Acts of Desperation by Emerson Shaw: Book Blitz and Giveaway

Title: Acts of Desperation
Author: Emerson Shaw
Release Date: January 15, 2014


"Acts of Desperation has a great deal to offer readers of all kinds. It is a flawless blend of romance and revenge. A great love story, perfectly balanced with romance and intimacy (with a few WOW moments you won't soon forget!)" ~ Amazon reviewer, 5 stars

"Action packed from start to finish! Amazing debut novel and can't wait for more from Ms. Shaw!" ~ Amazon reviewer, 5 stars

"This energetic story has you riding the roller-coaster of your life with its twists and turns of love, deception, thrill, and redemption! "Acts of Desperation" has 'movie-in-the making' written all over it!" ~ Amazon reviewer, 5 stars

"This fast paced story had me on an emotional roller coaster full of peaks, valleys that had me glued to my screen. I love a story that has me laughing, crying and wanting more all at the same time. Make this debut by Emerson Shaw a must read on your list. I couldn't put it down and I'm sure you won't be able to, either! " ~ Amazon reviewer, 5 stars

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**This highly anticipated debut novel was inspired by actual events**

Sember is a strong-willed attorney who’s got it all: the budding career, the condo, and a marriage proposal right around the corner.

When her sister, Sarah, needs a new attorney, Sember is torn. She wants to help Sarah, but she is terrified her emotions could compromise the case. With so much at stake, failure isn't an option.
In walks Jax Alexander, a brilliant legal mind from New York who excites Sember’s body and mind. When he offers to take on Sarah’s case, he provides hope in a hopeless situation. Sember and Jax are thrust together as their passion ignites.

As a web of lies is exposed, Jax works tirelessly to reveal the truth behind Sarah’s case. But, he has a dark secret shadowing his past that threatens to destroy everything.

In the midst of so many lies, can Jax really be trusted? His secret could put Sarah’s case in jeopardy and could cost Sember her life. Will he risk it all to save them, or will he cut and run, leaving destruction in his wake?

Sometimes, desperate acts call for desperate measures.

Actual Events?????  You have my attention!!!

The blurb is great, but what really got me to pick up this book are four little words:  inspired by actual events.  What??? Really???  Just reading Emerson Shaw’s inspiration post (read it here) on her website will convince you to pick up Acts of Desperation out of sheer curiosity. 

First, I have to talk about Anders.  I need to get this out of my system.  OMG!!!!  WHAT A MANIPULATIVE, CONTROLING, narcissistic PIECE OF CRAP!!!  I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to jump in the pages and have at him!  It’s mind blowing to believe that someone has it in them to do what Anders did, but what’s even more unbelievable is the he did it to his family.  I want to track him down and kick him in the nuts!!  Seriously, I was so frustrated reading this…… it seriously pisses me off that people can do things like this and not be breaking the law.  Okay, I feel better now.  Moving on…

Sember, LOVE HER!  It’s nice to have a heroine with her head on her shoulders.  She’s level-headed and smart.  And, I love the bond she shares with her sister, Sarah.  Sarah’s going through a rough divorce and Sember is her shoulder to cry on.  Sember’s desire to help her sister leads us to Jax. 

Jax.  Sigh….. Jax.  He’s the knight in shining armor that rides into town, sweeps Sember off her feet, and ultimately saves the day.  Too good to be true???  Maybe.  Jax has some secrets he’s hiding.  Sember gives Jax some space regarding his “secret”, but it starts to drive a wedge in her trust of him.  AND, when his secret comes out of hiding…… omigod, omigod, omigod.  Never in a million years did I ever imagine that’s what it would be.

Overall, Acts of Desperation is a nice debut.  The storyline is great but there is a lot going on between the pages.    It definitely kept me interested from start to finish with quite a bit of I-didn’t-see-that-coming, but sometimes I couldn’t decide what storyline I was more interested in– Sarah’s divorce and her troubles with Anders, Sember’s relationship with Jax, or Jax’s past.  My mind was just bouncing all over the place. It’s a romance, suspense, and legal thriller all wrapped up on one.  It is definitely different, and a nice change of pace from a lot of the books out there now.  


Emerson Shaw was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She released her debut novel, Acts of Desperation, in January of 2014. It is a fast paced romantic thriller that was inspired by actual events. Read the inspiration behind her story at

When she is not writing, she focuses her time on being a good mother and wife. She is excited to be opening this new chapter of her life.

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