Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Release Day: After The Storm (Rising Storm Midseason 1) by Lexi Blake

 Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy...

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.

Reading like an on-going drama in the tradition of classic day and night-time soap operas like Dallas, Dynasty, and All My Children, Rising Storm is full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets.

With 1001 Dark Nights as the “producer,” Julie Kenner and Dee Davis use a television model with each week building on the last to create a storyline that fulfills the promise of a drama-filled soap opera. Joining Kenner and Davis in the “writer’s room” for the Midseason Episodes of this serial opera are bestselling authors Lexi Blake and Larissa Ione who have brought their vision of Storm to life.
So get ready.  The storm is coming.

About AFTER THE STORM: Midseason Episode 1 of the Rising Storm Series
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.
In the wake of Dakota’s revelations, the whole town is reeling. Ginny Moreno has lost everything. Logan Murphy is devastated by her lies. Brittany Rush sees her family in a horrifying new light. And nothing will ever be the same…  

Experience Rising Storm Here…
Rising Storm Midseason Episode 1 (March 29): Lexi Blake’s After the Storm
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Rising Storm Midseason Episode 2 (April 5): Larissa Ione’s Distant Thunder
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I didn’t know I was pregnant until I woke up from the accident.” Ginny’s voice was an impassioned whisper. “I found out two things that changed my life in that moment. I found out that my best friend was gone and that I was pregnant. And I prayed so hard that I hadn’t lost all of Jacob forever.”
Forever. That’s what she was looking at. She was looking at an entire lifetime of being a mother without a son. She loved her daughters dearly, but she would mourn Jacob forever. And this selfish girl was equating her pain as though they were the same. As though one night of spreading her legs gave her the right to mourn him.
I think you woke up and realized you had two options. Take care of that baby alone or worm your way into Jacob’s family and his money.”
I never cared about the money.”
Celeste wasn’t going to listen to that tripe. “Of course you did. Not enough to keep your legs closed. You say you loved Jacob but how long did you wait before you hopped into bed with that Murphy boy? Did you even break it off with my brother-in-law? How many men do you need on your string?”
I’ve never slept with Logan, but I will admit that I’m in love with him. I love him in a way I never loved Jacob. Jacob was my best friend, but I know now that he wasn’t my soul mate. I pray with everything I am that this is his child, that we receive a miracle because I don’t want him to be lost forever, but I won’t hide what I feel for Logan and I won’t pretend it’s nasty. Not even to placate you, Celeste. I want to make things right between us and that means apologizing to you. Celeste, I’m so sorry I hurt you. I never meant to. I should have been braver. I should have been stronger, but I woke up and the world had crashed around me and I wanted the love you could give me. That all of you could give me. I’m sorry that it brought you so much pain.”
Something about the way she was standing there enraged Celeste. How could she stand there looking so innocent? How could she say exactly the right things to garner empathy? Celeste didn’t want to empathize. She wanted to fight and tear up things and destroy the world around her because it seemed so damn intent on destroying her. She wanted to burn it all down.
She didn’t feel her hand snap back, didn’t quite understand what she was doing. The world seemed tinged in red at the corners as though rage now filtered her vision. And it slowed everything down. In horror she realized she was going to strike Ginny Moreno. Her hand was going to bring justice her words never could.
And then it slapped against flesh. A strong hand circled her wrist and Travis stared down at her like he had no idea who she was.

I can't tell you how happy I am that there are two mid-season episodes in the Rising Storm series. Season One was highly addictive and this first new episode whets my appetite for more.

The morning after Dakota Alvarez dropped the bombshell, there are mixed feelings amongst many residents of Storm, Texas as the consequences of the revelations are exposed. The aftershocks affect many people; not just the Salt and Rush family.

Ginny Moreno has lost everything, but the baby she is carrying is safe...what will she do? Logan Murphy is devastated by Ginny's lies. Brittany Rush sees her family in a different light, but not in a positive way.

But behind every dark cloud, is a small ray of sunshine! Marisol Moreno speaks some words of wisdom to her younger sister, whilst Patrick Murphy is the voice of reason as he deals with his brother's bitterness.

In another corner of Storm, a damage control plot is being hatched to clear Sebastian Rush's name! Marylee Rush gives us a glimpse of the ruthless, formidable woman she is as her determination to eventually see her son become Governor of Texas will hold no bounds.

What I love about this series is the seamless switch from one episode to another. It's been some months since the end of Season One yet I was able to pick-up right where the last episode Thunder Rolls ended. Lexi Blake lulls us into a false sense of security as we feel compassion and maybe a little sympathy for Ginny. Then. Bang, we are reminded that there are other secrets still to be exposed and revenge to be taken in this fast paced drama-fest!

If you love soap operas...think Dallas/Dynasty, Storm, Texas is a place you'll want to discover. I can't wait to read the next instalment, setting the scene for Season Two in the Autumn.

4 stars

***arc received via Ink Slingers PR***

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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