Not a fan of cliffhangers but I can get over it when the novel is good and this was pretty good…
“Synopsis: Thirty nights. Two hearts. One fate.
After her parents’ tragic deaths, Elisa Snow wanted nothing more that to escape her past. Eighteen and alone, she fled her quaint English village and moved to the United States. A starving science student by day and an artist’s muse by night, Elisa has slowly built a new life. She never dreamed she would lose everything again.
She’s one week from graduation when her visa is unexpectedly denied. Given thirty days to leave the country, she must face the one things she cannot survive again-saying goodbye. Yet within minutes of her world shattering, she meets a man with the power to piece it back together again.
After finishing his tour of duty in Iraq, Aiden Hale traded battlefields for boardrooms, becoming one of the most successful venture capitalists in the nation. But all his wealth can’t buy him reprieve from the horrific memories of war. The only thing that gives him peace is a painting of Elisa.
Drawn together by their invisible wounds, they begin a passionate affair as they race against the clock to defy their pasts-and fight for their future.
Review: I went back and forth with this book while reading. I liked it then I didn’t, then I liked it again and blah blah blah. I think I did that because certain parts reminded me of other “popular” stories, yet it was different too. I think this is because it started out as fan fiction and I could feel the similarities but by the time I got to the end of the story I was definitely Googling the release date of book 2.
Since I went back and forth with the story it was only natural for me to go back and forth with the characters as well. I liked them at times and desperately disliked them at others. I liked that they only had 30 days together and did the most that they could in that time, all while holding back some things because they knew their time was limited. I disliked his issues. They were familiar yet different in ways I can’t explain without spoiling it. There was one character I enjoyed the entire book and that was painter. He was consistent and honest. His character seemed pure and very original so he was definitely my favorite. As we got to the climax of this story I was totally invested. I couldn’t wait to see what happened and was reading with such fervor I had to double back to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Not only did I NOT miss anything but I couldn’t believe the ending!! It was a definitely a clutch the pearls and scream “Nnnooooo!” moment, so 4 stars for this one and I’ll be waiting for book 2.
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About the Author: Ani Keating is an attorney, daughter, sister, and wife, living in the City of Roses, Oregon. When she is not in court or at the office helping clients sort through legal issues (and complaining about the photocopy machine), Ani explores her childhood passion for writing. Her first novel, Thirty Nights, is a sexy and heart-tugging story about love’s power to save and guide us even at our darkest moments.
Thirty Nights was originally posted online on fanfiction and on Ani’s popular blog. Over the course of eight short months, the story received more than half-million hits, 63,000 visitors, over 1,000 followers, and over 3,000 reviews and messages. It will be released for everyone on November 17, 2015. Its sequel, Ninety Days, is currently in the drafting stage.
When she is not writing, Ani spends endless hours at Powell’s Bookstore, exploring classics and latest releases. She also likes to stroll through the Portland Rose Garden, drool over shoes on any store window, and dance to everything from Beyoncé to Johnny Cash.
Web Site: www.anikeating.com
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