Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review: Smoldering by Tiffany Aleman

Money ~ power ~ fame


Growing up in the arms of one of the wealthiest families in America, I lived a champagne lifestyle and never wanted for anything.

That life came with stipulations…
1. Marry the man I don't love.
2. Make my parents proud.

Wrong. I left my Manolos and fancy apartment behind and fled that life to find out who I really was.

Someone unexpected bulldozed my life.

Riley Jackson

He was the man everyone, including me, wanted, but his future was one I wasn’t sure I wanted to thrust myself back into. And when he chose a career over the family business, his family supported him instead of pushing him away.

My past collided with my future.
I didn’t see it coming. If I had, I would’ve ran far, far away.

Now I’m stuck in the same position I started in two years ago, except this time, the decision isn't mine to make.

Loyalty to your family? Loyalty to your own happiness?

Which would you choose?

4.5 Not to Be Missed Stars!
Review by Natasha Gentile
Meet Kelsey.
When we first meet Kelsey she is standing in a one of a kind spare no expense top of the line wedding dress.  I mean who’s wouldn’t get a real tiara when they are marrying the governor. This is what she was bred for; this is what is expected from her.  How can she not go through with a wedding to a man that she doesn't love and who has his side vagina at the wedding. Well she decided that she was through. Throw out the Manolo’s and the diamonds- this Cinderella has just turned into a pumpkin.  She runs, but how far can you run from your past? Not far enough.
Riley Jackson has had the complete opposite life that Kelsey lead. He has parents that want him to pick what makes him happy, regardless if it’s their choice.  He sets his sights on Kelsy and achieves something no one has ever done.  He made her love.  A feeling she’s never had, a feeling that was never cast upon her.  What can go wrong?
Hello past- meet my present!  Riley is in for a big surprise. Not a nice surprise, but a big knock him on his ass one. Kelsey never told him something important and now he’s blind sighted and to say it didn’t go over well, well that would be the understatement of the year.
He can’t get over it and she is not about to come between him and his future.  She wants someone to fight for her, that wants to be with her.  Let me warn you-get out the tissues, because there is a scene to end all scenes...I mean that scene shattered my heart into little bits of pieces. 
You told me I was your sanctuary.  People don’t run from the place that grounds them.  But you did. And you left me a shell of a man that’s crumbling to the ground.  You f*cking ruined me.
"It’s ok Riley, just know that, even thought I didn’t tell you every single gritty detail about my past, you knew me here", she points to her heart, “and that’s all that matters.  What I feel for you is the realist thing I’ve ever f*cking felt.  I was giving you space, you sealed our fate.”  He broke me. He burned me.
This scene is the most heartbreaking and soul-shattering scene I’ve ever read.  I held my breath and my heart pounded in my chest all the way up to my ears.  I wanted to curl into a ball and sob for her and tell them everything is ok, but it isn’t, how do you recover from a broke heart when you have no idea what this feeling is?
 She hits rock bottom and slowly starts to find herself again only to be thrust into Riley’s life again.  Can they overcome the past and look to the future?  What a wicked ride we went on.  Up , down, all around and it was great.
On a side note this is the first book that I’ve read that has touched on the deployment side of the military and that scene before they leave had me holding my breath.  To everyone whose lives the military touches,  I want to thank you all for dedicating your life and the lives of your beloved to make sure we are safe.



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