Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Blog Tour: One Step Closer - Kahlen Aymes


The only had each other…
Until one forbidden night ruined everything.

This new sexy stand-alone STEPBROTHER is

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STEPSISTER. He hated that f*cking word.

When their parents got married, the only thing Caleb Luxan had in common with Wren Brashill was that they both hated their parents. When he was sixteen, Caleb discovered Wren's closely guarded secret and vowed to protect her: from that day forward she became the reason for every decision he made.

Jealousy and long-suppressed desire overpowered Caleb's fierce protectiveness and they spent one forbidden and unforgettable night in each other arms, but the aftermath left Caleb panicked, Wren heartbroken, and their relationship in shambles. In the time since that fateful night, he’d only seen her once and had only managed to make the situation even worse.

The sudden death of his estranged father calls Caleb home and face-to-face with Wren for first time in years. He is presented with a choice that forces him to confront the painful memories of his youth and his many regrets with Wren.

Like it or not, his father's last, hard lesson, will demand Caleb deal with his long denied emotions for Wren, or let go of her forever.


I’m a sucker for second chance romances and One Step Closer was definitely that.  It actually seemed more like a second…no wait…a third…no wait a fourth chance romance.  Add in the spice of taboo with a stepbrother romance and Kahlen Aymes had my attention.  And she definitely kept it as I dived into the pages.  This was my first book by her and it won’t be my last.

While I enjoyed the book, I felt there was a lack of development in the characters.  This made it difficult for me to connect with them.  Caleb was definitely an alpha type—a boxer in fight clubs, sexy, slightly broken and a dirty talker.  Wren was petite, vulnerable and sweet.  A classic pairing of light and dark.  But I didn’t see much growth in either character in the novel despite some rather difficult circumstances.  And trust me, there’s plenty of drama and conflict.  Caleb screws up over and over again.  And Wren forgives him over and over again.  She’s a bit too much of a doormat for my tastes.  I like my female heroines with a little more spunk.

That being said, the sexual tension and chemistry within the pages were off the chart.  And Aymes definitely has some skill in writing villains.  There are some catty women in these pages.  Meow.  While not my favorite book of the week, it still kept me entertained.  If you like alpha men with sweet and soft women, this might be the one for you.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J

Caleb is one of the sexiest boxers I have read about to date. Alpha. Hot. Broken. And FINE. I don’t know what it is about broken men that get to me but damn it they do! Sue me. I really had a hard time with Wren’s character though. Although her personality fit her physical appearance. I hate mousy women who let men walk all over them. I feel as if Wren should have had a little sas to her to combat Caleb’s alpha male tendencies.

Even with the issues I had with this book, I fell in line with my darling Blog partner on this book. I fell for the characters. I loved the storyline behind everything that happened in One Step Closer. I can not wait to get my hands on another book by Kahlen Aymes. I am ready to see what this writer can really do with her stories! She has the potential to be one of the greats and I hope to follow her to the top! -Daddy L

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Caleb’s muscled frame was rigid and as Wren looked at him, she studied his profile, and could feel his coiled tension.  The fingers in his right hand curled into a fist.  “I was so mad.  So many times, I wished he’d been the one to die.”  His voice was full of pain, as the words tore from him.  “I fucking hated him with every breath I took.  You saw how much.”
Wren nodded, though he didn’t see her acquiescence.  She knew what he went through growing up when they had formed an affable alliance against their parents.  She hated her mother at least as much as Caleb hated his father and she understood his anger and pain; then the apathy that became a welcome alternative.  They’d been unlikely allies against a common enemy.
“Maybe I deserved his indifference.”
Wren got up and went to Caleb, standing behind him as he stood still as stone, and staring out the window.  Her heart ached with love and grief for Caleb. She wanted to touch him; to offer reassurance, to take away the ache in his voice and heart.  Without considering her actions, her arms slipped around his waist and she pressed up against his strong back and leaned her head against him, between his shoulder blades.
Caleb was massive in comparison to her, and she was like a flower curling around him.  Her hands fanned out against his hard stomach, her fingers finding the definition of his abs beneath his shirt.   “Stop, Cale.  I won’t let you do this to yourself.  Your dad wouldn’t want that.  None of it was your fault.”  Her arms slid fully around him and held him tight against her body. “I can’t bear it.  You’ve had enough pain.  Enough.”
Caleb sucked in a deep breath, the action bringing her even closer.  He could feel every curve of her body pressed so closely against his back.  He could feel her breathing, could feel how she shared his pain.  His hand came up and he ran the flat of his hand from her elbow down to her hand, and then wrapped his fingers around hers.
“When did you turn into the strong one?”
Wren’s arms tightened around him.  “When I met you. ”
“Oh, Wren.” Should he just spill his guts? Would it fix everything?  “I’ve got so much to say to you.  How long can you stay?”
She nodded against him, unwilling to end the contact between their bodies; needing the closeness as much as he did.
He wanted to apologize for how he acted the last time he’d seen her, he wanted to say a hundred things… he needed her forgiveness.
“How long do you need me?”
In that moment a miracle happened; a sort of beautiful irony that taunted Caleb with it’s fragileness.  It was as if he’d never screwed everything up between them.  But would it stay this way?
How long do I need you? Caleb thought.  His heart raced to the point of exploding, and he wondered if Wren could feel it.

About the Author:

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I'm a single mother of one daughter, Olivia. She's amazing in every way.

I was born in the Midwestern United States and educated at a private university where I received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration.

I've always been creative with art, music, theater and writing. I decided to write a story as a way to build a network for a business venture. The reader support of my stories and my overwhelming desire to find out where my characters would take me, soon had the writing morphing the business. No one was more shocked than I. When readers began nominating my work for online awards, it took my breath away and only made me love it more. It soon became clear that writing was, and should be, my focus.

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