Monday, January 2, 2012

REVIEW: Jarred Into Being by Pat Lawrence


After the tragic death of her parents, Eva Lange must battle for her freedom; indeed, her very life. Fleeing her aunt's abuser, she falls prey to a murderous drug lord and his wife in their luxurious lair of lust. Using her wits, beauty, and sexuality to save herself and break the bonds of captivity and degradation, Eva struggles against corruption and powerful political forces to reclaim her independence and save the life of the man she loves.

About the Author

Pat Lawrence is a Wisconsin author who has previously penned Murder Mysteries and stage plays.

When asked about what type of readers would be interested in this book, they responded: Anyone who enjoys fast paced, exciting fiction with a strong protagonist and convincing, fully drawn supporting characters will enjoy this book.

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My Thoughts
Eve was their only child, a "miracle baby," conceived after four years of trying, hoping and praying for a baby. Eva was a beautiful baby. Everyone said so.

The book takes place in a number of cities, but much of it takes place in Corpus Christi, TX.

Eva Lange has been dealt a tough hand in life, losing her parents at a young age and being stuck with a flaky aunt to care for her. She is thrust into the world at a young age and forced to live by her wits. Luckily she is bright and charismatic, as well as being beautiful, all of which aid her in no small part in caring for herself. But her beauty can also be a bit of a curse, gaining her unwanted attention and helping to land her in some unsavory situations.

At one of the worst moments in her life, Eva meets Rafael. Rafael is both passion and compassion, and they fall in love.

Later, after she and Rafael are separated, Albert Sr. takes on a fatherly role for Eva, fulfilling her desire for a loving older man in her life who will take care of her and make sure that everything is okay.

Something about Junior reminds Eva of Rafael. Junior initially seems like a self-centered brat, but later proves himself to actually be quite capable, or at least proves to be a man with great potential.

Denny becomes like a little sister who looks up to Eva, and she is always underestimated by her father and brother, still thought of as a childish little girl.

This story was very readable, and there were enough twists and turns to keep my interest. I don't recall ever being bored with the storyline. However, highly sexualized, this isn't a book for everyone. At 287 pages, it's a comfortable read. I read it in under a week, which is quite fast for me!

Final word: A very interesting story that kept me engaged throughout. I kept wanting to know what would happen next, and wanted reassurance that everything would work out for Eva in the end.

My Rating: 8 out of 10


I received a copy of this book to review from the author, in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not financially compensated in any way, and the opinions expressed are my own and based on my observations while reading this novel.

1 comment:

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

I could tell by the description that there would likely be too much sex for me, but other than that, it sounds like a great read!