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ARC Review: Northern Light by E. J. Russell

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Expected publication: September 30th 2013 by Entangled: Ever After

Summary: Nothing gives art fraud investigator Luke Morganstern a bigger rush than busting forgers, the low-life criminals who dare victimize true artists. But when his latest job sends him to a remote cabin in the Oregon Coast Range, he’s stunned to discover the alleged forger is his former lover, Stefan Cobbe, the most gifted painter Luke has ever known.

Stefan, left homeless and destitute after the death of his wealthy partner, doesn’t exactly deny the forgery — he claims he doesn’t remember, an excuse Luke can’t accept.

But Luke’s elderly client suggests Stefan may be telling the truth and presents another possibility – a dark presence in the woods, a supernatural fury simmering for decades. Luke must face down his fear of the uncanny – and admit his feelings for Stefan – if either of them is to survive.

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My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher for an honest review.

Just because you don’t believe in something?
Doesn’t mean it’s not real.

I decided to write a short review; Northern Star is short itself.
The plot is predictable (or I’ve watched too many episodes of Supernatural…) but not bad.
what I really liked was the writting – witty and scintillating and punchy.

Rating: 3/5
 
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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in reviews

 

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Give Me Reason (Reason #1) by Zoey Derrick

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Published September 8th 2013 by Zoey Derrick

Summary: Vivienne Callahan has known only hardship. As if growing up with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother wasn’t traumatic enough, she’s escaped from her physically and verbally abusive boyfriend only to struggle every day to make ends meet as a waitress in a Minneapolis diner.

Along comes Mikah Blake, a handsome stranger who quickly takes an unexpected and persistent interest in her. On the surface, “Mr. Suit” seems to be Vivienne’s opposite: rich, well-fed, successful. As Vivienne will learn, Mikah is more than he seems, and for reasons unknown, he’s determined to be her knight in shining armor. But after having finally found her own two feet after years of abuse, it’s difficult for her to accept Mikah’s help.

Will her body’s unexpected response to Mikah’s touch be reason enough to overcome her pride and traumatic past and learn to love and trust? Or will her past, refusing to be left behind, come back to claim her?

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What is wrong with all those indie writers? Or with all those indie publishers? I just hate that common and newly founded strategy called be-sure-you-buy-the-next-installment, since we provided you with the cliffhanger of the year.
Seriously, wtf?
It’s all about the money, sing a-long.
Well, they just gave me a reason (heck, there’s no “a” in this title…) to buy the next book in the series.

And now I’m not sure if I liked this book or not.
I liked it.
I didn’t like it.

But I want to read part two.

So, back to the book. I can’t say a bad word about the writing, even if the prologue left me pleased – it is written in third person. But the story goes and hey, first person, Viv’s point of view reigns… Too bad.

The heroine is a starved, abused waitress – got your sympathy yet? Then she meets a handsome CEO with a hint of paranormal feel. Sounds familiar?
I bet the answer is yes.

It’s a good story, true tearjerker.

Alas I can’t stop myself from adding: If you’re abused in any kind of way, please don’t wait for your prince charming. Take care of yourself, you won’t spot your CEO on the street or he won’t spot you. Sadly, there’s too few of them.

 

Rating: 3/5
 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in reviews

 

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