Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Calia Read "Breaking the Wrong" : Book hangover defined

You know that feeling you get after a good celebration?  The one that makes you say "I'm never drinking again" when really you mean "I'm never drinking again until the next time"?  That's how I feel about a good series, and there have been a few that make me question my sanity.  I always expect to be satisfied after the next book, and then I walk away from the story wishing I had gone a little slower - also a celebratory problem - instead of drinking in the whole story as quickly as possible, extending the book hangover for as long as possible.  The newest on this list?  Calia Read's Sloan Brothers series.  In February I picked up Every Which Way and fell in love with the captivating writing style that the author maintains.  And the wait ensued...leaving me biting my nails and anxiously anticipating the release of Breaking the Wrong, book 2.

And alas, it went live on March 17th.  I had my copy downloaded early morning, and finished twelve hours later.  And I'm now itching to read it again, in immediate succession to the first, for a little hair of the dog.

Emilia Wentworth would do anything for her sister.

For three years, Emilia has lived in the past, feeling her sister's pain and hating those who are to blame, including one of the Sloan brothers.

Finally, she has had enough. The only way to be free is to create a Burn List with all the people who have ever hurt her sister.

As she crosses each name off, she gets closer and closer to her final target.

But, things aren't always as they seem.

Loyalties are tested.

Boundaries are crossed.

And the truth is revealed.

 Emilia is just as shielded as Macsen Sloan.  She arrives with a story - a secret that drives her.  Tosha is the only one who knows the truth of her past, and it remains that way until more than halfway into the book.  Not even the reader is privy to this information.  Kudos, Mrs.Read, for being able to write the suspense.  By 30% I was making guesses to what this wrong done to her sister was.  By 45% I was questioning those thoughts.  By 55% I was completely mad with the anticipation of finding out the truth.

The characters were also written in a way that makes you see them as real people, and feel for them the same way.  It's impossible to get close to a guarded and secretive individual.  While I found Emilia likable, and I was sympathetic to her pain, I just couldn't like her.  Not until closer to the end, when we got to see who she really was.  I started to almost feel as much for her as I did for Severine in EWW.

Sidebar : For those of you that couldn't get enough of Severine, she and Thayer did make a few appearances in this story.  *sigh*  They are sooo cute!  And I loved them even more seeing how they recovered from the situation that Macsen put them in.

Alright, back on task.  Long story short...Emilia makes a "Burn List" look good.  We don't see what she's done to ruin the others, but I can only imagine with her intensity that it was good.  But along with intensity often times comes passion - and passion is a hard thing to keep in control.  It can just as easily sway the opposite direction of what you expect.  And with the chance to start fresh, leaving the pain behind, you tend to forget the strain of hate.

But, what happens when that hate comes around to bite you?  Is Emilia able to recover the life she's been building for herself?  Or move on after the truth is revealed?

Get your read on, and find out for yourself! * On Sale for $.99 at both sites *

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