Title – Knot
Author – M. Mabie
*Title is No Longer Available in This Version; It has been split into The Knot Duet*
He knows everything.
She has all the damn answers.
I’ve always been a free spirit. It’s my nature.
I crave control, but with her it’s far more.
He’s a power hungry climber.
Her wealth could buy and sell me.
It’s too much pressure being the center of anyone’s focus.
She underestimates my desire for her, my need to please just her.
When he’s vulnerable, it’s hard to deny him.
Her crooked smile cripples me.
He hides his demons, but I’m no fool.
She thinks not committing to anyone makes her more honest. She’s wrong.
A man like him deserves someone who can offer that kind of love.
She promises nothing, yet I feel like a king when she says my name.
I never let anyone possess me like he did. Not before. Not after.
My greatest regret was compromising. I should have never held back.
Still, when we’re apart I’m not myself.
I miss the days when she was just down the hall.
He’s better off without me, and it hurts.
The ugly truth is I need her more than she needs me.
Our relationship was born out of lust and curiosity.
The lies we told ourselves killed it.
Together, we found Nirvana.
We learned it was all a mirage.
I ruined him.
I broke her heart.
I keep coming back.
I can’t let her go.
After reading several books by this author, I know I can always depend on M. Mabie to deliver when I’m craving angst and steam. Her characters have proved to be complicated and frustrating, with chemistry that is beyond sizzling. The world she has created with Knot is no exception and I found myself addicted to Reggie and Nora’s story.
“That was my problem. Sometimes I couldn’t stand Hyde, but I couldn’t bear to hurt Jekyll. What did that leave for me?”
This first book in the Wake Family series is written in dual point of view, and it does sparingly go back and forth from past to present. While it took a little bit of time for me to get adjusted to the varying combinations, I became truly engrossed and felt an aching need to get back to these characters whenever I had to put the book down. Nora was quite different from any other heroine I have come across. She was so sure in what she wanted and liked, and wasn’t ashamed of it. She was strong and independent, which presented for an interesting dynamic when it came to Reggie. He was a hard-headed alpha male who liked to maintain control in all aspects of his life. Have you ever read a character that left you grinning and biting your lip in anticipation? Well, he was that hero for me. He was full of surprises that truly exhibited the layers that made the man. I appreciated that while words couldn’t always be expressed between these two, Mabie did a great job at showing how these characters cared for each other through their actions.
“He might have had a silver tongue for conversation, but it was gold at kissing.”
The storyline of Knot seemed to flow so effortlessly. Everything about these two and what they were going through felt natural to who they were. There was a push and pull, give and take feel to their story, but I can’t imagine it being any other way given their personalities. Mabie is a master at building up the angst, creating a ball in the pit of your stomach just waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. She has done it in the past, and she has succeeded at it again. Somehow though, she always leaves me coming back for more. Her writing is addicting, mouthwatering, and steamy to the core! She’s combined witty dialogue with fun banter, sex and romance. Knot is the first book in a new series, but if it’s any indication of the direction she is headed, count me as first in line to grab them as they release!
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Due to its length, KNOT is now available as The Knot Duet!
Twisted Desire (The Knot Duet #1) – Releasing March 15th!
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Tethered Love (The Knot Duet #2) – Releasing March 29th!
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M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. 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. She promises.