Reverb y J. Cafesin Reviewed


James Micheal Whren is brilliant, beautiful, rich, and taken—with his genius for creating music. He's desired by many, yet commits to no one but his muse. Just twenty-eight, and at the pinnacle of his career, on the eve of his brother's funeral his father shatters his life, and James is left abandoned in hell with no one real to save him. His odyssey to freedom takes him beyond the looking glass, to the reflection of friends and lovers. Humbled and alone, James escapes to the Greek island of Corfu. But instead of finding solace there, loneliness almost consumes him. Until Elisabeth, and her son, Cameron. Reverb is a love story, a psychological thriller paced with romantic suspense. The story chronicles intricately woven characters fraught with frailties that possess us all, and that linger long after the read. It is a tale of redemption—the evolution of a modern man from solipsist to integrated awareness, and the journey that inadvertently awakens his capacity to love. Spun from The Magus, also about a man who learns to love someone other than himself, and way beyond 50 Shades of Gray, Reverb is told like Crime and Punishment--modern, clean, edgy verging on sharp. Like nothing you've read, guaranteed.

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It is funny; I had to look this title’s name up in the dictionary to find out what it means. I found out that it relates to music. I started this book really not know much about it except from the blurb. I noticed some people wrote that it was suspense thriller. I did not see this story that way at all. All books for the most part are suspense for me, since I am waiting to see what happens next.

At the beginning of this book I was confused. The prologue starts with the character as a small boy. It then jumps to James a grown man. I actually felt that the prologue was not needed; ultimately it left me scratching my head. If the story would have started out where chapter one started and that was the prologue it would have made more sense to me. It was after I got through that when I finally was intrigued by the story.

This is not a hearts and flowers love story nor is it erotica. This is a dark tale of crimes committed against James. James is a gorgeous man obsessed with his music always feeling he was the outsider in his family and that his father really wanted nothing to do with him.  The two were estranged for many years. He is famous and rich but all he really focuses on in his life is his music and his obsession limits him in his relationships. I felt very sad for him. He is wrongly accused of crime and although this crime is not a big one, things go horribly wrong and his life spirals from there. We usually see this type of thing happen to women in our stories rarely a man. I must warn you that there are scenes that involve rape; these scenes are intense and can be hard to handle.

The family dynamic is very strange and left me questioning who was wrong and right when it came to how the story evolved to climactic proportions. My heart broke into a million pieces with each nightmare James had. James escapes and runs far away. He is alone with nothing but his nightmares and always looking over his shoulder. That is when he meets a young women and her infant son. Liz and Cameron become his salvation, healers and the loves of his life.

Liz suffers from her own loss. A husband killed by act of terror, she also escapes to help gain insight to her life. Once she befriends James, I began to feel the healing for both of them.  Liz is an everyday women, I love the way the author describes her as curvaceous. I love how she sees more than what is on the surface and seems to dig deep when needed. She is a courageous smart and beautiful person.

I really like the way the author brought the relationship with Liz and James together very slowly. I felt their feelings as they felt them. It was not the all consuming type of love and lust but one built of trust and understanding. I really loved their understanding of each other. Watching James in this story, he grew to be a different man than he was and it was beautiful to see.

I know I normally do not go into much about stories because I do not want to give you just another synopsis but I did leave out so much for other readers to feel and learn, but what I wrote was necessary and no spoilers are given.

I do have a few issues that I was not happy with in the book.  As I said earlier the prologue was confusing. There were characters early on that were not as developed as I would have liked, and they seemed glossed over quickly. I do not even think I have ever said this but I felt as if this should have been a two book series.

I believe the author of this story was also trying to send a message to the reader of this story. I am not sure I agree with the message I took away from the story, or if I can even forgive after leaning the message I perceived.  I did take away the message more than one thing can define who we are. The story has an HEA but it is different than what you will expect.

I would really love to discuss this book with others that read it or have read it. Please comment below if you are interested.


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J. Cafesin

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Writing fiction is intoxicating. Fully engaging. Hot. Sexual. Physical. Mental. Spacial. Virtually touching real if I'm doing it right, then enter the scene, a million miles from solitude... I write taut, edgy, modern fiction with complex, compelling characters that bring story live, and linger long after the reads...

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