Review of “Song of the Fireflies” by J. A. Redmerski

Bray and Elias meet when they are the mere ages of 8 and 9 respectively.  Bray is magnetic to Elias.  He can’t seem to break the trance that she has on him.  They become best friends “forever” and so the journey begins carrying them into adulthood. Elias is this strong, self-controlled yet fun loving young man.  He loves Bray but is afraid to move from friendship to intimacy because they might lose each other.  They begin this journey down the path of soul mates that turns them into a modern day Thelma and Louise for lack of a better analogy.

I liked this book.  I was so excited to be awarded an ARC by Netgalley that I stopped reading the book I had started so that I could read this one.  I read “Song of the Fireflies” in a little over a day.  I love J.A. Redmerski and her story of Andrew and Camryn so I had high hopes for this book too.  I expected to pull my ugly cry out for most of this book and had the kleenex at the ready.  Unfortunately though, I only had a few alligator tears at a singular moment in this book.

While I still liked the book and would still read it, I have to say that I think J.A. was trying too hard with this book.   I think she was trying to duplicate the intensity of her “The Edge of Never” book that it made this book too unbelievable.  There was just too much going on with this couple to believe in the ending that she wrote for them.  The love between Elias and Bray was wholeheartedly believable and I loved these two as a couple.  I still love the eloquence of writing in this book.  Jessica is a great story teller and even though I had a hard time believing in the ending, I switched my eReader off with a smile on my face and a sense of fortune that I spent the morning finishing the book.  I hope you will try “Song of the Fireflies” and like it, as I did.

Also, I loved the cameo appearance of Andrew and Camryn in the book and I have to say I am curious about Tate and Jen, Caleb and Cera, and Grace and Knox.  I hope to read about them in future books.  I also LOVED the title of this book and the Cover of the book…they are perfectly Bray and Elias.

 

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Review of “Claimed” by Stacey Kennedy

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Presley just ended her engagement when she found our her fiance cheated on her.  She is not a bitter person.  In fact, she is a timid woman that has conformed to the life that is expected of her…till now.  She has found vanilla sex lack-luster and wants to be more adventurous. 

Listening to her friend, Cora, she decides to go to Club Sin, a BDSM club that she hopes will be more fulfilling. 

Master Dimitri is not only an expert in BDSM and owner of Club Sin; he is just what Presley needs.  And, as it turns out, Presley is just what Dimitri needs.  Master Dimitri decides to train Presley himself and so the love story begins.

What I liked about this story is the manner in which this relationship begins.  I love stories where you have a timid partner that needs to be taught about sex and how to reach that euphoria that everyone strives to reach in a relationship.  This is the perfect story for that and the author did it justice.

I really liked the characters Cora, Dimitri and Presley.  I thought they were very nicely described and had unique traits that you could fall in love with.  I also liked that the other Masters of Club Sin were described enough to produce a series – I would love to read a book about Cora and Aidan.  I didn’t really like the Steven character and thought that the story could have been more intense if written differently.  I didn’t think he was scary enough but that was clearly the direction that the author was going.

Overall, I liked the book and was glad that I read it.  I would give it a solid 3 stars.

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