Friday, May 1, 2015

RELEASE BLITZ: "The Silver Lining" by Jennifer Raygoza (18+)

The media spread my face nationwide on every newspaper known to man when the story first broke. It read- James King. son of wealthy, ambitious hotel owner, Victoria King, busted for cocaine possession. 
Let’s be honest. I’ve always been a rebel, a little rough around the edges. The black sheep of the family. The outcast. No one ever thought twice about me, not even when I was arrested. The only thing was, I didn’t really do it, but I served time for the crime. 
Today my freedom was granted to me. I was permitted to leave this prison that I had lived in for the last sixteen months. The guards opened my cell, grinned and told me I could finally go back home. Home? See, it wouldn’t be my home. It would be her home. I had no home of my own anymore. Funny thing about being locked up, was that you lose everything, including yourself. You no longer exist to the outside world. You’re transparent, at least that’s how I felt until I met Emily. She was kind, and in my world people like her were far and few between. I was drawn to her like a magnet. I wanted her, but I’d kill myself trying to get her because she was damaged. I just didn’t know it yet.

I was given an advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The Silver Lining starts out a bit unlikely for a romance novel, in prison. And it also is from the male lead's POV. Usually, as we know, it is the female's POV. I have always been skeptical about a woman writing from a man's (especially one that was in jail for drug possession) perspective. In the usual sense, women's and men's brains work so differently that it seemed a difficult task (one even I haven't attempted yet) to be so accurate. And it would also be hard to make female readers identify with the man in question. But Ms. Raygoza did just that.
You immediately like James, despite his wrongdoings and shortcomings. And that's because James is an honest character; you meet him as he exits jail, for crying out loud! But he's a likable bad boy who falls in love easily.
As he cares for Emily, you feel that. As she hurts him, you also feel that. You're right there with him as he experiences love and freedom, as he gains back every single thing he lost during his time in jail. It's honest, heartfelt and very, very real. A great book, all around!

4/5--wonderful writing style!

Purchase The Silver Lining on 5/2 on Amazon and add it now on Goodreads.

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