Monday, June 03, 2019

#BookReview for In Another Life by @CCHunterBooks @WednesdayBooks

Synopsis: Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. 

Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. 

Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.

When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they're kindred spirits. 

Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth.

As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?

This title will be released on March 26, 2019.

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About the Author:  C.C. Hunter is the author of the new Young Adult Paranormal series Shadow Falls published by St. Martin's Press.

C.C. grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.

C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels for Grand Central.

C.C. would love to hear from you. Because of deadlines, it may take her a day or so to get back with you, but she will reply.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Review: When I first started reading this one I found myself pulled into the story.  I will have to see if some of this comes up in the finished copy so please be advised that I am saying this via an ARC.  So one major issue I had with this one was that early on Cash (yes that is his name) talks about having one of those DNA test things from like and then that's it. Its never mentioned after that. I thought it was a little weird and well kind of stupid to bring it up if nothing came of it.  

The entire story about a girl who was adopted but might have been kidnapped was great. It had danger and mystery, a little romance, and a lot of heart.  But I kind of wished that a little of it would have been cleaned up just a little more than what it was.  My ARC of this book is 336 pages and I think this could have been cut down by say 50-75 pages give or take.  Towards the middle parts when they are in the thick of the mystery of finding out for sure if Chole had been kidnapped it began to drag a lot.  So that was kind of disappointing as I think this is the first book by this author that I didn't flat out a scream from the rooftops loved.  I mean don't get me wrong I did LOVE it but as it sits it wasn't the 5 stars read I was hoping for.  

So all in all this book had two main characters it was told in alternating POV of them then one other POV towards the middle-end parts.  I won't tell you who that one is since I don't want to spoil anything.  I loved Chloe and me really kind of wanted to bend Cash over my knee and bust his butt.  (not in a sexual way btw but as a parent). I really wished that this book would have had a little more of him coming to terms with who he was and the issues he harbored against his past.  The book pretty much takes like three paragraphs and does that but it would have been nice to really see him talk with his foster parents and really come to terms with his anger and guilt.   Another thing I wished would have really happened which I guess it kind of did but not how I really wanted it to.  Chloe in this is pretty much the parent.  Her mom is going downhill, she is getting over Cancer (which was hard to read about since my mom is doing the same thing), she is going through a divorce from her husband cheating on her and of course, she is just not doing well.  I would have liked to see Chole to break a few eggs as she said and rip into her mom about her being the child and her being the mom.  She did yell at her about taking pills which I thought was great. But I wish they would have had a real conversation about what was going on.   For Chole's dad, I think his side of the story worked well.  I was kind of sad of one turn in the story that although was ok I was really hoping that a certain purchase was going to be him trying to win Chole's mom back. But alas it was not meant to be.  Last but not least Cash's foster parents were great we got to learn a little about them etc.  I don't really have anything to say about them. 

I do have to say that I loved that parents were actually in the story and not just one but two full sets of mom and dad!!  I mean YES PLEASE!! 

The romance in this one was light but deep. I really loved the epilogue we got at the end.  Although this two fall in love early I didn't feel like it was insta-love I felt like they had spent time together and bonded.  So that was wonderful.  

So the mystery of wither or not Chole had been kidnapped.  This I have to say got me going at first.  Towards the end of the book, you learn if it was one way or another and the secret is out of the bag.  I kind of wished that the author would have omitted those parts out since it took the mystery out of the story from then on.  You know the truth and that's that.  Although it became somewhat predictable I still enjoyed getting to that part and learning the truth.  

At the end of this one, I kind of wished that this would have centered around Chole finding out the truth sooner then them dealing with the outcome of that truth.  Then the danger towards the end wouldn't have felt so rushed and more could have happened.  With Chole and her family dealing with emotions etc.  As well as Cash and Chole learning how to deal with their romance.  And Cash with his issues. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Child Kidnapping, LGBT in passing, Child Abuse, Adoption, Romance 

"Hunter deftly delivers a complicated back-and-forth point of view between Chloe and Cash, building suspense along with a steamy sense of attraction between the two teens." -- Kirkus

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