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Main Characters: 4.2/5
Secondary Characters: 4.8/5
The Feels: 3.7/5
Theme or Tone: 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style): 4/5
Backdrop (World Building): 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 4/5 Cliffhanger: Not for Xanthe and Oliver. The next stories are about different characters.
Will I continue this series? Maybe so. Like I mentioned there is some interesting subplots going on that I'm sure will get delved into more in future editions.
Like any great story it starts with a book shop (but probably because I'm addicted to coffee and so many of my favorite shows and books have a bookstore setting... Or maybe because you know... BOOKS!). Xanthe (/Zanthee/) Malcolm is a writer and her subject matter is paranormal/horror romance. She is a loner in way who hides behind her writing, Pseudonym name, her eclectic collection of friends and her great aunt's book store. But once she hits it big by getting signed under a traditional publishing house she finds a local photographer, Oliver Fairfax, to make her dream cover. However, HE becomes her dream cover and crazy enough embodies the man she had envisioned and written about in her books. Oliver is a pretty decent photographer so when a chance to help out his photography company by strutting his bearded self in front of a camera he volunteers to be a cover model.
Throw in an author signing, spilled coffee and 2 characters starting off on the wrong foot and you have a great start to a book.
I won't spoil things for you as I think you should pick up your copy and dive in. For me, it was an amazing journey to see Xanthe and Olliver to go through. In the beginning we see them as 2 different people, in fact polar opposites and what seem to repel them is what attracted them to each other in the first place. As they both get closer intimately and physically they connect more and more. I enjoyed their misunderstandings and bickering and over the top fights. Ooh and the 0 to 60s sex scenes that are scorching and tingly all over. Even more I have enjoyed the vulnerability and openness to Oliver that is rare to find in an Alpha Male.
What we get out of this story is truly something wonderful. Kelli's writing is superb!!! She has wrote in diverse and multi dimensional characters that truly promise an exciting series full of twists and perhaps dangerous turns(?). As well as driving the story along on top of some major hot sex scenes there is a great secondary character development. The characters from afar are so complex and full of secrets that I am more than ready for ALL the stories Kelli wants to tell in this series.
Kelli has a unique voice and a way with words that excel beyond any expectations. Indie publishing world is truly an amazing place to discover a new favorite author. In 2016 I have discovered another jewel to add to my beloved author collection.
WOW! Where to begin? Ten Thousand Words was my first Kelli Jean book, and certainly won't be my last.
This novel stars Ollie and Xanthe, Ollie, a hot, bearded photographer, and is the new 'star' of the book world- as the cover model of Xanthe's (writing as Elaine H. Ford) paranormal romance series. He bears an extreme likeness to her main character. Xanthe is a strong, independent woman. She writes things that have people believing she is crazy!
I LOVED Xanthe. She was a strong, take no prisoners type of heroine. At the same time she was flawed, nervous about why Ollie was with HER of all people. It made her so real, and not the typical "Mary Sue" you read in a lot of books. Ollie? Well , while he did annoy me at first. He could be judgey, and kind of a diva.
"He was more of a diva than Elaine H. Ford could ever be, and the thought put a smile on my face." -Xanthe, after meeting Ollie.
The love scenes were HOT! The setting was the beautiful city of Amsterdam, and reading this has me craving to go back. Kelli Jean wrote such a beautiful story for Xanthe and Ollie. Two beautifully flawed characters, whose flaws only made them more likeable. I loved the supporting characters, and hope to read more about them soon. I loved the way Kelli Jean made the book suspenseful, but never deviated from the love story, over all this book was just AMAZING! I'm so excited to read more from her ASAP.
Author who chooses her cover model and they hit it off <3 I've been to plenty of signings and could totally see this happening!!!
But...the last quarter of the book kinda for me felt as though it was rushed. I would have totally given up a quarter of the book to find out more about 'the family' and what their doings involve. It just never really talked about this dark, secret organization... To me, this was important...
I read that this is a standalone but cant help but think there will be another book that explains this huge part missing from the book. If a second book came out, would I read it? Of course!!! I liked this book enough to seek out some answers.
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I don’t know if it is the beard of epic proportions or the sass to end all sass but I fell for this book.Read more