Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Storm Front by Lisa N. Paul


The Darker the Storm, The Deeper the Pain...

Love knows no bounds when two people are destined to be together. One fights to maintain the distance; while the other battles to close the gap.

The Brighter the Light at the End…

Will they move forward together or finally close the last remaining door to their past?
It’s time for Ryan and Ashley to decide. But once that decision is made, there will be no going back…

Always Reach for the Light…

A Neighborhood bar where old wounds heal, friends become family, and some…become lovers…
Danny’s on Main is where their story continues… Where they all shelter each other during the…

Storm Front

4.5 Fantastic Stars!

Review by Allison East

Storm Front, is the second novel in Lisa N. Paul’s Charistown Series. I read Thursday Nights a while ago, and I have to say, I enjoyed Storm Front’s plot synopsis even more than the first book. This book left me feeling so darn happy. With all of the sadness that happened in the story, and as angst filled as it was- I was so grateful for how it turned out.

The story is about Ryan and Ashley, childhood friends whose connection was first as friends, but then blossomed into love and then jealousy- and finally ended during a massive hurricane that tears both of their worlds apart.
 Three years after tragedy strikes and Ashley left town- Ryan finally finds her in Charistown, Pennsylvania. And he is still so much in love with her, even though she has changed from sweet virginal Ashley, to rock chick personified, Ash!  It flips from the past, and then covers a span of seven years after.  The plot unfolds slowly, showing love and heartbreak in the past, then angst- SO MUCH ANGST, a couple years in the future.

Ashley’s tragic past has broken her. The only way to describe her as an adult, is Spicy, and that is her nickname when she starts her new job at Danny’s on Main. She carries so much guilt, anger, and shame for things that happened long ago. It is so heartbreaking to watch her go from a blooming flower, to shrinking inside herself. She struggles against her past and acclimates as best she can. But seeing Ryan is going to have her eventually face her demons. Granted- I feel like Ryan makes her better- but she just can’t get over what he did to her in the past.

Ryan struggles with the burden of past choices. I loved his character! Not only is he hot, but he is guarded. He keeps emotions pent up inside. It’s something that happened when his mother died.. Unlike Ashley, he faced his demons and took steps to find closure. Despite both of their unfortunate pasts, they seemed to belong to one another. 

Lisa N. Paul has woven a beautiful story; of past and present.  She puts forth such attention to detail and it seems so effortlessly done. Her crazy plot twists that had me guessing, and second guessing myself.  And finally just a great heart felt story!  I can appreciate how well written it was, how much growth there has been in her characters since the first book. The story of her past, was just so sad- its almost like- how could she come back from there? The middle was better, although I was still terribly upset but I got over it because in the end it was happy. 

I can’t wait for the next book in this charming series. You will want it with such a feeling of anticipation-it will wreck you!
Amazon Link Storm Front

Amazon Link Thursday Nights

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