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Thursday, December 27, 2018

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Siobhan Davis latest release Surviving Amber Springs is here! This is a standalone contemporary romance reverse harem book. Read on for more information about this book or download your copy exclusively from Amazon for only $0.99 (limited new release pricing.) Also, FREE to read in Kindle Unlimited.

Surviving Amber Springs
by Siobhan Davis
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Reverse Harem
Age Category: Upper Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: 26 December, 2018
Rating:  4 Stars
Told in the first person.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

Book Description:

Let him who is without sin cast the first stone…

I’m the second-most hated person in Amber Springs.

First place honors go to my twin, Ethan; however, hate isn’t a strong enough word to convey how people feel about him.

Not that I blame anyone—some days, I hate him too. Mostly, I’m just lost and afraid, drowning in a sea of betrayal and guilt, wondering how this happened right under my nose.

There’s no choice but to leave. To move clear across the country in a last-ditch attempt to start over.

Transferring to a new school midway through senior year is hellish for most people. For me, it’s a welcome relief—until someone discovers our secret and now everyone knows.

The pointing, whispering, and scathing looks follow me around again, and I’m back to square one. Except, this time, I’m not alone.

Axel, Skeet, and Heath took me under their wing from the minute I arrived here. I’ve no idea why three of the hottest guys in town took any interest in me or why they continue to have my back, but I’m so grateful to have them in my corner.

Because, right now, they’re the only reason I’m not following my brother into an early grave.

Due to sensitive content, and possible triggers, this book is recommended to readers aged 18+. Full length novel.

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My Thoughts:

The author has written a note to the reader that you need to pay attention to.  The story is done in parts that may help you when deciding where to find a stopping point.  But there are some scenes that are tough to read and get through.  So if you can make it through part one then the reading will get easier.

This is tagged as an upper young adult book but a young adult read is for ages fourteen to seventeen.  I would say the new adult tag is more accurate especially with some of the subject matter that is covered here.  And yes, I do understand that adults also read YA but one of the subjects was even difficult for me.  At times I had to put the book down and step away so that I could get the images out of my head.  And if I’m not able to easily forget about the images than you know this author has created something where she has showcased her talent.  She has taken on a very heart-wrenching subject matter.  What impressed me was that in no way was it romanticized.  She did show, however, that love could find its way through something so terrible.

Blaire Simpson has a conversation with her brother that only leaves her confused.  The sadness she has only leads to questions – both for her and us.  Something else this author was good at was being able to project the apprehension that Blaire felt.  She then meets three young men named Skeet Taylor, Axel Thorp, and Heath Gilchrist.  This is when her life changes.

Part of Blaire’s story has a ring of truth to it and that’s what grabbed my attention.  The hard part was watching her try and deal with the pain.  For the most part this is Blaire’s story to tell and that in and of itself must have been hard to write.  The part I had trouble with was that our author puts in a twist that I found was easily accepted.  Don’t get me wrong she has doubts but it just didn’t seem believable – especially when you think of her age.  Something else that got me to thinking was the way Blaire and her boys seem to talk and do things that would be more college age.  And she makes some very adult decisions.  But then you have to remember this is a work of fiction and it’s all part of creative license – either that or I’m just not realizing how more mature high schoolers are these days.

I’m not going to lie the first part of this story broke my heart.  It made it tough to read especially since we’re in the holiday season – some of it can be a real downer.  If you’re someone that has been bullied, or know of someone who has, this may not be the story for you.  If you’re patient, the weight of this story does get better.  And who doesn’t love a happy ending.


“Oh my fucking God!” Shaznay shrieks in a high-pitched tone. I push Skeet off me so fast it’s almost a superpower. He tumbles to the floor, chuckling as he wipes my lip gloss off his mouth. “My eyes will never recover!” Shaznay looks like she just swallowed something nasty. “Seriously, I don’t know how I’ll scrub the image of you two dry humping from my retinas or my brain. You need a cold shower or a muzzle or something.” She jabs a finger pointedly in her brother’s direction.
“Perhaps you should learn to knock first,” Skeet suggests, climbing to his feet and helping me to mine. “And you’re overreacting, like always. It’s not like we were naked and screwing our brains out.”
“Ugh, you are a disgusting pig.” She turns to me. “I don’t know how you can make out with him.”
“Because he’s hot and an awesome kisser,” I retort with a cheeky wink, earning me a firm peck on the lips.
“God, could you be any more perfect,” Skeet muses, snaking his arms around me.
“God, could you be any more puke inducing,” Shaznay snarks back.
I laugh, feeling lighter than I have in ages.
“Dinner’s ready,” she adds. “And we better go before Mom sends Sage down here. I need to protect her innocent eyes from the live porno I just watched.”
“Overreaction,” Skeet whispers, kissing the top of her head as he tows me with me toward the stairs. “If it was a porno, I’d have Blaire—”
Shaznay clamps her hand over Skeet’s mouth muffling him. “Do not even think about finishing that sentence,” she warns, narrowing her eyes at him.

About Siobhan Davis:

USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult romantic fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling Kennedy Boys, Saven, and True Calling series’.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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