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Arresting Mason (Arresting Onyx Book 1) Kindle Edition
"The story itself is engaging, the hot sex scenes are thrilling, and the love blooming between Mason and Mia will satisfy the most tender romantic." - Tamela Miles
"What a beginning to a new series. The story is an emotional roller coaster ride of the good, the bad, and the ugly. The chemistry between Mason and Mia is electric and sizzles off the pages when they get together." - Redrabbitt
"Filled with lots of edge-of-your-seat action,steamy sex scenes, a feisty heroine, a handsome, tattooed hero, and a satisfying romance, this book hits all the sweet spots. You'll love the hero." - Christine Clark
"There is a lot going on in this book but [the] author makes it all work. The ending will have you on your seat and you are in for a very good read with this book." - Pat from 1 Rad Reader Reviews
"A great story that will touch your heart and quicken it's pace through the thrills and intrigue. It's a standalone with some pretty interesting characters I am sure will turn up in upcoming books and I plan on being around to enjoy them." - Teri from SJ Book Blog
"What a great read, my first book by this Author and I thoroughly enjoy it. Well written and leaving me wanting to know more, I just had to keep reading on!" - Natalie from North and South Book Blog
"Mia has a way of calming the angry beast that lives inside him and his feelings for her grow each day... The relationship between Mia and Mason is HOT, HOT, HOT, and the danger is very real... I can't wait for more in this series." - Linda Tonis from The Paranormal Romance Guild
"The sex is so hot, I mean smoking! Mason certainly knows how to get a woman excited. This is the first book I've read by the author and certainly not the last! If you love romantic suspense this should be high on your tbr list!" - Bella from The TBR Pile
From the Author
Amber Daulton lives her life by that one belief eventhough she normally isn't so Zen.
As a fan of contemporary, paranormal, and historicalromance novels alike, she can't get enough of feisty heroines and alpha heroes.Her mind is a wonderland of adventure, laughter, and awesome ways of kicking aguy when he's down. She probably wouldn't be too sane without her computer andnotebooks. After all, what's a girl to do when people are jabbering away in herhead and it's hard to shut them up? Write! Nothing else works.
- ASIN : B07BHGMQRK
- Publisher : The Wild Rose Press, Inc (April 30, 2018)
- Publication date : April 30, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1435 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1509220070
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,974,155 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Mason has a troubled past and is trying to start over after ten years in prison. Daulton did a fabulous job of presenting a redeemed man, not without faults, who struggles with his past and his present. The book really made me think about how difficult it is for parolees to start over. Time in prison has changed Mason, and he often struggles to fit in with his family and others. Guilt, feelings of unworthiness, anger, and frustration often consume him. However, Mason is very self-aware and works hard to keep his demons at bay. Mia, and to a lesser degree his brother and nephew, help him focus on his good qualities and assure him that his past doesn’t have to define him. However, his past often feels inescapable, and his fears of endangering those he loves are valid.
Mia is another well-developed character that I love. Mia has regrets too and struggles with her own demons. However, she usually sees the good in people, and from the start of the book, she has such faith in Mason. Sharp and astute, she sees how much Mason has changed, and she appreciates his honesty and determination to reform. She also sees how tormented he is by the past and how hard he works to better himself. It’s clear that Mason and Mia understand each other well and accept each other completely.
And their romance!!! Oh my!! It is an almost instantaneous love match that proves opposites do attract. Mia is sweet and a bit innocent to the uglier side of life, while Mason is an ex-con who served time for some serious crimes. But their differences don’t change the way they feel about each other. Sometimes Mason doesn’t know how to react to certain situations, and he tends to push people away in self-protection, but I think this further exemplifies how much being in jail changed him and influenced how he interacts with people.
Mia and Mason’s romance becomes complicated since Mia’s brother Jim is Mason’s parole officer, and Jim doesn’t approve of their budding romance. Jim does everything within his power to keep these two apart, but their feelings for each other only intensify. In addition to Jim’s meddling, Mason’s past comes back to haunt him, which puts his future with Mia in jeopardy. Mia and Mason go through a lot, and it’s fascinating to see how they fight for their love.
Gangs, kidnappings, people from Mason’s past, and other life-threatening dangers put Mia and Mason in some precarious situations and add a ton of suspense to the story. Mason learns that it is very difficult to escape his past, and many of his deepest fears come true.
This is a great story for people who like contemporary romance with a bad-boy hero and page-turning intrigue. I’m so thankful to Amber Daulton for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! It focuses on Mia’s brother Jim, and I’m curious to learn more about his story. He wasn’t the most likeable character for most of this one, though I understood his reservations and reasoning behind not wanting his sister with Mason. I definitely liked his character by the end of the book and can’t wait to see him find his own happily-ever-after.
Mason Harding was a normal kid, but when his parent's marriage failed, and they divorced when he was fifteen, he became bitter and allowed his life to cross over to a darker side, running with a bad crowd, drinking and eventually to crime. Along with friends, a liquor store hold up goes bad, guns go off, one lays dead, he is shot, and so is the owner, but rather than leave like the others, he stays and works to help save the man. Now ten years behind bars, he is out on parole with strict restrictions.
Mia Eddison runs a classy boutique in downtown Denver. It was something she and her mother did together. After the death of her parents, the business became hers. Nearly running over a man will set this tale into motion and bring two opposites together.
The plot will have Mia and Mason meeting by accident when she nearly hits him with her car. She will give him her card, and he will contact her to ask her out on a date. When she agrees to go out with him, it will escalate to a night of passion back at her loft apartment, but what happens the next morning when her brother shows up unannounced to see one of his parolees with his sister? Mia will defend Mason, and Jim will be furious with both of them.
“People do things when they know they shouldn’t, but that doesn’t make them bad people, especially if they feel guilty about it and turn their lives around. You’ve paid for your mistakes.”
The story includes Mason doing his best to stick to the orders of his parole, avoiding those from his past, not drinking alcohol, and attending councilling sessions. His parole officer, Jim Borden, will try his best to keep Mia and Mason apart, imposing strict curfews, and even blocking him at her place, and her at his place.
Secrets of his life before and during prison will eventually become a factor when the past collides with the present, and some people are determined to force him back into the life of the gang, crime, drugs, and extortion. When he refuses to buckle under, that places Mia in danger and her life and livelihood are now threatened. But when they actually kidnap her, how far will Mason go to protect her, and even her brother?
The story takes on danger and suspense that keeps the pages turning and you on the edge of your seat as it becomes a matter of life and death. Not everyone will make it out alive, and now they have become a possible pawn to more dangerous people.
The chemistry between Mason and Mia is electric and sizzles off the pages when they get together. The passionate scenes between them are erotic and explicit. This is the first story in this serious and I look forward to reading more.
Mason Harding is finally out on parole and is determined to have a clean life. Having a girlfriend shouldn’t be a big deal but when his parole officer ends up being her brother it is. While they struggle to set up times to be together, old demons from Mason’s past return and want him to return to the life of crime.
Mia and Mason were instantly attracted to each other and fell into a relationship quickly. Mia was a very determined woman who knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to take it, meaning being with Mason. She was also a compassionate and caring woman who understood that people can change and their pasts don’t define them.
Mason on the other hand is a very arrogant and controlling man. He has spent ten years in prison and now doesn’t really know how to be normal. HIs constant angry outbursts made me not really like him, on top of other things. He had a temper that was set off by stupid things, like Mia meeting his family. On top of these angry outbursts, he constantly needed to appear manly to Mia and didn’t like anything that might question that. To me, Mason felt like a man drowning in toxic masculinity and I didn’t like him, which sucked because I liked Mia.
Overall, this book was just ok for me. If I had liked Mason I would have given this a higher rating. The rest of the story with the gang activity was interesting but that couldn’t make up for not enjoying the couple.
- references to attempted rape while in prison.
- Gang activities and assault