Book Review: His Wounded Light ( The Light In The Wound #2) – Christine Brae

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The perfect life. 

The perfect marriage. 

The jilted lover. 

Their worlds collide.

Fate intervenes twelve years later and their paths intersect once again. All three will question whether the heart is truly capable of dividing and being divided; each will decide whether it matters who you loved first or who you love last. 

Together they will learn that in the end, there can always only be one.


My Thoughts 2

It´s truly a rare moment when you favor book #2 more than book #1. Maybe it´s because I read `His Wounded Light`( The Light In The Wound #2 ) by Christine Brae before I read `The Light In The Wound`? I´m not entirely sure but I will say this:his wounded light

I totally enjoyed this book. It was deep. It made me say “Oh shit.” more often than I thought it ever would. It´s one raw piece of romance that seeps into your bones and stays there.

This book confronted me with real life issues I didn´t necessarily want to be confronted with.

You know- Those situations where you have to make life changing decisions? The “What would happen if this and this or that would happen to you/to us…”

This book has those types of situations and it´s not pretty to read about. But even life´s ugly sides can turn an everyday romance into something great.

There was so much tension in this book. So much devastation and longing and fear. I´m telling you, it´s deeper than the first book by a long shot.

And that´s basically what I loved about this story. It has more of everything.

  1. The pacing was much better.
  2. The character development was great.
  3. The issues dealt with were brutally realistic
  4. The romance / romantic aspect was captivating

You felt the love between the main characters. You felt the nasties this couple went through because the author painted out a horrific picture of it all. She made me believe with the right words / the right emotions the characters felt. I know this because I personally have dealt with at least one of the included issues myself and have seen another of the included issues happen to close friends.

As much as I enjoyed this read there were two minor things that didn´t sit well with me.

  1. The third-party. I didn´t necessarily like seeing one of the love interests from book 1 in this book. He felt out of place. The story itself was strong enough without him.
  2. The rich people party. This is not really something to complain about because, in the end, this is just a story. But I would have loved it if the characters were more poor – middle class. Would have made the characters more relatable. Not all of us can just effortlessly buy a plane ticket and fly across the country to clear our minds.

As I´ve said- this is a minor issue. I just don´t like characters with money. I´d rather see them financially suffer, like the rest of us.  Lol.

All in all I truly enjoyed this read and do NOT regret having read book #2 before book #1. While I understand that this might not work for others… it worked really well for me ( because I don´t care )


Would I recommend this book? Yes and no. This book carries topics such as: miscarriage, depression, drug abuse, and cheating. I can see readers being triggered left and right. If you´re anything like me and can stomach any of these topics then I´d say- go for it! It´s a romance with a great ending.

Would I reread this book? Yes.


The Cover – 4 stars: An improvement compared to the book cover for the first book.

The Story – 4 stars: Call me a schmuck because I do love myself a angsty story that puts me in a miserable state.

The Characters – 4 stars: Again, an improvement! I even liked the Heroine a lot more in this one.

My emotional state after finishing this read: Happy I read this one first because after the first one I don´t think I would have continued with the story.

4 stars

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com


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Book Review: The Light In The Wound (#1) – Christine Brae

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Affected by her parents’ highly publicized divorce, Isabel grows up isolated and alone, with a resolve to never fall in love and repeat their mistakes.

When Jesse Cain enters her life, she falls hopelessly in love with him, and every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion. But people change as they grow up. Things can never stay the same forever.

Jesse and Isabel fight to stay together, determined to hold on to what they once had. Isabel wonders if a second love can ever be enough to make her forget her first.


My Thoughts 2

I read `The Light In The Wound` ( The Light In The Wound #1) by Christine Brae right after I realized I accidentally read book #2, `His Wounded Light` first. ( Yes. Even I´m a ditz sometimes )

Weird, right? Ha! Welcome to my everyday norm. This doesn´t surprise me one bit. But hey…. I set things right again after I managed to find time to buy and read the first book. Now, here I am… ready to give my thoughts on book #1 first, as I should have a while ago.

One would think I ruined the whole story for myself by reading book #2 first. In my case, the mix up didn´t affect me or the story. I like spoilers. I have no problem with knowing how a story ends before I´ve even read the beginning. (I´m glad we got that covered ).

Now, did I enjoy `The Light In The Wound`? Yes. I actually did.

I´m a sucker for 1st love vs. 2nd love romances and Christine Brae did a wonderful job with this novel.the light in the wound

I loved the emotional rollercoaster ride I was put through. Lots of angst, heartbreak, frustration, love, loss… This book was a positive emotional mess for me. Because there´s nothing more satisfying than reading a romance that puts you in an emotional stupor.

While I appreciated the things this book did to me there were a few things that did turn me off.

  1. The pace. I had such a hard time sticking with this read because the story dragged. It took me a few days to push through and not completely give up. The last third of the story was what made me truly love this story.
  2. The Heroine. Isa wasn´t what I would call a great Heroine. Her actions and reactions were justified but I just couldn´t find sympathy for the woman. I really can´t say why, either. It´s probably one of those “you either like ´em or ya don´t” situations. In my case, I didn´t like her as much as I thought I would.
  3. The Hero, Jesse. He felt a tad over the top. Yes, I´ve encountered worse in other novels but he wasn´t the type of Hero I would have picked for an old vs. new love.
  4. The choppy chapters. This isn´t a writing issue, per se. It´s a chapter issue. Unfortunately, I felt no swift flow from one chapter to another. Maybe this has to do with the story being stretched over a 15 year time span. Maybe not. The story still didn´t feel effortless due to the choppy chapters.

Other than that I had no complaints. I enjoyed the story for what it was: an emotional wreck with the “three´s a crowd” theme.


Would I recommend this read? That depends. If someone is looking for the ultimate “Oh, just shoot one already to put every other character out of their misery” then I´d say yes. Go for it. Have fun and don´t complain about the dragging pace.

Would I reread this book? I´m not sure.


The Cover – 3 Stars: I´m not a fan. It looks like someone was in a hurry and just used the next best available image. I wouldn´t have bought this book with that cover image.

The Story – 3 Stars: The author can deliver an emotional package pretty well. I had the feels.

The Characters – 3 Stars: I´m giving these characters a generous 3 stars because of the reasons I´ve mentioned above. I will give Alex ( Hero #2 ) 4 shining stars because he truly was a great character.

My emotional state after finishing this read: Satisfied.

3 stars

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com

 


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Book Review: Eight Goodbyes, Christine Brae

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When Tessa Talman meets Simon Fremont for the first time, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded—while she’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they agree to meet in places around the world, while continuing to live on opposite sides of the globe.

Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.

Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways they never imagined. 

To move forward, she must let go of the past, and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.

 


My Thoughts 2

**ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

`Eight Goodbyes` by author Christine Brae is a heartstrings tugging romance that will push all the right emotional buttons… Or, at least I hope that happens for readers when they pick this read.

Sadly enough, I have mixed feelings regarding this romance. I´m not totally against this book but I´m also not able to lay my heart on the table and profess my undying love for `Eight Goodbyes`Eight Goodbyes

Let me explain why.

The cover and book title caught my attention. The synopsis then sealed the deal for me. Everything seemed interesting and I was hopeful that I had found a new author to add to my ever-growing list of favorite writers.

With that being said- My excitement wasn´t long lasting. To express my mixed feelings a little better let be start off with mentioning what I fully appreciated about this book.

The writing.

The author has the ability to grab a reader´s attention with her words. A nice soft, feminine writing that´s perfect for an emotional read. Loved it.

Unfortunately, the writing , alone,doesn´t cut it for me.

While the synopsis sounded interesting, the story itself wasn´t as gripping. `Eight Goodbyes`. Yes. Somewhere deep down I understood this book was about saying goodbye 8 times. No surprises there. What I didn´t know was how annoying the goodbyes would be for me.

Tessa Tamlan, famous fiction author, lives the dream.

Here is where I felt a strong case of „The protagonist is the author´s self- insert“.

While most of us readers tend to believe being an author is all fun and games, Christine Brae gives us a little insight on how that´s not true through the eyes of Tessa Tamlan. In fact- The detailed mention of how exhausting and time-consuming an author´s life is feels a little too realistic.

This is pure speculation on my part but sometimes a reader can tell if there´s a self – insert. I felt it and I didn´t like it.

Nonetheless- Tessa´s character rubbed me the wrong way on many levels. She came across as arrogant, self-centered, aloof and superficial. A stark contrast to the Hero, Simon Fremont., who I enjoyed to bits.

As for the romance in the story – I had difficulties warming up to Tessa and Simon, as a couple. It took 5 chapters to lose all sympathy for the off-putting Tessa and 5 chapters to see that Simon deserved someone better. So, all the romantic feels I was supposed to feel were non-existent for me because I couldn´t connect with the Hero and Heroine.

Another aspect that made me raise my eyebrows: Tessa liked to mention how intelligent Simon and herself were. It´s a compliment when it´s mentioned once. It´s weird when it´s mentioned more than once.

The `good-byes` frustrated me. The Heroine was unlikable. The story wasn´t my cup of tea. Still…..

Would I recommend this book? For readers who rely on my opinion- No.

Would I reread this book? No.


The cover – 5 stars ( I´m usually not a fan of character images on covers but I did like this one.)

The Story – 2 stars ( The idea is great. The way the story panned out- Not so great )

The Characters – 2 ( Tessa did not work for me. Simon felt like the better character )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Frustrated.

2 stars

Book Title: Eight Goodbyes

Author: Christine Brae

Genre: contemporary romance

Release date: 1. Sept. 2018

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