Review Post: Sail by M. Mabie

 

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Sail
Book Two in The Wake Series
by M. Mabie
Blog Tour 13th – 25th April
Synopsis2
This isn’t just a two-year long one-night stand. It’s my life.
This is my life. Our life. It isn’t just some careless affair.
I’ve made the worst decisions a woman could, but I’ll earn my second chance.
She can try keeping all the guilt for herself, but I’m just as much to blame.
Loving Casey wasn’t my biggest mistake. Fighting it for so long was.
I’ll show her how fearless our love makes me. I’ll protect her torn heart.
He still has magic in his eyes. He’s the man who makes me happy.
Her voice still brings me to my knees. She says my name like it’s sacred.
I live for the day when I’m his. To take care of him. To love him the way he deserves.
I can’t wait to be all she needs. I can give her a happy life, security and so much love.
Sometimes two ships never meet in the night, but ours did.
Sometimes the water is rough. It beats you all to hell until you have no choice but get stronger.
Our love story reads more like a tragedy, but to me it’s clean and pure.
Let them point their fingers. Without a love like ours, they haven’t really lived. I pity them.
I’m a cheating wife and a villain. I am his honeybee.
I’m a snake in the grass and I sleep best when I’m lying next to his wife.
I want to be his everything.
I’m nothing without her anyway.
This isn’t even close to over.
It’ll never be over.

Sail is the second book in the continuing Wake Series. For more information on the first book in the series see the link for Bait below.

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My Review

 *****5 PHENOMENAL STARS*****

To say I loved this book and everything it gave me, is the understatement of the century.

I don’t even think love is a strong enough verb for what I felt reading Sail by M. Mabie. It’s definitely not a strong enough verb to describe the immense amount of feeling and adoration I had for Blake and Casey’s unique, authentic, and enamoring characters. It’s also nowhere near a strong enough verb to tell you how utterly phenomenal and exceptionally crafted this chapter of their story was.

This book owned me. Blake and Casey and all that came with them, owned me. Everything Sail and its story gave me, owned me.

And you know what? I’ve never been more ecstatic to be owned by fictional characters in my life.

After first meeting Blake and Casey in their magnificently angst filled story in Bait, I was more than ready to dive back into the next chapter of their story. Bait set the bar very high, and M. Mabie just blew me away with how she created and pushed these characters to their limits in that book, so I was very curious to see where this part of the story would take Blake and Casey.

Sail not only took Blake and Casey to some pretty darn extraordinary places, it also left me in awe of what I got to experience right along with them. I can’t say enough how much this part of their story just made sense for their relationship. It was the perfect next step for them after all they’d been through, as they continued their fight to be with one another. The way M. Mabie exceptionally develops this book and Blake and Casey’s characters is superb, and she pushes them just the right amount in this book.

One of the aspects I loved most about reading Sail was reading and experiencing how much Casey and Blake’s characters evolved over the course of the story. M. Mabie gives you the phenomenal chance to see and feel and experience their evolution fully. You get to see Blake and Casey try to be better. You get inside both of their dynamic and exceptional heads, and get to feel and hear and see and think what they do, as they grow and develop as characters. You get to experience all of the fight those two go through in order to make themselves better, in order to be better together, and that is nothing short of extraordinary to experience.

Blake is a character that I just love whole heartedly. That girl is flawed and has made some less than wonderful choices, especially when it came to Casey, and even though I love her fiercely, even I shook my head sometimes at what she chose to do in Bait. But Sail gives you a new side to Blake, a grown up side to her that will heal the many cracks in your heart that the old Blake might’ve helped create. The Blake in this book is still flawed and authentic as all get out and she is so very real to me, but what I loved most about the Blake in this book was how much she tried and pushed and fought to be better, to make better choices, and to be the woman that both she and Casey deserved. The Blake in this book grows up a lot, and her owning up to her mistakes and trying to fix it all just solidified how fantastic her character is.

Blake is hands down, one of my favorite female characters I’ve ever read, and that is just a testament to M. Mabie’s truly exceptional creation, development, and writing of her character.

Now I am under the distinct notion that Casey Moore will own a solid chunk of my heart for the rest of time. Seriously. His character, his charm, and the essence of that man just stole my heart, squeezed it tight, all before melting it again because of all that he was in Sail. Casey is a huge part of what makes this book and series AMAZING. In Sail, along with Blake, Casey must change a bit in order to have a shot at what he and Blake are fighting for. The new and improved Casey in this book is just as charming and hot and witty as the Casey in Bait, except this Casey realizes what went wrong, takes some much needed culpability in it, and pushes with all his might to make himself and it all better. I know I loved Casey before, but seeing what he does and goes through in order to be better for Blake and for himself, just made it infinitely impossible not to fall more and more in headfirst, red pant wearing love with him.

Suffice to say, Casey is a male character to die for who is guaranteed to steal some piece of you forever. The amount of moments he literally had me swooning and panting and melting into a puddle of emotion in this book, just solidified how utterly outstanding his character is.

The same electric pull that pulled Blake and Casey together in Bait, is ever present and more intensified in Sail. That connection draws them together like two magnets unable to resist the pull towards one another, and you will be pulled into it all too, making all that they feel and experience seem so very real. Blake and Casey’s connection and relationship is defined by the shear passion they have, how visceral it is at times, and just the fire that ignites them both when they are together, but also by the depth of feeling and care they have for one another that weaves its way beautifully into this book.

I promise you that you will not doubt the feelings that Blake and Casey share throughout Sail, and their connection is sure to bring a certain kind of heat to your cheeks and the most wonderful warmth to your heart. The banter, the charm, and the fun between Blake and Casey is perfect, and the meaning behind their words and their actions and their love in this book is even more perfect, and it just exemplifies what it is that they’re fighting for, and why it is so worth it.

I’ve also never been jealous of a hammock before, so props to M. Mabie for making that thought come into my head!

Because of how M. Mabie so wonderfully crafted and wrote this book, when you read Sail you’ll be living through it all with these characters. You’ll feel every ounce of emotion and feeling and vulnerability that they characters bravely put out there. You’ll feel every bit of fight that permeates this book in the best possible way. You’ll feel the love, the hate, the pain, the healing, and everything in between as Blake and Casey try to fix what they have in order to be together.

While this book makes the most superb kind of sense for Blake and Casey and their relationship, it is also filled with more WTF and OMG moments than you can shake a stick at. Those moments just throw you into the story more, and each new event that comes Blake and Casey’s way will have you more and more enthralled because of how those two handle it. Some of those moments brought tears to my eyes for many reasons, others made my heart start racing like crazy, and often my breath was taken away by what I was reading. Experiencing that is just part of what makes this book so outstanding.

Not to be outdone by the fantasticness of Blake and Casey, the supporting characters that glue all the wondrous pieces of this book together are back, and better than ever. Sail allows these characters to become part of Blake and Casey’s story in such an amazing way because now everyone knows what’s going on, and reading how all these distinctive and engaging characters interact with Blake and Casey is just brilliant. I cannot wait to get my grubby little paws on more of them, cough Reggie cough, because they are all unique and fun and enamoring, and I’ve got no doubt that they each have one fabulous story to tell.

Like I said, Sail owned me. It owned every part of me while I was reading. It owned my thoughts, my feelings, and most assuredly my heart.

This book and all that it gave me was exactly what I needed and more than I even knew I needed from Blake and Casey. I loved this book immensely. Blake and Casey’s story in Sail is beautiful and breathtaking and the perfect amount of everything. Its defined by so many phenomenal aspects that make it such an exceptional story to experience, and all of that is possible because of M. Mabie’s remarkable and extraordinary writing. She creates a world and a set of characters that will enrapture you the instant you meet them, and you’re never going to want to let them go. Ever.

Sail was a beyond extraordinary addition to this series, and this author just made me love Blake and Casey land so fiercely once again. This book was everything, and it gave me everything, and as much as I never want them to end, I for one cannot wait for the conclusion to Blake and Casey’s story in Anchor.

Sail tells the next chapter in Blake and Casey’s story. It will push them to places they never thought they’d be, and it’ll push you as the reader while you’re along for the phenomenal ride, and in the end you’ll just be thrilled that you had the chance to experience the utter magnificence that is Blake and Casey’s story in Sail.

 

Excerpt

The room was dimly lit with the few lights we’d left on. It was late, and even though I was tired from travel and just life in general, I craved the feel of him.
Our suite was warm, void of chill or worry. In the bedroom, we didn’t bother with a light, knowing where everything was by memory.
He guided me to bed. He let my hair down and brushed it off my shoulders, and then he held me close and pressed his lips to mine. Casey laid us down so softly I barely knew we were moving until I felt the fluffy pillow under my head.
I deepened our kiss and moaned when his body pressed against mine.
“We’re not going to have sex tonight, Blake,” he said breathlessly around my lips. Why? I wanted him so badly. Just like that. Slow and easy.
I tried to evict thoughts of uncertainty from my mind, but they snuck in with his words. His behavior was contradictory. He’d shown me nothing but affection and care since we saw each other in the airport.
Why wouldn’t he make love to me?
Old demons felt the need to speak up.
What if he doesn’t want you after the chase? What if he only likes the thrill?
I felt my body begin to tense for the first time since we’d arrived. The hands that had been wandering across his back stilled. The leg I had started to wrap around his waist slowly began falling to the side.
“Hey, where are you going,” he said, as he kissed my neck and ran a hand through my hair to the nape of my neck.
“I don’t understand,” I contested. “I want you.” He shifted his weight and I felt how hard he was against my inner thigh. He was definitely turned on. So what was his deal? “Don’t you want me, too?”
“Mmmm,” he breathed near my ear. “God, I want you.” His big right hand hitched my leg back around his hip and he palmed my ass, bringing my dress up to my waist in the process and exposing my pale pink underwear. “I’ve wanted you day and night for so long now. I don’t know how to not want you.” He spoke between kisses and rubbed his nose along my clavicle. Then he bit me gently at the crook of my neck. “But there’ve been too many times I’ve let that need for you cloud my focus.”
“But I—”
“No, Blake. Not tonight. Tonight, I’m going to make you come and then I’m going to sleep next to you. I’m going to fall asleep with you in my arms. All those nights I missed out on holding you and feeling you next to me. I stole them from both of us being scared and stubborn.
I have to be better this time. I see all that you’re doing and I’m so damn proud of you, honeybee,” he said calmly. “But I want more than just physical things from you. It isn’t that I don’t want you. Fuck, do I want you. But I need all of you. Not just this.” He moved against my center and I knew I had to change his mind. After hearing those sweet
words, I had to have him and I wasn’t going to fight fair.
“Please, Casey. Fuck me.”
He growled and pressed his forehead to my chest. “You’re evil.” He laughed. I wished he sounded defeated, but mostly he sounded amused. “You’re not making it easy for me to be noble.”
“Don’t be noble then,” I said as I wound my arms around him and
pulled him closer to me.
“If you knew what I was thinking about doing to you, you’d know I wasn’t.” He rolled partially over toward the center of the bed and ran his hand under my dress and up to my breast.
“Then tell me,” I shamelessly suggested.
The tips of his fingers roamed down my stomach and my pulse sped up. His fingers slid under the sheer fabric of my underwear and my breaths came in spurts as I mentally begged him to keep going. I was so wound up.
“Don’t worry. I told you I’d take care of you.”
Buy The Book

See where it all started in Bait!!

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Bait

Book One in The Wake Series

Still on Sale for 99¢

Synopsis:

He was trouble from the start, but I couldn’t resist.
She was the best kind of trouble. The kind that was so wrong, it felt right.
I’ve tried and failed to stay away from him.
I’ve done everything in my power to make her mine and keep her.
He’s almost impossible to say no to.
She never tells me yes.
We’re always fighting.
When we’re not fighting, we’re… well… making up.
He makes me laugh so hard.
I miss her laugh the most.
I’m a liar.
She knows the truth, but won’t admit it.
Sometimes, I wish I’d never met him.
I wish we could meet all over again. I’d do better.
His sweet girlfriend knows.
The guy she’s with is a fool.
I’ll never love anyone like I love him.
She doesn’t love me enough to choose us.
It was the wrong place.
It was the wrong time.
It should have been him.
It will always be her.
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M. Mabie lives in Illinois with her husband. She is the author of the steamy comedy Fade In. Her sophomore release, Bait, is the first book in the angst-filled erotic Wake Series. She writes unconventional love stories and tries to embody “real-life romance.”
She cares about politics, but will not discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne’s World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head. She has always been a writer. In fact, she was born with a pen in her hand, which almost never happens. Almost.
M. Mabie usually doesn’t speak in third-person either. She promises.
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