Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review - Love's Secret Torment - Stacy L. Darnell - Rebecca

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Three lives entangled…

Sam- Carefree, innocent, and in love. All is destroyed when life has other plans. Love isn't easy, especially when your heart is torn in two.

Alec- The weight of a life changing secret is suffocating. His love for her is his oxygen. Will his love be enough or will he be too late?

Emmett- Life gives and life takes away. Tormented by what and who he can’t have. Will he fight or lose his soul?

When fate steps in, their lives are irrevocably changed.

Love's Secret Torment is the story of three people's search for answers as they deal with life's cruel turns. Does surviving their destiny and living with the aftermath come at too great a cost? Join them on their journey as they face the rocky steps of a fate-twisted adulthood.

4.5 stars
Wow! I actually had to go back and double check to make sure this was, in fact, a debut novel.  Sure enough it is.  Stacy L. Darnell puts together an overall GREAT story here!

I went in to this story blindly - not remembering how I stumbled across it when I saw it on my Kindle.  I loved the cover a lot and the title and the tag line left me intrigued... I wanted to know what the torment would be.  I didn't even want to read the synopsis, I just wanted to go in, and I'm so glad I did and so glad I took a chance on this debut novel!

The beginning was a little slow of a start for me, and I couldn't help but start to think mayyyyyybe it was all just going to be super lovey dovey and I wouldn't get the "torment".  Lovey dovey, dripping with sweetness, is usually not my style, Lord knows I love me some angst and torture, but I was intrigued enough to continue on, as with a title like this there just had to be something coming... 

As the story developed further - BAM!  There it comes!  The torment just slapped me in the face over... and over... and over... and OMG OVER!  There were twists and turns I just did NOT even see coming, especially after such a sweet start, but I am NOT complaining as those twists kept me glued to my Kindle.  I couldn't put it down! I read it through in a single sitting - not even being willing to put it down when I went to get a drink or use the restroom.  Just when I thought things were starting to smooth out and we'd be back to the swooning there'd be another surprise around the corner that left me going "WTF?? ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?! WHATTTT???"

I loved that we got three differing points of view in this story as well.  I think that helped to ultimately bring it all together and to help develop each character -- not only from the way they were viewed by others, but by what they were struggling with inside their own minds and bodies.  Things they each did made sense as you got more of their side of things, and it helped me to feel a connection to the three main characters.  I felt the pain of being stuck in this triangle of emotions and really wasn't able to pick a "team___" I'd have chosen to be on.  I felt for each of them, I really did.

 If you're looking for sweet, with a side of surprise after surprise... and of course, a slathering of torment, I highly recommend you read this book.  I'll be stalking Stacy L. Darnell and looking forward to her future works - major kudos for doing this well on your first published work!  

Excerpt – Sam’s POV

The sound of tapping woke me up. I cracked my eyes open, waiting for everything to come into focus. The sun peeked through my bedroom curtains. It was such a beautiful morning. Shaking my head with a wry smirk, I crawled off the bed, knowing only one person would be plinking pebbles at my window.

I shuffled to my window and spread the curtains wide. Smiling up at me was my Alec. I didn’t know how it was possible and had never experienced anything like it in my life, but damn, I loved him.

He waved me down, and I noticed he had a Starbucks cup in his hand. He knew me too well. I was a coffee and hot tea junkie and thanked God every single day that we had a Starbucks within five miles from anywhere in town. I threw my bathrobe on over my sleep shorts and tank top and ran downstairs to see what my sweet guy was up to.

“Hi baby,” I said as I wrapped my arms around him and my body molded into his.
“Good morning Samone,” he said back as he smiled. “I have a surprise for you,” he chuckled, knowing how I loved surprises, especially from him. 

About the Author

Stacy is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance author. Her debut novel "Love's Secret Torment" is tentatively due out in February, 2015. She has started her second novel "Sweet Conundrum" due out later that year.

Stacy lives with her husband Mike, son Austin and chocolate lab Gage just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She loves the seasonal weather changes, taking walks with Gage and spending time with her family and friends.

While happily addicted to Starbucks writing is her passion and sharing her stories with the world is a dream come true.

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Twitter: @StacyLDarnell
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