Book Review: Public Affairs

20518222Title: Public Affairs
Author: Cassandra Carr
Publisher: C-Squared Publishing
Release Date: January 2014
Length: 166 pages
Series?: no
Genre: Romance/Erotica
Format: e-book
Source: Reading Group at Back Cover Promotions

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Synopsis

Nate O’Halloran is a PR superstar, an expert in crisis management for his image-conscious celebrity clients. When his college roommate, now a hospital director in Buffalo, calls to beg for his help– a cancer researcher on staff has disappeared with millions of dollars’ worth of government research funds– Nate agrees to help right away, though this situation is pretty small potatoes for him.

Val Chase, the hospital’s PR director, is none too thrilled when Nate shows up; does it mean her boss doesn’t trust her to handle this mess herself? Against her better judgment, Val decides she and Nate have to work together to save the hospital’s reputation, though the explosive attraction they feel is making any actual “work” difficult…

Review

I loved the story line of this book. It was great, although I was disappointed with the CCC hospital board’s decision toward the end of the book. It was unfair, but as was pointed out, they needed a scapegoat.

Now, despite the story line, I felt there was too much of a push for the romance/erotica of the relationship between Val and Nate. Like, way too much. Too overdone, to over the top, given that there was little character development of either of them in this novel. Carr has used the story line as a smokescreen for the blatant erotica she dumped in this book. I was caught very off guard by the amount. Yes, the first few episodes were perfectly placed, but then it seemed as if that’s all the book was about, with Val trying to push Nate away with her own issues with casual sex. Every time I flipped a page, Val was throwing up an excuse as to why she and Nate could not be together…and then she’d end up in a steamy session with him right after the words left her lips! I can relate, I understand the battle between morals and desire, but this lady is the epitome of a hypocrite in this sense.

I understood Nate’s character – I know plenty of guys like him – but he came to a realization and went after what he wanted, even with his change of heart…but Val…I just couldn’t buy her character. It was too much, too hard to believe in her. Not authentic. 

The other negative I saw with this book was the ending. The story line was long and drug out, given the circumstances, but then all of a sudden it was like BOOM – THE END! The story line just stopped, and then it was the wrap up about Val and Nate. 

With a little tweaking here and there, and toning down the overt and out-of-place erotica in this novel, I feel that I would have loved it and raved about it…but I can’t. It did not feel like an authentic read. I would still stay give it a shot for the story line, and I would be interested in other’s opinions. 

4475585About the Author

Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora’s Cave, Sybarite Seductions/Twenty or Less Press, Decadent Publishing, Siren Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra’s books have won numerous “Best Book Of” awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

She thinks the best part of being a writer is how she writes about love and sex while most others struggle with daily commutes, micro-managing bosses and cranky co-workers. Her inspiration comes from everywhere, but she’d particularly like to thank the Buffalo Sabres, the hockey team near and dear to her heart.

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Book Review: Drowning

17668038Title: Drowning
Author: Rachel Firasek
Publisher: Naedge Publishing
Release Date: October 2013
Length: 263 pages
Series?: Tears of Sin Series #1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: e-book
Source: Reading Group at Back Cover Promotions

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Synopsis

“I dare you.”

Those words would change adrenaline junkie, Alice Harrison’s life forever. She’s a party girl that doesn’t believe in love until she meets a man that only writes about it.

Seth James escaped his overbearing father and moved into one of the James family’s vacant condos, hoping to create the music he loves in peace. But the fragile calm he’s envisioned shatters when a tiny woman with a world full of energy bounces out of the elevator and nearly takes him out.

With the patience of a saint, Seth seeks the dark that keeps Alice from enjoying life. He challenges her to exorcise the demons in her past in order to discover the true meaning of love. But when the walls fall down, the hidden deceptions will bare the ugly truth about a woman drowning in sorrow and a man who may not know how to be her hero.

Review

I’m a horrible person. A control freak at heart. 

*Drowning is a New Adult Contemporary Romance suited for 18+ due to some violence, language, and sexual content*

It was her biggest mistake and my biggest regret. 

This book is most definitely not for the faint of heart, or those who like rosy romances. This book delves into the dark side of the human psyche, and how the characters deal and interact with others.

I use it to peek deep into her soul the same way she’s digging at mine, and if I’m not careful, we’ll see our monsters reflecting behind the stare. 

I was riveted while reading this book; it brought back many of my own painful memories and some issues I was experiencing as I read the book. It is a phenomenal read for those who harbor a long-held pain, regret or hurt.

Pain and hurt are things that run deep, and Alice’s fear that she will destroy anything good is very accurate. Her life experiences are quite scary, and just when she’s thought they were over and done with…

For one brief second in time, I’m not drowning anymore.

I loved Alice’s personality. Pain and regret are hard things to live with, especially being reminded of it on a daily basis. She’s trying to make up for her past mistakes and move forward in her little world, until hot shot Seth James moves in across the hall. He won’t let sweet little Alice alone. That was his first mistake.

You and I are like looking in reflective glass painted with pain and hate. 

As a character, Alice has many dimensions and facets. She comes from an odd background, and she continues to pay for her father’s transgressions. The man can’t look in the mirror and see the evil that he is, the evil that he’s done – which Alice is a product of. He is indeed certifiably insane, and his incensed drive just might end his long standing political career…or a life.

I’ve had enough of fighting people to last a lifetime. 

Even in a large city, Alice is on the run from her father and his goonies. She drags Seth and his family and her sister along this path until there is nowhere to run any more. Alice must make a choice, and it could still cost her something even more precious than she’s already lost.

Sometimes people forget. They just get so focused that they forget everyone else. 

About the Author

0012 (2)Rachel Firasek spends her days daydreaming of stories and her nights putting the ideas to ink. She has spent a dull life following the rules, meeting deadlines, and toeing the line, but in her made up worlds, she can let the wild side loose. Her wonderful husband and three children support her love of the written word and only ask for the occasional American Idol or Swamp People quality hour.

She has a philosophy about love. It must devastate or it isn’t truly worth loving. She hopes that you all find your devastating love and cling to it with all your heart!

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