Friday, April 24, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Sail by M Mabie

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Book Two in The Wake Series
by M. Mabie
Blog Tour 13th – 25th April
This isn’t just a two-year long one-night stand. It’s my life.
This is my life. Our life. It isn’t just some careless affair.
I’ve made the worst decisions a woman could, but I’ll earn my second chance.
She can try keeping all the guilt for herself, but I’m just as much to blame.
Loving Casey wasn’t my biggest mistake. Fighting it for so long was.
I’ll show her how fearless our love makes me. I’ll protect her torn heart.
He still has magic in his eyes. He’s the man who makes me happy.
Her voice still brings me to my knees. She says my name like it’s sacred.
I live for the day when I’m his. To take care of him. To love him the way he deserves.
I can’t wait to be all she needs. I can give her a happy life, security and so much love.
Sometimes two ships never meet in the night, but ours did.
Sometimes the water is rough. It beats you all to hell until you have no choice but get stronger.
Our love story reads more like a tragedy, but to me it’s clean and pure.
Let them point their fingers. Without a love like ours, they haven’t really lived. I pity them.
I’m a cheating wife and a villain. I am his honeybee.
I’m a snake in the grass and I sleep best when I’m lying next to his wife.
I want to be his everything.
I’m nothing without her anyway.
This isn’t even close to over.
It’ll never be over.

Sail is the second book in the continuing Wake Series. For more information on the first book in the series see the link for Bait below.


The room was dimly lit with the few lights we’d left on. It was late, and even though I was tired from travel and just life in general, I craved the feel of him.
Our suite was warm, void of chill or worry. In the bedroom, we didn’t bother with a light, knowing where everything was by memory.
He guided me to bed. He let my hair down and brushed it off my shoulders, and then he held me close and pressed his lips to mine. Casey laid us down so softly I barely knew we were moving until I felt the fluffy pillow under my head.
I deepened our kiss and moaned when his body pressed against mine.
“We’re not going to have sex tonight, Blake,” he said breathlessly around my lips. Why? I wanted him so badly. Just like that. Slow and easy.
I tried to evict thoughts of uncertainty from my mind, but they snuck in with his words. His behavior was contradictory. He’d shown me nothing but affection and care since we saw each other in the airport.
Why wouldn’t he make love to me?
Old demons felt the need to speak up.
What if he doesn’t want you after the chase? What if he only likes the thrill?
I felt my body begin to tense for the first time since we’d arrived. The hands that had been wandering across his back stilled. The leg I had started to wrap around his waist slowly began falling to the side.
“Hey, where are you going,” he said, as he kissed my neck and ran a hand through my hair to the nape of my neck.
“I don’t understand,” I contested. “I want you.” He shifted his weight and I felt how hard he was against my inner thigh. He was definitely turned on. So what was his deal? “Don’t you want me, too?”
“Mmmm,” he breathed near my ear. “God, I want you.” His big right hand hitched my leg back around his hip and he palmed my ass, bringing my dress up to my waist in the process and exposing my pale pink underwear. “I’ve wanted you day and night for so long now. I don’t know how to not want you.” He spoke between kisses and rubbed his nose along my clavicle. Then he bit me gently at the crook of my neck. “But there’ve been too many times I’ve let that need for you cloud my focus.”
“But I—”
“No, Blake. Not tonight. Tonight, I’m going to make you come and then I’m going to sleep next to you. I’m going to fall asleep with you in my arms. All those nights I missed out on holding you and feeling you next to me. I stole them from both of us being scared and stubborn.
I have to be better this time. I see all that you’re doing and I’m so damn proud of you, honeybee,” he said calmly. “But I want more than just physical things from you. It isn’t that I don’t want you. Fuck, do I want you. But I need all of you. Not just this.” He moved against my center and I knew I had to change his mind. After hearing those sweet
words, I had to have him and I wasn’t going to fight fair.
“Please, Casey. Fuck me.”
He growled and pressed his forehead to my chest. “You’re evil.” He laughed. I wished he sounded defeated, but mostly he sounded amused. “You’re not making it easy for me to be noble.”
“Don’t be noble then,” I said as I wound my arms around him and
pulled him closer to me.
“If you knew what I was thinking about doing to you, you’d know I wasn’t.” He rolled partially over toward the center of the bed and ran his hand under my dress and up to my breast.
“Then tell me,” I shamelessly suggested.
The tips of his fingers roamed down my stomach and my pulse sped up. His fingers slid under the sheer fabric of my underwear and my breaths came in spurts as I mentally begged him to keep going. I was so wound up.
“Don’t worry. I told you I’d take care of you.”
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He was trouble from the start, but I couldn't resist.
She was the best kind of trouble. The kind that was so wrong, it felt right.
I’ve tried and failed to stay away from him.
I’ve done everything in my power to make her mine and keep her.
He’s almost impossible to say no to.
She never tells me yes.
We’re always fighting.
When we’re not fighting, we’re… well… making up.
He makes me laugh so hard.
I miss her laugh the most.
I'm a liar.
She knows the truth, but won’t admit it.
Sometimes, I wish I'd never met him.
I wish we could meet all over again. I'd do better.
His sweet girlfriend knows.
The guy she’s with is a fool.
I’ll never love anyone like I love him.
She doesn’t love me enough to choose us.
It was the wrong place.
It was the wrong time.
It should have been him.
It will always be her.
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M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She is the author of the steamy comedy Fade In. Her sophomore release, Bait, is the first book in the angst-filled erotic Wake Series. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody "real-life romance."
She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne's World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head. She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost never happens. Almost.
M. Mabie usually doesn't speak in third-person either. She promises.
For Other books by M. Mabie click the titles below


***I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”***

Good Morning Honeybees!!

For those of you reading my blog that do not know what Sail is – shame on you! Sail is the 2nd book in the Wake Series by M Mabie.


I cannot stress enough how much I wanted this book in my hands after the dang cliffhanger at the end of Bait. I picked up Bait back in January on a whim. It showed up on my BookBub email as being on sale for .99 and I thought it sounded interesting so I started reading it and could not put it down. Bait was one of those books that just sticks with you for a while after you finish it. 

This isn’t a review of Bait so I won’t go into too much detail but I do have to write a little bit about my opinion of Bait so you will understand where I am coming from when I get to Sail. So Bait was really fast paced and easily hooked the reader. It followed Blake from the initial one night stand with Casey through a two-year affair in which Blake gets engaged and then married to Grant (because let’s face it – Blake was a damn coward). The whole time I was reading Bait I was on the edge of my seat because I was waiting for Grant to find out about the affair and Blake’s family to find out about the affair and really just anyone and everyone to find out about the affair. I went from rooting for Casey to rooting for Grant (because really he isn’t a bad guy at all in Bait, just working hard trying to make a good life for Blake) to wanting to punch Blake in the face for being an indecisive idiot. But the main point of my rant here is that Bait was full of surprise, angst, and caused a lot of tears. 

Now moving on to Sail… I have to admit that the minute I got Sail in my hands I scrolled right to the end because I needed to know we were getting a Happily Ever After. I was careful not to reveal too much to myself but I just knew I couldn’t read it if it wasn’t going to have a happy ending. I was fully prepared to (figuratively) chuck my e-reader out the window if Blake and Casey did not end up together because after walking around in a haze for days after reading Bait I was not going to let myself endure anymore heartache brought on my Blake and Casey. 

I don’t want to make it seem like I didn’t love Sail because I did but there were things I wasn’t totally crazy about. I loved that the first part started out with Blake and Casey happy and Casey whisking them off to a tropical location. I love seeing those two happy. I however would have liked to see more of Grant. I know what you are thinking – “Just let Casey and Blake be happy, who cares about Grant?” Well I care about Grant – he really wasn’t a bad guy, he didn’t do anything wrong by working extra hours to afford the house he wanted for him and Blake. He was somewhat at fault for having communication issues but Blake was very much to blame for that also. Grant really did get screwed over in this whole deal, Blake knew she didn’t love him but married him anyway and then Blake went on to have a two year affair while Grant stayed faithful. And then when the affair is revealed Grant is willing to forgive and forget…let’s face it – if Grant hadn’t gone all crazy towards the end of Sail we all would have thought the guy was a saint for putting up with so much shit from Blake. So while M Mabie did provide glimpses of Grant in Sail eluding to the fact that he was cracking and maybe starting to have some mental/anger issues it would have made a more powerful ending if Grant had been more prominent in the first 90% of the book. 

Basically it seemed to me that the first 90% of the book was Blake and Casey being happy and trying to decide how to trust each other and move on to have a happy life (mixed in with a gazillion sex scenes) with little bits thrown in trying to set up something to happen in the last 10% of the book. It just felt a little anti-climactic. 
I was under the impression that this would be the last book in the series and was going to hardcore complain about lack of an epilogue at the end but I hear that there will be at least one more installment!!!
One of my favorite things about this series in general is all the references to “ships passing in the night” and sails, anchors, etc. I might have teared up a few times when Blake or Casey was expressing their love or talking about their relationship using one of those terms. 

M Mabie is a fantastic writer. She really helps the reader feel the emotions and especially when I was reading Bait the emotions were extremely powerful.

I give Sail 3.5 out of 5. 

Overall I give the Wake Series (so far) a 4.5 out of 5.

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