Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Impossible by Laurel Ulen Curtis

One Accident. Two losses. Three years.

Veronica Russo chases storms, but runs from her past by staying firmly in the present. Unwilling to consider the possibility of a future, she’s checked out of life by using solitude and standoffishness as her armor and a sharp tongue and quick wit as her weapons.

Coleman Cade is a walking contradiction- just like his mismatched eyes. A rough and manly bull rider with a playful side. A ladies man with thousands of willing victims, but what he really wants is one woman. The right woman.

Will Roni be able to let go, move on, and find a way to fulfill her dream of having everything? Or will unsubstantiated choices and unresolved demons stand in the way of their happily ever after?

In order to overcome past tragedies and find true happiness- in order to have Everything- Roni needs to do one thing. Find the impossible.

*Explicit Language and Sexual Content

Cover Design by Stephanie White of Steph's Cover Design

What do you get when the lives of a storm chaser and bull rider collide? The perfect storm.

I love a book that pulls me in right off the bat. Impossible had me with its chilling opening! Tragedy struck and I just had to know what happened next.
“If you asked me, denial was the best stage of grief. If prompted, the Wicked Queen’s mirror would definitely say it was the fairest of them all.”

The main character, Roni, has buried herself so deep in her own grief that she can't face reality anymore. She's trying to stash her pain away in a faraway place so that it can’t hurt her. She runs and never slows down until she meets CJ one day. CJ’s just a kid, but, for some reason, Roni is drawn to him. I like to think that it was intuition, because with every cute kid comes a cute dad, right? Enter…Coleman Cade. He’s a famous bull rider and a thousand different kinds of dreamy. She doesn’t make his pursuit of her very easy though. She’s a stubborn woman, and that’s what Cade likes about her!
"Finding the right woman is a lot like ridin’ a bull. You’ll know in a little over eight seconds whether they’re worth a second ride or not. And, as you know, the best ones usually buck you off a few times before givin’ you the ride of your life.”

While Roni is lost and unsure of herself, Cade is a man that knows exactly what wants. He’s definitely had his playboy days as a bull rider, but he’s ready to trade all that in for Roni. The big question is…can he convince her that he and his family are what she needs? Can get her to stop running and face the life she ran away from?
“You’re like a Banty Rooster, sweetheart. Tiny little thing, but you don’t hesitate to puff out your chest, lookin’ for a fight.”

“Banty. Only thing you do more than fight, is run.”

Overall, I really dug this story! The characters had LOTS of personality. I also really loved the strong sense of family that was conveyed throughout the whole book. I had a little trouble with believability in a couple of places. Specifically, some of the relationships seemed a little rushed at the beginning. Also, the twist at the end threw me for a loop. My head was spinning because it went against everything I thought Roni represented. That was the point though. Even Roni has trouble coming to grips with what happens. In the end, my reservations with the twist were definitely outweighed by the good things that came out of it! I thought it was beautiful to see Roni piece her life back together with the help of the Cade’s.

I definitely recommend this unique and emotional read! Laurel Ulen Curtis is a new author to be on the lookout for!

*I received an ARC from Laurel Ulen Curtis in exchange for an honest review.*

MY RATING: 4 stars

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Cover by Stephanie White of Steph's Cover Design
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