Friday, April 5, 2013

Allusive Aftershock


Allusive Aftershock  
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What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!
Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.
But, Max--her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet--hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking.
When Max leaves her stranded in his parents' wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict.
But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?


With no electricity, I could barely make out the two figures standing by the door to the cellar. If not for the half moon, I would not have been able to see them at all. I stepped up to them and realized they were staring up at the sky and my eyes naturally followed their gaze. I had never seen such an awesome sight. Without any city lights for miles and miles, the stars in the sky were unusually bright and plentiful. A truly beautiful sight.

“Wow,” I whispered, standing between Max and Court. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed Court’s focus change and he stared down at me. There was something strange about the way his eyes bored into me, as if he could see into my soul. I waited for him to look away but he held his gaze on me while I pretended to marvel at the sky. I’d never seen him stare at me that way before and I got nervous. My fingers fidgeted with each other and I clamped two of them in my other hand to steady them. If I hadn’t known better, I never would have guessed in a million years he had injuries. His eyes stayed fixed on me with an intense tenderness I had never seen from a boy before. Maybe Courtland Reese wasn’t so bad after all. Standing between the two of them in all their glorious hotness had my stomach doing flip-flops. I knew it was wrong to think these things under the circumstances, but maybe my mind just needed the distraction … or confusion. I loved Max, but I was beginning to like Courtland too. Man, I was in so much trouble.   


****This book was part of a blog tour, I received a copy for my honest review****
Adela lives in a rural area with her parents and twin sibling, her life is almost perfect, if only her her best friend Max would realize she was in love with him. They have been friends for years, on the sidelines is Courtland, people think he is a freak because he is so good with animals. A huge earthquake happens, Court saves Adela from her horse, aftershocks change everyones lives. When Max leaves Adela alone with Court in a cellar the two of them grow close and their relationship changes. Adela starts questioning her feelings for Max and the new feelings she is developing for Court. I liked this book, Adela started out as a somewhat spoiled naive girl and developed into a smart woman. Court was a hot, sweet knight in shining armor. Max was a jerk, I really hated the dude, he irritated me to no end.  The semi post apocalyptic plotline was interesting and had some very sad moments in it. The romance between Courtland and Adela was cute, the two of them had a lot in common. I really liked the book right up until the end, the ending seemed really rushed and I felt like it didn't fit in with the tone of the rest of the book.  I read it, flipped back and read it again hoping that maybe I had missed something. If the ending had not been so rushed or it had an epilogue, this book would have been a solid five stars. It was entertaining, I liked most of the characters and it was a quick read. I did like how descriptive the author was so I am going to be putting her on my watch list. 

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  1. Sounds interesting, will definitely give it a look.

  2. Unfortunately i have been in love with the wrong guy, more times than i care to admit! This books sounds epic! :)

  3. Thank you for the lovely post and being a part of the tour. I'm glad you liked the book.