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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Jolt by Kris Bryant

Jolt by Kris Bryant
Lesbian Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 16, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626391912
ISBN-13: 978-1626391918
Amazon: Jolt
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Mystery writer Bethany Lange wasn’t prepared for the twisting emotions that left her breathless the moment she laid eyes on folk singer sensation Ali Hart. Of course she was flat on her back and looking up and backward at the gorgeous singer, but that didn’t stop her body and heart from bursting into a kaleidoscope of want, need, and lust. Scared at the intensity of her feelings, Bethany does everything she can to avoid Ali at Camp Jacomo, the camp designed specifically for children of lesbian and gay families where Bethany volunteers every summer. The camp director convinces the hottest singer at the moment, Ali Hart, to spend a week teaching the children music to everybody’s delight except Bethany’s. On her last day at camp, Ali approaches Bethany with an offer of friendship, but they both know it’s the prelude to something bolder. Should Bethany take the risk? Does she really believe she can balance her quiet private life with Ali’s outspoken one?


Jolt was a beautiful story about love at first sight, destiny, triumph over heartbreak, trusting again after being betrayed in a previous relationship, self-confidence, and how being with "The One" can show us and bring out a side of ourselves we never knew existed. I enjoyed reading about Ali and Bethany and traveling on their journey of love with them. Ms Bryant did an excellent job crafting such a passionate, romantic, emotionally gripping, and sensual plot that really grips the reader. I was a little disappointed at some of the plot threads that were hinted at or talked about but not resolved by the end of the book (why was Ali having a nightmare and saying "Please don't"? What happened to her? What was Bethany's book about? Ali mentioned that she wanted to have children with her ex but it seemed as if Bethany wasn't interested in having her own, that would cause problems, what discussion did they have? Did Ali buy the house?). If the author was planning on writing a sequel to answer these questions, which I think would be a good idea, then my score for plot and writing style, and even character development would be 10 each but since I don't know if there is one planned I'm basing it off the book I read. The setting was beautifully described, making the reader feel as if they were right there in the center of it all. Feeling the heat, the cold winds, the sand from the beach, hearing the pulse of the music and the roar of the crowd thundering through them. Ms Bryant did an exceptional job with it. The characters were likable. No, they were lovable. Flawed. Given to rash decisions and harsh judgements as humans are wont to do. I did so hope this book wouldn't be a "Miss-understanding Novel" as many contemporaries are, but Ms Bryant did a great job with it, putting an interesting spin on an overused trope. Her writing style was fascinating and engaging and I found myself so attached to the characters, the story, and the writing that I read the entire book in a day.

Totally loved this book.


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