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Review of The Lonely By Tara Brown

The Lonely

The Lonely by Tara Brown

Genre: Dark, NA-College, Erotica, BDSM, Romance, Adult Fiction 18+.

Published: February 2013

Length: 356 pages

Book Format:  Amazon Kindle

4.5 out of 5 Stars (I loved everything about this one)

When I bought The Lonely, I thought I was going to read a book about a nice girl, who struggles with her OCD that goes away to college with her best friend.  At college, she was going to meet a hot guy, date him and fall in love with maybe a little bit of drama here and there.   Yeah, maybe it started that way, but it did not continue that way.  About 33%, the book took a 180 degree turn and my brain had to  “adjust” to what was happening.  How did we go from a nice contemporary romance to THIS?

That is what made this book awesome. The author did not wait until the typical 51% to get to the main plot of the story. It happens when you least expect it.

If you want to know what the story is about, here is what I think I can give you.

We meet Emalyn Spicer who lives with “the lonely.”

“It’s what I call the lonely. It creeps up whenever I’m uncomfortable. It freezes me up. I feel it enter new places with me, like it’s in the bag I packed.”

She wants to be “normal” and decides to go away to college with her best friend, Shell, for a New Leaf. Emalyn has a Mr. Uncle Daddy Benefactor that takes care of her. He pays for her school, he hires a driver to take her anywhere and everywhere, he texts and calls her anytime she makes a move without letting him know first. He knows where she is day and night, BUT she has never met him in person.

“Maybe he is Big Brother and I am in 1984.”

While at college, Emalyn meets Sebastian.  Sebastian is kind, loving and everything “normal” she is looking for. However, then all the darkness that she has been hiding inside her brain comes out to the surface and again the unthinkable happens to her.

“All of this has been planned to free you. You were never going to get better.”

FOUR words….this book was AWESOME!!!!!

I didn’t know what was going to happen even though I read several reviews. However, I was captured by Emalyn’s emotions and what she was going through.

“I can’t help but wonder if there was ever love and peace inside of me? Was I always so filled with fear and pain? Was there ever a time when someone held me in their arms and made me feel safe?”

I loved the writing style. I loved that even though it was written in first person, there was NO unnecessary inner dialogue.  There are so many wonderful quotes, I wish I could share more, but it would give away the story and I do not want to do that.

The author took me on an amazing ride.  I laughed, I cried, I held my breath.  Not a dull moment in this book.

To Tara Brown: Thank you for writing this amazing story and I cannot wait for the companion/sequel.

  • Did I skim? No.  I took my time reading this book. I did not want to miss one word.
  • Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes. Many times, my heart broke into a thousand pieces.
  • Will I reread? Yes, probably before the sequel comes out.
  • Pace of the story? Perfect.
  • Positives: I did not know where the story was going.  With so many twists and turns, I had no idea how it was going to end. I love that in a book.
  • Negatives: I didn’t understand why certain things happened the way they did, but I am hoping a lot will be answered in the sequel. I can’t say what they are since I do not want to give anything away. 
  • Do I recommend?  Drop what you are reading and start reading this book!

The sequel, The Lost Boy, comes out this Summer 2013.  I. CAN. NOT. WAIT!!!!

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Review of The World of Karov by Elyse Salpeter

World Karov

The World of Karov by Elyse Salpeter

Genre: NA/ 15+, Dark Fantasy.

Published: December 2012

4 out of 5 STARS (I was surprised as to how much I enjoyed this book)

I love when I find an author that I have never heard of before and come to enjoy their work.

This is story about 2 twins.  One good and one evil.  Adam is kind, loving and caring.  Alec is hurtful, evil and jealous.   Adam will bring home a stray animal and Alec would kill it.  Complete opposites even though both grew up in an abusive home.

Adam works hard to make a better life for himself and even meets a girl, falls in love, proposes to her with the hope to move on from his previous life and start a new one.  Only the day of the wedding, Alec kidnaps Adam’s fiancé.  Adam spends months looking for her in the forest only to be approached by a stranger who brings him to a world of magic.  A place where there is a king and magical things happen. In Karov, Adam begins to rebuild his life and moves on from his tragedy.  He learns he has gifts and even grows a status in his new home. Just when Adam thinks he has moved on, the terror returns.

The World of Karov was so captivating that it was hard for me to put down.  I did not know how this book would be and once I started reading, I had to know what was going to happen.

The writing is really good. I could picture all the people and their surroundings perfectly without the author going on and on.  Sometimes when the author gives too much of description, the writing gets mundane. That did not happen in this book.

I actually do read the Acknowledgements.  It is my favorite thing to read in the book.  I loved how the author wrote about her friend that pushed her into trying something called nanowrimo where you are required to write a specific amount of words per day for thirty days.  The result was this little gem called The World of Karov.

I don’t want to give too much away, but it was awesome.  Too much information in a story can ruin the story.  However, the plot is what got me hooked.

  • Did I skim: No
  • Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes
  • Do I look forward to the sequel? Yes.
  • Pace of the story:  Good.
  • Positives: Great plot.
  • Negatives: I wish the author would have expended a little more on the relationship of Arianna and Adam in the beginning of the story. I know Adam said he loved her but I did not feel Adam’s lose at first when Alec kidnapped her. I wish there was more dialogue between Arianna and Adam.
  • Do I recommend: Yes.  AMAZING cliffhanger.  Loved it. 

Format: ARC from author for an honest review

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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in Dark, Fantasy, Series

 

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Review of Truth and Author Interview Aleatha Romig

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Review

Truth (Consequences #2) by Aleatha Romig

Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Dark, Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction.

Published: October 2012

Length: 468 pages

5 out of 5 Stars (It was a really good sequel…loved!)

I am always so leery of sequels.  Many are just “fillers” until the third book in the trilogy comes out.  I hate that.  However, that was not in the case with Truth the sequel to Consequences.

Synopsis: When Claire finally is released from jail and from Anthony Rawlings, she makes it a mission to rebuild her life.  After being under the control of Tony for so long, she knows it will be a struggle, but one she cannot fail at. How easy will that be when she knows that Tony likes to control everything in his life and even though she is no longer “in” his life, she knows that Tony will not give her up that easily.   However, what Claire begins to learn is not everyone is fooled in the façade that Anthony Rawlings put out for people to see.

The second book in the Consequences series was so well written, so original; I loved the twists and turns.  Just when I thought I had everything figured there was an unexpected twist.

I am emotionally invested in the lives of Claire and Tony.  I don’t know if I will regret saying this, but I started to like Tony. Yes, I know!!!  I saw him as a different man, but not sure if I am blinded by all his “everything.”   Readers, you know what I mean!!!!

And what an amazing job the author did by having me change my opinion about certain characters.  I can’t believe I started hating some and loving others. Maybe I am suffering Stockholm syndrome??!!  Can I get that as a reader????

My favorite… favorite scene in the whole book is the scene when Claire meets Tony at the restaurant for the first time after she has been released from jail. I read Truth twice already and that is still my favorite scene in the entire book.  That scene was just so…Tony.  I don’t want to give away specifics but from the minute Claire walked into the restaurant to the end it was everything I could see Tony do.  I seriously love and hate that man.  I need help!!

Hours after finishing the book, I was thinking about the characters.  I rarely say this about a book, but I am not sure if I want an HEA with this series.  The ending had me asking “what just happened???” And this is why I loved the book.  I love that I am not sure which way I want the story to go.

  • Did I skim? No. So much happens in this book, you can not skim.
  • Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes!
  • Will I reread? Already have and probably will again before Convicted comes out.
  • Positives:  Well paced. The sequel did not disappoint.
  • Negatives: My only gripe is that we have to wait for the release until the end of 2013/beginning of 2014.
  • Do I recommend? Yes. I loved it!!!!

 

Author Interview (Part II)

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Aleatha Romig

What was the hardest part about writing Consequences and Truth?

The hardest part was writing a trilogy and not knowing I was writing a trilogy! I wrote Consequences as a standalone book.  I left it “open”.  However, I had no idea where it would go. Then with Truth and now with Convicted, I have to check dates and work diligently to be sure everything fits together.

How long did it take you to write Consequences and Truth?

I wrote Consequences slower, it was all trial and error.  Truth, once it started flowing, which was about 5 – 6 months into it, I wrote the entire manuscript in four months.

Did you learn anything from writing Consequences and Truth? If yes, what was it?

OMG! I’ve learned SO much.  I’ve gone to seminars and workshops. I’ve talked with talented amazing authors. I’ve listened to readers and reviewers.  The entire process has been one big education. I’ve learned to know the rules and know when to break them.  Value others opinions but write for me.  If I don’t love what I write, no one else will.

Did any parts or scenes of Consequences and/or Truth come from personal experiences or of experiences of other people? 

There are a few snippets here and there.  However, most of the material is from fiction, books, TV shows, and movies… all woven together.

Did your husband and children read your books? If yes, what were their reactions to the story?

My husband is my “sounding board”.  I often read scenes to him. My children have not read, but they know the story. We’ve had many dinner discussions regarding Claire and Tony.

Is there a meaning behind the cover of Consequences and Truth?

Yes, at the end of Consequences, the note in the box says, “You’re just a piece of the puzzle”.   The entire book is a puzzle for the reader to put together. Remember, things are not always as they appear.  And Truth, I wanted to stay with the “game” theme.  The entire book is like a chess match.  I also like the inclusion of Claire’s pearl necklace.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Follow your heart and get a good editor!

Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you! I could never have imagined how loving and outgoing readers could be.  I’m enjoying every minute of this fantastic ride.  Please continue to tell others about my books.  Word of mouth is still the best recommendation.

What is your favorite movie? Favorite book?

One of my favorite movies, I’ve watched so many times I know by heart is: Overboard with Goldie Hawn.   Favorite book, I always say: Gone With the Wind.   Truly, there are too many to pick one!

What is the most shocking thing a fan has asked you since Consequences and Truth have been published?

That! lol   Nothing comes to mind.  Maybe I’m not easily shocked.

Will Convicted be the last book in the series?

Yes, it’s time to move on.  However, no matter how many more books or series’ I write, Tony and Claire will always be special – they’re my first.  You always remember your first!

When will Convicted be coming out?

The release date isn’t set.  I’m hoping for late 2013 / early 2014.  We’ll see!

Thank you for this interview. I cannot tell you how excited I am for the release of Convicted.

Thank you so much for having me here! And thank you for telling people about my books! I’m very excited about Convicted too… I promise more twists and turns! I have a reputation to maintain.

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Series Reading Order:

Consequences (Consequences #1)

Truth (Consequences #2)

Convicted (Consequences #3)

 

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Review and Interview of Consequences By Aleatha Romig

Consequences

Review and Interview of Consequences

 

Review

Consequences (Consequences #1) by Aleatha Romig

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Romance, Erotica.

Length:  526 Pages

Synopsis: Claire Nichols wakes up in a strange bed in a house she has never been to and not sure how she got there.  The only things she does know is that the man keeping her captive, Anthony Rawlings,  is the tall, handsome, and wealthy man who she just met at the bar she works at.   Was Claire just at the wrong place at the wrong time?  Was she just the object of lust by a wealthy man who is use to taking whatever he wants?

What Claire does not know is that her captor has been following her for a long time and has been manipulating many of the pivotal moments in her life.  What Anthony does not know is the he will become captivated by the beautiful and kind Claire.  What they both will learn is that actions have consequences.

When I first finished this book, I had a wide range of emotions… terror, sadness, happiness, lust and then sadness again.  My emotions were literally all over the place.  How I felt about Anthony depended on what page I was reading.  How could I hate this man, be attracted to him and love him all in the same book?  I was on an emotional roller-coaster, but one that wanted to go back on once the ride was over!!!

Certain scenes were raw, gritty, dark and disturbing.  It was an emotional read that stuck with me for days.

There is a mystery of sorts that will be pieced together with flashbacks every few chapters.  At first, these flashbacks were frustrating, but I am glad I did not skip through them.

I did not expect this book to capture me as much as it did. I made the mistake of reading Consequences the week of Thanksgiving, which I was hosting.  I was reading and cooking. Thank god that turkey came out good.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. (I love these stories and this one did not disappoint.)

  • Did I skim? No
  • Do I recommend? Yes
  • Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes. I was emotionally attached to the characters.
  • Will I reread? Already have.
  • Did I look forward to the sequel when I was done? Yes.  
  • Ending/Cliffhanger: “OMG”

Author Interview (Part I)

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Let me first start by saying how happy I am that you agreed to do this interview, Aleatha.  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day.

Christine, thank you for inviting me!

How did you come up with idea for Consequences?

The opening scene of Consequences came to me.  I’m not sure if it was a dream or a thought… but I imagined it. The more I thought about it, I wanted to know what was happening. I sat down and started to write…to find out.

I am always curious about this, how did you come to give your main characters their names?

That is a great question. I don’t know.  I’ve always liked the name Claire.  But Anthony? I think I wanted something that could sound distinguished and also casual… Anthony / Tony.  This sounds silly, but his last name came from a ball in my garage- “Rawlings”.  Kind of like the “Wilson” in Castaway.

The quotes you have before each chapter, did you write them before or after you wrote the chapter?

Mostly after, I looked for quotes that reflected the mood or essence of the chapter.

If the Consequences series were to be made into a movie, who would you like to play Tony? Claire? Catherine?

Tony was always Joe Magellano in my mind.  But lately Jon Hamm and David Gandy have been suggested. I think they would work too.  For Claire, I like Natalie Portman or Olivia Wilde.  I honestly haven’t given Catherine much thought.

When did you know you wanted to become a writer?

Writing was always a dream and a passion.  I don’t think I ever thought I could do it.

When is your favorite time of day to write?

Late at night or very early in the morning, when the house is quiet.

What is your favorite quote and/or scene from Consequences?

That is very hard. I like it all.  I love many quotes. One that comes to mind right now is:  “He spoke again as if he hadn’t just shattered his promise and her security.  Her house of glass now lay in a pile of shards.” … kind of sad.

I am always curious about this, how did you come to give your main characters their names?

That is a great question. I don’t know.  I’ve always liked the name Claire.  But Anthony? I think I wanted something that could sound distinguished and also casual… Anthony / Tony.  This sounds silly, but his last name came from a ball in my garage- “Rawlings”.  Kind of like the “Wilson” in Castaway.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging when you write?

Time, balance, organization! I want about 10 more hours in each day.  Yet, I’m not sure I’d use them properly… I need more discipline.

What type of reactions did you get from readers after Consequences was published?

Mixed, some people loved it, others hated it. I enjoy evoking emotion and I think I do.  Now that Truth is also out, the responses are more positive. It helps that people can see the transformation in the characters.

Is there something in particular you like to eat and/or drink when you write? (I am sorry, I love to eat.)

Everyone knows I like my wine. But, when I’m really into writing I don’t eat or drink much of anything.  I’ve lost one laptop and had another very close miss with stemware.  So when I do drink, anything,  I use stemless glasses!

I have heard repeatedly that many readers felt that what Claire was experiencing with her feelings for Anthony was Stockholm Syndrome.  Do you agree?

In Consequences, most definitely.

I was recently asked on Twitter who my favorite villain is. I love when people ask me unexpected questions.  So I ask you, who is your favorite villain?

I would have to say Dexter.  Or is he an anti-hero?  I’m not sure, but I like him!

Series Reading Order:

Consequences (Consequences #1)

Truth (Consequences #2)

Convicted (Consequences #3)

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Erotica, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

 

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