ARC Review: Reflection (The Chrysalis Series #2) by Elene Sallinger

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Title: Reflection
Author:  Elene Sallinger
Publisher/Year:  Soucebooks Inc.  5/6/14
Length:  288 Pages
Series: Chrysalis Series #2

Overview

The moment Bridget Ross and Connor Reynolds run into each other on the street—quite literally while out on a run-tempers flare. But when the two get together for an apology coffee date, it’s clear that the coffee isn’t the only thing steaming.

Connor is a charming artist without purpose. His own tragic past prevents him from putting down roots or committing to anything. Bridget is feisty but guarded. She’s aching to fill a void in her life but is wracked with guilt over her past and denies herself true pleasure. Can this gorgeous man tempt Bridget to finally succumb to her desires?

My Thoughts  

in this 2nd installment we get to know more about Bridget and understand what makes her tick.  I think that we came to really enjoy her banter with Claire in the first book of the series so i was really happy to see what we were getting into here.  What i think that no one realized from book 1 is how damaged Bridget was, and although it was years and years ago, it’s something that she’s never processed and gotten past and it still really holds her back in just about everything in her life.

What we have is a story that takes us on a journey of Bridget realizing that what she wants isn’t necessarily bad – but that doesn’t mean that she’ll ever allow it to happen, and as a result, it means that she may never get anywhere with a relationship that seems to be good.

We also get the subplot of what’s going on at Bridget’s job between her and her dean, and between her dean and various others.  I hate to say it, but without the sub-plot, i wouldn’t have been as invested as i was, and while i really wanted to like this story more than i did, i felt it was mediocre.

i’ll tell you where my frustration stems from.  We begin this story seeing into what darkness lies both within Bridget and Connor, but we don’t really get too deep there.  There are glimpses sure – we understand a bit more about why Connor has come to Vermont and how he’s an artist but won’t actually be one because of his parent’s death, but that’s really just as far as we get into it with him.  Same goes for Bridget – we learn about her past, and while we see what stigma it’s placed on her life, we don’t really process it together in the story.

I wanted to really enjoy this book – i feel like i gave it a fighting chance, and it was mediocre at best.  I always feel bad when i don’t enjoy a book since i know that authors take it personally, but i feel like i owe it to myself to admit when i didn’t love a book.  oh well, maybe the series will get better.  i feel like we’ll either get to know Victor or Skyler next and that may be really good. i’d love the back story on Victor to be completely honest.  (part of me wishes that he and Bridget got together – just sayin…..)

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Review: Awakening (The Chrysalis Series #1) by Elene Sallinger

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Title: Awakening
Author:  Elene Sallinger
Publisher/Year:  Soucebooks Inc.  11/5/13
Length:  224 Pages
Series: Chrysalis Series #1

Overview

So Many Possibilities…

The minute Claire walked into his shop, she aroused every protective instinct Evan ever had. She looked so fragile, so lost. He ached to be the one to show her a world she’s never dreamed of, to awaken within her the passion she was so ripe to share. It only takes one touch for him to see how open and responsive she is to his dominant side. But the truth test will be whether he can let go at least and finally open his heart…

My Thoughts 

I decided to check this series out since i got my hands on the 2nd book in the series as an ARC and well, i’m not sure how i feel about it.  What we have here is a story about our 2 leads having such dark and damaged pasts that they combust when they meet each other, and take some time to figure out how to find a way to be near one another.

We meet Claire when she’s decided that a year after breaking up with her long time partner, that it’s time to make a social effort.  she’s really quite shy, but reading is something that brings her out of her shell, so it’s a book club in Bibliophile that makes her at least try.

When she enters the store for the first time, not only is she put on edge because she’s out of her element by being around people, but she finds herself stunned by Evan, the owner of the store who awakens feelings in her that she hasn’t really appreciated and through her time at the bookstore as well as through building a friendship with Bridget, she slowly learns that there’s something to be said about what she likes pain play and BDSM and that it’s ok.

The good thing here is the Evan’s a dom – granted he hasn’t been in an D/s relationship since his wife who passed away, but the fact that Claire seems to wake things up in him puts him off kilter and this is where things get interesting.

Where i’m at a loss is that we spend most of the book seeing these 2 avoid each other – they are mean or rude to each other, and we don’t see much development of anything going on.  I keep wondering when it’s going to get good.  We see that claire’s reading a lot of erotica in the store, but we don’t even get to see the juice and heat in what she’s learning about.  we only get teases.  I don’t know – i feel like there’s so much further that things could have been pushed.  Once we see things start to grow between the 2 of them, it’s still very PG and i feel like it could have gone so much further.

Anyhow, i’m giving the series a shot since the next installment is about Bridget and i think that she has a spark – and hopefully her story will be more passionate and heated.  With the exception of the last few chapters in Awakening, there wasn’t much heat but at least we got a tease that this author knows how to write it, she just needs to write it into things a bit more.

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