SERIES: Revive Series
SERIES PLACEMENT: #1
AUTHOR: A.M. Wilson
AGE GROUP: New Adult
RELEASE DATE: June 22, 2015
PUBLISHER: A.M. Wilson
PAGES: Approx. 286
COPY PROVIDED BY: Author
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RATING: 4.5 Stars!
I left everything behind in order to be free. I should have known better than to think it would be so easy. All it took was one day at my new job.
He came for me.
I used a stranger to deter him, and in doing so, realized my heart began to beat again. Elias Brooks put me back together after Travis Dawson tore me apart. Travis makes it everybody's business that I belong to him, including Elias, but he couldn’t be more wrong.
He’s stalking me.
I’m afraid he’s come back to hurt me again. He promises he’s not. Travis pleads he’s only trying to keep me safe from none other than Elias.
Who do I trust? Fate led me down the wrong path before. Who’s to say it won’t happen again?
REVIEWERS NOTE: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 Incredible Stars!!
An Intense, Addictive Read with Nail-Biting Suspense That Will Have You Holding On Tight Through All The Twists And Turns!
What a ride! From the moment I opened to the first page, I was hooked. This book was suspenseful, mysterious and sexy. It kept me guessing and wanting and I loved it from beginning to end. And what an ending! I hope there’s more to come. There NEEDS to be more to come. I can’t wait to see what happens next....
This story starts off with an intense encounter between Marlena and her boyfriend, Travis, who is in the midst of showing off one heck of a temper. But Marlena moves on from that frightening moment and from her daunting past and settles into a good life with friends, a budding career and potential love when she meets the sexy and mysterious Elias.
Elias and Marlena quickly find their other half in each other with some fun date moments, sexy make out scenes and some great dialogue, all the while building to something more. I loved the way the author had these two interact. They were playful but also passionate.
Marlena, I think was quick to act childish, and not quick enough to ask questions, but she was also sweet and caring. Her past didn’t define her. She has a strength that shined through the pages. Elias is sexy and intense and he also has a sweet, caring side. He’s still a total mystery to me and I loved trying to sort him out. I can’t wait to find out more about him.
I also liked the little sub stories going on with the side characters. (I’d love to get Sin’s story at some point.)
Things seem to be moving in the right direction for Marlene as she’s surrounded herself with a good life, but as the story progresses, she quickly realizes she’s being stalked by her ex. Here’s where things get tricky. We get Travis’s POV and though you know he’s this impending force with a temper and serious issues, you also began to realize, he wasn’t always that way and there’s more to his story then just what’s on the surface.
Travis Dawson was a complex, multifaceted character who I both liked and lothed. I think given a different past, a different upbringing, he might have been a good man but instead he let his past consume him, turn him into someone dark and sociopathic. He let his mother's demons become his own and it ruined him. And I have to know what finally made him snap. What took him from caring and protective to cruel and abusive. He was disgusted and enraged by what was done to his mother so what made him in return treat Marlena so cruelly?
I do wish I we had learned more about Elias’s daily activities. I have my suspicions and the author did a good job of both concealing him in mystery and leaving breadcrumbs for you to follow, but this book ends on a huge cliffy and I’m dying to know what happened.
Also, there were some character points I thought could have been better played. As much as I loved Marlena’s strength and her bravery, some of her actions were just.. not smart. Casually leaving a crowd to go alone to the bathroom at a club after seeing her stalker, stomping out of the apartment just to prove she could be missed after arguing with Elias knowing she wasn’t safe, not trying to escape when she was unbound and alone. It was those little things that made me question her intelligence. She also came off as very impatient. She “snapped” or “huffed” or “yelled” to quickly in certain situations and I think with a bit of different wording, she would have come off feisty and sassy as the author intended, instead of childish or rude.
Also, I think there were a few continuity issues. I was confused a couple of times throughout the book where there was mention of something and in a different paragraph that same topic had something a little different. It was a bit distracting in some parts.
The Wrap Up:
Even with my “wishlist”, I enjoyed this book immensely, and was completely absorbed in the story! Once I started, I was itching to get to the next page to see what happened next. There were some very realistic and scary moments in this book and I loved the author wasn’t scared to put her characters through their paces. And there were a lot of questions left unanswered. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
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About the Author...
A.M. Wilson fell in love with writing in second grade when she won a young writers' contest. She spent the years following carrying around a spiral notebook, which she filled with poetry and short stories detailing the dramatics of being a young girl. When she hit her college years, she set the notebooks down and fell in love with reading romance novels. She may have attended college four separate times, in four different fields, but always knew in her heart writing was her true passion. She grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and spent her summers in the cold waters of Lake Superior, but relocated to the Twin Cities with the love of her life and has two spirited children who make her world go round.
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