Thursday, 14 May 2015

Cruel Summer (Undertow 0.5) by K.R. Conway

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to K.R. Conway, Wicked Whale, and NetGalley

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Kian O’Reilly is flawless as a killer. Well-practiced in the art of making murder look like an accident, he is selfish, wealthy, and totally arrogant as a soul-stealing immortal. But when he ends up stranded on Cape Cod with a stolen car and a dead drug dealer in the trunk, he thinks his luck couldn’t get any worse. That is, until Ana Lane shows up. Gifted as a mechanic and surfer, feisty Ana is not a fan of the entitled Frat Boys who show up every summer, messing with local girls. Believing Kian is one of those typical rich brats, she fixes his car and ruthlessly dismantles his cocky ego . . . which intrigues the dangerous soul thief. Determined to spend more time with the prickly mechanic, Kian sets out to understand what makes Ana so fierce. Soon, however, he uncovers the painful truth behind the real Ana Lane, and the decision to save her, may destroy them both. ** This is the prequel novella to UNDERTOW and is based on the story of Kian and Ana the summer they met. While it can be read at anytime in the series, it is meant to be read after UNDERTOW and STORMFRONT.**

Cruel Summer by K.R. Conway

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cruel Summer (Undertow, #0.5)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to K.R. Conway, Wicked Whale, and NetGalley.)

“I couldn’t help but believe in a higher power, because Kian O’Reilly was one rebellious, rock star of an angel.
And I was entirely falling for him.”

This book basically gave us a bit more insight into Ana and Kian’s relationship, and I liked the romance.

I felt really sorry for poor Ana in this story. The way her father abused her was awful, and I was so glad that Kian was around to help her heal afterwards. Kian came across as quite harsh at the beginning of this book, but he did seem to have a soft spot for Ana that developed more as he got to know her.

“She was Tinker Bell’s bad-ass, smoking hot, alter-ego. And granted, she was technically a walking meal ticket to me, but damn. For a moment I thought that humans might actually carry more potential than simply snack-value.”

The storyline in this revolved around Kian and Ana’s first meeting, and their gradual love affair. I wasn’t the biggest fan of a lot of the story, but the romance was really lovely, and it was great seeing how Kian and Ana met and got together.

“He began kissing away my tears and all I wanted was to stay with him forever.”

This story seemed to merge into Undertow a bit, but it was still well worth a read.
6 out of 10

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