Review: Luminary (Anomaly #2) by Krista Mcgee

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Title: Luminary
Author: Krista McGee
Publisher/Year: Nelson Thomas, Inc. 1/7/14
Length: 320 Pages
Series: Anomaly #2

Overview

Thalli thought escaping to the surface would mean freedom. But is she any less of an anomaly aboveground?

After escaping an underground annihilation chamber, Thalli, Berk, Rhen, and John find themselves fleeing across the former United States, aboveground for the first time. As the defectors cross the for gotten landscape, the three youths see things the y had only read about on screens: horses, rain, real books—and a colony of unsanctioned survivors living the ancient way in a town called New Hope.

When the citizens of New Hope reveal the truth of what happened years ago, Thalli is left unsettled and skeptical of everything she’s ever been told. Can she trust anything from the State, including her own feelings for Berk? When she volunteers for a peace mission to New Hope’s violent neighbor, Athens, her confusion mounts as the supposedly ruthless Prince Ale x turns out to be kind and charming. Although everyone in New Hope warned her not to, she can’t help but fall for him.

Meanwhile, John’s unwavering faith in the goodness of the Designer begins to make its mark on Thalli’s heart. But can Thalli really come to trust in a generous, protective Designer who rules over all things? Would that not be setting herself up for another betrayal?

The time for her to decide is now . . . because the State is closing in.

My Thoughts

I cannot believe how quickly i read this second installment to the series and what’s often a blah bridge book, just carrying us over to the finale was in actuality a great segue into what’s coming next.

The epilogue of book one really left us off in an interesting place – seeing that the Scientists had set up Berk, Thalli, Rhen and John to think that they were escaping, but were really continuing the experiment and helping them find a way to get even more power.  Where we go in this installment is on the journey of not only understanding if there’s life above ground and if they can survive, but really learning the truth.

During the trip from below to the place in Texas that is believed to be a surviving colony – we see our travelers get attacked by mutations which really brings survival to another level – and we see the beginnings of a love triangle, which i suppose is necessary in a story like this.  Given the foursome – you know that it’s Thalli and Berk – the love birds from before, with Rhen coming in to the mix – especially since she’s not accustomed to feeling emotion, and things are more serious when they are outside of their bubble.

Aside from all that, when they finally make their way to the survivors, they find that they are going to get quite a lesson on things both past and present.  What the Scientists below knew is that there were surviving scientists that escaped and were most likely living in this community – and that’s what the foursome find.  When finding them, they also get a lesson on what really led to the nuclear war- meaning that it was the direct actions of Dr. Loudin that caused things to happen as they did – and what happens in this series is typical of all other dystopia.  Our leads are forced to question all that they know and make their own choices based on a lack of information on either side.

If that weren’t enough, the colony that they find solace in is about 60 miles away from another community that is ruled by a king that is a tyrant and because they are not able to sustain life, they steal and kill from the peaceful community to live.  It’s because of this that we see things get even more complicated for our friends.

Through a series of events, Thalli volunteers to go to the other city and see what she can do to help negotiate peace.  It’s here that things get dicey – people are killed, mains that we like are injured/maimed/killed and we see the development of yet another love triangle – which really makes us question where things are going to go.

It’s again the way that this story ends that keeps us on our toes and i REALLY love it.  The arrival of another transport and the result of that is what will take us into book 3 – our finale.  There are choices that now have to be made by Thalli, Alex (the new king), Berk and the Scientists and what it means for the future is all in question.

Separately, i have to say that aside from being a true dystopia – there’s a lot of religious theology here – but in a more uplifting way than a preachy way.  What we’ve gotten throughout both books is the under current that G-d is the designer and he will show us what to do and help us survive if that’s the path expected.  While i can’t say that i’m usually thrilled when religion and things of that nature come into my fiction – in the way that this was written, we just get it as a way to build confidence for our characters and really ground them and give them hope.  Since hope is something that we’ve always seen in stories like this – it’s good to have a semi-tangible sense of what they are holding onto – but since it’s different than a lot of other series that i’ve read-  i felt that i needed to call it out.

Anyhow – i’m off to read book 3 since this one was such a page turner for me, and i hope that you enjoy this one and follow me to the finale of the series.  Enjoy!

Review: Incantation Paradox by Annamaria Bazzi

 

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Title: Incantation Paradox
Author:  Annamaria Bazzi
Publisher/Year:  Annamaria Bazzi 5/31/14
Length:  epub

Overview

Magic is an illusion. It doesn’t really exist. Or does it?
A horrible car accident destroys Dolores Reynard’s life. But instead of waking up in a hospital bed, she awakens in a teenager’s body. Soon, she discovers she is at the heart of the murderous mystery surrounding the death of Mona, the young girl whose body she occupies. Caught between an evil greater than she ever imagined and a wizard who heals her tattered heart, she is forced to play a dangerous game of intrigue in the hopes of finding a way to return to her previous life.
Will magic be her ally, or will it lead to her demise once and for all.

My Thoughts

This story is so different from what i’ve been reading lately that it was a welcome change.  what we have here is an interesting story of someone coming to terms with a situation that’s been bestowed on them, all the while trying to hold onto the past while dealing with feelings and emotions of the present. We get a bit of ‘The Host’ in here with the combination and merging of souls/bodies, but as you guys all know, i really try not to draw comparisons between books/series, so that’s where this will end.

Throughout this story we’re watching Dolores go thorough the roller coaster of dealing with the life of the body that she’s now in, and understanding what the means for her given that she’s thrown into those circumstances.  With the parallel of wanting to sort out the situation that she’s been put into, and the emotional ties that are building quickly, she wants to be back to her old life.  The question really becomes which life is truly hers and which is she going to make hers.  what will that mean for all involved and what will the resolution be.

I’m new to this author so i wasn’t really sure where we’d be taken, but i think that the journey was well worth it.  I can’t say that philosophical balance discussions are really my genre, but this story kept me intrigued and engaged and i think that says something for Ms.  Bazzi.  If you get a chance to read this book – you should.

About the Author

Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home.Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country.Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent.She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained herBachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish.Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.

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Review: Seduced by a Dangerous Man (By a Dangerous Man #5) by Cleo Peitshche

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Title: Seduced by a Dangerous Man
Author:  Cleo Peitsche
Publisher/Year:  Pouch Productions 7/22/14
Length:  126 Pages
Series: By a Dangerous Man #5

Overview

When Corbin doesn’t return from his latest assignment, Audrey blames and punishes herself, convinced she pushed him away. Fed up with the lack of control in her life, she and her twin brother devise a risky plan to get rid of the manipulative Henry once and for all.

But Corbin’s return changes everything, and Audrey must decide if she can accept the things Corbin has done to buy their happiness.

My Thoughts

knowing where we were left in the end of book 4, i think that it’s safe to assume that the roller coaster was going to continue.  Audrey had professed her love to Corbin and he didn’t reciprocate.  He even sort of pushed her away – at least in Audrey’s eyes, at the same time learning about his haunted past of his first wife who was murdered.

While Audrey’s stewing, she’s left to deal with Henry who still has it out for her since she ruined his chances with Corbin’s bond – and Henry’s tailing her in the hopes that she’ll lead him to Corbin.  While that’s going on, Rob – Audrey’s twin is left to deal with what’s going on at the business since he’s still there -while working with Audrey to plot how to get things back as they should be.

So most of this story is more about the chase than about passion, but when we get the passion – it’s as good as always.  It’s really just a flashback in a scene where Audrey is hiding that takes us back to one of Corbin and her first moments together – and it’s steamy as ever.

Throughout this final installment of ‘Season 1’ as Cleo has called it, i think that we’re learning more about what people will do to find balance, all while testing their own selves with love and romance.  I think that we all hoped that corbin would come back, but in what capacity is still unknown.  He said that he was hoping that this last job would get him out of his line of work, but since it’s been 2 months and he said he’d be back in 1 – we just don’t know.  I like where this story is going, and since it’s not a cliffhanger – things are somewhat resolved for most, while still rather open ended for others.  Meaning, if you use Soap Operas as a base – you know that people are never dead unless a body is found (and sometimes even when one is) and if someone’s in jail, chances are there’s a loop hole that will get them out.  So – i’m hoping that we’ll get more of this story – and how it continues is up to our lovely author.  Enjoy!

 

Review: Anomaly (Anomaly #1) by Krista McGee

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Title: Anamoly
Author: Krista McGee
Publisher/Year: Nelson Thomas, Inc. 7/9/13
Length: 320 Pages
Series: Anomaly #1

Overview

Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world was decimated by a nuclear war. But life continued deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. There they created genetically engineered human beings who are free of emotions in the hope that war won’t threaten the world again.

Thalli is an anomaly, born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far by hiding her differences. But then her secret is discovered when she’s overwhelmed by the emotion of an ancient piece of music.

The Ten quickly schedule her annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk—a scientist being groomed by The Ten—convinces them to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the Scientists’ Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance.

As her life ticks a way, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer—someone even more powerful than The Ten. What’s more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she’s been looking for all along.

Thalli must sort out what to believe and who to trust, before her time runs out.

My Thoughts

I’m Intrigued and somewhat impressed that there were more twists to the story than i thought we’d get in this first installment.  What we have here is our usual post apocolyptic story of life after a nuclear war, but the interesting spin on this one is that there are a few spins.

Backing up – our story takes place about 40 years after the world was destroyed by nukes – and in preparation for that war, the government began to develop an underground habitat where the select few (politicians and the sort) would be able to live.  Of course, the war came when most people weren’t prepared, and only The Ten – a group of scientists were able to get to the safe place and they began to set up what would the plan for the next generation.

As part of the evolution, they decided that they needed to genetically create people – no longer were people allowed to have natural children – they were all created in labs in specific generations, with specific roles, all to help the community survive and thrive.  Of course we know there will always be those that don’t conform – they believe or feel things that they weren’t designed to- and that makes people scared.

That’s exactly where Thalli finds herself – she begins to question things more than she should and she feels emotion, and this brings her onto the scientists radar.  When this happens, they decide that it’s more humane and safe to kill those ‘Anomalies’ off and Thallis on the list.

As eluded to in the summary, Berk saves her or tries to.  They have a past – they have been the closest of friends and there’s even a little something more between them however they aren’t programmed to know what ‘love’ is so they haven’t defined it yet.  It’s only when Thalli is under the care of the scientists and is sent ‘above ground’ that she begins to understand what love is and what it can be.

Things aren’t always what they seem though, and what she sees above ground – the reconstruction of the world from a community trying to thrive in the remnants of the nuclear fallout – she’s quick to wonder if it’s for her, and what it will mean for her.

The theory is that life is still not possible on Earth – and seeing Progress-  the town above, she begins to question things.

That’s where twist 1 comes – and i was partially expecting it, but hoping that it wasn’t the case – since a few others that i’ve read in this genre have had similar stories – the world being dead and people can’t survive, yet a few folks go up and figure out a way to live.

Unfortunately, the story twists again even from this point, and it’s the epilogue that surprised me the most.  I think that where the story was ending was a really good jumping off point for book 1 into book 2, but the last chapter, well that threw me for an unexpected loop and i’m really intrigued and excited to see where it goes.  so…now i’m off to find book 2 since i’m sucked in and i hope you guys have either read it already or are with me on picking it up.  Enjoy!

Author Spotlight / Interview with Shannon Thompson: Take Me Tomorrow

Hi All – and Happy Friday.  As you saw earlier this week, I recently received a copy of Take Me Tomorrow – the intro to a new Dystopian series, and I’ve had the chance to chat with the author and wanted to share this with you:

 

Please Tell us something about yourself and how you became a writer.
My name is Shannon A. Thompson, and I’m a young adult author, poet, and blogger. Aside from that, I’m also an avid reader, coffee addict, and self-proclaimed cat lady. (But I love dogs, too!) I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but I began taking it seriously after my mother died very suddenly. She had always encouraged me to write, and her death made me pursue my dreams immediately.

 
How did you get started in writing in this genre – what inspired you?  Are there any authors in the genre that you gravitate towards or are inspired by?
I began writing for young adults because I was a young adult when I first pursued publication, and then, I simply fell in love with the genre, but I also have poetry, military fiction, and contemporary fiction published, so I definitely don’t lock myself into one genre. Just like life, there are too many aspects to reading to stay in only one part of it. That being said, Meg Cabot had a huge influence on my paranormal writing, and I love Billy Collins, Edgar Allan Poe, Cassandra Clare, Lynne Ewing, and more. 
How did you come up with the inspiration for Tomo and the back story for this series?  
Take Me Tomorrow is a young adult, dystopian novel that revolves around the existence of a clairvoyant drug. In other words, you take a pill, you see the future. This novel was inspired by a single conversation my father and I had about drug use and what drugs might be like in the future. That being said, I am very passionate about understanding drugs within society because my mother was a drug addict, and her addiction ultimately killed her. Take Me Tomorrow may be fiction, but many of the aspects found in the novel are real reflections on drug use in society. You can actually read more about this on my website: http://shannonathompson.com/2014/07/18/why-i-write-about-immigration-drugs-and-addiction/
 
What do you consider to be your biggest challenge and success in writing / publishing?
My biggest challenge is always myself, and I believe this to be true for most writers. Sure, we could say that bad reviews are hard, but – in reality – it comes down to whether or not we can brush off all of those difficult moments in order to continue to believe in ourselves and our words fully. My biggest success is coming back from a period of time that I quit publishing. Five years passed between publishing my first novel and my second novel, and I could’ve easily never published again, but I didn’t, and returning from that – with the help of others – feels like the biggest accomplishment I could ever do. 
What advice would you give to budding authors?
My personal mantra is “write with passion; succeed with self-discipline.” This may not work for many, but for me, it reminds me of why I write in the first place: because I am passionate about writing and it is a part of my writing soul.  But there’s also a lot of work that goes into this that goes beyond writing, like marketing, and there are difficult days we have to get through with a smile on our face. 
What’s next on the list for you to write – what are the next works that you have coming out and where can my readers find them?
AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. is planning to release Death Before Daylight, book 3 of The Timely Death Trilogy, in late 2014 or early 2015. I’m also hoping to re-release my first novel, November Snow, by November of 2015, and I have many more novels to come! 
Lastly, anything more that you’d like to share?
 
I’m always available on my website: http://shannonathompson.com
If you’re a writer or a reader, wanting to speak with me, feel free to email me at shannonathompson@aol.com 
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As a wrap on this – i want to thank Shannon again for letting me pick her brain a bit, and I look forward to what’s next.  If you haven’t gotten a chance to pick up TMT – then click the image below and please take a chance on it.
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Review: Take Me Tomorrow (Take Me Tomorrow #1) by Shannon A Thompson

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Title: Take Me Tomorrow
Author: Shannon A Thompson
Publisher/Year: AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc. 7/12/14
Length: 242 Pages
Series: Take Me Tomorrow #1

Overview

Two years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support tomo – the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising.
But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems.
Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy.
He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.

My Thoughts

I have to consider myself to be pretty lucky since some of my favorite stories come to me through the help of authors who are looking to get buzz for their books.  9 times out of 10 they are great stories that i’m more than happy to talk about, and this one falls right there with those 9.  I really enjoyed this story and i’ll tell you why.

We meet our leading characters in a time when society is trying to rebuild itself, yet it’s on the brink of war because of a drug that gives people a ‘freedom’ that the  government doesn’t want.  While it’s not necessarily a new premise, the way that this story is written gives it a new spin.

Sophia is our leading lady – a teenager who’s been forced to grow up a bit faster since her father has a job working for the government somehow, and his job takes him away from home a lot.  The way that the nation is now, it’s divided into regions, and there’s not too much information known about other regions, probably because the government doesn’t want people to know if it’s better elsewhere – gives people a sense of fear that they have to do what is expected of them to survive where they are.

The drug that’s at the forefront of this story is called Tomo – and what it does is make people see the future – and although it wasn’t designed for that purpose – it was supposed to help anxiety or depression or something like that – it morphed, and it scares the government since it gives people hope.

The supporting characters here are what make the story even better, and they evolve into leads.  Broden is Sohpia’s best friend and she tries to save him since he’s gone down a troubled path.  Miles and Lilly are some of Sohpia’s closest friends, twins who know more than they let on, but that’s all the excitement of the story.

Noah on the other hand – he’s new to Sohpia, but the core to the story since it’s his family who developed Tomo and we’re not yet sure what his ultimate goal is.

What i love about this story is that while we expect certain people to be involved in some secret stuff, the extent of what they do and what they know is never revealed.  For example, we learn a bit on how Sophia and her father came to Topeka region, but not the full story.  We know that just about everyone is involved in a covert plan, but not what the objective is.  It’s intriguing and where we’re left off at the end makes you really want to read the next installment just to find out what’s going to happen.

In addition to a good post apocolyptic story, we also get the beginnings of a teen romance here, and what i may like to think about as a love triangle of sorts.  Of course since Noah is new for Sophia, there’s a draw there, and we only see things start to happen when Noah has to leave town again.  The triangle of sorts that i can see coming along though is with Broden.  Personally, it seems like he gets a bit jealous about how Sophia acts towards Noah, and i cant wait to see if that manifests itself out.

Anyhow, try to get your hands on this story if you can -and Enjoy!

Release Day Blitz and Giveaway: My First, My Last by Lacey Silks

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Title: My First, My Last

Publication Date: July 21, 2014

Genre:Adult Contemporary Romance

Wordcount: Approx. 79,000

Publisher: MyLit Publishing

Format: eBook and Paperback

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Fate has kept them apart for twenty years.

Their roads hadn’t crossed and the stars didn’t align until now…

Matured, more experienced, pierced, tattooed and hot as hell, Adrian steps back into Mia’s life to reclaim his first love.

And the moment she sees him she can’t even remember her own name.

Adrian Reed had always remained in Mia’s heart. After all, he was her first boyfriend and the man she’d lost her virginity to, but that was twenty years ago. His sudden appearance at a bar, on a girls night out, has Mia acting like the fifteen year old girl she was when they parted.

But life now is not as simple as it was twenty years ago. With two kids, a hopeful ex-husband and new insecurities, Mia finds opening up to a new relationship more challenging.

Will she give her first love another chance, or will she push him away, this time for good?

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Author of Erotic Romance, Lacey Silks writes her stories from life experiences, dreams and fantasies. She likes a pinkish shade on a woman’s cheeks, men with large feet and sexy lingerie, especially when it’s torn off the body. Her favorite piece of clothing is a birthday suit.

When she’s not thinking about writing steamy stories, which is a rare occasion, Lacey enjoys camping and skiing with her family (not at the same time of course). She’s a happily married wife blessed with two kids who adore going to the library. She’s an early bird by nature, but loves the nightly adventures with her hubby which provide good content for her books.

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ARC Review: Lord Savage (The Savage Trilogy #1) by Mia Gabriel

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Title: Lord Savage
Author: Mia Gabriel
Publisher/Year: St Martin’s Press 9/9/14
Length: 214 Pages
Series: The Savage Trilogy #1

Overview

I’d never felt so vulnerable, at once both lost and found, as I now did sprawled half-naked across Savage in this foolish throne-chair. His strength was my solace, my comfort, and there was nothing better than hearing the beating of his heart beneath my ear.

Once trapped in a loveless, pleasure-less marriage, Evelyn Hart leaves her home in New York for the glittering ballrooms of London. When she arrives, she meets the Earl of Savage, a dark, powerful man who seems to live up to his name. Despite his noble trappings, he’s also a man who can possess her with just one look. Soon Evelyn finds herself pulled into Savage’s world – a world of passion and seductive games unlike any she has ever experienced. Evelyn’s heart is captured with no hope of escape. But can they overcome the tortures of the past together…?

Savage never imagined someone like Evelyn walking into his life. As soon as he sees her he knows he must have her, no matter the cost, in Lord Savage by Mia Gabriel.

My Thoughts

It’s been a while since i’ve gone back into the realm of ‘historic romance’ – more like since i was last in high school, save for the one off by Sylvia Day that i’ve read in the time period, but in this instance, we get an interesting mix of old school romance, with a strong mix of naughty erotica.

We meet our leading lady – Eve when she’s escaped to London to be on her own and independent for the first time in her life.  She’s from one of the most established families in America, and she was married off at a young age in order to solidify her father’s business.  Now that they are all gone, she’s going to sow her wild oats at her ripe age of 25.

It’s at a party hosted by Lord and Lady Carleigh that her world flips upside down – after coming across a man and woman engaged in a rather active and dirty act – something that she’d never seen before, and in seeing this, awakens something inside her that craves it.  And it’s not just the act that she sees that she craves, but the man himself.

Lady Carliegh invites Eve and the man (Lord Savage) to her country house for a private party of a few other guests – and the nature of this party is something that even Eve could have never imagined.  Maids say that this party is coined as Wanton House – and Eve soon learns that it’s exactly that.

Setting out to learn more about sex and about herself and what she craves, we go on a journey of coming into oneself – for both Savage and Eve.  Both have been trapped in a life that’s not of their own creation, and coming together is not just steamy and passionate, but it’s also deep and emotional.

I think that i don’t just speak for myself when i say that i was rooting for this couple to be more than just a week fling, but the nature of this story – you know that there’s an expiration date and that things will come to an end.  Given that it’s a trilogy, i think that we were left in a great place – not the typical cliff hanger of a series, but one of tension, yet intrigue of the unknown.  The question becomes whether Savage truly is dangerous like everyone thinks, whether the feelings that they started to develop for one another are real, and what will the rest of London do to keep them apart.

The only downfall that i have to say i found with this story is that the wording was periodic to align with the time of the story, but out of my usual vocabulary.  I found that it sounded almost unnatural at times to listen to these conversations, especially when it felt like during some of the hotter scenes they went back and forth between ‘old english’ and current wording – but the detail in each of the scenes was enough to get me past.  Enjoy – and i guess we’ll have to see what happens in book 2.

ARC Review: My First, My Last by Lacey Silks

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Title: My First, My Last
Author: Lacey Silks
Publisher/Year: MyLit Publishing 7/21/14
Length: 229 Pages

Overview

Fate has kept them apart for twenty years.
Their roads hadn’t crossed and the stars didn’t align until now…

Matured, more experienced, pierced, tattooed and hot as hell, Adrian steps back into Mia’s life to reclaim his first love.

And the moment she sees him she can’t even remember her own name.

Adrian Reed had always remained in Mia’s heart. After all, he was her first boyfriend and the man she’d lost her virginity to, but that was twenty years ago. His sudden appearance at a bar, on a girls night out, has Mia acting like the fifteen year old girl she was when they parted.

But life now is not as simple as it was twenty years ago. With two kids, a hopeful ex-husband and new insecurities, Mia finds opening up to a new relationship more challenging.

Will she give her first love another chance, or will she push him away, this time for good?

My Thoughts

Oh how i LOVE Lacey Silks and all that she writes.  What we have here is a really nice story about soul-mates and how love can last the test of time – twenty years to be exact.  You have no idea how much i wish that were my story!

Meeting as teens when Mia went to visit her aunt in Europe for the summer, a romance began, changing both Mia and Adrain forever. Distance and young fears pulled them apart, and what happened in those years in between shaped them for what was to be in the future.

Mia chose to try to move on, getting married to someone that was the complete opposite of Adrian, and that blew up in her face.  While she got 2 great children from it, her husband cheated on her, and compound that with a drinking problem – well that’s a recipe for disaster.

For Adrian, he was ruined forever by Mia, not wanting to give up on her, but somehow finding him in a situation that made him do it.  He got his girlfriend pregnant, in that grey area period of time when he and Mia had started to part ways, and that meant that they were done for ever – at least that’s what they thought.  The girl that he had a son with though, she wasn’t ideal either – aside from not being Mia, she had her own drinking issues, and well, that was too much for him to live with

So we get to current day, where Adrian’s put it all out there, moving to Canada to try to win Mia over, and the question that we follow through this story is will they survive and thrive.  While we know that they have a passion that transcends everything, Mia’s fear of committing to someone and failing seems to be a downfall for Adrian – while not a dealbreaker – something that’s pretty close.  It takes a trip to the hospital, a horrible car accident that cannot be returned from and an attempt to cut the cord with an unhealthy ex that shapes our story.

All the while though, we get the writing that we’ve come to expect from our great author.  It’s romantic and there’s a great back story, but at the same time we get heat, and we get passion and it’s really really hot.  I think that there were moments when i felt like i needed to take a cold shower myself, and that’s something that i feel has been lacking in some of my latest reads.  So….job well done and i hope that you guys pick it up and enjoy.

Review: Four: The Traitor (Divergent #0.4) by Veronica Roth

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Title: Four: The Traitor
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher/Year: HarperCollins 7/8/14
Length: 49 Pages
Series: Divergent #0.4

Overview

Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be excited by “Four: The Traitor,” the fourth of four stories, each between fifty and seventy-five pages long, set in the world of Divergent and told from Tobias’s point of view.

“The Traitor” takes place two years after “The Son” and runs parallel with the early events in Divergent. In this robust story, readers follow Tobias as he uncovers the details of an Erudite plan that could threaten the faction system, and makes plans of his own to keep Abnegation safe. At the same time, Tobias is getting to know a new transfer initiate: Tris Prior.

My Thoughts

We finally sync up with Divergent, and it’s nice to see what’s going on from Four’s POV. In this last novella, we’re seeing the beginnings of the relationship between the 2 of them, and it’s nice to see that the tension that i perceived from the bigger book is real from Four’s side.

The interesting thing here is that we don’t see the day to day of Four as the initiate trainer, we see the day to day of Four the Dauntless, who’s trying to figure out what’s going on and what that means for the future. Again, like i said in the last one, i don’t think that i realized the extent of Four and his mom’s interactions just based on the series alone, so this gives things a new meaning, and maybe the next time i re-read the series, i’ll look at it in a different light.

What these novellas do for me though is makes me wonder if we’ll get more since we’re just getting into the first book here -and not even the meat of the first book. i feel like there’s def more to come that we could get into, and i would love it if Ms. Roth gave us what we want.