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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!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Laura's Spotlight Review! Hell and Back by Natasha Madison

Meeting him was a fluke. Dating him was a mistake. Watching him become a drug addict put me through hell. Running was my only option.
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I'm running from my demons and when I find out she's trying to escape her past, I know what I have to do.

One broken cop. One woman fighting for her life. A fragile love.

Sinister secrets that threaten to tear them apart.

They've been to hell. The hard part will be finding their way back together.
One of these days, I am going to read a book that isn't hard to review because of spoilers.

This isn't it.

(I think I need to review something written in the 1800's at this point, just so I can give away plot points and not feel bad, but I digress).

I enjoyed Hell and Back. A lot. Natasha Madison is a new author to me, and actually I think she is a fairly new author. This was impressive for what is her 2nd book.

The writing was strong, the pacing was also strong. I liked the way she introduced the characters, that you didn't know their names until they told someone else in the story. That you found out about them as the other characters did.

I also enjoyed the supporting characters and the relationships that were formed. There was a lot of complexity there, and it was balanced well. There was a lot going on around the main characters, so it would have been easy for Madison to get lost here, to do too much exposition with the other characters, but this didn't happen and the story moved along well for the attention that was obviously given to the pacing.

There are definitely triggers in the book, which the author is upfront about. But I also liked that we got to see the characters (as they both had some pretty serious stuff going on) work through it. They were definitely who they are partly because of their pasts, but neither of them were defined by that past. I liked that. It was human and real.

We all have the things in our lives that change us, that make us who we are...the big things and the little day to day things. But the strong people are the ones who learn to cope with the new normal. In a lot of ways, this book was about just that...learning the new normal and how to be strong with it, how to not let the past define you and keep you from the future.

There were some minor issues with the editing in a couple of places and there were a couple of continuity issues as well. Nothing major, and nothing that destroyed the story, but they were there. That said, they are ignoreable especially given that the characters and the plot are so strong.

The dialog was good, which is a pet peeve of mine when it isn't. No issues here and I felt like I was reading about real, actual people.

And, did I mention he's a cop? Kryptonite for me, I admit. And, another strong point is that he really was a cop. I get annoyed when the person has a certain job but you would never know it because it never impacts their life in any way. It wasn't the case with this book, and that made the characters have depth and a realism as well. It also made some of the other things work very well.

Ms. Madison, I am REALLY looking forward to the next book (HINT!!!)

I recommend this book.

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