Step back in time with the Shadowhunters with this eBook collection of the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. The Shadowhunters of the Victorian Age delve into all of these in addition to darkness and danger in the Infernal Devices trilogy, packaged in an eBook collection that includes Clockwork AngelClockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess.

Series rating: 6 stars!!
No matter how much I thought I was emotionally prepared to take on this series, I wasn’t. My puny heart just wasn’t made to process a story so epic and grand such as this one. It is both a blessing and a curse to have read these books for I will always have this eternal ache in my heart that can never be soothed, names such as Tessa, Will, and Jem will immediately remind me of these characters and the tears will well fast. Yet it’s not a reading experience I would ever change. It’s true these books broke my heart, but in the best way possible: not by wearing it down but by filling it with so much love for these characters it bursts. After such an emotional reading journey, how can I possibly pick up another book and expect to move on? I can’t, and there is no book that can save me from this book hangover.
Though this is a series review, I don’t plan on talking much about the plot for a few reasons. First one being these are not standalone books and they tell a full, continuous story so talking about some details would spoil the books. But the main reason is that the plot alone won’t be what compels you to continue with the series. Don’t get me wrong, the rich historical setting and the pulse-pounding action and suspense is top notch but the elaborate plot from The Mortal Instruments definitely trumps it. What makes this trilogy stand out in the most glorious way is its focus on relationships and the depth of the feelings you’ll have for ALL of these characters, particularly Tessa, Will, and Jem.
Tessa Gray is one of my favorite literary heroines to date. It all began with her traveling to London to search for her lost brother and unknowingly stumbles into a parallel world that she later finds out she has ties to. Possessing great skills unknown to any warlock, Tessa is pursued by the power-hungry Magister and has only the protection of Shadowhunters – half angel, half human warriors sworn to slay demons – to keep her safe. It is in one of these Shadowhunter institutes she becomes acquaintances with Will Herondale and his parabatai (oath-sworn partner to protect each other at all costs) Jem Carstairs and a friendship so strong and so enduring is born.
Will Herondale. The boy who will forever have my heart. The tortured boy who is outwardly arrogant and prickly but has one of the brightest and loving souls possible. A childhood ordeal and the horrific aftermath he must keep secret makes him distance himself from others aside from Jem, that is until he meets Tessa and she shakes his world upside down. He uses sarcasm and crude humor to hide his inner vulnerability and aside from Jem, Tessa is the only one to see through it. Without a shadow of a doubt, Will loves her. Fiercely. Protectively. And quietly, for his parabatai, his brother in heart and soul Jem loves Tessa as well.
Jem Carstairs is perhaps one of the sweetest, thoughtful, and giving guys out there. The complete opposite of his parabatai Will, Jem has a health condition that makes him weaker than other Shadowhunters his age and as a result, Will defends him at every turn and always considers his needs first before his own. His camaraderie with Will and others and his gentle, patient nature is seen and loved by all. There are no secrets behind his guileless face and he, too, loves Tessa with an intensity that matches Will’s love for her.
You’re probably thinking, oh another love triangle? But before you completely write this trilogy off for this reason alone, I am imploring you to give it a try. This is the very first and only love triangle I’ve read where the author upholds character integrity and approaches it in such a respectful, loving manner. This love triangle marks the high point and the ultimate reason why this trilogy evokes such deep feelings from its readers. Though this is technically a love triangle, I never saw it that way. I saw it as two equally wonderful boys in love with an amazing girl. They never competed against each other nor did they question Tessa’s love. There was no jealousy. There was no sabotage. There was only trust, and all I felt for the three of them was an overwhelming love that stemmed from an admiration of their mutual love and respect for each other. Can you imagine that kind of selfless and unconditional love? I never thought it existed until I read this trilogy.
I’ve been asked multiple times to compare The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices and how they range and this is my answer: both are my favorite. Both series have their strengths and weaknesses but put together and they complement each other perfectly. It does not matter which series you decide to read first unless you’re concerned about reading in chronological order which in that case, I would say read The Infernal Devices first. There is a great overlap between the two and enough backstory so you will never be lost. IMO, the Mortal Instruments has much better villains and an intricate plot that even without the romance, it would still be an engaging series. The Infernal Devices, though lacking in a rich plot, is better written and the romance is more heartwrenching and emotional than in TMI. I highly recommend BOTH.
Cassandra Clare has catapulted herself into my auto-buy and forever trustworthy list of authors. Her magnificent storytelling ability, to-die-for characters, and addictive, captivating writing style only encourages and inspires me to check out more books in a genre that I’m quickly finding to be fascinating.
“With hope at last,”
P.S. I love Jem and Will equally, but I will always be in love with that boy with the blue eyes.

Crank Wilson and Julia Thompson love each other madly. But after Crank’s huge mistake during the summer, on the road with Crank’s rock band Morbid Obesity, they aren’t getting along.

Sean Wilson and Carrie Thompson are the seventeen year old younger siblings of Julia and Crank. Carrie is on her way to New York to start college at Columbia University and Sean is on his way home to Boston. For the next five days, they’re stuck in a car. Along the way, they’ll contend with screaming matches, giant spiders and a 240-pound pissed off Marine.

And the whole way, Crank will be faced with one question. After he screwed up so badly, is there any way he can win Julia back?

4 stars!
Out of all of Charles Sheehan Miles’s book that revolve around the Thompson sisters, A Song for Julia is my favorite, hence, I would never be able to turn down a novella that revisited some of my favorite characters in the series. At the end of book 1, Crank and Julia are at a good spot. Crank’s getting ready to go on tour with the band and Julia, having finally broken free of her shell, is the manager. Expecting their summer to go without a hitch, Crank and Julia succumb to the stress of touring and suddenly find themselves at a crossroads in their relationship. Can their love overcome their differences? Will it be enough to mend their hearts and move on? This little novella is that story of reconnecting and falling in love all over again.
Was this book necessary? No, not really. But for fans of this series and particularly Crank, Julia, and Sean, reading this novella will only make you love these characters more. The author’s writing is wonderful and reads like music, and I loved the emphasis on family and friendships throughout the story. One part that did make me feel sad though was a conversation scene between Carrie and Crank. I don’t even need to specify which one but once you read it, you’ll know. Since I’ve read The Last Hour that scene is particularly bittersweet.
Falling Stars is a novella that bridges the gap between book 1 and book 2 in this series and is not a standalone. You must read at least A Song for Julia first which is currently free on all platforms.

One guy.

One reckless act changed her world forever…..

My life as I knew it began on the day I met Drew Bryant. He taught me that it was okay to not always be perfect, that it was okay to loosen up and have a little fun in life, and that it was okay to fall in love.

My life as I knew it ended on the day I met Drew Bryant. He taught me that giving my heart to someone completely was the most dangerous thing I could ever do, and that the perfect world I was living in didn’t matter anymore without him in it.

But the most important lesson that he taught me? A broken heart turns into a reckless one, and what we feel inside that heart at one particular moment can set our destiny, making us a stronger person, a weaker person, or leading us into a darkness from which we can never escape.

2 stars!
This book blurb is awesome. The reviews for it are awesome. And since I’ve read books from this author before and liked them, I know this author is awesome. Unfortunately, this book was not. In fact, I wish I could rewind time and take back the few hours I spent on reading this book. If you are in the mood for a story that is on the surface, lacks depth and quality, and has twists & revelations that are totally out of the blue and are there for shock purposes only, here’s your next read! The premise is a solid one (can’t give it away without spoiling the storyline) but falls flat because of the underdeveloped plot and book structure.
Twenty-one year old Becca Keeton is a sheltered and shy college senior returning home for the summer. Having grown up in a family with overprotective parents and a wild younger brother, her parents’ hopes and dreams are always pinned on her and so she never stops striving for perfection in school, leaving her zero time for a social life. At a party her best friend invites her to, she meets Drew Bryant and they’re both immediately attracted to each other. To the dismay of Becca’s parents, she gets in a relationship with Drew and spends most of the summer with him when she’s not busy with schoolwork. To Becca, Drew is THE ONE.
But for Drew his feelings were a little ambiguous. It was obvious he was hiding a gigantic secret from Becca and even though he cared for her, he also held up a wall between them at all times.
At this point, I was thoroughly bored with the book. Up to 40% into the story and I can tell you exactly what happens: have sex, eat, work and repeat. Then around the halfway mark, a plot twist finally happens. And let me tell you, this will be the make or break for you. You will either love it or hate it depending on your interpretation of the story. For me, I fell in the “I hate this plot twist” category, not necessarily because it was a bad one, but because the author didn’t do it justice IMO. She threw the twist at me then immediately jumped into a 6 year gap. Where’s the detail? Where’s the emotion? Then I’m treated to past/present POVs inserted randomly into the second half of the book. Those were great, and I liked seeing Drew’s POV but it didn’t add to the story, just took up book space that could’ve been used to describe the twist more.
Lastly, the final 20% of the book was a big block of cheese with a side of cheese puffs. In the context of the book, it was completely unrealistic and that epilogue? *shakes head* If the author’s goal was to strive for a 100% perfect, cookie-cut happy ending, well she accomplished it. However, I find it ironic to have her characters – especially Becca – go through what she did and send out the message that it’s ok to not be perfect, to have physical flaws and still be able to live a good life, only to squash that message by serving up a ridiculously cheesy epilogue.
All in all, this book was not for me. If you want a quick & predictable read to pass your time with, by all means this book can meet those requirements. But for me, I want epic. I want books that emotionally consume me and though I thought this book could do that based off the blurb, it didn’t.

Mia Lee escaped to the sleepy little town of South Boston, Virginia with the intent to be normal, and to find a place she could call home. Sadly for Mia, her past has come back with a vengeance, and forced her to flee yet again.

This time, however, she’s not alone…

Mia and Quinn are on the run, fleeing for their lives, while attempting to prove their innocence for a crime they did not commit. But with a tainted past like Mia’s, it was inevitable that one day, it was going to catch up to her in a way she never fathomed.

One ill-fated decision leads to an explosion of unimaginable events, and now Mia and Quinn are not only running for their lives, but also, for their redemption.

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice.When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers, and her inspiration comes from every day life. She is an Amazon best selling author in the US, Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

5 stars!!
Earlier this year I went gaga over this author’s The Deep End of the Sea and thought that she couldn’t possibly write another book that could top it in originality but I was wrong. Out of all the books I’ve read, I have never read a story quite like The Collectors’ Society and I love that. Reading this book recaptures that ‘firsts’ feeling: The one where you’re reading a story and it’s completely fresh content, never been explored topic and you’re both giddy and anxious to see where it goes because you truly have no idea what could happen. There are no point of references. There are no other books you can compare it to because it is one of a kind.
This book is an adult fantasy romance filled with adventurous wonders and loosely based off Alice in Wonderland. Just to clarify, you do not need to read/watch/know anything about the movie/book to understand this book. This author excels at writing retellings and spinning them into her own unique story. While romance is a heavy element in the book, it’s not the only aspect and the main couple isn’t the only one to take the spotlight. One of the things I love so much about this book is that it explores so much – from rich setting to elaborate plot to each individual character – but in a concise manner. This book gives voice to many well-known literary characters that are a part of the story and whether you know about them or not the author portrays another (fictional) side of each character that is both fascinating and refreshing.
Now for the plot. Normally I launch into a mini summary of the plot but I can’t do that with this book. The best books are usually the ones where even mentioning a little of the plot triggers the domino effect and spoils the story, which is the case with this book. All I feel comfortable saying is that the intricate plot forces both the characters and the reader to reevaluate preconceived notions and it is one so well thought out and calculated my head was spinning. It’s just so SMART and I love books that make me think and feel at the same time.
As for the main characters, I think the author did a brilliant job panning out their background and their personalities. The heroine Alice is seriously kickass in a way I’m actually jealous of how kickass she is. It’s obvious from the start she escaped from a parallel world called Wonderland and is in an asylum in order to retain some of her sanity and eventually, re-enter English society. Her plans go awry, however, when the leader of a secret organization called The Collectors’ Society recruits her for one of the most important missions in a race against a doomsday clock. It is within this society she meets the hero Finn, a quirky, enigmatic and naturally charismatic fellow who becomes her partner in this mission. And while there is an initial attraction between the two, the author doesn’t make it overshadow the book where lust and angst take over the book; it’s a rather gradual and believable romance that develops.
At this point in the book, the story is both nail-biting engaging and laugh out loud funny but the one thing that was missing was the deep emotion required if it’s to be a 5 star read. I was thinking that I would finish it with a 4-4.5 star rating in mind but then the most glorious plot twist happened and an absolutely electrifying character entered the book and my heart was a goner. I don’t think I have EVER fallen for a character in less than one page and honestly didn’t expect that to happen here but it did. This is so frustrating for me to describe because I can’t even reveal who he is and especially not his name without it being a spoiler. It’s safe to say, this man STOLE my heart and I spent the last 25% bawling like a baby.
“I love how his heart is big and beautiful and generous and that it, when circumstance demanded, allowed itself to break repeatedly rather than allow others to suffer.”
…Yeah, I can’t. *SNIFFS* Please don’t take this as someone died. Not all crying is because of death.
And that is all I’m going to say about this mystery guy and plot twist.
This book had my complete attention from the intriguing beginning to the explosive ending and I honestly think that both pure romance readers and fantasy lovers will enjoy what this book has to offer in terms of an original, mindblowing storyline and an unexpected heartfelt romance.
The Collectors’ Society is the first book in a new series and while it’s designed to be a story that continues on in the next few books, it can technically be read as a standalone as the conclusion to this book is a satisfying one.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Love.
Life.

All things that can be considered—and oftentimes are—just a bit crazy.

With an alcoholic father and an absentee mother, seventeen-year old Eppie Aberdeen has learned firsthand that life’s circumstances aren’t always sunshine and roses.

So Eppie doesn’t expect the fairytale, because reality certainly isn’t one. She’s not waiting on the handsome prince with his white horse to come to her rescue. But even though she’s not waiting on it, that doesn’t stop nineteen-year-old Lincoln Ross from driving straight into her heart with his teal and white campervan and his too tall stature and perpetually goofy grin.

It’s difficult to believe in a happily ever after when a happy now is quite hard to find. But Lincoln gives Eppie hope that despite the odds, a true and unconditional love might actually be out there. A revised fairytale. A new kind of love story.

But then again, that might just be plain crazy.
4-4.5 stars!!
Welp, I didn’t expect this cute cover to hide such a deep and meaningful story. Though it started off slow in the beginning, the witty dialogue, quirky characters each with their own brand of eccentricity, and heartwarming romance quickly won me over. By the end of the book I was alternating between awww-ing and smiling. Written in the same vein as The Fault in Our Stars and Bright Side, this YA book really charmed me and was a total escapism kind of story.
Eppie Aberdeen is a social pariah in her town. Growing up with a messed up family background and a perceived suicide attempt slapped to her name, Eppie doesn’t expect to find anyone who thinks she’s different than what gossip brands her as. On a day just like any other, she comes across a dog victim to a hit-and-run and hauls him to the clinic for medical attention. It’s there where she meets the mysterious hero Lincoln who helps her out.
Lincoln Ross also has a tough upbringing. With a wealthy but egoistical family constantly looking down upon his achievements, he’s not quite sure what his life goals are and is just living life by the day. When he sees Eppie bringing in the wounded dog, he’s touched by her compassion and offers to help and a friendship between two kindred souls is lighted.
For the first 20% I wasn’t too sure what direction this book was going in but right after that the story really picked up. It’s all about filtering the bad, magnifying the good and balancing the two out. For once it’s refreshing to have a hero who isn’t damaged or a bad boy, just a normal sweet guy any girl would feel lucky to call her boyfriend. Eppie is also a terrific female lead who doesn’t let her past dictate her future. It’s subtle but the way the book is structured hints at an epic reveal about Eppie’s character and when it was revealed, I was pretty shocked. Did not expect it at all. It only ignited every motherly instinct in me and made me admire her resiliency even more.
The romance was really tender and built up over a foundation of trust and respect. These two characters are some of the sweetest and most considerate characters I’ve read about and again, it’s refreshing to read about a realistic romance than develops over time and isn’t spontaneous.
There were only a few things that bothered me but didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book too much. First, these teenagers don’t speak like regular teenagers but then again, neither did Hazel or Gus from The Fault in Our Stars so I’m okay with giving them a pass on this. For me personally, I LOVED that their dialogues were intelligent, witty, and thought-provoking. Then there was a heartbreaking scene with the dog Herb and the author never revisited him again. It wasn’t exactly clear what the dog’s fate was and while I was reading the rest of the book my mind kept going back to Herb. And lastly, I thought the ending was rushed. There were multiple revelations near the end and I felt like they were tied up too nicely but it didn’t bother me to the point where I got annoyed.
This is a book I would recommend to those looking for a sweet, deep, and motivational romance with two unforgettable main characters and supportive side characters. It was humorous, satirical, at times emotional, and provided a unique reading experience in the YA genre.

Her life is like a prison cell.
A self-made, to-hell-with-the-free-world existence that locks from the inside.
Stop judging. Her agoraphobia doesn’t define her. It simply keeps her safe.

He belongs in a prison cell.
The 6×8, make-me-your-bitch variety that locks from the outside.
But he’s free. To hunt. To take. To break.
And he just found a sexy new toy.

Capturing her is the easy part. Her fucked-up mind, however, makes him question everything he does next.
But he’s a determined bastard. If all goes his way, this will hurt like hell.

“Are you going to cut me up in little pieces?”
A cold smile tipped his lips as he chuckled. Then his expression sobered. “Walk to the kitchen.”
Fucking psychopath. He stood right in the doorway, taking up the whole damned hall. At over six feet tall with a muscled body cut from stone, he could squash her without breaking a sweat. She didn’t want to go near him. He was terrifying. But being forced outside was worse. She straightened her back and headed toward him.
As she slid by, his arm caught her waist and yanked her back against his chest. She slapped at his hand, bucking against him, and his arm clenched tighter. His erection jabbed against her backside, his breath hot at her ear. “Fighting and squirming only turns me on. Don’t stop.”
She immediately stilled. God, he wasn’t lying. His dick was undeniably more pronounced against her back. Feeling him like that, so close, so huge and hard, rushed heat between her legs and prickles over her skin. Why, oh why was she responding this way? She hated and wanted it, and mother of all fucks, she couldn’t have been more completely and totally out of her mind.
She drew a ragged breath. Think, think, think. But his intention blatantly rubbed against her, scattering her thoughts. “You’re going to rape me, aren’t you?”
His torso moved up and down with his breath. “I thought you wanted to be fuck buddies. Don’t make it weird.”
4 stars!!
Pam Godwin has a knack for writing unconventional, unique romance stories and Vanquish is a terrific example. Just FYI, if you plan on reading book 1 Deliver do not read this one yet – it contains plot spoilers. Anyways, I’m a huge fan of the broody, dark, and tortured anti heroes. In book 1, the only character I can say that I fully loved was Van. Liv was pretty kickass but too aloof. Josh was endearing but too sweet. But Van…now that’s a guy who’s right up my alley! I couldn’t wait to get my greedy hands on his book and now that I’ve finished it, I can say that fans of the first book and Van-fans will be pretty pleased with his story.
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This book begins right after the events of Deliver, where Van Quiso is recovering from his wounds and the one thing that dominates his mind is getting Liv and their daughter back. Obsessed and possessed by this fervor, Van constantly stalks Liv in hopes of winning her back from Josh, along with getting visitation rights to their daughter Livana. On one of his secret trips to visit Liv, he unwittingly stumbles upon the heroine Amber and his old, buried sexual tendencies flare. For the first time in a long time, he’s tempted by Amber.
Introverted and secluded, Amber Rosenfeld suffers from extreme agoraphobia (anxiety disorder) and OCD. Her previous marriage has demolished her self-confidence and body image and any kind of intimacy repels her. It is truly a chance encounter that puts her in Van’s path and with just one look, Van is intrigued by her and her oddities.
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My biggest concern with reading this book was whether or not the author would butcher Van’s dark, multifaceted, mysterious character and I’m relieved to say I don’t think she did. When a character as complex as Van gets a romance story, there’s a certain degree of ‘dark’ that has to be given up and in turn is replaced with a much softer, vulnerable side of him. I think the author did an exemplary job of pitting his usual crude high-handedness against the vulnerability most readers didn’t think existed. Van is basically what made this book, despite it also being Amber’s story. Though I liked her character, I never fully warmed up to her. Then again, it’s not often I fall head over heels for the heroines  I really loved seeing Van transform from a seemingly heartless machine to a more caring and loving man. His past as a slave driver never will go away but I admire him for not letting it define his life and instead, motivate him to be with Amber and help her conquer her agoraphobia.
As much as I liked Amber and Van as a couple, I had a hard time accepting them together in the beginning. I mentioned before that it was pure luck that they bumped into each other and the fact that Van was completely obsessed with getting Liv and their daughter back didn’t help convince me of the strength of his bond with Amber. I felt like his reasons for being with Amber weren’t compelling enough in the beginning. I should feel like only the heroine is good for the hero, but sadly I didn’t feel that here. Amber could be a Leslie, a Catherine, a Grace and it wouldn’t have made a difference. Once the deep feelings were there, however, I could finally accept them together but that didn’t happen until the 60% mark so I spent most of the book feeling aloof, not loving them, but not hating them.
That one main problem aside, I really enjoyed this book – it had hot, steamy scenes along with dry, crude humor and charming wit. The idea that even the most flawed and damaged people can have a happily-ever-after too is a beautiful message and one that this book sends out.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
   New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band. Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

I’m strong—or at least, I want to be. I try to be. Oh, how I’ve tried.
But life screwed me over. When I was at my weakest and lowest, desperate and alone, he found me.
Robert changed everything. He gave me everything.
He was every woman’s dream—rich, powerful, and charming. He made me forget the fact that he’s twenty-four years my senior.
He made me feel alive, and for the first time in my life, I was content.
Until I met Cooper—his son.
And Robert? He began to change.
I’m despicable. I know I am. I’m ashamed of what I want.

Things are never what they seem.

Greed. Lust. Lies. Murder.

Deception.

1.5 stars!
Why do I do this to myself? Every time I see a book with an enticing and catchy blurb I hurry and buy it (regardless if there are any reviews) and almost always end up extremely disappointed. For me, the best part of the book was the synopsis, and whenever I was bored or frustrated or shocked (in a bad way) I reminded myself of the awesome blurb and what it promised and hoped the book would turn around. Nope. So while the premise was an intriguing one to start with, it was poorly executed and add a ditzy heroine in the mix along with events that you’d have to completely suspend reality in order to believe, this book totally missed the mark for me.
The story started out well: it’s obvious that even though the heroine Claire is extremely naïve, she is kindhearted and after getting kicked out of her foster home on her birthday, she’s practically homeless. Temporarily staying at her boss’s gym, she bumps into the much older and charismatic Robert and apparently both are attracted to one another (which I didn’t see – they were always so formal and stale around each other) so they pursue a relationship even though early on there were signs that Robert was unstable, controlling, and borderline psychotic.
This is where my problems with the book really began. I can understand the author portraying Robert as a sugar daddy to display his financial edge over the heroine but I absolutely HATE it when his wealthy status is used to justify why he was able to pull off some of his actions when in reality, none of it could be possible. Unless I decided to read paranormal or fantasy, I really do expect some semblance of realism present in my books or I’ll start nitpicking.
So with no job (because Robert got her boss to hire someone else) and no actual home, Claire is completely dependent on Robert. For the first time in their relationship, she starts to see Robert for who he might be and recognizes that she’s trapped.
Enter this book’s one saving grace – Cooper. A twenty-year old bad boy who clearly harbors resentment against his father, Cooper at first takes in Claire as a gold-digging bimbo but as time passes, he sees that she’s a genuine person. Though he acts like an asshole and lashes out, he has Claire’s best interests at heart and tries to warn her that Robert is not what he says he is, all of which she ignores even though internally she acknowledges there is some truth to what Cooper is saying.
From the blurb it’s implied that cheating may occur and even though there are the occasional forbidden kisses and touches, Claire does not jump back and forth between sleeping with Robert and Cooper (thank god!). But here is the part that really pisses me off: it is SO SO SO obvious she has a deeper connection with Cooper than she has with Robert. Their chemistry is so palpable and though both won’t admit it out loud, they care for each other. With Claire vocally saying she’s not with Robert just for the money, I honestly didn’t see a reason why she was with him then. Never in the book did she say she loved him and though both men have their faults, at least Cooper wants her safe and well and happy. Robert is only with her for appearances’ sake.
In hindsight, I should’ve known that this book would end dramatically and in a cliffhanger that practically begs the reader to pick up the second book. But you know what? If done well, I honestly don’t mind the cliffy if it feels like a vital part of the book. Instead, the message I got from this ending is that no matter how much you’ve come to care for a person who truly cares for you back, you STILL go with the guy who’s proven to be psychotic and worse just so you can drape yourself in wealth. The ending completely negates any of Claire’s statements that she’s not with Robert just for his money. It’s like feminism never happened. If you can tolerate an EXTREMELY dumb and vain character like Claire and want to enjoy 15% of the book and have the other 85% be extremely frustrating/boring/infuriating, this is the book for you. Otherwise, I highly recommend staying far away from this one.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

3.5 stars!
It’s a little odd for me to read a book and not post the review until weeks later. In this case, part of me just wanted to delay posting the inevitable truth: I didn’t really love this book. K.A. Tucker is one of my all-time favorite authors and a really cool lady – what she writes, I read. Though well written, Burying Water was a bit boring and I wasn’t invested in the story or characters. I’m rating this book 3.5 stars because there wasn’t anything substantially wrong with it, but then again, there wasn’t anything substantially amazing about it either.
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This book certainly started off with a bang. The heroine wakes up in a hospital severely injured and on top of that, has no recollection of what happened to her or who she is. Renaming herself ‘Water’ for the little tattoo on her body, she’s offered a room at a large horse farm and starts to rebuild her life, but always aware that her present is temporary, completely contingent on whether or not she remembers her past.
Jesse Welles is her next door neighbor who’s super handy with cars. He’s also the one person who knows who she is and her past before being ‘Water.’ Though Water doesn’t recognize him from before, she feels at ease with him and instinctively knows that this man was important to her. As the days pass, Water remembers tidbits and gets flashbacks of events leading up to the day of her brutal ordeal, until finally, the entire truth surfaces.
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I think I would’ve enjoyed this book more if it weren’t for the way it was set up. It’s written in alternating past/present scenes, with Water in the present and Jesse in the past. The mystery around Water’s past unfolds fairly quickly for the reader so that buries a lot of the suspense for me. I like it when the clues are subtly presented, not blatantly written out, and especially not as early as the 16% mark. And then the mystery itself I just didn’t like (view spoiler)
Don’t get me wrong, this book was really well-written and that aspect alone kept my interest. I did like how everything was resolved in the end and how the book focused on deeper meanings like the bonds of friendship, forgiveness, and second chances.
This book is indeed a very ambitious story that incorporates past/present shifts, dual POVs, and characters falling in love twice – perhaps it was just too much to tackle all in one book because in the end, nothing really stood out for me.
ARC provided by Atria Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.