Thursday, August 7, 2014

Buried by Selena Laurence ~ Review and Giveaway!

BURIED by Selena Laurence
Release Day Blitz and Giveaway

Hiding from Love #3 
by Selena Laurence
Releases  August 4, 2014
* Stand Alone Novel *

Seven years ago, Juan Martinez lost everything—his only parent, his home, his life as he’d known it. Alone, lost, and desperate, he turned to the Reyes Hispanos—the RH—one of the most violent gangs in South Texas. But when you sell your soul to the devil, you pay a heavy price. Convicted of a drive-by shooting, Juan has served hard time. Finally out on parole, he wants to disappear— from the RH, from memories of all that he’s lost, and especially from the gorgeous woman who just showed up next door.

Beth Garcia grew up following after her older brother, David, and his best friend, Juan. She always dreamed of a day when she’d be old enough for Juan to look at her as someone other than David’s little sister. But he disappeared at seventeen, after his mother was deported, and Beth thought she’d lost him forever. When she finds him living at the halfway house next door, she knows he’s still the same guy inside. Determined to save him from himself and the RH, Beth sets out to prove that he didn’t commit the crime he was convicted of. But the path to absolution is dark, and even Beth may not be able to discover the real Juan.

Can a man with a damaged soul and a beautiful heart let a woman with fierce loyalty and unwavering love risk it all to save him? Or will his past bury them both this time?


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 *My Review* 
 ** Bookends received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

*Before I start this review I would like to point out that this is the first book in this series that I've had the pleasure of reading so far. I never like to read a series out of order so I will be remedying that very soon*

I really liked this book. Some of the scenes were a little too high octane and a little on the unrealistic or overly convenient side but after a reminder to myself that this is fiction and should be treated as such, I settled in and enjoyed the ride.

Like all of Selena Laurence's books that I've read, this one is very well written and the storyline flows nicely. The characters are extremely likeable (even the bad guys!) and there is never a dull moment or lag in the action. I really liked that the chapters alternated characters so the reader had the opportunity to connect personally with each one. I'm pretty sure I fell in love with Miguel after reading his chapter! And I really loved the Lush reference and the way it took me back to a great book. It was one of those "A-HA!" moments. I definitely remember reading that particular scene not all that long ago and it was like getting a very welcome visit from old friends.

Buried is an awesome book that only confirmed my belief that Selena Laurence is a great author. I will definitely be going back and reading this series from the beginning.


The Hiding from Love series

(Nick & Lyndsey)
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(Gabe & Alexis)
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(Gabe & Alexis)
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(Juan & Beth)
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Selena Laurence is the Barnes and Noble Bestselling author of what she likes to call Edgy Contemporary Romance. Her books have been Amazon Top 10 bestsellers in multiple categories including Multicultural Romance, Hispanic Fiction, Urban Fiction, Military Romance, and Romantic Suspense. Her New Adult romance, Hidden, won the 2014 Reader's Crown Award for Contemporary Romance of the year.

Selena lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and spends a hell of a lot of time at soccer games, on her laptop, and reading. She requires a Mocha Latte every day to function, keeps a goldendoodle at her feet most of the time, and has more kids than she or Mr. Laurence know what to do with.

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Selena is also author of the Lush Series, a story of four high school friends who form the rock band Lush.  Take a ride with rock stars, men, brothers, and lovers, as Joss, Walsh, Mike, and Colin discover what it means to succeed, to fail, to hurt, and to love.

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