on February 16th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When tragedy strikes Aja Lawson, she believes her life has forever lost its luster. Indifferent to everything but the unrelenting and gnawing misery inside of her, she scrapes up the shards of the shiny girl she used to be and tries to somehow keep moving forward. But in the shadows, forces are gathering like tumbleweed to disrupt her life: forces, or more concisely, men.
One man is bent on AjaÔÇÖs destruction; two others want to possess her, but all three have one thing in common: they are thoroughly, mind-and-body obsessed with Aja.
So this book held me captive from start ( pun intended). I’ve read other books by Lulu Astor and liked them a lot. But Oblivion blew my mind. The plot is clever and made this a page turner, but it’s Astor’s character development and the witty dialogue that makes this story come alive. At the center of the story is Aja who I immediately loved. There’s a very distinct tone in her voice, and being in her head was nothing short of amusing. She’s witty, snarky and makes fascinating observations.
The story starts out innocently enough. Aja is at one place in her life when a major life event takes place and her life is turned upside down. We are propelled forward two years where everything about Aja changed. She hasn’t lost any of the initial snark, but there is a heavy cloud of grief hanging over her head. She’s moved to London and is contemplating a move back to the US but then she gets unknowingly caught up in the “Oblivion” dimension. While Aja may be at the center of this, and much of the story is from her POV, there are a lot of characters who drive the plot line making this a fantastic thriller.
Lets start with the “o master” (I giggle at this double entendre). I’m not going to give his real name because that’s a good part of the thriller – romance element, but I’ll say I love how he “gets” Aja and that their interactions make for the steamy portion of the story. There’s also Aja’s mother, friend Rainy, and the fateful meeting with Kerry. All play important roles in Aja’s life and the story line. The other key players are the members of the “Oblivion” faction. It takes a while for this to unfold and Astor does it such a great way I actually felt like the pieces clicking in my head. Each chapter is told from a specific characters point of view and new ones pop up out of no where – sometimes it’s not immediately clear why we’re getting a part of the story when we do, but Astor makes it all comes together on one fantastic read. I had some ah-ha moments which are always gratifying if done well.
Oblivion wasn’t on my radar but I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy and so it ended up being an immediate read. The story doesn’t end there though (YAY US!) and I’m really looking to Comeuppance! I really enjoyed this as a reading experience and I love a story that can keep me second guessing who was who and what was what. I’m delighted to recommend this as a 5++ Star book.
~Review by Cyndi
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