Shiver by Suzanne Wright

February 8, 2018 An EDGy Buddy Read and Review, Book Review 0 ★★★★

Shiver by Suzanne Wright four-stars
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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

 

By Lily

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.

Enjoy! <3

 

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: Shhhh

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!!!!!!!!

Spice: Finally!

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’…

Spice: LOL

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

Lily: BRB

Sparkles: No wait – that already happened

Spice: I thought so

Sparkles: When that effing count shows up

Spice: Count?

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:

  1. Because we hadn’t picked the ending
  2. We wanted to know more about at least two of the characters (possible segway for another book?)
  3. 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!

Final thoughts…

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 »

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 »

Overall Rating: 4+ Entertaining Buddy Read Stars

 

four-stars

About Lily

An Angel with the devil inside… a Good Girl that can be bad or a Bad Girl trying to be good…who knows!

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