The Opportunist

  

Hello, fellow readers

Welcome back! Last week I gave you a glimpse of Deep Blue Eternity: two people seeking refuge and peace, find each other instead, and soon discover their dark secrets are connected to the pasts in which they both are running from.

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Livvy, the female protagonist, grew up in a family that took her for granted, ignored her existence, and rejected her plea for help. Help from what? I do not wish to fully expose the book’s dark mystery, but she was wronged by the people who should have cared for her and loved her most. And after her sister’s death, she felt more alone and hopeless, so when the time was right, she fled her old life in search for safety and peace.

Tom, the hero of the story, is a beautifully, distraught man. A stranger intruding on Livvy’s newfound independence and much desired freedom. He, like Livvy, is broken by shame, regret, and anger, and he doesn’t find peace until Livvy came, ready to take the place he called home for the past six years. He wanted nothing to do with her. He wanted to leave; he had many reasons why he should, but he couldn’t. She hid her true self from the world, wanted to be invisible, but to him he saw who she was beneath the black clothes and dark makeup. She was beautiful, smart, courageous, and strong. He liked her, but she needed to know the truth, and once she discovered who he really was, she would hate him… and that’s what he needed. Tom didn’t deserve love. Or did he? Is Tom the puppet master of Livvy’s past; her reaper of a normal life? Or was he an angel in disguise? The pasts of each character are carefully designed to give the readers just a taste of what is building; the tension, broken memories, the lust, and the frustrations; until the very end.

Everything Livvy had endured; all of her suffering she thought she had left behind, still threatened to haunt her as pieces of the mysterious puzzle start to piece together, revealing the truth behind the secretive Tom-her protector.

I do not wish to take away the anticipation of the story’s end, so bear with me, as I will only state…
When least expected, the person who hurt you most, can be the one to save you. Refuge isn’t found in a home far away in an abandon cottage; it is found within one’s self forgiveness.

If you’ve read this book, please leave me a comment. Let us discuss the writing, plot, and characters; what did you love or dislike (use kind words) about the story. *If needed, please use spoiler alert.

Join me again next week for a review of The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1)     

  

Here’s a short review: The female protagonist, Olivia Kasper, discovered her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, had lost his memory. Hey, why not take another shot of love, but how long can love live under the pressure of lies?

Buy The Opportunist at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Opportunist-Love-Me-Lies/dp/1482359006/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429035139&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=thethe+oportunest
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Deep Blue Eternity By Natasha Boyd

Hello, fellow readers! Welcome back!

Before I begin my review, I must admit that I have not yet finish reading Deep Blue Eternity, and not because it isn’t good; on the contrary. It is a great read. My reason, like every other mother, I’m busy; always filling my plate with too much to do. Nevertheless, I do wish to provide a review of what I have read so far.

Let me give you a glimpse…

The story intertwines two highly developed, complex characters that somehow fit together in a large, distressed puzzle of life. The female protagonist, Livvy, an 18-year old runaway, found refuge at her late grandmother’s abandoned cottage, located on a remote island off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. After a long trip, tired and anxious Livvy was happy to finally be at the front steps of her cottage (bestowed to her by her late grandmother), but to her surprise and displeasure, she discovered that the cottage wasn’t abandoned after all. Tom, also running from dark secrets of his own, made Livvy’s cottage his own refuge.
Now, Livvy is forced to shack up with this troubled stranger, who truly isn’t a stranger to Livvy at all. Interestingly, both protagonists suffer from scared histories, dark secrets, and personal insecurities, which ultimately bring them closer together both intimately and physically. However, as the plot deepens, their pasts collide and their secrets are revealed.

What will happen when Livvy discovers what Tom is hiding? Will their love be enough to overcome their ugly, twisted connection to each other’s pasts and secrets? Those questions are what keep me reading. I am drawn to the intimate connection between Tom and Livvy, and I am internally entwined with each of their personal stories. I must know more of their multifaceted, bitter, yet some way connected pasts of these two insecure and troubled protagonists.

Deep Blue Eternity includes a number of different human facets: unforbidden attractions, physical desires, and adaptive behaviors derived by ones insecurities and troubled pasts. Boyd creatively developed characters that connect well with a variety of readers of diverse groups. Livvy, born into an abusive family, comes to resent her late sister, Abby. Her sister ran away from home, leaving Livvy to deal with the abuse alone, and then later died in a car accident; producing a shadow of grief and anger in Livvy’s already weakened heart. Secluded by fear and mistrust, Livvy hid within the shadows; away from people. The only control she believed to have possessed, her only way to get what she wanted or needed, was to sexually use her body to seduce men. Her views on life and love are warped by her ugly past: no one listened; no one believed; and no one cared. That is until she met Tom, the troubled stranger.

His story is less unknown and best shared after I have read the entire book. Please join me again next week to discuss the shady yet alluring, Tom. I can’t wait to see how this book ends!

Please share your comments below as well as future book suggestions!

You may purchase Deep Blue Eternity at http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Blue-Eternity-Natasha-Boyd/dp/0989492583/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1428550450&sr=8-1-spell
Visit Natasha Boyd at http://www.natashaboyd.com/index.html

Hello fellow readers

Allow me to introduce myself; my name is Elizabeth Mason. In summary, music is my refuge; books are my escape; writing is my passion; my children are my essence; my husband is my heart; and my life is what I give to those I love.

I pledge to share with you my passion for reading. I love reading. I am always reading, and when I am not reading, I am researching my next book to read. My passion has become my obsession. There is nothing better than a good romance, a cup of coffee (or wine), and a warm blanket. It’s more than a hobby; its a life style.

So, why start a blog?  Why not?  Read with me, a book (romance only) per week, and share your opinions, questions, ratings, and suggestions–like a virtual book club. This week, read with me Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd. The book is about a man and a woman, both hiding from their histories and dark secrets. Together they find refuge in an old, abandoned cottage in the remote wilderness, and as deep emotions and intimacy forms, their pasts catch up with them and collide in a heart breaking battle of twisted lies and scathing pasts.

Lets make reading romance even better by sharing our passion together. Join me again next Wednesday, and we will chat about Deep Blue Eternity .