Review: Forced Disappearance by Dana Marton

Forced DisappearanceForced Disappearance by Dana Marton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was okay. I enjoyed the survival in the jungle elements – I love that stuff. I liked that they had to think their way out of dangerous situations, and figure out smart ways to stay safe/fed/sheltered/etc.

I thought the hero was fine, if a little forgettable. I much preferred him during the survival in Venezuela part of the book. I liked his resourcefulness and persistence. But once they got out of the jungle and he turned back into the billionaire businessman I lost interest. Private jets and ridiculously unrealistic hotel rooms in Vienna (surprisingly) don’t do it for me at all.

I found the heroine’s wound to be a little inconsistent. Sometimes she couldn’t be with the hero because of her dead husband and child, and sometimes because of her Big Secret (which wasn’t connected to her dead family at all). It just made the heroine seem like she’d suffered an unnecessary amount of trauma. Otherwise, I liked the descriptions of her. I like that she was described as strong and lean and short-haired rather than ‘curvy in all the right places’. It was a nice change.

Plus, I listened to this in audio, and the narrator’s dialogue for the heroine sounded e-x-a-c-t-l-y like Lauren Holly, which was cool but distracting.

I’m interested enough in the set up for this company to read the next book, but hopefully that one has more of the survival stuff and less of the billionaire nonsense.

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Review: Undecided by Julianna Keyes

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I read this as my January book for my 2017 Reading Challenge/Book Club. The theme was ‘Read an Indie Author’, so I picked this book that got rave reviews and had been sitting on my TBR pile for a while.

Brief Plot:

A New Adult Romance about a young woman trying to atone for her wild first year in college. She moves in with the college stud – whom she happened to hook up with the previous year – but ends up falling for his best friend.

My Thoughts:

This is usually the kind of book I avoid. Firstly, I tend to hate first person POV. And secondly, angsty New Adult Romances generally have dickhole “heroes” and “broken” women that the guy can get protective over. But I’d heard that this book wasn’t like that – and they were right. Despite me being unsure at first, Crosbie turns out to be adorable. Nora is flawed, but determined.

Julianna Keyes is a skilled writer. I really felt all the pain and awkwardness of Nora’s situation and everything she goes through. I did think that she made too big a deal out of some things, and determinedly stuck to her course for a bit too long. But it was in character and consistent with what I knew of her. If I had one complaint about the book – which is so minor as to be insignificant – is that maybe I didn’t feel the joy as strongly as I felt all the pain.

This book overcame all my reservations and made me feel a whole bunch of things – so it gets 5 stars.

Did I learn anything by reading this:

I certainly learned what a difference a cover could make. I wasn’t interested in this book at all based on the first cover. And though I don’t love the second cover, it’s not nearly as off-putting. Mostly because it doesn’t imply a love triangle.

Would I read in this genre again:

In New Adult? Hmmm, probably only if the book is highly recommended by someone that really knows my reading tastes.

An Indie Author? Of course!

Final Thoughts:

Read it if you like beta heroes, college-aged characters, and feeling all the feels.

Which Indie Authors did you read this month?