Sunday, February 2, 2014

Blog Tour : Because of Ellison by M.S.Willis

Because of Ellison
by M.S. Willis

Release Date: January 14th, 2014

Source: Author

Tour Hosted by: Stephanie's Book Reports

eArc received for Review

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When I was nineteen years old, I lived for sex, drugs and a good party. I had it all - good looks, a fast car and a hot girlfriend. Nothing in life was more important. 

That was, until I met Ellison James….

Since the moment I first saw her she was a raging bull; tackling me in the mud and throwing out insults as fast as her tongue could form the sound. 

She was snarky 

She was rude 
And she pissed me off like no other woman could.

I lived beside her for a summer and in the three months that I walked by her side...

She opened my eyes

She changed my life
And she made me a better man

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“Why do you keep chasing after me, Hunter?”  I could tell how raw her throat must have been by the scratch in her voice.  I was thrown off by her question and it took me a minute to formulate a response.

I didn’t answer her immediately because I felt like everything, all the times we’d spent together, all the smiles we’d shared and the tears that had fallen, and all the years I wanted to share those types of moments with her in the future hinged on my response.  Why did I keep chasing after her?  To most, she was just another girl in small town who was struggling like the rest of us in an attempt to find a place where she belonged in this world.  Most of those people weren’t lucky enough to know her like I’d known her – they hadn’t talked to her, hadn’t been shown the depths that existed within her.  Much like the moon and stars that hung above us tonight, Ellison was a light that wasn’t easily contained.  She burned bright enough to break through the dense fog I’d walked in my entire life.  Because of her, I’d opened my eyes when I hadn’t even been aware they’d been closed – and for that, I’d chase her forever.

Clearing my throat, I reached up and pulled her hand from my cheek when I turned to look her in the eyes. 

Speaking quietly, I confessed, “Because you are a dream and someone once told me that if I had a dream, I should chase it.”  It was a simple explanation, but somehow I knew Ellison would understand the honest weight of what I’d said.

Her eyes blinked slowly as she studied my face and as usual, she did something unexpected.  She laughed.  The corners of my lips turned up when I tried to suppress my grin.  Her laughter sounded fragile, as if something so tiny could come along and break it apart - but it was there and my heart raced against my chest to hear it.

“That is probably the strangest thing I’ve heard you say yet.”

My Review:


Because of Ellison by M.S. Willis completely left me breathless! I am still crying!!!  This story was powerful and eye-opening! I have to be honest and say that I did not know what to expect. I discovered M.S. Willis when I read Madeleine Abducted. That book is dark, intense, raw and captivating. You have to believe me when I say that every time I hear Joseph Carmichael's name, my stomach turns upside down! We can't really compare The Estate Series and Because of Ellison. Two different worlds, yet I am left with the same feeling at the end of each of these stories ... I want more! 

Hunter is living the life ... Good looks, a hot girlfriend, money and brains. He thinks he's got it all. When endless parties, drug and sex take over his life, his parents decide that it's time that he start doing something with his life. They send him away to Florida, where he ends up living with his uncle Bill and his cousin Lily. He is stripped of everything: no phone, no computer and no car. Without any technology around to keep him busy, he starts working on renovation projects for his uncle's house. What he never expected during his stay was to be hit by a hurricane Ellison James aka Evil Princess B*tch. With Ellison James, what you see is what you get! Hunter has never met anybody like her. Her personality and attitude leave him speechless.  Now that Ellison is his new neighbour, he sees her every day. From the moment that they meet, she gets under his skin. Day after day, he gets to know Ellison and the more he gets to spend time with her, the more he realizes that he was throwing his life away. Next to Ellison he feels alive. She makes him feel things that he never knew he could feel. By her side he has learned the true meaning of love. When Ellison goes through a difficult time, it's Hunter's turn to stand by her side and help her like she helped him when he needed it the most.

What a beautiful story! From the Prologue to the Epilogue, this book will make you FEEL everything that Ellison and Hunter are feeling. They live happy, funny and emotional moments together, but most of all their journey is filled with self-discovery. Ellison and Hunter complete each other to perfection. Their chemistry is amazing! They will steal your heart and you will be thinking of them long after you finish reading their story. I loved that this book was told from a dual POV. I loved reading Hunter's POV. He is so different from all the other main male characters that I have read about. He is not scared to say that he screams like a little girl when he sees a snake .... lol!!! And, Ellison?!?! Wow! What a strong and confident young woman. She could totally be my BFF! Like I mentioned before this book is very emotional. Keep a box of tissues close by when you read this book, you are going to need it!

This book was PHENOMENAL! I can't remember the last time that I read a standalone that left me in such an emotional mess! There is so much to learn from this book. Add it to your TBR list, you won't be disappointed!

My Rating:

I give, Because of Ellison, by M.S. Willis 5 emotional, romantic, funny, outstanding stars! I really hope that M.S. Willis will write other books just like this one. It was a real reading escape!

Favorite Quote:
''Our lives are like books, Hunter. Each days is a new page-each year, a new chapter. Just like books, our lives end; but our stories ... those are never forgotten. We live on in hearts and thoughts of those who love us.''

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About the Author

M.S. Willis is a romance novelist whose debut novel, Control, was released in 2013.  Although currently writing in the romance genre, Willis has plans to expand her literary pursuits into multiple genres and has no fear conquering difficult subject matters in her writing.  Willis is a native Floridian who is also a photographer and musician.  When not absorbing herself in written, visual or musical expression, Willis is an adrenaline junkie, a ‘closet’ video game enthusiast, and an avid outdoors person and nature lover.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, it's great when an author can write two completely different tones/genres and blow you away with both. This sounds really good! Great review, Mikki!


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