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SAVED BY HER, A Monster Novel by Michelle Horst ♥ BLOG TOUR

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Title: SAVED BY HER, A Monster Novel
Author: Michelle Horst
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: November 2, 2015

Blurb
Jack
I F**K.
That’s all I do, all I’m good for.
People pay thousands just to have a taste of me.
It’s the only life I’ve ever known.
…until her.

River
I work.
That’s all I do, it’s my safe zone.
I get paid well because I’m good at my job.
It’s the only place I feel in control.
…until him.


Authors Note and WARNING: Monster is a work of fiction intended for adult readers above 18. It contains dark and sensitive subject matter that may make readers uncomfortable.

Contains explicit language and descriptions of sexual situations.


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Prologue
Jack~

(Eight years old…)

I wipe angrily at the tears blurring my sight. I want to see Momma’s smile. Desperation and fear squeeze my heart until it hurts.

“Jack,” Momma says on a heavy breath. I can see it’s hard for her to breathe. Her one swollen eye opens a little. The other one is swollen shut. It looks like it hurts!

I quickly rinse the cloth and try to wipe some of the blood dribbling from the corner of her mouth.

Her head falls to the side and I can see a sliver of green peeking from her swollen eye.

“I’m here, Momma.” My voice is thick with tears. I gently pat her hair, the same way she always pats mine when I’ve hurt myself. I wish I could hug her, but I’m scared I’ll hurt her.

“Promise … me, Jack,” she whispers.

“Anything, Momma,” I say quickly. I’ll do anything to see her smile. My momma has the prettiest smile. It always makes me feel safe.

“Promise … you’ll … look after … David.” Her breaths wheeze in and out, making whistling sounds.

“I promise, Momma.” Her mouth twitches as if she’s trying to smile so I quickly add, “I’ll look after David.”

The words work and a smile pulls at her bloody mouth.

She keeps smiling for a long time, while I sit by her wiping the blood from her face and arms. As long as Momma smiles, everything will be okay.

I must have fallen asleep next to Momma because as the door slams open, I’m woken with a fright. I quickly turn around and see him walk toward us. He always looks angry. He stops next to me where I’m kneeling on the floor and he looks at Momma. He leans over her and takes hold of her jaw, making her smile disappear. He turns her face the other way, his grip hard.

He lets her go with a shove and then shouts out, “Sven!”

I watch as Sven comes in. Sven and Eduardo are always with my father. I’m scared of them. They look scary and mean.

“Yes, Sir?” Sven asks as he stands by the door, his hands clasped in front of him.

“Go burn the body,” my father says with a dark voice.

I blink a few times as Sven comes toward us and then he picks up Momma and tosses her over his shoulder. My eyes widen and a scream is torn from my throat. “Leave her alone!” I run after Sven and slam my tiny fists into his back. I have to make him stop. “Put Momma back on the bed! She’s sleeping!”

A hand clasps hard around the back of my neck and I’m yanked backwards. “It’s time for you to become a man,” my father growls. He then shoves me forward and I have to jog to keep up with his big steps. We walk out the back door and past the pretty flowers Momma loves so much. She always stops to smell them. We keep walking, further than I’ve ever walked with Momma when we come outside for walks. I see a building, the brown one I’ve never been too.

Sven opens the door and goes inside. As my father shoves me inside, I see Sven throw Momma on the floor. She falls with a loud thud but doesn’t move. My eyes are huge and burning. I have to bite back the tears.

I watch as Sven opens a heavy steel door and then he picks Momma up and puts her in the tiny space. It looks like a huge oven.

I can’t see what Sven does because his big body blocks my view. Suddenly flames jump out of nowhere, all around Momma. I yank away from my father with a loud scream. “Nooo!!” I grab hold of Momma’s foot and start to pull. I have to save Momma!

The flames lick at my hand and it hurts so much, but I don’t let go. A hand grabs hold of my neck and I’m flung backwards, slamming into a hard wall.

My father is huge and scary as he towers over me. He looks at Sven when he says, “It’s time for the boy to start earning his keep. Put him with the other slaves.”

I don’t understand what that means. My eyes fall on Momma and the flames eating at her. I can’t tear my eyes away from her. My eyes burn from the fire. My hand burns from the fire. My heart burns because I know that I won’t see Momma’s smile again.

Everything burns.


Review

Jack watched his mom get burned by his step father. If that was you can all him he was a monster. He was only nine years old when he was put into slavery. Jack is now 27 and the only reason why he doesn't leave because he made a promise to his mother to always protect his little brother. River she has her own story that is just jaw dropping sad. She is now in her early thirties and had made it her life work to give back and save as many slaves as she can. She considers it as righting the wrongs her father committed before he passed. She buys Jack and Sofia off of Cameron. A bombshell is reveled and Jack is floored. Both Sofia and him are beaten and just violated. They arrive at Rivers's Sanctuary and they are told they are free. With time they come to terms with it. Jack clings to River and feelings start to develop. River is scared and rejects him, and he blows up her. He withdraws from her and is set to bury his past. He thinks that his past clouds River' mind when it comes to him, he doesn't want her to see pity them she look at him. Hw ants to be seen as a man that wants nothing more but her. This was such a touching but, dirty raw story. It blew my mind to see how far Jack has grown emotionally. It was joy to see.

ARC was given in exchange for an honest review



About Michelle Hort
Michelle Horst is thirty seven years old and is from South Africa.

She's been in love with reading from an early age. She has a passion for all things books, but she has an ultimate soft spot for nature and animals.

She first tried her hand at writing in early 2009 and as the first words started to form into a book, she knew she was hooked. Dreams spilled onto pages, and that was the beginning of a wonderful journey.

One filled with joy. One filled with passion and heart stopping moments.

But most of all, it's filled with such pride and peace as a story comes to life, and characters fill your life, living in the very walls of your mind, living in the minds of your readers. There is nothing as satisfying as that.

Thank you for each and every story you share with me.


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