Thursday, December 3, 2015

review || RAGE { blog tour } by Elizabeth Reyes

Self-Published | November 19, 2015 | Contemporary New Adult
Fate, book 5


Having made it to the major leagues, AJ "Rage" Romero is determined to shake the stigma his temper has earned him over the years. He's finally managed a shaky hold of that elusive self-control.

Until he meets them . . .

Without warning, his coach and mentor's brilliantly gifted granddaughter Clair and her equally amazing mother Addison Lara blow into AJ's life. The harder he falls for Addison, the closer and more attached he becomes to Clair.

Having fallen so fast and hard, he agrees to respect the understandably protective single mother's wish to forever keep the identity of Clair's absent father unknown to everyone—including AJ.

But when the ugly truth about Clair's dad begins to surface, the fire in AJ's fiercely possessive heart is lit. As more of the troubling reality comes to light, his zero tolerance for secrets and dishonesty put his temper—and his love for Addison—to the ultimate test.

Self-control has never felt so impossible.

{ about elizabeth reyes } .

Award winning, USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel FOREVER MINE (MORENO BROTHERS #1) in 2010 she has since published seven more in that series, FOREVER YOURS, SWEET SOFIE, WHEN YOU WERE MINE, ALWAYS BEEN MINE, ROMERO, MAKING YOU MINE, and TANGLED with more stories about the Moreno family and their friends to come. She's also published a second series, 5th Street which includes, NOAH, GIO, HECTOR, ABEL. FELIX. Her Moreno Brother's spinoff series FATE includes FATE, BREAKING BRANDON, SUSPICIOUS MINDS and AGAIN (Sydney's story). Her debut traditionally published title is DESERT HEAT and her latest release is her first ever three part romance serial DEFINING LOVE.

When she's not writing (which is rare) she spends as much time as she can with her husband of almost twenty-one years, two young adult children, her Great Dane, Dexter and big fat lazy cat named Tyson.

{ review } .

I may not have read the previous books in the FATE series, but I can say that this one was definitely a winner.

There's something about men and kids that just does it for me (...and the majority of the female population, I'm well aware), and AJ and his relationship with Coach Lara's granddaughter, Clair, really was spectacular.

Clair is extremely bright, and one of my earlier comments on her was that I didn't find her dialogue to be appropriate for her age -- oh, no worries, the author immediately cleared that up with just how bright this little six year old girl is. She was definitely one of the driving characters in this story.

Then there is AJ "Rage" Romero, dubbed the moniker in his early baseball career (think high school...) because of his short fuse. During his minor league stint, he was one stolen base away from a record before that same fuse threatened his record. AJ's fuse, though, is one that is ignited because of his heart: don't talk about his mom, don't belittle his sister, and definitely don't run your mouth about his girls. I loved AJ's heart.

And lastly, our last key main player is a certain Addison. Like her daughter, she is brilliantly smart and has put her daughter and her fragile needs above her own life -- as many great parents do. As such, she's open to a lot of potential for guilt.

This story was one that read like a long read, but felt like a short one, if you get what I'm saying. A lot happens in this world of AJ-Clair-Addison, some of it predictable, yes, but still enjoyable. Often times, the author chooses to use description to move a scene along rather than dialogue ("so-and-so entered the room and AJ and he talked about the weather" kind of things, rather than the actual conversation) and there were points, at least in the review copy, that the descriptive sentences were set up in a confusing manner.

I had been dying to get my eyes in this book from the moment the cover was revealed. I hadn't read a previous title by the author, as I semi-mentioned, so I was going in a little blind: judging the potential quality of the story by the cover and all that jazz. But the story certainly did not disappoint. Without the writing style issues I personally had, this would have easily been a 5-star read for me. As it is, it's still a re-reader!

*I lied... Upon leaving this review on Goodreads, I noticed some other books by the author. I've been working on Elizabeth Reyes's NOAH for the last few months (...and by 'working on' I mean a chapter or two in); it's one of those books that I'm reading for me but having a hard time fitting in to my blog-review schedule.

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