Tough Karma:A Race Against Time

Tough Karma:A Race Against Time

by Laura Simmons

NOOK Book(eBook)

$0.99
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now
LEND ME® See Details

Overview

From the Author of Little Bits of Karma comes a chilling new tale of loss, tragedy, psychic warfare, and eternal love. Amber Macklin's world is cruelly shattered when she loses her baby girl three months after her husband's sudden death. Her cousin, Bryce, comes to her rescue, moving her into his home for fear she will kill herself from the grief. He provides solace and a shoulder to cry on, and he has loved her as more than a cousin for a long time. Amber and Bryce soon discover they are not blood relatives, which opens the door for romance as he pulls her through her darkest hours. When Mike, a college friend of Bryce's, stops by to visit, Amber senses a deadly secret behind his nice guy persona. She has a frightening dream that Mike is trying to kill her and recurring sleepwalking episodes where she draws detailed pictures of him torturing her. Deeply troubled, Bryce uses his ability to astral travel to investigate Mike and uncover his terrifying past. Mike has had his eye on Amber for some time, and when he learns that Bryce and Amber have become lovers, he is furious. Mike abducts Amber and takes her to his rural Georgia hideaway, and Bryce must rely on his astral abilities to track her down. But will he be too late?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157291990
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 566,910
File size: 533 KB

About the Author

Laura Simmons grew up in northern Virginia and spent most of her career working for various Department of Defense contractors in the Washington, DC area. She has a fascination with all things metaphysical. She enjoys soap making, writing, jigsaw puzzles, bowling, vacationing at the beach with her husband, and studying tarot cards and other types of divination systems.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Tough Karma: A Race Against Time 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MJSolitarie 3 months ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book to give a voluntary honest review. This review contains only my own thoughts and opinions of this book. First and foremost, thank you Laura Simmons for the opportunity and generosity. While I really appreciate the author for letting me read her book for free and while I see what she was trying for with this story, I sadly could not find anything I liked about Tough Karma. I really did try to enjoy the book but the writing felt too off, being kind of awkwardly stilted and repetitive, and it didn’t flow naturally with the storyline. The whole plot I found strange too (with lack of a better word) and I believe said writing had a lot to do with it. The first thing I reacted to was how fast paced the story was, jumping right into the plot with the loss of Belle. This in itself would have been no problem for me. However I was given nothing to make me feel for Amber or share her loss. It was just repetitive sentences of how sad she was and how she missed Belle over and over. There was no emotional depth to it other than being told what the characters were doing and their conversations. It kept going like this throughout the book, being rushed and missing a lot of needed depth. It almost felt like someone had read the book beforehand, highlighted the most important stuff and conversations and then removed the rest. That fast pace did not help the character development either. I never picked up on any sort of personality from any of the characters, more than being told that the one character was this way or had this unique trait or ability. Being told that do not make me actually see or believe it. The rule “show, don’t tell” really needed to be applied to Though Karma. Especially with the dialogues. Just as the writing they were strangely stilted and awkward, as well was repetitive. I lost count on how many sentences started with “let’s see/do/find out this” or “I am so glad”. Overall the conversations were a bit too out there but at the same time stuck on a breaking the ice/stranger’s politeness level and never really got deeper than that other with some few odd (to me anyways) jokes and characters talking to themselves. It made it really out of nowhere when Amber and Bryce suddenly confessed their feelings for each other since there was no indicator that showed that they were forming or developing a romantic relationship. Once again, that was something I was told about but not shown and because of that and the lack of depth and personalities I never really felt an emotional connection between them. The story offered me very little in terms of emotions or characterization to make me care for the main characters, which made it off-putting when Nina and Luke suddenly got a bigger part in the story. The plot barely made me care for Amber and Bryce, so why would I care for the rest of the characters? If I am to be brutally honest I could not see any difference between any of the characters and all of them made unrealistically obviously plot leading choices that no one smart enough in real life would do. There was just nothing there for me to relate to any of them. I really hate to give a book one star, especially when the author was kind enough to give me a review copy. However I strive to be honest with my reviews and as much as I tried to I could not find any redeemable qualities or potential in Though Karma.
JoshuaGriffith 12 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this one! The story revolves around Amber, who suffers from a double whammy of losing not only her husband but her infant daughter in a short period of time. She's grieving and hurting to the point that her cousin Bryce has her stay at his house to be there for her and make sure she doesn't try hurting herself. During this time, Amber starts sleepwalking and drawing some disturbing images from her dreams, though she doesn't recall. One that has her worried is of being tortured by Bryce's college friend Mike. Amber discovers that Bryce has the ability to astral travel and learns that there's more to Mike than either one suspects and a connection that takes them by surprise. There's plenty of thrilling drama, paranormal mystery, and romance that will keep you turning the pages. I highly recommend this one!
JC70563 More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying. Not a typical romance novel, Tough Karma is also paranormal, time travel, and thriller. Amber has been through so much and is at a point of crippling loss in her life. She stays with her cousin Bryce and while doing so learns they aren’t related. This would all be fine and open a door for them to be more than just friends, except that Amber gets some very bad vibes from one of Bryce’s friends. She uses her abilities to find out more, and needless to say, there is a LOT there to find out about. Amber gets pulled into something very horrible, and as things unfold, past lives and karma come into play as the title suggests. No spoilers here, but there are thoroughly gripping and riveting revelations as the plot progresses. I really enjoyed this different kind of time travel romance novel, being a huge fan of the subjects presented in this book myself, such as reincarnation. A gripping and satisfying read.
cmac1 More than 1 year ago
Great plot with great chemistry between the main characters. Great paranormal novel.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Amber Macklin is having a hard time dealing with the loss of her husband and then her daughter and moves in with her cousin Bryce Decker until she can get on her feet. There is clearly some attraction between the two of them but they have to keep a distance. When they learn that they are not blood relations that distance disappears. An old college friend of Bryce’s shows up to wish them the best but bad things start happening. Amber is starting to have visions and drawing scenes of Mike torturing and killing her. It seems that Mike has wanted Amber for a long time and is rather upset that Bryce is with her. This is a great story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Amber and Bryce have been through so much but it was great to learn that they had each other. Mike is a creep on so many levels. I felt for Amber as she was having these visions and creating these horrible drawings. Then when he kidnaps her, I was hoping she could get away or Bryce get there in time. I loved the paranormal additions to this story. We have the previous lives but also some astral projection and psychic abilities. They made this already intense story better. Now I admit the whole cousin love thing gave me a touch of the creeps so I was glad that they were not blood related even though it is still a little odd. I really have enjoyed both books in the Karma series and I can’t wait to see what Laura Simmons comes up with next. I received Tough Karma from Silver Dagger Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Amber Macklin is having a hard time dealing with the loss of her husband and then her daughter and moves in with her cousin Bryce Decker until she can get on her feet. There is clearly some attraction between the two of them but they have to keep a distance. When they learn that they are not blood relations that distance disappears. An old college friend of Bryce’s shows up to wish them the best but bad things start happening. Amber is starting to have visions and drawing scenes of Mike torturing and killing her. It seems that Mike has wanted Amber for a long time and is rather upset that Bryce is with her. This is a great story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Amber and Bryce have been through so much but it was great to learn that they had each other. Mike is a creep on so many levels. I felt for Amber as she was having these visions and creating these horrible drawings. Then when he kidnaps her, I was hoping she could get away or Bryce get there in time. I loved the paranormal additions to this story. We have the previous lives but also some astral projection and psychic abilities. They made this already intense story better. Now I admit the whole cousin love thing gave me a touch of the creeps so I was glad that they were not blood related even though it is still a little odd. I really have enjoyed both books in the Karma series and I can’t wait to see what Laura Simmons comes up with next. I received Tough Karma from Silver Dagger Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Amber Macklin is no stranger to loss her husband died not too long ago. Now Amber losses her baby daughter unexpectedly. Amber doesn't want to be left alone so she's staying with her cousin Bryce Decker. Bryce has been in love with his cousin for years now but never acted on it either. Bryce wants to be there for Amber. When new information comes to light that suggests that Amber and Bryce are not in fact cousin ~changes everything for them. Bryce also can astral project himself. Amber does sleepwalking. How will astral projection and sleepwalking help them? Your answers await you in Tough Karma. This book is very intriguing and unique too. The characters and story are compelling, complex, raw, gritty, honest, real, and with some flaws mixed in. Overall a very enjoyable book.