Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Blog Tour: Lesley Jone's "Carnage 2 (Carnage Series)."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Lesley Jone's "Carnage 2 (Carnage Series)."


When your world, your life and all of your hopes and dreams for the future are ripped out from under you, how do you go on?

Death without dying is not only the most painful kind of death, it's also the most painful kind of life and I don't know if I'm strong enough to live it. I spend my lonely days and nights trying to make sense of what my life has become. Do I have the strength to move forward into the light, or should I just let the darkness take me? 

I'm Georgia Rae Layton McCarthy and this is the story of me, just me.

I'm no longer a part of an us, it's just me.


By myself.

Review: Surj Harvey

"Carnage 2" was one book readers couldn't wait to get their mits on, yup me included. But why I hear you ask? Well because book one in the series had left a trail of devastation in it's path. Tears were shed, souls were shattered, hearts were broken and controversy was stirred as we tried to come to terms with what we'd  just read. We struggled to accept it, coming up with various scenarios to explain one of the ballsiest move we'd ever seen by an author. Maybe Lesley Jones just got it wrong. Maybe her fingers slipped on the key board. Maybe it was all just a dream. So many maybe's but alas in the end we had to learn to accept that not everyone got a HEA and sometimes... just sometimes fate really could be a bitch of the worst kind. 

"You're a beautiful young woman, trying to find her way in life after having 
the most devastatingly, fucked up thing happen to her."

I knew this sequel wasn't going to be an easy one to read and trust me it wasn't. But what I didn't expect was to find myself questioning all those feelings and emotions I'd experienced in book one. Had I really got so much so wrong? Boy oh boy was "Carnage 2" an eye opener for me. I'd been so blinded by Georgia and Sean's love in book one that I'd hated anyone who got in their way. I wasn't open to reasoning and there was absolutely no rationalizing with me. I was so desperate for the couple to get their HEA that no one else stood a chance. Cameron King could go take a running jump for all I cared, his very presence had truly grated on me as he continued to get in the way of true love (or so I thought). However, this book made me take a step back, made me look at things in a whole new light and made me realise just how many victims of love there had been. My anger, my frustrations and my hurt really had been misdirected and misplaced and for that, I truly felt guilty. In this second book, I found myself warming to characters I had previously hated and actually disliking characters I had previously loved... go figure huh... who'd have thought a few hundred pages could have such a big effect on me. 

"You made me feel." I don't know why I'm telling him this.
"It's not even been a year, and you made me feel."

"Carnage 2" was Georgia Rae's story. The story of a woman who had loved and  lost. The story of a woman who was so broken, I wondered whether she would ever recover. This was the story of how Georgia Rae's heart was was put back together piece by piece, brick by brick but by no means was her journey as straight forward as one would have hoped. Despite having already gone through so much, she would need to hit rock bottom before turning a corner and even then , for every two steps forward, you can bet your bottom dollar there were another ten steps back, guilt playing a huge factor in her road to finding some form of peace and happiness. 

"The biggest lies we tell George, are the ones we tell ourselves." 

This book gave me the perfect conclusion to Georgia Rae's story. It was emotional, it was angst filled and it was drama loaded (some warranted, some a little excessive) but every bit of heart ache, every tear I shed, every lump I had in my throat, every giggle that escaped (yes there was some laughing) was worth it for the ending. Some of you will be happy with it, others maybe not so much but for me, I got the closure I needed.

"If I was to have a custom made steering wheel made to represent me, it would have a little 
he-man on it, coz I'm not just king of the world; I'm master of the fucking universe." 

So anyway peeps, I'm going to quit whilst I'm ahead in fear of throwing in spoilers (by accident of course). If you haven't picked this series up, what are you waiting for... it's a must. Go... go on... now... go click and enjoy the story of Georgia Rae.

I rated "Carnage 2" 4 Hearts 
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Lesley Jones Biography

I was born and raised in a small working class town in Essex, just outside of East London. I am married with three sons and in 2006 we all moved to the other side of the world, settling on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, about 50K outside of Melbourne Australia. It's a whole new way of life for us down here, we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

I am currently a stay at home mum but in the past I have worked at Marks & Spencer, as a classroom assistant/teachers aid and have run my business.
As well as writing, I love to read and have been known to get through four or five books a week. My other interests are watching my boys play football...The round ball version. I am happy to admit to being an addict of social media and I owe a lot to my Facebook and Twitter family in promoting my work. I am also rather partial to a glass... or bottle of wine, a nicely chilled Marlborough Sav Blanc being my favorite. Being a born and raised Essex girl, I will happily admit to be being a big fan of spray tans, Shellac and am regularly, waxed, tinted and sculpted, although I am more likely to be found in thongs/flipflops than a pair of white stilettos these days.

Social Media

Twitter: @LesleyKJones 

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