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Release Date: April 21, 2020
Contemporary Romance | Suspenseful Elements
Ember by Emma Renshaw is a heartwarming, small town romance with suspenseful elements. This is the first book I’ve read from the author and I’m impressed with her storytelling ability. I loved how dynamic her characters were (both the hero AND the heroine) and felt the sizzling connection between them. The only downfall for me was that I was expecting so much more in terms of both of their backstories and felt some frustrations that this wasn’t delivered.
Gunner for example lived through something horrific right before he left the small town he lived in to play baseball. The prologue sets the tone for his past and makes readers believe that this is going to be an emotional book where the hero struggles with his emotions of what happens. While we do get a glimpse of what happened it’s never thoroughly explained to the reader. I really wanted to know so much more about what happened and the answers never came. This was frustrating for me as a reader because when you incorporate something that affects the characters, readers need to see it and understand it. Otherwise, it just becomes a filler for the story. Other than this, I really loved Gunner’s character. Emma writes him as a wholesome, good man with a heart of gold. I felt his passion, I felt his love, and I felt his protectiveness.
Delilah is also a strong character and I felt a strong connection with her. She has a huge heart, a fierce and loving nature, and a heart full of gold just like our hero. Her backstory was much “brighter”, and readers could see everything she’s been dealt. I think many readers will relate to her on some level.
The overall plot of this book was a good one. I liked the added suspense because it kept the story interesting and strong. However, I didn’t care for the major twist at the end. If I’m being honest, it was too “out there” for me. I can see WHY the author added this twist, but I think it was a little too much. For me, it would have made more sense for the “threat” that was discussed throughout the story to be the reason everything was happening. Obviously, that’s my personal opinion and there will be many readers who don’t agree with me so take it for what it’s worth and read the book yourself to determine how you feel.
Wrapping it up : For the most part I thought this was a good book and I enjoyed reading it. Emma Renshaw is a new to me author and I look forward to seeing where she takes the next book. If you’re in the mood for something heartwarming with suspenseful elements then you will definitely want to check out this book.
READ AN EXCERPT
Delilah rested her free hand on my chest and rubbed her thumb back and forth. I felt the coolness of her hands through my shirt, but even as cold as they were, it warmed my skin.
“Well, it depends if you ask Makenna or me. If you ask me, Makenna tricked me into drinking so much. It wasn’t my fault that the fire department had to be called because she was stuck in a tree, and it was definitely her fault that I made brownies and then tried to get them out without an oven mitt. That’s what the scar is from.”
A loud, surprised laugh rumbled in my chest. “Makenna was stuck in a tree?”
“Yes. I have a picture of Mak up there. It’s great. But again, it wasn’t my fault.”
She pointed at me and made her eyes really round, and my laugh continued to grow. “Would she say that it was your fault?”
“You know what I want?” Delilah leaned forward, trying to distract me with the pretty and mischievous smile on her face.
I rose from the barstool with her hand still in mine and led her to the dance floor. An upbeat, fast-paced country song was playing. Mom had taught me how to dance at a young age. It was something I’d never told anyone about until I got older and knew it would impress the girls.
I took her to the edge of the dance floor, and we watched the couples two-step past us until I found a break in the floor and spun her out and then back in. She landed against my chest with a thud and wide, surprised eyes.
“You can dance,” she said as I swept us across the floor.
I held her a little tighter with every song change, and every laugh that bubbled from her lips brought my mouth closer to hers. She was pressed against my body so tightly, there wasn’t a chance even a piece of paper could be wedged between us. I never looked anywhere but at her eyes. Her hand around my neck coasted up and down my skin.
When the song slowed down, I moved us to the edge of the floor and swayed with her in my arms. Then I slowly lowered my head to meet hers. Her fingers tightened in my hair as our lips met. My hand fisted in the back of her shirt as I licked the seam of her lips asking for entry. She opened her mouth and our tongues clashed together.
It was loud with the music and other patrons, but I could hear her soft moan as if it were on blast in my ears. The kiss sped everything up at the same time as it slowed everything down. It was entirely too much, setting my need for her on fire, and not nearly enough, as I wanted so much more.
I’d mostly chalked up my mom’s romantic stories about my dad to her missing him, and I’d rolled my eyes when she told me one day a kiss would change everything.
Fuck. She was right. I wasn’t ready to admit it to myself, but some deep, dark part of me knew Delilah had changed everything.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emma loves to write, just don't ask her to write about herself. If she isn't writing, you can find her lost in a book or trying to get her doggo to take a selfie with her. He usually refuses. At the end of the day, you can find Emma at the closest Mexican restaurant eating queso and sipping on a margarita. She lives in Texas with her husband and dog.
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