ARC Review… Rising Storm Episode 1: Tempest Rising by Julie Kenner

Rising Storm Episode 1: Tempest Rising releases September 24, 2105

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Episode 1:
Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and
secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.

Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection. But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets. Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.

Ginny Moreno didn’t mean to do it, but when she came home to Storm, she brought the tempest with her. And now everyone will be caught in its fury…


My Review:

Rising Storm Episode 1: Tempest Rising by Julie Kenner, kicks off the brainchild of authors Julie Kenner and Dee Davis, presented by 1,001 Dark Nights, and is what I can only describe as one of the most exciting and unique versions of storytelling that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I loved it!

Ok, quick confession…growing up I was addicted to two T.V. shows: the old daytime soap, Santa Barbara, and when I got older, Beverly Hills 90210 (…and maybe some Melrose Place but I was probably a bit too young to be watching that so don’t tell anyone!). I loved everything about those shows. The drama. The relationships. The scandal. The beautiful people living a life I certainly wouldn’t want for myself, but it was so juicy to watch on the screen. Well, this is like all of the best parts of those shows mashed up and typed onto pages. It’s the best of both worlds!

From the very first few pages, I was totally hooked. The people. The town. It’s all just so fascinating! We are hit with a one-two punch right out of the gate and the hits just kept coming. Good hits for the reader, maybe not so good for the characters. That, of course, just made it even juicier and more engrossing. I was having so many thoughts while reading and it reminded me so much of when Kelly would try to steal Dylan from Brenda in 90210, or when the wife was sleeping with the gardener in Santa Barbara. I had more than a few moments talking to my e-reader, saying things like: “oh, no WAY!”. I waded through a ton of emotions while reading and I’m totally invested in seeing what is going to happen to the characters and this town.

I certainly don’t want to give any spoilers away (and let me tell you, there are some doozies!) so you just have to take my word that this is one hell of a reading experience and one I highly recommend. I can’t wait to get my hands on more episodes of this amazing project!



Five Loves

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Pre-Order links:

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…and be sure to check out the rest of the episodes! 

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About the author:

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 international bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas, and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” JK writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense, paranormal mommy lit, and, with Rising Storm, small town drama. Her trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries, and her Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series (written as Julie Kenner) has been optioned by Warner Brothers Television for the CW Network.

A former attorney, JK lives in Central Texas with her husband, two daughters, and several cats. One of her favorite weekend activities is visiting small towns in the Texas Hill Country.


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