Monday, 2 February 2015

The Science of Attraction by Verity Jacobs

The Science of Attraction by Verity Jacobs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around Kate, an ambitious London-based scientist in Germany, running her own lab. Kate is someone who can't let get anything between her and her career goals - even her love-life. She has a secret affair with the director of her institute, and has morals lose enough that she didn't bat an eyelid in doing so. Her life is going according to her calculations. Except, she didn't count for a dashing young scientist to be assigned to work under her in her lab, who sweeps her off her feet and her senses. Irresistibly drawn to Tom, the new scientist, and unable to end her secret affair with the director, Kate is torn to shreds with the dilemma of choosing. Whom does Kate choose, and what price does she have to pay for her choice, is what the book takes us through.

The book is a breezy romance and the characters suit the theme of the book. The author has intended to create a world with characters who do not hesitate to step out of morals, and has managed to do that. The premise of the book calls for a light read. The narrative is engaging and the pace of the book flows just right. However, I would have loved to read more about the characterisation of Tom and Kate. Tom comes across as the persuasive young chap who would not take no for an answer, especially in matters of wooing. But what has made him the way he is? Does Kate resort to lose relationships out of fear for letting someone pierce her armour? These are questions I would have loved to read detailed answers to.

Nevertheless, the book was an enjoyable read and I recommend it to lovers of romance.

My rating: 3 stars

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Kate Ramsey is at the top of her game.

She’s the hot new recruit at the most prestigious research institute in Germany, and she’s determined to live up to the hype — even if it means working day and night. Stress relief comes in the form of a no-nonsense affair with her neighbor, who also happens to be the director of the institute. Who says sex should be anything more than a contract between two people who have other things on their mind?

So when Tom Baker saunters into her life, Kate is understandably upset to see this well-oiled machine splutter and seize. Tom is young and smart, and far too pretty for his own good. Kate can’t help but be drawn to him, even if giving in to the attraction would mean risking everything she’s worked for. 

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About Verity Jacobs:
Verity Jacobs is a reformed scientist, who left the lab when she fell in love with writing about love. She lives with her husband and baby girl in London, where she dreams by day and writes all night long. She is addicted to the heart flutters and stomach flips of the fictional romance world.


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Dark Siren by Eden Ashley

Dark Siren (Dark Siren, #1)Dark Siren by Eden Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around the vulnerable Kali, who has a way of falling in trouble and getting out of it with some difficulty. A typical teenager, one could presume. Except that Kali has some terrifying and mysterious powers. Kali is oblivious to all of this, until the enigmatic Rhane enters her life. Rhane is a mystifying protector for Kali, coming to her rescue whenever she is in deep trouble. The quest for finding the truth leads Kali and Rhane through dangerous and dark channels, where survival itself is a challenge, leave alone the battle for truth. To add to her perplexity, Cal is a formidable presence in Kali's life. Does Kali figure out the roles of Cal and Rhane in her life, and also manage to keep her life and sanity intact, is what the book takes us through.

I found the plot and storyline of the book very engaging. Ashley has a very captivating narrative style. The characterisation leaves quite a bit to the reader's imagination and presumption. I would have loved to read more about Rhane's mindset and idealogies, instead of merely reading about how he is the rescuing hero in Kali's life. Cal's character as well, could have done with a bit of depth. The pace of the book was good, neither too brisk nor too dragging.

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read and I would recommend this to lovers of paranormal genres.

My rating: 3.5 stars

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Dark Siren
Eden Ashley
(Dark Siren #1)
Publication date: July 4th 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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To survive, their bond must be unbreakable.
When the mysterious and passionate Rhane rescues Kali from an attacker in the theater parking lot, they form an immediate, smoldering connection. But Kali doesn’t remember Rhane or anything from their past. As far as Kali knows, she’s just a seventeen-year-old kid coping with an insatiable hunger for the “spark” or energy of others, feeding on classmates to survive.
A unique artifact—one that may hold the key to returning Kali’s memories—is uncovered by the archaeology firm where she works part-time, sending Kali and Rhane on a dangerous journey that leads them to the Forbidden City, into the unforgiving Gobi, and into the ruins of Rhane’s ancient homeland. As they fight for survival, Kali begins to discover who she really is and the true power she possesses.
But Rhane still harbors a secret that could destroy Kali…unless old enemies kill her first.

About the Author

I’m Eden Ashley and I was born and raised in a small, sunny town in South Carolina. However, it’s the thunderstorms that inspire my best ideas. There are few things I love more than curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee on a rainy day, (except maybe chocolate cake. I love cake.) often reading into the wee hours of morning when something really grabs me. I pretty much love anything with supernatural elements, so writing paranormal romance and fantasy romance seems to be a natural fit.
My first novel, Dark Siren, is best described as paranormal romance artfully wrapped within a plot chock-full of action, adventure, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, while the series has evolved to become a journey of redemption and second chances as two characters understand that sometimes committing evil is necessary to protect what is loved most. I took the siren from Greek mythology (and borrowed a little from mermaid lore), creating an entirely different creature, with its own mythology, and one that Publisher’s Weekly praised for its passion and complexity. This is not just another werewolf/shapeshifter romance or vampire romance. I think this is a story that both adults and teens can enjoy, full of characters to fall in love with!

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