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Buried Alive by Stacey Marie Brown

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Synopsis

Nine years after a tragic accident, Hannah “Brennley” Evans has returned home to the snowy mountains of Whistler, Canada. This is the very place that destroyed her, where her whole world ended, and the reason she now goes by Hannah Jennings.

Struggling with his own tragic past, Rhys Axton, an infamous sexy snowboarding champion, wants nothing more than to be the next Olympic hopeful. Sex, snowboarding, and working out are all he cares about, which helps shut off the demons that haunt him and the family who rejected him.

The moment Hannah walks into his room, he knows something is different about her. Drawn to her, he can’t seem to stay away from the mysterious, guarded girl. They are two heartbroken souls who both understand the darkness.

Little does he know she lives in lies and carries secrets that will bring his universe to its knees and secrets that will bury them both alive.

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Review

Title: Buried Alive
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Series: standalone
Genre: new adult, romance
Themes: return to hometown; sports
Heat: 3/5
Rating: 3/5

Background
Although Stacey Marie Brown is a new-to-me author, she’s been on my watchlist for some time now. I have several of her releases on my Kindle, but haven’t got around to reading them as of yet; I’m pleased to say that, after this, they will be booted up my priority list.

Cover
It’s pretty enough, but didn’t ‘wow’ me. It wouldn’t have grabbed me when browsing the Kindle store. I certainly appreciate the snowflakes and the darkness, and the man candy (who perhaps doesn’t resemble the hero I pictured whilst reading).

Writing
In some ways, I feel like I’m over basic contemporary romance. There’s very little originality left and I now find myself bored more often than not. Fortunately, there was a little more depth to Buried Alive. Dealing with the aftermath of an unspecified accident, two people affected find their way to one another after Hannah returns to her hometown to face her demons. The slow reveal of the events from that fateful night is wonderful, enough hints dripped down to sustain the reader’s attention. Yet, it was also a little predictable, marring the final, anguished reveal.

I also found the beginning a little confusing, unsure as to whether Rhys really recognised her or not, which became more clear as I continued reading. In some respects, I felt this was perhaps the least believable part, him knowing but not knowing her, and then this confusion on his end being forgotten.

Characters
I certainly appreciated the depth and flaws of both Hannah and Rhys, and never found myself too frustrated with their actions, despite the back and forth. I found it more believable than most due to the events of the past, shaping these characters and their anxieties. I also enjoyed how developed and lovely their ‘sidekicks’ (Shaun and Siena) were; again, flawed yet believable, and certainly likeable.

It was just a shame how the antagonists seemed to be lacking in development, more shells used to create pressure and drama than fully fleshed out characters which would hold their own. I found them more irritating than believable.

Conclusion
I very much enjoyed the overall story, which fortunately managed to distinguish itself from the usual contemporary romance, despite having some aspects I felt didn’t quite grip me as much as I hoped, particularly needing a little more development in some areas.

I look forward to reading more from Stacey Marie Brown.

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IMG_3640play·boy
ˈplāˌboi/
noun
a wealthy man who spends his time enjoying himself, especially one who behaves irresponsibly or is sexually promiscuous.
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sickWhen Ellis Earnshaw and Heathan James met as children, they couldn’t have been more different. Ellis was loud and beautiful – all blond hair, bright laughs and smiles. Heathan was dark and brooding, and obsessed with watching things die.

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Each one more deadly than the last.

Tick Tock.

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IMG_3732-1Betray (verb): to deliver to an enemy by treachery

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Heal (verb): to make sound or whole

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It was like seeing a ghost.

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If only my heart would believe it.

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Fighting the Lies eCover v72dpi-1The cage door closes on Emma Bryant’s freedom after she is arrested for a brutal murder that she did not commit. The tough-talking lioness knows the penalty she faces is death. Can she repel all of the lies in order to survive?

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A family isn’t always blood; it’s the people in your life that accept you for what you are.

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The Fall Of The King 003There is nothing the Unseelie king doesn’t acquire.

That was until he meets Fionna Cathbad.

A fierce druid, who won’t bow to anyone. Especially Lars. The demon king has every right to kill her, her treasonous acts against the crown are undisputable. But, she is the key to the one thing he wants more than anything. The cauldron of dagda. A powerful treasure that no fae should possess.

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His kingdom and himself.

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Lick by Torrie Robles

LICK2 - EBOOK COVER (1)Mothers are supposed to love you. Support you. Protect you.

Not mine, mine did none of those things. – Not one.

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She taught me love doesn’t use.

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JRCavemanBookCover55x85_MEDIUM-1Matthew Hansen is the kind of handsome that has grown women whispering behind their hands and giggling like schoolgirls.

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Sweet, right?

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Sounds like the perfect deal.

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Alphas-Claim-1-Bound-v2.1Surrender is not survival.

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Unraveling Eli eBook CoverWhen you have a thrice-a-day Starbucks addiction, a love affair with Louboutins, and an apartment in one of the most expensive cities in the world, the last thing you need is to lose your job. But that’s what happened to me—or what will, unless I can pull off the impossible: find Eli Murphy.
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Lightness Falling (Lightness Saga Book 2) 004In gaining the crown, Kennedy lost friends, her first love, and her heart.

And now her throne is being threatened.

In this time of turmoil, radical groups surface trying to kill her and take down the kingdom. Kennedy is forced to go undercover and penetrate one of these groups with the help of the one person she has sworn against ever seeing again.

Lorcan Dragen. The one man she let in, but cannot have.

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Herself.

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controlling darknessIt is Sonia Anderson’s first day on a new job; one that will change her life. The twenty-five-year-old bodyguard is well trained and highly recommended for the role of guarding Amy North. What her physiological evaluations don’t show though is the secrets she hides about her life growing up. The scars she bears representative of a world out of her control.

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Step into the world of Control!

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Twenty-two year old Riley Sears promises herself never to fall in love unless it is with a guy who is long-term boyfriend material. She is noRock My Body Front Covert crazy, her psychologist reassures her of that, but when faced with situations she cannot control… Well. Her anxiety skyrockets.

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No. Way. In. Hell.

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If only her body would listen.

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