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Chosen (The Chosen #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Wild Romantic Suspense Ride This book grabbed me from the first

Wild Romantic Suspense Ride This book grabbed me from the first line and
didn’t let go until the end. Fast-paced and action-packed, it had me
flipping my virtual Kindles pages at mach speed. The author hardly ever
lets the reader catch their breath. The suspense plot is...
Wild Romantic Suspense Ride This book grabbed me from the first line and
didn’t let go until the end. Fast-paced and action-packed, it had me
flipping my virtual Kindles pages at mach speed. The author hardly ever
lets the reader catch their breath. The suspense plot is tight and keeps
us guessing. We, just like Emma, Will and Jake, have no idea who the bad
men are and why they’re after them until the end. The Characters Will
is a tortured hero hiding behind a cocky persona. I love how the author
didn’t make him so self-assured that he can’t hide that he’s freaked out
and a little scared of a 5 year old. Emma is believable as a mother
doing everything in her power to keep her son safe. However, my
mommy-meter went off every time Emma cusses like a sailor in front of
her young child. During moments of life-threatening danger, I can
understand letting one or two fly, but she didn’t seem to have a mommy
filter on when things weren’t so tense. Jake is a child who is wise
beyond his years. He’s confused as he comes into his new powers but
deals with them like an adult, stoically accepting the fate life is
about to deal him. The Heat Factor The sexual tension builds slowly
with these two. After all, they have more pressing things to do (like
staying alive) than ogle each other every five minutes. But once the
burner gets turned up, the sexual chemistry is definitely sizzling
between these two. The author does a good job building up to the moment
with some steamy foreplay and then fades to black, leaving the
nitty-gritty details to the reader’s imagination. If you want graphic
sex scenes, this book is not for you. Not Quite a HEA The author
doesn’t tie the ending of this book up in a nice, neat bow. There are
many questions left unanswered and Will and Emma are still on the run.
But hey, that’s what sequels are for. *G* What Makes This Book Standout
This book is a page turner. Once I started it, I kept my Kindle by my
side at all times and even got a few thumb cramps from hitting the NEXT
PAGE key so fast. If you like good romantic suspense with a little
paranormal thrown in, don’t miss this gem of a book.

posted by Lori_reader_writer on August 20, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

52 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

The Good: Interesting and engaging storyline, with some well-dev

The Good: Interesting and engaging storyline, with some well-developed characters and plenty of action. Sub-plots are likewise well-developed, coming together smoothly and in a technically logical fashion.

The Bad: Obviously written from a feminine perspective, which ...
The Good: Interesting and engaging storyline, with some well-developed characters and plenty of action. Sub-plots are likewise well-developed, coming together smoothly and in a technically logical fashion.

The Bad: Obviously written from a feminine perspective, which is in and of itself is not a bad thing; however, emotions and actions should reflect how a real person, regardless of gender, would react in the real world within a given situation. Many of the emotions assigned to Will in stressful situations are out of character with what a man (in this case a soldier) would be feeling. A military man would not waste valuable time lamenting at length the fact that moving he would cause Emma pain; he would focus on removing her from danger and then deal with his emotions. If an author is going to cast the leading man as a battle-hardened ex-Marine, then that author needs to be able to take on the mantle of his psyche via research and personal interviews with relevant subjects, otherwise the character is not believable. I did not find Will believable; he did not think like a battle-hardened soldier, his thought processes (and subsequent actions) were more those of a female in a Harlequin romance.

The Ugly: Unfortunately, again the lack of research again rears its ugly head; the author clearly knows nothing about firearms, something that could be deemed important considering the prolific use of them in the story. A basic foundation in writing is to write about what you know, and if you don't know about something then research it before putting pen to paper. A rifle does not have a "tip", it has a barrel. Will would not hold the "tip" of the gun up, or nudge someone in the back with the rifle's "tip", he would hold the gun barrel up, or nudge someone with the end of the barrel. This is the equivalent of writing a book about sewing and saying you "Stepped on the bobbin to make the machine start sewing."
In addition, Emma at one point pulled the trigger of her pistol and held it, sending multiple rounds into her assailant. A pistol fires only one round with each pull of the trigger unless it is a machine-pistol, which is highly unlikely considering the legalities of ownership and the expense of such a weapon. Considering Emma's financial situation and her constantly being on the run, her having such a weapon is both unbelievable and illogical. Again, this inconsistency is akin to a protagonist who makes minimum wage driving around in Lamborghini. Not believable.

Hopefully, I don't come across as being overly critical; indeed the book has many redeeming qualities and garners many stars from other readers. The author is quite talented and weaves an interesting tale. But one of the guiding principles of fiction is that it must allow the reader to suspend disbelief in order for the story to work, and for this reader such is not the case. Characters acting illogically and a lack of knowledge of the subject matter was enough to kill my interest in the second volume; a shame, considering the potential of the well-conceived plot...

posted by ddh1961 on December 13, 2012

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    I'm one of those people that can't start a story and not finish

    I'm one of those people that can't start a story and not finish it, and unfortunately when I looked at the length of the last book it was just a hefty sigh.
    I found it to be depressing and achingly predictable. The ideas are fantastic but I disagree with the person that said there was excellent character development..

    I found the characters to be very two dimensional and the "twists" I always had pegged two hundred pages before they took place. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Don't fall for it

    This was awful. Clearly someone who decided they could write without actually bothering to truly pursue the craft, an dilettante throwing together chapter after chapter of plotless hokum. There were about 3 pages where she started to expose the underlying reason for this story to exist, but then she went back on the ludicrous flight from one rest stop to the next. If you're looking for a shallow, simplistic romance with the most convenient of plot devices to kill some time, this is for you. Otherwise, move on to something worth the read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    Check if out, very different

    I love a book where I cannot figure out the end half way through. This one really kept me guessing and was a great quck read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    EXCELLENT

    Amazing characters plot Exciting Great read Couldnt put it down

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Good book

    Enjoyed this book, however it is considered a romance book. It is NOT a romance book. That being said, i did like the story. Just FYI you will have to read the next in series to get the rest of the story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Good balance

    The right amount of love,lust,action,good,evil and just fun. Good read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Terrific Read

    Great book, interesting characters and plot. I am looking forward to the next book in the series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Exciting From Page One!

    I don't give five stars lightly but this book definitely earned every one of them. From the very first page it took my breath away and kept me totally captivated. It's a story of a mother on the run, trying to protect her son, with wonderful, original paranormal elements thrown in. I loved it and can hardly wait to read the sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

    LOVED IT!

    I never give five stars lightly. It takes a well written book with great character development, great pacing, an excellent plot, and great world building. This book had it all. The author grabbed me on the first page and never let me go. It was exciting from the opening sentence. I didn't want to put this down, and I haven't said that about a book in a long time. I enjoyed her debut novel immensely and she has outdone herself with this one. A touch of very original paranormal, mixed with action, danger, and just the right amount of romance, make this book an absolutely must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Exciting

    I fell in love with this story!! I was captured from the beginning and couldn't put it down. I felt as though I were apart of the story, laughing and crying right along.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Loved this Series

    Loved this series. Read all 4 books in a 4 day weekend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Anon

    From page one there is action, adventure, thriller suspense...and if that's not enough for you to read Chosen there's also the ultimate of good vs evil. However the writer keeps you guessing as to which side is the right one to be on. The characters are strong and realistic. I caught myself holding my breath on more than one occasion. Bought book 2 as soon as I finished reading 1, grabbed some crackers and a bottle of water, wrote this review and I'm ready to jump into Hunted with high expectations. Jp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Couldn't finish it - use of paranormal skills too contrived

    I got about 40% of the way through and couldn't go on. I enjoy the occasional paranormal mystery, if it's well done, but this was too contrived. The romance had no subtlety and left the reader no sense of anticipation. Don't waste your time with this. JRB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Boo! Sucks!

    Sucky dont waste your time on this book! No, it dosnt deserve to call itself a book. Its crap! Yeah, thats more like it! Dont waste your time on this crap!!!

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

    Just finished this book. I was browsing NOOK books and thought

    Just finished this book. I was browsing NOOK books and thought for only $0.99, why not? My overall rating would be 2 1/2 stars if there was an option, but there is not so I gave it 3.

    Pros: Good story overall. It starts off very well and had my full attention within the first few pages.
    Cons: Very simplistic writing. Literally "They drove down the road. They stopped at a cheap motel. They got out of the truck." You can see where I'm going here. The character dialogue is what kept me reading. The author wasn't big on detailed descriptions of things outside of the dialogue. Hopefully the writing improves in the rest of the series. And yes, I will get the rest of the series (mainly because it's so cheap), but the story was interesting enough that I would like to finish it.

    In summary, this is a time-killing book (road trip, long flight, etc).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    So Good!

    I loved this book and I'm already on to part 2 (Hunted). It was fast moving and I read it in 2 days!! Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Not bad but not great

    I enjoyed this series more at the beginning but think it lost some of its momentum in the last book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Great

    Great series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Book

    Not the best

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    Amazing!

    I chose this book on a whim, and wasn't disappointed. The characters are well written, the dialogue flows very well, and the plot just flies!

    Ms. Swank has taken a "Catch me if you can" story and given it one heck of a twist. Just when you think you know what's going on, she throws yet another curveball into the mix.

    This is a nail biting, heart-breaking, on the edge of your seat, triumphant love story! This is a story for any parent fighting for their child, and each other; in the face of paranormal (?) odds.
    This is a story for everyone. Be sure to check out the sequels. They do not disappoint!

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