Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Release Blitz/Review: Four Crows by Lily White





“You’ll have to forgive me, Darlin’, for all the unforgivable things I’m about to do…”

Loyalty is never easy – especially when you’re forced to choose between family and the man you would do anything to possess…

Born into a world that no child should endure, Magpie “Maggie” Crow is doted on by her loving father and over protective brothers. As much as she loves them, she fears them, especially when she learns secrets they've kept hidden.

Elliot McLaughlin joined the U.S. Marine Corps right out of high school to provide for his wife and son. He’d never intended to become a father so young, but was willing to do what it took to give his family everything they needed.

After Elliot’s family goes missing, he returns from war to an empty home. Obsessed with discovering who took his family, he investigates their disappearance and plots his revenge.

Passion brings Maggie and Elliot together. Obsession pushes them apart. As a bitter battle begins between Elliot and the Crows, Maggie’s heart hangs in the balance.

**Disclaimer: This book is intended for audiences 18 years of age or older. The subject matter of this book discusses sensitive topics that may be a trigger for some readers.**


 4/5 Stars

WOW!  I am going to start off by saying that Four Crows chilled me to the core.  I honestly had trouble getting through this book.  Not for the writing, but what this book was about.  As a mother, I am sure anyone would understand.  Having a child pretty much the same age as Elliot's son, this story ripped me right open to everything this poor man was feeling and going through.  I was right there with him.  Had I been Elliot, I would have wanted to do everything he wanted to do.  I would be a shell of a person as he was.  This book was so powerful to have evoked so many emotions from me. There were many moments that I had to put this book down and walk away for a minute. 

Elliot was a marine who went to war to be able to provide for his family.  His family was the most important thing in his life.  They had true, pure love.  He was away when he wife and son disappeared.  Elliot never stopped hunting, never stooping looking, and never stopped wanting to exact revenge on the monsters that destroyed his family.  Fourteen years later, Elliot was no longer the man he used to be.  Even though he was a shell of a man living in pain and agony, he never stopped.  All his research and clues led him to the Crow's farm.  There he met Maggie and the monsters in this story. And there, he will finally get the answers he has looked for so long.  I loved Elliot so much.  I wanted to reach in this book and hug this man so many times.  Elliot was an honest and amazing man.  Honorable.  And he has suffered so much.  Living in pain and guilt left him in a dark, dark place. He was living in pure agony.  Elliot blamed himself for what happened, because he wasn't home to protect his family.  I was really able to connect with this man.  No that has never happened to me, but as a mother, I would have been doing everything this man was doing.  And what happened would have literally destroyed me too.

Maggie, Jonah Crow's daughter, has lived with what her family has done her whole life.  She lived in a pretty scary house with a pretty scary family.  Jonah was a despicable monster, but he loved Maggie so much.  Always protected her from the monsters including her brothers.  And Maggie knew who the true monsters were.  Her brothers and father watched her like a hawk.  Maggie knew too much and was taught to lie.  She had no friends, and never had a boyfriend.  After meeting Elliot, she wanted that love so bad.  She wanted to experience all those feelings that she has never experienced before.  I am still processing how I actually feel about Maggie.  When she was little, everything she didn't say then was understandable.  But being an adult now, and turning her head at what her family was actually doing was horrible.  Disgusting.  She could have saved so many women and kids if she would have done something.  But she never did anything, and I hated her for it.  That is how twisted this book is.  I liked her and hated her at the same time. 

I hated the Crows.  Jonah, Finn and Brody were true monsters.  Despicable human beings.  Her brother Finn scared me the post.  He was pure evil.  How Brody and Finn treated their own sister was disgusting.  Jonah was a sick man.  He was dying and everyone knew it.  I didn't like this man at all, but I understood the love he had for his daughter.  I was really hoping that this family got what was coming for them and they did.  Thank gosh!

Elliot ended up getting some answers as to what happened to his wife and son.  And those revelations, completely broke me.  Especially at what he found out happened to his son, Michael.  I cried so much during this part of the book.  I would want to know what happened as well, but I don't know if I would have wanted to know what he found out.  How his wife and son spent their last moments.

I am not happy with the ending at all.  Yes, Maggie was very young with what went down with Elliot's family.  But, she was an adult now.  She knew what her awful family was doing.  And yet she did nothing.  She was complicit to what was going on.  So no, I don't think she should have got the ending she did and who she ended up with.  That just felt completely wrong to me.

Four Crows is a very dark and twisted story.  This book took me on a complete roller coaster ride with so many twists and turns. This book had it all.  Pain, agony, revenge, action and love.  This book left me completely shell-shocked on numerous occasions.  Left me a breathless, bawling mess.  Lily White did a fantastic job with this book.  It had to be so hard to get in the mind of those sick individuals.  But, she pulled it off.   










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Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.





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