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Review: Calm Before the Storm by Larissa Ione

Calm Before the StormTitle: Calm before the Storm

Author: Larissa Ione

Genre: Soap Opera/Drama/Romance

Series: Rising Storm (Book #5)

Publication Date: October 22, 2015

Format: eBook

A-Sin: B014XJ05OO (Evil Eye Concepts, Inc.)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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.

Marcus Alvarez fled Storm when his father’s drinking drove him over the edge. With his mother and sisters in crisis, Marcus is forced to return to the town he thought he’d left behind. But it is his attraction to a very grown up Brittany Rush that just might be enough to guarantee that he stays.

Quick & Dirty: More drama, more romance and a couple that is willing to fight for each other, including declaring war on a certain prestigious family.

Opening Sentence: Funny thing, coming home to a small town after six years.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Calm Before the Storm is the fifth episode in the Rising Storm series. This soap opera/drama series still has me hooked on the residents of the little town of Storm. Once again this series isn’t your typical romance series. It’s more of a story of the relationships developing or being destroyed and the people who are trying to fight for those relationships.

This installment mainly focuses on Marcus Alvarez who has recently returned to town after his father’s disappearance to help his mother get by with finances. He doesn’t expect to stick around long, he definitely wants to be gone if his dad shows back up in town. After Marcus meets back up with Brittany Rush and feels the attraction there, he is contemplating if he really wants to leave Storm.

Calm Before the Storm really seems to focus more on the Alvarez family and all the drama that is focuses on them. Some huge secrets are revealed. Marcus is in no way like his father, the abusive bastard, but his story does relate how much a child will go to not be like their parent. Marcus ran away instead of giving in to the anger.

As to the writing, I haven’t been able to tell that each installment has been written by someone else. I love how each author gets the flesh out a character or two but it is the little things that help with the rest of the characters. The only character that I still can’t stand is Dakota, I’m hoping that will change as the series goes on.

Overall, I’m enjoying the series so far. I really want the development to progress a little more only because I’m nosy and want to know what is going to happen when everything explodes. I’m just worried that Brittany may end up in a similar situation like Joanna Alvarez, especially since Marcus has declared war on the Rushes. I’m going to end this review here so I can read the next installment in this series.

Notable Scene:

He looked away from Brit in shame. “Do you get it now?” he asked. “When I stay, I fight. Bad things happen. It’s better for everyone when I walk away.”

“No,” she said softly, and he had to give her credit for screaming and running off in horror. “It’s not better for everyone. Don’t you dare walk away from me. Sometimes it’s okay to fight. Fight for me, for the possibility of us.”

Jesus. Was she for real? He turned back to her, wondering if she’d heard a word he’d said. “Is that really what you want? Because your family isn’t going to let this fly without a battle, and I’ll give it to them. Once I engage, I don’t back down.”

She inhaled sharply, and he damn never looked away again, afraid to see the revulsion in her expression. Instead, he saw determination. Admiration. And heat that scorched his skin.

“I want that.” She poked him in the chest, emphasizing her fierce words. “I want what you’ve got to offer. Everything you’ve got to offer.”

Rising Storm Series:

1. Tempest Rising (Julie Kenner)

2. White Lightning (Lexi Blake)

3. Crosswinds (Elisabeth Naughton)

4. Dance in the Wind (Jennifer Probst)

5. Calm before the Storm (Larissa Ione)

6. Take the Storm (Rebecca Zanetti)

7. Weather the Storm (Lisa Mondello)

8. Thunder Rolls (Dee Davis)


FTC Advisory: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated provided me with a copy of Calm Before the Storm. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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