Release Blitz + Review & Giveaway: The Tutor by K. Larsen

After a party gone wrong and in desperate need of money for the fall semester of college, twenty-year-old Nora Robertson needs to escape her hometown. 

She accepts a summer long live-in tutoring job for a handsome man and his little sister at a secluded home deep in the mountains.

There is no running water.

No electricity.

No internet or cell service.

When her tutoring job ends she's hit with a brutal turn of events ... she's not permitted to leave. After months in captivity, she makes a harrowing escape with her student that ends in a car accident on a desolate road. When Nora comes to, her student is missing. In a desperate attempt to find the girl, Nora will have to recount her time held captive. 

The good and the bad. 

Can Nora and the authorities work together to find the man who took her? Will they rescue the girl Nora tried to save?
Author’s Note: This is a dark romantic suspense. 
Trigger warning: all of them. This will not elicit warm fuzzy feelings


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Short Excerpt:

Holden dressed me that first day out of the box. He dressed me and left me in his bedroom on his bed. I sobbed until my body had no more liquid to expel. I curled into a tiny ball and willed everything not to be true. At some point, probably mid-day, he came in with a bucket, washcloth, and tray of food. He gently, tenderly almost, sat me up and fed me. Small bites. He murmured that things would be okay. That I would see. When the food was gone, he lifted my dress from my body. I stared at the wall unmoving. He dampened the washcloth and washed me head to toe. There was nothing sexual about it. It was simply cleaning the filth and stench from my skin. If I’m honest, I almost enjoyed it. Being clean is something we take for granted. He left me in his room after a swift kiss on the crown of my head until dinner. He brought in a tray and fed me again. Afterward, he brushed my hair free of all the knots and braided it. When he finished I laid back down and squeezed my eyes shut so tightly that the apples of my cheeks began to burn.

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**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

"Not just any woman will do. She has to be the right kind and I am a master at finding them."

I love dark romance and suspense, so the combination of the two sounded like the perfect book for me. I was glad to see that The Tutor didn't disappoint! There were so many things that I loved about this book. First of all if you read other reviews, you may have seen that the story is told from 7 different POVs, however the main POV, that of the main character Nora, tells the story. Please don't let this discourage you of reading this book, because the POVs are very short and it didn't bother me at all. I think it even added to the story because you get a look from so many different angles, which elevated the story in my opinion.

"We all consume lies when our souls are starved."

The way the story is told, isn't what I usually read, but it really worked well for this story. It starts in present time, when Nora escaped captivity, and to save her student she needs to recount her time held captive. It gave a great view into what Nora was dealing with and how she was handling such mixed emotions. Nora has been through some stuff in her past, and goes through some very traumatic events in this book as well. I could totally understand why she fell under HIS spell. I loved the contrast of her fighting and eventually giving up, and just doing what she was told. However, the old Nora was still hidden somewhere inside of her.

"Nora is different. I want to please her, as much as I desire to hurt her."

As for the bad guy, who is named 'The Tutor' by the media, I had some mixed feelings in the beginning. However things became more clear the further I got into the book. He definitely didn't have an easy past, but that doesn't excuse the things he did. I did feel somewhat bad for him, but never really fell for him. I think that is the main reason why I didn't rate this book higher than four stars. For me a Dark Romantic Suspense needs to be about a very twisted and wrong relationship between the main characters, however I also need to fall for the villain. (I usually LOVE villains!) So I had some different expectations in regards to that. BUT I have to say that I loved that it was unpredictable, and that the author dared to take a different direction with this story. The ending was very fitting and I can't wait to see what happens next. I am very intrigued to see which direction K. Larsen will take us next. 

"All this time, I treated him like the cure, when he was the poison."

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About K. Larsen
K. Larsen
I am an avid reader, coffee drinker, and chocolate eater who loves writing. I received my B.A. from Simmons College-a while ago. I currently live with my daughter in Maine. I’m working on my sixth novel out later this year. I’ve published Tug Of War, Objective, Resistance, Saving Caroline, 30 Days, Committed and Dating Delaney. Enjoy! I love hearing from you so please feel free to contact me!

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