Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Where We Left Off review and Blog Tour

Book Summary: A successful Real-estate developer, Mason had his picture perfect life. He was young, handsome, wealthy and single. No stranger to frequent hook ups at the local night clubs he avoided relationships at all costs living tirelessly by one rule:

“Never let anyone close enough again to hurt you”

Until he found himself falling for Sydney McCail, a young woman he met at his brother’s wedding. In the midst of a developing relationship Mason’s past begins to surface causing him to push Sydney away in fear of her finding out a secret he’d kept hidden for most of his adult life. In the wake of a tragic accident she finds that what she thought she knew was only the beginning, and what happens from there leaves them both searching for answers to a single question in what turns out to be a startling outcome, Where We Left Off.

My Review: Refreshing, is how I will describe this book. The author's descriptive writing style, unique or intricately defined characters and a central conflict that is well written into the depths of the story line left me in AWE. 
Its not a plot that is staring you right in your face and neither is the negative effect a person may encounter when someone experience trauma in their life without a healing process. 
In the beginning the author allows readers to marinate on the voice of the main character, Mason. His outlook about pastors, God and the church is very cold-hearted. He's a bachelor and seeks women that are not looking for commitment nor marriage. 
Sydney - The woman that captures Mason heart, but she is not offering him what Mason usually receives from women he encounters.
Jackson - Mason's brother and confidant. 
Erika - Exactly what Mason seek in a woman. Beauty and sexual satisfaction without commitment of any kind. 
The characters are a good blend. The author did a great job with presenting the readers with a look into the heads of the secondary characters and introducing minor characters that wasn't muddled into the story line, producing a good balance. 
In the story there is hope, strength, courage, forgiveness, redemption and true love. The author delivers a passionate woven romance that also spins a few twist. My reading pace was moderate as I savored each page while analyzing the story line.. It definitely held my interest. A few times I wanted to jump down a few line only because I became anxious for the outcome. I dearly enjoyed this novel. Interesting book cover design. The ending was satisfying. The book title and story line match up is a 5/5 and this book sits on my reading shelf as DEEP IN MY Soul novel with a 4.5/5 review rating. (note: editing errors) 
The Author
J. Alex Blane is an author whose debut Novel “Where We Left Off” was his first break in the literary world of fiction romantic suspense, but definitely not his last as he is currently working on both his second & third novels within the series. A Multi-Media developer by trade; “J. Alex Blane is a talented man whose creativity is exceptional!” – Katrina Coleman (Amazon).
Since Alex could remember, it has always been his dream to write a novel. After nearly eight years of deciding to put a single ballpoint pen to a piece of paper he finally finished placing the last period at the end of the last sentence and introduced readers to Where We Left Off, a story that has evolved into something to this day he will say he never expected and in some cases transcending the definition of its genre.

Alex currently resides in Bear, Delaware with his wife and his two children where they share a small home just right for him to sneak off into a little corner and write more of what he loves and where he is currently at work on his next novel. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Nu Upsilon Chapter in Wilmington, Delaware, a father and a husband. Alex loves to tell a good story, but more than that he loves to make you feel as if you are right there as it’s happening.

Social Links:
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  1. SassyReader4/30/2014

    This novel has gotten really mixed reviews. When you sent out the email I went to check it out and how do a book go from folks giving it a one start to some giving it a 5 star. wild, however, based on your reccomendation Sidne i'm going with my girl. You usually know what I like so will you have this one at the store too.

  2. Tamika4/30/2014

    I agree with SR above. I think some folks did not understand his writing process. i read a few of the reviews on Good reads. i'm going to give it a try. Is it available on kindle? We should list this one for our summer book read discussion when the group meets. let's talk.

  3. Denise4/30/2014

    sounds like a good novel. I like the 'refreshing' word usage Sidne. I look forward to reading it

  4. I can't thank you enough for the time you devoted to sit down and get lost within the pages of Where We Left Off. Your review is one that will remain bookmarked in printed beside my computer as an inspiration to keep writing. It was absolutely beautiful, detailed and specific to all the key elements within the story. I am very humbled to receive it. THANK YOU, thank you thank you!!!

  5. Veronica5/01/2014

    ok Sidne, I will be purchasing the book however, I'm going to let mother and dad read it first. I have so many on my plate this one would be number 10 on the list. lol. you know how we do it. lol. anyway. will this be at the store. I want three copies. Dad and mom just will not share. oh, let me see whats her reading line up his, I might be able to get two if she has a line up. lol. miss you and keep the emails coming. oh, mom told me about this one, girl she is always lurking on your page and the other blogs you told her about. She loves it.

  6. I want to try this one out. sounds interesting.

  7. Charmaine T.5/07/2014

    hey, why did your email go to my spam!!! just go it!! i'm off today so i will be catching up on all reviews. I like the way this one sounds. will have to recommend to the group after i read it. Now let me move on to the others i've missed. TAKE CARE and see you in JUNE

  8. Prez of LadyReaders5/07/2014

    this sounds interesting. will my favorite book store have it in stock. I want one if so.