Friday, June 3, 2016

review || DELIVERANCE { blitz } by L.A. Cotton & Jenny Siegel

Delesty Books | March 1, 2016 | Military / Romantic Suspense
Maverick Defense, book 1


Joy Mathers has spent the last three years numb. From her past, her present, and her inevitable future. She was supposed to escape the deadbeat town of Chancing, but now it’s her prison, and she couldn’t leave…even if she wanted to. 

For the last two years, Dawson Spencer has been holed up in some of the worst corners of the world. He's seen things no man should ever see, and thought nothing could ever shock him. Until he returns to Chancing and discovers everything has changed in the town he once called home.

He thought Joy was away pursuing her dreams. She thought Dawson was never coming back. And while their connection might still be there, Joy isn't Dawson's anymore, and it would be better—safer—for everyone if he walked away. But walking away isn’t an option for Dawson, not this time. 

He gave up everything to protect her once … and he’ll do it again.

Author’s Note: Contains adult content including references to domestic abuse and drug abuse. Recommended for readers 18 years and over.

{ about the authors } .

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L.A. Cotton

Contemporary romance and romantic suspense … written with feeling

L.A is author of contemporary romance novels ranging from sweet with just a hint of steam, to suspenseful reads full of angst, tension, twists and turns. Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time mum to two little people with writing. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L. A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

JennyJenny Siegel

Jenny writes new adult romance. When she’s not writing (or entertaining two little terrors) Jenny is glued to her Kindle, or plotting or daydreaming about hot tattooed heroes that will sweep a girl off her feet.

{ review } .

This was a book that at moments, I felt it couldn't get more than a 3 from me (but no less, because I was at least interested in finishing it). There were repetitious thoughts, thought processes and dialogue felt off at times, and then there was the ever-looming thought in my mind -- one of Joy's problems needed to be handled appropriately and it was hardly touched upon. I would like to see that as the series progresses, as the timeline of this book was fairly short.

But then there was Dawson's love for Joy, and his need to help her, protect her, guide her back to better and closer to the old Joy. When handling second chance romances, I feel it's important to keep the years in mind, as people do change. For Dawson and Joy, it's only been three years since he essentially left her behind so a change from rowdy eighteen year olds to where they are now... I could forgive that Dawson thought he still loved her and there was nearly no change (aside from Joy's current relationship).

Dawson, Donnie, and Joy were the best of friends growing up. Eventually, Dawson and Joy found they had a little more. They never excluded shy, quiet Donnie, but they did wait until he was gone for the day before the two of them did anything... more. One night, Dawson takes the fall for something the three of them were all pretty much involved in. He thought Joy would move out and on -- he never imagined the play of events that would happen. He was told the town, his family, would be better off if he stayed away, so he does. He never imagined the storm he'd walk into when he finally did come home.

Altogether, the romance line was great. I felt that it was important that Joy didn't just 'jump' relationships, and while she kind of did, Donnie is a huge presence throughout this book -- for multiple reasons. One of which includes a great suspense line that keeps the heart pumping right up until the very last chapter.

The epilogue... Not my favorite. One, because it's almost a retelling of EVERYTHING WE JUST READ in Lex's point of view -- from how he and Dawson met, what he and Dawson talked about, and the final events of the book. Unnecessary. But we also get to see him battling some thoughts and aches in his chest about a certain girl they've rescued, a girl nearly ten years his senior... I'm hoping (assuming, really) that their book is next. I'm going to keep tabs on this series...

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