romance it has to offer. Creating stories in her mind for many years, she has put some of them into print for the world to share, and hopes you will enjoy reading them as much as she did creating them. What drives her most is the love of a good story and is confident you will enjoy her latest creation.