Friday, January 22, 2016

REVIEW - ABRUPTION by Riley Mackenzie


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Everyone has a plan.
Dr. Guy Hunter secures his dream fellowship with a beautiful free spirit by his side. Two unexpected blue lines don’t even shake his resolve—he is on his way to having it all. Until he isn’t.
Abruption: a sudden breaking off
Jules Chiappetti loves her boisterous over-involved Italian family but is determined to pave her own way. An MBA and boardroom job is her ticket out. Until it isn’t.
Abruption: an unexpected event
Four years later, Guy is consumed by the challenges of being a single father, still struggling with the aftermath that derailed his life and left his son with special needs. He doesn’t realize his world went dark the same day his wife’s did, until Jules, his son’s new nurse, shows him the light.
SHANDA'S Review 4 stars
Abruption is my first read by Riley Mackenzie and I have to say I was pretty impressed.

The book starts with Guy Hunter, a man on top of world married, with a baby on the way, and he is on his way to finishing his residency. You see quickly that his wife is not on the same track as her husband and doom lies ahead. Fast forward four years and Guy is now a stressed out single dad of two, no longer the happy (except for what he shows his kids) go lucky guy.

Guy’s little boy Fin has a history of illness; at yet another visit to the hospital we meet Jules. Jules is the PICU nurse who receives Fin’s case and Guy is short with her because he just wants someone who already knows Fins case to help. Jules quickly proves herself, and Fin takes an instant liking to her, so Guy starts to loosen up.

I felt the flow of Guy and Jules hooking up came too abruptly. He is cold and then after a few more encounters he is ready to jump in with her. I didn't feel like he was looking for a new mom for his kids because I think the chemistry was great between them. I just felt something was missing in here. Now that being said I loved the real conversations he had with her about dating. Guy makes it clear he doesn’t have time for games. He is a single dad with two kids, one of which is sick all the time. He has a tremendous amount of juggling he has to do. I appreciated that when he did decide he wanted Jules that he basically said all in or out. Jules is very scarred by her past so is unsure if she wants to move forward. But she quickly falls for Guy’s kids and falling for Guy isn’t a stretch for her.

This was a really good tug at your heart strings romance. Guy learns to live again and decides to go for that dream of a family that he wants. Jules has to let go of her painful past to get the same results. They worked really well together and made sense as a couple. I adored both of the kids in the story and I didn’t see the twist coming so that was really cool. I love a book that can surprise me. Well done!


Yep. That's an “s.” There are two of us!
We’re East coast girls separated by Long Island Sound who met in Physician Assistant School and have been besties ever since. We can safely say that thirteen miles of water does not get in the way because we talk or text, no exaggeration, at least 150 times a day. No, really, we do—about everything and nothing. Shockingly, we never (we mean never) run out of things to say. Umm, ever. We definitely laugh A LOT and we’re a tad sarcastic. And if we’re being totally honest, one or two people might have, on occasion, used our names and ‘dramatic’ in the same sentence. But it’s hard to trust the sources since they married us.

It only took twelve years, two husbands, five kids, two dogs, and a two-week vacation in Cape Cod later to decide the romance world needed a splash of medicine. Write what you know.
So you can easily find us at 4 o'clock on Bank Street beach with a glass of cold Prosecco brainstorming. And guaranteed if we bump into you, literally, it’s only because our iPhones are glued to our hands (totally out of our control) either writing or editing our next novel (and yes, it is possible to do from your iPhone, we mastered it … damn those straight quotations).

When we are not working on our book or reading the latest angsty romance on our kindles, you basically name it and we have it going on. Soccer, lacrosse, golf, swimming, dance, gymnastics, football, chess, baseball, basketball, skiing, ice skating, school, homework, and more school.
Oh yeah, did we forget to mention our careers in medicine?

Needless to say, we realized fast that something had to go, so we opted for sleep. It’s completely overrated (yet so AMAZING) and delirium makes everything funnier. Good thing we share a brain and can pretty much complete each other’s sentences (definitely weird, we know), otherwise it might have taken us two years to write Beautifully Awake rather than one.

So that’s our story, who we are … just add AUTHORS to the list!


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