Kristi Fortenberry


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  • Avra's God on Feb. 13, 2013

    Ann Lee Miller does it again!!! 5 stars for Avra's God!! Avra's God is such an uplifting, inspiring story about college aged students who love and serve God. I love everything about this book! It has devotion, romance, turmoil, skepticism, and happy endings! I love how descriptive Ann Lee Miller is with her writing when describing scenes. I feel like I am right there with the characters sucked into their world and emotions. I fell into every emotional scene in this book because of descriptions like this one... "Kallie tilted her head toward him, looking at him for the first time since the song ended. He took a deep breath and leaned toward her. Kallie’s eyes widened. His fingers tightened on hers. Her lips were soft, motionless under his. He pulled away and grinned, tasting triumph and strawberry. Behind her the ducks splashed through a clumsy takeoff" Avra is the constant, the rock, the level headed in her group of friends. At least that is how they see her. In reality Avra second guesses every decision she makes and is constantly seeking reassurance from God. I love how strong Avra is even when she wants to so badly fall prey to life's curve balls that are thrown her way. Then there is Cisco... Oh Cisco... Heads turn everywhere he goes. He is charismatic, funny, good looking, athletic.. And did I mention he is in a band. A drummer at that!! That is another thing I love about this story. It has a rock band with "good boys." Of course the good boys aren't always good... They have their own demons they are working through. Cisco is no exception. He is the personification of life of the party. Outsiders see him as always playing around, laughing, and seems to excudes confidence... But inside he is a insecure boy who doesn't think he is good enough for anyone. All of these issues stem from his home life and his parents divorce. "No, Avra was class—and she didn’t have a clue. What would it be like to kiss class like that? It had to be different from the girls he usually made out with. He wasn’t stupid. He went after those girls because they dished a whole lot more than kisses." A love story about college kids and rock band mates wouldn't be the same without best friends. Lead singer and preacher's kid Jesse is the true skeptic if the group. He feels like he cannot enjoy his life, play rock and roll, and live the rock god lifestyle if God is in charge of his destiny. His dad has high hopes of him taking after his old man and leading the church one day. Jesse, however has different plans that take him down a different road than his dad planned. Then along comes Kallie. Kallie is every boys' dream but is cold as ice on the inside. So much so she is known as the ice queen and a song is written about her iciness. Behind every bitter female is a story, and Kallie has one of her own. Jesse and Kallie have a love/hate relationship for most part of the book. Will they end up as friends, enemies, or lovers??? That was the question I pondered majority of the story! Life happens, twists and turns pull the young lovers apart and tough decisions must be made. Avra's God has it all!! The characters go from being devoted to each other regardless of what type of relationship they have, being devoted to God, questioning everything from each other to their faith, and a little in between! Readers will fall in love with these characters and will find themselves connecting to one or more of them from time to time in the book. Ann Lee Miller did a spectacular job of capturing that questioning nature that young adults have and touched right down to my heart! “Like your God would care about someone like me. He’d whoop my tail like my old man did.” I love how the author writes a book centered around faith without making it sound higher than thou or preachy. What a way to reach out to a large audience of believers and possibly non-believers! Great job Ann Lee Miller!! Keep these inspiring stories coming ... PLEASE!!!
  • Hound Dog (Vol. 4 of the Savannah Rossi Chronicles) on March 09, 2013

    Wow... I devoured this novella in a couple of hours!! What a fast paced, sex infused, sometimes twisted road I just traveled with the two characters Savanna and Jax. These two are like mixing fire and kerosene and you can't help but want to stay and watch how hot their fire gets when combined! Great job Deliza Rafferty at writing a book that can be read quickly, but contain the story elements of a great novel! I give this novella 4.5 stars!! :) Savanna is trying to make it in the rock and roll world and gets an opportunity to work with a well known record producer. Once there, she has high hopes of this could be her moment to shine. That is until the engineer that will be working with her turns his sexy head her way and she realizes that he is a ghost from her past. How are they supposed to work together when all they want to do is rip each other's heads and clothes off! Jax was a young douche bag his first go around with Savanna. He has heard she has changed, but he is getting some first hand experience with her hell cat reputation. I love how Deliza Rafferty took two explosive personality and slammed them together face first to make for a very intriguing time. This book had many great parts to it. I would have to say my favorite was the sex scene in her house. Jax has basically forced himself on her (even if she is secretly begging or it). She climbs on top of him and is riding him like Paul Revere. Right before he releases, she climbs off and walks away. Needless to say this creates a very explosive and entertaining dialogue between the two of them. Out of all the turmoil, sweaty sex, will they/won't they scenarios that occur in Hound Dog there was one stand out relationship that I adored!!! I LOVE Savannah and Jared's friendship and really hope he appears in the novellas that are to come. Jared is her one true gay as she calls him. He has been her friend since high school and is the one that picks up the pieces when she crumbles. Jared is there waiting on call with a bottle of vodka, some snazzy remarks, and his love-able nickname of "Daddy" for Savannah. I can only hope that Savannah and even Jax find forgiveness for their past behavior and maybe reunite and give us some mentally healthier sex scenes in future stories. ;)