New Release + Review + Giveaway + Excerpt: Brant by D.B. James

Brant (Secrets Book Two) by D.B. James

🎩🎩🎩 hats from Julia!

Julia’s Review:

This was my first book by D. B. James and so I went into her writing blind. I will say that for me Brant was a bit slow, but ramped up at half way in. Brant “is a man of secrets” and after ten years decides to let those closest to him know the secrets that have caused some major fallouts between them. Tessa also has secrets, secrets she keeps close to her vest. She’s a survivor of domestic abuse and vows to never be put in that position again. Her number one rule: Never fall in love with a man again.

This book has many layers and its underlying message about abuse is strong. Although the idea of the story was strong I wasn’t ever really able to connect with the characters. I’m not sure I fully grasped how Brant held his secret so close for ten years. I also wasn’t sure how believable his best friend being an FBI agent was and that it went unnoticed for so long. Although the relationship and romance fell flat for me, the suspense and intrigue was great. All in all it was just a story I couldn’t connect to, but will definitely try again with this author.

Title: Brant
Series: Secret Series
Author: D.B. James
Genre: Romance Suspense
Release Date: February 22, 2018

I am Brant Ashley, and this is my truth.
I am a liar.
For nearly a decade, I’ve withheld the truth from my best friend, whom I consider to be a brother. The lies I told him aren’t the only lies I’ve been telling.
My whole life is a lie.
I am a killer.
Think I’m lying? Yeah, most people would side with you. I’m good at covering my deceit with more lies. People think they know me, but no one truly does.
Except for her.
She’s the first person to ever see me clearly, to see through my lies to the truth hidden behind my steel blue eyes.
I am Brant Ashley, and this is my truth.

Bewitched Readers – 5 Stars “In true D.B. James fashion she has crafted a delicious book boyfriend and heroine that I absolutely adored.”

Cranky The Book Curmudgeon – 5 Stars “All in all it was an awesome book and I’m so darn happy to have a look into who Brant really is.”

“Give me some credit, sweetness. Of course I packed some. When a man tells his woman he wants to eat chocolate-covered cherries off her naked body, he brings the damn cherries.”

Her facial expression makes me laugh. She looks scared, intrigued, and shocked all at once. The scared part is easily solved. I’ll tell her what I’m doing every step of the way. The shock is maybe because she thinks we’re not alone, but the one I love the most? The look of intrigue. It means she wants this to happen.

“From the look on your face, I’m guessing a few things. One, you’re shocked because I’m talking frankly and someone else may hear—wrong. They gave us the house for a couple hours. Two, you’re scared—don’t be. I’ve never done food play before…well, aside from whipped cream once…but you have nothing to be afraid of. It’s not like I’m going to put them inside you. I’m eating them off your delicious body. It’ll be sticky, but it’ll be worth it. Still intrigued?”

“Honestly?” she questions.

“Always, Cherry. Never be afraid to be honest with me. I’m not Mick—I won’t ever get angry and fly off the handle from hearing your honesty, and I sure as hell will never lay a hand on you for anything but pleasure or comfort. I’m not saying we’ll never fight—look at our track record—but what’ll be different with our fights is that we’ll always make up. We’ll never go to bed angry. From this moment on, I promise to kiss you each morning when I wake and every night before I sleep.”

Her facial expression makes me laugh. She looks scared, intrigued, and shocked all at once. The scared part is easily solved. I’ll tell her what I’m doing every step of the way. The shock is maybe because she thinks we’re not alone, but the one I love the most? The look of intrigue. It means she wants this to happen.

“From the look on your face, I’m guessing a few things. One, you’re shocked because I’m talking frankly and someone else may hear—wrong. They gave us the house for a couple hours. Two, you’re scared—don’t be. I’ve never done food play before…well, aside from whipped cream once…but you have nothing to be afraid of. It’s not like I’m going to put them inside you. I’m eating them off your delicious body. It’ll be sticky, but it’ll be worth it. Still intrigued?”

“Honestly?” she questions.

“Always, Cherry. Never be afraid to be honest with me. I’m not Mick—I won’t ever get angry and fly off the handle from hearing your honesty, and I sure as hell will never lay a hand on you for anything but pleasure or comfort. I’m not saying we’ll never fight—look at our track record—but what’ll be different with our fights is that we’ll always make up. We’ll never go to bed angry. From this moment on, I promise to kiss you each morning when I wake and every night before I sleep.”

“From the look on your face, I’m guessing a few things. One, you’re shocked because I’m talking frankly and someone else may hear—wrong. They gave us the house for a couple hours. Two, you’re scared—don’t be. I’ve never done food play before…well, aside from whipped cream once…but you have nothing to be afraid of. It’s not like I’m going to put them inside you. I’m eating them off your delicious body. It’ll be sticky, but it’ll be worth it. Still intrigued?”

“Honestly?” she questions.

“Always, Cherry. Never be afraid to be honest with me. I’m not Mick—I won’t ever get angry and fly off the handle from hearing your honesty, and I sure as hell will never lay a hand on you for anything but pleasure or comfort. I’m not saying we’ll never fight—look at our track record—but what’ll be different with our fights is that we’ll always make up. We’ll never go to bed angry. From this moment on, I promise to kiss you each morning when I wake and every night before I sleep.”


D.B. James is an indie author of New Adult Romance. Her debut novel released on August 19, 2016. In her spare time she’s an avid reader. Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher, Teagan Hunter, KA Tucker, Linda Kage, Renee Carlino, and Abbi Glines are a few of her obsessions. She’s a Michigan girl through and through but currently resides in sunny Florida. Sarcasm, Supernatural (team Sam!), Harry Potter and coffee are among her favorite things.



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