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If you have already read the Turning series by Julie, you have met and probably fell in love with Jordan Wells. At least I did anyway. If you haven’t met him, don’t fret, you will not be missing out on anything because this book doesn’t have anything to do with the events that take place in that series. There are a few characters from that series that are integral to this story, but in a whole new way. And I am thinking that once you've read Total Exposure, you’ll be very tempted to go back and read the Turning series.
Evangeline Rolaine was a world renowned child prodigy, a violinist performing concerts for kings and heads of state by the time she was four years old. But all that attention, that total exposure, can really mess with a child’s head. So much so that by the time she was sixteen, she had a meltdown and has locked herself away in her apartment for the past decade, never performing again.
Enter Ixion, a man whose past is tied indelibly to Jordan’s. Once friends, but now nothing more than two men still trying to deal with events in the past that changed both of their lives forever. Jordan wants Ix to watch Evangeline. Just watch her in a house for a week. Don’t talk to her, don’t interact, never let her see you. She knows he will be there, so it’s more of a psychological game, a way of exposing Evangeline to the world again, all without talking to a single soul. Her doctor is forcing a tough love approach on her, because Evangeline has scheduled a comeback concert, and she’s not ready.
So just when you think you are following the path that Julie has laid out: heroine knows that “someone” is watching her to help her overcome her irrational fears, the path goes askew, and the game of Total Exposure is completely redefined. This plan to help Evangeline was originally thought up by Jordan, who has been playing a version of the Total Exposure game for a long time. Ixion is aware of Jordan’s game, having been his friend growing up and getting pulled into the games unwillingly. And it was one of Jordan’s games that completely changed their lives and ruined their friendship. What better way to get back at someone who has totally messed up your life than by changing their game?
I’m not going to say any more than that because it will ruin your reading experience and you need to go into the book with no preconceived notions. Just read it, experience it, feel what Ix and Evangeline feel. It gets pretty heavy at times! I felt a lot of feels for both Evangeline and Ix, in different ways and for different reasons. But I have to say I was spellbound by this story! Julie never fails to deliver a book that will totally screw with your head and your heart before bringing it to a most satisfying conclusion. And the epilogue sets us up for the next book in the series. I can’t wait for that one to see what happens next!
I’m not even sure how to put Total Exposure into a genre, it is romance, for sure. But it is also has a bit of suspense – just not the usual kind. There is no lurking danger, there are no crimes, but still – between Ixion and Evangeline, there is some kind of mystery anyway.
Total Exposure is set in the same universe as Huss’ The Turning series, and some of the characters from that series are mentioned, or show up. This one can be read as a stand alone, though. And my goodness, this huis clos is both exciting and enticing!
Evangeline’s life has not been a dance on roses, and Total Exposure is her last chance to take back control and get her life on track once more. Ixion watching her, observing her takes a different turn than either of them had anticipated. Especially when he realizes this game might be just as much for him as it is for her.
Evangeline was a child-prodigy violinist. Her parents carted her around the world for concerts, ever in the spotlight. Always observed. Until the day she just couldn’t take it anymore.
Ixion was hard to analyze. At first, I thought he was just another bad guy, and he had to show me that he wasn’t all that bad. And that his way of dealing with the past came through observing the present.
Jordan was in the background, but still very much a main player. I can’t wait to see what will happen when his own game takes off – if it ever does.
Writing style :
Total Exposure is written in dual point of view, with very in depth chapters from either Evangeline’s or Ixion’s perspective. The pace is fairly fast, which kind of surprised me, as most of the action unfolds inside a mansion, and only the two main characters are present. The present tense of the narration brings the reader right into the middle of the plot – and it’s impossible to look away.
I think excitement is the strongest feeling I had. And there was also so much hope I almost didn’t know what to do with it!
Jordan's childhood friend, Ixion Vanir, is alone and believes he likes it that way, until Jordan 'rescues' him and convinces him to come home because, 'he's the only man for the job'. Be the watcher and follow the rules.
Evangeline Rolaine has issues, deep seeded, disturbing issues and she resigns herself to the fact that if she's ever to have any kind of life again she must take a leap into this peculiar brand of 'treatment'. Be watched and follow the rules.
Julie Huss takes us on another mind bending journey, full of gasp worthy reveals and heart breaking secrets. The layers in this story are peeled back painstakingly slow. It's a story of betrayal and deceit, acceptance and determination and of course, sacrifice and love. In true Huss form, the characters are complex and unique and could only ever be one half of the other's whole. I truly love her HEAs <3
Some old and loved characters from the Taking Turns series stop in for a visit, but this is a standalone series, you do not need to read Taking Turns to appreciate Jordan's Game. But in my personal opinion, you'll want to.
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This was just okay for me. You never really get to see Evangline and Ixion together as a couple.Read more