Friday, August 2, 2013

Tension (By A Thread) by R.L. Griffin

Tension (By A Thread)

R.L. Griffin

August 1st 2013 

by Author Self Pub 

ARC for Review 

GoodReads Summary

The Stella who emerges from the rubble of the bombing in Montana is a woman full of conflict. She knows she should be grateful that she lived when others didn't, but after waking in the hospital as a celebrity, complete with a new moniker, she's bitter and distrustful, questioning everything in her life. She's unsure of her friends, her new boyfriend, and her job. In addition, a face from the past reappears and threatens to take the one good thing in her life.

Stella attempts to deal with the new scrutiny of her life with her usual sense of humor, but she's filled with a new emotion that she tries desperately to hide: HATE. Her recovery is hastened by her determination to find the man who turned her into a walking scar. She's going to kill him; she needs to kill him.

Stella isn't alone. She has her close friends and her dog, Cooper. Will their support be enough to help Stella accomplish her plan, or will this endeavor be her undoing?

This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

The Way I See It 






HAVE you SEEN the COVER?! 
#badA$$ Just like Stella!! I LOVED the continuation of By a Thread!! Stella Gah!!! AMAZING!!! George...All knowing and awesome!! I want to start off this review by saying... I have been WAITING for this book to come out seriously #WhyiCantSleepAtNight! It was so worth the wait! The only thing that has me totally bummed is...WTF?! I need book 3 like NOW... RIGHT FLIPPING NOW! 


Tension is full of passion, deception, love, heartbreak, and most importantly the power of the human soul to rebuild and to fight. Action packed from beginning to end. I was cheering for, dreading for, afraid for, and fighting right beside Stella. Get ready for an action packed roller coaster ride that’ll have you pacing while you read. 

rust, everything Stella has known has been fake. The two people she loved most betrayed her in a horrific way. (He who shall not be named) pulls the final string and Stella loses all the feelings she ever had for him. Hatred is what fuels her.
ngaging, never again will Stella allow herself to be put in such a precarious situation. Everything she does from here on out will be carefully planned, executed, and powered by hate.
aked, Stella could never hide from George. He knows her better than she knows herself. She has bared her soul before, but the fear of losing him consumes her, and she feels lost.
trength, rebuilding and fighting has come through hard work and endless pain. Each day is a reminder of what Stella must do. Her final action towards recuperating herself is one she can never return from. Will this be a price Stella is willing to pay?
ronClad, the friendship that develops between Jesse and Stella is absolutely endearing. There is nothing they would not do for each other. Their bond was formed out of their similarities.
bsession, what was once love, has turned into a dark desire. Unable to accept the mistakes he’s made, this man from Stella’s past will haunt her, even if it means hurting her.
N-eed, the way they need air, Stella and George can’t imagine life without each other. He will fight for her. She will do whatever it takes to keep him by her side. After so much pain, will a careless act be their demise?

We find out so many things, and yet I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface! I can't WAIT to get to the nitty gritty of code word; (Clementines) and his Deceit. NOOOOOO OMg What a CLIFFHANGER! Y’all know how I feel about those! I want to... 


Oh well, time to do what I do painfully well...WAIT...I’ll just be... Waiting if you haven’t read these books get on the good foot and go!

My Fav’s

#AmazeBalls! #myFavBeast! #ThisGirlKicksA$$ Love, love, love her! She has always been a bad a$$ in my mind, but in Tension she really goes full throttle. She is determined to overcome her weaknesses.  She proves to everyone she’s a fighter, without realizing it. Unfortunately, Stella has had to endure some pretty traumatic events, but through it all she has remained herself. I hope this isn’t a spoiler, but #shecutsherhair! I almost cried. I was totally with Finn and I hope it grows as fast as mine :) Well, all that aside, when Stella is faced with a decision she makes the toughest one there is, and I support it whole heartedly. #That'sMyGirl

#amazingandsexyasever! George has always been there for Stella, even when he wasn’t. Does that make sense? No? Okay. Even when they are apart, his actions are always for her. I love that while he is amazing caring and loving, he’s not perfect. George has flaws! He’s jealous, and brooding at times. Hey, that’s real. I’ve dealt with my fair share of jealous b/f’s #FACT. I love George’s family dynamic. He has a great support system, and a precious niece named Finn, that is a total little peach. I have a wish, one I don’t want to talk about cause I don’t want to jinx it... Just know... Just know.

My Fav Quotes

“He didn’t save you. He just helped. No one could save you. You saved yourself. Just like you will now.”
~Mrs. Murphy (Stella's Mom) (Kindle Loc. 414)

“All she felt was bitterness, rage and Tension.”
Stella (Kindle Loc. 1069)

“I just do. It’s a fact, you know. I know when you lie to yourself, even when you don’t know it. We’re connected and I’ll always know. We were meant to be.” He pointed at her chest and then his “You and me.”
~George (Kindle Loc. 3994)

My Rating

4.5 Red Scars, Hashtags, FBI Beauty, Atlanta Falcon, Red Wig, Christmas Tree, Fighter, Clementines, and a LOVE that was MEANT to be Filled Stars!! For Drama, Fun, Mystery, and SEXY Fiction go get Tension!! #ReleaseYourBeast

Casting & Goodies
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About The Author

R.L. Griffin R.L. resides in the Atlanta area with some cool dudes: her husband, son and two dogs.  She was born and raised in the South.  She attended Georgia Southern University and moved to Washington, D.C. to intern in the United States Senate during the impeachment trial.  Falling in love with the city, she went to law school at American University, Washington College of Law.  By A Thread is R.L.’s second book, but is the first in a series of books.

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  1. Ohmygosh! I love this review! I didn't realize this is part of a series, but it sounds amazing. And I love that 3D tattoo. Beautiful review, Ria!

  2. Hahah Ria! That was seriously an awesome, fun review! I love it! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I am definitely interested!

  3. This sounds like a good book! I haven't heard of it before bu I must say that I am intrigued. Awesome review!

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