Monday, April 6, 2015

Violets & Violence by Morgan Parker

Violets & Violence
by Morgan Parker
December 31, 2014

Violet has magical talent. She can levitate, walk through glass, and be in two places at one time. What happens when Violet discovers true magic in the arms of a new man?

Luke Kemble enjoys the luxury of having Violet, all of her magic and all of her beauty, all to himself. What happens to Luke's illusion of reality when he and the love of his life are threatened by another man, a dangerous one that holds grudges and anger?

Carter Borden never fully recovered from the heartbreak of his ex-wife leaving him. What happens to a damaged man who begins to believe in magic once again?

Follow two men -- Luke and Carter -- as they learn the one truth about Violet's magic (that it's an only an illusion) and the one truth about her love (that it's not).

Kathie's Review:

First, this cover caught my attention. Then the blurb drew me in. It was an engaging read, for sure.

Carter is chosen to check out the props at a stage show. Violet banters with him as he checks out the huge glass wall...that she then walks right through. He feels a connection to the woman in the cat suit and she gives him her number before he leaves. Carter has some hang ups, though. He's not quite over his ex-wife, the woman who just walked right of his life. This new woman has pretty much overwhelmed him with how intrigued he is about her. But he's scared because Violet is drama and danger and lust and just maybe something else. 

The chapters switch between Carter and Luke. Luke is the manager and brains behind the illusion show. He makes the magic happen. He also lives with Violet. AND he gets kidnapped! I didn't like him very much. Carter was much more appealing to me.

There's mystery here and one is constantly going: What the heck?

Thankfully the story threads are all brought together and the things we questioned are all smoothed out. While I did appreciate that very much (and I hope you do, too) I was taken aback by the editing. There should be at least a double space when we change scenes. The characters would be in the theater...and then sitting in a car. I almost got whiplash. There were also formatting issues. Several times there would be a break in a sentence...and the rest of the sentence was nowhere to be found. Pretty much stopped me in my reading tracks several times. 

Besides those issues, the story was one that kept me reading. I will certainly look for more from this author.

*Thank you, NetGalley and Quotestork Media Inc., for the opportunity to read this book.

As the author of the best-selling mystery romance, Surviving Goodbye, Morgan Parker has written several novels under this pen name. In 2012 and 2013, when he self-published Textual Encounters and Textual Encounters: 2, respectively, he was absolutely floored that anyone would want to read his stories. So he wrote non friction, an unconventional love story. That love story earned Mr. Parker a tremendous amount of attention and at the insistence of his readers, he followed it with Hope (a novella) and Sick Day. All three of those stories have spent time on Amazon best-seller lists. Currently, he is preparing Violets & Violence for publication in late-2014.

When not writing, Morgan likes to spend time gathering writing material from his two young children, reading and napping where he discovered the Type II Sleep State, which is the topic for his 2015 release, Anna Graham.

Morgan interacts regularly with his readers and friends on Facebook and Twitter.

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