by Shawn Kirsten Maravel
Series: Volition #1
Release date: 28th June, 2011
Pages: 348 (ebook thanks to the author in exchange of an honest review)
Summary from Goodreads:
Charlotte Rush would be the first to admit that her life is no rollercoaster ride. Her days are laced with ordinary and at times boring monotony. But with a heart that finds itself frequently broken she's happy to say that she's content.
When her friends convince her to spend the night out at a club to let loose and maybe even find a guy, she finally admits that her life might be missing something.
No sooner does she let go of her inhibitions does she find herself waking up in a dark hotel room in the presence of Joel, a man who carries mystery in his eyes and familiarity in his smile. Against reason Charlotte decides to trust him based solely on one thing. Somehow, she is sure that she knows him.
In a race against time to find answers and to solve the crime committed against her Charlotte finds herself falling for him. However, with nothing but mystery surrounding him she can't even be sure that he's the hero at all. While knowing all of the right things to say he still manages to tell her nothing. As a battle is waged over the innocence of her cryptic stranger, Charlotte discovers that much greater danger awaits her. And the mysteries behind who and what Joel is will lead Charlotte to discover that heaven and earth are not so far apart.
Review By Alaiel Kreuz:
Charlotte was the kind of girl that gave her all to her relationships. And so far all her rewards had been very painful... That's why she decided to stop dating and protect her heart.
Her job at the bank and art college was everything she needed. But then everything changes when her roommates convince her to go party: in a far corner of the dancefloor she spots a breathtaking man looking at her. Without wanting to make a fool of herself she begins to dance and after a little bit she approaches the bar to get a glass of water (being the designated driver she is not going to drink any alcohol). When the awkward exchange of words with the barman (who gives her the creeps) finishes she turns around and looks for her friends. But suddenly she feels very dizzy and hears the voice of the barman approaching her and knows, instantly, that she has been drugged.
The last thing she sees is the breathtaking man next to her and then her world goes blank.
When she wakes up she is in a hotel room and across the room a pair of mesmerizing eyes looks at her. And her worst fears begin to raise... has she been raped?!
Against all logic and reason she trusts her savior, Joel. Somehow she believes with all her heart that she can trust him, even if she evades almost all her questions.
But her friends think very differently. And now she has to find the strength to put an end to that horrible barman before he tries to drug another girl.
It's been a while since I could enjoy a supernatural book so much for its lack of supernatural stuff... But maybe that's a little bit confusing, right?
Perhaps a better way to explain it would be to say that the main plot in Volition was very human and the sub-plot had all the supernatural relevance.
The fact that Charlotte's purpose was to stop the sleazy Matt after his attempt to rape her gave the book more deepness and meaning. At the same time that it touches a very sensitive subject Shawn manages to create characters with whom we can relate and cheer for.
And then in the background, appearing in the right moments to keep our curiosity alive and eager for answers, the supernatural touch of the book would make its entrance.
I can say without a doubt that the connection between Charlotte and Joel will warm your heart. It's true that maybe you will discover Joel's identity way before Charlotte but still, their dialogues are entertaining, very real and sweet.
And the ending? I didn't see that coming! It was superb and incredible... a perfect twist that put the whole book in another level.
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