I'm hosting the always wonderful Carrie Butler on my blog for the cover reveal of her new book, As We Know It. I had the good fortune to get an early copy of this fantastic disaster book, and let me tell you, this is one book about a Pacific Northwest earthquake you don't want to miss. Below I will review the book, but first let's introduce you.
Releasing December 2016
She’s got her own pent-up stress to deal with, a humiliating breakup that’s driven her to end her tenure as a human doormat once and for all. So, when a pickpocket makes off with the last remnant of her relationship, she takes action—only to get trapped with him when disaster strikes.
Now, if either one hopes to survive, they’ll have to get past their initial impressions and work together . . . because in fifteen minutes, half the town will be underwater.
It's not a mystery that I'm a HUGE Carrie Butler fan, not only of her writing, but of her graphic design work. When she offered me an early review copy of As We Know It, of course I snatched it up and downloaded it on my kindle. If you like an action packed book, than you'll love this one! You're into the book maybe three pages when things start to shake, the roof starts to collapse, and its the end of the world as Elena knows it. We've all heard about the 'big one' and now that this massive earthquake happened, Elena is thrown into survival mode with Vincent, a guy who stole from her, but in the next breath saved her life. They have fifteen minutes to get to higher ground before the tsunami hits and carries them out to sea. Elena finds herself with a strange gaggle of friends, the barista at the coffee bar and a guy who barks orders like a member of the military. Elena is focused on one thing, surviving the next fifteen minutes.
The rest is a walk between two damaged people who given the right circumstances would never trust each other, much less find a romantic spark between them. But these aren't the right circumstances, these are life or death circumstances, something Vincent is no stranger to. Elena witnesses Vincent's PTSD when the conditions they are forced into lead his mind back to the war he survived, but his men didn't. Ms. Butler's clean, honest, and well-written scenes give the reader a peek into Vincent's mind without melodrama or unnecessary descriptions. At a time when PTSD stories abound, rarely do I find one done as well as this one.
Mind you, Elena is no walk in the park either. Normally she wouldn't even be by the seashore, she'd be in Seattle, but her unfortunate choice to go on a
'get over that jack diddly' fiance vacation is cut short by the earthquake. That doesn't mean she's over the verbal abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-fiance, but she does have to put her hatred of all men aside in an instant, which isn't easy for her to do.
There are some well-written, spellbinding and thought provoking scenes throughout As We Know It and the author did an amazing job at describing the destruction that would come with an earthquake of the Pacific Northwest coastline, and the aftermath the citizens of that area will deal with.
I give As We Know It five cups of forget the coffee, you'd spill it on this non-stop action ride!
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