Goodness gracious this book is an emotional roller coaster! It’s an exploration of how fate takes a hand in one woman’s love life so that she experiences the highest of highs, and lowest of lows with two men at different points in her life.
What’s It About?
A sexy encounter with a talented native artist, a broken heart, and a knight in shining armor are just the beginning in this passionate erotic romance. Dani Stone never expected to fall in love with carver Jesse Wolf Carver. She certainly didn’t foresee the results of her intense one night stand with the sexy hunk. From the wealth of New York City to a small southern community, follow Dani as she journeys the winding path fate has laid out for her.
Dani and Jesse initially come together as she interviews him for an article she’s writing on native art forms, and then proceed to imbibe in alcoholic delights before spending a few passionate days wrapped up in each other. She never expected her life to change forever after falling into the arms of this devilishly handsome, and sometimes hot-headed artist. But an unfortunate misunderstanding, not to mention his proclivity for alcoholic indulgence, forces Dani to run from him. Little did she know he left her with something more permanent than some memories of hot and intense sex. Soon after putting Jesse behind her, she starts to explore something new with another man who simply wants to look after her. Throughout the whole thing you wonder, how is this ride going to end? Will Jesse and Dani ever come back together to rediscover what brought them together in the first place?
From Start to Finish
I do think this book could have been organized a bit differently to hep with the overall flow of the story. We are introduced to Jesse at the very start of the novel when he re-enters Dani’s life after an obviously lengthy time apart, and we then proceed into a flashback about how he and Dani first met. I have nothing against flashbacks, but instead of coming back to the present after discovering how they first met, almost the entire novel is a very extended flashback showing how Dani must move on in her life to explore a relationship with another man. All the while, Jesse is notably physically absent for the majority of the book. Throughout the whole story we remember Jesse in the back of our minds, and we’re just wondering how long until we reach that moment from the start of the novel where they reunite in the present.
Unfortunately I do think it was almost too much of a separation from Jesse and their few days together in the past. The two had an obvious connection, and Jesse himself was a pretty intriguing character, I guess I just wanted more scenes that had him and Dani together in the same room! He isn’t reintroduced as a main character until almost 80% of the novel is complete, and honestly during all that time I sort of had trouble remembering why their brief relationship fell apart to begin with. Perhaps we could have started right away with how Dani and Jesse met, and proceeded forward chronologically as though it was happening in real time? Or I might have even liked the opposite, where we see more returns to that moment where Dani and Jesse reunite with flashbacks interspersed throughout. Just a thought!
So Freakin’ Cute
Hands down, my absolute favorite character in this entire novel would have to be a young precocious child named Dylan. He was so freakin’ adorable, and quite funny for such a young lad. His intelligence and artistic talent just added to his personality, and you can’t help but love him. Just like with Jesse, I would have liked to see more from Dylan as well, specifically in his interactions with some of the adults in the novel. He’s seemingly quite mature for his age, and if he had been given the chance to have more one-on-one moments with some of the other characters, I think he could have helped them discover things about themselves they may not have known before.
Another feature that I saw as both a blessing and a curse to the organization of the novel was the chapter length. For the most part, the chapters are quite brief which is something I usually love! It makes it so much easier to read during commercial breaks whilst watching TV in the evening. However, when you combine this with the fact that we have over 400 pages divided into about 6 parts and 104 chapters, the novel starts to feel a bit broken up and staggered.
Many chapters would often end with a feeling of dread, or a hint of things to come. When you have so many chapters ending on this note, it kind of starts to wear on you after a while. Just when you think things will start to turn the corner for the better, you’re basically told to not get your hopes up. There’s a part in the middle of the novel where it seems like every chapter ends on a note of, “little did I know the happiness wouldn’t last”, or “I thought the worst had come, but little did I know…”. It was just too much anxiety after a while by constantly waiting around for the worst, and then the eventual ultimate worst, to come.
Back to the Present
When we do finally catch up with the present, it was kind of shocking how quickly everything came together. We just sort of jump right back into how the novel started, with very little recap after having spent so much time apart. After spending the majority of the book going over what Dani went through for the last few years separated from Jesse, I felt like we never fully discovered what he went through in the interim.
We do learn a few details, but I couldn’t help but wonder if he too ever spent time with someone else? Why did it take so long before he finally sought out Dani in person? It seems like we never really learn the answers to these questions. I also would have liked to simply learn more about Jesse’s past, and how he came to be the man he is today. Most of the book’s attention is focused on Dani, which is definitely understandable, but maybe having a few more chapters focus on Jesse could have provided us with a window into his oftentimes complex personality.
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Should you read it? This is an emotional roller coaster of a read. It shows how fate can be both generous and a heartless bitch in the same vein. I will say it really seemed like this was mainly Dani’s story, and an exploration of her growth as a character more than anything, or anyone else. I think the story could have been structured a bit differently to help with the overall flow, but it’s still an interesting tale of newfound love, love lost, and love found again. Some of you might want to have a few tissues on hand when you read this one!
Smut Level: Phew! Jesse is a bad boy with a motorcycle, and you can definitely sense he has a naughty and flirtatious side to him. The heat between him and Dani is delectably sultry, though not too over the top in description.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Createspace Publishing. 435 Pages.