Title : BLACKOUT
Author : Chris Myers
Release Date : April 2015
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Some memories should be buried…
The blackouts started happening when I was eight. There are long periods of my youth I don’t remember. I’ve woken up in strange places, feeling disoriented and unaware of how long I’ve been out.
After two years abroad attending a private school and sessions with a top-notch psychiatrist, I’ve been deemed cured. The blackouts have ceased, or so I thought, until I wake up in a ditch back home in North Carolina. Dare, the guy pulling my broken body from the wreckage, has a restraining order against him. He’s no longer the clean-cut boy I went frog gigging with but road-hardened. His lean, muscular arms, riddled with tats, drag me out of the SUV. I should fear him, but instead, his touch sparks memories that tell me I once worshipped him with all my heart.
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
~ 3.5 Stars ~
I have mixed feelings about this book. In some ways I really enjoyed this book, but it also didn’t WOW me like I was hoping it was going to.
I totally LOVED the premise of this story. This was a storyline that was unique and captivating, one I haven’t read in other books. This is a New Adult Genre book and it had some of the same elements we see in all of the other books out there, but I think the main plot line was unique enough to make it different than other books in this genre.
One thing I had a problem with was the first half of the book really kind of dragged for me. I thought it moved along to slow. What I think would’ve helped would’ve been either to drop hints and clues along the way, to move the mystery part of the story, or to have Dare and Teal come together sooner. I felt that all the typical New Adult aspects of a book happened in the first half and there wasn’t enough movement in the main topic of the storyline. I also felt this book kind of bordered on a love triangle and I am not a big fan of those.
The second half of this story totally saved this book for me, I had a hard time putting it down once I got to the 60% mark of the story. The second half was packed with intrigue, mystery and suspense. This is also where all the love story kicked in. Dare’s feeling did a 180 in the second half and I found that a little hard to believe. He was such a jerk up to this point and wanted NOTHING to do with Teal because of what happened in the past. I think had we gotten some more build up in the beginning of the book, this aspect would’ve been a little more believable. Had the whole book been like this half this book would’ve been a 5 star read for me.
I am not going to discuss the plot of the story because I think this is one you need to go into blind and have the secrets revealed to you as you read the book. There were a lot of twist and turns to this story and many of them I would’ve never guessed.
This is my first Chris Myers book and I don’t see it being my last. Her writing is really good and she knows how to create a storyline that is engaging. I think if she cuts out some of the filler in her other books, she could become a 5 star author for me.
BLACKOUT is a New Adult suspense love story. It is a stand-alone with a happy ending. I would suggest this book to anyone who likes a book full of mystery and suspense, with some romance and steam mixed in. Just because this one wasn’t my favorite doesn’t mean it won’t be a 5 star for someone else. I am happy I read this book and look forward to other books by this author.
Chris Myers suffers from an overactive imagination. She spent her high school years writing torch songs for fantasy guys then moved onto writing thrillers, new adult, and young adult. She has a real job but would love to write full time. Her books have won and placed in the finals and semifinals for several awards including Paul Gillette, Rocky Mountain Gold, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel. Chris lives in Colorado with her daughter, her better half, and BeBe, a rambunctious Bichon.