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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Book Review: Tragic Love by M.S. Brannon

Tragic Love (Sulfur Heights #2) by M.S. Brannon
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
**Mature Content Warning** 
17+ for language and sexual content**
Date Published: November 6, 2013
Publisher: Self

“From the moment I locked eyes with hers, we've had this undeniable connection that was and will always be wicked. A love that would literally kill me if it didn't survive, but lately, could kill me if it did.” ~Drake Evans.

For Drake and Presley, life has handed them more challenges than any one person should ever face in a lifetime. Together, they've survived Presley’s captivity from her deranged uncle, but now they must learn how to live with the events that surrounded her time spent with him, while keeping the details of her rescue a secret.

For Presley Quinn, living the last two years has been practically unbearable, constantly drowning in nightmares put there by a man responsible for the violent images continually playing in her mind. She keeps moving forward, but is barely clinging onto the edge when she’s faced with another obstacle from her past that is so unavoidable, so tragic, it threatens to break her apart—herself.

Drake will do anything to protect Presley from ever feeling pain again. His love is irrefutable. He walks side by side with her, vowing he will never let anyone harm her again. However, when an unexpected event turns Presley against everyone she’s ever loved, Drake is faced with trying to save the only woman he’s ever loved or severing the only lifeline she’s ever had—himself.

**Mature Content Warning** 17 years and older for language and sexual content.

Tragic Love is the second book in the Sulphur Heights series by M.S. Brannon. This is another book where I am in the clear minority. It just wasn't for me. From the beginning, I didn't enjoy the main character. As a result, that brought my overall enjoyment of the book down. Presley kept making bad decisions followed by senseless lies. It was a repetitive pattern for her, and I quickly grew tired of it. So many books lately have had their main characters telling numerous amounts of senseless lies to their significant others causing relationship issues and what not, and I'm ready for a new kind of conflict. Presley had a tremendous amount of trauma in her life, but I don't think that's excuse enough for her to handle her life the way she has. I enjoyed Drake quite a bit though. He was definitely too good for Presley. I kept waiting for him to realize this. The ending pretty much sealed the deal for me. I didn't like it at all. There was an alternate ending too. With some things that were said by Drake a few times through the story, the alternate ending would have actually fit the story a little better. Although, I don't see Reggie letting it happen. Will I read more in the series? Yes, each book is stand alone. I enjoyed book one, and I really want to know more about the other characters as well.

Tragic Love by M.S. Brannon was provided to me by Reading Addiction Virtual Blog Tours for review. The opinions are my own.


M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience.

To learn more about M.S. Brannon and her books, visit her
blog.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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