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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hellish Haven Blog Tour - Book Review + $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card: Hellish Haven by L.K. Below

Author: L. K. Below
Release Date: November 17, 2014
Pages: 101
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Cover Artist: Renee Rocco
Genre: Dystopian Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads
Two lives. Two realities. But only one truth. 
The Senator reigns all-powerful in a manifested picture-perfect world. No worries. No wars. Only the unspoken threat of oblivion if you step a toe out of line. On the other side of the divide, the rebels face a debilitating war against an invulnerable robotic army. Every day is a struggle to earn back their freedoms. Freedom to feel. Freedom of speech. Freedom of thought. 
Sergeant Grant Baker is pivotal to the war effort. But ever since his wife’s abduction, he’s been walking around in as much of a daze as the Senator’s brainwashed citizens. Then Eva reappears—without memories of him or their son. And he’s willing to do anything to keep her. Even if it means jeopardizing the war. 
Eva doesn’t know which side to believe. Her predictable life as a single nurse, or the man claiming to be her husband. All she knows is she needs to discover how to end the war, quickly. If she doesn’t choose sides soon, she may lose the man—and the life—she never knew she wanted. 

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    Hellish Haven is a short story about a soldier named Grant. Grant is leading a war against a man simply known as the Senator. The Senator has brainwashed the people of New York. No one can show any emotion and they are easily susceptible to suggestions. They are alive, but they might as well be robots. Some have escaped the clutches of his propaganda. Unfortunately, Grant's wife, Eva, isn't one of them. She has been kidnapped by the Senator, but she has escaped. Sadly though, she has suffered a concussion and can't remember her life with Grant and their son, Miguel. Grant has to find a way to jog her memories or they could lose everything they have worked for.

     What an interesting short story. I love a good dystopian love story. Eva can't remember anything. She thinks she is a single nurse that works at a hospital over the divide. The divide is what separates those who aren't corrupted by the Senator and those who are. The ones who live on the corrupted side live in modern day society and are completely oblivious to the war that is happening. Eva can't believe a war is taking place just outside of her home. I like that even though things are crazy, she is still pretty tough. She is a woman of action with or without her memories. I liked that a lot. 

     I loved Grant. He was a good soldier with a lot on his shoulders. He has a lot of people under his command. He is so dedicated to the cause and to his wife. I loved Grant's dedication to Eva. He would do anything for her. When he finds that she lost her memory, he tries to help her remember who they were and how much they love each other. The romance between Eva and Grant was sexy and yet also very cute. I loved that Grant didn't force her, but she still had feelings for him even though she can't remember him.  I couldn't stop laughing at how their son always stopped their heated moments. Eva and Grant were great together. 

     The plot is very fast paced. There really isn't a dull moment in this book. Not only was the romance great, but the story was great. I loved where the story went with Eva. Things got really crazy when the ball was in her court. Things really escalate with the Senator. I really enjoyed it.
     I did a couple of problems, however, specifically with the ending. Things were a bit too convenient at times. But I guess that can happen. I won't nitpick. I did have a problem with what happened afterward though. After things go down, Grant hears from his boss. This drove me crazy because I didn't understand why they didn't explain things to him. I won't spoil it, but you will know what I am talking about it. Why not speak up? I couldn't believe it. Still, I did like the very end though.

     Overall, this is a good short read. It is sexy, sweet, and has quite a bit of action. I do hope that this is a building block for a sequel or something. This story has an incredible world I would love to revisit along with characters I would love to see again. There is a lot of potential here. Definitely worth checking out.



*This book belongs to the following challenges*
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge     


About L. K. Below

L.K. Below wrote Hellish Haven to bring her love of Orwell’s classic 1984 into the modern day…or near future, as it turns out.

She reads as obsessively as she writes and likes to Tweet about both at @LBelowtheauthor.

Connect with L. K. Below here:
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Hellish Haven Blog Tour Schedule

November 18 Spotlight
SBM Book Obession

November 18 Review
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

November 19 Guest blog
Roxanne’s Realm

November 20 Twitter Party
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November 20 Review
Offbeat Vagabond

November 21 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books

November 24 Guest blog
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

November 25 When I’m Not Writing
Tynga's Reviews 

November 25 Spotlight
Emma Weylin

November 26 Guest blog
Lisa’s World of Books

November 26 Review
Sapphyria's Book Reviews

November 27 Spotlight
Houston Havens  

November 28 Ten List
Darkest Cravings

December 1 Interview
Eclipse Reviews

December 1 Review
Booklover Sue 

December 2 Character Interview
Author Karen Swart

December 2 Guest blog
Pembroke Sinclair  


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