Monday, March 18, 2019

Book Review of Abundance, by Shanna Swenson with GIVEAWAY!!

For Natalie Cameron, misfortune came in the most unspeakable way imaginable, now she must try and rebuild her life while fighting her own dark demons, the town speculation, her arrogant brother and her raging desire for the kindest man she’s ever met. 

Natalie Cameron, along with her young daughter, Dallas, is on the run from a past that threatens to destroy her sanity. When her car breaks down on the side of a two lane Texas road, Jack Kinsen, her parent’s ranch foreman, unknowingly comes to her rescue. His kind eyes and sincere charm make him an easy target for Natalie’s trust issues and pent-up aggressions. But it doesn’t take her long to realize that her attitude towards him has a lot less to do with jealousy and a lot more to do with the fact that his closeness sets her on fire like no one else ever has. His sincerity begins to disarm the front she guards so vigilantly. If she isn’t careful, she could find herself lost to him…. 

At first glance, Jack Kinsen is fascinated by Natalie Butler Cameron and her child with her most curious gift. Natalie is the beloved only daughter of Jack’s employers and he’s not only baffled by her indifference to him but mystified by her unwarranted anger. She starts to awaken something primal within him, but will his compassionate nature be enough to break down the walls she hides behind or are her wounds simply too deep to heal? 

Just as Natalie’s fate begins to turn around, unknowing danger lurks on the horizon. Natalie's disturbing past is about to make an unexpected return...and with vengeance. 

Abundance is a charming novel that will sweep you away with romance, drama, and suspense as it expresses the depth of raw human emotion and the strength it takes to overcome tragedy.

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*We were given a copy of this book in exchange for our honest review* 

I will admit, I am not a frequent reader of romance so my review might be a bit clumsy (much like hands during passionate lovemaking... amiright?). I enjoyed this story a lot. The focus is on Natalie, the rancher's daughter who moves back home after her ex is ... well, let's just say, he is a terrible person, very much a villain; Natalie's daughter, who is just adorable; and Jack, the kind, sexy horse-training ranch hand.

Shanna does a great job of establishing character personalities and creating a build-up in the story, with nothing being given too early. You get to know the characters, learn how they would react, and what their values are. I liked how they were put in everyday situations and you got to see day-to-day life and it wasn't all based on dramatic events. Oh, and she also does a great job of making you feel awkward reading the word "erection" on a public train (do people know what I'm reading!?, I thought to myself).  

It is full romance - love, hot steamy scenes, sexual tension, hot guy, beautiful woman - and it's a well-told story, heartwarming and endearing, with strong characters overcoming devastating situations. A perfect way to escape for a little while. And if you love it, there are more books coming in the Abundance series!

This review was done by MJ. You can follow MJ on Twitter and Instagram.

I am the author of Abundance and Return to Abundance, endearing adult romance novels that showcase the healing power of love after tragedy. I was born and raised in Georgia, but my heart loves to travel. I spent many childhood summers traveling across the south to my father's home state of Texas, and I fell in love with the difference in scenery there. I read my first romance novel at thirteen and thus began my obsession for dynamic characters. I love to be enthralled in a book and feel what my characters feel. Books help you to dream, and I've always been a dreamer! 

I'm a full-time cardiac sonographer at an outpatient clinic, and when I'm not working on my next novel, I enjoy watching movies of the horror and action persuasion as well as pro football, practicing yoga, listening to the music that suits my mood, hiking, reading many different genres of books, taking photos of nature, especially sunsets, and hanging out with my own "knight in shining armor."

I'm currently working on the third book in the Abundance trilogy, Escape from Abundance. 

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