Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review & #Giveaway: My Salvation by Michelle Dare


Michelle Dare is a Jersey girl living over the border in Pennsylvania. She started out as a reader, then became a book blogger. She loves the book community and thought to try her hand at writing. Her first book, My Salvation, is a contemporary romance.She is a married mom with two wonderful children and a German Shepherd, who she considers her third child. She is a lover of books, music and movies. Her favorite band is Maroon 5 and has too many favorite movies to list. Paranormal romance is her favorite genre to read.




Caliana Crawford is smart, sexy and unemployed. After quitting her mediocre job, she finds herself in need of a break. She goes to the one place that holds her most precious memories, her cabin by the lake. Life hasn’t always been easy for Cali. She lost someone close to her, was betrayed by her lover, and now she only wants to escape reality. What she doesn’t plan on is her sexy neighbor, who has an agenda of his own.
Owen Matthews goes through the motions every day, but knows his life is missing one essential part - Cali. He has never forgotten about the summers he spent by the lake with the gorgeous brunette. When he sees she is back to stay, Owen knows he can’t let her slip through his fingers again. Others think he has it all with owning a multimillion dollar company, but what they don’t know is that he would give it all up to have her in his arms and his bed.
The road to happiness isn’t always easy. His brother returns to his life and brings with him an old flame who threatens to rip Cali and Owen apart. Will they find their salvation with one another or let the events of their past influence their future?

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Happy young couple outdoorsMy Salvation is Michelle Dare's debut novel and I decided to take it on because I enjoy reading work by indie authors. Was I disappointed? It's a mixed bag for me, but not in a way that is usual.

Caliana is tired of her job, where she's taken for granted, undervalued, and generally overworked. After one final straw, she does the thing best for her. She quits. 

The only place she can think of going is her refuge, a cabin on the lake where she's spent most of her growing-up years. And there's one person there who could possibly help her heal and forget. Owen. 

Owen has had a crush on Cali since they were teens. But he never had anything to offer her so he let her alone - except for one kiss the night before she left for college. And that kiss has stayed with them since then. But is that attraction over the past ten years enough for a relationship? Is the man he's become enough for her?

I found a sweet, romantic story of two friends who finally find the courage to fall in love. It's not uneventful, and it's not crazy action, either. It's a good balance of things that happen for logical reasons and something that could take place in real life. 

However, I found the novel could be tighter in some places as parts were a bit rambling. There's also quite a lot of telling, not showing, which if reworded and tweaked, would be a ton better. The imagery is very good but how it's put across needs work. 

What saved this for me are the characters. All of them are believable, and most I could really connect with. I like the fact that they aren't flat and one-sided, although I wish Owen had some bit of a naughty streak in him. He's so perfect that I would agree with Cali not believing he was a real man who was in love with her. He himself is just flawless. But in love with his woman he is, and he does everything he can just for her. 

Passionate embraces men and womenThe progression of the storyline itself is also very workable. The build-up is paced right and the events are sequenced in a believable way. There's no jumping around with what's happening to Owen and Cali which makes the story flow really well. 

So, is this good? I believe so. But I think it needs just a little more polishing for it to be better. There's already that gem lurking under the surface waiting to come out. With the work of a good editor, it's really going to shine. And I would read this again if it were re-released, so I'm not just saying that to be nice. 

Michelle Dare, I know My Salvation is your first work and writing is tough - and scary! You've got a gift there with what you've created and I hope this won't be the last work of yours I come across. I found me a rough diamond and I'm hoping you'll step out a little more so others will see the same talent that I do. 


* $10 Amazon Gift Card & 3 eBook copies of My Salvation *

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