RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW — Double Vision By LM Halloran

Title: Double Vision
Author: L.M. Halloran
Genre: Dark Romance/Contemporary
Release Date: February 22, 2018

 

 ~SYNOPSIS~
Everything has a price, and the price of truth is steepest of all. 

Eden has an ironclad five-year plan. In three months, she’s saying good riddance to Los Angeles and returning to the Pacific Northwest for medical school. Nothing is going to get in her way.
 
Nothing… but the impossible.
 
When she glimpses her doppelgänger at a party, the seemingly accidental meeting turns her life in a direction she never imagined, shredding everything she knows about herself and where she comes from. 
 
The one constant in her collapsing world is Liam Rourke, a man whose dark desires are matched only by his tenderness. But Liam is more than a master in the bedroom—he’s a master of lies.

Uncovering the truth might cost Eden her life.
 
Her family.

Her love.
 
Some things are worth dying for.

 

~READ AN EXCERPT~ 
There are moments in my life that, when I look back, are mile-high walls between my past and future. Once erected, there’s no longer any question of going back. There is before, and there is after. We all have them. You just have to look hard enough.

 

These walls cut us off forever from who we thought we were, forcing us to write new stories about our lives. To mold our thoughts in new ways. They alter how we feel in our skin. Change the shape of our smiles. Extend the depths to which we love, grieve, and regret.

 


 

The conversation on my parents’ couch before I left for college was one such wall. Another was erected when I met Liam Rourke.

 


 

And one more wall, the highest of all—Alexis.

 


 

The first time I saw her, I thought I was hallucinating. Karina loved LSD, and that night in the Hollywood Hills when I saw Alexis for the first time, I seriously thought my so-called friend had somehow dosed me with a hallucinogen.

 


 

But the truth crashed into me. Literally. Five-feet-eight-inches of truth, with eyes my dad calls cracked marbles. Blue and yellow and green with drips of brown.

 


 

My eyes.

 


 

Seeing my eyes in someone else’s face was weird enough. But then she grabbed my shoulder to steady herself and apologized distractedly for bumping into me. And I saw her lips—rose colored, the top thinner and bowed, the bottom slightly fuller. The tiny cleft in her chin. The shape of her nose, long and just slightly upturned. Her freckles, almost invisible beneath tanned skin and makeup.

 


 

She was me.

 


 

A bleached, tanned, glamorous me.

 


 

In that moment, a wall—miles upon miles upon miles high—shot up between my past and my future.

 


 

Everything changed.

 

 

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~MEET THE AUTHOR~ 
L.M. Halloran is an emotional delinquent and glutton for angst who gleefully takes her characters to hell and back. When she’s not reading or writing, the author enjoys walking barefoot, subjecting her husband to questionable recipes, and chasing her spirited toddler. She’s a rabid fan of coffee, moon- gazing, and small dogs that resemble Ewoks. Home is San Diego, CA, but her heart lives in Portland.

~GIVEAWAY~

 

 

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descriptiondescriptiondescriptiondescriptiondescription~WRITING – PLOT – PACE~
So holy sh!tballs was this book FAN-F-CKING-TASTIC. How on earth have I not read anything by this author before??!! I am seriously speechless right now. This is probably one of THE best books I have read in a long time. I frigging LOVEDit <— obviously (lol). It was fantastically well written. It is a fairly long book, but the pace was perfect. The plot was super engaging and kept me turning the pages. In fact, I read this one cover to cover in one go. The timeline bounces back and forth from past to present. Which you know if you follow my reviews I usually HATE. That said, in this instance, it was seamlessly done and the “Present” chapters added a lot of mystery and drama. There were also twists and turns galore. Violence. Secrets. Lies. Murder. Torture. BDSM. Mafia. Heartbreak. Redemption, and so much more. And the ending, well that was pretty much the perfect cherry on top of an amazing book.

 

~HERO~
LIAM…good lord, I don’t even know where to begin with this guy. He was a complex character that is for sure. The author does a good job of keeping you guessing as to his motives. The secrets he is keeping. The lies. Is he to be trusted? Is he not? On top of all that he was sexy as f-ck. A smokin hot alpha Dom. I loved him. I hated him. I loved him again. He was an amazingly well developed anti-hero.

 

~HEROINE~
EDEN…Just as well written. Just as complex. Just an intriguing as her male counterpart. I loved Eden as well. This poor girls heart and life get ripped to shreds. I wanted to hug her. I wanted to tell her to wake the f-ck up. So many times during this book I didn’t know which direction the author was going in regard to Eden’s character. My fingernails are no more. But she pulled it off because I couldn’t think of a more fitting ending for Eden. She was a fighter for sure.
description~SECONDARY CHARACTERS~ 
There was a really good array of secondary characters in this one. Some play larger roles than others. A lot of them intrigued me enough that I would love to read more about them. London and Dominic for example. I also loved Raul and Karina. Each one of them no matter how small or large a part they played added fantastic layers to the plot and keep the story moving.

 

~HEAT LEVEL~
Medium. The sex scenes were suitably spicey and moderate in frequency. Most of them are BDSM based. The author warns in her Author’s Note that there is dubious consent but “I” didn’t really see anything that “I” would consider DC. But that was just my interpretations. 

 

~ANGST LEVEL~
High. This is a pretty angsty read. It’s a dark book with a lot of secrets. Push and pull. Lies. Heartache. That said, the angst never came from OW or OM drama. Neither were virgins and their sexual pasts weren’t really discussed. Both (HIGHLIGHT TEXT FOR SPOILER) have sex with others during the six years they are separated.

 

~IN THE END~
LOVED IT. Clearly. I don’t think I could possibly fangirl harder (lol). It was just a fantastic read. Amazing writing. Amazing plot. Amazing characters. Hot sex. Tons of feels. Perfect ending. Yours truly is giving this one two HUGE thumbs up. And, I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for what this author has in store for us next.description

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