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Monday, April 11, 2016

REVIEW- RESPLENDENT RUIN (RESPLENDENCE, BOOK 1) BY BELLA J





BLURB:
People make mistakes, feelings get hurt and hearts get broken. But who said love is always black and white?

This is a story of how easy it is to find the gray area when it comes to playing the game of love.


Juliette Mason had it all—the perfect job, the perfect home, the perfect fiancé. She lived the perfect life. Until everything started to slowly fall apart.

Daniel, her attractive and success-driven fiancé, was the love of her life. For years she wanted nothing more than to finally walk down the aisle, to be Mrs. Daniel Clarke. But as time went by, the cracks in their relationship started to come to the surface, and Juliette found herself in a place she never imagined she would be. It was a place where she started to question everything about her life and her dreams, a place where nothing about her life made sense anymore—a place where she found Knox Taylor.

Knox didn’t count on falling in love. In fact, Knox didn’t count on anything really. He was blissfully happy living a fast life of reckless behavior, impulsive decisions, and beautiful women. He lived the perfect life of a flourishing bachelor—but then she happened.











REVIEW: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

What an emotional roller coaster this book was. Hot, sexy, full of angst and forbidden feelings, Resplendent Ruin was an emotional story that had me hanging on to every word. It tells the story of Juliette, a woman who leads a seemingly charmed life with her longtime fiancée, Daniel. Having grown accustomed to taking a backseat to Daniel's work for years, Juliette is resigned to accepting her role and everything that comes with it. When the sexy and irresistible Knox Taylor comes into her life, all bets are off, and Juliette finds herself in a situation she never saw coming.

I tend to get irritated with love triangles and the indecisiveness involved with the characters, but in this case I completely understood Juliette's dilemma. Although her relationship with Daniel had been solid for years, it was at the point where it lacked the passion and spontaneity that she yearned for. Knox came barreling into her life with his confident swagger and dirty mouth, and she couldn't help but be swept away. He introduces her to a type of intimacy that she never thought existed, and that affects her immensely.

"She felt herself being reined in, little by little, drawn to the center, to the eye of the perfect storm- and there was no way she could fight it."

The author did an exceptionally good job with the inner turmoil that the characters faced. This was no simple love triangle. Daniel was not a villain, he was just someone who allowed his priorities to become shifted, which essentially caused his relationship to suffer. He and Juliette did love each other, but there is only so much a relationship can withstand. I felt Juliette's pain as she tried to work through her feelings. She felt so incredibly torn between the two men. Her guilt over developing feelings for Knox was always present, as she tried to fight her feelings for him. Knox felt similar feelings of guilt, but that didn't stop him in his pursuit of Juliette. She was different in so many ways to anyone he crossed paths with before, and he couldn't deny the intense pull he felt towards her.

"He was a selfish bastard and he never claimed to be otherwise. He wanted her...he wanted all of her."

Knox was an amazing character, and I loved how he fought for Juliette with wholehearted determination. He knew what they had was rare and wasn't willing to let it go easily. What I really loved was how Juliette and Knox's connection was so much more than a physical attraction. They were drawn to each other on a deeper level, and he showed her that there was so much more to life than what she allowed for herself. After living for so long in a sheltered existence, always putting others first, here came this wild and utterly captivating man who opened her eyes to a whole new world.

"She saw the danger and the hidden promise of something that she had never experienced before. Passion, thrill... adventure."

Torn between two men who each owned a piece of her, Juliette had some extremely difficult decisions to make. The author weaved some great twists into the storyline, and I found myself so hooked into the story that I was dying to see how things would play out. This was an incredible tale about the tumultuous road to happiness and true love, and I enjoyed every bit of it. I absolutely cannot wait to dive into Levi and Lexi's story next. I loved both of their characters so much, and their story is sure to be a fantastic one.




































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