Monday, July 21, 2014

DJ Wilson - Ride to Redemption - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Righting another's wrong landed D in WITSEC, the witness protection program and cost him family, friends, and everything of substance in his life.

Loneliness is his constant companion until he meets Candi, the girl of his dreams. He and Candi embark on a three-week ride to redemption where they deal with mind-numbing deceit, perilous treachery, their overpowering lust for each other and their personal demons.

Nevertheless, new opportunities bring a chance to begin again. And, it doesn't hurt that he's got 200 pounds of illicit diamonds to use to ease the pain of those wronged. He will continue the redemption process by way of a well thought out plan involving a 5,000-mile adventure through the Western United States and Canada.

When D meets Candice, aka Candi, she captures his heart, mind and soul the instant she 'inadvertently' almost runs him down in the Starbucks drive-thru. Candi joins him on his three-week, two-wheeled ride to redemption, where they're forced to face their personal demons, while dealing with wanton lust, mind-numbing deceit and perilous treachery.

Spectacular scenery and a cast of unforgettable characters they meet along the way makes the journey memorable, but nothing prepares them for the sacrifices they must eventually make midway in the ride.

"The more things change, the more they stay the same," sadly, does not ring true for Candice and D throughout this first of a two part series. Lust and greed are forever game-changers, even for those who desperately seek redemption.

My Review

D, a simple name for one heck of a guy. Women call him a slut. Men beg him for sexual advice. He's a slave to a part of the female anatomy he affectionally dubs 'woo-hoo.' He's certainly a character who makes an instant, indelible impression.

D is a Robin Hood of sorts, stealing two billion dollars worth of diamonds from a crooked Bernie Madoff-type investor and redistributing them anonymously through the mail to the innocent people he ripped off. How did D get his hands on this sparkly stash? He built the guy's house, so he knew the ins and outs of his security system. Presto, change-o.

But D gets himself into trouble when the mafia decides they want the diamonds too, or at least a list of those he's sharing them with. He gets himself in deeper by falling for the wiles of an irresistible young thing named Candi. D knows next to nothing about her, but he doesn't care, he just wants to have sex with her. Not that he's completely driven by lust, he's also looking for that soul mate type of connection he never had with his ex-wife. He's broken, on the run and looking for someone to believe in him, and he thinks Candi might be the one to heal him and make him complete, or at least get his jollies off.

Yet D is a romantic, of sorts. He tries to live a selfless lifestyle by putting the needs of others ahead of his own. He goes out of his way for people, and he expects the same courtesy in return, even if he doesn't always get it. He has no problem pleasuring Candi sexually, giving her whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. He feels that they're on the page physically, enjoying each other in bed, in the shower, in a lake, on a picnic table - heck, even on the back of his motorcycle - but he just doesn't know if he can trust her.

D is a double-sided character with shades of a sinner interspersed with the aspirations of a saint. He's willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good, even if it's not his wrong to right. He takes the burden of association upon himself, sticking his neck out for the little guy and hoping that those he's helping will pay his generosity forward. He's all about one good turn deserving another.

However, he also has a macho side that some female readers might find off-putting. He brags to ZZ Top, of all people, that he'll get Candi to show them her breasts. He picks a woman up in a casino after inviting Candi to join him on a multi-week motorcycle ride. He shares the vibrator he bought for Candi with another woman on their trip, sterilizing it with mouthwash before passing it on. It's up to the reader to decide what types of behavior fall under the standard of acceptable behavior. Some women will forgive D his transgressions, others likely won't.

Because D is a complicated lover boy. He's not one-dimensional. He's not cookie cutter. He's a leading man of the modern age with a slight hankering for the romance of old. He's a romantic hero with a voracious sexual appetite, but also with a sensitive heart that always seems to be yearning for more. More love. More give and take. More honesty. He's the kind of a guy who wants to give himself to a woman completely, and he'll keep hope alive until he finds her, if he hasn't already.


Ride to Redemption can be purchased at:
Amazon, Smashwords

Prices/Formats: $3.99 ebook, $10.95 paperback
Pages: 282
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release: December 2, 2013
Publisher: Fideli Publishing
ISBN: 9781604147773
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About the Author

Raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, I graduated from Cumberland University, located in a small town you've never heard just inside Kentucky quite a few years ago. At the present, we're living beside beautiful Dale Hollow Lake.

Blessed to travel, blessed with health, blessed with second chances, too numerous to list here.

As a blogger, featured on many sites, including the Huffington Post, I have been humbled beyond measure, more times than not, by all that life has thrown our way.

Successful, that's me, catastrophic failure, that's me too. We've been there, done that and have the life changing scars to prove it.

Our writings reflect life through the throes of heartache and loss, as well as through the joys redemption brings.

"Life is not waiting for the Storms to Pass, It's Learning to Dance in the Rain."

Links to connect with DJ:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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