Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: Where There's Smoke

Book Description Provided by Goodreads:
There is something to be said for letting go. Ryland Roberts knows that better than anyone. He'd let go of his ambitions, of his family and—most of all—of her. He'd perfected the art of putting his past behind him and accepted the fact that the town he wanted to leave in his rearview was the place where he was going to live out his days. But sometimes the past doesn't just go away. Sometimes it comes back to haunt you.

Piper Jameson convinced herself that she left for all the right reasons. She'd saved people by leaving—made sure that they weren't tainted by her rebellious ways. When her little sister asks her to come home and say goodbye to their ailing mother, she's forced to see that things aren't always as they seem. The people who she'd left behind might not have been saved at all.

In the amount of time it takes a bullet to travel from point A to point B, Piper and Ryland will have to put their feelings for each other aside and make a choice. Forced on the run with Piper's sister, they begin to understand that the future they thought was gone was never really lost.

Story Line: This story line was surprisingly fresh and new. It has murder, love, forgiveness, heart, sister relationships, morales, and overall great characters. There are multiple majors twist in the story that kept me guessing what was to come next, which I thought was great because I was never bored throughout the book. Plus this book's ending sets up the perfect suspense for the second book about Piper's sister.

Relationship: Piper and Ry's relationship is so sweet! She left him, unwillingly, at a young age expecting him to move on with his life and be a success; however, when she comes back into town she finds that this is far from the case. As they are forced to interact with each other again, they discover their feelings for each other have not changed in their years apart. It was really heart melting reading about how they come to terms with the fact that they are still completely in love with each other.

Piper: I enjoyed reading about Piper's character because she started out as the rebel girl who ran away but turned into the loving and caring woman who fights for those she loves. I really liked her tough attitude against her stepfather and the fact that she wouldn't let others tell her what to do!

Ry: Ry goes from being the awkward geeky guy to the tough bartender; however, his kindness is still the same. I fell in love with his character from the very beginning! He's protective of those he loves and will fight to the death for them, which is one of his best qualities.

Overall: This book is a surprise with a plot twist that you won't see coming. It's a fun, sweet, deep, and easy to read book. Totally great for summer reading!

Rating: I would give this book a 9 out of 10!

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About the Author: When I'm not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand.  Here's the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination!  Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!

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