- File Size: 3078 KB
- Print Length: 385 pages
- Publication Date: January 12, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078C7J2TZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So first up was Buried Alive by Stacey Marie Brown…it was recommended to me by someone who had already read it and this person knows the kind of writers and stories I like, so I decided I’d take a chance and venture out of my list of instant one-click authors with a story where both the hero and the heroine seem buried underneath their painful pasts, losing themselves little by little and making it extremely difficult for them to find their way out of the darkness as well as the multitude of regrets and nightmares that plague their present lives.
The Brennley Evans who left Whistler, Canada, 9 years ago, is not the same one who returns after the death of her grandmother; she doesn’t want to continue to follow the wayward path she’s been on since she left home because it wasn’t helping her to find her place in the world and it only managed to keep her entire life in neutral…not being able to move forward nor feeling strong enough to go back and deal with her past, so even though returning to Whistler and its mountains might be more than she can handle, it’s something that must be done in order to lay the ghosts who surround her to rest and to find the driven and loud-mouth girl she once was.
But when she returns to the scene of the crime, where every painful memory has the ability to drown her in grief and guilt, she goes by the name of Hannah Jennings, hoping that she can stay under the radar and figure out her next step before people figure out who she really is.
Brown constructs Brennley/Hannah’s character as two parts of a whole person, but neither of those parts is flourishing; they’re merely surviving the best way they can. Brown makes it clear that whatever the heroine experienced 9 years ago has turned her life and goals upside down and part of the story line focuses on Hannah finding a way to come to terms with what happened all those years ago and unbury herself from the weight of her secrets, her pain, and the loneliness that consumes her.
I have to admit that I didn’t really like Rhys Axton throughout most of the first half of the story…I thought his character was a bit too stereotypical whenever it came to his manwhorish way and how he used woman and booze to numb himself from the pain and the rage he feels down to his soul. I did start to like Rhys the further I read, but I guess I just wanted to see his character develop more, by finding other ways to channel his frustrations and rage over a series of situations he really can’t control…Don’t get me wrong I definitely felt like his reactions were justified, for the most part, but I wonder if Rhys would have focused on something other than himself and stepping out of his brother’s shadow if things would have been easier for him and for those who were there to watch his downward spiral.
I can’t say that I’m a lover of angst, but it did have its place in Buried Alive. There was so much for Rhys and Hannah to deal with on their own right from the start of their story, so then when further complications are added and more drama enters into the mix, it makes sense that the push and pull between Rhys and Hannah would fuel the angst of the storyline, forcing both of them to face their pasts and try to pull themselves out of the self-imposed prisons without destroying each other in the process.
Overall, I enjoyed Rhys and Hannah’s story. It was a bit of a slow go at the beginning…it took awhile to feel connected to the characters, but when I did, I was desperate to understand how Rhys and Hannah were connected and what would transpire based on their mutual attraction to one another. I can honestly say I didn’t expect the twist at the end, and I think it says a lot about the type of person Hannah is to protect those involved regardless of how much it affects her feelings and her memories.
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The main that I love about Stacy's paranormal/fantasy reads is the storyline and how all of the characters draw you in during every page. I was curious to read how she'd make that happen with this contemporary read. Let me tell you, Buried Alive will take you on one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride.
It's pretty clear from the beginning that Rhys and Hannah have their own dark past they're dealing with. As you make your way through the book, you get to not only see the shell of who they are but their personal darkness that they're just wallowing in. When these two come together, the connection is instant, but secrets are there alongside with something familiar. The sad thing is that Hannah is holding quite a few secrets of her own and is trying her best to keep her distance from Rhys because once he knows the truth, they'll both be buried alive.
Rhys can't seem to get enough of Hannah, he's intrigued and nearly consumed by her. Rhys quickly figures out that she's hiding something from him, it becomes more noticeable as he slowly breaks down her walls. He doesn't push her too much, but you can slowly see her crack.
The entire time, you'll be wondering what the hell the big secrets are. And boy, when you learn them towards the end ... it was not what I was expecting! It caught me completely off-guard and holy sh*t, I didn't see that coming. And that's when I knew that Stacey has contemporary in the bag. She had me hooked from page one, the struggles that both of her characters endured and how they were able to move past that pain and come together.
Prepare to have your mind blown by this heartbreaking and emotionally filled story! They both have so much to conquer before they get their happy ever after. Such an amazing read that doesn't disappoint!
The story of Hannah and Rhys had me turning the pages at light speed, on the edge of my seat, gripping my kindle, until all secrets were revealed. Fast paced, suspenseful, sexy - Buried Alive hit all of my must have buttons in a 5 Star read.
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