Survival, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book #1)

Rated 3.50/5 based on 30 reviews
Survival, Book 1, The Guardians of Vesturon

A normal backpacking trip turns deadly for nineteen-year-old- Maddie. Her boring life suddenly takes a turn down a dark and twisted path. Will it lead her to her dream come true, or end up in tragedy? Follow Maddie as she discovers places unknown and a love that will defy all odds. More
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Words: 91,240
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466068001
About A.M. Hargrove

A.M. Hargrove...After working for years in management in the pharmaceutical industry, I decided to try my hand at writing fiction. As a journalism minor in college, I always had a love for it, but never seemed to have the time to sit down and actually do it. After some major encouragement from my husband, I bit the bullet and as a result, the Guardians of Vesturon came into being. I hope to continue this series and also to branch out into other areas.

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Reviews

Review by: mandy I Read Indie anderson on Feb. 05, 2013 :
This book was a struggle for me to read throughout most of the book. There were several parts that I thought weren't really necessary...like her whole collage life at the beginning of the book. A lot of the scenes were continuous talking and talking and talking. I think if the author did a little more showing and little less talking it would have been better; at least in my opinion. I seriously thought about putting it down for some time and maybe revisiting it at a later date. But a good friend told me to hang with it...that the story would definitely be worth it.

And this is where we get to the part I love. I absolutely loved the ending. So much so, I am eager to see what happens to Maddie and Rayn in RESURRECTION. And the twist that happened towards the end? WHOA! I so did not see that coming. Well I might have, but thought I was having crazy thoughts so I let it go. And then BAM! Hargrove was like 'Oh yeah I went there…you weren’t imagining things'. But I will admit I am a little worried about a love triangle. Guess we have to wait and see.

Some of my favorite scenes were from Rayn’s POV. Woo boy do I love me some Rayn. He stole the show and made the book worth reading. But I wasn’t entirely fond of Maddie. She seemed a little too flaky and clumsy for me. I am hoping as the series goes on, she will grow on me. Oh and I absolutely loved Rayn’s sister, Sharra. Poor gal, she butchered all of my favorite American slang phrases. But it was hilarious to hear her try and say them. When corrected she would brush it off and keep going.

Yes, the book starts slow…but hang with it!! I promise you will be happy you did and love that ending as much as I did. Cause here I am, after finishing the book, and I am completely giddy and excited with anticipation for the next one.
(review of free book)

Review by: Gina S on Aug. 26, 2012 :
 4.5...

First of all, I love how the book is broken up into 4 'mini' books. Bringing with it a change in perspective, as well as with every few chapters the change in P.O.V. We have a set of characters for each 'book' that it can change P.O.V to, it does include setting changes as well.

While we are in the protagonist, Maddie's point of view, we get left with her either speaking formally as the Guardians do, or in her usual American slang. It's weird to switch formalities so many times. it is random as well, sometimes she feels as if she needs to speak formally, whereas others it seems like she lets go the control out of her tone and language that she can actually be herself and not ahve to speak as mature as she is, especially without her parents we see her desire to prove she is mature. However, it is her actions that defines her as this, not so much as by the formality in her tone. (Yes, there is some, but her use of American slang does not diminish this.)

Another thing I love about this book is how, even though we mainly see and know more than Maddie, we expect everything that happens as well as come to more understanding when she finds out, as we are given more information about certain topics in the book when she finds out about it. Although not much of a big fan of the unexpected seeing as we know most things that happen, but I love the way that we are hanging onto the information we already know and try to guess for it to strike Maddie's life. This also includes the meaning and story behind the occurrence.

When we are in the brothers' perspective, we see that Maddie starts to get annoying with everything that she does to try and help. It brings light to the story as well as the added laugh, and is there as a bit of fluff (if you get what I mean), yet the fluff is not particularly noticable, we would miss this bit of it were taken out. This brings a new side to Maddie's character that we start to discover along with the brothers.

We feel sorry for Rayne and Maddie and their complicated relationship. Awww, forbidden love! it will never cease to exist (well, it does make for a good story). Sometimes, however, we feel that everyone in the book only cares about looks and calling each other "hot" and "drop dead gorgeous", which does annoy me because to me they are terms that don't express or convey any actual feelings and emotions like for in the context it was brought into.

Like I previously explained, the book is majorly predictable (although this is without being shown/told the information/situation). Yet it still doesn't quite annoy us as much as many others do because there are other elements brought into the scene that still make it interesting to read and push through.

At the end of the book, a lot of questions are still left unanswered, making us anxious to read the second novel. The cliffhanger at the end makes me suspect that book 2, could lead onto 'mini' book 5?
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Becky Paulk on Aug. 11, 2012 :
I loved Survival! It was unlike anything I have ever read before. I love Maddie's character and I love that you quickly love her character because of the terrible events that take place. You start rooting for her from page one. I loved the romance in this novel and thought it was perfect. Me being a romance nut I of course wouldn't have minded more cuteness, but what was there was good enough for me. The ending is a HUGE cliffhanger and I am dying to find out what happens. I recommend this to those who love YA paranormals and are looking for a new paranormal to fall in love with. I will definitely be continuing on with this series!
(review of free book)

Review by: Ray Chelle on June 12, 2012 :
Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating.

I enjoyed the first 25% - 45% of the book thoroughly - it highlights the struggles and friendships Maddie has to go through after she suffers by losing her father. For example, you watch Maddie settle into a comfortable and relatively enjoyable lifestyle, by making friends, going to dances, attending college, potentially gaining a second family etc. You also meet Darryl Carter - I found his story and point of view especially interesting, even though some of his thoughts were quite disturbing. He definitely brought more action and caused many developments.

During that part of the book, Maddie's character was moving, strong, and brave. Having lost two parents, but still continuing with her life was quite remarkable in my opinion. Moreover, she's able to camp overnight in mountains, in freezing snow - I wouldn't be able to do that, even with the help of my parents. And even after that, she's able to *spoiler* run from a murderer (Darryl) after being stabbed - if I was in her position, I would cry, beg for mercy, etc. - but I wouldn't be able to fight. That's what I admired about her *end spoiler*

However, after Book 1 ended, I felt the story went a little downhill. On the positive side, it was interesting to learn about the Guardians and Vesturon (aliens is quite rare in PNR nowadays... I'll give Hargrove that!) and their technology. Moreover, I found the bonds that the Guardians had with their families were admirable, and classic in terms of loyalty. However, I found Rayn's insta-love towards Maddie, as well as her reaction towards Rayn, a little cliche and slightly annoying. Moreover, Rayn and Maddie seemed perfect to me (except for Maddie's clumsiness, I suppose). I also felt that the story didn't really go anywhere, except during the end and when *spoiler* Rayn was taken to Vesturon *spoiler*. Nevertheless, I suppose I enjoyed this book, and I would read the next book because of the cliffhanger and the impending mystery regarding the Council, and the potential for the developing of characters like Xarrid, Sharra, Tesselar, and Rykerien.

Relatively quick (I think), sweet, full of romance, and easy-to-read, Survival is a relatively enjoyable read, and recommended for teenage girls who gush over paranormal romance (like Twilight)
(review of free book)

Review by: Lauren Oaster on May 04, 2012 :
This book really flew by, and I did not want to put it down once I started. It also had a great romantic twist. The book follows Madeline, a teenager who's rough life includes losing both of her parents and being stalked and left for dead by a serial killer. She is saved by some unlikely rescuers. A really enjoyable read!
(review of free book)

Review by: lfsims on May 02, 2012 :
It was alright in some spots it felt like it dragged on a little. It was hard to stay involved in the book.
(review of free book)

Review by: Tuba Maryam on March 08, 2012 :
I got this e-book from the author through ‘Shut up and read – Read and reap it’ for reviewing.

Survival starts off with Maddie- our lead character as she starts collage and tells her roommates about her tragic life. Both her parents had died and she had no other relatives. On a hiking trip, she gets caught by a mad man who wants to kill her. After being severely injured, she gets found by some strange people who cure her. There in those caves, she meets Rayn to whom she is really attracted. He is hiding things from her and she is determined to figure them out…

The one thing I really liked about this book is that the story was unique. The plot was full of suspense. There were a few twists in the story. There was action, adventure, drama, romance and everything in this book. I really like how this book keeps you guessing!
I liked this book but there were parts where I was disappointed. There was repetition of phrases and dialogues that made the book boring at some parts and the flashbacks were just too much for me. The love story also felt ‘unreal’ at some parts.

Overall, this book was an okay read for me. I am planning on reading the sequel and I hope that it will be better.
(review of free book)

Review by: jodie nielsen on March 03, 2012 :
I had big expectations for this book and I was disappointed. I did like it, but not allot.
there were several times that things were said or hinted at that never happened and the repetition of phrases and sentences was way over the top.
It really started to drive me crazy. I cant put my finger on the other reasons this book was hard for me but in general the characters and the story itself went back and forth from believable to unbelievable, realistic to unrealistic to many times. There were references at least 3 times to events and personality traits that I recognized from other shows I've seen and books I've read. Her clutzy accident prone issues were way over the top and I found myself not believing it.
I do feel invested in the story and have mixed emotions about the next book. I hope it gets better and I can leave a better review next time.
(review of free book)

Review by: jodie nielsen on March 03, 2012 : (no rating)
I had big expectations for this book and I was disappointed. I did like it, but not allot.
there were several times that things were said or hinted at that never happened and the repetition of phrases and sentences was way over the top.
It really started to drive me crazy. I cant put my finger on the other reasons this book was hard for me but in general the characters and the story itself went back and forth from believable to unbelievable, realistic to unrealistic to many times. There were references at least 3 times to events and personality traits that I recognized from other shows I've seen and books I've read. Her clutzy accident prone issues were way over the top and I found myself not believing it.
I do feel invested in the story and have mixed emotions about the next book. I hope it gets better and I can leave a better review next time.
(review of free book)

Review by: Lissa Smith on March 01, 2012 :
It was another one of those I saw the cover and didn’t bother reading the blurb. It was eye catching, considering I hold a family annual passes to the Planetarium. And what you know, I was right! I absolutely loved it. Hargrove did an excellent job at choosing her cover pic. I was especially elated to learn that the cover indeed has meaning that can be discovered while reading.
Survival— from the series Guardians of Vesturon a perfect title for this book as that is just what Maddi seems to keep doing through the entire book. It seems as she just can’t catch a break. Hargrove does an excellent job weaving such a masterful mystery while giving us a little taste of romance with just enough laughs out loud and heart wrenching moments to keep the pages turning.

The magic of character development? Check. Yes, I know Maddi is the strong, fierce willed woman who has to drudge through one bad thing after another. I would have cracked myself. But we can’t dismiss Mr. Yummy himself Ryan. (Mover over John Smith you have been replaced!) The one who is used to getting his ways and never being question… has met his match in Maddi. And the siblings I smell sibling rivolry and if so the CW’s newest hit… (You will be out to Salvador brothers). Now I can’t over look the other brother’s and the sole sis can I. They bring warmth to the pages when dealing with Maddi, got to love them for that! However, the Rayn’s dads… not my cup tea in his short visit.

I enjoyed the way Hargrove gives you clues as to what the Guardian is and lets you draw your own conclusion. Then reveals it to the reader’s but is hesitant to reveal himself to Maddi. Writing is hard and when a story is weaved with multiple storylines it even harder. When it’s a sequel it’s imperative that the reader is satisfied. And I was!

It was terrific read and I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on Resurrection, with Maddi fighting death again, Rayn feeling her pain unable to get to her and the sibling not able to find her and let’s not forget her dead parents are with her. And what is the mark she has on her back? Is it possible something lingers with in her bloodline?

Disclosure: I participated in Read it Reap in the Shut Up & Read Group and a copy was provided to me by the author. No payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was not any obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist, or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Delilah Draken on Feb. 28, 2012 :
I got this book to review from the Read It & Reap project.This book really did nothing for me.

I am sad to admit that I didn't even finish it. I tried, oh how I tried, but the writing style threw me out of the story practically every second sentence.

This is how the plot looked from my point of view: Main character arrives at college, meets the room mates, *sqwee*-ing happens, "oh, dreadful me, my life has been dreadfully dreadful until I came here" happens with much exposition, more *sqwee*, dress shopping comes and goes, stilted dialogue pertaining a creepy moment on the street happens, a dance with a perfect boy that does nothing for the main character is next, ending with more *sqwee* and exposition and "dear girl, you should open your heart to love because you are just dreadfully dreadful afraid" from room mate.

All the time my mind was going along the lines of "shouldn't there be aliens here?" and "what does the soap opera emotionalism has to do with a love story with an alien?".

There I was, somehow expecting a story that would remind me of Starman (if you know the movie with Jeff Bridges, that is), and what I got was this...

On the other hand, from all the four and five star reviews this book seems to get, there must be something that is worth reading inside the story. Too bad that I was not able to find it.
(review of free book)

Review by: Elizabeth Gorski on Feb. 28, 2012 :
Madeline “Maddy” Mariah Pearce has had a difficult life. Beginning with the loss of her mother at the age of 11 followed by the loss of her father her senior year of high school. Now, leading right up to the present, when an unknown man has her in his sights and is simply waiting for the perfect moment to strike. What Maddie doesn’t know, is that horrible tragedies can lead to wonderful, life altering experiences…If only you have the faith to take that chance, believe and perhaps learn to love again.

Survival, written by A.M. Hargrove, is a paranormal romance. At least, that’s how she has it classified. Truthfully, it probably belongs straddling the fine line between paranormal romance and suspense thriller, if such a line exists.

When I began reading Survival, it was unclear how it was classified as a paranormal romance. Eleven chapters in and I was nothing short of incredibly confused. There wasn’t a shred of paranormal anything to be found. There was, however, plenty of back story, flashbacks, point-of-view changing and suspense thriller action to leave me scratching my head and wondering if I had somehow chosen the wrong book from my bookshelf.

Back stories and flash backs can be wonderful tools. Especially flashbacks, they are a creative sort of way to tell…oh wait, they tell more back story. And therein lies one of my biggest issues, the back stories and the flash backs were repetitive. We already had the back story to explain Maddie’s past, why did we need to hear about her telling her roommates and having flash backs her first day of college? (Side note: Who does that anyway?)

The point-of-view changes were also more of the same. First, we experienced a situation through Maddie’s ‘eyes’. Then it was retold in third person through another character’s ‘eyes’. It was more of the same. It left me feeling like A.M. Hargrove knew she needed to write something there but she wasn’t sure what; so she went with what she (and the reader) already knew. Never mind the fact, that the POV changes were disconcerting until you got used to them.

Chapter Twelve, everything changed.

I’m going to be brutally honest here. When I reached Chapter Twelve and finally found out how it was a paranormal romance; I was shocked. Then I laughed. Of all the theories I had formulated in my head, I didn’t see this one coming. Looking back now, at the synopsis, I can see it. But when I initially read it, I didn’t get this vibe.

I have one final minor issue. Please stop using the phrase, “Shut up!” I know that people often have ‘catch phrases’, which we use far more than we probably should, however; for me, it’s one thing to hear it from a person on a regular basis and something else entirely to read it, a lot.

In the end, I gave Survival, by A.M. Hargrove, 2.5 ribbons/stars. I would have liked to give it more but there were just too many issues, however; it did capture my attention. I am now invested in the story. I need to know what happens to Maddie, no matter how I feel about Survival, which is the sign of a good author. That nagged at me for a while though.

Why if I didn’t care for the main story line, was I so invested? Why do I feel that A.M. Hargrove has a talent for this? Then it hit me. A.M. Hargrove is trying to fit into a mold, which is popular right now. Paranormal romances are all the rage since Twilight hit the scene. I think she has missed the mark and may very well miss her ‘calling’. The parts of Survival I enjoyed the most were the suspense thriller portions. She wrote those exceptionally well. She captured the emotions of everyone involved. She described things in perfect detail without repeating or back-tracking. It was engaging and everything a suspense thriller novel should be which left the paranormal romance portions of Survival lacking. I think if A.M. Hargrove were to try a different genre like the thriller suspense half of her book, she would be dead on and the novel would likely be a huge success.
(I was given this book to read and review.)
(review of free book)

Review by: Leanne Goon on Feb. 27, 2012 :
*Received e-book through Read It and Reap program from the Shut Up and Read! Goodreads group from author;
**Also posted on Amazon.com under Leanne



Survival is the story of Maddie, a 19-year old attending college after losing both parents at a young age, who becomes the victim of a serial killer and is rescued by an alien race called the Vesturions. The novel is divided into four books, 1) mostly Maddie’s point-of-view up to when she is recuperating from her ordeal, 2) mostly Rayn’s point-of-view, the Guardian who rescues her, 3) mostly 3rd person narrative of the romance that continues after Maddie is healed, and 4) mostly 3rd person narrative of the events that occur during their separation when Rayn must answer to the Vesturion Council for daring to mate with a human.



I liked how Hargrove divided the book in four parts, but felt that the first book (~40% of the novel) was a bit disjointed. This was due to the switch from Maddie’s POV to 3rd person narrative to the serial killer’s (Darryl) POV. The storyline did not seem to flow well and the dialogue was a bit off; for example, when Maddie talks about her past to new friends at college, the words she used appeared to be more mature than her years, even flat at times. This appeared to be Hargrove’s method to tell the reader Maddie’s past experiences, but unfortunately did not provoke a strong emotional response, which I believed was a lost opportunity to relate/bond to the protagonist. This was also apparent with Darryl’s section – again I think Hargrove could have evoked more horror and revulsion of his personal history better by “showing” rather than “telling”. The switching POVs also augmented the lack of connection with the characters.



On the other hand, I did like the remaining books of Survival. I was delighted in learning more of the Venturion race as I appreciated Hargrove’s detailed descriptions. In addition, I took delight in reading about Rayn’s family, especially his brother, Rykerian, and his sister, Sharra, who had an amusing tendency to mix up human slang and figures of speech. The integration of Maddie into Rayn’s home was hilarious at times and positively charming. Hargrove was able to create a Maddie that was more endearing to the reader and I found myself becoming more emotionally involved in the story. The last three books were a refreshing and welcome contrast to the first book.



Overall, Survival was an interesting read with an unusual twist – aliens versus the numerous vampire and werewolf books currently flooding the stores. I enjoyed the interplay with most of the characters. With the tense cliffhanger at the end, I plan to read the next book in the series, Resurrection. I would recommend this to young adult readers, who are fans of Twilight and similar series, but not necessarily older adults.
(review of free book)

Review by: Michelle Chew on Feb. 27, 2012 :
One thing I don't like about this book is the constant change of POV in the first half of the book. The scene alternates between Maddie, the villian and Rayn. Though it gives insights as to what each character is feeling, in my opinion, the scenes are somewhat retold.

But it got better towards the second half of the book where the POV turns consistent. Clumsy Maddie is seriously interesting to read! The bond between Rayn and Maddie is strong and unbreakable (it's sort of a instant connection between the two of them). And the author left me hanging at the end!! Now I need the second book to know what will happen to Maddie and Rayn.

Overall, a pleasant read with a tinge of comedy (Maddie) in it. This book has potential in it.

4 Stars for Survival.
(review of free book)

Review by: CS Lune on Feb. 26, 2012 :
One question: How did Maddie survived??? This question baffles me. I don't mean to be rude to the character, or insensitive and cold-heart, but it escapes me the logical reason of how she survived.

First of all, I will like to say that this review will be loaded with spoilers and honest, definitely honest, remarks and opinions.

I would like to start saying that this was a ____(I'll let you fill in the blank)______ ride all over again. -fingernails on chalkboard- you get the idea. I cringed at all the spots where I could tell this was possibly a rip-off, but with a set of very different characters.

Basic story line: Clumsy, accident-prone, pretty but thinks no one believes so, girl goes hiking in the mountains. She is attacked by a stranger who randomly decided to capture her and torture her, rescued by someone who irradiates "incandescent beauty" (quoting from the book. reminds you of someone else?), is brought home by this handsome stranger with "dark looks" to be look after by him and his nice, beautiful family. When the family finds out she is human everything goes kaboom! and they say it's impossible for them to be together, but nobody listens (obviously). Stuff happens and next thing you know, they want to get marry but do not want to have sex before they're married (sounds familiar??). Family of the guy is super rich and have these expensive, sporty cars. Everyone loves to run. The clumsy girl is given all the riches anyone would want. Ending: horrible cliffhanger, which translates into: the story cannot stand on itself. It is crippled and needs crutches, direly.

Now, enough ranting about the plot. Let me get into the technical side. This story was messy, especially with all the switches of perspectives. First Maddie, then Rayn, and then a third person perspective. Somewhere in Maddie's perspective, the third-person perspective of the killer is thrown into, which tipped me off and confused me for a minute. I felt much of what happened during Rayn's perspective was just repetition of what happened during Maddie's. Nothing new, except that Rayn explains about his world and his duties and professes love for Maddie. A "love" which we already know because the author made a great job at telling us how much love they had for each other.

More about the technical part: I was annoyed by all the flashbacks Maddie has about her family and their deaths. Yes, they're tragic, but do we really need to be reminded of them all the time? These flashbacks were really confusing because I lost track of time. Also, Hargrove provided us with a book that was a "tell" almost on all its entirety. Where is the "show rather than tell" that all good authors should abide to? Was this book even edited?

It was really hard to connect with the characters. The love relationship between the two was so distant and unbelievable. Maddie was selfish, at best, because even though Rayn gave everything to her (for no apparent reason to do it, just because he is plain stupid) she is still thinking of herself. Let's get into the realistic factor, shall we?

Back to the first question, how the heck Maddie survived after being slashed across the face, heavily bruised, with several cuttings in her body, shot with arrows (?!?!?!), and then falling almost from a 30 ft free fall. It is impossible. She didn't even once cried for pain, it would have been humane for Hargrove to at least describe some of the pain because that was pure torture and slaughter. Maddie seemed "cool" with it. Oh, first of all, who goes camping on the mountains alone?

Rayn rescues her, and he immediately has feelings for her, declaring to his family that he wants to make Maddie his mate. Man, that was fast. Obviously the family opposes because they're from two separate worlds but Rayn doesn't care because he loves her so much.

Much thing happen in the middle. Which also annoyed me was the fact that Maddie wasn't into Rayn at first, but then suddenly she loves him. There was no gradual change or growth. It was just spontaneous. Rayn's family loves Maddie (except one). Rayn takes Maddie to a ride in one of his luxurious cars. Maddie is a rude girl, at least for me, she is not grateful, I don't even think she said "thank you" to Rayn and his family for all the attention they've given her.

The humor in this book was trite and plain silly. Is taking advantage of an alien for not knowing how to correctly say English phrases and slangs humorous? Maddie was teaching Rayn's sister how to correctly say things, like "blur, blur blur", "Spat it out", etc. etc. This was not funny. I don't like Maddie. She is not patient, nice, or kind.

Maddie starts to miraculously walk again after the prognostic that her spine was deeply severed. What happened to her face? Did it healed completely without leaving a scar? I suppose so because Rayn said she was beautiful. I don't know. She also camps out in the mountains again, even after her attack. There was no nervousness from her part, which led me to believe she had already forgotten because Hargrove never mentioned any uncomfortably from Maddie's part.

In the final part of the book, they go camping in the mountains again, and Maddie's attacker attacks her again. Why did he even bother to attack and torture her in the first place? Again, he does horrible things to her and she seems "cool" with it. Like it doesn't hurt that you're being cut in the flesh and shot arrows at. I would have died of pain if I were Maddie.

And we're left with a cliff-hanger, which is something very unnecessary if you ask me because this book cannot stand on its own. I don't even know the solid plot for this book, other than the characters developing feelings (that weren't even there) for each other, making it into a love story that fails. But anyway, the cliff-hanger is there, and the answer seems pretty obvious.

Which one would you decide, go with the dead parents or back to the living world with a man "you love"? I mean, it is plain obvious what she is going to choose. If she were to choose her parents, the dead over the living, there isn't much of a second installment, right?

Throughout this book, I suffered a severe case of constant eye-roll.

Disclaimer: I mean no offense to the author or anyone who liked this book. I'm sure your reasons for liking it are grounded and acceptable. I'm just sorry I cannot see it your way.
(review of free book)

Review by: CJHayez on Feb. 26, 2012 :
So we are introduced to Maddie who has had a rough life, losing both her parents before she turns 20, she is then abducted while on a hike....alone!!! While she manages to escape due to survival training she learned from her father, she is discovered by a group of people who provide safety for the people of the particular area where she is located, it is there where she meets Rayn Yarrister, the Guardian of the Vesturon. From that point on their chemistry sizzles and a relationship between the two is inevitable because they are drawn to eachother like a bee to honey!! It is when Rayn risks everything for Maddie that she learns who he really is and learns how deeply he truly feels for her and she is forced to make a choice, let him risk everything important to him for love or walk away from their strong connection to ensure his safety. What will she choose??? I give nothing away because I feel spoilers stink but the scenes that include his brothers and sisters and their interactions with Maddie had me laughing so hard I was nearly in tears! There are plenty of comical scenes, as well as romantic and some hard to get through scenes with her captor. All in all I would say this is a good read, very even paced with a fair amount of action and emotionally driven plots, never a dull moment!! Maddie learns to heal a lot throughout this book and learns to love, as well as how to trust and let down the walls that she has learned to put up due to all the loss she has has endured. I think the author did a great job with making Maddie stay true to her morals even when she is faced with an overly gorgeous and sensual male like Rayn who tempts her constantly, I thought that was rare and I truly found that endearing. That also never happens!! But this was a good read, I love the twisted plot that she has worked into this story and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel to find out just who is behind it and why!!! The Yarristers are hilarious and genuine and Maddie is just truly an all around endearing and motivated lead character, also very comical....good read.
(review of free book)

Review by: Wendy Hoffman on Feb. 25, 2012 :
I recieved this ebook for review but that has in no way effected my opinion.
Summary:
Maddie has had several horrible things happen to her in the past. She has lost both of her parents and has decided to spend this christmas in the woods hinking. She is attacked by a man and barely escapes. She is found very close to death in the woods and is nursed back to health. Maddie awakens to Ryne the leader of the group. There is an instant connection, but Ryne is not of this world. He is a first born son of the planet Vesturon.
My Thoughts:
I just loved this book from start to finish. I could not stop reading it. The chemistry between Maddie and Ryne is phenominal. I am certainly looking forward to diving into book two, Especially since there was a cliffhanger at the end that has left me dying to know what will happen.
I definately highly recomend this title. I will also be looking for more titles by A.M Hargrove in the future.
(review of free book)

Review by: Rebhamm on Feb. 24, 2012 :
Maddie Pearce is a young girl all alone in the world. Both of her parents were taken away from her
before the age of 19. It leaves her a bit lost and numb as you would expect. Thank goodness for college and good friends. But while hiking by herself on Christmas, Maddie's life is changed forever. She becomes the target of a crazed serial killer, meets an ancient society of healers and gorgeous Guardian named Rayn that draws her like a moth to a flame. Nothing in her life will ever be the same.

This was such a unique and interesting story. I felt like it was a bit rushed in the beginning, trying to get us caught up on her backstory, and Rayn's, but I think that's part of it being a first book in a series. I always say that first books are the hardest to get into because they have to establish the characters, their background story, their histories, etc. But I'm happy to say that once the book got past that and really hit the main story it was really good.

I was worried about Maggie being such a young girl and having never been in a real relationship before, never wanting to be in a real relationship before, and now she was suddenly head over heels for Rayn. But she proved to be very level-headed and it was handled very well. Rayn and his family were unique and fun. I really enjoyed the Sharbabble.
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Review by: Lily on Feb. 23, 2012 :
I finished this book for two main reasons:

1. This book was kindly shared by the author on Goodreads for the purposes of review.
2. There were 4 star and 5 star ratings that made me a) feel like I was missing something and needed to stick it out & b) I really wanted to give it a chance and see for myself what prompted the high ratings.

I approach every new book with an interesting synopsis with the same level of anticipation and excitement, and avoid reviews so I remain unbiased. But 20% in, I had to take a peek, and found some very good reviews. But unfortunately, this book was simply, not for me. I struggled to get through this book. Overall, I could only see myself simply giving it a 2 star rating. Though I initially was going to give it a 1 star, I will acknowledge that the story itself was interesting, but the way it was presented made me lose my mind.

Why was I losing my mind?

1. The “show” ratio was at an all-time low – Please show, not tell! I understand that some information needs to be delivered in a ‘telling’ fashion, but not 90% of the book! Telling me the story doesn’t help me to empathize, connect, whatever you want to call it, with any character of this story.

2. Over dramatic interactions – ok… maybe I am being too technical, but I found myself rolling my eyes at all the exclamation marks and all the emphasizing of words. Most of the time they were not necessary. On the non-technical side, who actually meets four people for the first time in a dorm and recounts all their painful feelings and memories about their parent’s death, and repeats endlessly how agonizing and heartbreaking it all was? Maybe it’s just me here, but I just couldn’t relate. I don’t know many people that would be so willing to share so much, and so intensely to strangers right off the bat. And I don’t know if I want to get into the interactions between Maddie and her love interest, Rayn. I will leave it as “over the top”.

3. The Ever Changing POVs – I’ve read some books with lots of POV changes. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. In this case, for me, it didn’t work at all. If the changes in POV had been more parallel to the time of the story, than maybe I would have overlooked this, but it drove me crazy. I was pretty sure that I was a couple of weeks’ time into the story with Maddie, after her rescue, then BAM I am back to pre-injured Maddie being chased in the woods, through psycho’s eyes. Man, was I confused. Then 3 pages in I realized, I was re-reading a scene that had already happened! How confusing! Would have worked better if they were, as I mentioned prior, more parallel to each other, so that the story flowed more fluently.

I will say this. I give anyone that writes a novel from start to finish a fist pump. And I will also acknowledge that some people saw something in this book that they really enjoyed. The way the story was told didn’t do it for me, but it was a good story. It was imaginative, and interesting. I was excited and eager to read it, and I made it through to the end even though I felt that it didn’t deliver for me. I wish the author, as I do all authors that put their works out there to be read, scrutinized, and enjoyed much success.
(review of free book)

Review by: sarah uk on Feb. 22, 2012 :
(I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis)

Maddie has led a difficult life. Her mother was killed in a road traffic accident when she was 11, and then in her senior year of high school her father had a heart attack and died. Left all alone with no other family, Maddie has done her best to keep going, and has now started at university.

Worse is to come though when Maddie decides to go camping over Christmas because she used to go camping with her dad all the time. Hiking in the mountains on christmas day, she doesn't notice the strange man coming towards her until they are right on top of each other. Maddie knows that something is wrong, and her fears are confirmed when the man then attacks her, cutting her and drugging her.

Waking up the next morning in a cabin, Maddie takes the only opportunity she has to escape, and makes a run for it. The man soon catches up with her though, and shoots her with a crossbow.

Hit twice, Maddie stumbles over a ledge and sustains a 30 feet fall, leaving her with a broken back and dying.

Maddie’s dead mother appears to her and tells her to hold on, help is coming. Maddie assumes that she is hallucinating, but then a short time later hears voices, and people telling her that they have to move her.

Waking sometime later she is in a cave being cared for, and meets a man who the people refer to as ‘the guardian’. He instantly calms her, and even in the midst of her pain and confusion she recognises him to be the most beautiful man she has ever seen. Over the weeks they talk and bond, and Maddie knows that she has fallen in love with him.

One day, the guardian – or Rayn, tells her that he must leave her and disappears, leaving Maddie broken hearted.

Sometime after this she finds herself in a regular hospital, having no memory of` her time after the fall, and no idea what has happened in the intervening weeks. She is treated for her injuries, but remains paralysed from the waist down due to her severed spinal cord.

Maddie begins to get her life back on track, but begins having dreams of Rayn, although she doesn’t know who or what he is. One night Rayn comes to her house and offers to take her away somewhere where she can be healed, but she can then never return to her life.

Maddie turns him down.

The story then changes to Rayns perspective, and we find out what he really is – he’s an alien, and along with his brothers, they look after the spirit people – the people who cared for Maddie in the cave, and help people who sustain injuries on the mountain.

Rayn instantly recognises Maddie as his mate from the first time he sees her, but knows that his father would never allow him to have a relationship with a human, so for her own good he has her moved to the hospital, even though he can’t stop thinking about her. (This is a repeated telling of how Maddie ends up in the hospital, but from Rayns perspective).

Rayn then goes to The Devine Being (his God) for advice, who tells him that Maddie is his destiny. Rayn begins to visit Maddie every night while she sleeps, and realises that she is having the same dreams as he has, and so tells his brother that he believes she is his mate, and wants to take her back to their home planet to be healed. His brother tells him he is stupid and will be imprisoned.

When Rayn asks Maddie to go with him and she refuses he is devastated. But even though he said he’d only ask her once, then leave her alone, he decides he must ask her again.

The second time he asks, Maddie has made a complete u-turn and says that she will go with him because she loves him.

They quickly teleport to Rayns home planet, fix up maddie’s injuries in a matter of minutes, then return to earth just as quickly.

Rayns siblings go nuts when they realise what he has done. There is a covenant in place that prevents any humans from going to the other planet because they are more technologically advanced and wouldn’t want to change Earth’s history in any way. Rayn is also the Great Ruler’s (King’s) first born, and next in line to rule. When his father finds out what he has done, he will not only forfeit his birth right, but will probably be imprisoned.

When Maddie hears what Rayn has done to help her, she actually has the nerve to give him a telling off! (Which I thought was quite rude!) and when they eventually kiss, Rayn tells her that he can’t have sex with her before they are married (remind you of anyone?).

I really struggled with this book. I hate to say it but it bored me a bit. I ended up speed reading from about 20% in, right the way to the end because I really couldn’t maintain my motivation to keep reading. Maddie and Rayn were supposedly in love, but there was very little ‘falling’ in love, or even loving behaviour from either of them. They just suddenly loved each other, and after Maddie had been healed they just seemed to start arguing, I’m not even sure if she said ‘thanks’! Also, after everything that Rayn had done for her, when he asks her to marry him, she says ‘can’t we date first?’ The man has given up everything for her and she can’t even say yes?

Even more annoying though was the fact that instantly after Maddie’s spinal cord was refused she was up and walking about. After months of paralysis and disuse her muscles would have been far too weak for her to even stand up unaided, never mind walking! Rayn also decided to take her camping about an hour after her recovery as well which I thought was a little odd. After falling off of a mountain and ending up paralysed I wouldn’t have thought that the first thing Maddie would want to do would to be camping on a mountain!

Some of the things that Maddie said were annoying too, mainly in their repetition, she just kept saying ‘shut up!’ as an exclamation of astonishment, which Rayn didn’t understand, and kept asking him if she had been smoking crack! She was also annoyingly accident prone. The good old alien utilities also came out to play, with teleporters, scanners, and annihilators!

To be honest I really didn’t feel the connection between Maddie and Rayn. They seemed to just ‘know’ that they were meant to be together, but I really didn’t feel any love between them at all. If it had been a film, I would have thought that they were bad actors, that’s the sort of relationship they had. Even when they were trying to refrain from having sex, it was more lust than love.

Overall I was really disappointed with this book cause I really wanted to like it! I’m glad that other people enjoyed this book, but it just didn’t do it for me. The fact that the story ends with a cliff-hanger didn’t endear it to me either, as now if I want to know what happens I have to read the next book too!
2 out of 5. Sorry, A.M. Hargrove.:(
(Book length: 4794 kindle locations)
(review of free book)

Review by: Sitt Elhosn on Feb. 19, 2012 :
When love does not know any boundaries we get to know it once we read this book. It is divided into four parts. In the beginning we read about the life of Maddie, her experiences loosing both of her parents in a young age-now in college trying to do her best with the help of her friend Cathy. She loves the outdoors and hiking in the mountains, until one christmas day where she decides to go backpacking alone through the mountains and gets surprised by a trekker with evil thoughts of hunting.The run begins between life and deaths, she gets so badly injured that she isn't able to reach for help on her own.First it was a little confusing and I couldn't understand why we need to relive the moments before Maddies abduction and afterwards her waking times in the caves of the Nin'hu.Then it made sense, to get a more wider picture of all characters within the story and how they were involved in all of it. Also would the story only be told in the view of Maddie, we wouldn't be able to get a glimpse of what life is like to be a true Vesturion.We wouldn't be able to understand how she got rescued by none other than the guardians of Vesturon, instead of some paranormal miracle, I first thought of. As life cannot become more complicated Maddie falls in love with one of them, Rayn and it doesn't seem that the love between them is one sided.
It's a taboo to transport a human to the planet Vesturon and it is highly punished.Rayn is awaiting his court trial on Vesturon while Maddie is going on with her life down on earth. After both of them have sworn their love to each other, will they be able to see each other, how many tests need to be succeeded so their life together can start.

That is some paranormal romance story between Madeleine aka Maddie Pearce and Rayn who happens to be a humanish acting alien, though differing in both psychological and physical abilities of normal human beings. He is from the planet Vesturon, and is one of the guardians who were stationed around the globe.

It is a lovely story with its ups and downs. I liked the story, though at some points of the story my attention was lowered. I cared more for Maddies part of the story then i cared for the other characters like Rayn and his brothers. I liked the way how the love philosophy of Vesturon is presented, that a shared love is a commitment that needs to be treated with respect like an official statement and is not treated as commonplace.It is one good novel for young adults to lay some foundation of how love should be treated.
I wanted more Maddie inside the story.
But that doesn't keep me away from the 2nd installment of the series,which i will follow up to read.
(review of free book)

Review by: laura thomas on Feb. 19, 2012 :
When Maddie Pierce decided to go packbacking in the Smoky Mountain Park, she was unaware of any danger. Stalked and tortured by a sadistic mad man and left for dead, she is rescued by Rayn. Who is this strikingly handsome savior and what does his presence mean for Maddie.
Join Maddie as she struggles to overcome her injuries and accept that her world has been changed forever.
I really enjoyed being swept away by this story and look forward to more of the same in Resurrection.
A must read.
(review of free book)

Review by: Janxcdlily on Feb. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
Spoiler Alert:
Survival is a book about a young woman whose life was altered when she became a victim of a sadistic serial killer,which unleashed a chain of events that brought her to discover not only her true love but the existence of completely different world. The book started off somewhat like an informal conversation and it was easy flowing however I did not understand why the author would want to reiterate two of the chapters. Then the story became a little difficult to follow but then it took off. The book is interesting as are the characters and it does have it's funny and endearing moments. However I'm a little irked that it ended so abruptly but I do look forward to find out how Maddie and Rayn fair in the next book.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sheri on Feb. 10, 2012 :
This book was so full of emotion. I laughed, I cried (yep, really did), and then laughed some more!

The characters were well thought out, each with their own personality and each easily identified, which was important in the last chapters where we get different points of view all thrown in together. Surprisingly, the author did a terrific job with that, and it was not confusing at all. You always knew who was speaking all the time; that's sometimes hard to do.

The main character, Maddie, was fun and seemingly carefree, but she had some hurts to get past, namely losing her mom and dad, and really kept her emotions and feelings bottled up. She was so easy to like and so easy to relate to. I felt there were inconsistencies with Maddie's character, though, in that at times she seemed so strong and fiery, able to stand up for herself, and other times it was like she was the one from another planet and too immature for the character that had being built.

Rayn was sweet and caring, definitely a guy you could fall in love with. I loved reading from his point of view the best. He loves Maddie so much but is so conflicted over his feelings for her. In the end, you know that he would do anything for her.

I love having different points of view in a story, and Survival did not disappoint. The author did a great job of transitioning from one point of view to the next without being confusing. The only thing I really did not like was when we switched from Maddie's to Rayn's point of view for the first time we went back and had to re-read everything that had already happened all over again, this time from a different perspective. While that is not always a bad thing, I think that in this book it did not really change anything about the story or give us any new information, other than maybe show us Rayn's feelings for Maddie, which could have been done without going back so far.

One thing that was absolutely amazing in this book was the imagery. The descriptions of the scenery, the mountains, etc., was so beautiful, I wished I was there. The author did a great job creating this world, and even though I'm not a hiker, I could picture the mountains and trails in my head as I was reading.

I really enjoyed the author's writing style. It was simple and easy, which went well with the flow of the story. My only real complaint about this book would be…the end! I cannot believe we were left hanging! Good thing the next book in the series is now out!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tess Watson on Feb. 03, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this read! I did think it was a little rocky close to the beginning. The conversations between Maddie and her best friend Cat were a little un-natural at times, but everything else I loved! The Prologue had me hooked from the start, so it was easy to ignore any bumpiness in the writing.
Maddie really has gone through it ALL! I mean just after reading the summary you can see that Maddie is going to have to through Hell and back again, but then in my opinion, I think it was worth it for the Hotty she got out of it!
SWOON! Her Rescuer! Gahhh He is protective, sweet, and pretty masochistic. He also has the most beautiful green eyes and wavy black hair! ahhh! *fanning myself
I absolutely LOVE Maddie! She is a heroine for sure who can pretty much endure anything. She is strong willed and independent. She also drips in sarcasm at times and I love that. She always keeps her wits about her, but at the same time follows her heart.
Most of the book is very well written. I never felt lost except sometimes I lost myself in the story! I also really loved how Hargrove was able to write the same scenes in both Maggie and her Rescuers point of view and kept it interesting.

This book is definitely worth the read and right now it is FREE so go grab it!
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Review by: Tess Watson on Feb. 03, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this read! I did think it was a little rocky close to the beginning. The conversations between Maddie and her best friend Cat were a little un-natural at times, but everything else I loved! The Prologue had me hooked from the start, so it was easy to ignore any bumpiness in the writing.
Maddie really has gone through it ALL! I mean just after reading the summary you can see that Maddie is going to have to through Hell and back again, but then in my opinion, I think it was worth it for the Hotty she got out of it!
SWOON! Her Rescuer! Gahhh He is protective, sweet, and pretty masochistic. He also has the most beautiful green eyes and wavy black hair! ahhh! *fanning myself
I absolutely LOVE Maddie! She is a heroine for sure who can pretty much endure anything. She is strong willed and independent. She also drips in sarcasm at times and I love that. She always keeps her wits about her, but at the same time follows her heart.
Most of the book is very well written. I never felt lost except sometimes I lost myself in the story! I also really loved how Hargrove was able to write the same scenes in both Maggie and her Rescuers point of view and kept it interesting.

This book is definitely worth the read and right now it is FREE so go grab it!
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Review by: Julie Odron on Feb. 03, 2012 :
Survival is adequately titled, for it is a story about a girl, Maddie, that has an almost uncanny strength(mentally and physically) to survive an onslaught of events. An intriguing and new view about beings from another world, the Guardians. It was refreshing, fun and even thrilling at times. Survival is written in four parts(or Books), the first is where we get introduced to Maddie Pearce as she begins a new adventure at collage. Maddie is honest, cunning, perceptively smart, fierce at times and very determined. Although she is written as a nineteen year old, she comes across younger and inexperienced in some aspects of life. Some readers may find this endearing where others might be slightly frustrated. We also get a look at the psychopath, Darryl, that forever alters Maddie's life. Where Maddie's part is full of emotion, Darryl's is lacking. Not only is it a character change, but the perspective changes from first-person to third-person allowing the reader to get a feel for this crazy, unstable person and what drives him. In Book 2, we get to delve into Rayn's psych, where we get some history about Vesturon and the Guardians. We also get to start with Rayn as he meets Maddie, a positive choice from the author, which gives us more insight into his character and his struggles than if his part started where Maddie's left off. Rayn is honorable, strong, extremely smart and such forth. He is one of the perfect 'heros' that us girls like to read about. Rayn's perspective gives Survival a well-rounded feel and I think the story would be lacking without his thoughts. Although, this is a romantic tale about survival(from many things), I think the readers will feel that this seemed to be more of a back story, setting up plot for the second installment, Resurrection. A good back story, but still a back story. There wasn't a solid sub-plot of evil to overcome until there was only a quarter of the book left. And there was no ending to that sub-plot because it was just beginning, to be continued in the next book. Some may argue that Darryl and his evil ways were a sub-plot, but he disappears until he is needed and ends up leaving the readers with a huge cliff-hanger. There were also things that were mentioned that were just that, mentioned. They were never looked into or explained or brought into the story, but they leave you asking questions like "is that an important detail to keep track of?". A.M. Hargrove does a successful job of drawing her readers in and keeping them interested. I'm almost positive my questions will be answered in the next book! I can only imagine the dilemmas that will be present in Resurrection. Lucky for us, Resurrection is currently out and available for us to snatch up!
(review of free book)

Review by: Alexia Smit on Jan. 02, 2012 :
I have to admit I’ve never liked reading novels about aliens, the whole three eyes, big heads and green bodies theme just never worked for me, but when the alien looks and acts human it’s a different story. Survival is a very interesting read and different to what I usually read, which was a nice change in pace.

Madeline, or rather, Maddie was dealt a heavy blow at a very young age, then a few years later another tragedy strikes. The reader goes through all those emotions with Maddie as well as on the journey of recovery and discovery. Maddie is a born and bred fighter – such an amazing zest for life. She loves adventures and the outdoors. Maddie strongly believes she is a bad luck charm… she has so many mishaps – I caught myself giggling hysterically at some of the ‘accidents’ that involve her.

The male lead character is Rayn… he finds Maddie when she is in a very bad predicament and is instantly attracted to her. They form a bond that is unbreakable. Together they are an unstoppable force and fight for their relationship. They compliment each other so perfectly.

All in all, Survival is a good read and I enjoyed the different spin on the aliens theme. This book ends on a monster of a cliffhanger with Maddie’s life hanging on the line…
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tana on Dec. 16, 2011 :
Survival, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book #1)
By A.M. Hargrove

Survival like the title says is a YA paranormal romance novel, A.M.Hargrove has excellent writing skills this book is well written, the descriptions were good and not overly done, the character development was well thought out and it helped us know a bit about each person we encounter in the story. I was quite surprised on how much I was enjoying this book; it held my interest so much that I couldn’t stop reading and I ending up reading the whole book in one sitting. I really liked the fact that this book was a bit different from the other paranormal books I’ve read lately, instead of vampires or werewolf’s we were reading about beings from another world. Even though these beings are from another planet and more advance then us humans they are still very human like so it wasn’t as far fetch as you would think. There are some sad parts where I had to find my Kleenex and wipe my tears and then there were parts that I laughed out loud, I like when an author can make you feel actual emotions.

A brief overview of this story without giving too much away, I would say this is a story of a young woman who has had to deal with an enormous amount of loss in her life. She is a strong, independent and a heroic character, I love reading about strong independent women. She works through some of her losses and survives and heads to college. She ends up making a few good friends and her life seems to be going well. On a hiking trip during the holidays she ends up getting captured by a very evil man who likes to hunt and kill the women he has taken. Being the survivor she is she plans her escape. Barely surviving this horrific experience she is rescued by a tall handsome mysterious man who helps her recover from her injuries and they both end up feeling a strong connection to each other. Knowing that this cannot happen as they are both from different worlds he walks away. Soon he realizes his mistake and he goes back to find her, she is in the same situation as him she hasn’t been able to forgot him either. But is it possible for the two of them to be together, can she leave the only man she has ever felt safe with? Will the mad man find her again? Will she survive this time? These are all questions you have to go find out by reading this book.

I would recommend this book to any of my friends who enjoy the paranormal romance books; I also have to say that I cannot wait for book 2 to be released. In saying that I will admit when I finished the book I emailed the author right away hoping to find out how much longer I had to wait before I could read book 2. She did mention that it won’t be too long.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tana on Dec. 16, 2011 :
Survival, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book #1)

By A.M. Hargrove

Survival like the title says is a YA paranormal romance novel, A.M.Hargrove has excellent writing skills this book is well written, the descriptions were good and not overly done, the character development was well thought out and it helped us know a bit about each person we encounter in the story. I was quite surprised on how much I was enjoying this book; it held my interest so much that I couldn’t stop reading and I ending up reading the whole book in one sitting. I really liked the fact that this book was a bit different from the other paranormal books I’ve read lately, instead of vampires or werewolf’s we were reading about beings from another world. Even though these beings are from another planet and more advance then us humans they are still very human like so it wasn’t as far fetch as you would think. There are some sad parts where I had to find my Kleenex and wipe my tears and then there were parts that I laughed out loud, I like when an author can make you feel actual emotions.

A brief overview of this story without giving too much away, I would say this is a story of a young woman who has had to deal with an enormous amount of loss in her life. She is a strong, independent and a heroic character, I love reading about strong independent women. She works through some of her losses and survives and heads to college. She ends up making a few good friends and her life seems to be going well. On a hiking trip during the holidays she ends up getting captured by a very evil man who likes to hunt and kill the women he has taken. Being the survivor she is she plans her escape. Barely surviving this horrific experience she is rescued by a tall handsome mysterious man who helps her recover from her injuries and they both end up feeling a strong connection to each other. Knowing that this cannot happen as they are both from different worlds he walks away. Soon he realizes his mistake and he goes back to find her, she is in the same situation as him she hasn’t been able to forgot him either. But is it possible for the two of them to be together, can she leave the only man she has ever felt safe with? Will the mad man find her again? Will she survive this time? These are all questions you have to go find out by reading this book.

I would recommend this book to any of my friends who enjoy the paranormal romance books; I also have to say that I cannot wait for book 2 to be released. In saying that I will admit when I finished the book I emailed the author right away hoping to find out how much longer I had to wait before I could read book 2. She did mention that it won’t be too long.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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