A Review!

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Hey there, Turner here. I know, I know. Where have I been? I’ve been asking myself the same thing. I’ve currently been trying to finish the last few chapters of Collins and I previous project, whilst taking on five read to reviews from some pretty neat authors. I’ve just finished one called Leo Rising by Christine Besze. This was a great, action packed mafia romance, I’m excited to read her other works. Take a look at my review and check the book out for yourself!

I just want to start out by saying that this book totally caught me off guard, in the best way. I was a little unsure at the beginning, but all the build up and mystery was worth it for the explosive ending. Once I started, I couldn’t put this down. The writing is fluid and the voice of the characters really speaks through. There were so many twists and turns it kept me hooked and my mind guessing.

This story is about a young eighteen year old, unsuspecting girl named Tori who’s unknown past lands her in the biggest danger of her life, as a target for the Italian mob. Through this book it journeys her life as she deals with high school, boys (a particularly attractive boy named Theo), hard ass gym teachers and deathly situations all whilst learning about who she truly is. A true coming of age novel in an adventurous, action packed and drop dead sexy way. The steam was damn hot!

The characters in this book felt real and connectable. I understood them, rooted for them and bite my nails waiting to see what would happen to them. The secondary characters were great and I can’t wait to see what more this author has in store for them.

The only thing that could have pushed this to a five star for me was a faster paced beginning and a little less of the high school description and life.

If you’re like me and a love a good mafia romance story with action, gun fights and sexy moments, pick this one up, you won’t regret it!”

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When you read your work aloud, the pro is definitely that it sounds like it’s so much longer than it actually is. It gives you a gist of how much work you actually put into it. The con, unfortunately is, though you get to ferret out all your grammatical and flow errors, you can’t understand what other people’s take on things is. You only know the characters and story in one way. The only way to understand if your characters are real or relatable is to take a leap and let others read your work. Scary, but necessary.


-Turner Collins

A review!

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Hey ho, Turner here!

So, along with reading, writing, working, listening to tunes, chatting to Collins on Facebook about very random things and all the other things life seems to entail…I review! Yep. I read books and write reviews for authors, how cool is that? I read a lot of young adult, new adult, romance, supernatural, well…anything really.

This is a review I have done for author Liv Hayes, for her new adult romance entitled “Pulse”. Check it out if you like a good forbidden love story!

I’m not sure if I could think of enough words to describe this story, but I think I’ll start with these ones: Emotional, heart wrenching, realistic, romantic, relate able. I was sucked in and by page fourteen, I was hooked. I was holding my breath waiting to see what would happened to these forbidden lovers.

This story is about Mia, a young woman studying English in university. After a breakup occurs, she is sent to the hospital complaining of heart pains, which is how she meets the swoon-worthy Dr.Greene. I don’t want to give too much away in terms of the story as it was so strong and well written it is worth going into it without knowing any spoilers. But I will say, the story line was very unique and refreshing.

I found Mia’s character to be very realistic. So much so, that I couldn’t help but completely relate to her. I felt as if I knew her, I could imagine myself making the same choices she did. She wasn’t a typical, cookie cutter heroine that we find so often in new adult novels. She was learning about who she was, what she wanted and how to deal with difficult situations as any young woman would and that made this read just that much better.

Now…Dr. Alex Greene. I just…I don’t even know! He was a perfectly damaged man, in my mind. An older man than Mia, with a little more life experience, who unfortunately had not gotten to the point where he was satisfied in his life. He has a past, he has his own insecurities and his own faults, as any normal person would, but his heart was big and he had a lot of love to give. (No wonder he was a cardiologist).

These two characters embark on a very forbidden, but passionate ride and I enjoyed every minute of it. The writing was fluid and articulate. The characters were well defined and had their own voice and I never found myself bored or uninterested, it kept my rapt attention from beginning to end. The only reason this one did not earn a five star from me was simply because the ending felt a little too rushed and I would have liked an epilogue. However, those are just personal preferences. I would definitely recommend this one!

Four solid stars.