- File Size: 675 KB
- Print Length: 210 pages
- Publisher: Emerson Shaw (January 15, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HV4G7MS
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,942 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Acts of Desperation: Based on a true story Kindle Edition
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This is mainly a story about Sember and her sister Sarah. I loved Liz and did I mention there is a gorgeous male called Jax.. Yummy:)
The author threw suspense and romance into this book. Hence this is a really great story.
The twists and turns - I couldn't tell what was coming next and I couldn't put it down. The connection between characters was palpable and the devotion of sisters standing by each other was wonderful. Most romance novels are missing that element. And thru it all, the happily ever after was the perfect cherry on top.
I LOVE Stand-alone books - something hard to find in this genre. THANK YOU!!!
Amazing debut novel and can't wait for more from Ms. Shaw!
When her sister, Sarah, needs a new attorney, Sember is torn. She wants to help Sarah, but she is terrified her emotions could compromise the case. With so much at stake, failure isn't an option.
In walks Jax Alexander, a brilliant legal mind from New York who excites Sember’s body and mind. When he offers to take on Sarah’s case, he provides hope in a hopeless situation. Sember and Jax are thrust together as their passion ignites.
As a web of lies is exposed, Jax works tirelessly to reveal the truth behind Sarah’s case. But, he has a dark secret shadowing his past that threatens to destroy everything.
In the midst of so many lies, can Jax really be trusted? His secret could put Sarah’s case in jeopardy and could cost Sember her life. Will he risk it all to save them, or will he cut and run, leaving destruction in his wake?
Sometimes, desperate acts call for desperate measures.
I have to start out by saying that I sort of fell in love with this book when I saw that it was set in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is my hometown and not often the setting of novels, so when I saw that it was set in my hometown and the author mentions many popular Cincinnati restaurants, bakeries, and parks, the author grabbed me by my heart strings.
This is the first time I have read Emerson Shaw and hopefully it won't be my last. I saw this book come up on Amazon's recommendations pages so I grabbed it based on the short descriptive blurb. Obviously Shaw is a new Indie author so I wasn't sure what to expect from her writing style to the plotline to everything in between. Usually 1st time authors can come across a little raw in their writing but Ms. Shaw really threw me for a loop. Everything about her book was much better than I would expect out of a first time writer.
The story was an interesting mix of something E.L. James might write combined with a family drama of a writer like Dianne Chamberlain. I also loved the fact that this novel was based on true events. The main characters are two sisters, Sember and Sarah. Sember is a rising attorney with a seemingly stable relationship with her boyfriend, John. Sarah is in the middle of a divorce with her attorney husband whom she has found out that he has lead a double life for the entire duration of their marriage. Sarah's husband, Anders, has not only dated but has had long term relationships with multiple women over their 15 year marriage. Sarah has stood by him while he built his business while she taught school and raised their two boys. Now that Sarah has discovered Anders lies, Anders is doing everything in his power to manipulate Sarah and the divorce proceedings to make sure everything goes his way. He even goes as far as hiding money so Sarah will take a deep cut in child support, leaving not only Sarah, but his son's in financial dire straights.
Sember wants to do everything she can to support her sister and is there for her in every way, but suddenly Sember's life takes a drastic turn when she comes home from work only to catch her own long term boyfriend being intimate with another woman. Frustrated by everything going on in her family, Sember retreats to her friend Liz's home in the upscale Cincinnati neighborhood of Hyde Park. Sember is done with men and plans on staying with Liz for the time being.
Sember's plans to keep men out of her life doesn't last long. While on a night on the town, Sember see's a very handsome man, Jax, in the bar not only to realize that he is her boss's nephew who has come from New York to work for the firm. It doesn't take long for Jax to sweep Sember off her feet, but Sember has a feeling that Jax is holding something back from her. Since she isn't in a very trusting mood toward men right now, she walks cautiously because she doesn't want to find any dirty secrets lurking in Jax's closets.
When more bad news comes in on Sarah's divorce case, Jax agrees to take over her case pro bono which give both sister's a sense of relief that things might finally go their way.
Then, with surprising ease in her writing style, Ms. Shaw, throws in some major twists and turns in the plot. And she deals these plot twists so deftly that I would have guessed that Shaw was a well seasoned writer. And the plot twists worked. They weren't just some device used to throw in some suspense. They genuinely worked well into the storyline. I don't want to say anymore to avoid spoilers but she did a really great job at handling the suspense parts.
Like I said earlier in my review, new author's writing can come off as raw and inexperienced and I wasn't sure what I was expecting when it came to writing style. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I felt like all of her words had a place in the story. There wasn't any fluff to fill pages. Her writing was smooth and flowed well. She did a fantastic job of showing versus telling, especially in writing about the different characters' relationships with each other. She didn't just say this person liked that person or this person didn't like the other, she went into great detail, whether it was emotional or erotic, to describe each of the characters relationships with the other that definitely conveyed to the reader the depths of each of them. I loved how Sember's friendship with Liz felt so different than her relationship and deep love for her sister. As a reader you could definitely feel how Sember's feelings were different but important for each character. And Sember's steamy relationship with Jax was clearly shown by Ms. Shaw's explicit showing of their relationship and where it was going :)
The character's were all so real too me. I not only felt for all of the main characters but Emerson did a wonderful job with the minor characters too! I personally loved the old Italian couple who were Sember's clients who needed their restaurant saved. Maybe that is my inner Cincinnatian at play because there are so many generations old Italian, Greek, and German restaurants which are trying to survive in this economy in Cincinnati that are landmarks that I felt like I could take a few guesses at what restaurants Sember was trying to save. Anyway...all of her character's were well rounded and human. All of the major character's were flawed in some way and to see them all basically ok at the end made me sigh with relief. The fact that I felt for these characters shows that Emerson wrote them to have an impact on the reader and they definitely impacted me. I was invested in what happened to them and was at the edge of my seat at times hoping everything would be ok.
All in all, I thought this was a very good book. I think Cincinnati should be a book setting more often, however, there aren't many writers from this area. So I hope that Ms. Shaw continues to write and to highlight our wonderful city and that she is successful doing it. I highly recommend this read! 5 stars!
Emerson Shaw writes beautifully of the unbreakable bond of sisterhood. Sisters, Sember and Sarah have a tender and true relationship strengthened only by the trials of Sarah's pending divorce from her crazy husband.
Then there's the love story- Sember and Jax have a tender yet steamy relationship. A great love story, perfectly balanced with romance and intimacy.(with a few WOW moments you won't soon forget!)
The story comes full circle in a way that I never imagined. Revenge at its finest.
I completely enjoyed Acts of Desperation.