Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Split by J.B. Salsbury [Review + GIVEAWAY]

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Fighting Series, comes Split, a dark, deeply emotional story of love against the odds, perfect for fans of Katie Evans, Jamie McGuire and Sophie Jackson.

After her career goes sour, Shyann abruptly finds herself jobless, penniless, and packing for her hometown - where memories of her late mother and a reunion with her distant father wait.

Lucas needs the quiet life. Demands it. And that's exactly what he's found in Payton, Arizona. For the first time in his life, he finally feels like he fits...and is starting to keep his mind in check. Lucas has suffered from blackouts since he was a child. He knows that he's not like other guys.

The minute Lucas meets his boss's strong-willed, sexy-as-sin daughter, her probing eyes and personal questions pick away at his

 barriers. Shyann is everything he wants - and everything he should never have. When the blackouts return, the last thing he wants is to expose how dangerous he can be...

5 Suspenseful Stars
**SPOILER FREE REVIEW** < --- I mention that because as I read some reviews, a lot is given away. I’m going to provide a review that gives you my overall impression of the book with a slight summary (only recapping what’s provided already). 

I find JB Salsbury books good books to read. I am a fan of her fighter series, but it’s very nice to read something different by her. And Split is very different from what she has usually written, you can already tell from the cover.

Shyann is an ambitious want-to-be TV news reporter, after a bad incident, it comes all crashing down and she has to go back home to save enough money to leave town again. Already I love the set up. I love the Heroine left her small town for five years to pursue her dream to only come back with her tail between her legs. 

Shyann is a tough girl. She doesn’t want to go back home and I feel her discomfort, but I also like it because it adds drama to the story. Her father and Shyann don’t have the best relationship and it also brings out the sassy personality she has. 

Lucas is the complete opposite of Shyann. He’s quiet, keeps to himself and very shy. He kind of has this lost boy personality and I love it. Don’t you fret, he’s still the alpha hero male we all love to read, but he just has this extra soft side.

So when Shyann meets Lucas she tries really hard to befriend him. 

I really enjoyed Lucas’s personality, especially next to Shyann. They are so opposite of each other but it worked really well for the story. This book isn’t about insta-lust, it’s more like who is this person and how can I get them to like me as a friend. I found it very sweet. But don’t worry, there’s steam and it’s hot. 

What I really enjoyed about this book is all the feels it gives me. As you read the book you will continually encounter issues and obstacles that just add another dimension to the story. It will leave you gripping the pages and wondering what will happen next and confuse you at the same time, but in a very good way. 

Through the whole book I kept on questioning how the author would end it because I simply couldn’t figure it out. It’s not your typical predictable read. Split will put you on a roller-coaster of emotions.  

The book is suspenseful and a little dark. Maybe that is why I loved it so much. I felt like Split was written very well and polished. There were many layers to the book and I commend the author on such a complex but stunning read. 

An ARC was provided

Top five things you have to have in your books 
1.) At least one main character has to have some kind of deep emotional trauma.

2. ) A romantic relationship.

3.) Witty banter between the couple.

4.) A fight. I love it when my characters fight. 

5.) Sexy stuff. 

“You can’t jump.”

She narrows her eyes on me. “Of course I can.”

“Is it safe?”

My grip on her grows tighter and she steps close enough that I can feel the heat of her breasts brush against my ribs. “Lucas, do you trust me?”

“No.” The word comes out on a shaky whisper.

A gentle grin softens her face and with both her hands she works to relax my hold enough for her to slip free. Seconds later she turns, takes four long strides, and disappears off the rock cliff.
A holler that can only be described as guttural exhilaration echoes off the canyon walls and slices through the trees.

I race to the edge and there’s nothing but a circle of white bubbles marring the once shimmering pond.
I wait for her to surface, and just when I’m about to jump in and rescue her, her head pops up out of the water with a feral howl.

“That was amazing!” She waves at me. “The water is perfect!”

With adrenaline coursing through my veins, I allow myself a moment to wonder what it would be like to be as free as Shyann. Everything I do is weighed against the danger of doing it. The threat of blacking out always pulling me back to walk the safer, less risky side of any situation. But something about her makes me want to try harder, makes me want to take a risk like other twenty-five-year-old guys. The sound of her squealing lights a fire in my chest that has me wanting to jump.

Risking a blackout might be worth the few seconds of euphoria I haven’t felt since…I can’t remember.

I think of backing away and yelling for her to meet me at the truck, but something pulls me toward her. Part of me wonders if it’s nothing more than wanting to be close, to keep her safe, because she belongs to Mr. Jennings and I owe him. But even as the thought enters my mind, so does another.

I want her to like me.

I want her to see me as brave.

I want to know what it’s like to be normal.

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I got to meet JB Salsbury at RT Convention in Dallas and it was my first time. She's so gorgeous, sweet and I could tell she had so much passion for her series. I told her I was an audio fan and I was excited about her series in audio. She said she loved picking her narrators and I loved that she was a part of that process. More book signing photos - HERE

JB Salsbury, New York Times Bestselling author of the Fighting Series, lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.

For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, or Goodreads page.

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