Saturday, June 8, 2013

ThunderStruck by Kendall Grace A NetGalley Review

Desperate to distance herself from her previous life, and her high-powered ex, Jo Montgomery moves to a tiny slice of Georgia, an impetuous decision if there ever was one. Though not nearly as impetuous as throwing herself into an intimate relationship with her new neighbor. Hawk Stephens, a horse breeder and local celebrity, is sex personified, a man built for dark deeds in dark places. But he wants far more from Jo.

Every instinct tells Silent Hawk that Jo is The One, and despite her obvious uncertainty, his Apache beliefs give him faith. The signs are unmistakable. His skittish little filly requires a strong hand, patience…and blazing, mind-bending sex that leaves no doubt to his feelings and intentions.

But before their love affair has barely begun, the reemergence of Jo’s ex, coupled with a potentially tragic event, forces Jo to make decisions that not only damage Hawk’s beliefs, but could also shatter their tender romance beyond repair.

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After her marriage of 12 years falls apart Jo moves as far away from her ex as she can to heal. She ends up in Vidalia, GA in a house that needs major repairs and with a neighbor who is too hot for her own good.

Hawk is half Apache and he knows that he will be meeting the women he is to spend his life with, when he meets Jo he knows it is her. The signs and omens back up his belief now if he can just convince Jo to give them a chance.

The love story between Jo and Hawk builds and seems to follow a pretty natural progression and includes plenty of wild romps. The sexual tension is really built between Ray and Raven, Hawks divorced parents. The back story behind Jo's flight to Georgia is a bit weak and it seemed like there we several openings and opportunities to introduce more of why the ex is such a bad guy that were missed.

This is a lovely love story with some steam to it without being on the more extreme end of erotic. We are treated to sexy Apache cowboys and that is always a good thing. I could see a series developing around this small Georgia town so I will be keeping and eye out for more works by Ms. Grace in the future.

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About the Author:
Kendall Grace has been writing all her life, starting with a wildly successful Teddy Bear series in second grade, which received stellar reviews (and her mother is always right). Her teenage years brought about some truly dreadful, teenage-angst poetry that she still pulls out from time to time and sends little prayers heavenward that her daughter doesn’t torture her as much as Kendall tortured her own mother.

Her adult years were peppered with oddly chosen professions. She worked in the accounting field (snooze fest), as a safe-sex counselor with Planned Parenthood for incoming college freshman (don’t ask), and as a personal trainer and lifestyle and weight-management consultant.

After becoming a stay-at-home mother, her true passion came to the surface and she began to write. She’s delighted every day when she can yell to her husband that she’s working, close the office door on the chaos that is a family of four and become lost in her stories. Receiving the news that Ellora’s Cave deemed her writing worthy of publication is a day she will always remember.


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