Book Tour + Review: Down the Rabbit Hole by Joz Maxel


Series: The Absolution Series, Book 3

Release Date: October 11, 2018

Genre: Romance, Fiction, Contemporary

An innocent crush
Turned into a rush
When he gave me the attention I craved
His touch became vile
Like a turn of the dial
The path down the rabbit hole he paved

Carrick came along
Told me I belonged
In this world to be cherished and loved
When life spun out of control
It crushed my soul
My fate written in the stars above


Copyright © Joz Maxel 2018


“I brought you out here…”


“Fine, demanded you come out here so you couldn’t say no to my plans to take you out.”

She pushes off the car and prowls over until she’s standing toe-to-toe with me.

“Does your plan involve taking me for a ride?” Fuck, yes.

“Is that what you want?”

The corners of her mouth kick up like she’s losing the battle to stop herself from smiling. From recent experience I know something smart ass is going to pass through those luscious lips.

“I think I like the idea of you taking me for a ride as long as it’s long and hard.” She bites on her tongue and winks. As she steps around me, I let out the breath I’d been holding, feeling her body so close to mine. I turn around to see she’s already straddled on the bike, patting the seat in front of her.

Running my hands through my already messy auburn hair, I pick up the helmet and offer it to her. “Safety first.”

“You always play safe?” Grabbing the helmet and sliding it on her head, she does the clip under her chin and leans forward on her hands, pushing her tits together.

Fuck me, this girl is going to kill me.

Joz Maxel is a married mother of three living in Western Canada. Falling hard into the indie world four years ago, she has been an avid reader, pimper and blogger.

When an opportunity to write a short story for a contest presented itself she thought “Why not?” and went for it. Her debut novella, My Absolution, was published in August 2017.

When not writing or juggling her house of mayhem, she yells at the television while watching her beloved Edmonton Oilers or binge watches Supernatural, Stranger Things and Riverdale, just to name a few.


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He puts his hand over his heart. “I’d do anything for you.” He spins on his heel and takes the few steps toward the water. His simple words are meant to be flirty and fun, but I feel like his intentions are more. He’s slowly starting to chip away at the barriers I’ve put up to guard myself from feeling anything for anyone. And I am so not okay with that.


When something terrible happens to you at an early age, it has power over you. Something as horrifying as rape can cause your life to spiral right down the rabbit hole. Drugs and alcohol are typically the first addictive solutions to making the pain go away, but then comes the self-loathing, disrespect for your body and possible suicide attempts. Depending on how violent the act was or how long it occurred, it could be a feeling of drowning without being in water. Women are supposed to love their bodies and respect themselves, but when that is taken away from them by force—what is left? Most of the time—you’ll find the trust issues, broken pieces and a whole lot of self-doubt about why a man would find you attractive. But, this story is meant to be uplifting. This story that the author tells is about a love that can move past the damage. A love that can move past the horror and resentment to the little girl beneath that weight. A love that has its rollercoaster moments, but will leave readers wanting more from Carrick and Keely.


Keely is your typical woman. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. She is beautiful and knows how to use it to her advantage. The only thing that Keely doesn’t have is trust. That was lost a long time ago when her step-brother forced himself on her and then tried to do the same to her younger sister, Nala. Yeah, she does drugs and drinks alcohol, but doesn’t let any man get close enough to what really matters—the heart that beats in her chest. Someone would really have to make the earth move beneath her feet to travel that far and obtain the almost impossible. When Carrick starts to chip away those pieces, she feels fear. Fear of not knowing what comes next. Fear of being hurt or used by another man. Fear of learning to love someone unconditionally. The secrets that she harbors are a real burden on her shoulders and when the relationship begins to get serious—can she keep up or will those secrets haunt her for the rest of her life?


Maxel has an interesting story, filled with a lot of emotional turmoil and romance. Character development is great and the story-line flows well. This romance takes readers on a rough path to find what love means and how powerful it can be. This story is well-written and flows effortlessly with the character’s lives. If you are a reader of romance, this may be something to pick up the next time you are looking for a book to read. This book is classified as a Romantic Comedy, but most of the scenes are filled with darker topics. The messages that the author conveys to her readers throughout the story are not humorous or satirical, so this may not be the correct category and could cause confusion for someone who is wanting a light and funny read. This is the third installment in the Absolution Series; however, it can be read as a standalone.


A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by IndieSage PR and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Down the Rabbit Hole by Joz Maxel.


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