Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review: Spring Shadows

Release Date: October 1, 2014 
Published by: Booktrope Editions
Genre: Romance, Women's Contemporary 


Lydia wasn’t looking for love. Having just finalized a difficult divorce, she attended her best friend’s destination wedding with a simple plan: to reconnect with old friends and take a much needed break from the stresses of single parenthood. But life had more in store for her. In AUTUMN GETAWAY, Book One of the Seasons of Love series, Lydia connected with charming, sensitive Sam over that weekend, and took a chance on someone new. Then, in WINTER HOPES, Sam and Lydia explored the excitement of blossoming romance. Even though a long distance relationship isn’t easy, in each other they found renewed hope, both overcoming past losses to learn to trust and love again.

Now, in SPRING SHADOWS, Book Three of the series, author Jennifer Gracen brings Lydia and Sam one step closer to lasting happiness. But it isn’t all romance and roses. The realities of a long distance relationship held between Chicago and New York start to take a toll. Add in the complications posed by Sam’s overprotective brother, Lydia’s difficult ex-husband, and an unexpected tragedy, and it all threatens to tear them apart before they’ve even begun to truly be together.

Lydia and Sam must face their pasts and come to terms with old fears and insecurities. They need to focus on the things that really matter: true love, forgiveness, compassion, and fearless commitment--another leap of faith. Full of the sweetness and heartfelt emotion you’ve come to expect from the Seasons of Love series, SPRING SHADOWS shows us the power of purposeful communication, understanding, and unrelenting self-awareness, proving that true, lasting love is possible when nurtured by healing and hope

 Holy emotions, Batman!

Grab some tissues and be prepared to shed some tears with this one, my lovelies.

Spring Shadows is the third installment in the Seasons of Love series by Jennifer Gracen. I had the pleasure of reading the first two and was looking forward to the continuing story of Sam and Lydia and Gracen did not disappoint.

The roller coaster of emotions this one puts you through is exhausting—in a good way. Gracen has a way of making you care about her characters and when they hurt you hurt. When they’re angry and betrayed you feel exactly the same way.

If you read my review, then you will know there was an incident in Winter Hopes that really got my blood boiling and I felt a little hatred for Sam at that moment. I can’t give too much away without splashing a big SPOILER sign on this review so I won’t say much, but, as promised, that incident did come to light in Spring Shadows. Ugh. My fury matched Lydia’s when she discovered it. Her reaction was exactly the kind of reaction I would have had. If you want to get into the technicalities of it all, then fine, technically Sam didn’t really do anything wrong. But our head and our hearts don’t always agree, am I right? And Gracen hits that target perfectly.

I really love that Sam and Lydia’s characters aren’t portrayed as this happy-go-lucky newly in love couple where nothing goes wrong and they live in a world where everything is perfect. Couples have problems, particularly couples who are individuals with baggage like Sam and Lydia have. Gracen gives them real obstacles to face, and makes everything part of their life fit into the story somehow. Even Matt, Lydia’s ex-husband, is real and believable with his actions and attitude towards Lydia and the new man in her life. His threats regarding Andy (Matt and Lydia’s son) were bang on. I could totally see that happening to someone that I actually know.

But Gracen doesn’t stop there. Towards the end she throws us a curve ball no one saw coming—a heart wrenching one at that. This is where you will need your tissues, people. Maybe a whole friggin’ box of them.

There is one more book to come in this series, and I cannot wait to see how this story ends for everyone involved. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Immortal at the Edge of the World

Immortal at the Edge of the World
Book 3 of the Immortal Series
by Gene Doucette
Release Date: October 2 , 2014
Genre: FICTION/Fantasy/General & Fantasy/Contemporary
ISBN e-book:   978-1-61213-276-1
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH
Immortal-Edge-of-World-3D-Bookstack“What I was currently doing with my time and money . . . didn’t really deserve anyone else’s attention. If I was feeling romantic about it, I’d call it a quest, but all I was really doing was trying to answer a question I’d been ignoring for a thousand years.” In his very long life, Adam had encountered only one person who seemed to share his longevity: the mysterious red-haired woman. She appeared throughout history, usually from a distance, nearly always vanishing before he could speak to her. In his last encounter, she actually did vanish—into thin air, right in front of him. The question was how did she do it? To answer, Adam will have to complete a quest he gave up on a thousand years earlier, for an object that may no longer exist. If he can find it, he might be able to do what the red-haired woman did, and if he can do that, maybe he can find her again and ask her who she is . . . and why she seems to hate him. “You are being watched. Move your loved ones to safety . . . trust nobody.” But Adam isn’t the only one who wants the red-haired woman. There are other forces at work, and after a warning from one of the few men he trusts, Adam realizes how much danger everyone is in. To save his friends and finish his quest he may be forced to bankrupt himself, call in every favor he can, and ultimately trade the one thing he’d never been able to give up before: his life. From the author of Immortal and Hellenic Immortal comes Immortal at the Edge of the World, the breathtaking conclusion to the best-selling trilogy. Will Adam survive?

Adam’s back!

Yes, I actually squealed that when I first saw the cover for the third book in the Immortal series. It’s been two years since I last had an Adam fix and I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting to find out what happens next.

Was it worth the wait, you ask.

Uh, yeah! And the fact that you even have to wonder that proves you’ve obviously not read the first two books in this series. Shame on you! They are a must read, and in order to follow the story you really need to read them before you get your hands on this one.

Now, I admit that the book was a little slower for me to get into up until the middle. Part 2 is really where it took off for me and flew by.

After a two year span between the last book and this one, I was so glad to see Doucette hadn’t lost that spark that is Adam. He’s still the same sarcastic immortal he’s always been. I’m always a little worried the author will lose what makes the characters special when there’s such a huge gap between books. Especially when they’ve put out new books and have gotten into the heads of new characters. Will they be able to go back and find that voice that made the character unique after so long? The answer to that when it comes to Adam is obviously a big hell yeah!

You can expect the usual thrilling adventure with this book. Questions the reader, and Adam, have are finally answered. Old friends are brought back. New friends are made. We experience loss and love and a big ‘ole surprise that not even Adam saw coming.

I’m sad to say goodbye to Adam, but I loved how the series was wrapped up.  

gdoucette Gene Doucette is the acclaimed author of Immortal and Hellenic Immortal, the sci-fi thriller Fixer, and (as G Doucette) the erotic horror thriller Sapphire Blue.  He is also the author of multiple short stories-- including The Immortal Chronicles series-- is a prize-winning playwright and screenwriter, and a published humorist and essayist.  He lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and two children.
Praise for Immortal at the Edge of the World
"Brilliant end to the trilogy, with much twistiness involved in tying up all the plotlines. Lots of humour and typical Adam-ness - but no spoilers from me. You'll just have to read it for yourself. I think this might be my favourite of the series.+  - Andrea Goodreads Review
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