Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Underestimated by Jettie Woodruff ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway

Book synopsis: 

Warning! This is not your everyday fall in love romance. This book contains disturbing situations, strong language, graphic, sexual content, some forced, some not. If it's your happily ever after love story that you are looking for, you should probably move on. If you are up for the ride, stick around and it may just turn into a love story after all.

Morgan starts her life in a bad situation, she doesn't really know what she wants out of life. She's never had anyone to look up to, or help guide her in the right direction. She had it rough, and never dreamed that it could get worse, however she finds that it can, and does.

She learns what real hell is when she meets the husband that she doesn't want to marry, but isn't given a choice. Can she escape? She can, and does only to wake up and find herself right back at square one


I could not wait to land that plane. I even asked the stewardess if she could tell the pilot to speed up a little. I missed Dawson so much, and couldn’t wait to see him. I don’t know what my hurry was. We landed at eleven in the morning. I wouldn’t see him until he got off work at four.
I couldn’t wait. As soon as Star dropped me off at my door, I tossed my belongings inside the door and headed back into town.
“You have a really hard job,” I said, seeing him looking oh so fine in his uniform with his feet propped up on his desk. He almost knocked over his cup of coffee when he abruptly sat up with a smile. I loved that smile.
“Welp, guess I better go catch me some bad guys,” his Deputy Matt decided, excusing himself.
Dawson had me in his arms in a split second.
“Don’t you ever leave me like that again,” he demanded, kissing me. I mean really kissing me. My arousal went from zero to eighty in two point seven seconds.
I was panting. His hands seemed to be magical, causing sensations to places that he wasn’t even touching.
He let me go rather quickly.
“Your house or mine?” he asked, retrieving his cellphone.
I didn’t have time to answer before he was on the phone with Matt, telling him to get back there because he was taking the rest of the day off.
I followed him to his house and had to laugh when he accidentally hit the siren on his cruiser trying to get out of the car.
I was twenty five years old, and it was the first time ever in my life that I felt passion. I wanted Dawson more at that moment than I ever wanted anything in my life. It was also the first time that Drew had stayed out of our sex life. It was the first time that Dawson had ever gone down on me, actually it was the first time that anyone had gone down on me. Wow. That’s a lot of firsts. Drew wasn’t into pleasing me. He was into pleasing himself.


4 Stars

Underestimated is the story of Morgan. Growing up deprived and poor in West Virginia she fears she will turn out like everyone else in her small town-on welfare and popping out lots of kids. All of this changes when she is forced into a marriage with a wealthy man, Drew. Drew spends the next 6 years abusing her in every way possible-sexually, physically, and emotionally. On the outside of their Las Vegas mansion everything looks perfect but looks are definitely deceiving. With no freedom at all, Morgan never thinks she will escape this hell.

Miraculously after a very long planned out escape with the help of others, Morgan has moved to Maine and goes by Riley. For months she is paranoid expecting Drew to show up and take her back home to torture her. Eventually, her walls start to come down. Riley has new friends, a new job, and has even fallen in love with the town Sheriff, Dawson.

When work takes her back to the place she escaped (yes, insert dumb movie moment where the girl goes upstairs instead of out the door-she WENT BACK TO LAS VEGAS!!!) she sees a monster from her past and ultimately cannot escape him. A traumatic accident happens and Riley has lost her memory and wakes up to a beautiful man claiming to be her husband. She knows something doesn't feel right, but can't put her finger on exactly what. 
Riley is released to the care of her husband and spends the next few months trying to piece her life back together. Is Drew still torturing her? Has he changed for the better? What happens to Dawson and her life back in Maine? Who is Riley and who is Morgan?

This story is not one I will forget for a LONG TIME. It is definitely not a mushy love story, although, it did have its romantic moments. Underestimated is hardcore, gritty, and emotional. You will sit there and think WTF?! the whole time reading it. 
I loved the complexity of this book. The things that made you think "What would I do?" "Is it really possible to move past this?" "What the hell is wrong with her?". 

Each of the characters were well thought out and planned. I do wish I knew what happened to the people that helped Riley plan her original escape from Drew-I feel like we never got closure on that one.

Overall this book was amazing! It worked your mind up, down, side to side, and backwards. Not for the faint of hearts, but amazing nonetheless! I can't wait for more books from this author in the future.

*Review by Lauren 

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Author BIO 

Jettie Woodruff is a practicing physician and has been a Civil War buff for decades. No. Not really, she is not a doctor nor is she a Civil War buff. She is however a goof-off and has a hard time being serious for too long.

She does enjoy a challenge when it comes to her writing. She feels as though she needs to pull every emotion possible from her readers. She wants you to be pissed off, questioning your sanity, depressed, happy, and hopefully turn your mind from wanting to cut the villain into tiny little pieces to loving him by the end of the book.

Underestimated was her first dark endeavor. It was a goal alongside of writing a series, a standalone romance, a young adult, which she can’t check that one off. She tried she really did, but her mind just doesn’t work outside the gutter and it quickly became rated X.

Jettie lives on 163 acres in a rural part of Ohio. She loves living in Ohio, except maybe the snow, and the long winters, maybe the hot summers too, Ah, hell, she hates Ohio. She does love the land and the solitude of the country. She just wishes it was in a geographically in a better part of the country.

Jettie has two grown children and one who will be eighteen in a matter of days. YES!!! She has also recently just had her first, cutest ever, most adorable, granddaughter in the whole world. Her oldest daughter just hit her with the news that she will be adding another grandchild to the family in February. Although she is sure she will fall in love with the little creature, she still can’t say the G word.

Jettie enjoys reading as much as she loves writing. She has way too many favorites to list, but one of her all-time favorites from years ago was the Casteel series from V.C. Andrews. One of her new favorites is C.J. Robert’s, Captive series. Reading it gave her that needed push that she required to say the hell with what people think and write Underestimated.

By day Jettie is wearing business attire and managing a mattress store. By night she is in front of a keyboard or her Kindle, wearing, well let’s not go there. Underestimated was her fifth book published. The first one was just shy of a disaster, not that it was a bad book. People liked it. She just knew nothing about it, no revising, no editing, just a spur of the moment…. “Oh, I wrote a book, lets publish it.” Train wreck and a half. Her Star series was one of her favorites and is held dear to her heart. She is now working on an adult romance that should be live around the end of August, early September. She can’t seem to stay focused on it at the moment, due to a much needed Bahamas vacation coming up with Adam Levine’s walking around half naked, buying her drinks.

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