Love In Darkness – E.M. Tippetts

Love in darkness

“Alex had everything when he was with Madison. But the darkness within him wouldn’t go away. 

After two years apart, he returns to Pelican Bluffs and to the girl he never wanted to leave. Madison wants to give their love another chance, but Alex can’t fight fate. 

He is what he is. 

Ruined. Crazy like his mother. And Madison deserves so much more. When his secrets spill out into their small town, Alex has a choice to make. Hide away in the darkness forever, or let love in.”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  This is the sequel to Castles on the Sand which I read and reviewed here.  I really enjoyed the previous book and have often thought about the story and its characters so when I found out about this sequel I was very keen to read it!

The first few pages confused me a little but I soon realised what was happening and after Alex gave a quick recap of events from the first book I was completely on track.  The story picked up a couple of years after the previous book when Alex was on his mission, he was clearly experiencing some difficulties in his life but Madison (who was on her own mission) seemed to be doing okay.

This time round the story was told from Alex’s point of view, this was something I very much enjoyed but I would have liked to read a few parts from Madison’s perspective because I often wondered what she was thinking.  I learned more about Alex’s mum and her schizophrenia which worryingly was beginning to affect Alex too.  Mental health issues were such a big part of this story, it touched me deeply to read about the struggles facing the characters who were living with these illnesses and their families.  It was very well written – I could almost feel Alex’s emotions (especially during the worst of his terrifying episodes) jumping off the page at me.

I admired Alex’s determination to stay away from Madison but I wasn’t sure if it would last – the whole ‘will they, won’t they’ thing kept me on my toes throughout!  Madison’s friend Kailie surprised me, she hadn’t been a particularly likeable character in the first book but this time I definitely warmed to her.

There was something compelling about this book and I was repeatedly drawn back to it, every time I got a spare moment I found myself picking up my Kindle to read a bit more!

This was a touching and enjoyable story of love against all odds, another great read from E.M. Tippetts.

Love In Darkness will be released on 21 May 2013 and can be purchsed from Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes & Noble, Smashwords and Kobo.

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Nobody’s Damsel – E.M. Tippetts

Nobody's Damsel

“Chloe and Jason are back in Albuquerque for her new job as a forensic scientist with the Albuquerque Police Department, only, her first case is a crime against a child.

Back when she was a childhood crime survivor, it never occurred to her how difficult it was for the adults working against the clock, fighting for control of the outcome. Add to this a tabloid scandal that claims Jason is having an affair with his costar, and Chloe’s struggle to come to terms with a heartbreaking case gets splashed all across the headlines.”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me an ARC to read and give an honest review.  This is the sequel to Someone Else’s Fairytale which I reviewed here.  I had wanted to know what happened next in Chloe’s life so was excited to find out that this sequel had been written, I was even more excited to learn that the author plans on turning this into a series!

This time around Chloe and Jason were facing the kind of obstacles that I would imagine any kind of celebrity romance would face – rumours of cheating, press intrusion and work commitments etc.  The cheating rumour was like a big question mark hanging over the story, I didn’t want to believe that Jason was not being faithful because I really liked Chloe but the signs weren’t looking good.

The style of writing was comfortable and I quickly found myself back in Chloe and Jason’s world, I loved Chloe’s new career as a forensic scientist because it gave an edge to the storyline and after what had been revealed in the previous book it made complete sense to me.

This was much more intense than the first book and I enjoyed the criminal side to it even though there were some parts that I found difficult to read.  One particular moment had tears running down my face because I had become so caught up in what was going on in the storyline.  It was an extremely difficult subject to tackle but I felt that the author handled it perfectly with just the right amount of detail.

There was a screen play running throughout the chapters which was clearly based on the main story – this confused me to begin with and it wasn’t until near the end that I fully understood what this was all about, it was a clever way of bringing Chloe and Jason’s careers together.  Combining the worlds of a celebrity and a forensic scientist was brilliant and I really enjoyed it when the two blended together, the idea of celebrity connections helping to solve a case was fantastic in my opinion.

I didn’t think there was as much romance in this book but it didn’t matter because it was just as compelling, I couldn’t stop reading and actually ended up finishing it in just a few hours!  I’m looking forward to the next in the series and seeing where life takes Chloe and Jason next.

This was a gritty and enjoyable book that gripped me from the very first page.

Nobody’s Damsel is released today and is available to buy from Amazon UK
and Amazon US.

To find out more about E.M. Tippetts visit her Blog, Facebook page or Twitter page.

Castles on the Sand – E.M. Tippetts

Madison Lukas knows her place in the world.  She’s not pretty, not interesting, and therefore easy to forget.

John Britton is serving his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has been praying for fifteen years to find the sister he lost in his parents’ divorce.  She is beautiful, talented and makes kindness a fine art.

When John and Madison cross paths, he recognizes her at once, but Madison is certain that he’s got it all wrong.  Even if she is his long-lost sister, she can’t possibly be the exceptional, amazing girl he thinks she is, can she?”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me a paperback copy of this book to read and review. I previously read, and very much enjoyed, Someone Else’s Fairytale (my review here) by the same author so I was looking forward to reading this.

I really enjoyed it, the writing style was comfortable to read with a storyline that gripped me from start to finish (yes, you’ve guessed it, another one day read).

I was intrigued right from the start when Madison was chased into the library by a Mormon missionary, this raised so many questions that I couldn’t wait to discover the answers to.

My first impression of Madison was that she was a quiet, friendly girl.  As I got further on in the book I realised that she had some pretty serious self-esteem issues which were certainly not helped by her mother and so-called best friend.  When Madison learned that the missionary who chased her was in fact her long-lost brother, she didn’t know what to believe.  When it was confirmed she felt even more confused and I can’t even begin to imagine how it must feel to have your life turned upside down in that way.

On top of all the family drama Madison also had some trouble with the opposite sex, it seemed that after one boy showed interest in her suddenly lots more came out of the woodwork, declaring their feelings for her.  This obviously caused Madison even more confusion, firstly because she had low self-esteem and she couldn’t figure out why they were interested, and secondly because she had no idea who she could trust (being a virgin she didn’t want someone who only wanted one thing from her).

Madison’s mum completely baffled me, just reading about the way she treated her daughter made me feel uncomfortable.  I was keen to find out what had happened to make her leave her husband because I was hoping that maybe it would explain why she behaved the way she did.

John (Madison’s new-found brother) was lovely, he really wanted to be a part of Madison’s life but didn’t push her too much.  I loved how protective and caring he was towards her, something that I really felt she needed in her life.

Kailie was Madison’s (so-called) best friend, to begin with she reminded me of a tornado whooshing around in a hyper, teenage way.  She was bossy towards Madison but it soon became apparent that their friendship was not very healthy, she did lots of things that shocked me and I began to become quite concerned for her – you’ll have to find out for yourself what happened next but I will tell you that it had me on the edge of my seat!

Alex was a very strange, intriguing character – I really wanted to know what his story was and when all was revealed I admit I was quite surprised.

I loved the modern feel that this book had with references to Facebook and a certain Fifty Shades book, the only part of the book that I struggled with was the religious parts – not being a religious person myself I found some of it a bit hard to follow.

This is a real page turner and I would love to read a sequel to find out what happens next for them all.

Castles on the Sand can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon UK, Amazon US,

Barnes and Noble, Kobo, or Smashwords.

To find out more about E.M. Tippetts visit her blog here.

Someone Else’s Fairytale – E.M. Tippetts

Jason Vanderholt, Hollywood’s hottest actor, falls head over heels for everygirl, Chloe Winters, who hasn’t gotten around to watching most of his movies. She becomes the woman every other woman in America is dying to be, but it just isn’t her fairytale.”

I got this eBook when it was available as a free download on Amazon because it sounded like a good read.

Although I liked the sound of the synopsis I now feel like it doesn’t do the book justice because it was so much more than just a girl getting involved with a Hollywood superstar.  I was expecting a standard modern fairytale but this had so many extra factors that made it completely unputdownable for me.  As well as the romantic side there were some deep and serious moments and it also holds a good message with regards to the sexual side of relationships.

From the very start I took a liking to Chloe because she seemed strong and knew her own mind, she did seem quite secretive about her past and the mysterious scars on her leg, the reason for all this is revealed as I got further into the story.  Chloe’s friend Lori was another favourite of mine – she was fun, bubbly and completely into the whole celebrity scene, in fact she was the opposite of Chloe which I think is why their friendship was so much fun to read about.

I enjoyed the interesting insight into the crazy world of a movie star, Jason is gorgeous, rich and hard to resist except Chloe does resist him, she wasn’t at all star-struck and that seemed to make Jason want her more.  I liked their Skype chats, Jason was really sweet and honest with her and I couldn’t figure out why Chloe wasn’t more interested in him.

I got really involved with Chloe’s life so towards the end when things started to get confusing I was genuinely worried for her, when the reason for all the confusion was revealed I was shocked because I hadn’t even thought of that happening!  This was something else I liked about the story – all the unexpected twists, I couldn’t predict what was going to happen next and I liked that.

I found myself not wanting the story to end, I was enjoying it so much and I still would like to know what happens next in Chloe’s life.

A surprising and wonderfully enjoyable book.

To find out more about E.M. Tippetts visit her blog here.