Title: Smoke and Mirrors
Series: Fire and Fury #2
Author: Avery Kingston
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Formats: E-book and Paperback
Cover by: Avery Kingston
Editor: Writer’s Rebirth
Released: August 24, 2018
It’s a fight to love each other, but it’s a love worth fighting for.
Tori’s life had been defined by loss. The loss of her father. The loss of her innocence. And finally, the loss of her vision.
She prides herself on always rising above anything life throws at her, but losing the man she loves would ruin her.
Tori has always ferociously guarded her fragile heart, but she’s trying hard to let Scott inside her fortress. As her walls begin to crumble the shadows of her past begin to haunt her. Can she trust that Scott will still love her once he sees what lies within?
Tori longs to escape from the pain of her past and reclaim the art that is screaming inside her soul. But is her artistic career yet another loss she’ll never regain?
While Tori wrestles with her inner demons, Scott wages a war against his controlling nature; confronting his own fear of loss.
Scott wants Tori to promise her life to him. The problem is Tori’s unpredictable. Some days she’s a hurricane and other days she’s a light breeze. He walks a tightrope between protecting her and letting go, struggling to gain trust of her tattered heart.
Smoke and Mirrors is part two in Scott and Tori’s epic love story. You can read part one of Scott and Tori’s story in Chasing Fire. Both novels are full length books featuring a hot-as-hell alpha and a sexy artist who both have filthy mouths. Intended for a mature audience.
Review by Bubbles The Book Pimp
If you haven’t read the first book in this series… STOP what you are doing…do not go any further… YOU gotta read Chasing Fire: Fire and Fury book 1
Not only because it is the first book in this series..BUT because it is a truely wonderful and beautiful story that is filled with so much of Scott & Tori..to miss it would be an absolute disaster…and if you know me…I WONT and DONT do spoilers!
Following on from Book 1 this is a continuance of Scott & Tori’s story.
As a reader I knew and recognised the hard part was for Tori to actually accept and allow herself to recognise her and Scott’s relationship for more than that of a ‘friends with benefit’ kinda deal… and that theme continues in this book.
Tori’s ( hidden from all…including Scott ) low self worth bubbling to the surface and adding to her fractured emotions, setting fire to the ongoing belief that she was and is ultimately not worthy of a man like Scott or his love… combined with her battles over the loss and acceptance of her disability made this book a monster roller coaster of emotions. We truly see a bigger picture of the emotions and gain a clearer understanding of the complex creature that is Tori….and it was bloody BRILLIANT!
Scott is the same nurturing, protective wonderful marshmellow of a man ( making bookworms sigh with THE FEELS and add him to the hallowed bookboyfriend hall of fame ) but he has also adapted and evolved a crispy outer shell…that throws some frustrated but oh so human emotions his way.
This book is not only Scott’s journey of self discovery, but a discovery of the true Tori for him…a double sided coin in that he knows her so well – the carefree, impetuous, wild child hippy and is rewarded and simultaneously burned with her trust by seeing glimpses of Tori ‘beneath the armour’… a wounded, vulnerable clawed beast that runs from loss and keeps loved ones at bay.
It’s a beautiful written raw, gritty and painful book ( for the characters ) but is filled with true laugh out loud moments, roaring HAWT chemistry and a love so clear and bright that it would warm the coldest of hearts 🖤
It is a true skill that this authors has, the ability to throw down such real emotions and not take away any of the rawness that her characters experience or feel in those moments. KUDOS wonderful wordsmith because I literally broke my heart into a thousand pieces over and over with this book….and I await…not patiently at all the next instalment in their journey 🔥🖤🔥
Avery is a wife to a man who’sdemons play well with hers. Mom to a slew of crazy kids. Dog lover. Crazy cat lady. Artist. Free spirit. Lover of unusual beauty. Fitness junkie. Collector of boots and fonts. Angsty drama addict and avid wearer of yoga pants.
Avery is a military wife and a sucker for a good wounded hero story. She set out to write stories where the leading characters were smart, sexy, confident and strong. Avery began writing the type of romance novels she would want to read. Stories about real couples, wounded either physically or emotionally, with an open door into their steamy bedroom.
She loves her stalkers!