Wednesday, December 10, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Keep It Secret (KIS Series #1) by Olivia Snow

Title:  Keep It Secert (KIS Series Book #1)
Author:  Olivia Snow
Genre:   Contemporary Romance
Release Day:  November 18, 2014


Is blood truly thicker than water? 
After the unexpected death of her father, and her mother’s emotional abandonment, Ava Veneziano’s life is turned upside down. She turns to drugs, sex and alcohol as a way to cope with all the destruction in her life, inconsequence, she flunks a grade and loses touch with her favorite cousin Vanessa. 

Five years later, Ava and her mother are reunited with the family they’d lost touch with and they end up moving into their home. 

Enter Vanessa Saint John.

Vanessa is unawarely beautify, with an overbearing and controlling mother. She’s never given the opportunity to have a boyfriend or experience life like a normal seventeen year old girl. 

However, all that changes when her cousin Ava moves in, and she finally gets the attention of Gabriel Mason.

The same boy who’s also caught the attention of her beloved cousin. 

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I'm going to start by saying that I don't normally read young adult/new adult stories where the characters are high school age, because I've been out of school for....let's just say it's been a while. And high school was bad enough when I was going, I sure don't want to read about someone else's horrific high school experiences. But I was really impressed with this story, even with all of the antics and secrets that went along with it.

I felt for Ava having to deal with the aftermath of her father's untimely death and how her mother just shut down after; I really wasn't surprised at her choice of turning to alcohol in order to deal with everything. I could also empathize with her about her feelings toward her mother. How do you forgive the one parent who should have been there for emotionally when you lose your other parent? It also didn't help the situation because Ava was more of a Daddy's girl.

I liked how even though five years passed, Ava and Vanessa just rekindled their relationship with relatively few changes. Ava and her mom are back on good terms with Vanessa's family, although Vanessa's mom is the stuff nightmares are made from. 

Although not an original plot twist, the love triangle was still an interesting one and the way it played out certainly wasn't expected. I can't wait to read the next book in the series to see what's going to happen with both Ava and Vanessa.
Book provided in exchange for honest review.

Scrambling to find the nearest bathroom I made a sharp turn at a corner and collided with a body; a big hard body at that.
“Watch where you're going.” I barked. Watching in slow motion as my textbooks crashed against the floor.
 “Ava?” The familiar voice questioned. Oh, my shit. That voice was in my dreams every night for the past week. The memory of his bright blue eyes haunted me. His lips. God, those lips left torched imprints on my skin and his touch; only his touch was able to obliterate any man who came before him. I couldn't get this guy out of my head. I hated it. I was terrified to look up maybe if I kept ignoring him he’d leave.
“Ava?” He called again. Ugh, take a hint!
Crouching down to pick up my books his hand reached over and touched mine. The cloudiness in my mind dissolved as my senses became highly responsive to his touch. Get ahold of yourself, Ava. Quickly retracting my hand I stood, every fiber in my body was on high alert. Our eyes collided and my fears were rewarded with a panty-dropping smile.
Fuck me...not literally.

Title:  Keep It Safe (KIS Series Book #2)
Author:  Olivia Snow
Genre:   Contemporary Romance
Release Day:  December 16, 2014

Eight months ago Vanessa Saint John’s life was a lot different than it is now…

After losing Gabriel, and the discovery of his and Ava’s indiscretions, Vanessa becomes depressed and turns to partying and alcohol as a distraction.

Recognizing that she’s spiraling out of control, she manages to turn her life around. Still, her mother poses as a problem, and like the social climber she is, she fixes Vanessa up with the very rich and affluent Stellen Webb.

Vanessa is nothing more than a pawn in her mother’s quest for wealth and recognition, and unknowingly Cynthia pushes Vanessa into the arms of another man; Diesel Knox, a tattooed country boy with an attitude.

Clean and sober Ava has spent the last eight months in Sicily running away from her problems, until her mother summons her back to Colorado…

Reluctantly Ava returns to a broken Vanessa, a bartending job, and an unexpected love interest. Maxwell Gallagher, a much older man, who has a six-year-old son.

Will Vanessa finally break free of her parents grip? Will Ava finally find the happiness she so desperately seeks? Or will she forever be in the hell of her own making?

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Olivia Snow lives in a lovely town in Colorado, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful but highly energetic children that she can barely keep up with. Her day is devoted to chasing after her three monsters, cleaning, cooking and often times tearing out her hair.

She loves drinking coffee eating chocolate and cheesecake. In her free time, you can catch her reading a steamy book, watching juicy drama filled reality TV or just cuddling with her yummy hubby.

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