Monday, April 3, 2017

72 Hours by Bella Jewel: ARC Review


A red-hot, pulse-pounding thrill ride by USA Today bestselling author Bella Jewel!

It’s all part of his sick game. A game he’s been planning for an entire decade. Now everything is perfect: One woman and one man have been selected. They used to be a couple—and they can no longer stand one another. They are the perfect victims. He doesn’t intend for the game to be easy. He wants to push them to the brink of insanity, to make his hunt real...

Lara and Noah have been captured and dumped into a massive wooded area. There’s only one rule in this fatal game: They will have 72 hours to find a way out before a sadistic serial killer begins his hunt . . .But what he never could have expected was the explosive passion that ignites between the two ex-lovers—one that makes them strong. Fierce. And determined to do whatever it takes to escape—and to survive.

72 Hours by Bella Jewel is a sexy, page-turning thrill ride!


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About the Author:

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.
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Review by Michelle:

I love a good thriller and as soon as I read the blurb for Bella Jewel's 72 hours, I knew it was just the kind of sick and twisted I was in the market for. An exciting, suspenseful, and even quite scary ride that is sure to have you nibbling your nails and making your palms sweat all while rooting for forgiveness and a fresh start.

While there isn't a whole lot of room in this anxiety inducing story for too much romance, 72 hours comes through with just the right mix of passion and suspense. Just chilling enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and just enough connection to be called an unlikely love story, this book has everything you hope for in a romantic suspense, in just the right proportions.

Lara started out pretty weak and helpless and even a little hopeless. It may be understandable considering her hang-ups and the reasoning behind them, but it also made Lara's character a little unbearable at times. Over the course of this horrific journey though, instead of cowering or giving up, Lara finally begins to truly embrace the fact that not everything that happens to you is in your control, the fact that bad things sometimes happen to good people, and her inner strength, confidence, and courage as well. I can't say I loved Lara's character for much of the story, but the growth that we see over the course of the book and her conviction at the end makes her much more endearing and likeable in the long run.

Noah is sweet, sexy, steadfast, and the perfect hero, but the question is, can Lara look past their problems in the past to really hear what he has to say and even work together, or is the pain of their problems insurmountable?

And the little snippets from the killer's perspective? Perfection. In just a few words at the end of a few chapters you are sucked into the killer's sadistic and psychopathic mind giving insights into all of his demented delusions and keeping you on the hook, dying to see where someone who lives beyond the confines of rules and even sanity can take Lara and Noah, and you.

Unfortunately, I found the conflict at the heart of this book, the conflict that seemed sure to keep this couple at each other's throats, was easily overcome and not nearly as dramatic as it was promised to be. The couple's falling out was understandable, yet Lara's pigheadedness was pretty frustrating when Noah repeatedly tried to talk to her about it. Coupled with the fact that once everything was laid on the line in a time when teamwork is paramount and discord could be detrimental, their situation was much less problematic after capture than I was anticipating and not as big a part of the plot as I was hoping for. I was extremely excited about this ex-lovers twist on a serial killer kidnapping scenario, but in the end, I was disappointed in its execution.

A wonderful and intriguing storyline, an enjoyable and engaging read, a thrilling and fascinating journey into the mind of a wicked and depraved killer that unfortunately just missed the mark in a few areas. 72 Hours is a good story with loads of potential from a great author. If you are a Bella Jewel fan, a lover of romantic suspense, and enjoy a good thriller, you will definitely want to give this story a try.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 4 Stars

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