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[REVIEW] Tear You Apart – Megan Hart

Megan Hart
Tear You Apart
Harlequin Mills & Boon (US: 27th August 2013; AU: 28th August 2013; UK: 6th September 2013)
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I love how Megan Hart’s books for Harlequin Spice/Mira are erotic FICTION, not erotic ROMANCE. (And yes, there is a difference.) They feel refreshingly real, with flawed characters that don’t always get what they want, but when they do it comes with a heavy price that may not be worth it. I love this, because hell knows I hate being patronised by books wherein everyone lives happily ever after and the condescending message is that if you’re not loved, your life is not worth living. But I digress.

And while I solidly enjoyed Tear You Apart (four stars), I do have some quibbles.

The cover copy. The summary. Whatever you call it, this is on the back cover (or inner flap of a hardcover), and describes what the book is about. Except in the book’s case, it farking doesn’t. Because instead of…I don’t know, telling us about the freaking story, there’s some vague thing about being on a train and unable to stop, or not wanting to stop. Turns out that’s an edited extract from Chapter 21, I think.

But that’s kind of forgivable, because the cover image lets us know what’s up: an apple and a ring, aka symbols of forbidden fruit and infidelity. Aka cheating on a spouse. So why didn’t they just bloody say so and compose a proper summary? Because a lot of readers don’t like cheating in their fiction. Particularly romance readers. Even though this book is clearly labelled as erotic FICTION, not erotic ROMANCE. So, yes, the publisher tried to trick those reluctant readers into reading the book, despite that it has an aspect troubling for them.

Not cool, Harlequin. Just be up-front and honest; we’ll respect you more.

Tear You Apart is told from the point of view of Elisabeth Amblin, assistant at an art gallery. She meets photographer Will, and very quickly they’re rooting. Even though she’s already married. She doesn’t have the balls to leave her husband, though – Ross isn’t abusive or anything; he’s just inconsiderate. But Elisabeth and Will continue their affair.

But Elisabeth doesn’t approve of gallery owner and BFF Naveen cheating on his wife. Yet she encourages her other friend Andrea to cheat on her husband. So basically Elisabeth believes that only women should be allowed to cheat. Which seems a bit sexist.

Only when one of her recently-engaged twin daughters calls off the wedding does Elisabeth have the balls to leave Ross. Which means now she’s free to publicly get with Will and live happily ever after. But Will doesn’t want to. The end. Which is a happy enough ending for me, because Elisabeth finally does what she’s been meaning to do for some time (split from Ross), and gains independence and agency. Romance fans won’t like it, but screw them; it’s good enough for me.

27th August 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Robin Bridges
The Morning Star (Katerina, Book 3)
Random House Delacorte (US: 27th August 2013)
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St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890. Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, wants to be known as a doctor, not a necromancer. But Tsar Alexander III forbids women to attend medical school; his interest in Katerina extends only to her ability to raise the dead. Twice now, Katerina has helped him by using her power to thwart the forces of darkness – vampires bent on resurrecting the lich tsar Konstantin Pavlovich so that he can take what he sees as his rightful place on the throne. Katerina thought she had bound Konstantin to the Greylands, the realm of the dead, but he has found a way out. Now he is searching for the Morning Star, a sword that will allow him to command a legion of supernatural warriors. Katerina must find the sword before Konstantin does – and she must travel to Egypt to do so. Along the way, she puts up with unwanted attention from her former fiancé, the nefarious Prince Danilo, and struggles with her feelings for her true love, George Alexandrovich. But with the looming threat from Konstantin, Katerina’s focus remains on the sword. Russia’s fate will be determined by whoever wields the Morning Star – and delivers the final blow.

Megan Hart
Tear You Apart
Harlequin MIRA (US: 27th August 2013)
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I’m on a train. I don’t know which stop I got on at; I only know the train is going fast and the world outside becomes a blur. I should get off, but I don’t. The universe is playing a cosmic joke on me. Here I had my life – a good life with everything a woman could want – and suddenly, there is something more I didn’t know I could have. A chance for me to be satisfied and content and maybe even on occasion deliriously, amazingly, exuberantly fulfilled. So this is where I am, on a train that’s out of control, and I am not just a passenger. I’m the one shovelling the furnace full of coal to keep it going fast and faster. If I could make myself believe it all happened by chance and I couldn’t help it, that I’ve been swept away, that it’s not my fault, that it’s fate…would that be easier? The truth is, I didn’t know I was looking for this until I found Will, but I must’ve been, all this time. And now it is not random, it is not fate; it is not being swept away. This is my choice. And I don’t know how to stop. Or even if I want to.

August 2013 Releases

Done with July 2013 Releases? Here are August 2013 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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What I’m Looking Forward to from Harlequin

I didn’t attend the Harlequin Summit, but guests were asked to share to which Harlequin books they were most looking forward. Some of my picks weren’t mentioned, so here’s my wishlist:

Kady Cross: The Girl with the Iron Touch: Buy (US)
Jeaniene Frost: Realmwalker
Megan Hart: The Favor: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: Tear You Apart: Buy (US)
Karen Ann Hopkins: Belonging: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: Dare You To: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: Crash Into You
Dawn Metcalf: Indelible: Buy (US)
Nichola Reilly: Dream Kingdom
Tiffany Reisz: The Mistress: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: The Priest
Michelle Rowen: Countdown
Gena Showalter: Through the Zombie Glass
Amanda Sun: Ink: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: With All My Soul: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: Oath Bound: Buy (US)

6 New Covers (Capetta, Crossan, Hart, Kaufman & Spooner, Mead, Roux)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Steven Brust & Skyler White: The Incrementalists: 24th September 2013: Here
Lauren Dane & Megan Hart: There All Along: 3rd December 2013: Here
Megan Hart: Tear You Apart: 27th August 2013: Here
Karsten Knight: Embers & Echoes (paperback): 12th November 2013: Here
Karsten Knight: Afterglow: 12th November 2013: Here
Melissa Marr & Tim Pratt (eds.): Rags & Bones: 22nd October 2013: Here
Veronica Roth: untitled 3rd Divergent novel: 22nd October 2013: Here
Maggie Stiefvater: The Dream Thieves: 17th September 2013: Here

4 New Deals (Claremont, Hart, Shepherd, Winnacker)

Máire Claremont‘s The Dark Lady, Dark Kiss, and A Darker Seduction to Signet (World English) for publication beginning February 2013.

Megan Hart‘s Tear You Apart to Mira (World). Contemporary erotica, pitched as 9½ Weeks meets Unfaithful.

Megan Shepherd‘s YA trilogy The Cage to Balzer + Bray (NA). First due out in 2014. Six teens are put in an elaborate “human zoo” by a powerful and psychic otherworldly race known as The Kindred. One girl attempts to escape without falling for her terrifyingly beautiful captor.

Susanne Winnacker‘s Impostor to Razorbill (World English) in a two-book deal. A girl uses her shape-shifting ability to assume the identity of a teenage murder victim, and solve the mystery of a small-town serial killer. Pitched as “X-Men meets The Zodiac Killer”.