Wednesday, April 1, 2015

REVIEW : Shaken (L.A Nights #3) by Sylvie Fox

          SCHEDULED RELEASE DATE : April 10, 2015 
Jessie Morales chose her career over love five years ago. Now she’s finally seeing her hard choices pay off. A possible promotion to the KESP news desk is in the works. Except, right after her boss gives her the good news—an earthquake hits, leaving her trapped in an elevator facing the demons from her past.

LAPD officer Cameron Becker is still recovering from the after shocks of the earthquake when his estranged wife calls—panicked and trapped. He doesn’t hesitate to rush to her rescue. He lost her once. He can’t lose her again.

Yet, when the physical danger has passed, unforgotten longing rises to the surface. He’d made a solemn vow on their wedding day: Once mine, always mine. But Jessie’s not convinced. The fallout from their first breakup nearly broke her—she can’t risk the devastation a second time.

With both their careers on the line, both of their families determined to keep them apart, and the unresolved betrayals from the past, can Cameron convince Jessie to take a risk when fate offers them a second chance?

Thanks to NetGalley and Penner Media Group for the ARC.

Yesenia (Jessie) and Cameron have been separated for about 2 years as they both try to mend their careers. It’s on the night of an LA quake that Yesenia is forced to face a few of her fears. Being stuck in an elevator with the memories of a past trauma pushes her to call the one man who can understand.

Cameron, who has been looking for a way to get back into his wife’s life, is quick to answer her call and rush to her rescue. The two fall into old habits and are now wandering what happens next. Can they make a fresh start or will their old issues of family and career once again destroy their future?

I really wanted to love this, especially with the lead being a Latina. Being a Latina myself, I really connected to the scenes between Yesenia and her mother and sister. Hispanic families always have a bit of that soap opera intensity in my opinion, and I could feel where Yesenia was coming from in her love and support of them. Same could be said for Cameron’s family as well, although I hope to never have that type of mother in law.

My biggest problem with this is that it just felt like it dragged on and even moments where there should be some sort of climax, it just lagged. I didn’t even get vibes from Yesenia and Cameron. They just seemed to fall back into their situation as a safety net of a sort.