Blog Tour (Book Review & Giveaway): Snapped and Shade by Ketley Allison

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Title: Snapped (Snapped #1)
Author: Ketley Allison
Genre: New Adult Romantic Mystery
Length: 100 pages
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis
“We have someone who saw you struggling with the deceased before using that knife. Your best friend, and our eye witness.”

In nine weeks Charlie Miller’s life goes from high-rolling perfection to a crypt of sin. All it takes is one night, one blade, and her boyfriend, best friend and new friends all either end up as

Nate Westcott, a pierced, tattooed, charismatic lawyer, is a man she can’t have—but a seductive danger she can’t ignore. He’s cocky, infuriating, brilliant and wrong, yet he makes her question whether she really is the good girl she wants to be or more like the selfish killer everyone thinks

And her body wants him in ways she’s not supposed to crave.

As the weeks close in, cracks start forming in her everyday world of pro football golden boys, law school domination and New York City nightlife. Everyone she cares about is at risk because one of them doesn’t love Charlie back. In fact, they want her out of the way. Disposed of. Set up.

One more step, and all Charlie has to do is fall through.

Week 1 starts now.

WHO WILL SNAP?

Grace Review
I had no idea what to expect of this series based on the synopsis, it actually confused me a bit (Nate is a main part of the synopsis but barely in this book). And then the prologue was very vague as to what was going on, other than the main character, Charlie, was in big trouble. Based on the synopsis and prologue, I was expecting one kind of story, and got something completely different.

The majority of this book covers Charlie’s move to NY to be with her star QB boyfriend Slade (not Nate), bringing her new friend in tow. What I like about Charlie is that she refuses to just be arm candy for her BF. Instead, she takes on the challenging task of law school. And that is where we meet Meagan. There was something off about this girl, and as the story progressed, I became more leery of her.

There is a slow build in these stories, as you sense one or more people are trying to get between Charlie and Slade. There were moments where I didn’t trust anyone. Is Slade cheating? Can Charlie trust her own best friend? I’d sleep with one eye open if I was her.

This book ends abruptly with no hint or tie to the events of the prologue. So it’s on to book 2.

– Grace

*An ARC was received from the author for an honest review.

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Shade cover

Title: Shade (Snapped #2)
Author: Ketley Allison
Genre: New Adult Romantic Mystery
Length: 107 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis
Famous boyfriend, penthouse on Park Avenue, full scholarship and best friend along for the ride?

Awesome.

A smartass drummer-lawyer boy, dark obsession and a hint of betrayal?

Unexpected.

Murder?

Inevitable.

Charlie Miller’s life in New York City is just getting started.

Grace Review
The questions I had about trust in book 1 are amplified in book 2.

Here’s a brief summary of the character dynamics:
Charlie loves Slade
Slade loves Charlie
Meagan is friends with Charlie
Meagan has a serious crush on Slade
Lara is friends with Charlie
Lara has a serious crush on Nate
Nate seems to have feelings for Charlie

What does this all spell? Trouble with a capital T. While there is a lot of angst as some of the above feelings are revealed, it’s centered on suspicion with little action behind it, so far.

While I wasn’t certain about Meagan in book 1, I flat out hated her in book 2. She is clearly not to be trusted. The fact that Nate and Meagan are related and each seems to have feelings for the couple, I have a sense that bad things are on the horizon. How this all ties to the prologue, I don’t have a clue. At this point, I’ve finished both novellas and still don’t have a clue is to who/what/why occurred in the prologue.

In my opinion, this would be much better as one book rather than a series of novellas. While there is the needed suspense between the novellas, they end more abruptly than with a cliffhanger. It just felt like the author or publisher said, “hey, let’s split the book here”, instead of intentionally working up to a cliffhanger to have you desperate for the next novella, as most other serials seem to do. That said, I am eager for book 3, Sin, to see how everything goes down. I see heartbreak on the horizon for Charlie which may lead to what occurred in the prologue.

– Grace

*An ARC was received from the author for an honest review.

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About

Ketley Allison began her career by writing books as birthday presents for her friends (with her friend as the main character and opposite a super sexy lead, of course) before ending it in order to walk down a path she thought she was supposed to follow.

The writing bug never left her—and, in fact, would often bleed into the official papers she was supposed to write—so now Ketley’s putting down her suit and finally following her dream.

While her friends are no longer the stars of her books, she still throws in bits and pieces of them into each and every one of her characters.

As a result, her books tend to focus a lot on friendships as well as love, because let’s be honest, friends are what really get you through—especially when your epic love turns into epic heartbreak.

Ketley’s debut indie ebook, DARK SOULS, the first in the Dark Souls Series, is available on

Amazon right here and Barnes & Noble.

ENTWINED, Book II in the Dark Souls Series, is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

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