Friday, September 16, 2016

Book Review - Hell On Heels By Anne Jolin

Hell On Heels by [Jolin, Anne]
Release Date: April 26,2016


Where do I even begin?

Let me preface that I loved Anne Jolin's "Saving Steele" but I wasn't too keen on "Chasing Rhodes" so I had no expectations when I received an ARC of this. I knew it could go either way for me.

As is my practice when I have a new book, I read the prologue (if there is one), the first two chapters, the last two chapters and the epilogue (again, if there is one). I know it is weird but, to me, the ending is just as important as the rest of the book. No matter how great the book is, if the ending does not tie up the story neatly, the book loses its appeal for me.

I almost didn't read this because of the ending. I couldn't stand the way it ended. Not to give it away (no, it is not a cliffhanger) but I didn't like it. I needed a resolution. I needed a bow to wrap up the whole story in a neat package. I needed a typical "the end". I almost emailed the author to tell her thanks, but no thanks, I can't review because I didn't read it. But, I gave my word. So I was going to follow through, albeit, belatedly.

I am glad I did. Granted, I wasn't prepared, nor did I welcome the emotions that this book evoked. I didn't expect to relate to the heroine. I didn't want to feel what she was feeling, to understand why she was that way or to empathize with her, even when I didn't agree with her actions and decisions. But, I did. I wanted to cry when her heart was breaking, I wanted to hide with her when she didn't want to face her issues. I wanted to cheer her on when she persevered and had a breakthrough. I wanted to hit her upside the head when I thought she was being stupid and stubborn. I had a whole gamut of emotions when I was reading and I didn't want to stop.

That's a testament to Anne Jolin's growth as a writer. Like I said, I didn't care much for one of her earlier books. Yet, in this book, she was able to elicit varying reactions from me. To the point that though I didn't like the ending, I am still giving this 5 stars. I think this book is also a testament to her bravery. It is often said that a writer brings a piece of himself or herself to every work. If that is the case, Anne Jolin brought a very private piece of herself to this book and managed to present it with eloquence and grace. For that, I have to give her props and like Anne Jolin always says, mad love.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cover Reveal - Butterfly By Rebecca Sherwin


Title: Butterfly
Author: Rebecca Sherwin
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 21st, 2016

I once was Erin, fierce and strong, But now she's gone, I don't belong. He wants my heart, but it's not mine. I've hidden it, and now can't find The soul it once took solace in. All that's left is pain and sin. But still, my dark knight keeps me here. To live in hate and dread and fear. So what will happen once he knows, The more he hurts me, the more I grow? The faster I flourish in the dark, The harder I fight to leave my mark. When his mind swallows me whole, When he finds my heart as black as coal, Will he save me from his hell, Or remind me just how hard I fell? I once was Erin, fierce and strong. Now this pitch black world is where I belong. I've waved the girl I was goodbye. Now I am his Butterfly... *Butterfly is a DARK romance


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