Meet Zoey & Nate in this sexy, emotional stand – alone!
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Title: The 27 Club
Author: Kim Karr
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 308 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Doing something different here for my review . . . .
You can go into this book 1 of 2 ways.
You can read the synopsis which will set expectations of what’s to come.
You can skip reading the synopsis and go into the book blind.
I’ll let you decide what to do because either will greatly impact your experience in reading this. (I’ve posted the synopsis at the end of this review so you can decide for yourself).
Without giving too much away, this book is about the idea of destiny, whether to believe in it, and whether you should let the idea of destiny control your life. More specifically, if you were given an “end date” would you fear the end, or would you try to live your last days to the fullest?
I want to run. I want to hide. I want to escape the destiny that awaits me.
Zoey arrives in Miami without a clear direction. She’s heartbroken, scared, and lost. Then she meets Nate, her brother’s best friend. Despite the obvious attraction, Nate is hot and cold with Zoey, apparently trying to honor her brother’s wishes for him to steer clear of her, yet struggling to control his instincts around her.
“Because even though your brother practically forbade me from even looking at you, I know he’d want me to be the one to take care of your needs, not some nameless, faceless douche bag who might not have your best interests at heart.”
I have to admit, the hot and cold moments between the two were a bit frustrating. The author takes on the role of a cocktease, where sex is dripping off the pages, and then it felt like a bucket of ice was thrown on me. As an example, one moment they are all over each other in a secret room at the Estate and can’t wait to get home to finish the deed, the next they are making Cuban sandwiches.
My thoughts: wait, did I miss a page? What the hell is going on?!
To be clear, I LOVED the passionate moments between this couple, but the segways seemed off and left me confused. See above.
“Let me help you live wild and free.”
Also, Nate’s intentions in regards to Zoey gave me a bit of whiplash. It went something like this:
“I want you.”
“We can’t do this.”
“I want you.”
“Zane wouldn’t want this.”
“You are mine.”
I liked the message of the story – living life to the fullest. The 27 Club legend was a bit far fetched but it’s fiction and did keep my anticipation level high, even though I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be gutted. I enjoyed the mystery of how Zoey uncovered her brother’s time in Miami – lots of surprises. And the chemistry between Zoey and Nate was palpable. A freak incident sort of ties everything together with a bow. Call me crazy but I could have used a bit more suspense and angst, but overall, it was an entertaining read.
*An ARC was received for an honest review.
You might think you want to be a member—but trust me this is one club you don’t want to join. It’s not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.
The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. My brother was recently bestowed membership and joined many of our ancestors before him. I know I’m next. This is my destiny, and I was ready to yield.
But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate’s presence controls me. I’m overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.
Nate doesn’t believe in destiny.
But I do.
And if there’s a way to cheat it—I must.
My jaw practically hits the table.
The chocolate crêpe!
I can’t believe it.
Harnessing all of my willpower, I fight the sudden inclination I have to leap around the table and jump onto his lap. I always tell people I prefer dessert before a meal, but never has anyone taken me seriously.
Tension coils deep in my belly. Lust flows through my veins running faster and faster with each passing second. I look over at him and as soon as I see his face, I can feel myself coming unhinged. Urges I can’t deny surface. The need to know the taste of his lips, to feel his hard body,
to be able to lick the chocolate he just ordered off his chest, and to slide my tongue down his stomach so I can taste him.
Looking thoughtful, his return gaze slowly changes to one of concern. “Have you stopped planning for your future because you don’t think you have one?” he asks softly.
Remnants of our conversation must have been lingering in his mind. Slamming my eyes shut, all of the erotic images I had conjured up immediately disappear as I fight to breathe.
Suddenly the air becomes thick in my lungs and I can’t get it out. I take deep calming breaths. As the haze around me dissipates and I fight off the panic attack, I hear a fumbling in front of me. I force myself to lift my lids. Nate is attempting to open my clutch. “What are you doing?”
“Trying to get you your inhaler.” Panic seems to drown out the deep green of his eyes.
I push to my feet and give him a disbelieving look. “I’m not having an asthma attack.”
“You’re not?” He sounds uncertain.
Shaking my head, I set my napkin on the table. “Excuse me, I have to use the ladies room.” I walk inside the restaurant, realizing I have no idea where I’m going. Looking around, I find the bathrooms immediately.
Just as I pull the door open, a hand covers mine. “You’re upset.”
I drop my head. “No, I’m fine.”
Fierceness grips his voice. “You’re lying.”
Summoning all of my willpower, I raise my eyes.
Nate lifts my chin. “You didn’t let me finish. I’m trying to understand you. I want to know why, if you believe in destiny, you’d change your path. Why wouldn’t you do what you had always planned on doing? Why change your course? Personally, I think destiny is bullshit. I also think not pursuing your dream is bullshit too.”
Caged by his body, his scent, his presence, I look up into his burning eyes and I can see compassion there. I believe he wants what’s best for me. If I think I know him through my brother, he thinks he knows me through my brother as well. And Zach wanted me to continue my education. His dream was that someday I’d be Dr. Zoey Flowers. Nate knows this.
“Zoey?” Nate’s voice is questioning. Low. Maybe even slightly fearful.
“Nate”—I press my finger to his lips—“I think I need to tell you something about myself.”
“What?” he asks.
In all our e-mails after my brother’s death, I never mentioned the real reason for my delay in coming to Miami. I keep my eyes open even though I want to close them. “I had a breakdown shortly after Zach died. I took a leave from my job. I couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t plan one day, let alone the next. And somewhere during that time, I let any plans I had for the future fall to the wayside. I don’t know what I want anymore.”
Shock appears on his face. “Why didn’t you tell me in any of our e-mails?”
The truth is hard to admit. “I actually looked forward to your weekly e-mails. But I did lie to you. It wasn’t work that kept me from coming to get my brother’s things. It was me and my inability to cope.”
Nate stares down at me.
My entire focus is on him. “Don’t think I’m crazy. I’m not. Really, I’m not.”
His gaze continues to pin me in a way that makes me think he understands me.
It holds me in place. Keeps me calm.
“Zoey, God, I don’t think that at all,” he breathes. “I can understand how that would happen.
With everything coming at you at once, and the shock of Z’s death, coupled with the revelations about your family, it was just too much. I get it.”
I just stare at his lips, longing to kiss him. My body is filled with so many wants and needs, and all these new urges I’ve never felt before.
And all I want is just for him to set me free.
I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I’ve always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, I wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. I went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and full-time embracing one of my biggest passions—writing.
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