Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz: ARC Review


They called themselves “the lucky ones”

They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family...until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She’s determined to find out what really happened that fateful night -- was it an accident or, as she’s always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she’ll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

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About the Author:

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, THE SIREN, won the RT Editor's Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend, author Andrew Shaffer.

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Michelle's Review:

They call themselves "the lucky ones," but you may have an entirely different opinion of that once you finish this book. If nothing else, I think we may all agree that if they are the lucky ones, it is for entirely different reasons than it first appears. Filled with questions, suspense, and suspicion, The Lucky Ones will take you on a ride that you never saw coming, one that will keep you hooked, and on the edge of your seat until the very end.

One thing I absolutely love about Tiffany Reisz is that she is so versatile. No two works of hers are alike, none are predictable, and they certainly aren't simple. To say that I went into this book with a preconceived notion of what this story was all about and was blown away, taken aback, and completely surprised once the truth finally came out, is an understatement. While it seems we are being told a run-of-the-mill, albeit captivating, story about family and reunion, the further in you get, you just can't shake the feeling that there is so much more to the story, making you doubt each character in every possible situation and question everything.

Cute and witty and much more innocent, at least erotically so, than much of her previous work, I must admit it is perfect for this story and refreshing even. While erotica is definitely Tiffany Reisz's forte, with the right amount of connection, the right chemistry between characters, and the depth of story, as seen in this book, fade to black is perfectly acceptable, if not preferred, so that the story, and the importance of it, takes center stage over the explicit bedroom behavior.

Not quite romance, but with plenty of romantic elements as well as love in all its different forms and manifestations. Not quite thriller, but with plenty of mystery and suspense. Not quite what we are used to from this author, but with plenty of the signature style that we have come to adore. Not quite what I expected, but a whole lot more intriguing, exciting, and thought provoking than anticipated.

A story fraught with secrets, lies, compulsion, and questionable activities. The Lucky Ones is a book that lingers; it is sure to stay with you long after the last page. It is a book that enthralls; trying to make sense of this one will keep you glued to the pages. It is a book full of surprises; expect the unexpected and just sit back and enjoy the ride.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 Stars

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