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Published by Entangled: Embrace on September 16, 2019
Cover Design: Jersey Girl Design
Format: Digital, Paperback
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
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Ever had a dream so real it feels like a memory?
I’ve had those kinds of dreams since I was a kid. Each one of a beautiful girl, who is my best friend. We grow up together on a sunny island surrounded by water that’s as blue as her eyes. We share all our hopes and fears until we realize we belong to each other in every way one person claim another. She is my own personal serenity. Sweet story, eh?
Well forget about it.
The cold, harsh reality is that I’m a twenty-year-old, Manhattan-bred, manwhore, who uses his fists to solve his problems. The only comfort I find is inside a bottle... and the dreams. But the dreams are my illness not my cure. Just when things look the darkest, the sun slaps me square in the jaw. I spot a picture of a scenic island surrounded by the bluest water – my island.
If the island exists then so must the girl, right?
So I’m headed to Serenity, Texas to find my girl and make some sense out of the chaos that is my life. Feel free to tag along, but this journey comes with a steep warning — dreams can turn into nightmares in the blink of an eye.
My name is Jason Flynn and this is our story.
Paranormal, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
First person; only hero-POV
The first year of the sea turtle migration is called the lost year because no one knows what they do, despite all the technology we have to track them, but I have my theories…
I think they might be searching for what’s missing.
Addictiveness: 3.5/5 This was an interesting story that kept jumping from reality to dreams so it took me some time to get used to the pace. But the story intrigued me and kept me going until the end. As addictive as melted cheese!
Character: hero 4.5/5, heroine 4/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 4/5, real 3/5 Very complex characters with lots of depth. Because the story took the readers through a journey from childhood until now, it offered a full background into the characters. Beautifully done!!!
Jason Flynn was the main character here. This is his journey, told by his point-of-view. What a roller coaster he took me into. But it was easy to connect and love him.
Scarlett was Jason’s love. He had a very strong connection with her. She was beautiful, sweet, artistic and loyal.
So many interesting and important secondary characters that helped shaped the plot of this novel. Tommy, Russel, aunt Rose, Anna, his father, Keith and Bob.
The antagonist took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting he had such a huge role in the story until out of nowhere I got shocked!!!
These characters were multidimensional, but easy to love, connect and understand.
Cover: art 5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This cover is perfect for this book! I can see the couple, I can feel their love and happiness for being together. The beach as setting is works really well. The title is amazing and the subtitle really adds to the story. I would buy this book by its cover, without needing to read the blurb!
Freshness: 5/5 This book is definitely one-of-a-kind!!! So crazy and out-of-the-box that made this very unique. As fresh as a cold bottle of water in the middle of the desert!
Plot: believable 3/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 4/5, opening 3.5/5, pace 3/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 Interesting opening and amazing ending. An unbelievable plot that has been very well written that convinced the reader that is plausible. Dialogues well written, in a not-so-fast-paced tale filled with mystery and interesting subplots. Great small town setting and a few unexpected twists that elevated this story into another level. Great level of satisfaction!!!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 5/5 This is a love story. From the first moment, we felt Jason’s love. The author beautifully wrote a love so big, so true and pure that lasted a lifetime. The couple had chemistry and the steamy scenes were great. Love to write sonnets!!!
Writing Style: 4.5/5 This was an extremely well written book. This story was very unexpected, nothing like I imagined. This is not a very long book, but the author took us from childhood until the twenties. I will definitely read more from the author.
Pace… I found the beginning of the book a bit slow. It was hard to understand what was happening for a while.
Voice… I know, I even have heard from an author that not always both voices “speaks”to them, but I got used to first person dual point-of-view and I’ve missed Scarlett’s voice.
I’d never forget the trauma of the lost years. They would remind me to look at each day with gratitude. What was lost sometimes gets found.
by Jason Flynn
Do you know when you start a book having certain expectations from the blurb? Well, this book was totally different from what I’ve imagined. Really! I’m still shocked for all the twists and surprises. What a great and unexpected finish!!!
31/35 STARS – 4 STARS (between 28 stars and 31 stars)
Addictiveness: 3.5 Character: 4 Cover: 5 Freshness: 5 Plot: 4 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 4.5
Would I recommend? Yes. For anyone that likes their read with the unexpected, a bit of paranormality.
Would I re-read this book? I think so, specially after finally understanding what was going on.
Would I read more from the author? Can’t wait for more!!!
I’d never heard it, but it became my new favorite song. Her lips glistened and I licked my own lips. What flavor are you wearing?
People did sing along but her voice rang through, with its sassy tone. Was the song, with clear undertones of abuse, was dedicated to someone? My hands fisted.
Two other girls sang the next song with her, each taking a stanza and blending their voices, swaying their hips, snapping their fingers in rhythm. She announced it as I feel a sin comin’ on by the Pistol Annies.
I’m the sin she’s singing about.
She was a thing of miraculous composure, drawing energy from the crowd, and flashing them with her seductive smile, while maintaining an innate innocence––and at the same time so damn sexy.
In my peripheral, Russell swallowed hard. There were several other guys with similar reactions. I couldn’t blame them. She was beautiful beyond words…beyond dreams. But she was real.
I was a walking cliché.
Life was good.
Dreams do come true.
Everything hopeless in my world had disappeared.
Everything hopeless in my world had disappeared.
Russell made his way to her as she walked off the stage.
He picked her up and spun her around. I worked on relaxing my face into a casual smile, sure my jealousy was a bright green beacon that could be seen all the way from Houston.
Don’t fuck up.
A deep ache formed in my gut. Her laugh died when she saw me. She gasped widened as she took me in from head to toe. I could almost hear her thoughts. ‘Stop fucking me with your eyes, Flynn,’ she said.
We stared at each other with a raw intensity as if we were the only two people in the world. Russell coughed obnoxiously, breaking the spell. She exhaled, keeping her eyes fixed on me.
“Who’s you’re friend, Russ?”
“Jury’s still out if he’s my friend. But his name’s Jason Flynn. He’s Rose’s nephew.”
I took her hand, holding it tighter and longer than made sense. I could feel her pulse as my thumb slid across her wrist.
I finally had a name. Scarlett––that sounded right as I repeated it. What would I say to her in this crucial moment where flesh met fate?
“Scarlett Jones, I’m glad to finally meet you. I’ve been dreaming about you most of my life.”
A slow blush spreading across her creamy skin, making the freckles dotted across her cheek disappear for a quick beat. She laughed, a nervous high, jittery sound as her fingers slipped out of mine. Taking a step back, she placed her hand against her clavicle.
“Hope you changed the sheets after.”
Russell laugh boomed over the music.