Shiver by Suzanne Wright
Published by Amazon Digital Services on January 22nd 2018
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Kensey Lyons has never had ‘normal’. Instead, she has a mother who lives in her head, a stepfather who’s on death row, and the stigma that comes with being the child of an extramarital affair. Writing has always been her escape. Knowing the reception her books receive will be tainted by her personal life, Kensey secretly writes under a penname when she’s not working part-time at her godmother’s bar. Her world might not be exciting, but she likes it exactly as it is.
When she meets alarmingly compelling businessman Blake Mercier, the snap of attraction is instant. She doesn’t like it. Doesn’t want to be drawn to this man who is blatantly dangerous, carries dark secrets, and lives life by his own rules. Neither of them make a great first impression on the other, so she’s more than surprised when he begins to pursue her with a single-minded focus that is unsettling, thrilling, and infuriating. Her gut tells her to keep her distance, but Blake won’t let her run. Won’t give her space.
There’s another person who won’t give her space. Someone who has discovered the secret of her penname and who seems intent on taunting her. And as Kensey struggles to identify her persecutor, Blake is by her side, determined to keep her safe … because Blake Mercier always holds tight to what’s his. Always.
There are few authors that have an instant appeal to all of us at Edgy and Suzanne Wright is right up there with Kristen Ashley on our list. After Sparkles spotted Shiver was about to be released there was no hesitation for all of us to add Suzanne Wright’s latest book to our Upcoming Releases list.
As soon as it went live we all grabbed a copy and knew we had to bunker down for our second Buddy Read of the month.
Here’s the abridged version of our three day buddy read.
Spice: Starting it now!
Spice: Her Step-Dad…holy sh!t
Lily: 1% – we need to set up a chat threat, looks like there’ll be a few discussion points
Lily: 2% – forget SHOULD, chat thread is now a PRIORITY
Lily: 3% – #facepalm Why did I start this book in my lunch break. Bad move. I have to now hold that thought until I can get home to read again…
Lily: I’m back!
Lily: Wait until you meet her mother!
Sparkles: I haven’t started it yet!
Lily: As in I don’t believe we have fully heard everything about the mother
Sparkles: I’m putting my phone on silent until I can start and not be tempted to see what you guys are saying…
Sparkles: Holy Sh!t, that was one effing crazy first chapter!
Lily: Wasn’t it!
Let me tell you, if you haven’t read a book with another like minded reader before – grab the chance to do it because it is like reading a book in 3D. It wasn’t long before Ms Speedreader aka Spice put the call out to ask what percentage we were up to because she was calling notice that a discussion point had emerged and we needed to talk stat! When we do let our opinions flow on the content of what we have just read it extends from ‘No Way’ to “OMG’ and in this case ‘I know this might sound bad, but I get it’.
Spice: Okay, when you’re all past ?% and that scene you need to mark it because I want to talk about it. Well, laugh my a$$ off really about the sh!t that was popping into my head.
Sparkles: That’ll be tomorrow for me
Lily: That will give me a chance to catch up. Let me know what % you stop at
Spice: ?% my shot in the dark may be panning out.
Spice: Or now it’s too obvious and my theory could be wrong
Spice: Just keep reading…
Spice: But I agree about <remove spoiler>. I think <remove spoiler>had an influence but they started to figure it out.
Lily: I think I’ve found a suspect!
Sparkles: Just keep reading!
Lily: You guys must be busting for me to catch up!
Sparkles: Oh. Oh. Oh. B3!!!!!!!!
Sparkles: It’s as I thought…
Before the drama emerges we are introduced to an unconventional family unit – a Mother who was mesmerised by and then married an incarcerated serial killer who she met when her daughter Kensey was a toddler. So to Kensey, her father was someone who loved and adored her but who they could only visit in a prison. In adulthood, Kensey had no doubt about the realities of her family’s dynamics and made her own way in life as best she could while maintaining minimal contact.
Every adult within Redwater had either contempt or concern for Kensey and her mother. The fascination dimmed somewhat and she was able to lead a normal life. Until Blake walks in to her workplace and BAM! – alpha vibes menacingly get under her skin.
Sparkles: I wish we’d gotten more of the playful side of Blake that kept being referred to
Spice: Yep, Blake won me over eventually
Sparkles: It would have been good to have Blake’s PoV
Spice: That would have been nice
Sparkles: As the paranormal are dual PoV’s, I kept hoping to hear Blake’s voice pop in a paragraph. Then in the last one ‘sighs’…
Sparkles: It was crushing. Don’t laugh (insert crushed face)
Blake was a totally bossy alpha who only knew one way and that was his. This worked for some of us and not so much for others. He had skill, talent and reach in and out of the bedroom. Oh and get ready for some dirty talk and sassy banter (notes may have been taken LOL).
Lily: <spoiler removed> is on my radar. <spoiler removed> is a sh!t stirrer
Sparkles: I really loved the part you are coming up to Lily
Spice: Have you got up to the play by play scene about the
Lily: Let me read on 🙂
Sparkles: Shhh Spice
Sparkles: No wait – that already happened
Spice: I thought so
Sparkles: When that effing count shows up
Sparkles: Damn Auto Correct! Not Count…c%&t
Villain status was equally shared among the genders as was our wrath for them as they emerged. We struggled with auto correct as we vented about some of the not so pleasant women in Blake’s life. Here we may have let go and began cursing. We are flexible like that LOL
The overall consensus was Shivers excelled in the suspense department. It was jammed packed with potential outcomes as to who was behind the unnerving messages being left for Kensey. While we all agreed we couldn’t stop reading, the pace had a tendency to slow down in sections. Keep in mind this is a lengthy read, so it would have needed to come with a health warning if it there hadn’t been a lull here and there. What we all did though was read way past our bedtime as we squeezed in just one more page
The wrap up left us all gobsmacked:
- Because we hadn’t picked the ending
- We wanted to know more about at least two of the characters (possible segway for another book?)
- The ending was a little too neat and quick in comparison to the build up we experienced.
What we struggled with:
- Lily – Blake’s OTT alpha tendencies and the feeling the story was dragging in sections
- Spice – Plot inconsistencies – not many but considering she wanted to be the one to crack the ending first, this frustrated her LOL
- Sparkles – One scene in particular where I was sure the situation Blake had Kensey in meant she had more than the standard two arms.
What we loved:
- The suspense – and trying to pick the ending first (no one did, that blew us away). We all agreed this was where the book excelled.
- The steamy scenes – No denying, whether you wanted her to be with him or not, they tango’d well together!
- The witty and sassy banter (especially the debate surrounding the benefits associated with BoB v Partner) and putting certain douchebags and b!tches in their place!
The music that ran through our heads – thanks to Sparkles 🙂
This isn’t a spoiler rather more the tongue in cheek thoughts because I don’t think any of us can dance and sing quite that well at the same time!
Sparkles: I really liked this book, It’s a solid 4.5 Stars
Lily: 4 Stars I believe this is an excellent read for a book club – it would generate countless discussion points. Blake and his domineering traits didn’t work for me taking away from my connection to him and their relationship. On the flipside, Kensey and the suspense generated within this story kept me turning pages and for that this to me is a 4 Star read. View Spoiler »
Shiver is an epic read. You’ll need to set aside a good couple of days to absorb what is a longer book than usual. I occasionally felt the story lagged when the suspense eased up in sections but these moments never lasted long. My constant draw to keep reading every chance I got was testament to how much I enjoyed this story.
Surprisingly, as a dark read enthusiast, I am not a seeker of revenge. While I live vicariously through a characters bravado it’s never the violence I revel in, rather the need to survive. There were scenarios that hit a raw nerve for me in this story. Brief but pertinent observations about life that struck a chord that resonated enough that I needed to raise it within our chat thread. For this reason, I believe Shiver would be an excellent choice for a book club with the countless discussion points it will generate.
Blake and his domineering traits didn’t work for me. His reason for behaving the way he did was well explained but it was the ease at which Kensey fell into his charms that left me feeling a little cheated. I wanted him to work a bit harder than he did to win her over. On the flipside, Kensey’s personality and confidence was spot on and together they generated several hot and steamy scenes.
My true appreciation for this story was to be found in the suspense and the way I was kept intrigued attempting to work out what was going on. Sharing my speculation in a Buddy Read made this the perfect book that kept me entertained, wanting to talk about what I had read as I found myself turning pages way beyond my bedtime!
That for me equates to a 4 Star read « Hide Spoiler
Spice: 4 Stars I have to admit I was entertained and we had fun with this read. Suspense 5 Stars, but the ending, the characters and the loose ends were 3 Stars so I am going for 4 Stars. View Spoiler »
Shiver was probably one of the best buddy reads we’ve ever done at Edgy. To say we had fun with it was an understatement. I love Ms. Wright’s shifter series so I dove right in as soon as I could. From the start, it blew me away. I’m not sure you can classify it as low angst but most the angst was from not being able to figure out who the bad guy was. None of us could guess and there were so many possibilities.
Kensey’s family situation was whacked in the most fascinating ways. Her mother married a serial killer when the heroine was a toddler. That alone sparked off so many interesting thoughts running through my head. When I found out who and why he killed though, my questions went into overdrive and I wondered what it said about me that a small part of me thought justice was served. With her crazy upbringing, It was a mystery to me how well adjusted and strong Kensey turned out to be.
The hero was an alpha-hole extraordinaire. He had mastered the art of dirty talk like no one else at the same time as being a complete dick. There was lots of mysteries around him causing all kinds of teeth grinding, but everything comes together in the end and he does somewhat redeem himself.
The end had me feeling a bit cheated but the journey to get there was so fun, I’m giving it 4 stars. « Hide Spoiler
Overall Rating: 4+ Entertaining Buddy Read Stars
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