Thursday, July 23, 2015

REVIEW + BLOG TOUR: Flash Point by Brooke Blaine

Flash Point by Brooke Blaine
A Standalone Romantic Suspense Novel
Release Date: July 12, 2015

The first time I saw her, I knew I’d have to kill her.

It’s been five years since the brutal death of her mother, and Katherine Shaw still relives the nightmares of that night.

She escaped.

The danger should’ve been over.

She couldn’t have been more wrong.

When her father, a prominent judge, receives a chilling death threat, her past comes hurtling into her present.

The warning is clear: They’ve got unfinished business, and they’re coming for her.

Katherine Shaw.

Rich girl? Check.

Spoiled and obstinate? Check.

A beautiful fireball who pushes every button he has? That was not listed on the dossier Jason Garrett receives when he’s assigned as one of her bodyguards. The last thing he ever expected was that his tempting client would prove to be more dangerous than those he’s protecting her from.

Their attraction would be forbidden even under the best circumstances. But as the threat draws near, the tension between the two of them rises, culminating in an explosive flash point that will blindside them both

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Shel: I first got to know Brooke through Ella Frank's Facebook group (they're fun to watch and you should go like both of their pages!) and then I got a sense of her writing through the series she's co-writing with Ella Frank. So when we had the opportunity to read and review her first solo novel, we couldn't express our interest fast enough. Court: Right Shel is. We love Ella, and we love ella and Brooke writing together (yo, flawless cohesion, where I can't even tell who is writing what) and so I was very excited as well. 

Shel: As I'm sitting here, post reading, I'm sorta wishing I'd written my reactions down as I was reading because now I can't unknow what I know and I don't want to spoil anything. ARGHHH. Hmmm. Okay. What should you know? Court: I KNOW. I am just at a loss for words. 

Shel: This book will suck you in.

Shel: You're going to be intrigued by the three perspectives that are introduced very early on: Katherine (the client), Jason (the body guard), and the unnamed scary person (stalker). I'd venture to say that you'll initially think Katherine seems a bit bratty, Jason to be observant, and the scary person to be looming. Since Brooke teases the details about Katherine's crummy relationship with her father and why she's being stalked, the pages will fly by because you'll want to know what the heck is happening. Court: I did. But I really felt like Katherine was also lost, Jason was a badass, and that her father was lost too. You'll see why as the pages unfold, but I never felt any dislike for any of the characters...except for the stalker one. Because, yo...not cool at all. And it seemed like the more we were revealed, the more questions I had. BUT, I did notice that 1) I didn't feel myself self editing this book as I went along...#winning and 2) we were given little nuggets to help us stay in the story with a fast pace and well thought out plot.

Shel: Additionally, you'll be turning those pages because the relationship between Katherine and Jason is tense and sexually charged and slow building, in the best way, and at some point you're  going to be thinking: JUST DO IT ALREADY. Court: SLOW BURN x a million. BUt I feel that it was most def worth I'm on the other side...and know what happens. With everything happening, too much too soon wouldn't have felt genuine. So I really enjoyed the slowly evolvment of their relationship.

Shel: You know what though? I liked that it wasn't insta-love between Katherine and Jason; it gave us time to get to know them and to know Katherine's story and to decide if we liked her or not. It gave us time to decide if we'd want or like them to be together and if Jason was a good fit for her. It also gave us time to hear from the scary person and have a story that was more than the relationship between Jason and Katherine--to wonder and find out why these things were happening to her her family. <---- and that was a good 60-70% of the novel. Details about Katherine's history, Jason pondering what to do with this confounding Katherine, scary person dropping in to be scary, mishaps, and sexual tension--it was good stuff. Court: See. I love when we're on the same wave length. All of that. Yes. And there was moments of comedic relief that were necessary and fun, so that was nice...because it can't or I hoped it wasn't doom and gloom all the time without talking or action. No shortage of action! 

Shel: Then BOOM! You hit the 70% mark and things start moving incredibly buckle up, keep your eyes open and watch the book speed to the ending: 

Shel: Seriously. My brain is still whirling and I kinda want to flip back through the book and look at all of the pieces of the puzzle again; I know I was reading so fast that I had to have missed some things. Court: OMG How I wish we could say more things about this! I know we can't, because that would do you fair reader a disservice, but I definitely would say I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO READ THIS BOOK! 

Shel: I really enjoyed this book. The writing, the plot, the suspense, the tension, and the ending all clicked into place. Oh! And it's funny too--which shouldn't be surprising because Brooke is hilarious, but it was unexpected and worked so well in this book. Add this to your summer reads, y'all; you will not be disappointed. I'm very much looking forward to what Brooke's writing next. Court: Scary how in sync we are, Shel. Hundreds of miles away, and she finds a way to express what i am thinking....

Shel: P.S. DO NOT READ THE LAST 15% IN THE DARK, LATE AT NIGHT,  BY YOURSELF. There's a part there that's ...uhm...scary. Court: Glad I wasn't alone or in the dark. haha. 

About the Author:

You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.
Flash Point is her debut solo novel, and she is the co-author of the erotic serial, A Desperate Man, with Ella Frank. The latter has scarred her conservative southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.

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