Monday, April 22, 2013

Grave Bound by T.R. Graves 5 Star Review!

Title: Grave Bound (Secrets, #1)
Author: T. R. Graves
Release date: March 1, 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: Adult (+17 - profanity and sexual situations)

Book Synopsis
Some secrets follow you to the grave. Others send you there.
Emily Riddle has lived her entire life inside a patriarchal commune led by her father. There are many rules, but the most important one, 'keep it in the commune', is the most difficult for her to follow... especially since the only people willing to champion her cause live on the outside.

When Emily learns her father has promised her to Lorenzo, a perverted man who has plans for her that extend well beyond marriage and kids, she rebels. Regardless of the consequences, she refuses to marry someone who'd rather beat her than caress her.

A day of hooky that starts out as a tiny act of defiance - sneaking out of the commune for a swim - turns into a day filled with hope. After spending time with Levi, a man camping near the lake, she finds what true romance looks like and catches a glimpse into a future that's filled with love and admiration rather than hate and submission.

That tiny peek is enough to change the course of Emily's existence and makes it nearly impossible for her to go back to the commune and pretend she'll ever be able to tolerate the life chosen for her instead of the life she longs for. One that includes Levi.

Fighting to escape the commune, its leaders, and her fiancé proves to be more dangerous than Emily expected. The secrets she knows, as the leader's daughter, will either follow her to the grave or send her - and Levi - there.

Jennifer D's 5 Star Review!
I was provided an ARC of this book for an honest review and to be honest I did intrigue me at bit but I had no real expectations going into it that I would love it.  I cannot say enough about this book about what a great story it is!  It had me at the edge of seat the entire time and left me pissed off!  It is the first book in a series but I don’t feel like I was left with a major cliffhanger.  I am looking forward to see what’s next in this series!
The story is about Emily Riddel, the sweet and innocent women that father runs a commune that might as well be running in the late 1800’s. They believe that women have their place and it’s to cater to the men, do their cooking, cleaning, and take care of what other needs they may have, if you know what I mean.  They are not allowed to date or marry who they like.  They are promised to whatever man sees fit by the commune leader who just happens to be Emily’s father Owen.   The men always leave for the summer on “business” so Emily takes advantage of this time to have some fun down at the lake with her girlfriends.   That’s when she meets that man of her dreams that will change her forever.  It was love at first sight for Emily and Levi Bryson. He was lost and looking for his cousin, Tope the local district attorney, when he stubbles across the beautiful Emily.  They have an instant connection and spend the next two days together.  In that short amount of time they fall deeply in love and decide they need to do what they can to be together.  Sounds great, right???  But standing in their way is the man who Emily is promised to Lorenzo. She has feels nothing but hate for him and would rather die than to marry him.  Emily has one ally at the commune, her Aunt Tess.  When it comes to the women of the commune, she is the leader and keeps them all in line little does anyone know Aunt Tess has been working with Tope for years to bring down the Owen and the others so the women can be free. 
Not only is does this book follow the love story of Emily and Levi but it shows the heartbreaking life of the women at the commune and what they must endure day in and day out.  They do know any other life so to them getting beatings and being told who to marry is normal.  I could not imagine living a life like this.  These women have no freedom to make their own choices, it like the womens revolution never happened.  
When Emily suddenly falls ill and is hospitalized, the men are forced to come back and that’s when all hell seems to break loose. I was on the edge of my seat and could not turn those pages on my kindle fast enough!   I am a firm believer of doing a review without giving out the secrets of the book.  From this point on I could not put it down!  This book is a definite must read and I will be looking forward to the second book, Under-Ground.   
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About the Author
The author of The Warrior and the Secret series—currently available—and the Moral Dilemma and the Underwater series—to be released in 2013/2014.
She lives in Texas with her husband, their nineteen-year-old daughter, and nine-year-old son. Besides being blessed with a supportive family, she counts her career as an administrator and registered nurse in not-for-profit hospitals among her most fulfilling accomplishments.
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