Review – The Obsidian Collection – Various Authors

I am fortunate to be part of the blog tour surrounding the release of this collection of stories – 9 Novellas by some great authors.  My review is of 4 of the stories…. you’ll just have to get the book and make your own decision about the others! 20437199

The Blurb

Obsidian Escape by Rebel Adams
Just one look at the battered form of Whitney Geddings awakens a
fierce protective instinct in Detective Jackson Ogden…but at what
price?

Obsidian Heart by Nicole Flockton
Will Erika’s holiday fling with Brandt bring him out of the shadows, or is his heart destined for darkness?

Obsidian Sky by Lara Henley
When military man, Brandon Michaels, comes home to a town he no
longer recognizes, his salvation may rest in Arabella Knight, a woman
who has secrets that no one knows.

Obsidian Desire by t.h. snyder
Can one chivalrous act change Tyler Jones, a coldhearted man, or will desire burn through his soul and change him forever?

 

The Review

As I sit here trying to find the words to write this review, I am completely aware that writing fiction is a skill.  I should imagine that when you have to fit an entire story into novella size, that the skill is magnified disproportionately.

The stories I picked to review don’t just deal with fluff and hope that you, as the reader, buy into it.  Some difficult topics are covered – domestic abuse, PTSD, betrayal and loss.

And yet despite this, the stories all have well developed, engaging and strong characters.

In some ways, the real beauty with a novella is that the author dives right in.  That is true for each of these books.   For me, the 4 tales on which this review is based, were the best out of the 9.  That’s not to say that the others weren’t decent, just that the writing style of these suited me better.  But that, in my view, is the beauty of a collection like this.

If i had to choose, I would say that Obsidian Heart was my favourite, with characters I would happily read about in a full length novel.

So to the score.  It’s difficult to score such a diverse collection of books, but after some deliberation, I think that the collection is worthy of a solid B (4* Amazon). Want to make your own mind up?

Purchase links: Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L8HZ572/ref=nosim?tag=abriboosblo-20 Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00L8HZ572/ref=nosim?tag=britishbookwo-21

Review – Stay With Me by Elyssa Patrick @ElyssaPatrick

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The Blurb

Book 1 in the With Me series 

With one look, I’m his . . . 

With one touch, he’s mine . . . 

With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . . 

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is. 

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life. 

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox. 

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox. 

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover. 

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

 

The Review

Occasionally I read a book which I just devour.  I mean, a “cannot put it down til its done” type of book.  Those are the books that end up with me ignoring my husband when he’s talking to me because I am THAT engrossed in the story.  This was one of those books.

It was easy to become wrapped up in Hailey and Caleb’s story because the writing style just naturally draws you in and envelops the reader in the narrative.

I have to say, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop.  When it did, it wasnt in the manner I expected.  

I defy you not to read this book and end up feeling warm and fuzzy inside….possibly with a goofy grin on your face.  Hey don’t take my word for it – purchase links are below!

 

On to the score – a difficult one.  I’m a little on the fence between B+ and A- (4*/5* Amazon) – no really, I can’t do any better than that!!

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Purchase links

Amazon US: Amazon US – Purchase Stay With Me

Amazon UK: Amazon UK – Purchase Stay With Me

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