Saturday, August 9, 2014

REVIEW: SURROUNDED BY SC ELLINGTON (UNSETTLED ROMANCE SERIES #2)


Surrounded  A Novel by SC Ellington
Unsettled Romance Series #2 Releases 5th August 2014



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Surrounded Release Party 6th August




Everything was falling into place. Even amongst all the chaos of Washington D.C., Brooklyn and Logan found each other.

Brooklyn never expected Logan...and as it always seems to happen with her...things fell apart. She has been through this before...was she strong enough to do it again?

On the outside, Logan was the epitome of wealth and confidence. Many knew his name but few knew his secrets. He never expected Brooklyn...but now she's walked away. He knew what they shared mattered to her...and she...she mattered to him more.






OUR REVIEW:

Surrounded is the second book in this series and I was really happy with the way it started. We immediately hear from Logan and he spends the first few chapters reminding us of the events that led up to the cliffhanger at the end of book 1, Unsettled. It was nice to hear what his thoughts were and how he felt about Brooklyn because in book one, we were only privy to her thoughts. I agree. Things ended very abruptly, and it was good to see what he was doing and thinking and how some things that would come to pass, well...happened. (Trying not to be spoilery...so that sounds eloquent as hell, yes?) 

Within chapters, we reach the point where book 1 ended and suddenly you want to just smack Brooklyn for her hasty reactions. The who, why, how's of the Logan + pregnant other girl become very clear, very quickly. From this point until almost the end, we follow her retreat and his actions to try to figure out what the hell is happening. She made me mad. Truly. After everything that happened in Unsettled...I just got so angry with her, and everything that happens afterward. I'm not sure, but I think this caused some of my feelings for the book and how I felt about it overall...so I think that will be a very subjective reaction for every person who reads this novel.

There is drama. And sexiness. And then more drama. I guess sometimes I felt like it was a little immature..the way that Brooklyn handled things bugged me a little. For someone who found trust to be integral in a relationship, she sure had little faith in Logan. Luckily, Logan was willing to try to make things work out and forced communication (you know, like grown ups do). Hahaha. How many of our characters that we love ever really act their age when it comes to drama and angst, or more so in this case, the melodrama. I think sometimes when I think of these high powered CEO's and these girls, they are older. Or maybe, because I act more mature than these chicks that are my age. Or maybe I'm the jerk. I don't know! It makes it hard though sometimes, to believe a character, when one teensy little moment of clarity would clear up so much. Gah, so conflicted. 

This second books is a super quick read. There are spots where I felt it had nice dialogue and pacing and sometimes it felt a little too rushed or flat. Overall, though, it was nice to see how their story ended. Ditto. I am afraid to say that my expectations might have clouded how I ended up feeling about the book...and I try my best to not do that! I liked the book, but something was just missing for me personally to just flat out love it. 

Shelley: 3 stars
Courtney: 3 stars
S.C. Ellington is an up and coming author who enjoys expressing her creativity through frequently writing adult, contemporary romance novels that readers can relate to, but more importantly, enjoy.
Aside from writing, Ellington enjoys curling up with her e-reader and absorbing herself in novels loaded with emotion, desire, and passion. She also likes to spend sunny, wistful afternoons, in her hammock thinking up new ideas for great stories. Her debut novel, Unsettled was generated while consuming her favourite snacks - hot chocolate and popcorn
Ellington currently resides on the west coast with her beautiful Keurig, family and loving friends.

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After a horrific breakup with her long-time boyfriend, Brooklyn Caldwell is completely disenchanted with the notion of mingling with the opposite sex. Damon Williams had been everything she thought she wanted…until he wasn’t. In an attempt to escape her heartbreaking past, Brooklyn seeks refuge in bustling Washington DC where she folds into the fast paced society unnoticed…until she meets a young entrepreneur, Logan Colton. Brooklyn is surprised to find that while she has been successful in keeping the opposite sex at bay, somehow she is defenceless against Logan’s confidence and charm—and it doesn’t hurt that he is absurdly beautiful. While thrilled with Logan’s candour, Brooklyn hesitates, as she can’t seem to move past the heartache that she suffered at the hands of Damon. As much as Logan didn’t plan on pursuing her, he is drawn to Brooklyn’s muted beauty and her witty persona. For all his success, Logan is ensnared in the coveted world of unequivocal wealth and power, but behind closed doors is taunted by demons and an undeniable need to atone for a monumental mistake. As the two embark on a tumultuous obstacle course saturated with unknown twists and turns, Brooklyn is left to question whether she can endure the journey ahead.


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