A REVIEW FIT FOR FRAMING

For those of you who are not aware, book 4 of my series will be out next month, and for the first time ever, I have a publisher who has provided me with ARC copies to hand out so that we can have some reviews of the book BEFORE it actually goes on sale. I was very excited about this prospect, and couldn’t wait to see what my longest followers have to say about the newest chapter in this epic tale, as that is who I gave the opportunity to see it first – those who have been with me since the beginning.

Well, I see there is a review posted on Goodreads today, and it is from none other than JAYNE HYATT, author of Looking for the Good Life. Now, before I share this review with you, let me tell you a little bit about my history with this wonderful woman…

Jayne and I met through one of those ‘review swapping clubs’ back when I put CAPTIVE out the first time, with a paid publisher / self publisher, under the title A NEW LIFE: LIFE OF RECOVERY. The cover was horrid, the editing mediocre, and the expense was far more than I anticipated when I first decided to give it a go.

So, we traded our books – she reviewed mine, and gave it 4 stars (a good book, but not what she normally liked, as she put it) and I read hers and gave it 4 stars for the same reason… her book was way too ‘gentle’ for my rough and overly dramatic taste. Now, the story might have ended there, except that book 2 came out, and Jayne had mentioned that she was curious what Tori was up to next, as we had kept in touch after our chance meeting, and I am very glad that we have, as she really is a great lady (oh, and you should check out her book, too, as it really was good).

Anyway, Book 2 is much calmer than book 1, so I was thinking, OK this is my chance to get 5 stars from her, but alas, she says… “I liked it, but I didn’t LOVE it…” (still not what she really wants or likes in a book), but it was another 4 stars and a good review, so I knew I would take it at face value and keep trying.

Book 3 – now that’s a love story, my kind of course. Sweet as I know how to make it. And again, I let Jayne know that it was coming out and she reads, and again I am thinking this time I have nailed it, and do you know what she said??? SHE SAID IT DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH ACTION!!! Can you believe that??? And again, only 4 stars… sigh.

So, book 4 comes – and yup… only 4 stars AGAIN!!! BUT this time… she wrote a review that I MUST SHARE with all of you… because to be honest Jayne has been one of my followers that has kept me going and believing that I am doing a good job. She convinced me of this when she told me that my books were too violent, too graphic, and had too much sex in them… BUT she JUST HAS TO READ THEM… to see what happens next :D. Those are like magic words to me…

I have two things to say about all of this. First – THANK YOU JAYNE – I love to see what you are going to say, because you are such a great litmus test for me. And Second – I am going to get 5 stars from her… I have 3 more tries coming up, and THAT is my goal… I want to knock Jayne’s socks off!! You have been warned…

OK – here is her review… and I would love to get some comments on this – tell me what you guys think!!!

Jayne Hyatt‘s review

May 23, 14
Read in May, 2014

 

I stumbled onto this series and was surprised to find myself hooked right away. I don’t usually read romances that are as gritty or sexually explicit as this one, although for some readers, those may well be the very elements that draw them in. However, for me, the hook was the main character, Tori, her situation, and her gritty determination.Samantha Jacobey has managed to convey Tori’s life in such a way(making very good use of those “gritty” elements mentioned above) that the reader can well imagine what it might be like to be in that place. It’s harrowing, frightening, unthinkable; yet the reader will want to see it through, will want to know that Tori survives, on her own terms. That’s what makes this series so interesting.

After reading book 3 of this series I was rather surprised to find myself commenting that, “There was less action this time around, and I admit I’m hoping book four ramps things up a bit.” It seems Ms. Jacobey was listening, as book 4, EXPOSED, moves Tori back into her old renegade world, whether she likes it or not. Hence, there’s plenty of action, danger and intrigue for her to deal with, as well as a new-found family tie.

She also has to do some soul searching about ‘what and who’ she really is and what she really wants, while also coming to terms with abilities and desires that she is, intellectually, not completely at ease with. She’s learning something we all have to learn– to embrace our darker side and accept that’s also an integral ‘part’ of who we are but doesn’t completely define us. These elements make the book grittier than the last one, which will please most fans of this series, I think.

Of course, the book ends on a cliffhanger. Once again, we are given a glimpse of just how deep the rabbit hole may go as we witness the forces that surround Tori as they discuss their nefarious plans. There’s still a lot of mysteries to be solved, and a long road for Tori to travel before she has true freedom from her past so she can build a new and better future with the man she loves.

Keep writing, Samantha Jacobey … I want to know what happens next!

Special Note: I was given a preview copy of this book for reviewing purposes with the understanding that I would give my honest opinion.

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