Sunday, March 31, 2013

Fool For Books Giveaway!

Happy Sunday!


Welcome to Fool For Books Giveaway! This event is organized by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and there are around 130 blogs participating. It runs from April 1st to 7th. Enjoy!


What can you win this time?

Let's keep it simple!
1 winner - You pick a book either from amazon.com or from The Book Depository.

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Review: Mile High by R.K. Lilley

Hi all!

The second part to the Up In The Air series.






Author: R.K. Lilley
Title: Mile High
Series: Up In The Air #2
Release date: 2nd of November 2012
Published by: R.K. Lilley
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, BDSM, Romance
Pages: 283 pages in e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle 

Summary:

James and Bianca’s tumultuous story continues in the sequel to In Flight.

James has initiated Bianca into a dark and drugging world of passion and pain. He taught her about her own submissive, masochistic nature, and she fell swiftly and deeply in love with the undeniably charming and impossibly beautiful Mr. Cavendish, but a painful misunderstanding and the return of the brutally violent demon of her past have combined to overwhelm Bianca, and, confused and hurt, she pushes him away.

It’s been over a month since the shocking attack that hospitalized her, and since she told a distraught James that she needed space, but her feelings haven’t gone away. Even she knew that it was only a matter of time before he would cast his spell on her again…

Review:

When I think about it, there wasn’t really a cohesive plot in this book, expect lots and lots of sex, some filler scenes .... and then sex again. I’m weird, I need a setting, buildup and climax for my stories (and we are not talking about those aspects in sex because, then the book had at least a million plots). Next to the lack of storyline, there were many things I would consider flaws... so why am I reading this? BECAUSE this series is really really addictive! I can’t help it.

Well this book is definitely interesting and creative in the sex department, it was fascinating to read where all and how James and Bianca can get it on. I was left slightly concerned though, because they’re worse than rabbits, it’s like a never-ending marathon with them, is that much sex even healthy anymore or even physically possible? If yes, then congratulations to the couple because they are amazing at it.

I like: The woman is the one who is holding back in the relationship and the guy is totally gaga over her. It’s a nice change, since mostly guys are the ones not getting their act together. It had a lot of sweet and romantic, but slightly obsessively whacky scenes and plenty of the hero swoops down to save the damsel in distress and goes ballistic scenes (even tough, Bianca didn’t really need the help most of the time and stood her ground). They were cute.

Don’t like: Well, as I’ve mentioned, there is basically no plot, except if you consider lots of sex a plot. And also Bianca kind of lost my liking of her in this book.

Characters:

James – I’m in awe of him because normally someone like him would have me running to the hills screaming (him being mega ultra dominant), but you have to admit there is something charming about him in an intense slightly bordering on psycho kind of way. He’s needy, obsessive and quite smothering, but I forgive him since this is fiction and I guess out of reality he seems to be kind of a dream guy everyone thinks they want to have (I’m certain that would never ever ever work in reality though). Other than that, he is still loving, protective, polite, smart, handsome, rich, and the master of between the sheets tango.

Bianca, unfortunately, really got on my nerves in this book. If you don’t want to commit to James then you have no right to be jealous of every single female that he knows (I wouldn’t be surprised if she was suspicious of the cook, maid, random woman on the street, etc – it was that bad). The constant “have you slept with her” was rude, something from his past and something she had absolutely no right to ask since she wouldn’t admit that they were seriously together. He gave her no reason to doubt him and did everything to please her, she was unfair towards him. She also came across so bitter and hostile to everyone except Stephen and a few others. I understand that she had a rough past and the danger is not passed, but she wasn’t likable in this book, yes, she is still beautiful, independent, hardworking, loyal, but her attitude isn’t something I enjoyed.

Stephen was still awesome though. I have to also agree with everyone in the story: Stephen and Javier are adorable, I hope there will be more insight into their relationship or maybe a spin-off?

Overall:

There are issues, but it’s addicting and I need to know what will happen. If you want lots of sex in your book then this is for you.



3 stars!

LIIS


Friday, March 29, 2013

Interview with Lee Mims - Author of Hiding Gladys!

Happy Friday!


I have a visitor on my blog today! Lee Mims is the author of Hiding Gladys and she took her time to answer to some interview questions about her book and herself.

Before we continue with the interview, I would like to share some information about Lee Mims' book Hiding Gladys!

Hiding Gladys:


What’s a live rattlesnake doing sunning itself in the back seat of field geologist Cleo Cooper’s Jeep? Nothing good, you can be sure but the dilemma of how it might have gotten there isnt as crucial to her as making certain it doesnt stay. Yet, alarming as such an uninvited passenger might be, more disturbing to the plucky, single-minded Cleo is the need to nail down her deal for mining rights to a rare, vastly valuable North Carolina granite deposit.

The problem is that the property owner, Gladys Walton, has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, while neglecting to sign the final documents.

First, a murder interferes with locating her: is the woman’s body found dumped in a well that of the missing Gladys? Amid the wooded, rocky countryside, suspicious misdeeds multiply and Gladys’s conniving relations all behave extremely badly.

The increasingly provoked Cleo sees her dog shot, the progress at her job site dangerously disrupted and, finally, is made witness to another death. Whom can she trust? And what kind of distractions should she allow herself when so much is at stake? Both her charming but exasperating ex-husband and an even more seductive former lover are both on hand competing to rescue her; it’s clear to Cleo, though, that she must go it alone and risk the consequences.



Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to Lee Mims!


How does a geologist come to write a novel?
I wrote this story because I love geology and am fascinated by the rapid advances made in both mining and oil and gas exploration. Writing about a field of which you have personal knowledge and a real passion for, I think, makes stories more believable. A novel based around my adventures in mining seemed like the perfect fit.
 

For those who haven’t read it yet, tell us what Hiding Gladys, book one of the Cleo Cooper Mystery Series, is about.

Book one is a story about a woman geologist who is driven to make a success of her life all on her own. She is a rugged individualist who doesn’t mind risk as long as the reward is great enough. To that end, after finding a rare granite deposit on the coastal plain, she sets out to execute a simple option to lease the property on which the deposit lies from the elderly landowner, Gladys Walton, but complications arise starting with a rattlesnake in her car.

After her dog is shot and she falls down a well onto a body all in the first few days prior to testing, she wonders if things could get any worse. They do. Gladys goes missing and her two greedy children make it clear they intend to take over their mother’s affairs. A series of mysterious accidents, a nervous banker and an imposing sheriff bent on finding a killer all work against her as time and her money are running out.

Bud Cooper, her ex-husband and all-around good guy, whom she still loves but is unable to live with, tries to help her. But she is distracted by an old lover and former geologist, Nash Finley.  

 

Did you live any of these experiences?

Hiding Gladys is ultimately a work of fiction intended to entertain, but I did set out to write it to capture some of my own experiences in a fictional, fun way. All of the day to day activities Cleo goes through in preparing the property for testing and the actual drilling with the crews I’ve done many times. I even had a drill rig turn over on a swampy piece of property and had to find an all-terrain wrecker to salvage it. I’ve had some experiences with boats, in particular skiffs like the ones described. I’ve come across rattlers, bears, ATF officers, stills and several lost hunting dogs in the field, but these experiences are all just seeds for my imagination. It doesn’t take much to recall one of them and expand it into some life-threatening event for Cleo.

 

Let’s talk a little about your main character Cleo, and how you shaped her personality. Is she your alter ego?

Cleo and her dream of achieving personal wealth through hard work and risk taking is a dream many people have. Like me, she believes in being responsible for herself. Her methods may, at times, skirt the edge of the law, but she never breaks it. She’s a risk taker, but only with her own life and resources. One of the most important components of her personality though, and the one I use to get her into a lot of hot water, is her compulsion to go it alone and not to use her wealthy ex-husband’s continuing devotion and desire to protect her as a crutch.

When we talk about an alter ego, we think of a second personality different and distinct from who we know we are. For instance, I’d like to think when faced with a masked intruder in a closet I’d have the gumption to fight back, to defend myself as bravely as Cleo. Could I? Would I? I don’t know, but Cleo does and that’s what makes writing about her fun.

 

How does her character evolve throughout the series?

Well, I don’t want to give away too much, but suffice it to say that besides being an amateur sleuth/geologic consultant, her on-again-off-again relationship with her ex-husband is the thing that Cleo struggles with the most in her life. The series picks up on Cleo’s life about five years after she finally divorces Bud, unable to accept even after twenty years of trying, being coddled and spoiled. Still when bad things happen, it seems he’s always there to help if she wants him. History has told her she’s sure she doesn’t. She’s sure if only she acquires enough wealth, she’ll never need to depend on anyone. But by the end of the series it may be that Cleo learns true love trumps independent wealth, but having both trumps everything. It may be, but I’m not saying.

 

You have lived in North Carolina your entire life, except for just a few years in Washington, D.C., and the book is set in your home state. You even provide a map for readers to visualize where things are geographically. How important was NC to this story?

For each story I have planned, North Carolina and its unique geologic past is one of the key characters, if you will. For example, a rare granite deposit beneath the coastal plain of North Carolina like the one in Hiding Gladys actually does exist, just not a far east as my imaginary one. And book two, Trusting Viktor, centers around a vast deposit of natural gas fifty miles off the coast. This deposit actually exists and several attempts to drill an exploratory well in it have occurred. The US Geological Survey estimates this reservoir to be larger than Prudhoe Bay. A kernel of truth, they say, makes a story more believable.

 

Your background in geology obviously influenced some details in the book and the overall plotline. Did you have to do much research to flesh out the story?

From a geologic standpoint, Hiding Gladys was written from personal experience. I did have a detective friend help me depict the crime scenes accurately and make sure I kept my guns straight. I also had a banker friend help me with the financial issues in the story. My second book Trusting Viktor, which centers on oil and gas exploration, took a considerable amount of research. Although I was trained as a petroleum geologist, I have no personal experience in that field. That’s where still having lots of friends in the industry comes in handy.

 
Which mystery authors do you read – and who are your favorite amateur sleuths?

I think Sue Grafton’s A to Z mysteries were the ones that really got me hooked. Her Kinsey Mulhoney will always be a favorite, although I desperately want to fix her hair. For sheer fun, you can’t beat Jane Evanovich and her bounty-hunter heroine Stephanie Plum. I also like some of the amateur sleuths created by male writers like Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr. James Hall’s Hap Tyler in Hard Ground, or Thorn in his many “Thorn mysteries” or Harlan Coben’s Myron Bolitar, the sports agent sleuth are also familiar friends I look for on the book shelves.

How many books are planned for the Cleo-led series?

Three.

What can you tell us about your next book, Trusting Viktor?

Trusting Viktor is a real labor of love for me for two reasons. One, I’m fascinated by the technology used today to find and retrieve fossil fuels in an economically feasible and sustainable way—it is tantamount to exploration in outer space. And two, the story offers another view of what it would mean in jobs and revenue if the Manteo Prospect—the name for the actual deposit that exists of North Carolina’s coast—were to prove economically viable. So with that in mind, unable to ignore the lure of big risk/big rewards, Cleo joins her ex-husband Bud in a high stakes quest to find this vast gas deposit and bring it to market. Little did she know that the company they invested in is about to go bankrupt. Budget and staff cuts cause them to enlist the aid of Cleo as a back up to a wet-behind-the-ears well-site geologist.

Cleo comes across a clue to the whereabouts of a treasure of incalculable value and is reunited with a one-night stand she thought she’d never see again, a young Russian geologist, Viktor Koslov.


About the author:

Lee Mims is and always has been a North Carolina farm girl. She played outdoors from dawn to dusk, built forts, drank water from garden hoses and ran with sticks. And for 25 years, she raised and trained Quarter Horses.

She was often sick as a child, and it was while staying home with her mother that Mims learned the beauty of words. Together they read endlessly: short stories, fairy tales and adventure novels.

Because of her love of the great outdoors, she later earned a master’s and bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and worked as a field geologist. And as a popular wildlife artist, Mims owns her self-named studio where she does both portrait and fine art oil paintings. She has two pieces on tour with Paint America and recently sold a painting to Ms. Andy Griffith for his museum.

Books never escaped her, and her geology background inspired Hiding Gladys, the first of the debut author’s Midnight Ink-published Cleo Cooper Mystery Series. Busy writing the next installment, Trusting Viktor, Mims is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

She lives on a family farm in Clayton, NC with her husband.

 
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Thanks goes to Lee Mims to finding answer to all the questions!

Happy reading!

 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hoppy Easter Eggstragavanza Giveaway!

Happy Thursday!


The Easter is here!!!

Welcome to my stop at the Hoppy Easter Eggstragavanza Giveaway! This hop is organized by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by Read Now Sleep Later and it runs from March 29 to April 5th. There are around 190 blogs participating, so you have a lot of chances to win!

Before we are going to the giveaway, I would like to wish Happy Easter to all of you. So, here it goes:
Easter myspace comments, greetings and glitters
From GoodLigthscraps.com


I am spending this Easter with my family - going home to see my parents and my sister and her family to the island where I am from. My son is there with my parents, waiting for my arrival!!! I will see all of them tomorrow already and honestly, I can't wait! Haven't spent time with them for a while and it's going to be fun! We are going to be painting and coloring eggs!!!

Happy Easter! Lots of love to your hearts and I wish you can spend your Easter with people you love!

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What can you win this time?

There will be 1 winner who can either pick a 15$ GC from amazon or a book from The Book Depository of the same value.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas - Book Blast and Giveaway!


Happy Wednesday!






Blue Hearts of Mars by Nicole Grotepas





Retta Heikkinen knows the unspoken rule of society: love between androids and humans is forbidden. A simple enough edict until Hemingway Koskinen spends an evening charming her with his intense gaze, bewitching smile, and sparkling conversation that hints at so much more than the usual obsessions of high school boys. Rules were meant to be cast aside, especially when love beckons.



If only it were as simple as being in love.

Trouble is brewing, not just for Hemingway--for all androids. Secrets have been kept, lies propagated, and Retta soon discovers that a frightening future awaits thousands of androids if she doesn’t do something to stop it. Worse yet, she will lose the one love she’s ever endangered herself for: Hemingway.



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Praise


"Nothing like I've read before. A true original story! Everything is so well described. Now if they could make a follow up book and movie, that would be great!" ~Mrs. Z (Amazon)

"I was addicted to this book from the beginning. Life on Mars was very real and not at all a sci fi world I didn't understand . . . I found myself rooting for Retta and Hemingway from the very beginning. Easy reading, couldn't put it down and had it read in a weekend. Waiting for a sequel!" ~TNielsen (Amazon)

"The ending of this book is exceptional. While it was different from what I imagined, the way the author brought in a shocking revelation was amazing. I probably reread the last chapter 3 times letting it sink in and the meaning behind it. It was truly beautiful . . . I would love to see more of Retta and Hemingway!" ~Kat Meyer, (Goodreads)

"I love how the author populated Mars . . . so descriptive and comprehensive . . . I could clearly picture everything as if I was seeing the movie &/or was along for the ride. . . . Retta, the main character, is strong, opinionated, and a great champion for her cause." ~Megan (Amazon)

"I had been in the worst reading slump ever and came across this on Goodreads and thought I'd give it a try. Well, I was pleasantly surprised on how funny and exciting and mysterious it was . . . Mei, Retta's bff, had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well as Retta herself. I'd definitely hang out with those two." ~Deanneluvbooks (Goodreads)




Blue Hearts of Mars has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.



Readers are invited to download the excerpts (here) and rate and comment on the entries. So please, if you want to contribute, download and rate Blue Hearts! Your support is incredibly appreciated!


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Author Nicole Grotepas



Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan--the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.

 

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Starseed Blog Tour - Guest Post by the author Liz Gruder and Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday!

Tour Schedule
Welcome to Starseed Blog Tour! This tour is organized by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

My stop includes a guest post from the author of Starseed, Liz Gruder, some information about the book, about the author and last, but not least, a giveaway!

I was supposed to post few days ago, but was delayed. So with apologies from my side, please give a warm welcome to the author of Starseed, Liz Gruder!


Writing YA Science Fiction

While researching Starseed, a story about a sixteen-year-old girl who is half-human and half-extraterrestrial, I read everything I could about ETs. I didn’t want to make up alien scenarios. If I’d done that, Starseed would fall solidly in the realm of fantasy.

True YA science fiction is doing a lot of research. How an author uses that research in their story is what causes definitions of science fiction to grow fuzzy. Is it science fiction or fantasy?

For example, in Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, a story about a cyborg Cinderella, Cinder is part human and part machine. Harvard researchers have actually created cyborg tissue: neurons, heart cells, muscle, and blood vessels that are interwoven by nanowires and transistors. (see link:


So Cinder starts with scientific research. Meyer blends Cinder with a living, breathing cyborg with the fairytale Cinderella. I think to have accessible YA sci-fi, it’s important to keep the research in the background. The research makes the story plausible, but it’s characters and story that create a good read.

In Starseed, if I’d simply talked about how when Kaila meets real ETs in school and they show her how they can travel through dimensions, are telepathic, can manipulate time and space, the reader might grow weary. But when you weave that fringe science with an emotional and romantic plotline, then you create something readers can relate to, for readers care about characters first. This is why many YA sci-fi stories feature a strong romance element.

What a choice if you discovered you were half ET, then fell in love with an ET at school, and were forced to choose between Earth and your star family. One reason for steering toward aligning with the ETs is after Kaila witnesses the terrible bullying and cruelty among the human students.

Are humans good or evil? Well, both. Likewise, Starseed shows the universe filled with controlling, manipulative ETs and benevolent ETs rooting for your spiritual advancement. Good and evil are critical to good storytelling. If there’s no conflict—everyone is happy and comfy—that’s boring.  So, in creating Starseed, I wanted a mix of both good and bad students in the high school and good and bad aliens on Earth. As above, so below.

If we are honest with ourselves, most of us are a blend of good and evil. We hang our heads at angry words spoken to a friend or family member, but are proud when we help someone in a time of need. In Starseed, I wanted Kaila to grow, not only in coming to know who she really is, but to make hard choices. Despite all the technology in the world, which is the root of science fiction, the human element of knowing who we are, why we are here, and making choices is what good fiction—and life—are really about.

 
--Liz Gruder

 

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Thank you, Liz, for writing a guest post for Me and Reading!


Starseed
Author: Liz Gruder
ISBN: 978-1937178291
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Published: February 2013

SUMMARY


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Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth and her star family.
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Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. When she meets Jordyn Stryker at school, she finds out just how different.

Jordyn was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent to Louisiana's Bush High to learn human ways. But Jordyn didn't count on meeting someone like Kaila.

When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn awakens her to a new reality—and to love. But to prove herself, Kaila must look the other way as the real purposes of the starseeds unfold.

As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves inexorably forward, Kaila and Jordan, caught in an impossible love, must determine where their true loyalties lie.


Praise


"After reading Starseed, my faith in YA sci-fi has been restored! ... I didn't want to put it down ... it had enough mystery and suspense to keep me going, page after page. Superb job 4.5 out of 5!"
-- The Forbidden Library Book Reviews

"I would recommend this book to all sci-fi lovers and, to those who aren't into it, take a chance. Who knows? You may love this book just as much as I did! Liz Gruder is definitely an author you should keep a look out for as she has great talent in writing and a huge imagination. Starseed was a wonderful read and very different from other books I've read. It was a very nice change from what I usually read and kept me enticed all the way."
--Starlight Book Reviews

"Interesting read. A lot like Roswell, but different. Gruder does a great job building the dark mystery of what the aliens are really up to on earth."
--Charity Bradford, sci-fi author, "The Magic Wakes"

“The story caught me off guard and won me over after the first chapter. The main conflict is a personal one for Kalia. Will she embrace her alien side or continue life as a human?”
--Pixie Dust Book Reviews

Starseed is a fun sci-fi read with romance. It brings light to the cliques of high school, and challenges the main character, Kaila, to be herself, instead of how others expect her to be.
--Kerri Cuevas, YA Author "Deadly Kisses"

"Liz Gruder's characters come alive through youthful, spunky narrative, and her headstrong heroine, Kaila Guidry, elicits a reader's encouragement from the first page. Fans of P.C. Cast will find themselves similarly transported into Gruder's exploration of the dark sides of faith, love, higher dimensions, and, of course, high school."
-- Jadie Jones, YA author "Moonlit"



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Author Liz Gruder

As a youth, Liz Gruder saw a series of UFOs with her best friend while riding bikes. Ever since, she’s held a fascination for the stars. An avid reader, she used to hide under her covers and read with a flashlight. She has degrees in English and Psychology from Tulane University, a nursing license and a yoga certification. After going through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Liz realized how short life is and is now slowly fulfilling her bucket list: she’s been to the Egyptian pyramids (totally awesome and thought provoking) and is now teaching yoga and writing speculative fiction. Starseed is her debut novel.









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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review: Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson

Hi all!

Something not YA for a change :)




Author: A.L. Jackson
Series: Take This Regret #1
Release date: 5th of April 2012
Published by: Sapphire Star Publishing
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 298 in Paperback
Source: Gift

Summary:

There are some mistakes we make that we will regret for the rest of our lives. For Christian, it was the day he betrayed Elizabeth.

Christian Davison has a plan for his life. He is determined to become an attorney and to one day take his place as partner in his father’s law firm. Nothing will stand in his way, not even Elizabeth Ayers and their unborn child.

After Christian cuts her from his life, Elizabeth spends the next five years struggling to provide for her daughter and willing to sacrifice anything to give her child a safe, comfortable life.

For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back just as Elizabeth will do anything to protect her daughter from the certain heartache she believes Christian will bring upon them.

When Christian wrestles his way into their lives, Elizabeth is faced with asking herself if it is possible to forgive someone when they’ve committed the unforgiveable and if it is possible to find a love after it has been buried in years of hate. Or are there some wounds that go so deep they can never heal?

They say everyone deserves a second chance.

Review:

This was such an angsty read filled to the brim with angst and heartbreak and regret and redemption that I was moved and sad and happy every singe page. I’m a big fan of angst, but at times, it was such too much – not that it was a bad thing and not that it was out of place or unnecessary. Because it wasn’t.

Christian was the ultimate jerk, egomaniac and scaredy-cat when he shoved the best thing in his life right out the door when their first, but hugely significant obstacle was laid in front of them. Because of him not being able to deal and man up, Elizabeth was left to fend for herself and her precious baby, bearing scars that might never heal and let her lead a normal happy life. Most of the book is Christian, having finally come to terms with the single most idiotic misstep of his life, trying to reconcile with Elizabeth and get to know his daughter. And while yes, his act that brought about this whole misery was initially unforgivable, I really felt him trying to atone and his remorse through the book. The author did a great job of showing Christian’s regret and longing to be able to have his family back.

I liked that Elizabeth didn’t give into Christian too quickly as is the case too often, but then again, maybe it’s just me, but the constant push-and-pull did get a slightly frustrating and tiring at one point. Elizabeth was emotionally near to a cripple and this big battle was going inside her pro and against Christian, but she overreacted on a couple of occasions and that is why I wanted this war to end between those two as soon as possible. All in all though, the emotional rollercoaster was masterfully created and came across quite realistic. In addition, with the extra family drama in Christian’s life, there was a lot of tears, guilt, joy, misunderstandings and redemption to make this book a definite tearjerker.

Let’s not only talk about the negative: the notion and importance of family and a devoted support system was quite clearly highlighted in the book. Contrasting the families and friends of both Elizabeth and Christian is also significant and clearly distinguishable since both come from completely different homes and we can see how that has shaped them in the long run.

I didn’t like the fact that a lot of conflict could have been avoided by Christian and Elizabeth just getting their act together, sitting down, talking and actually hearing each other out. Communication is key, however painful the topic. Though, I have to compliment Elizabeth for not shutting him out of Lizzie’s life, which would have been the easier way out with the additional bonus of revenge. Then again without the characters acting irrationally there would be no story.

Characters:

Christian, despite his flaws and mistakes was actually quite a likable characters, if not for anything else, then for the way he groveled for Lizzie and really devoted himself to his daughter. This, of course, after he had a change of heart and some courage to help him take the necessary steps. I didn’t like how he focused exceptionally more on Lizzie than mending his relationship with Elizabeth, even tough, I do understand that the little girl takes priority.

Elizabeth was damaged and due to her hardships slightly paranoid and hostile in anything regards to Christian, which she had every right to. However, I don’t think she will be able to heal to an acceptable degree in time and that is sad yet realistic. She was a strong woman who managed to stand tall in the most difficult of circumstances.

Overall:

A very emotional read that tugs at your heartstrings. If you like angst, then this is definitely for you.




4 stars!

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