Sunday, January 11, 2015

Review - Winter by Frankie Rose

A girl with a dark history…
Avery Bresllin took a leap of faith when she changed her name. As Avery Patterson, she is no longer the daughter of a serial killer. No longer the girl who was bullied and abused through high school. A fresh name and a fresh start at Columbia University means Avery can leave all that behind. There’s only one thing marring her dream of a clean slate….
A boy with a past of his own…
Luke Reid has a lot going for him: sex appeal, badass tattoos and insane musical talent. Despite his guitar skills, his calling in life has always been to serve and protect. A NYPD cop by day, singer in rock band D.M.F by night, from the outside Luke seems like he’s got it made. But falling for a girl whose father was accused of deeply sinister acts—a man whom Luke shared a devastating history with, himself—only serves to complicated things.
Pieces of a puzzle….
Four symbols, four methods of destruction.
A trade.
Borrowed wings.
Dark secrets that threaten to destroy.

Releases on January 12th
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Winter By Frankie Rose - Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland
***** Stars.
Gifted in exchange for an Honest Review for Chicks Controlled by Books
I have several guilty pleasures when it comes to reading genres, Romantic Suspense being one of them that comes close to the top of my list. So when this was gifted for review by the blog and author I totally jumped on it after reading the synopsis. Throwing in the fact that I have read this author in the past and fell in love with her work, I was really hoping that this book was going to be something good. Well, good is such a lame word for what I have just read. Great doesn't seem to cut it either, amazing seems so meh....I can't quite find that all encompassing word to describe this book in a nutshell.
And that cover! Soooo gorgeous, it alone would compel me to read the story without even reading the blurb. Sigh, I love it  The writing offered by this author in the form of Winter is worthy of a best seller, Frankie Rose wrapped me up with words, immersed me in emotions and delivered a knock out story that had me begging for more. Oscar Wilde's quote at the beginning fits every single inch of this tale.
This is Avery's story, and hers is one that will have you laughing, crying, panting and sitting on the edge of your seat while she tries to carve out a new self off the back of tragic events that shaped her life. She has an extremely intense history and not a nice one at that. In the pursuit of happiness, and with a new identity her past crawls out of the woodwork and slams her so hard that she has no option to confront it. Luke, the unwelcome friend, who reminds her of all that has been before, becomes her leaning post in a roundabout kind of way, trying to help her navigate the life that she so desperately wants. Luke is hiding his own demons. Demons that are so closely intertwined with Avery's past that they both struggle to be what the other needs. 

The relationships within these pages are so large, often painful but oh so beautiful at the same time. Each character is defined and shaped to fit into the story with precision, all having their own place, each meaning something to the other. Difficult subjects are broached with each character, there's so much individuality to each person's identity, paths crossed, teaching lessons, offering support. never get lost. The story has an enigmatic flow to it which allows the reader to just keep on reading, it's a true page turner. Tense and emotionally gripping, this book jumps out at you and squeezes your heart at all the right moments, baits your breath at the appropriate times, sucks you in til that very last word....and boy does it leave you aching for so much more! I love these kind of stories. You know the ones that keep you on your toes, keep you guessing, making you ask questions? You're trying to figure out the angles, the motives, the reasons. This is full of secrets and lies. Some laid out in front of you yet others are buried deep within the lines of the words, in the paragraphs. In the words not necessarily written. And what you think you know, you don't. Crazy twists that you wouldn't put together but make so much sense when revealed. And the biggest turn of them all...well, you don't see it coming. It smacks you right in the face then propels you on an exhilarating rollercoaster to the end. There is one part that is so fraught with tension that I found myself totally transfixed with the scene unfolding before my eyes, I held my breath, trying to grasp any hopeless emotion to carry me. That scene was astounding, and you will know it when you get there!

Wow, wow!! This was just something else, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone, it really does have something for all of us in her
e. Hold onto your hats folks, going to be a bumpy ride but oh so worth it.....Thank you Frankie x

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