Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Erin Noelle – Translucent – Book Review (Review Copy)

Publisher: Erin Noelle, 2015.
Genre: Romantic Suspense.
Length: 229 pages.

Sometimes shocking, definitely gripping. As per usual Erin Noelle delivers an exquisite production that will trap you in its pages and linger in your mind. A dark, challenging read with a beautiful love story and a chance at redemption.

Blake Martin has a new job, a new name, a new life. She has escaped hell, but it follows her in her dreams. She's a hollow shell, devoid of anything resembling life. When Blake meets Madden Decker, CEO of the tech company she now consults for, he lights a spark inside her again. Instincts tell her to keep everyone out, but Madden doesn't take no for an answer.

Madden lays eyes on Blake across the boardroom table and can't tear them away. She's all sorts of gorgeous and submissive, awakening his dominant side. Madden is very protective and caring towards Blake, right from the start. He quickly realizes she has deep wounds nobody can see. His dominant personality takes control, removing her burdens and pushing away the ghosts of her past for a while. He has his own past he’d rather not relive and a brother who is more like a troublesome child. Only, the trouble he gets himself into also drags Madden along with it.

Blake knows it's only a matter of time before the devil finds her. She did something terrible and retaliation will come. Mafia retaliation. Being with Madden makes her believe she can enjoy whatever time she has left before it all falls apart. She no longer has to hide in her lonely apartment or catalogue every face when she's out. Madden accepts her crazy episodes and knows not to push her to share the awful details about what triggers them. She never wants to tell him. He’ll look at her with disgust instead of seeing her as his Sweet Girl. She’s going to hold on to that ... for as long as it lasts.

Okay, wow. First of all, cliff-hanger warning. Secondly, several flashback scenes made my stomach turn. If you're not okay with violence and gore I'd probably steer clear. Did it make me want to stop reading? Heck no! I wanted to know how the character had survived her horrific past and I wanted to see her heal. I don't think I've ever been more worried about a character's welfare. It's a struggle getting through every hour let alone every day, for Blake.

Madden knows exactly how to handle her. “Slow and steady, sweet girl.” He's thirteen years older, but that's perfect because she needs someone with maturity and self-control. He is a genuine hero. The love story is beautifully choreographed, giving us hope that Blake is going to pull through. Flash backs piece together her past, but also build anticipation towards the climax. Book 2, Transparent is out soon. It's going to be good!

4.5 Flares.

*Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.*


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