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Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Breakaway & Pieces By: Michelle Davidson Argyle *Reviews*

Book Description:
The Breakaway

Series: The Breakaway, #1
Publication date: May 1st 2012
by Rhemalda Publishing

When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she's missing. Escape isn't high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she's part of a family-even if it is a family of criminals. But she's still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she's falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn't sure she wants to take it.

Book Trailer


My Review

Before I went back to regularly blogging, I read a few stories that dealt with the concept of the main character, female, being held by captures, and later that character would fall, or start to feel feelings, with one capture, that would lead to that psychology based term: Stockholm syndrome. This story in ways, is like other stories I have read, but there of course were different things that just set this one apart. 

Naomi, I felt was a believable character. I think there was a good amount of background information on her, as in telling, but I wished there a few more scenes, on her life before she was captured, showing us more in her lonely life. As the story begins, she basically wakes up to her captures. As the story goes, you learn more about Naomi, her personality, and how, throughout her time, in a strange home, with strange people, she learns to gain more perspective on her old life, on how her workaholics, wealthy parents may have not truly cared for her, she is gaining some new identity, she realizes a love she never really thought she could have, and that's for Jesse; the one kidnapper, that does not seem like a kidnapper, like one of the other ones, but he's different, and it is a wonder why he got himself in this situation, but that's explained, as well as their, relationship, yes they have one, and sometimes I did not want to trust Jesse, because in ways he does seem mysterious, but he is good to Naomi, and eventually shows how he cares about her, in the end, and that's something that you'll definitely have to read on your own. 

I felt that the Author has really great writing, and to the last page, I was just intrigued into this story, and at the last page, all I want to do now is read Pieces, book 2 :)

My Rating: 4/5
I say a Strong PG-13 Rating (Some Mild Sexual Situations, Language & Violent Content)

Book Description:

Series: The Breakaway, #2
Publication date: February 14th 2013
by Rhemalda Publishing

Staying in love can mean running away...

Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her...until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie-in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.

Book Trailer


My Mini Review

I thought this was written really well, and enjoyed reading Naomi's transition, from kidnapped girl, to a young woman in college. I definitely saw strength in her character, this time around, and I liked the choices she ultimately had to made, and one of those, was with Jesse, her lover and one of the guys that had captured her, in book 1. There were some instances though, where I felt, there could have been more writing, to just clarify a scene, a situation. There is another love interest, other than Jesse, and I liked him a lot, a lot more than Jesse. It definitely twists the story a bit, and like I mentioned about more clarification...well I would have liked to have read more of that, in the end, just to reassure me what the characters would do, and if they would be fine. Perhaps there might be a book 3? I would definitely read it, but this was a good sequel, and the Author had me hooked the whole time :)

My Rating: 4.2/5
I say PG-13 Rated (Some Mild Mature Content)

About The Author & Her Links
Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She loves the seasons, but late summer and early fall are her favorites. She adores chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in whatever time she can grab between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life.


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