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Review – Obscured – Cat Waters

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Author: Cat Waters (AKA Tara Sue Me)
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

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Description:
There’s the truth you know….

At age 16, Athena Hamilton traded her body for survival when a powerful Vegas hotelier and pimp lured her into his world. Ten years of turning tricks has taught her to trust no one and feel nothing. Yet a chance meeting with a childhood crush sparks hope for something more.

The truth you believe…

There’s no way Isaiah Martin could want her. He’s a pastor. Too good. Too pure. But when she learns her days are numbered, she runs into the safety of his arms and trusts his promise of protection.

And the truth you never imagined…

The aftermath of a tragic accident and a bitter betrayal leaves her destitute and alone. The one man she shouldn’t trust offers her a chance to escape. But when good and evil collide, what do you do when the truth is Obscured?

Review
**May Contain Spoilers**

This was my first time reading Tara Sue Me (or as she was writing this book under the name Cat Waters), although I had heard about her previously on different discussion boards. But there was something about the description of Obscured that caught my eye – the idea of prostitute and a priest, …but color me damned when there was a huge twist that I totally wasn’t expecting (well, obviously of course, because you shouldn’t see those twists coming, but you guys know what i mean right?).

I think for me while reading Obscured that one of the biggest things to hit home was that what was happening to Athena was a modern day type of slavery. Every year, the Navy makes me go through trafficking in persons in training and every year, i moan and groan about doing it, but reading Obscured made me think more about that training and how valuable it actually is. I have to wonder in general, how often we (as people in general) have turned a blind eye to young women who were potentially in situations like Athena’s in the book – i don’t think we can know for sure, but its potentially an interesting and yet depressing thought.

There is something about the authors voice that feels authentic, i can’t say if it is for sure, but there was just something…maybe its hard to explain, I don’t know. I think my biggest issue with the story in general was the initial belief that Isaiah (the priest) was going to be Athena’s savior and yet ended up being her Judas. I know that Priests are people with real vices, but I just had a hard time overcoming that plot twist…I wanted/expected so much more from Isaiah.

There was a bit of a cliff-hanger at the end of the book, so that is something for reader’s to be aware of, but it was more of a series to be continued type cliff-hanger rather than mid-plot line. I’m pretty sure that I will be picking up the next book when its released. Overall, I gave Obscured 3.5 stars but would recommend it for people who like romance with a dabble of suspense/mystery and don’t mind a touch of betrayal.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2015 in Book Review

 

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Review – Come Home to Me – Brenda Novak

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Author: Brenda Novak
Series: #6 in the Whiskey Creek series

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Description:
Home is where her heart is…

When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She’s made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she’s back in the small town that was the closest thing to “home” she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who’s her only family.

There’s just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers’ auto body shop. And no matter how hard she’s tried, Presley hasn’t been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can’t fall back into his arms…or his bed. She’s come too far to backslide now. And there’s a secret she’s been guarding—a secret she’ll do anything to protect.

Review:
!This review includes spoilers!

I think I sub-consciously knew going into this book that I was going to have issues with it. Mostly because of how the storyline featuring Presley played out in a previous book in the series (#2 When Snow Falls). I knew there was going to be a secret baby theme and I hoped that I was going to be ok with it and for the most part I was…it wasn’t that part of the story that I had issues with, although I did feel as though the relationship between Presley and Aaron kind of took a backseat to other interactions between Presley/Cheyenne (her sister); Cheyenne/Aaron; Aaron/Dylan (his brother) and Cheyenne/Dylan. This book felt much more like a women’s lit rather than a traditional romance and while Presley/Aaron did get their HEA (although it felt more like a HFN).

My biggest issue with the book in general was the whole behavior of Cheyenne and the lengths that she would go to, to get what she wants. If the fact that she would ask her husband’s brother to donate his sperm so that she could have a baby, wasn’t bad enough, the fact that she did it without letting her husband know – that it was done all covertly – it was just wrong on sooo many levels. In fact, if this had been in print, the book may have gone flying across the room…it felt like the story basically consisted of the Cheyenne/Aaron storyline with just tidbits about Presley/Aaron which disappointed me – it was like they got gypped of their story.

This is by far my least favorite in the series so far and looking back, I almost wish I hadn’t read it, because it kind of ruined the previous books that I enjoyed. I’m honestly not sure if I will continue the series or not because of my disappointment. Overall, I gave Come Home to Me, 2.5 stars, but rounded up to 3 on GR, because I can’t deny that Ms Novak can write in a way that sucks you in, it was just the storyline that didn’t work for me.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Book Review

 

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