Cole McCade is a New Orleans-born Southern boy without the Southern accent, currently residing somewhere in the metropolitan wilds of the American Midwest. He spends his days as a suit-and-tie corporate consultant and business writer, and his nights writing romance novels when he’s not being tackled by two hyperactive cats. And while he spends more time than is healthy hiding in his writing cave instead of hanging around social media, you can generally find him in these usual haunts: •Email: email@example.com •Twitter: @ColeMcCade •Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cole.mccade •Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ColeMcCadeBooks •Website & Blog: http://www.colemccade.com •Tumblr: http://colemccade.tumblr.com/ He also runs an advice column called Dammit, Cole, where he occasionally answers questions about everything from romance and dating to the culture of hypermasculinity, from the perspective of a male romance author: •http://www.colemccade.com/category/dammit-cole/ Looking for more? You can get early access to cover reveals, blurbs, contests, and other exclusives by joining the McCade’s Marauders street team at: •http://www.facebook.com/groups/mccadesmarauders/
The Lost: A Crow City Novelby Cole McCade
There's something wrong with Leigh.
She's known it her whole life. She knows it every time she spreads her legs. Every time she begs for the pain, the pleasure, the heat of a hard man driving deep inside. She's a slave to her own twisted lusts--and it's eating her alive. She loves it. She craves it. Sex is her drug, and she's always chasing her next fix. But/p>
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There's something wrong with Leigh.
She's known it her whole life. She knows it every time she spreads her legs. Every time she begs for the pain, the pleasure, the heat of a hard man driving deep inside. She's a slave to her own twisted lusts--and it's eating her alive. She loves it. She craves it. Sex is her drug, and she's always chasing her next fix. But nothing can satisfy her addiction, not even the nameless men she uses and tosses aside. No one's ever given her what she truly needs.
Until Gabriel Hart.
Cold. Controlled. Impenetrable. Ex-Marine Gabriel Hart isn't the kind of man to come running when Leigh crooks her pretty little finger. She loathes him. She hungers for him. He's the only one who understands how broken she is, and just what it takes to satisfy the emptiness inside. But Gabriel won't settle for just one night. He wants to claim her, keep her, make her forever his. Together they are the lost, the ruined, the darkness at the heart of Crow City.
But Leigh has a darkness of her own. A predator stalking through her past--one she'll do anything to escape.
Even if it means running from the one man who could love her...and leaving behind something more precious to her than life itself.
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It's been a long time since I've pulled an almost all-nighter reading. Prepare yourself, because for amongst all that is a little unsettling, is an absorbing erotic story which holds you captive and has characters with real depth. It's dark and, at times, uncomfortable but it's equally touching, and the journey you are taken on and the emotion it pulls from you is something else. 'She always loved the ones who hurt her.' I'm going to be vague, I'm not going into much detail because doing so risks taking away something special; the not knowing. Not knowing where the story was heading, how and if Leigh and Gabriel can overcome their demons, individually and together, and not knowing if they are even right for one another. It wasn't entirely the story I was expecting; I knew it held taboo elements, but everything enveloping this was so much more than I could have anticipated. It's a story that will stab at your heart. It's is one of acceptance and so much more, and for someone who's not particularly a crier, there were tears; painful and joyful. Some parts don't make easy reading, but they are vital to the story and are written with compassion and consideration. But amongst the dark there are plentiful heat-filled moments along with those that will make you smile and those that will make your heart sigh, lifting you exactly when you need it and bringing the hope that you so crave. 'I will hurt you in any way you want to be hurt. But I need to know you want it, first.' This is a character-driven novel that will make you feel and its slightly longer length really gives readers the opportunity to get to know Leigh and Gabriel; understand them, accept, love and appreciate them for the damaged, lost, yet strong, passionate souls they are. Cole McCade is a talented author, I loved his contemporary romance, A Second Chance at Paris, but this just highlights how versatile in his craft he is.
This is an amazing book. It is dark and deals with some uncomfortable themes, but having said that, I don't think I've read an erotic novel with so much hope inside it's covers. If you like dark erotica that is character driven, reads like poetry, features a deep and layered alpha, and a heroine you can understand, this book is for you. I was deeply enraptured during the entire book. It will stay in my head for a long time to come.
Every once in a while I get in the mood for a dark romance and this book came just in time. I definitely mean dark when I say that. I’m really glad Cole McCade chose to add that trigger warning because this is definitely a book that could do that for some people. But it’s also a romance. It’s definitely now what most would consider normal but it works for these two characters. Leigh and Gabriel are both damaged but in different ways. Leigh has been through some very dark stuff and she doesn’t handle it very well. She’s going day by day and just doing what she can to forget. Gabriel is an ex-marine and dealing with survivor's guilt and more. He’s dark and brooding but when he meets Leigh all bets are off. He won’t take the one night stand that Leigh wants. I think these two compliment each other and help heal what’s missing. And while I can’t relate, Cole McCade did a great job of making the reader feel it. This story definitely pulled me through the emotional ringer. It captivates you and makes those hard to read scenes so full of emotion and feeling that you feel like you’re there with the with the character. It was definitely hard to read at times but I loved Leigh and Gabriel. Although they both struggle with inner demons, there’s still hope for them. If you’re into dark romances and the taboo and heavy emotional stuff doesn’t bother you, this is definitely one to check out. 5 out of 5 stars!
The Lost, A Crow City Novel, (Cole McCade: After Dark), Cole McCade Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, I struggled with this book at times, its a great read but parts made me very uncomfortable. Its quite dark, and not a HEA, fluffy, light romance but one that’s really gripping, and at times emotionally draining. I so felt for Leigh, it was clear she was running from something, using the streets and her lifestyle as some kind of an escape, sort of just marking time but also to me seeming to punish herself. She’s having sex with total strangers daily, but only for the minutest fraction of time does it give her pleasure, a momentary escape, so why is she doing it? Its almost like she’s punishing herself. And I wanted to know why. Why did she push everyone away who tried to help? Why was she on the streets? What happened in her past? Why wasn’t anyone looking for her. Gary, the bar owner, seems to see her as a kind of lost child and does his best to help, but within her strict boundaries – he gives her a place to at least leave her belongings safely, have a shower, wash her clothes, even if she rarely stays there herself. Then she meets Gabriel and he seems to know what she needs, to offer more, but he’s not a man to be treated lightly. He needs to be in control, he needs to call the shots but he’s so careful not to scare her away. He’s also got demons in his past though, and they have a tenuous rapport that starts off badly. I felt like Leigh and Gabriel were walking on eggshells most of the time, and at any moment something would crack and break their fragile relationship. I so wanted something positive for Leigh, she seems so brittle, fragile, damaged and made me want to cry for her at times. Gabriel too – he’s a good man, with a hard past and if they can just find a way forward together...but can two such hurting characters find common ground, grow to love each other? Stars:Five, a riveting if uncomfortable read. It shows that people from all walks of life have serious issues, that the charmed on the outside, perfect family can mask a host of problems. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers. If you enjoyed my review I'd love it if you would please click “Like” and if you didn't I'd love to know why, in case I've inadvertently added a spoiler and need to edit.
This book kept my emotional state on a razors edge. Clarissa Leigh Van Zandt is an extremely complicated character. She was so lost, by herself, and didn't have any direction when she ran. No compass! I thought she'd found her salvation in Gabriel Hart but he was almost as broken and lost as she was. I can't claim to understand her reasons or his for that matter but I could feel their pain. The pain of wanting everything to be OK but knowing it wasn't. Then it might never be. Wanting hurt worse than not having it at all. This is a brilliantly told story that was real and awkward. It was tragic and beautiful. It eased my soul when I heard the answer to Wally's question "Do you know what you want now?" That was "my" closure to the story. You must read this book yourself to see what you get from it, as I believe everyone will get something different by the time they're finished. I thank this author for the Trigger Warning at the beginning and the Afterwords at the end. Knowing that I wasn't reading the fantasy romance novel but was reading about something real and tragic, made it easier to read some of the things Leigh had been through. Hard to read because of the tragedy of it all but still a great book! Not a true story, only fiction but close enough to be real for some. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.