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Truth and Humility Paperback – November 22, 2012
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This romantic suspense ebook reviewer wrote, "It was so well written and the author made you fall in love with all the characters, which is to me as important as the story itself." - Amazon Reviews
An Amazon top 500 reviewer had this to say: "Once I started, I didn't want to put it down." - The Book Runner
About the Author
Award winning author, J. A. Dennam, resides in a small Kansas town with her husband and four children. She shares many passions for the arts including literary arts, fine arts, culinary arts and music.
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The back-story was covered and filled in without weighing the story down or making you feel like there was too much. We get glimpses of Danny’s best friend and the brother that she is closest to. We see the crew that works for and is loyal to Austin and we feel the love that he had for the fiancée that was taken from him and that he still morns. A diverse wonderful cast of supporting characters that I can see will fill in and make a great book 2, 2.5 and 3!
I loved the alternating points of view. It’s becoming important to me in the books I read. I want to know what both main characters are thinking not just a woman’s POV and wondering what the man thinks or feels. I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue, the snarky bullets flying back-and-forth as well as the sweet and smoldering chemistry that the author made me feel coming from the pages. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat and turning pages faster and faster while a surprise twist brought me to tears and broke my heart!
I agreed with another review I read that stated that the Cahill-Bennett feud was very Shakespearean/Romeo and Juliet-ish and for me this added great angst and depth to the book. I will leave this a vague review because I do not want to give any of the plot twists away (and believe me there are a few twists I did NOT see coming!) just know that I highly suggest this book and the series and I am on pins and needles waiting to read more from this author!
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This is a wonderful story that is only ruined by its BORING cover and UNINTERESTING title! Do NOT let that prevent you from buying this book. It is sexy, mysterious, suspenseful and ROMANTIC. I was so hesitant to start this story because of its boring cover, but once I started, I didn't want to put it down. (Suggested alternate titles: Climbing Over To You, Challenge Her, Crazy For You. Honestly, ANYTHiNG would be better!)
Danny (Danielle) is the baby daughter of the Bennet clan and wants to pursue dream of going to Columbia to get her degree. Her father refuses to pay for it, so she applies for a job from the rival Cahill family. Austin Cahill knows that she is a Bennet and has hired her to seek revenge on her brother Derek whom he thinks is responsible for his fiancé's death. At one time, Derek and Austin were best friends determined to end the long standing feud, but actions, rumors and distrust won out and separated them for the last 15 years. When Danny showed up on his work site, Austin had no idea he would fall for her hard.
While I LOVED the romance of Austin and the feisty Danny coming to fruition, it was the personalities of all the characters that really had me enjoying the story. Danny's brother Derek was a great brother, friend and lover, Melanie, his girlfriend, was also Danny's best friend and was a real spit-fire. The guys on the work site who gave Danny such a hard time before making her one of their own all had distinctive likeable characteristics and really fleshed out the story. They all were a really great cast of characters, so when one of them is fatally wounded, I was heartbroken and lost some of my enthusiasm for the story. I am sorry, but it is true. I don't like tragedy in my stories and this one reminded me of Chasing Nikki (Chasing Nikki #1). I just didn't see it coming. Despite the tragedy, J. A. Dennam does not let the reader wallow in sorrow for a long time and the book ends on a positive note.
So, most of the story had great editing, writing, characters, love story, rival families, plot, and dialogue and I HIGHLY recommend it as a delightful read. But the last bit was sad and left me less excited about having read the story. I still love it enough to recommend it to my best friend who is WAY less sensitive than I am. (smile)
Descriptive sex, some profanity (f-word, etc)
Would I/Did I buy it? Lucky to get it as a Free Download
Would I read it again? Well....
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes
This book is wonderfully well written and you are literally engaged with EVERY character along the way. You climb the tree house with Danny, stand outside the gate with her, nervous, scared, anxious and furious. You feel Austin’s emotions wane from fury, to admiration, heartbreak, love, mistrust and loyalty. Lying in wait beneath everything is the feud between the Cahill and Bennett families.
I laughed, cried, and cursed myself for not being able to read fast enough to turn the pages quicker. At one point in the story (a major detour) I was so pissed off at the author I couldn’t see straight (I mean seriously how could she do that to me, Danny, Austin and Mel?) and then I finished the book and slept on it. The ending was just as good as the beginning and middle. None of the character’s attributes suffered to wrap up the story and as the reader I was totally satisfied UNTIL I read the snippet at the end. WTF!!!
I found myself thinking….”if only I knew where J.A. Dennam lived, I’d totally go kick her tooch” Holy s***e! I think I know what it is about and if so ***SQUEE*** I’m so happy, like a sappy, sappy fan girl.
This book does not contain a cliffy, it wraps the story of Danny and Austin. Just don’t go to the end and read the preview to the 2nd installment.
J.A. Dennam has hit my radar hard and I’m excited to find out if her other works are as interesting as this one was.