Blog Tour: The Runaway Viper (Viper #2) by Kirsty-Anne Still +ARC Review & Excerpt

Title: The Runaway Viper
Series: The Viper Series #2
Author: Kirsty-Anne Still
Release Date
: July 6, 2014
Synopsis
Having already broken rule number of Clara Delvine’s rules by falling in love with one of her clients, Joely Gilbert knows she is past the point of no return. After defying all of the orders Delvine lives by, Joely believes becoming the first runaway Viper Girl is all too good to be true.
However, remaining uncaught for months, Jace Mason gives Joely the life she’s been searching for – the man she wants, the house she dreamt of, the love she cherishes.

But how long can you outrun the devil when she’s after blood?

After all, Delvine never loses a girl, and she’ll do anything to make sure she has Joely back to finish her contractual obligations.
What happens when Joely’s left with the biggest decision of her life, the decision that was always hers to make – kill her heart or kill the man she loves.
Clara will make sure Joely never strays from The Viper Rooms – ever again.
But can The Boss tame a runaway viper?
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Excerpt
“What’s got you looking distant?” Jace comes out from the bathroom, covered only by a towel.
I look up and smile guiltily. “When did I become such a snob?” I ask him, keeping my tone light. I’m arguing with my inner self, appalled at my own mental path. “The bedding to this place is going to have us itching all night.” I train my eyes upon him and sigh. “When did that become one of my biggest problems?”
Jace laughs at my problem and my faces pulls into a frown.
“If cheap sheets are your biggest problem right now, Lee, I am going to sleep a happy, happy man tonight.” He watches me, seeing my shoulders slump slightly under his teasing tone. “Maybe you could inspect the quality of towels too,” he queries, waltzing over to me. He pulls the front off from his body, holding out to me. “They’re rather stiff.”
I bite my lip and allow my eyes to trail down his partially glistening body and find the towel parted a delicious amount. I can already see he is hard and I release my lip. My mouth dries as I reach out for the flannel material and I feel lust filter through my system, stealing my woes and casting them aside.
I smirk at the sight, grinning like a Cheshire cat. “Definitely stiff.” I nod and agree and release the towel. Jace does too and the white flannel sheet drops entirely, leaving my husband bare and turned on before me. “Really stiff,” I exhale, my breathing drawing thin. His penis is directly within my eye level and I can’t help but lick my lips.
Jace doesn’t even utter a word as he reaches out for me. He takes my hand, mock disgust smother his face as he gazes upon what little I have on. “You’re a little too overdressed for my liking,” he speaks with minor revulsion as he pulls me up to my feet.
Review:
After escaping the Queen Viper’s hold during one of The Viper Rooms grand party, Joely and Jace manage to start a life together on the run. Moving from place to place, never stopping in one city or country for too long. Their peace seems to be a godsend, and the couple take advantage of the calm. But just when everything seems to be going smoothly, Clara strikes and rips Joely & Jace’s world to shreds. 

Back in Clara’s grasp, Joely has to do one thing… survive.

I love the way we’re led into this second installment of the Viper series. After the stressful and dangerous game Jace & Joely play with Clara in the first book, it’s hard to see any type of future for those two. Yet, the start of The Runaway Viper fills the reader with a sense of hope for them. They’re given a moment to breathe, relax, and not have to constantly be looking over their shoulder. But don’t think they’re off the devil’s radar just yet! There's still that underlying fear and resistance to completely succumb to bliss, because Clara is still out there.
Hunting and plotting.

I could feel every emotion Joely was going through. I was just as anxious to find out what was going on with the club. I empathized with her when Clara stole her love away. A lot of emotions stir up from this book, and a lot of that emotion is raw and painful to read through. You can’t help but feel those tragic moments that J&J spend apart as much as the beautiful seconds they spend together. Every word they speak about each other goes right to the heart. 

There was a good amount of time where Joely got reacquainted with the pit and I’m convinced it drove her a bit mad. Things that she said and her reactions weren’t sensible or beneficial. One scene in particular had me bug-eyed in shock and confused at her feelings toward the situation. I just had issues with the way she acted at times. With the treatment she was being given, who could blame her for going a little bonkers.

Overall I really liked the pacing of the novel, though it did seem to drag on a bit in the middle, that just adds to the empathy the reader feels for Joely. There were fast paced moments and then some calm ones. 
The end left me with a sense of fear. For Clara that is!
Jace and co. have something up their sleeves and they’re not even close to being finished with the Viper Queen. I’m eagerly anticipating the final showdown for these characters in the third book, The Viper’s Bite.

*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 
Rating: 4.5 Viper Kisses
Saturdays at The Viper Rooms Released March 12, 2014
“You and I know I can’t say no.” I swallow my fear and allow my eyes to fall down to his chest, I can’t look at him. “And I can’t lose you.”
Joely Gilbert, one of two head Viper Girls for the club, strives to maintain a double life both full of deceit, betrayal, sex, lust, and fear. She knows the rules of the club and the way the boss works like no other, but she is the one breaking everything she knows in order to keep the new life she has. After running from her past, she’ll do anything to stay away from it. It’s what makes her perfect for the job. It’s what makes her normal.
Everyone has a story when they arrive at the doors of The Viper Rooms.

It’s this that binds clients and Viper Girls together. Each want to forget, each want something to remember, to feel, to lust over. The Viper Rooms gives the exclusive a time in their life to get the things they need from a club devoted solely to them. No strings attached, no questions asked. But what lies beneath the surface can’t always be stopped. It can’t be silenced forever.

And Joely’s one of the girls who knows that more than anyone else.
What happens when her facade starts to break? What would Joely rather give up; the man who wants to save her, but could die trying, or the life that could ultimately kill her?
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The Viper’s Bite – Coming Fall 2014
The third and final book in The Viper Series.


When a red-eyed, disheveled Joely arrives back on the doorstep of The Viper Rooms, what is The Boss to do?

Turn away a girl she once had high hopes for or give her another chance?

Having felt robbed of seeing Joely reach her full potential, Clara decides to test her once head Viper Girl, but when Joely gives Clara a chance to have what she’s wanted, The Boss is left with a tough decision.

“Clara,” I murmur, trying to find conviction in my own voice. “I want to be like you. I want to never feel love again.”

Will Clara Delvine give up the chance to have her own protégée?

And is the seduction of opportunity too much to be passed up or has she met her match?
After all, can The Boss trust her Runaway Viper?
About the Author
I used to be just another Fanfiction writer! That was until one person showed real interest in my work. And then another, and then another, until I had this whole group of people reviewing like crazy and wanting original work from me. I’d spent years writing for free online, I didn’t believe I had it in me to publish something!
But I’m glad I did!! I never imagined pushing my work and striving to reach my ultimate. I never imagined I’d be the girl who started The Viper Rooms! But who am I to deny the inspiration when it hits?

I love writing, it’s a lifeline. I love creating a world that others fall into. I love having the control to make a whole new world. It’s like a dependency, an addictive one. It’s one of the things I’m extremely proud of.

As much as I complain, I love the mini dialogues that go on in my head, the plotlines that attack me when I least expect them to. The ones that jump to life at the most inappropriate times and drive me totally crazy!!

For now I split my life between writing, dreaming, working, and volunteering with children.
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