Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dangerous Ties by J.L. Beck

Dangerous Ties (A Ties, #1)Dangerous Ties by J.L. Beck

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Writing: ★★★
Story: ★★★
Characters: ★★★

Overall rating: 3.0

This book had the potential to be so much more than it was. Everything felt so rushed. If the author had turned this into something other than a short story, and took time to develop the characters, it *could* have been so much more.

But instead we have a short story that ends in a major cliffhanger and no release date as of yet for the next book.

The author, on the last page of the book, asks, "Loved it? Hated it?", I didn't hate this book, because I did see the potential in it. But I didn't "love" it either... kind of lukewarm.
"I was a lion on my first hunt, the prey within sight. All I had to do was sink my teeth into her."
I wanted to know more about Grayson, how he came to be where he was and who he was. His story sounds so tortured. The bad boy that would give just about anything to be something more.

When Grayson spots Ellie across a crowded club, he's drawn to her. He doesn't know why, he just is.

He's at the bar when she approaches him. She's decided, on this night, that she's going to be someone else. Just to do something other than work and hide. One (quick) minute later, Grayson taking her out of the club, out the back way.
"I'm going to take you back to my hotel. Fuck you. Then leave you there with the lingering feeling of my cock being inside of you wears off."
But things go horribly wrong, and next thing we know, instead of being the quick night of passion they're both looking for, circumstances put Ellie and Grayson in the position of being captor and captive.

Grayson has to kill Ellie, his own life depends on it. But can he do it? He's never hesitated before, so why is he this time? With her?
"In the end you deal with the cards you were dealt in life. I couldn't change the hand, but I could draw a new card to better my deck."
Secrets come out, lies and truths are told. Will someone die? Will Grayson and Ellie make it out alive? Who are Grayson and Ellie? You'll have to read to find out.

This book could have been more of a 3.5 or 3.75. But it needs a lot of editing work, and bit more character building. I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series. Depends if the author is going to string us along with a bunch of short stories or if she'd going to make an actual novel of Severed Ties.

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