Sunset Thunder by Shannyn Leah #OUAP #Review @ShannynLeah

Posted December 15, 2015 by Loredana 0 Comments

Sunset Thunder by Shannyn Leah #OUAP #Review @ShannynLeahSunset Thunder (The Caliendo Resort #1; By The Lake #6) by Shannyn Leah
Series: By The Lake: The Caliendo Resort #1
on December 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 420
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three-half-stars

Violet Caliendo escorts couples into the illusion of ÔÇ£happily ever afterÔÇØ as wedding coordinator at Willow ValleyÔÇÖs five-star Caliendo Resort. But Violet doesnÔÇÖt believe in love or ÔÇ£happily ever afterÔÇØ anymore. SheÔÇÖs guarded herself from love so deeply since her divorce that some even call her the ÔÇ£Ice Queen.ÔÇØ When she has to plan her ex-husbandÔÇÖs wedding, even her Ice Queen persona takes a hit.
With her emotions in high gear, she takes out her frustrations by having sex with her exÔÇÖs best man, Ryder Carlex. Ryder is a playboy type and Violet figures itÔÇÖs a simple one-time fling. But Ryder actually is attracted to Violet in a way heÔÇÖs never known before. Neither of them ever imagines that the sparks between them will ignite a fire hotter than anything theyÔÇÖve ever encountered ÔÇô slowly breaking down both their walls.
Will Violet be able to let go of her past and embrace a possible future with Ryder? Will Ryder let Violet into his own deep, dark secrets? Or will their trust issues forever doom them both from achieving their own ÔÇ£happily ever afterÔÇØ?
This book can be read as a stand alone, but for more enjoyment read them in the order of the series, as all the characters appear in future books.
Read the full BY THE LAKE SERIES:
MCADAMS SISTERS BOOK 1: Lakeshore Secrets BOOK 2: Lakeshore Legend BOOK 3: Lakeshore Love BOOK 4: Lakeshore CandyBOOK 5: Lakeshore Lyrics
THE CALIENDO RESORT:BOOK 1: Sunset ThunderBOOK 2: Sunset RivalryBOOK 3: Sunset SaleBOOK 4: Sunset SlopesBOOK 5: Sunset Shelter

We meet Violet Caliendo as she faces an incredibly awkward situation: planning her ex-husbandÔÇÖs wedding to the woman he cheatedÔǪat her familyÔÇÖs resort.┬á WHEW!┬á Now, that definitely takes some balls! ┬áSeriously, this woman is as tough as nails.┬á If I were in her shoes, I would have laughed in the manÔÇÖs face and then probably kicked him the balls.┬á ItÔÇÖs difficult to write a strong character that has the perfect blend of strength and vulnerability; the author has to walk a fine line so as not to make the character too harsh or too wimpy.┬á I think Leah does a nice job achieving this balance.

As for Ryder Carlex, heÔÇÖs a pretty great male character.┬á I think I like him more than Violet.┬á┬á His level of complexity and compassion are pretty amazing.┬á Though his tumble into love is pretty quick, itÔÇÖs incredibly thorough.┬á He makes mistakes (just like anyone else), but as you unveil his story, he much more than meets the eye.┬á HeÔÇÖs a good seed; worth digging into.

I liked the characters, but had a hard time getting a good feel for the family.┬á The dynamic is warm and caring, but thereÔÇÖs a really twisted back story.┬á Since this is the first book in the series, itÔÇÖs the set up for future books.┬á It appears that it can be read as a standalone, but relationship dynamics will make more sense with the completion of the series.┬á There is some wonderful levity to the story, complementing the intensity of some of the situations.┬á Oh, and the surprise twists in the plotÔǪI didnÔÇÖt see some of those coming!

The story and future novels definitely hold promise.┬á However, the authorÔÇÖs penchants for the repetitive mental asides were too distracting.┬á They caused me to skim through parts of the story when I really wanted to be drawn in.┬á Though I do understand this is the authorÔÇÖs personal style, it is done too much and takes away from the strength of the story and characters.┬á She writes some good characters with a great level of depth and passion.

~Review by Loredana

three-half-stars

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