Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Book Review: Fall From Grace by Christine Zolendz

Publisher: Dark Road Designs
Publish Date: July 22, 2012
Kindle Edition, 232 pages
Mad World #1

My Review:
What is it about the New Adult genre that has drawn me in so fully? I am pretty far from a new adult. In fact most would consider me middle age. I am quickly approaching my last year in my 30s, but I can't seem to get enough of the young adult and new adult genres. It's probably because the stories are so interesting and well-written. It may have to do with the fact that they don't mirror my life of work, kids, dishes, laundry and occasional date with my husband. It may be that they remind me of my early days with my husband, those crazy days in college. It may be a lot of things, but I have been drawn in so I expected a lot when I picked up Fall From Grace. What I expected and what I got were two entirely different things and I mean that in the best way possible.

I thought I took an emotional ride in Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens. Fall From Grace goes even further or at least it felt like it at the time. Christine Zolendz captures perfectly the rolling emotions and hormones of this age. The testing of boundaries, the high highs and the low lows. I loved Grace. She's had it tough and there is a lot that I learned about her in the book. She's fascinating, and definitely a multidimensional character. I found myself really rooting for her to make the right decision and find the love of her life. And Shane. Sex on legs Shane. Ahhh, what else is there to say. I love Shane, he's amazing, he's awful, and he's wonderful at the same time. He's a whole different man with Grace and I love that. I like watching him change. I love his character flaws and all. I love the sparks that fly between him and Grace and the sparks do fly. I never knew a book could be as hot as this one and not contain actual sex. Yes it's hard to believe, but let me tell you, there is heat.

The plot is amazing, it keeps moving. I was sucked right into the story from the first page even though I was a little confused. I love the paranormal twist to this one. It seems all normal and then there is the paranormal. It's really amazing how Ms. Zolendz wraps it all together so well, making it so believable and so much a part of the story that I never doubted it for one minute.

If you are looking for an emotional thrill-ride then open the pages of Fall From Grace. My only suggestion is to have Saving Grace handy so you can read it as soon as you finish because you won't be able to get enough of Shane and Grace and you will have to know how the story continues and finishes. I loved this book and it has further cemented my love of the New Adult Genre and my love of rock stars too. If I wasn't so happily married I think I would want my own Shane Maxton ;)

My rating: 5.0/5.0

About the Book:
I'm finally home after struggling through my brother's illness and death. But, home is definitely a bit different. My best friend (the only person alive now that knows my secret) has a new boyfriend; and he has a friend. Shane Maxton: bad boy, tattooed rock god, eye candy extraordinaire. He is also New York City's most arrogant, self-serving, son of a, well, a definite one-night stand kind of a guy.

But, it doesn't matter to me because I've spent my existence looking for the love of my life, my angel. And, there is nothing that Shane Maxton can do to change that.

A paranormal romance.

About the Author:

***I bought this book for my own reading pleasure.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  ***

Luck of the Draw by Kelly Vitollo and Faling for Her Fiance by Cindi Madsen Cover Reveals!

Today I present you with two new wonderful covers and romances from Entangled which is one of my favorite publishers of all time. Since I started reviewing for them last year and I have loved all the books I have read from this publisher.  They have lots of romance imprints from the not-so-steamy to the very steamy, the paranormal and the just plain romance.  If you like it they have it.  And today I present you with two new titles in the Bliss line.  And I love these covers.  Their covers are always fresh and flirty and fun.  So check them out, check out the blurb and then head over and buy your copies of these two books!  And one more thing, I'm really excited about Luck of the Draw, I read Lucky Break, the first in the Shamrock Falls series so I can't wait to read Rowan's story (and you don't have to read these in order, they are stand-alone).

About Falling for Her Fiance:
Danielle and Wes have been best friends since college, and so when Wes needs a date for his sister’s wedding and Dani needs a partner for her company’s retreat, they devise the perfect plan: a fake engagement to get through both events unscathed. But neither expects the feelings that develop. Putting their friendship on the line is dangerous, but so is passing up a chance at true love…

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About Luck of the Draw:
Rowan McKinley isn’t looking for one wild night while vacationing in Vegas, but she gets it anyway when she meets professional poker player—and professional ladies’ man—Breck Wilder. Breck’s easygoing charm and lighthearted banter draw in the reserved Rowan, and though she’s always dreamed of the kind of forever love her best friends Sidney and Kade share, she’ll settle for one night with the charismatic player.

After their crazy one-night stand, Breck never expected to see the mysterious redhead again. So when he shows up at a Shamrock Falls B&B looking to get away for a few weeks and Rowan answers the door, he’s floored. Breck’s rolling-stone lifestyle and ill-fated history with women means he’s not interested in anything long-term. But the longer he stays at the B&B, the more he considers dropping the poker face and putting all his cards on the table…for Rowan.

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