Blog Tour + Excerpt & Giveaway: Malentendido by Mara White

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Malentendido by Mara White
Series: Maldeamores #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: July 22nd 2017
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Whatever force made Lucky, either God or the Universe, wrapped him so tightly around my heart that sometimes I’m suffocating. Biologically, we are made of too many similar parts, yet our chemistry is like a meteor shower, raining bright sparks of light into the dark night. But it’s not our biology or chemistry that worries me the most, it’s the physics of our love that goes against the cosmos.

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Prologue

Lucky

There ain’t too much that can shake me. I was born into the belly of the beast on a blazing hot day in July. A heat-wave scorcher that brought the caps off the fire hydrants and everyone out on the street. Old men pulled their wife-beaters up over their bellies to cool off and the girls wore even less clothing than normal, which ain’t much, in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. Air conditioning was a luxury afforded to the rich; the only place to cool down was either at the hospital or the car service on the way there. Just don’t bleed out from a bullet wound before they get you through the lobby.

My ma says her water broke while she was walking back up the stairs to take a piss. Being that I was her first, she thought for a second she’d peed her pants. She hobbled back out onto the street and yelled for somebody to get her a cab before she gave birth to her son on the makeshift corner domino table.

Ma likes to say that she carried so big with me that she could barely walk—that she knew I was macho from the very first kick in her gut, knew that she’d call me Luciano after the first light of the morning sun.

Like I said, ain’t too much that can flap me. South Bronx, Spanish Harlem, then to West Harlem and the Heights—I’d seen it all by age ten. Seen it all and then some. I ain’t no stranger to violence.

But war is different when it moves from rival blocks and gang-claimed school yards to open desert or caves and tunnels dug two miles deep into a mountainside. Out here you’re not fighting your own war. You’re part of a machine that is unimaginably bigger than you are. When you’re out on a mission, you pray with each footstep that the machine will take care of you.

One thing is for certain—whether you’re ready or not, the machine will make a fucking man of you.

Out here under the white-hot sun, I think about that scorching day in the South Bronx in ‘89 when my Ma brought me into this world. And who knows if she was ready, but she struggled alone, like a roach on its back, her whole life just to take care of me.

The sky is empty and an endless, deep blue. What I wouldn’t give right now for the propeller beats of an army chopper to break the monotony. My warm, sticky blood seeps through my fatigues and the sand soaks it up like it’s been waiting its whole goddamned life to get a drink of me. Alls it would take is a single sandstorm for me to get buried out here forever—no record, no closure, no body to recover and fly home for an honorable funeral service.

So I think about how she would describe to me the day I made an entrance:  hot, sleazy summer. Beaches too polluted—no swimming, no air but the devil’s own to breathe in the city. She swears the bachata music stopped when she hit the street and screamed she was in labor.

That the old men upset their domino game as they all stood simultaneously in attention.

That the sky momentarily lit up with a flash of heat lightning. She thought for a second, rain, but then realized the sensation was only her own water dripping down her legs.

That the temperature broke one hundred and five on that day. She said the heat made labor easy, that it helped to loosen all of her muscles. She said she knew I would be a boy and that the heat would make me just as stubborn as I was strong.

And she knew that I would take care of her—that we would take care of each other.

My ma told me the story whenever there was a heat wave passing through the city. Nothing could ever compare to my heat wave in her head. I couldn’t know that day better if I’d been there to see it. My Luciano’s heatwave was worse, it was better, we were lucky we survived it. That the heat was a blessing disguised as a curse, that her boy would be hot-blooded and naturally drawn to the fight. But my ma wasn’t scared. She clenched down on her teeth instead of screaming in pain.

In Spanish, for giving birth, they say, giving light. My ma swears up and down that I was born to save her life. Luciano, she named me, the giver of light.

That night a five-alarm fire burnt down almost our whole block. Faulty wiring, they said. Six people died, all of them in our rundown building. Everything she owned became ash. The only reason we weren’t too was on account of my spontaneous entrance.

We moved less than a mile away into a tiny apartment my Tía Betty shared with their uncle. A year later, Belén was born, and from that moment on, we slept in the same crib. It seems like my whole life my cousin has always been right next to me. I would wake up when she’d cry and drift back to sleep as she did.

Now I lie on my back, wounded, probably mortally. Alone, unarmed, in prime enemy territory. What I wouldn’t give to be by her side now.

Belén. My cousin. My own heat wave. The flame to my fire.

Reading Order: Maldeamores series

 

#1 ~ Maldeamores: EbookPaperbackGoodreads
#2 ~ Malentendido: Ebook • Goodreads

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Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.

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Blog Tour + ARC Review: Maldeamores by Mara White

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Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Maldeamores by Mara White!

Maldeamores by Mara White

Maldeamores by Mara White
Publication Date: June 22nd 2015
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Belén: I’ve loved Luciano ever since I can remember, desired him before I even knew what it meant. He’s always been the only man in my life—my constant protector, and his rejection only intensifies my need.

Luciano: I’ve never known a love more fierce than the one I feel for Belén. But I force myself to deny her no matter how much it hurts.

Our love is a sickness and both of us are infected.

Because there’s no cure for being from the same family.

***Warning***
This novel contains graphic sex scenes, including: incest, F/F, and ménage, M/M/F. Some drug use and violence.

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HO-LEE. SHIT. WOW!!!!! What. A. Read!

“Gene mutations I can tell you about, Belén. But love, that is the universe’s greatest mystery.”

First off, I’d never read a book by Mara White before – but now I’m thinking I should. The way she writes is just so captivating and addicting… I was hooked onto Maldeamores from the beginning. The taboo subject of the book isn’t for everyone: it’s about cousins who fall in love. I took a chance on this book because I LOVE forbidden/taboo love stories, and this one was calling to me. I wasn’t uncomfortable with the topic (first cousins can marry in many places, after all), but Maldeamores still held enough taboo to make my heart race. If you’re unsure about this book, I say GO FOR IT!!! The writing is spectacular, and it’s the kind of story that sweeps you away and emotionally exhausts you – I freaking loved it!

“I think that nobody can help who they love. That shit just happens and you’ve got to figure out how to deal with it. I don’t believe it’s a choice. Ever.”

Belén and “Lucky” Luciano have been inseparable since they were born – they’re cousins who grew up together, but somewhere along the way, their familial love turned into something more. I loved that we get to see Belén and Lucky in their younger years, how they grew up together and how they started falling for each other. Both knew it was something wrong – forbidden – but… you can’t help who you love. I never felt like what they did – falling in love – was wrong. It was just so right between them. The author wrote their characters in such a way that I was able to see how clearly they belonged together, no matter what their families or society think. The connection between them was as pure and passionate as it was gut-wrenching and emotional. Nothing is easy for their relationship, not that they have much of one in the beginning. As much as Lucky loves Belén, he doesn’t see himself as worthy of her, so he stays away from her, not letting himself fall into temptation. But when temptation strikes… the passionate scenes between them are so erotic and sensual, but of love and heartbreak. This book has SO MANY FEELS it was almost hard for me to keep track what I was feeling. Bottom line, though, I was seriously invested in Belén and Lucky’s love story.

“Loving you, Bey, should not be something that’s hidden from the world. Your love should be a privilege, not a dirty secret. I want you to have a happy life, one that you’re proud of.”

Now I have to talk about the writing!!! Oh my god, Mara White’s writing is seriously gorgeous. The writing SUCKED me into the story and never let me go. It’s beautiful, sensual, emotional – it’s the kind of writing that makes you keep on reading. Even when the characters had me feeling distraught, I couldn’t put this book down. I became addicted to the writing and story, to the ups and downs of Belén and Lucky’s epic love. The LOVE between them just shines so clearly off the pages and in each and every word of this book.

But why am I only giving this four hearts? Well… I loved everything – except for the ending. I almost want to pretend the epilogue never happened. I’m not saying it’s a BAD ending – it just wasn’t the ending I wanted. I won’t say whether there’s a HEA or not, but I just have to say that while I can understand why the author chose to end it that way, I really REALLY wish it ended differently. It didn’t ruin the book for me, but it DID affect the way I perceived the book after I finished, and I just couldn’t give this book five hearts.

Maldeamores seriously fucked me up – in the best possible way. I don’t regret reading it (excerpt maybe for the epilogue), despite the emotional roller coaster this book put me on. The writing is flawless and the characters are the kind of messed up that I love to read about. One word to describe this book? Unputdownable. I’m so impressed with how this book was able to wring so many emotions out of me, but what I loved the most was the beautiful love story Mara White wove between Belén and Lucky. I HIGHLY recommend this book!

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Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

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Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.

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Release Day Blitz: Maldeamores by Mara White

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Happy Release Day to Mara White – Maldeamores is live!

Maldeamores by Mara White

Maldeamores by Mara White
Publication Date: June 22nd 2015
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Belén: I’ve loved Luciano ever since I can remember, desired him before I even knew what it meant. He’s always been the only man in my life—my constant protector, and his rejection only intensifies my need.

Luciano: I’ve never known a love more fierce than the one I feel for Belén. But I force myself to deny her no matter how much it hurts.

Our love is a sickness and both of us are infected.

Because there’s no cure for being from the same family.

***Warning***
This novel contains graphic sex scenes, including: incest, F/F, and ménage, M/M/F. Some drug use and violence.

Buy Links:
Amazon US • Amazon UK • Barnes & Noble

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Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.

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