Monday, 21 November 2016

And now for something completely different - a book review.

A book I had the pleasure of reading recently was 'To Save Him' by the wonderful Jade C Jamison.  I've read several books in her 'Bullet' series, which are Rock Star Romances unlike any usual Rock Star Romance.  That is because her books are much more about the growth and development of the heroine/hero with love and romance being a very minor part of the tale.

To Save Him is described as a May to December Romance, but the romance part is almost a side theme in what is a very complex, captivating and hope filled story of letting go but also of finding yourself.  For me it was genuinely a 'can't put it down' read.  Why?  Because the characters were so well written that you really care about them, the story leaves you second and third guessing through to the end (and over more than one thing!) and it was nice to read a story where the heroine could be your best friend (or even yourself if you weren't already happily married).

I've reviewed the book on Goodreads, Amazon US and Amazon UK (though they all say the same thing - I'm lazy like that).  Here's what I said

Oh my goodness this is one of the best books I have read this year. Jade C Jamison has outdone herself with this amazing offering.

At times I wasn't sure what genre of book I was reading and whilst this sounds like the story would be disjointed and not work, it most certainly wasn't and it did. The twists and turns, the suspense, the hot sex scenes and the amazingly written characters all add up to a riveting and captivating read.

If you are a fan of Ms Jamison you will know that her books are not typical 'will they, won't they' romances but are much more focused on the growth of the characters she writes about, and the developing (or not) relationship between them. There are some very steamy and kinky sex scenes in the book but they do fit into the plot and are a minor part of the story. In fact I was almost a little disappointed that there weren't more of them! However the tense plot line picks up for the last third of the book and hot sex scenes would have been out of place.

I have to say that this isn't the book you would expect from something described as a 'May to December Romance'. There were lots of occasions through this book when I really wasn't sure of how the story would develop and I was almost tempted to flick to the 'last page' to see how the story would finish. I'm glad I didn't but I ended up reading very late into the night, and whilst eating my breakfast etc. in my desperation to know how the story would develop (much like Brandon does when reading one of Kimberley's books!)

Thank you Jade C Jamison for having gifted me an advanced review copy of this book, it was an honour to receive it and a pleasure to read and review it.

Below is a little more information provided by the author, a little peak at the book - and some links too.  It's good to be back - hopefully this will kick start me into blogging again.

Title: To Save Him

Author: Jade C Jamison

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 21
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A new look at the May-December romance…
She said she would do anything to save him…but will it cause her to lose herself?
What if she was wrong?  What if Brandon Abbott is not who he says he is?
Kimberly Cooper’s emotional compass has been off since her bitter divorce and the death of her oldest son, so when young soldier Brandon shows up at her door, she invites him to be part of her family’s life. He says he was friends with her deceased son…
But things don’t seem to add up.
And then, when she becomes sexually attracted to him, all bets are off.
When her heart trumps her brain, will she know if she was wrong or will she learn the truth after it’s too late?

There was a sadness about Brandon that touched my heart. I could sense that he had so much more to say, but the words couldn’t find a way out. Maybe he needed time, but there was also a chance that those words would be forever buried inside him.
“Brandon, I haven’t been a Christian woman since the day I learned of my son’s death, but it wouldn’t be very Christian or civil of me to turn you away after dark.” I took a deep breath and saw him mustering up an argument, but I began speaking again before he could protest. “Ordinarily, I’d have a guest stay in the extra bedroom, but—if you’d be okay with it—I’d imagine Gabriel would like to have you stay in his room. It’s…been unoccupied for a very long time.”
There was a long pause until JR clamored, “Please?
Brandon’s struggle was evident in his eyes but he said, “That’s very kind of you. I’d…appreciate it more than you know.”
His soul had spoken to me that night. It was the night I fell in love with Brandon Abbott.

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