Monday, January 27, 2014

Book Review & Blog Tour: Eternally Alex (Alexandra Drake Series) - Sarah Elizabeth Ashley



Series: Alexandra Drake (#3)
Book: Eternally Alex
Author: Sarah Elizabeth Ashley

Book Synopsis:
The story concludes.
Love knows no bounds… Love is limitless… Love can overcome all odds. 
Alex, now being totally free from the clutches of her abusive ex-husband starts out on married life with the super sexy James. The man who continues to dote on her completely, taking his marriage vows to the limit as he worships her in every way imaginable. Life could not get any better, could it?

Their bliss is stalled as part of James’ past emerges. Someone that he believed did not exist, a part of his life locked firmly away in the back of his mind.

New evil, hungry for revenge on behalf of another and feeling shunned by rejection brings misery and anguish to the duo. But, in true Alex and James style they battle together to protect the perfect life. Their journey is not without sorrow and pain as their encounter with those of a heinous nature proves more than they can handle.


An attack they suffer threatens their very existence together but love will win, leaving them free to fulfil their lives dreams together surrounding by their family they can only grow stronger and stronger.


Book Review:
I would like to start this out by saying how disappointed I am, I myself, for not reading these books sooner! The Alexandra Drake series has quickly wiggled its way into my heart from early on into book one and I honestly don't think I will find another series like this one.
First off, the characters were fantastic. I loved Alex from the beginning, my heart went out to her, I watched her grow becoming a strong woman and I felt like it had become a part of her family. James, on hot damn James! It's clear to me that I will be kidnapping him and feeing him strawberries because oh lord, James! He's a hottie with a heart of gold, strong love for those close to him and just an all around Mr. Perfect. Plus, he loves strawberries (way more than I do but it's okay he's too yummy to not forgive). I felt like I was watching all the characters grow, becoming fantastic people, as though I had been with them the whole time. From Gia and Roberto to Anna, you will fall in love with this cast of characters like none other. The plot was fantastic, I have never read a book quite like this and I doubt I ever will. Every twists and turn sent my heart fluttering and tied my stomach into knots, I couldn't put down any of the books, especially the third one as I desperately hoped for a happy ending. Book 3 took me for such a ride, I laughed, I freaking cried like an emotional basket case, I was all over the place and I adored every single second of it. 



Favorite Quotes:
Book 1 -

"Well, it is my belief, and call me old fashioned if you want, but I believe that a man should be there to look after his lady, to protect her and to honor her. You know, the old vows... Well I believe they should be stuck to . But don't tell Gia I said so, she never obeys me anyway!"

"'Do you want me to bring you any fresh clothes?' I ask. He raises his arm and sniffs his armpit. 'Charming.'"

"You don't know how much you mean to me and I mean every damn word of what I say. Something tells me that I'm here to protect you, to make sure that you're loved and cared for... I don't know, like it's my purpose."


Book 2-

"I think if I asked for the Hope Diamond right now he'd make efforts to get it."

"He stinks of spirits, badly. I'm sure if I lit a match the place would explode!"

"Rachel looks like she's stepped out of some shop window, God she's even got new over inflated breasts!"

"What's with all the cases, you went with one - there's four there! Have they bred or something?"

"Bloody strawberries! I tell you, there's a problem there! Does he need therapy for his strawberry addiction? Can you be addicted to fruit?"

"The inscription on the inside of each ring is the same, Forever Begins Today."



Book 3 - 

"You are my world blossom, you are the start and the end and everything in between."

"She's a bitch Alex, a bitch of the first order with some evil bastards as friends."

"There's only one problem with having a super-sexy- husband - other women!"

"When I come out Roger's standing there with a cup of tea and a little pre-pack of Rich Tea biscuits. 'Missus swore by them when she was pregnant,' he tells me.
'Lucy preferred arrowroot' Benito chips in as the three of them start talking about how they supported their wives and partners through pregnancy. Lord, it's like the National  Childbirth Trust for men!"


Meet Sarah:
Sarah Elizabeth Ashley is a first time British writer born and raised in the Midlands county of Staffordshire where she still lives today with her family.
Forbidden to use her 'real' name by her children Sarah has said for years that she had a book "in her" But, finally finding the time, she quite literally let the words flow as her first novel, Freeing Alex, was created, the characters coming to life on her laptop, followed by Loving Alex, Eternally Alex, and more to come with fourth novel currently being written.
She describes herself as a true Piscean with an over-active imagination and says that it took a great deal of courage to release 'Freeing Alex' however, motivated by her husband and family she finally took the plunge and self published in August 2013.

"It started as a hobby, now it's a passion."