BLOG TOUR: Relinquishing Liberty by Maureen Mayer

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Title: Relinquishing Liberty

Series: Second Chances, #1

Author: Maureen Mayer

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance (18+)

My Rating: School School School School School


On the outside, Liberty Davis appeared to have it all…a loving family, a tight knit circle of friends, and a bright future ahead of her. Everything was perfect. That is until her brother tragically took his own life, turning her whole world upside down.

Left to pick up the pieces of her broken family, Liberty is faced with focusing all of her attention on helping her parents cope with the loss of their son, while putting her own life on the back burner. But what no one seems to realize is that she is just as broken inside.

Now, four years later, twenty year old Liberty is taking back the reins of her life. She leaves behind everything she’s ever known, hoping to make a fresh start…one where she isn’t faced with the constant reminder that her brother is nothing more than faded memory. What she didn’t expect to find along the way was Shayne.

Tall, dark and tattooed, Shayne Thompson has developed quite a reputation for being a player. Despite everyone’s negative perception, Liberty still finds herself drawn to him. When she learns that Shayne knows all too well what it feels like to lose someone you love, she finds that they have a lot more in common than just a physical attraction.

When Liberty discovers a secret from Shayne’s past that threatens to tear them apart, she begins to question everything she’s ever felt for him. Will Liberty choose to follow her heart or will she give up the one person who finally made her feel whole again?

**This story contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.**



This was such a great book! I had a hard time putting it down for non-important things like food and sleep. I mean, who needs those when Shayne and Liberty are on your tablet?!?! The characters, the plot, the steamy scenes all came together for one fantastic book. There was plenty of funny moments too which is always a plus for me.

I just loved Liberty and Shayne. They had me cracking up one moment and then they’d go and do something hot and steamy. It was great. They were so well written that they felt like real people to me and I was immediately drawn into their story. Even though Liberty is lost and broken, she is still strong and does what she needs to do for herself yet she’s very conscientious of others feels and is a great friend. Shayne is one hot man! I mean, what can you expect when he works on a deep sea fishing charter every day. Not only does he have a fantastic tan, he has killer muscles, and some seriously sexy tattoos! Despite his past mistakes, its immediately obvious that he has serious feeling for Liberty and I loved how he went out of his way to show her.

Brett and Madison were great secondary characters. They were just as well written as Liberty and Shayne. They were given enough of a spotlight to add to Liberty and Shayne’s story and to set them up for their own books. I wanted to throttle Brett a few times but it was obvious that he really did care for Liberty. I can’t wait to read about them in future books from the series.

The book was very well written and I enjoyed it immensely. The scenes transitioned well and descriptions of people and surroundings were given in enough detail to give the mind some vision without going overboard. I felt like it flowed very nicely and I look forward to ready future books from Maureen Mayer. Excellent way to kick off a new series. I gladly give it 5 out of 5 books!


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Author Info

Maureen Mayer

Maureen Mayer was born, raised and currently resides in Buffalo, NY with her loving and supportive family and boyfriend of 8+ years. She’s always had a love for the outdoors, and when the city isn’t buried under snow, she can be found hiking, fishing, camping or lying on the beach. She’s a sucker for off-color humor, but holds a sweet spot for sick and twisted horror films.

Thanks to authors like J. K. Rowling, Stephanie Meyer and E. L. James, Maureen has rediscovered her love for reading. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in bed with her kindle, diving into a steamy romance novel. She is currently working on her first new adult novel and hopes to self-publish it late this summer.

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Character Bios

Liberty Davis: People say your life can change in an instant…that is exactly what happened to sixteen-year-old Liberty, the day she found her brother’s lifeless body. Growing up in Buffalo, Liberty had a pretty normal childhood: a loving family, a tight knit circle of friends and a bright future ahead of her. The day her brother took his own life, Liberty’s family was thrown through the wringer, but unfortunately her parents never recovered. Liberty was forced to put her life on the back burner, including dropping out of college, while she took up the role of the parent. Four years later, Liberty made the rash decision that she’d had enough and that for once she had to put herself first. With no destination in mind, Liberty left home to make a fresh start and found herself settling in Savannah, Georgia, where the people she befriended helped her break down the walls she had built up after her brother’s suicide.

Shayne Thompson: Shayne didn’t have the greatest life growing up. Losing his mother at a young age was a devastating blow and led him to lash out on those around him. By the age of 10, every cop in town knew his name. He was a reckless kid with a chip on his shoulder and constantly getting into trouble. As he got older, he began to use sex as a means to cope and built up quite a reputation for sleeping around with every girl in town. To add to his growing list of problems, he lost his best friend, Wade, to suicide after he returned home from Afghanistan. Shayne was determined to rid himself of his man-whore reputation, and while his friends went off to college, Shayne remained in Savannah working for his dad on his deep-sea fishing charter boat. He devoted all of his time to work and his family…that is, until the day Liberty fell into his life.

Brett Harrington: Brett is your typical southern gentleman. Not a single girl can avoid his charming ways…not even Liberty Davis. After an accidental run in with Liberty, Brett found himself captivated by this beautiful auburn-haired Yankee. Brett fell for her hard and fast, and when she showed up at the restaurant where he bartends, he thought it was too good to be true. Unfortunately she sees him as more of an over-protective brother than a love interest, and ends up gravitating towards the town bad boy. Brett and Shayne had a falling out in high school, and since then, there has been bad blood between them. Brett wants what is best for Liberty, but not if it means losing her altogether.

Maddie Harrington: Blonde, bubbly and boisterous, Maddie is an in your face kind of girl. She says whatever is on her mind without any reservations, and her sense of humor is as colorful as her crazy personality. When Liberty arrived in Savannah, Maddie was instantly drawn to her and they quickly became close friends. Maddie’s trust in Liberty allowed her to divulge a secret from her past, one where she was faced with making one of the hardest decisions of her life all on her own. Only Brett and Liberty know her Maddie’s secret…but there’s always more than one side to every story.



I reached for the hem of my shirt and lifted it over my head. Shayne’s hands trailed up the sides of my body, but he stopped before he reached my bra. “Don’t you think we should eat something first? You slept straight through dinner, and I don’t want you passing out on me.”

He had a point. I climbed off of the bed and slipped out of my shorts before opening his bedroom door. Shayne gave me a puzzled look.

“Where do you think you’re going?”

“To get something to eat. I’m craving something…sweet.” I winked at him before leaving the room.

I left a trail of clothing leading to the kitchen and opened the fridge to find exactly what I needed to prepare “dessert”. When Shayne finally appeared, his dessert was ready and waiting for him on the table. I got the whipped cream bikini idea from a scene in Varsity Blues, and I think I did a pretty good job; I even remembered to add the cherries on top.

“Fuck, baby, you look good enough to eat.” He stalked towards me, licking his lips.

“Well that was kind of the idea. Why don’t you come over here and get a taste for yourself?” I sprayed some whipped cream on my finger and slowly sucked it off, teasing it with my tongue and clearly getting a response out of Shayne. The bulge threatening to rip through his pants was a dead giveaway.

He pulled his shirt over his head in one swift movement while I traced my tongue across my bottom lip admiring him. His jeans hung low on his hips, the top button undone, and his feet were bare as they padded across the linoleum floor. The way the moonlight trickled in through the window and highlighted every single one of his rippling muscles… Dear Lord, I was about ready to say screw the dessert, tear his pants off and fuck him right here!

When he reached me, I was propped up on my elbows, and he placed a hand on either side of me, caging me in. He slowly bent forward, and dipped into the whipped cream surrounding my breast. His tongue swirled around my nipple and scooped the cherry into his mouth while he gently nibbled at my rosy bud. I threw my head back as pleasure surged throughout my body, drawing a soft moan out of me.

“Mmm, so fucking good. I’ll never get enough of your sweet, delectable body. In fact, I think you’ve now become a staple part of my diet.”

My body arched towards his mouth as he moved over to the tightly beaded peak awaiting him. “Well I guess it’s a good thing we live together now, in case you get any late night cravings.”

“Late night, morning, afternoon…I crave you all the time, baby.” He slid my body closer to the edge of the table so that my legs were dangling over the edge, and he kneeled down in front of me. “Now for the main course.”

He lifted my legs over his shoulders and dove right in, lapping at the whipped cream surrounding my sex, mixing it with my own creamy arousal. I ran my fingers through his silky hair, holding him in place while my pelvis rocked against him, and he continued to devour me. His velvety tongue circled my entrance teasingly before leaving a moist trail leading up to my throbbing clit. He flicked over my swollen nub rhythmically, leaving me just teetering at the cusp of my climax and then he would switch to soft gentle strokes that left my head spinning, delirious with desire.

“Please, Shayne. I need you to make me come. Please make me come.”

He smiled up at me with a hungry look in his eyes, and I knew that was all the begging he needed. He sucked my clit with fervor, taking it between his teeth and gently nibbling away at the sensitive flesh. At the same time, he reached up and pinched my nipples, rolling them between his fingers, and paying no attention to the sticky mess he was making. A shockwave of intense pleasure shook through me, and I shouted Shayne’s name over and over.

“Remind me to write a thank you letter to Cosmo.” I breathed out, panting heavily as I came down from that earth-shattering orgasm.

“Oh, that one was all me, sweetheart. Cosmo had no influence over those moves.” I giggled as Shayne leaned forward and licked more whipped cream off of my breast. He took my hands, slinking them around his neck and lifted me off the table with my legs wrapped around his waist. “Why don’t we get this sticky mess cleaned up before I get you in bed and have my dirty way with you?”

He carried me off to the bathroom, where we hopped in the shower and thoroughly lathered each other up. He even took the time to wash my hair, gently massaging the shampoo into my scalp as I leaned my head back into his chest. I was in heaven…or so I thought, until he carried me back to bed and made love to me, slowly exploring every inch of my body until the sun was just about to come up.


Author’s Dream Cast


Shayne: Mateus Verdelho. He’s a Brazilian model, and I wouldn’t care if he spoke Portuguese throughout the whole movie. He is exactly who I picture as Shayne. The hair, the face, the tattoos…he’s the whole package!



Liberty: Dulce Maria. She’s a Mexican actress, singer and songwriter and as soon as I saw her red/auburn hair I knew she had the exact look I pictured in my head for Liberty.


Brett: Charlie Hunnam. Yes, that’s right, I pictured freakin’ “Jax Teller” as Brett. With short blonde hair and a body to die for, I knew he would be perfect for the role of Brett.


Maddie: Julianne Hough. She’s got the look and the bubbly personality that perfectly portrays Maddie.

Posted on September 12, 2013, in Contemporary, New Adult, Romance and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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