Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Seamless Release Event with Review Promo and Giveaway

Title: Seamless
Series: By A Thread #3
Author: RL Griffin
Release DateDecember 10, 2013
Professional, successful, survivor Stella has mastered the art of appearances and conquering what life throws at her. Time after time, she chooses to fight even though she's consistently poised to break. It's that fight to get her life back, to make things right, to survive that defines who she is. She's been loved, left, lost, blown up, shot, and exploited. Physically, she's almost completely put back together. Mentally, Stella's one step from a vindictive retaliation that may or may not be her best choice.

In Seamless, Stella has no choice but to step into the ring with someone who she once loved. It's a dirty fight that will take all she has. Will she do what it takes to win? Will she make it out alive?

You'll cheer her on until you realize all is not what it seems. Appearances can be deceiving.
My Review 
4 Stars ★★★★
December 10. 2013
ARC provided by Author for Honest Review

When your name is Stella Murphy life sucks… Literally. For the past five years Stella has been plagued by nothing but awful events that make every small bit of happiness in her life disappear. After the huge cliffhanger ending we were left with in Tension, Seamless picks up right from the end. The action starts of huge and you can’t help but hope that Stella will finally catch a break. There’s only so many shootings, bombings, kidnappings, burying of fiancées who are later resurrected and beatings one person can handle. And these are all occurrences from previous books.

I should mention that this was an epic conclusion that I couldn’t wait to finish. Seamless delivers, seamlessly if you can excuse the pun. Having read only the first two books in the series I’ll admit it is necessary to read the previous book Tension in order to fully understand the story. That being said when I finished Tension I had no clue there was even a book before it. Honestly, even now I feel like so much was summed up or brought up in Tension to feel the reading book #1 By a Thread was even necessary. So much happens to Stella that even in this book I found myself often saying, ‘Come on,’ as if someone’s luck could truly be so bad. But having read these last two I can say I was pleasantly impressed. Even with the sometime outlandish amounts of plain bad that Stella has to deal with you can’t help but enjoy her spark of humor and brash attitude.

I did however find myself wanting to smack Stella over and over. She loves George and he loves her but every five minutes her Life has her pushing him away. My heart broke for both of them and added with all the drama and suspense this book had my pulling my hair out in no time, sweating as I waited out their HEA.
I guess I should point out that this is the FINAL book in the series so no ugly cliffhangers this time. Though if you’re like me the end of the book will blow your mind and for once there’s not even a bomb involved. I did feel the end of the book was rushed. One minute there’s a moment of peace and suddenly the world is imploding and Stella is questioning everything and even timelines speed up, often leaving me disconnected from a story I couldn’t wait to ride out.

On a side note I didn’t like Patrick, Stella’s friend last time and I disliked him even more this time around. Just something about him and the secrets he held from Stella make it hard to accept him as part of her life. Don’t even get me started on the huge whopper and jaw dropper that happens here…

Overall I was impressed with Stella’s journey. Luckily somehow things work out and that’s not to say her ‘lifestyle of drama’ doesn’t jump up every step of the way. I wish the end was more hashed out. It felt like a rushed summary especially the epilogue. But the remainder of the story was so engrossing that I was left stunned after reading it, enough so that the dodgy ending wasn’t too hard to handle. Fans of the series will be pleasantly surprised and left guessing constantly as Stella fights her way to normal. Dropping the FBI Beauty moniker and becoming normal again is all Stella wants and Seamless is the journey of and if she can finally achieve it. 

About RL:
R.L. resides in the Atlanta area with her husband, son and two dogs. She was born and raised in the South. She attended Georgia Southern University and moved to Washington, D.C. to intern in the United States Senate during the impeachment trial. Falling in love with the city, she went to law school at American University, Washington College of Law. By a Thread is R.L.’s second book, but is the first in a series of books. 

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