Sunday, May 3, 2015

Review: Beyond the Seduction (Reluctance #3) by M A Stacie

Book coverBeyond the Seduction (Reluctance #3) by M A Stacie
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My rating: star star

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For a man who thought he had everything, Trace Jacks sure had nothing now.

After one letter blows his life apart, Trace is clueless how he can move on. He stumbles through the days, never accepting the grief that flows within him, and finding it easier to bury his loss. To him, if he doesn’t think about it, then it never happened. Burying the hurt, he continues with his new life. Hiding from the truth becomes a lot easier after he takes his niece to her dance class, striking up an interesting conversation with her teacher.

Shae Bennett is happy to keep things fun, enjoying Trace’s seduction and his spontaneity. She’s reluctant to get serious with anyone; she has enough going on in her life. With him she can forget about her concerns for her mom, her tumultuous relationship with her father, and stress of running the dance studio. With him she can be herself, and it becomes all-consuming.

When the fun begins to slip, when reality starts to encroach in the worst possible way, their relationship unravels at an alarming speed. Neither one is willing to end what they’ve come to need so deeply, but each of them has issues that can only be dealt with alone.

Can Trace and Shae unhook the chains that hold them back? Is their newfound love strong enough to battle back to one another?

This book was very difficult for me to get into which was a shame because when I found out this was to be Trace's book, I was quite excited. I liked Trace when I met him Beneath the Surface and loved the relationship that he had with Dale.

It was hard for me to connect with Trace and Shae for very different reasons. 

With Trace, the devastation he went through was very foreign to me and it was not something that I could comprehend. I think that I would understand it would be devastating intellectually but it's not something I can imagine. Although, for people who are in his situation, I think this would be very moving and very emotional.

With Shae, she was just too unpredictable for me. She blew hot and cold, she got angry and then she was not. And when tragedy struck, and this time, I did understand how incredibly horrible what happened to her could be, I found it difficult to deal with her drama. It just seemed long and drawn out. There was a lot of wallowing and I'm not a fan of wallowing, even though I understand it takes time to get over something like what happened to her.

This story is just drama piled upon drama. It was like Ms Stacis asked herself how much drama she could fill a book with and then added more for good measure. I got fed up of the drama and just wanted it to be over.

I got to 87% of the book and was ready to not finish it and give it a big fat DNF because I was getting so fed up with Shae and the story not going anywhere, but I was stuck on the train and didn't have anything else to read, so I powered on. The reason I wanted to stop reading at that point was because Shae did something which really turned me off.

It's probably a good thing I was stuck on the train and I kept reading because Trace's behaviour in the last 10% of the book really redeemed it for me. He was suddenly the mature one, the emotionally strong and stable one, and he fought for what he wanted. He approached his situation with Shae like an adult and he did not back down in the face of Shae's half-hearted protestations. Trace insisted that he and Shae work through things in a "sit down, let's talk about it like adults" fashion without backing out and without being harsh. He handled the whole situation brilliantly.

For two really messed up people, I'm glad they got their happy ending. committed to review the series, so I'm going to persevere.

* This book was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions in this review are my own. I received no compensation for reading and reviewing this story.

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About the author
auM. A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy, yet angst ridden novels, she adores getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories.

She describes herself as one huge contradiction, and though not the most conventional of hobbies, she counts getting new tattoos as one of hers. Running keeps her sane, along with knitting and listening to loud music.

M. A. Stacie lives in the UK with her husband and three sons.

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