Blog Tour: Always Conall (Bitterroot #2) by Sibylla Matilde~ Ava's Review, Excerpt, Giveaway & Cover Model Spotlight
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I really enjoyed Because of Kian (especially Kian) and Sage was an interesting side character that I wanted to read more of. At the age of sixteen, Sage gave her heart away to her brother’s best friend Conall. The timing was all wrong and Conall couldn’t deal with the guilt after Sage’s brother died. After taking something sacred of Sage’s he fled Bitteroot leaving Sage devastated and alone, well not completely alone as Sage would discover nine months later.
Sage was a strong, resilient character. She brought her daughter Mattie up single-handed whilst putting herself through school. Men were never high on the agenda and when Sage did decide to seek comfort, it was for nothing more than friends with benefits as she still carried a torch for Conall. Of course, her world is derailed when Conall returns home and both of them have a lot of explaining to do and a lot of time to make up for.
Always Conall was a quick, easy read for me. I really connected with Sage’s character and admired the way in which she conducted herself. I liked the premise of the story; a second chance at love for both characters now that they were in a healthier place but I felt the story was missing a sub plot, I was looking for something meatier to sink my teeth into.
Conall was a harder character for me to fall completely in love with, I’m not sure what it was about him, perhaps because he held a part of himself back, I couldn’t connect with him completely. I felt the story didn’t have the same sexy feel as Because of Kian but with that being said it was a sweet story and I was glad to see Sage’s dreams come true. And I have to mention cute little Mattie as she brought a smile to my face as I read.
For fans of the series, I have no doubt you will find a new book boyfriend in Conall.
“My fingertips combed through his short hair, gently soothing the pain that radiated from his soul. And letting it mix with mine.”
“I love you, too, kiddo,” he hoarsely said, his voice thick with emotion. And just like that, I fell head over heels in love with Conall all over again.”
“I had no idea what she really meant when she asked me to stay. An hour. All night. I wanted to stay forever. Tucked inside this little apartment with everything I needed in this world. My sage and our Mattie.”
“I love you both so very much. In different ways. You’re my little girl. You just amaze me, and I think about you all the time. And your mommy…she captured my heart so long ago, and she’s had it ever since.”
“I love you.”
“Sage,” he whispered, “don’t do this. Don’t say that. I’m not worth it.”
“But I do,” I shook my head defiantly. “I love you, Conall.” A drop of rain fell from the tip of his nose to his full lips, and I pulled myself up to capture it with a clumsy, tremulous kiss. My fingers framed his taut jaw. “I love you,” I hoarsely begged. “Please don’t go.”
“Sage,” he warned. His hands settled at my hips, as though to steady me… maybe even to steady himself. He didn’t pull me closer, but he didn’t push me away either. His raging uncertainty fueled my desperation, and I moved with him, guiding my fingers around his neck and pulling myself closer. Molding myself against his body, I lifted my trembling lips to kiss him again.
For a moment, he stood frozen, shocked by my brazen actions. I pulled my body against him hard, turning my head, increasing the pressure of my lips, pushing my tongue into his mouth. Kissing him like I’d always dreamed of doing.
He couldn’t leave me. He just couldn’t.
He was all I had left.
I had to make him stay. So I beseeched him with my kiss, my touch, my sheer overwhelming need. I pleaded with the tears that streamed from my eyes and mixed with the frigid raindrops. Please, Con,” I whispered.
“Please… I need you. I love you.”
And then, as though he was coming alive, his strong hand caught the base of my head, tangling in my hair as he began to kiss me back.
Cover Model Spotlight
Brian Laferrier is a 24 year old fitness/muscle model, who resides in Boston but travels often. He started modeling when he was 18 years of age. His favorite kind of music is oldies, he hates video games, as a hobby he writes. What he writes is a mystery, which may be something you will have to ask him yourself. He spends his mornings reading fit magazine, eating a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, naked. No, that’s a lie. He doesn’t do that, nice image though right? He actually prefers a bowl before bed, if he’s naked or not isn’t something he divulged.
While watching his news-feed on Facebook, it has become known that he has a low tolerance to negativity and often expresses ways to banish those thoughts. He loves being outdoors and doing Yoga as a way of stress relief. He takes comfort in the way the Buddhists thinks, which explains why his personality is good natured and humbling.
You can find Brian on Facebook, if you’re bold enough, send him a friend request. Or you can like the CJC Photography’s page to see more of Brian. Just do both, you know you want to….
Always Conall Prize Pack:
Includes Signed copy of Always Conall, Signed photograph of Brian Laferierre, Always Conall personalized Dog tags.
Sibylla Matilde grew up in the mountain valleys of Southwest Montana exploring the dusty Old West gold country on the back of a horse. She attended a two-room schoolhouse beginning in 1st grade & had the same teacher until she changed schools after 7th. Beginning at about age 12, Sibylla discovered historical romance, feeding off of work of Jude Deveraux & Lisa Kleypas. She loves a book that can make the reader run the gamut of emotions, from the sweet glow of new love to gut-wrenching heartache. She is a true romantic & always has stories floating around in her head, living in a fantasyland until she writes them down to free them.
Music is her emotional trigger. Growing up with a Wagnarian-loving mother, Sibylla was raised to treasure music that digs deep into the psyche, drawing out elation, sorrow, grief, desire. The soundtrack to her life includes many genres spanning centuries. She looooooooves Thirty Seconds to Mars (rather obsessively, actually… but, really, how can you NOT be crazy about this guy!? Jared Leto. Shhh. ) & pimps them out to all her friends through Spotify. She also delights in Met Opera HD broadcasts at her local movie theater & hopes (listening Met?) to someday see Diana Damrau reprise her role as Mozart’s Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. Sibylla lives with her husband and hero who saved her from her own calamitous, young-adult self. He makes her laugh daily, even when things are tough. He’s proved to her that love really can heal a shattered soul. In 18 years, they have never had a fight, although argue regularly with their two teenage kids who have, unfortunately, inherited their father’s quick wit (unfortunate as it is a quick wit that Sibylla, herself, definitely does not possess – there is a reason she is a writer & not a stand-up comedian). They live a quiet life with their two weird little rescued Chiweenies. Wait… teenagers & little yap-dogs? OK, maybe not so quiet.
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