Perfect Betrayal

perfect betrayal

I received this ARC from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

This is Season Vining’s third book, and my third ARC, and I think it’s safe to say the writing is sound.  Mix an unlikely couple, a dramatic event and expect a HEA.

Levi is a young maintenance man from a solidly blue collar background.  Taylor is the spoiled daughter of a millionaire.  The two cross paths and hearts.

She refused to believe that nothing good could stay.  If that was the case, then what the hell was life all about?  What was the purpose of finding happiness only to know it’ll be ripped from you?  After surviving childhood and adolescence, Taylor was holding out for something better.  And she was willing to fight for it.

Is Levi the diamond in the rough he appears to be?  Is Taylor as vapid as she does?

Read and find out.  You won’t find anything inventive but you will find a story that can keep you occupied during a camping trip.  I’ll definitely take any ARC with Season’s name on it.

Three stars.

Alive

alive

I received this book from Random House Publishing Group – Del Rey Spectra in exchange for an honest review.

I started this book a few weeks ago, then life happened.  My sister had a baby, then she got sick and so between hospital time and the general stuff I do when I’m visiting home after a year overseas I got bogged down.  Enter a week out in the woods camping and I picked this back up.  I immediately regretted not powering through it.  What a read it was!

Scott Sigler is an author who had been unknown to me until I read this book.  I have quickly begun to think of him as some kind of literary sleeping giant.  I went in with no idea what this book was about, having read no reviews, nothing.  I was STILL shocked.  This book is almost impossible to review.  Impossible because at the end the author included a note asking readers to keep the plot to ourselves.  I can’t even really share my thoughts without betraying the plot.

A girl wakes up in a coffin.  She remembers nothing, not even her name.  Her mind is a sieve, memories just scraps of images and voices she can’t place.

I don’t remember who I am or what I was, but in my heart I know nothing I did before could possibly make me feel this alive.

She’s not alone.  Things are not alright.  She needs to do something…

That voice in my head stirs, the one that says crying doesn’t fix anything, the one that told me to always attack.  It’s a man’s voice, swirling up from somewhere in my hidden memories.  It says, choices have consequences.  The voice is right.

Read this book.  Tell your friends to read this book.

4 stars.

As Night Falls

as night falls

Once again I am seriously late (over two weeks after publication) with this review.  I came home from my year in China last month and have been a combination of busy and lazy since.  It took me over a month to finish this gem.  Apologies to the publisher!

I received this ARC from Ballantine Books in exchange for an honest review.

GPS, satellites.  People could watch things from the sky, or from the objects small enough to fit in a pocket.  Their possessions.  Their children.  Themselves.

Sandy leads an idyllic life; gorgeous new home on a beautiful piece of land, a career as a therapist, dutiful and hardworking husband and intelligent and pretty daughter.  At first glance there is little worthy of a second glance.  This all changes when two strangers are blown in with a snowstorm.  These men are dangerous, posing a threat to the very carefully crafted life Sandy has built for herself.  Can she outsmart the men on the run?  Does she want to?

Therapists didn’t use physical means to encourage people.  They had other techniques.

I really enjoyed this one.  It was very slow at first but after the first 20% or so I was drawn in.  I pored over it on a flight, highlighting interesting sentences and pondering Milchman’s writing style.  I don’t often read suspense and I’m even less often unaware of what’s happening as late as I was with this one.  I definitely plan to go back and read her previous novels.  I took something away from this one, sometimes what’s buried is more dangerous than we think.

The knowledge, putrid and buried for so long, was somehow liberating.  It was like the moment you finally allowed yourself to be sick, then lay back afterward, panting and sweaty and emptied.

Four stars.

Beautiful Collison

Beautiful Collision Cover

I took over a month to finish this book and it is in no way because of the book.  Finishing up my work contract and getting ready for summer vacation has left me pretty lazy in my free time!

 I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Although it came out over the summer the second book in the series Beautiful Conviction is set to be released in a couple of weeks, hence the review.

Beautiful Collision was a breezy, interesting read.  It was pretty formulaic but I still enjoyed it for what it was.  Girl on the run from a dodgy past (Gray) meets her dark horse hero (Thane) and sparks and a parade of drama ensue.  Gray is a likable protagonist, smart and strong but still willing to show a bit of vulnerability.  I found Thane to be equally easy to relate to, especially as he struggles between duty and heart.

Too much detail would betray the plot!  Pick this up if you’re jonesing for a summer read.  I will be adding the next installment to my summer book list (as if it isn’t already long enough)!

Three stars.