I am extremely happy to be apart of the Demons Blog tour. I have never been into motorcycle club books, but I am hooked on this one. I am going to be doing a double review and I am honored that J. L. Drake took sometime to answer a few questions for me.
Author: J.L. Drake
Series: Devil’s Reach
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release: March 27th
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctors Design
Cover Model: Josh Mario John
Photographer: Lane Dorsey
I thought the light would bring redemption. Salvation. But it only brought the Devil to my doorstep. My demons are breaking through, and the reaper is moving closer. My weakness has been exposed, and there’s only one person who can calm this hell…
I broke a promise to myself, and now I’m paying for it. I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be a part of this hell. But I don’t have a choice…
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This book was addicting, captivating, intriguing. The pages just kept turning and turning. I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed every aspect of the book. The grit, the darkness, the sadness and laughter. There are parts that made me cringed. There are parts that were so dark, but I felt the darkness was justified.
Book 1 learn about the enigma that is Trigger.
Tess and Trigger are two lost broken souls. They are able to give each that one thing that they never got from the people that were suppose to give it to them – their parents.
Trigger’s childhood was filled with nothing but pain. My heart ached for him. Due to his childhood Trigger became the man that he is – the feared President of Devils Reach.
For most of the book you get little drips of Tess’s pass, each drip was even more intriguing, it made me want to find out more.
Through the darkness both Trigger and Tess have faced in their past and is still going through, they are able to find that one connection. Little by little (Slowly, very slowly) they began peeling away each others layer of onion.
Trigger’s father is a MONSTER. How much do I dislike this man!!!!! It will make you become incense… The man that Trigger thought was dead, was back…. Looking to seek revenge on the man that he created….
There is so much angst in this book, and the graphic details just draws you in.
The book ends with a big cliffhanger… Lot’s and Lot’s of questions that needed to be answered. I was happy that I didn’t have to wait for those answers. After finishing book 1 of The Devil’s Reach, I dove into Book 2.
Demons was the perfect title for this book. In this book both Tess and Trigger faced their demons; DEMONS that needed to be abolished.
Book 2 was an addicting, page-turning darkness. Again I found myself being drawn to this darkness.
There are parts of the book that had me so repulsed and angry. Then I was happy but I thought to myself if I should be happy after reading a certain scene. You have to read it to find out.
Demons… you learn about Tess’s dark past. The emotional and physical abuse she went through by the hands of her parent. The emotional abuse by a man she thought that loved her, being too young to understand that he manipulative abuser himself.
Through series of events that took place in the book Trigger and Tess’s relationship grew stronger.
The angst is even more in this book, contribution to how easily the pages kept turning.
I cannot believe I read both books within three days.
This book also ends with another cliffhanger. All I can say is I cannot wait for book 3.
Interview Q&A with J.L. Drake
How helpful was it getting insight of the thoughts and beliefs of a motorcycle club? Truthfully, it was mind blowing and beyond fascinating. I love the brother ship mentality that runs thick through the clubs.
What did you edit outof this book?
I edited out a scene with Mud (surf shop owner) being somewhere where he shouldn’t have been. I may use it for book three, so I can’t give anymore detail than that.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I love reading my book reviews, personally I read the 4-5 star ones and get my PA or husband to read the others. So, they can filter out the hurt and give me what I need to work on. Reviews are a life line for authors we need to read and understand what the reader is missing or wanting so we can better ourselves as writers. That’s why I push for them so much!
What was your hardest scene to write in both Trigger and Demons?
The slaughter room scenes, not that they are hard to write but I always question myself on the violence. Is it too much and is it necessary for that scene?
This last question is for me and everyone who absolutely love this series. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
On a perfect day it can take me two months to finish a book. However, life isn’t perfect, I have children that feel like mommy writes too much so it’s a very hard balance. Trigger took a year due to my injured wrist, elbow and shoulder and my sons health took an unexpected dive. I’m hoping that 2018 will be easier and I can bust out DR3 in epic time!
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.
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Silence fell. The only things screaming were the demons inside my head. My anger rose rapidly.
“Jace!” I barked. “Clean this shit up.”
He and the newest prospect, Rich, started to push the human waste down the industrial drain with a shovel.
Blood dripped from the tips of my hair and ran down my face. I grabbed the razor we used to skin the heads and moved over to the mirror. I gathered the hair in the center of my head and lifted it up then buzzed the sides.
I left the mohawk long.
I flipped my hair out of my face and spun around to face my men. They seemed unsure what to think.
“Like the new look.” Rail said, trying to break the tension.
Gus nodded in agreement, but I caught him glance to where Morgan stood off to his side.
“Fuck, I would give my left nut to have Tess back,” Rail muttered to Brick.
Brick remained silent, which was good, as I was moments from flipping my fuck switch.
I grabbed a bottle of whiskey on my way out and stuck it in my saddlebag before I kicked my bike to start the engine. The air was cold and whipped through my hoodie as the smell of the rain to come made memories come thick and fast about the last time it poured.
Her lips shivered, but her eyes told me she had a lot more fight in her.
“I’m fine.” She pulled the joint from my lips.
I shook that thought from my head and turned down a side street. I cut the engine and found Mud outside his surf shop.
“Evening.” He grinned when he saw the bottle dangling from my fingers. “You want to keep going?”
I nodded and removed my hoodie and tossed it on
the table, but carefully laid my cut on the leather couch away from the mess.
He motioned for me to take the chair. I flopped back and looked up at the naked posters that littered the ceiling.
Mud lit a joint before he spoke. “This new?” He pointed at his head.
“You want a glass?”
I wiggled the cap off with one hand and drank the neck before I set it aside. Mud huffed with a grin, and smoke poured out of the corners of his mouth. He tapped his phone, and The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy” played through shitty speakers. I eyed him, curious if it was meant for me, but he just clicked the machine on and went to work on my pec.
I focused all my energy on the needle that drilled tiny pinpricks into my flesh, but sadly, it didn’t last long. The pain subsided, and I was left with my demons gnawing on my memories.
Nolan was nowhere to be found.
Check out Book 1 in the Devil’s reach series, TRIGGER
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About J.L. Drake
Bestselling author J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time with her family, travelling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing. An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue. She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has enjoyed writing them.