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The rest is a walk between two damaged people who given the right circumstances would never trust each other, much less find a romantic spark between them. But these aren't the right circumstances, these are life or death circumstances, something Vincent is no stranger to. Elena witnesses Vincent's PTSD when the conditions they are forced into lead his mind back to the war he survived, but his men didn't. Ms. Butler's clean, honest, and well-written scenes give the reader a peek into Vincent's mind without melodrama or unnecessary descriptions. At a time when PTSD stories abound, rarely do I find one done as well as this one.
Mind you, Elena is no walk in the park either. Normally she wouldn't even be by the seashore, she'd be in Seattle, but her unfortunate choice to go on a
'get over that jack diddly' fiance vacation is cut short by the earthquake. That doesn't mean she's over the verbal abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-fiance, but she does have to put her hatred of all men aside in an instant, which isn't easy for her to do.
There are some well-written, spellbinding and thought provoking scenes throughout As We Know It and the author did an amazing job at describing the destruction that would come with an earthquake of the Pacific Northwest coastline, and the aftermath the citizens of that area will deal with.
My own critic would be to make it a longer book - was sad when it ended, thank you for taking the time to have a lot of varied characters and all through the book I kept waiting to find out if she just had an emotional breakdown and dreamed it all up.
With all the issues touched on, character development, action, and so forth... the author hit this right out of the ballpark. A fantastic balance of everything. It was so well balanced that none of the plot lines overpowered each other. I was actually fine with this romance type... it wasn't over the top - realistic...she made Elana into any gal... didn't stay too much on actual details of her looks just a little "chubby" and that was about it and spanx... oh God... the description of getting in and out had me cracking up. We never find out just how overweight the main character is... we are left with "chubby" but in this day and age..."chubby" could be a mere 10lbs over. Marilyn Monroe would be considered "chubby" by today's standards.
How about-about a sequel and side stories - after all this disaster happened all up the coast! What happened to California? What happens next? Write more on this storyline...
Since her Mark of the Nexus series, I have looked forward to Ms Butler publishing again. Her characters are witty, relatable, filled with angst and emotion and most of them have a humorous edge that makes us smile or even chuckle in the midst of the danger they take us through. This story is realistic and inevitable and definitely didn't disappoint. I laughed and cried and felt. I loved it and can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.
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