Review: Thunderstruck

thunderstruckReviewed by Shelly

This publisher use to be my go to place, back in the day. Now, not so much. Kendall Grace is a new to me author and I really like the writing style. It was smooth and had some great dialogue. So why I didn’t feel connected to the characters, I’m not sure. Socialite Josephine Montgomery is moving from Arizona to a small town in Georgia to get away from her family, her ex-husband and all the pressure that being a Senator’s wife holds. She was able to find a house via an online transaction, bought it and was shocked to find out that it really wasn’t what she was expecting (yeah, SHOCKED). As soon as she’s able to, she goes over to the neighbor’s house to introduce herself and see if they can help her with getting her house in order. Her neighbor, Hawk Stephens, knows that Jo is the one. All the signs are pointing to her, and by hook or by crook he’s gonna get her.

I couldn’t click with Jo. I found her to be really flat and one dimensional. But can I blame her when she’s just come out of a bad marriage and is trying to build a new life for herself?  Probably not, but I didn’t find anything special about her nor did I really empathize with her plight. I think maybe it had something to do with me not understanding her motivation. The words on the page told me what they were, but I didn’t feel it. Towards the end of the story, way past 75% completion, her personality started coming through a bit more but by then I was over her. And for what she did to Hawk – that was so transparent I saw it coming a mile away.

Hawk was a lot more interesting to me. But he was really focused in his faith that Jo was the one but what I didn’t understand is – if she’s the one, and she told you she’s messed up mentally from her previous marriage why would you be all over her like flies on sh*t. Why not give her a little breathing space, a little wiggle room, prove to her that her jack-off of an ex-husband isn’t the yard stick to measure a good man. I’m guessing because this is considered ‘erotic’ that the sex has to start off really quick.

For me the two characters who captured my attention were Hawk’s divorced parents. His father, Ray, was a wonderful character to read about. He’s such a loving father who just wants the best for his son and he’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Ray also had a thing for his ex-wife and his baby mama – I couldn’t help but swoon over his antics with her too.

Overall, I liked this story okay but I’m sure I would have enjoyed if there was more depth to Jo and Hawk. But the great news is that it is a quick read and it’s got some good (but short) sex scenes.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: C+/B-

*Book provided by Ellora’s Cave Publishing via NetGalley

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Kendall Grace
Release Date: May 29, 2013
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

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