Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Blog Tour ~ Interview with Gabe and Saylor and Review ~ SHAME by Rachel Van Dyken


Everything done in darkness, will eventually be brought into the light.

I ran, but all it did was keep me one step ahead of my past. I tried to start over; new name, new identity. But you can't change your soul.

A fresh start at college was just what I needed. For a while, it worked. I was the party girl, the one that seemed confident, but it was a lie.

When guys kissed me--I felt only pain.

When they touched me--Nothing but fear.

Deep inside, every girl wants to be the beauty in the story, to find someone that will see you as their world.

But the truth? I was the beast. And as much as I wanted redemption, I wasn't fool enough to think I'd ever get it.

Until he walked into my life.

I wasn't prepared to fall for someone. My scars were too deep, the wounds too raw. But he offered me peace, he offered me security. I should have known it was just another lie--I should have known that falling in love with my professor was a bad idea.

But I was powerless to stop myself from falling.

And he was powerless to catch me.

Because the darkness finally caught up to me, and as fate would have it, a cruel twist almost bled me dry. But I'm stronger than I knew. I'm stronger than you think.

You think you know my story, but you don't....after all everyone has Shame in their lives-- and I'm no longer afraid to show you mine.





Naughty and Nice Book Blog would like to thank Gabe and Saylor for sitting down with Heather for this interview.  

Do you think you could have done anything different to protect Lisa from her stalker? 

"I think I’ll always blame myself…I feel like I could have done better, been more protective, In situations like this you always look back at the signs and wish you would have done more." 

When you found out that Lisa was receiving the threats, why do you think she kept those from you and Wes? 

"Damn tha girl…in her head, she probably assumed she was protecting us, she’s always had this fierce protective streak. If theres anything I hate about Lisa it’s the fact that she likes to deal with stuff on her own. Then again that’s me kind of calling the kettle black."

Did Lisa ever tell you about the things that she and Taylor did to other students? 

"No.  And honestly, I think in the back of my mind I didn’t want to know. I knew it was bad and that was enough."

When you pulled up the site, Shame on Lisa’s computer, was this the first you heard about it, or were you aware that the site existed? 

"I knew it existed because I’d helped try to take some of the videos down, but I never watched them,  I couldn’t, still can’t."

Did you and Wes watch any of the videos posted on the Shame site? 

"No, we only watched enough to confirm her identity…"

Where you aware of Lisa’s role in the site Shame? 

"Yeah, she finally confessed to her role but by then it was too late for us to do anything about it, legally."

Do you think you and Wes violated Lisa’s privacy by watching the surveillance videos in her dorm, even when you saw that she was safe in her dorm with Tristan? 

"Hell no. I don’t care what that girl says. We did what we did to keep her alive, and I’d do it again, though I probably handled the how a bit wrong…I still don’t’ feel guilty for putting cameras in there, and I'm still a bit pissed about what I saw but whatever, guess that’s my fault for wanting to know too much."

What went through you and Wes’ mind when Tristan revealed that Taylor was his brother?  

"I wanted to kill him with my bare hands. And then, once logic seeped in a bit, I realized he could help us protect her, because of his association. And her protection won out over the anger. Also, Wes held me back, as Wes always does, the bastard."

Knowing that Tristan would protect Lisa, were you confident that he could protect her the way you or Wes could? 

"Yes, to an extent. I knew his house was safe, but I wans’t so sure about her heart, he was keeping something from her and I knew it was only a matter of time before the truth came out, it always does you know?"

How are you and Saylor?  

"Fantastic!! Though still working on household rules like not dropping towels onto the floor and making sure to clean out the dishwasher"  ;)

How is Saylor’s brother?  

"That kid has to be one of my favorite people in existence…but he has a bit of hero worship going on with Wes, when Saylor told him I used to sing he looked at me cross eyed, literally, and then asked Wes to play catch. Can’t win em all!"

How did you feel about Saylor’s mom being Princess’ nurse when she was brought to your home?

"Ah man, that was probably one of the most emotional and vulnerable moments of my life…putting the girl I love into the arms of someone else, knowing that the person caring for her was also the mother of the other girl I was in love with. It was hard to swallow, still is when I think about it, but I’ll be forever grateful."

Do you think Saylor’s action by bringing Princess home, showed how much she loved you and respected your relationship with Princess? 

"Absolutely, hell it’s hard to process her love for me, I feel so undeserving especially after everything I put her through but I wouldn’t’ change it for the world."

Any plans for babies in the future?  Obviously when the two of you have completed school.  

"Saylor wants children like yesterday but I want to wait a bit… At least until we have some time together. I’m selfish like that"  ;)



Karma is a bitch !!

I am a huge fan of Rachel and I am sad to see this series come to an end.  Shame is a story that will leave you with raw emotions.  As much as I wanted to be angry with Lisa for what she did in her past, I just couldn't.  I saw how she changed, how she never wanted to be that person again.  So when Tristan came walking into her life, I was pissed at this intentions.  In my eyes Lisa redeemed herself.  I didn't want Tristan to try and "ruin" that for her.  She already felt "shamed" enough by her own actions.

There are so many twists and turns in this novel, you will have to pick your jaw up off the floor many times...  I do not know how Rachel was able to write some of the journal entries that she did.  To be able to be in that mind set, is amazing.  Kudos to you Rachel. I loved how this novel had a bit of a dark side with Taylor, one that I never expected. 

Tristan will definitely win your hearts ladies. From not really liking him because of his ill intentions with Lisa, I found myself falling hard for him.  Despite the ghosts from Lisa's past, she is a good hearted person.  She may not think she deserves happiness because of the thinks that she has done in her past, but she is wrong.  Everyday, she pays for her sins.  She knows what she did is wrong but there comes a time where she needs to forgive herself.  I was happy to see that Lisa finally realized that and welcomed love into her life again.  Lisa's ghosts from her past come back to haunt her, literally.  

Wes and Gabe play a huge role in this story.  Lisa may think that she has a wall of armor around her, but these two men know exactly what she needs.  They protect her when she needs protection whether is be physically or emotionally, and they were there to help guide her along this journey.

Rachel, I am sad to see this series come to an end.  This series is one that I will definitely re-read time and time again.  You created such emotional stories and each novel in this series touched on very personal subjects that have probably affected every reader in some form.

I usually never give star ratings, it is rare for me to do so, however this series deserves 5 whopping stars !!!!!

This review was prepared by Heather.  I received an ARC for an honest review, and I also purchased my own copy from Amazon.


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It was hard to explain the way he spoke to me; at times he was flirtatious and well… happy. Other times? It seemed like he was fighting another side of himself, one that was more reserved, uptight, controlled. And if you were to ask me which side scared me the most? I’d say both. Because both sides were dangerous to me — both pushed a person like me past the point of no return. His seriousness made me curious; his flirtation made me want more.
“Just dinner?” I asked. “Isn’t that against the rules?”

“Yeah, well…” He glanced down briefly before flashing a sensual smile, his eyes dilating. “…it seems to be an impulse I can’t really control around you.”

“Control’s overrated, you label-making fool.”

At that he laughed, a rich chuckle that had my entire body relaxing and heating at the same time. I took a step toward him and smiled. “So, rule-breaker, where are we going?”

He grabbed his messenger bag and keys. “You’ll see.”

“Cryptic.” My eyebrows arched as I crossed my arms over my chest. “This isn’t going to turn into one of those six o‘clock news things where the crazy professor takes the girl out then buries her in the woods, is it?” I tried to sound like I was joking, but the minute the words left my mouth, it was no longer funny. Suddenly, I realized how stupid it would be to go with him. I knew nothing about him, nothing at all!

He smiled, tilting his head toward me. “Why am I getting the sudden urge to pull out a list of character references?”

“Because I just scared myself,” I admitted out loud.

“You want my social security number?” He winked. “Credit score? First grade class photo? Oh, and by the way, in first grade I was nominated most likely to own a pet store… so, if you aren’t okay with that, we probably shouldn’t continue this.”



“Because you liked pets?”

“I wanted to own a lizard farm.”

I covered my mouth with my hands and nodded solemnly. “All little boys have dreams.”

“A bully crushed mine when he told me lizard farms don’t exist.” He shook his head. “In second grade I was voted least likely to succeed, on account that I didn’t speak for the entire year.”

“Why’s that?” I took another step toward him.

He took another step in my direction and shrugged. “It took me a while to get over the lizards.”

“So you stopped speaking?”

“It was more of me trying to make the public aware of my outrage.”

“Ah, like lizard strike.”

“I made shirts.”

“Tell me, professor, is that when the label-making started?”

“No.” He nodded toward the door and started walking. I followed, genuinely interested in what he was going to say and hating that it was possible he was stringing me along only to go all cold-crazy-psycho on me again. “That was an entirely different situation.” He pulled the door open.

“What? No more stories?” I asked.

“Dinner.” He shrugged, his eyes a stormy gray. “I’ll tell you at dinner.”


“My trump card. Label-maker stories. You know, I do actually know how to romance a woman.”

“Well...” I cleared my throat and broke eye contact. “…since I’m your student, I’ll just take your word for it.”

“Right,” he said quickly then repeated, “Right, shall we?”

“Lead the way.” I forced a smile and tried to remember that this was dinner, nothing romantic, just my very sexy professor once again apologizing for being a jackass during class.

About Rachel Van Dyken:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at


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