BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: N9NE: The Tale of Kevin Clearwater by T.M. Frazier

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“Nine was just as hilarious as it was dark and violent. Just as deep and emotional as it was smoking hot. NINE stars!!!”– BB Easton, bestselling author

Nine: The Tale of Kevin Clearwater, the highly anticipated new standalone from USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier is available now!

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Nine lives.

Nine inches.

One chance to make her his.

Preppy’s brother is about to live up to the family legacy in more ways than one.

This is the story of Nine, The Tale of Kevin Clearwater.

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My Review

The dark, deadly, and dangerous book worlds that T.M. Frazier creates are some of my absolute favorites because those settings are just as important as the heroes and heroines who reside in them. Frazier’s main characters are very much products of their environment, which is why those places are characters in their own right, dictating the paths taken and the experiences endured. And, this is absolutely the case when it comes to the setting of Preppy, King, and Bear’s stories, and although Kevin, aka Nine, Clearwater’s life didn’t begin in the same location as his half-brother, the life that he’s led and the shit he’s had to endure makes him as much a part of their jacked up crew as anyone.

What I love most about Nine is the fact that he’s his own person, and while he most definitely has been shaped by his past and the abuse he received at the hands of people who were supposed to have his best interests in mind, he doesn’t allow their neglect or his circumstances to prevent him from moving forward, to actually living life instead of simply surviving it. And, although he has had many life changing experiences, one unexpected encounter shapes his life more than any other interaction, except maybe when he first introduces himself to Preppy and becomes a part of a family of misfits who would lie, cheat, and steal to protect their own, and while Nine is not as hardcore as Preppy, King, and Bear, he does what needs to be done and he uses his intelligence, his thoughtful demeanor, and his perseverance to pave his own way, and he’s allowed to do that in the ragtag crew who takes him in as he is with no other expectations but that he’s family.

Lenny is unique in her own right and the way Frazier reveals Lenny’s backstory is brilliant for reasons I can’t discuss because I don’t want to spoil any part of Nine and Lenny’s story, but just take my word for it…Lenny’s life hasn’t been easy and she continues to struggle with a litany of issues – one dominant one is her anxiety. Because of the life-changing events that have happened to Lenny, her anxiety is most definitely an albatross around her neck, and it’s one that refuses to release her. And while the reasons for her mental difficulties may not be relatable to a lot of readers, the fact that she struggles with something that so many of us struggle with as well makes her a character that readers can get behind and cheer on as she finds her place in life and hopefully love.

Nine and Lenny’s story is not as dark as previous plot lines in this world, and I appreciate that fact, not only because these two characters have their own personalities and backstories, but because regardless of the setting, diversifying characters is necessary, and while I understand that readers may have a set of expectations for certain series/authors/worlds, consistently creating similar characters and story lines seems to pigeon hole authors, so any time an author goes against the grain, moves beyond their already established characters/settings, I have a greater appreciation for that author and those new plots and characters.

I loved catching up with Frazier’s Logan Beach characters and being introduced to a handful of new ones; I adored being back there and I hope I never have to say goodbye to this world and these extraordinary heroes/heroines.

4.5 Poison Apples

Excerpt

I look up into his dark eyes. “This is a dangerous game of cat and mouse we’re playing.”

“More like a game of cat and bird,” he corrects.

I straighten my posture, my nipples grazing his hard chest. “And we all know how that turns out in the end. The cat eats the bird.”

Nine lightly scrapes his nails over my bare arms before pressing them into my skin. I gasp at the slight bite of pain. “No, the pretty bird swoops down from nowhere and sinks her sharp talons into the cat, marking him for life.”

There’s no sarcasm in his voice. I don’t know how to begin to process what it is he’s saying. It takes all of my concentration to get out my next few words.

“And…and then what?”

Nine picks me up off the floor in one quick motion, flipping me back onto the bed. He crawls over my body, hovering above me, pinning my wrists to the mattress. He grazes his teeth over the sensitive spot behind my ear. He lowers his voice to a deliciously deep rumble that has me vibrating with his every word.

“And then he eats her.”

About the Author

T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier never dreamed that a single person would ever read a word she wrote when she published her first book. Now, she is a five-time USA Today bestselling author and her books have been translated into numerous languages and published all around the world.

T.M. enjoys writing what she calls sexy‘wrongside of the tracks romance’ with morally corrupt anti-heroes and ballsy heroines.

Her books have been described as raw, dark and gritty. Basically, what that means, is while some authors are great at describing a flower as it blooms, T.M. is better at describing it in the final stages of decay.

She loves meeting her readers, but if you see her at an event please don’t pinch her because she’s not ready to wake up from this amazing dream.
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