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I Belong

Review: Crosswinds by Elisabeth Naughton

Crosswinds - coverTitle: Crosswinds

Author: Elisabeth Naughton

Genre: Soap Opera/Drama/Romance

Series: Rising Storm (Book #3)

Publication Date: October 8, 2015

Format: eBook, 85 Pages

A-Sin: B014XJ05GW (Rising Storm)

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.

Lacey Salt’s world shattered with the death of her brother, and now the usually sweet-tempered girl is determined to take back some control—even if that means sabotaging her best friend, Mallory, and Mallory’s new boyfriend, Luis.

Quick & Dirty: Crosswinds is full of young love, jealousy, deception. New and old friendships are also discovered.

Opening Sentence: Lacey Salt leaned back against her chaise lounge in the shimmering afternoon light and tipped her sunglasses down to get a better look at the lifeguard on the pool deck of the Cedar Hills Country Club.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Crosswinds is the third episode in the Rising Storm series. This installment comes from Elizabeth Naughton. Crosswinds is engrossing and emotional. This one does come off more as a young adult story since the relationship focuses on a sixteen year old couple, but some really terrible stuff happens. Other stories intertwine but the real story is on Mallory, Lacey and Luis.

Lacey Salt’s brother is dead. She is devastated by his loss but she is upset that no one is paying attention to her and her feelings. It doesn’t help that everyone now focuses more on the fact that Jacob got his best friend pregnant and there may now be a little Jacob on the way. Lacey’s not dumb, she believes there is no way that the baby is her brothers. Lacey has also decided that she is going to take what she most wants and that is Luis, her best friend’s boyfriend. She doesn’t care if she destroys her friendship with Mallory as long as Luis is by her side. It doesn’t matter that Mallory has had a crush on Luis for a long time. It only matters that Lacey pointed how hot he had gotten and Mallory finally made a move and asked him out. Luis should have been Lacey’s from the start. Lacey is bold and blatantly begins flirting with Luis in front of Mallory.

Mallory doesn’t know what is up with her so called best friend. Ever since Mallory told Lacey that she was talking about taking the next step in her relationship with Luis, Lacey has been acting funny. Mallory can’t believe she has to step up her game because of her own friend.

Luis is strangely conflicted like all teenage boys. He really likes his girlfriend Mallory but when Lacey starts making her move, he doesn’t do enough to stop her. He has had a crush on Lacey since elementary school. He never thought that she would ever like him.

My only issue is I absolutely don’t like people like Lacey and reading about people like Lacey. But obviously those type of characters are predominant in soap operas. It wouldn’t be a story without the drama that they create. Lacey Salt really needed a big slap in the face. I completely hated her and everything she does but she has to be there for the conflict.

I really liked this installment because it focused more on one story while still developing some of the other side stories within the main storyline. Crap really hits the fan at the end of this so it really has me geared up for the next installment. It has kind of a cliffhanger ending and I can’t wait to read the fallout.

Crosswinds was also a very quick read for me. I like to think it was because I am already invested in the characters, the fact that I’m not dwelling on who’s who anymore and that episode 3 had a main focus instead of setting up stories all over the place. The characters who showed up were a part of the main story that was going on and flowed from there.

Notable Scene:

Excitement leapt inside him, and he turned toward the door, happy Mallory had decided to come back. But instead of his girlfriend, Lacey walked into the house with a Chesire grin on her pretty face.

His brow dropped. “Did you forget something?”

“Yep.” Something dark sparkled in her eyes. Something hot. “One thing.”

Before he could ask what, she crossed to him, rested her hands on his chest, then rose to her toes and pressed her lips against his.

Time seemed to stop. The room spun around him. Still holding the chips and dip, he froze, unable to move, unable to think, unable to react.

Because Lacey Salt was kissing him. Kissing him.

She broke the kiss way to soon, then lowered to her feet. Her top teeth sank into her bottom lip I the sexiest way, and she batted her long eyelashes up at him until all the blood rushed right out of his head. “Thanks for the great night, Luis. I’ll catch you at the pool.”

She turned and sauntered toward the door, waggling her behind in the tight jeans in a way she had to know drew attention straight to her ass. Then she pushed the door open and was gone, disappearing into the night to leave him shocked and completely dumbfounded in her wake.

“Dude,” Jeffry said from the doorway. “That is seriously fucked up. Tell me you are not about to fall for that.”

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 Crosswinds. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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