Guest Post and Review: Hyde by Lauren Stewart

I’d like to welcome Lauren Stewart today.  She is here taking over my blog and promoting her new book Hyde.  Its a fantastic Urban Fantasy with a different take on the Jekyll and Hyde idea.  Be sure to check out my review after Lauren’s awesome take over.  Lauren is also giving away one free ebook copy of Hyde.  To enter just answer her question after her blog.  So now I turn the wheel over to Lauren Stewart.

The Thrill of a Great Read

I write what I want to read. My novel, Hyde, an Urban Fantasy is the book I wanted to read—tortured hero, spunky-but-confused heroine, mystery, humor, suspense, paranormal. Oh, and some really hot sex scenes. But one thing it’s important for an author to accept is that readers are incredibly diverse. And that’s actually a really wonderful thing.

I’m a picky reader. Like, really, really picky. Writing kind of does that to you. It makes it difficult to simply enjoy a book without thinking: I would do this differently, or That just ain’t right. Honestly, for me that is probably the only negative part of writing. But then, when I do find a book that makes me forget I’m reading and not actually living inside the story, that sucks me in on the first page and doesn’t let go until I reach the end, it makes the read all the more enjoyable.

Because…

  • Who doesn’t love that tightness in your chest as you read an incredible action or love scene?
  • Who hasn’t had to take deep, calming breaths for the entire anxious ride home that seems three times as long as it did yesterday because all you want to do is get home and finish the book?
  • Who hasn’t cursed their own awkwardness and inability to carry a hardcover down the hallway because there was no way in hell you were going to stop reading just to do a silly little thing like go to the bathroom?
  • Who hasn’t wanted to put a hole in their television set because their significant other or their children won’t lower the volume enough so they can just focus on a few more pages?
  • Who doesn’t enjoy the day after ‘coming down’ from a great read and, in every part of your life, see random reminders of the story that no one else who hasn’t read the book would notice?

Some people love cliffhangers, others hate them. Some people need a happy ending, others want the sexual tension to extend into multiple books. All of this goes to show that every reader is different. Every reader wants different things in a book.

What kind of reader are you? What do you need a book to offer to be truly mesmerized?

Hyde

Book 1

Lauren Stewart

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Off the Hook Publishing

ISBN: 9780988170100

ASIN: B008IVT0W2

Number of pages: 389

Word Count: 105,000

Book Description:

To survive, they must embrace what they most despise . . . in themselves and each other.

Mitch Turner is everything women want most in a man—charismatic, successful, drop-dead gorgeous. Except he’s not a man—he’s a monster.

The only way Mitch can protect others from his monstrous side is to stop them from getting too close…that and a 7×7 foot cage. Isolated by his genetic curse, he spends his life hurting people emotionally, driving them away before Hyde can harm them physically. But, after a night of the best sex Mitch has ever had, he realizes that might be impossible. Except the woman he wakes up with claims she doesn’t remember any of it.

Eden Colfax is everything men want most, men other than Mitch, that is. She’s kind, honest to a fault and sickeningly sweet. To rid herself of the monsters that haunted her broken childhood, Eden doesn’t lie, doesn’t curse, and definitely never wakes up naked in strangers’ beds…until the day she does.

Then the flashbacks start—places she’s never been, people she’s never met, blood she’s never spilled. She discovers she’s split into two parts—the woman she thought she knew and another who is capable of anything. And the only person with any answers is the one man she never wants to see again.

What neither of them know is that someone is watching them both, manipulating them, determined to see just how evil the two of them really are. And when the truth begins to seep through the cracks, leaving them nowhere to turn but each other, they will be forced into a partnership neither had expected.

Because in life, who you trust is as important as who you are. And when you can’t even trust yourself, sometimes the only person you can rely on is the last person on Earth you should be falling for.

*** This novel is intended for adults only, as it includes lots of cursing, descriptive sex, biting sarcasm, and themes similar to those in Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, from which this story was inspired.

Review: 

Hyde is a awesome new take on the Jekyll and Hyde story.  Lauren Stewart takes two people with the same “problem”  and have them fall in love.  Neither one really fully understands what is really happening.  I truly loved the characters of both Eden and Mitch.  I loved seeing both develop from where the book began.  The emotions that Mitchell develops and the strong personality that comes out from Eden enhances the story in so many ways.  I also enjoyed the little snippets of “The Clinic”‘s emails.  I liked the insight but also it really propelled the book in a unique way.  I was quite impressed to read a book that had taken a story that most people don’t think can be altered and make it unique unto there own.  I completely recommend this book.  You definitely won’t be disappointed!

I’d like to thank Lauren Stewart for stopping by today and Bewitching Book tours for giving me this opportunity to host this stop.  Be sure to enter the giveaway by commenting on Lauren Stewart’s question below.  Also, if you’d like to learn more about Lauren Stewart just click the links below.  To learn more about Hyde you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

About the Author

After earning degrees in Fine Arts and English, Lauren Stewart wanted to see the world. A lack of funds meant that she didn’t get far. She spent two years traveling around Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada—first as a choreographer and then as an English teacher—meeting folks from all the places she couldn’t afford to go to. But that time was highly useful—she learned about herself, other people, and how insane life actually is.

Lauren reads in almost every genre. So naturally, her writing reflects that. With every book, every story, you’ll find elements of other genres–fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women’s literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn’t kill us, should make us laugh.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lauren Stewart
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 15:23:15

    Thank you so much for having me! And I’m thrilled you enjoyed Hyde.

    Reply

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