Saturday, May 27, 2017

Series review tour: Storm Season (Accidental Roots #1) and No Pressure (Accidental Roots #2) by Elle Keaton




Storm Season (Accidental Roots #1): Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 308 Pages

Blurb

They say you can’t go home again, Adam Klay doesn’t intend to until the death of his father, a famous artist, forces his return to Skagit, Washington. Cleaning up his father’s chaotic life was never on Adam’s bucket list. Worse, Adam finds himself inexplicably drawn to the elusive, terminally-clumsy, gorgeous, Micah Ryan. No way is he getting involved with someone from his hometown, he’s always insisted the best view of Skagit was in his rearview mirror.

Micah Ryan has been coasting on auto-pilot since his family was killed in a car accident a decade earlier. He runs a web business and has an irritable cat. He hardly leaves his house, unless it is for his afternoon espresso. His world tips upside down when Adam Klay rolls into town. For the first time in years, he feels alive. Unfortunately, Micah’s return to the living has been noticed and is not appreciated.

Someone has a secret. Someone is exploiting the vulnerable youth population in Skagit. Teenagers are disappearing, young women turning up dead, the dirty secrets of Skagit are surfacing.


When trying to describe Storm Season, one word comes to mind...compelling.

The book quickly draws you in and keeps your attention throughout. I literally couldn't put it down until I read it cover-to-cover.

The characters were multidimensional and very likeable, except for the villains, of course who, while being as multidimensional, were far from likeable. The plot was quite unpredictable. I'd really like to say more, but to do so would require giving out spoilers.

One thing I found unique were the chapters. When I looked at the chapter list I thought it was going to take me quite awhile to read it, and I wasn't sure I wanted to. But me being me, I stared reading and discovered that some of the chapters were only one page long, sometimes not even that. I found myself preferring that over chapters that are ten-fifteen pages long.

This is the first book by Elle Keaton I've read, but it won't be the last one.

Bottom line, five out of five starts and I highly recommend it.



No Pressure (Accidental Roots #2): Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 224 Pages

Blurb

Home is where the heart is, right? Except when it's not. Not when you're afraid for your life.

Joey James has given up on finding his 'Prince Charming'. There is no such thing, he needs to be realistic about his chances of a lasting relationship. A chance encounter with a former school mate at the local grocery store changes everything-maybe. Before Joey can decide what to do about it, he is swept into a terrifying scheme. Forced into helping a dangerous stranger in exchange for his family's safety, Joey begins a perilous journey into the criminal underbelly of Skagit. He will do whatever is needed to protect his family.

Buck Swanfeldt had a secret crush on Joey James in high school. Social anxiety and a two-year age difference made it impossible for him to approach Joey then. Life since high school has been challenging. And lonely. Eight years later, fate brings them together and Buck decides to act. He utterly fails. He would have left it at that, except fate seems to be intent on pushing Joey in his direction, and clearly Joey needs someone at his back.

Dark, sordid secrets hiding in Skagit are bubbling to the surface, danger lurks in unexpected places. Buck has never been anyone's hero but something about Joey has him throwing caution to the wind. Together the two men take on a dangerous force greater than themselves. But sometimes our worst enemy is ourselves.


A perfect follow-up to Storm Season, No Pressure picks up a couple of days after the events of Storm Season, bringing the events to their conclusion with more twists and turns than a bag of curly fries.

Same great characters and same great writing. I have a feeling that this isn't isn't the last we'll see of the residents of Skagit.

5 out of 5 stars!


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Author Bio

Author, photographer, rare Pacific Northwest Native, Elle grew up in Seattle, WA., with the Cascade Mountain range to the east and Olympics to the west. Less than two hours northwest lie the majestic San Juan Islands. To the northeast is the Methow Valley and the scrub deserts of Eastern Washington. Geography ripe with material.

A graduate of Western Washington University, Elle has a BS in biology which taught her to be tenacious. The closest she has come to biology since then is having two kids. Like an experiment or something. She’s lived in four states (none of which were gaseous), London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has no problem finding parking even in the most difficult places. Cannot balance a checking account.

Elle's series Accidental Roots, mostly set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington, will make its debut spring of 2017. Storm Season is tender, sometimes irreverent, full of nosy neighbors and help when the hero didn’t think he needed it. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day.


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