Thursday, January 10, 2013

With my Body by Jo Briggs

Title:  With my Body, Omnibus Edition
Author:  Jo Briggs
Series:  Rekindled #1-4
Published:  November 30th 2012 (first published October 26th 2012)
Page Count:  281
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Model, Elle Benedict is young, beautiful and headstrong. When she overhears billionaire, William Dexter insulting her integrity, it leaves her deep attraction to him in tatters.

As William stumbles over himself to repair the damage, he pursues her intensely, and begins to draw her into his private world. They embark on a relationship, consumed by love and desire, awakening feelings neither had experienced before.

But not everything is perfect. Jealousy and misunderstandings allow a so-called friend to seek out the cracks in their relationship and use them to manipulate and interfere, intent on ruining a little boy's life before he has even drawn a breath.

Seven years of euphoria to the depths of a dark abyss of pain awaits them.

Their journey is a carefully woven story thread of murder, paternity, jealous lovers and family members, and misunderstandings.

Can their love be rekindled?

My Review:

While reading this novel I was flipping back and forth between 3 emotional states based on the current action. There were some heartbreaking moments, some admirably heartwarming moments, and some “oh wow” moments. I must admit that during the bulk of the story the heart wrenching moments far outweighed the rest and I found myself wondering how in the world this story could end well. Briggs surprised me by turning everything around for a happy ending.

With her writing style Briggs makes this novel flow nicely from scene to scene. She leaves no unexplained sequence gaps that the reader must figure out. She has some very beautiful scenes that you feel like you could walk into. Many things are described in detail for the reader. She also gives all of the necessary details while leaving the remainder for the reader to imagine for themselves.

The main characters are all very interesting. They are quite diverse. Although many of them come from similar stations in life, their various backgrounds lead to differing characteristics. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that the triplets are not simply copies of each other. These characters also interact well with each other, and you can see the real emotion that builds and flows between them.

I think that this novel’s largest downfall was that the author tried to span too large of a gap of time while providing all details to the reader. By trying to provide an 18 year synopsis for the lives of the characters there were parts that were skimmed over in the barest detail which were not necessarily important to story development.  That, and I really do not understand where the book's title fits in.  It has me a bit perplexed.

Overall, this novel was a bit of a roller coaster, but I did enjoy reading it. 

Buy your copy online here today!

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