Thursday, January 16, 2014

Out From Under by Selene Chardou

Title:  Out From Under
Series:  The Lover's Duet #1
Author:  Selene Chardou
Published:  July 31st 2013 by Midnight Engel Press, LLC
Length:  350pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  NA Romance
Shelf:  Review
Rating:  ★★★★


"I have always been strong, independent and wanted a life that belonged to me. It's the very reason why I chose to attend Stanford because it is away from the small-town life that seems more Twin Peaks than charming. Secrets are a dangerous commodity and Pine Bluff has them in spades. So do my parents, and the dirtiest secret of all is my brother, Trey. Sergeant at Arms for the Demon's Bastards, a criminal, a felon, and perhaps the catalyst for the tragedy that destroyed my life just days before I was supposed to leave for college.

"Now I am on the run because my life is in danger and I could be next. I don't want to live my whole life looking over my shoulder and I don't want to live my life shrouded in despair. Anxiety has me in a death grip, unable to let go. I pop Xanax to get through the day and were it not for my famous cousin, I would probably be dead already.

"My name is Trista Lennon, and I am tired of being afraid."

Linx Carter never thought he could help anyone when he could barely help himself. He is hanging on by a thread after a tough, six-month Gods of Rock Tour with his band, Winter's Regret, and Scarlet Fever. He has a greedy ex-wife, two sons and all he wants is to put the pieces of his life back together.

Linx knows there is something special about Trista from the moment they meet. She's wounded, in desperate need of a friend yet feminine, feisty and no one's charity case. She is the strongest woman he has ever known.

Through their friendship, they will find the strength to heal themselves and love one another but a feud between two gangs is brewing. Trista is caught in the crossfire, and by proxy, so is Linx. What they discover might not only cost them the love they have for one another but their lives too.

Due to mature subject matter, explicit language and adult situations, this novel is recommended for those over the age of 17.

My Review:

Tattoos, bikes, & rock gods! What more can a girl ask for?

This was definitely an intriguing read. Chardou develops her storyline with many twists and turns, always keeping her readers on their toes. The world that this author has created is very vivid. You are immersed in many aspects of our world that you wouldn’t necessarily encounter in your daily life. Also, the cliffhanger that she leaves off with makes it next to impossible not to want to continue on this journey with her characters.

Chardou ensures that you’re very well introduced to the main characters, but does so in a very entertaining manner. The author makes it easy to see the differences between the two main characters while switching perspectives between the two. You can really feel their emotions and personalities shining through her writing. The main characters both had demons that they had to fight and seeing them come together was inspiring. The love scenes suited the characters involved. They flowed from the story rather than standing apart from it. The secondary characters in this novel were quite entertaining. Each was uniquely developed and everyone served a purpose. No one was simply a name on paper. Everyone in this story was realistically portrayed within their role in the story and in society as a whole. It was a refreshing change.

This was a quick, vibrant read that I had no trouble finishing. It packs an emotional punch and leaves you content with the couple in question yet hanging for more.

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About the author:

Selene Chardou is a world traveler and the alter-ego of Elle Chardou.
Ms. Chardou's writing is all about hot romance and exciting times with the wild, damaged, out of control and/or rich and famous set in the New Adult realm.

She is currently working on Rock My Heart, the first novel in the Scarlet Fever Series, which concludes the story of Kasper "Kaz" Gillian and Sydney Lundvik; she is also working on In Too Deep, the conclusion to The Lovers Duet. She also has a pop stars series planned and an MC series planned that chronicles the issues between Lucifer's Saints and Demon's Bastards motorcycle clubs.

Ms. Chardou has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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