Saturday, June 29, 2013

REVIEW: HIGH RISK LOVE BY SHANNON MAYER

Photographs.

Images. Snapshots in time.

This is how I experience my life. I’ve hidden behind my camera and viewed the world through the lens. I watch other people live their lives. I’ve given up on my dreams, and sheltered my heart from love; because both have given me nothing but pain. Even thinking about opening myself up, sends my fears into overdrive. It’s better to be safe, than to take a risk and have your life shattered into pieces alongside your heart. This is what I believed.

Dangerous.

Risks. Fear Nothing.

I live for the rush of adrenaline I get when I work my stunts. Nothing else matters but the feel of my heart pounding when I challenge the line between life and death. Women are nothing more than a distraction; they use me for my connections, as I use them to escape the pain of my past before moving on to my next adrenaline fix. My life is consumed with excitement, danger and risks—it’s all I needed.

Denials.

Fear. The complete wrong time.

Jasmin and Jet will face off over photos, stunts and the truth hidden in their hearts. The last person Jasmin wants to be with is a man who takes life for granted. Jet wants to give his heart to no one; especially one who might not understand the secrets that haunt him. Despite their protests, Jasmin’s and Jet’s lives tangle; the threads of love and fear bind them. Between their passions and their pasts, they fight to hang onto each other . . . but will the stakes be too high when faced with the ultimate sacrifice?

** 18+ for adult situations, sexual situations and language

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Expected publication: July 1st 2013 by HiJinks Ink LTD
eArc received from Author in exchange for honest review

I knew as soon as I read the prologue for High Risk Love that I would have to put it down immediately or risk doing nothing but reading it for the entire day. So with a deep sigh I put my Kindle down and moved on to the tasks I needed to accomplish. Before I knew it my day got away from me and it was 8 p.m. before I could give this book the attention it deserved.

The prologue completely sucked me in. I had an immediate desire to know all about Jet and how he was going to move past the horror that was his life and then after reading Jasmin's personal tragedy, I knew it was going to be a night of 'just one more chapter' promises to myself that would keep me up well into the night.

Holy hell Batman..Ditto, the prologue was an incredible way to get sucked into this story. I am quite the cryer anyways, but it usually tough to say I cried in a book at 4%. And with this one I did. It was a sad start, but set things up for some crazy angst to come, or so I felt like. 

I wasn't wrong. I stayed up until I couldn't keep my eyes open reading about the story of Jet and Jasmin. Obviously anyone reading the synopsis can see that these two are extremely damaged by the hurts and losses of their pasts...so of course they're going to end up torturing each other (and us!) with how much they wanted each other and yet how they could not possibly be together.

Yeah..*pouts*...their issues definitely were game changers for them...but I would like to point out that this is truly New Adult in every sense of the word! There weren't many sex scenes until the end of the book, so I was enthralled and in love with all of the emotion and relationship building that went on prior to that point. Soo...most of that only occurred because she was afraid of losing her job...for good reason...but Tortured Jet made for a lot of amazing scenes! 

I was most enthralled with Jet's story. I found it interesting that he was a stuntman; it fit his character so well. He had absolutely no fear of the physicality of the job--scarier to him was allowing a woman to get to know him beyond a one night stand. I'm sure this was rooted in his perceived failure to protect his younger brother from a horrific upbringing and the assumption that he'd only continue that failure if he allowed himself to feel anything with a woman.

Whew! Jet's story is definitely a heartbreaking one..but stuntman in a hottie MC is a new one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I thought that the scenes were very realistic and got my heart pumping! But then...his sadness and bitterness and guilt over all of the things that happened to him and Jasper also got my heart pumping. I loved him quick...but was still so sad. ***Ok, Ok, I forgot to add...the descriptions of Jet and just anytime that Jasmin is looking at him from behind her camera...are awesome...for real!!***

Enter Jasmin-- a woman who took none of his crap, could see right through his public persona, and held the same pain in her eyes as he did. Poor Jasmin lost every single immediate family member. Pile on the unpaid medical bills and a job in retail and she is desperate to prove that she can handle the one chance she has to work as a professional photographer. When she discovers that her first photoshoot and interview matter is the exact same person she isn't supposed to be interested in or attracted to, she immediately tries to talk herself down from the ledge. Surely she can be a professional and finish this job as quickly as possible--her livelihood depends on it. 

Jasmin insists that they remain professional and Jet continues to do his flirty cute boy thing but claims that he'll respect her wishes. Behind the scenes what we see is that they both continually try to convince themselves and each other that what they feel is NOT HAPPENING and yet they both seek the other's company. As it usually happens, once they get to know and learn about each other there is a chance to mess things up or push things in the right direction. Guess which one of those things happens? Yep. You probably guessed correctly. But then guess what happens a little while later? Well, let me give you a hint--there is no cliffhanger and the chance that a book in this genre ends anything other than happily is slim.

Jasmin was definitely just as unsure of everything as Jet was. She was up to her eyeballs in debt and needed things to her way for a change. She is smart enough to realize that she can't control anyones action but herself...and definitely not Jet....so she does her best to remove herself from the equation as quickly as possible..over and over again. He doesn't make it easy for her to not be friends with him. I really liked her as a heroine! A couple of times I seriously wanted to slap her friend though....gah...talk about hurtful! 

There are some scenes that strike me as particularly memorable--the surfboard scene (although I did find myself wondering how they didn't fall off), the waterfall scene, the final scene with Elise (it seemed to happen in slow motion), and well...sheesh I just realized I was going to list the entire book so let me just say that the way Shannon Mayer sets some of these scenes up--they way she writes them so that I can visualize them--is, well, memorable.

I was..like I said before...crazy impressed with the emotional scenes even without any smut. That did come later, but since they spent their entire time in Mexico and after fighting the attraction to one another to save each other heartache it was high on tension. The heaviness of the things they entrusted to one another would have probably made that seem redundant. Jet is passionate in every sense of the word and so he doesn't read some situations correctly when it comes to Jasmin and made her and my heart hurt! 

Here's what would be on my wish list, if I were asked: more story of how Jet and Jap get from their childhood home into their business. HUGH--I'm am soooo curious. Same goes with Lily--what's her story? Oh and then there's the ending. What happens next? I feel like I need about 100 more pages of this story and then some companion novels for Hugh and Lily. I wonder if there is any chance of my wishes coming true?

We are truly greedy when it comes to reading! I know I want to understand everything and there is definitely a lot of room for more here...and we would definitely read it..hint*hint Shannon! No..in all seriousness I thought this was a spectacular debut into the New Adult genre and can't wait to see what she comes out with next. 

Shelley: 3 1/2 Stars
Courtney: 4 Stars

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