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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!


Monday, June 27, 2016

ARC Review! Seared on My Soul by Cole Gibsen

She’s so young, so full of life…

I couldn’t let her die…

Even if she made the world’s worst coffee.

Emily Garret never asked to be rescued, let alone by a walking JCrew ad whose idea of fun is probably managing his stock portfolio and watching the nightly news. Then again, she never thought she would wind upside-down in a ditch after a night having a little too much fun.

Reece Montgomery never planned on being anyone’s hero, especially the foul-mouthed, bleach-blonde barista from the local coffee shop. He thinks there’s more to Emily than her tattoos, and lip ring, but getting close means letting her into his past and meeting his ghosts.

And he’s not sure she’s ready for that battlefield.

I think I liked the premise of this more than the execution of it.

There were areas that I thought the dialog was a little off, the phrases that the author uses (specifically references to honey to describe orgasmic feelings) were odd enough that they pulled me from the story.

I liked Reece. He was interesting. And, honestly, that was part of the problem. There was too much going on with him, PTSD, war injury, lack of desire to date, fear that he failed a fellow soldier, for me to believe that it could be resolved in the course of this story…or even 3.

Emily was the same, albeit a little less complex. I thought a lot of her story was forced, I thought she seemed out of character in a lot of different places, and I just didn’t believe her actions a lot of the time.

The story tries to tackle a lot of issues, a lot of things that are too deep for the time allotted to tell the tale, but the author does give them credibility. I believed Reece and his PTSD a lot more than I believed the relationship between Reece and Emily.

For this one to really work for me, it needed to either be longer or to have less going on for each of the characters to overcome. The time gap that was used is the reason that I am giving this 2 stars instead of lower, as that helped me with the idea that they would possibly be able to make this work. Eventually. Maybe.

The writing was a little choppy. At times it was great, at other times, the phrases used were odd enough to pull me out of the story. I thought the pacing was odd, and that the last half of the book moved too quickly, while the first 50% moved slowly.

All in all, not the best put together effort.



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