Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: The 27 Club

The 27 Club by Kim Karr

Publication Date: 03/03/2015
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley NAL
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 448
ISBN-100451475666
ISBN-13978-0451475664

(Received for an honest review from Berkley NAL)

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Excerpt from, The 27 Club, courtesy of the author's website

Synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Connections series comes an exciting and passionate new romance….
You don't know when...
You don't get to choose if...
When it's time to join...you'll know.

You might think you want to be a member—but trust me, this is one club you don't want to join. It's not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.
The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. Having just lost my brother to the club, I know there is no doubt. I'm next. This is my destiny… and I was ready to yield.
But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate's presence controls me. I'm overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.
Nate doesn't believe in destiny.
But I do.
And if there's a way to cheat it—I must.


Thoughts:

Kim Karr brings readers a stand-a-lone novel about a young woman facing the grief of brother's death and a family curse. This is something new and different from Kim Karr's, Connections series. In The 27 Club, Karr introduces her fans to a new hero and heroine, in Zoey and Nate, that will quickly grab their attention and hold on. This is a book about secrets. Secrets involving the death of Zoey's brother Zach. Secrets about Nate's past. Secrets, secrets and more secrets. Kim Karr fans will love it!

I have been a pretty big fan of Kim Karr's previous books in the Connections series, but The 27 Club is something different and unexpected. Karr once again gives readers a devastatingly perfect hero. Nate makes a wonderful bad boy hero that is a little dominant, but also a little bit sweet. The perfect combination. After River and Ben, I wasn't sure she could come close to writing another great hero, but she outdid herself with Nate and I think readers will be swept away by him and captivated as much as Zoey is.

Zoey wasn't what I expected. At first she seems grief stricken and vulnerable, even a little bit scared that she to will die in her 27th year. I wanted to like her, I really did. Dahlia was such a pulsing heroine in the Connections series that I wanted to feel that for Zoey in this book, but I just didn't. She annoyed me a little bit. If I thought for a second that there was that possibility that I might die young, I wouldn't resign myself to that fact, nor would it take a man or a relationship to give me to will to fight against it. So, I guess I felt like she needed a little more backbone. I wanted her to take charge of her life and own it, for whatever time she had and I didn't feel like I got that here.

The relationship between Zoey and Nate was dependent on so many secrets that it was hard to focus on their connection with each other, when it was missing this kind of basic honesty. Nate knew that Zach wouldn't want him with his sister. Nate knew what Zach's life was really like, but telling Zoey might change her entire perspective of her brother. He was in a tight situation for sure. I felt the heat between them, but it didn't seem like the forever kind of heat. 

Bottom Line: 

I love Kim Karr's writing and I thought the premise of this book was pretty intriguing. I loved Nate, he was a great hero and I think readers will fall hard for him, but Zoey was a bit lacking for me. I hope that I wasn't just comparing her to Karr's other heroine's so much that I didn't give her a chance, but I don't really think that was it. I just didn't like her. I got her, but I didn't like her. Probably, just a personal thing, read it and let me know what you think.

The 27 Club is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag! 



About the Author:


Kim Karr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Connections series, including Connected, FrayedMended, and Torn. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for books and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions—writing.

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