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- Double Clutch: A Brenna Blixen Novel
on Sep. 28, 2011
This was a wonderful debut!
That title... It says it all.
This book was surprisingly amazing. I need a finished paperback copy immediately!!! If I didn't know better, I never would have guessed that it was self-published. I didn't find one mistake worth mentioning, with the editing, plot development, or formatting. It's obvious that there was a lot of time and care taken to create Double Clutch, and I truly appreciate it. In fact, I've read commercially successful books that weren't half as good as Double Clutch by Liz Reinhardt.
First off, I have to talk about the cover. At first glance it's interesting, and a love triangle is to be expected. But once I read this, the cover became one of the best things about this novel, aside from Jake and Saxon ;) It's a perfect representation of what to expect, and I just love that. Sometimes I don't want surprises. Sometimes I want to expect something, and be right. And I was right about Double Clutch, because it was perfect.
Never have I been sucked into the head of a main character and wasn't able to choose between the two men during a love triangle. Jake... Saxon... Jake.... Saxon ERR!!! It's impossible to choose without giving something up that you love. Their personalities were so different, you couldn't help but find something enticing about them. I flip-flopped constantly between Jake to Saxon, then back again, though I'm teetering more towards Jake... okay, I'm betting my money on Jake, but Saxon... oh damn! Jake!!!!!!!
I loved Brenna. As far as female leads go she was great. She was, sweet, non-judgmental, funny and secure with herself, which I found wonderful. Usually female leads tend to doubt themselves and rely on the man to solidify their opinion of themselves. But Brenna didn't need either Jake or Saxon to validate her. They needed her to validate them, and that was just awesome. Also, she was mature enough to acknowledge Thorsten's dedication and love, whereas most teenagers would've whined about spilled milk and be ungrateful and unappreciative that he was even around.
To have a character fall in love with two different men in one day seems interesting, but scary on my end. I was afraid that this would become cheesy and overly done. But I was shocked to find that the transition from Saxon to Jake was exceptionally smooth, so much so that I felt myself slipping with her... But I will say that for a YA novel the sex aspects were too overboard, graphic, and racy for a 15 year old girl. I didn't have a problem with them, but then again, I'm not 16 either, and if that's what you're selling, then you better be prepared for some backlash. If you're cool with that, then go ahead, because the moments shared between Jake and Brenna were beautiful, but otherwise I'd say 16 and up for Double Clutch, even if Brenna wasn't =/
There's going to be a second book! When I saw that at the end I needed to do a little Double Clutch breathing myself haha. I can't wait to read it!!!! I won't read the sneak peak because I'll go insane with rage and longing when it finishes, so I'll just have to wait.
Did I mention that I hate waiting?
Overall this was a wonderful debut, (it's going on my favorites list for sure) one sizzling love triangle, and a great romance. I will absolutely recommend this book.
Jake? Saxon? Jake? ..... Jake! Yeah, I pick Jake. Right? =/
- Twisted Imaginings: Vol 1
on June 07, 2012
I've never really been into short stories. Usually there isn't enough there to satisfy me. Thankfully this short story was different. I don't know what it says about me, or even the author, haha, but I loved it. I like how I even had a chance to be surprised at the end of the first tale. I had no idea Gerald was keeping the women he took in his basement, or that his disgusting mother had never really left him in the first place. I think this would make a good movie, if you add a bit more in the middle. The second tale was frightening and direct. I'm surprised that someone can convey so much into so little. Overall it was a twisted short read, and I will definitely be reading more short stories in the future.