- File Size: 1826 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: B088VWQBJV
- Publisher: Paula Ann Lujan Quinene (June 7, 2020)
- Publication Date: June 7, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B088TQJD92
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Stormed: A Contemporary Romance Set in Guam (Forever Guam Book 2) Kindle Edition
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What really sold me on the book was Ms. Quinene's writing. I hate using the word fluid but it is. Her pacing is perfect and her dialogue between her characters is not forced. When I was reading the book, I truly felt like I was in on the conversation and trust me, I wish I could have said some things. I really liked that while there is definitely a romance, she lets the characters explain life in Guam and how much it means to them. Good and bad. Manny and Liz are on opposite ends when it comes to what should happen but that's what makes their romance and friendship believable. Not to mention the fact that Ms. Quinene lets them actually talk to each other. And then we have their families that are an absolute necessity in the book. (I didn't read the first book in the series, Conquered, which is about Liz's grandparents but things are explained in this book.) Also, even though this book could be somewhat classified as historical, Ms. Quinene doesn't info dump on you. Again, the characters are the true storytellers here. Ms. Quinene is just typing it down for them.
However, I wasn't expecting the heat level in the book, which isn't a bad thing. It's been a while for me but trust me, it is very necessary in the case of Liz's character. You will understand when you read it. I loved Manny from the start. He truly romanced Liz from the beginning of the book. The courtyard, the gardens, and the picnics. Oh my...and let's not forget dealing with a Typhoon with her. Which by the way, I really felt like I was experiencing it right along with them.
Peeps, I can't tell you how much I loved this book. It is a keeper for sure and now, I need to read Liz's grandparent's story to get the full effect. Great job, Ms. Quinene." - Harliesbooks.com
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The author provided such extensive detail I truly believe I pictured every scene just as the author had intended when she wrote it.
I absolutely loved the historical enrichment and authentic narrative!!
It is clear the author did a thorough and extensive amount of research while constructing this book. That plus her own unique advantage of growing up on Guam created reliable and credible details throughout the story line.
I honestly had very little knowledge about Guam or her people before reading this book series. This book provided such strong insight and gave this reader a better understanding of how Guam became liberated, the people of Guam aka the Chamorro, and Guam’s beautiful culture and traditions. Quinene made the story both educational and intriguing without sounding monotone.
I really enjoyed the main characters, Liz and Manny. There was an obvious attraction and an enjoyable lead up of them trying to fight their feelings. I also really enjoyed catching back up with the main characters from book one, Jesi and Johan! It was great to see how their lives had unfolded and played out.
However, I felt that this book had a bit of an overwhelming amount of characters with multiple nicknames. Thankfully the author provided a names and character reference section at the back of the book which really helped for a quick check to identify the character's details.
I loved all the extras at the end of the book! The author included a map of Guam in 1992, a recipe section for chocolate sugar cookies and custard pie, a glossary, a names and characters reference section, a places reference section, and a list of the many books and online articles used while writing this book! These extras really enhanced the story and provided important details for the reader to follow along in the story. I also can’t wait to try the recipe for the chocolate sugar cookies!
I enjoyed that the author used many Chamorro written phrases throughout the book which only added to the genuineness of the story! However, at times it felt a bit confusing. Thankfully, the author included a glossary at the end of the book which provided a Chamorro to English translation and came in very handy for this reader.
There are some predictable scenes. However, there are still a few very unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!
This book is Book Two in The Set in Guam Book Series. I had previously read book one before reading this book. This book can absolutely be read as a standalone without any confusion. However, there is significant story line and character overlap that I believe this book would be even better enjoyed having started with book one.
All in all, there were just a couple hang-ups for me, but overall, I still enjoyed reading this book and would still recommend it! I think all historical and contemporary romance readers will like this book too! So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading – you won’t be disappointed!
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
I received a copy of this story through Goddess Fish Promotions, and this is my unsolicited review.