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review 2015-06-26 02:13
{Review} Easier to Run by Silver Rain
Easier to Run - Silver Rain,Book Cover by Design

Cassie's been gone and alone for years. After the deaths of her parents and sister, she was taken in by her grandparents, but there was no love to be had in her new home. But memories of her best friend, the only person who never judged or let her down, are drawing her back. Back to the place where everything fell apart, where one boy had the power to hold her together.

 

Judging Covers: I really don't think the cover fits with the story at all. It makes it look like erotica, or at least something a lot heavier on passion than healing. And this book is more about reconnecting and getting over the past than steaming things up. That's not to say there aren't some hot moments, but if I were to pick this book bases solely on what I see on the cover, I'd probably be pretty disappointed to find out it's a completely different kind of story. The woman whose shirt is falling off her shoulders and boobs are popping out the top is absolutely not Cassie, and… Well, it's just a really bad stock photo choice for this one.

 

The Verdict: If I'd known what I was getting into, I probably would have passed this one right by. But by the time I figured out that not only was Cassie dealing with the absence of her family but also with the repercussions of sexual abuse as a teenager, I was already too invested to bail. So there's your warning, I guess. Cassie was repeatedly abused by a trusted adult, and while the depictions aren't graphic, it's still very disturbing.

 

It seems that Cassie has lost pretty much everything, so it's a wonder she turned out like she did. When her parents were killed in an auto accident, she went to live with her sister and brother-in-law. When her sister died, and the monster who'd abused her was put away, she was sent to live with her grandparents, and while that may have been the best thing on paper, it certainly wasn't the best thing in real life. They were cold and judgemental, essentially blaming her for the abuse she'd suffered, and it felt like her going back to find Ben was a last ditch attempt at finding good in the world.

 

Ben was her best friend, despite being several years older than her, and his family had always treated Cassie like she was their own. Cassie, of course, had a big crush on him once upon a time, but she was way too young for him and way too young to act on it, and they were pulled apart before anything could come of their feelings. Cassie's stutter has always left her feeling like she was on the outside, but Ben never let her get away with silence and sign language, and it seems he's the only person who ever truly “got” her.

 

Their reconnection is bittersweet and painful, despite his welcoming her back with open arms. Cassie's a survivor, though she seems to feel she's weak, and Ben is patient, sweet, and gentle with her. Now that she's older, their age difference isn't such an obstacle, and it's clear his feelings for her aren't exactly platonic either. What follows is deepening friendship, revisiting a tragic past, and ultimately healing with each other. There was no magic cure for her speech problems or big dramatic moment when the past came back to haunt them, but in that way, their story felt more real. Instead of focusing on the past, it was all about their finding each other again and moving forward, and while Cassie's issues certainly slowed that process down in several places, it was a triumphant moment when it all finally came together for them.

 

Easier to Run would not have been my normal choice of reads if the synopsis had disclosed the abuse and mental issues that were to be addressed in the story, but it was still a solid read, and it seemed to handle those subjects responsibly. If you're into the kind of book where the heroine has been all but destroyed and the hero loves her through it, try this one. It's not my usual fare, but I think it's probably perfect for those of you who love the savior & redemption bit.

 

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review 2014-12-27 01:24
Her Christmas Bonus
Her Christmas Bonus - Rain Danvers

Title: Her Christmas Bonus
Author: Rain Danvers
Publisher: GRM Digital Publishing
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"Her Christmas Bonus" by Rain Danvers

Book Description....

New Adult Romance – A Sexy Contemporary Romance Novelette

"Sage has been working at a high-tech firm in Newport Beach, CA for over two years as the only female director among three men. She is highly valued by her boss and she loves her job, but there's a problem - she's totally attracted to him and the stress is killing her. She's taking three days off for the Christmas holiday and has posted her availability online, hoping to find a job when she returns. Before she can leave, she has to find her cell phone and she doesn't know where she left it.

Terrance is the founder and owner of Templeton Designs and considers Sage so valuable to the company, he can't afford to acknowledge the feelings he has for her. He's stuck at the company this year when normally he would be enjoying the holiday in a warm, tropical location. It may be the year he finds a way to acknowledge the woman who holds his heart captive."

What I liked about this novel....

"Her Christmas Bonus" was a short romantic Christmas novella. What I liked about it was it was very quick easy and sweet read about Sage and Terrance. If was for sure that Terrance knew what he wanted and went after it and id he get it? Well, you will have to pick up and read "Her Christmas Bonus" to see!   

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url 2014-11-14 12:39
Cover Reveal for BECOMING RAIN by K.A. Tucker

We are so stoked about this cover reveal for 's BECOMING RAIN! BECOMING RAIN is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the second novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster. BECOMING RAIN is set to be released March 3, 2015!

 

  Becoming Rain

 

US BUY LINKS:

Amazon ** Barnes & Noble ** Books-a-Million ** IndieBound ** Apple ** Blio ** Books-a-Million ** Google

UK BUY LINKS

Amazon ** Barnes & Noble ** Apple ** Google ** Waterstones ** Foyles

 

  About BECOMING RAIN:

 

Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain. Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps. As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.  

 

And don't miss the first book in this thrilling series BURYING WATER...

 

Burying Water

 

Amazon ** Barnes & Noble ** iBooks ** Kobo ** IndieBound

 

About BURYING WATER:

 

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away. Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him? Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried. The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

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About K.A. Tucker: Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.        

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review 2014-10-14 16:48
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Lulu and the Hedgehog in the Rain. by Hilary McKay - Hilary McKay

I’ve been going on about how wonderful Hilary McKay is, and how wonderful her Lulu books in particular are. But they really make me quite happy! I enjoyed the neighbors in this one, and Lulu’s absolute conviction that everyone should love animals as much as she does.

Source: bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/recent-reading-non-cybils-edition
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review 2014-08-26 11:37
tolle Liebesgeschichte mit Thrill
Glasgow RAIN - Martina Riemer

„Glasgow Rain“ von Martina Riemer ist ein Liebesroman für junge Erwachsene.

Vic hat es nicht leicht mit ihrem Vater. Sie muss sich nach dem richten, was er möchte und so muss sie alle Hebel in Bewegung setzten, damit sie auf die Party gehen darf. Denn geht sie nicht dort hin, wird sie das letzte Jahr an der Highschool eine Außenseiterin sein. Doch ab dieser Party hat sie das Gefühl ständig verfolgt zu werden? Ist das der Sohn ihrer Haushaltshilfe?

 

Vic bzw. Victoria muss seid dem Unfall ihrer Mutter mit ihrem Vater alleine klar kommen. Sie haben zwar eine Menge Geld, eine Haushälterin, aber dies alles kann die Mutter nicht ersetzten. Ihre Tante sieht sie recht selten. Ihr Vater ist ein richtiger Kontrollfreak und macht Vic das Leben um einiges schwerer.

Neben Ihrem Vater und ihrer Tante sind auch, die anderen Charaktere gut beschrieben und könnten so wirklich existieren. So bekommt man als Leser ein gutes Gefühl für die ganzen Charaktere. Auch wenn sie selbst vielleicht nicht so nett rüber kommen.

Neben dem Verlieben gibt es auch Thriller-Elemente in dem Buch. Vic fühlt sich verfolgt und es wird über seltsame Morde berichtet. Schade ist, dass Vics Verfolgungsangst nicht gut rüber kommt. Man hält sie eher für etwas paranoid. Für den Leser ist es nicht wirklich eine Gefahr. Doch später sind die Thriller-Elemente gut platziert und Sorgen für Spannung und Nervenkitzel.

Der Anfang ist gut gelungen Vic muss sich mit den typischen Problemen einer Jugendlichen durchschlagen, auch wenn ihr Vater vielleicht nicht normal ist. Nur fügen sich die Thriller-Elemente nicht so gut in die Liebesgeschichte ein. Es fehlt dadurch leicht der rote Faden und die Spannung. Dies wird aber mit der Zeit immer besser und gipfelt dann im Ende.

Das Cover zeigt den typischen englischen Regen und ein Pärchen. Die Farbgestaltung ist gelungen und alles zusammen wirkt sehr ansprechend.

 

Es war ein Cover-Kauf ganz klar. Der Prolog hat mir richtig gut gefallen, doch dann war es mir etwas zu flach von der Spannung her. Ich habe mich gefragt ob Vic paranoid ist oder ob da wirklich mehr hinter steckt. Doch mit der Zeit war klar es hat Sinn und ab da wurde es auch richtig spannend und am Ende konnte ich das buch nicht ehr aus der Hand legen.

Deswegen gibt es 4 von 5 Wölfen!

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