Review: Above All by Rebecca Brooks

August 15, 2014 Review 0

Review: Above All by Rebecca Brooks

Reeling from a sudden breakup, Casey Webb leaves Brooklyn, drives north and settles in a sleepy mountain town in upstate New York. She's convinced she's happy being alone-until she reads the acknowledgments in her ex-boyfriend's hit debut novel, thanking his new girlfriend "above all." Good thing Ben Mailer is in town. The hot, young Brooklyn-bound chef offers the perfect distraction, and soon Casey is having the best sex of her life-on a mountain, in the lake, all over her cozy cabin. But as their weekend fling turns into something more, the demands of Ben's family and budding career make moving to her idyllic town impossible. Now Casey must decide what she can't live without-her life in the mountains or the man she wants as hers. Smart, sweet and blisteringly hot, Above All is about getting lost...and finding yourself right where you belong.

A Romantica(r) contemporary erotic romance from Ellora's Cave

Title: Above All
Author: Rebecca Brooks
Source: Publisher
Published: July 18, 2014
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 268
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

This is a story of the journey to find one’s passion.  Whether it is what one wants out of life in work or love, it is all about passion.  Ms. Brooks does an excellent job of portraying this journey.

The book opens with our heroine, Casey Webb, going for her first early morning swim of the season – Memorial Day weekend, in May, in upstate New York.  Brrrrrr.  Just the thought makes me shiver.  Where I tell you with these few works, Ms. Brooks shows you:

“It shocked her how cold the water could get. Cold to make your teeth clench. Cold to make your bones hurt. Cold that made you cry out in pain.

It was the cold she came for. The knife of it, slicing through her lungs. When the endless ache of winter had long left her faded and numb, the searing cold sent a reminder—her heart still pumped. That first gasp as she hit the water let her know that she was alive.

It had been only two weeks since she woke up to find that the last ice chips clinging to the shores of the lake had finally disappeared.”

Are you shivering yet?  This kind of imagery is found throughout this story.  It is totally beautiful.  It adds to the fact the Casey is an artist who doesn’t think she has any talent.  This feeling having been reinforced by her six year relationship with a wannabe author, Nickolas St. Clair, who felt his talent/career was more important than hers, so had her giving up hers to support him in every way.  Then when Casey begins to assert herself and her needs, she gets handed her walking papers.  So begins Casey’s journey.

Casey is a rather a strong woman, with a mind of her own, even if she hasn’t found her “above all.”  I love how the title was woven into the story in such a profound way.  Casey has found a certain contentedness managing a lovely campground in upstate New York, but realizes she wants more.  She wants to be someone’s “above all.”  Surprisingly this revelation is brought about by the above mentioned author’s acknowledgement in his newly published book:

“Above all, thank you to Aubrey Peterson . . .”

Enter, Ben Mailer.  A hot looking young man in his last year at the Culinary Institute of America.  He is eight years younger than Casey, so she tries hard not to become too close to him.  He is just starting out.  She is settled into her life.  It would never work.  Little does she know that they actually have a lot in common – unfulfilled dreams being only one of them.

What follows is a very poignant journey for our couple.  There is doubt and heartache on the way to our “above all” happy ever after.  They first have to find themselves before they can find each other.  I think that is the most profound thing in this whole journey.  The finding of self, and that self’s passion, being necessary before true happiness can happen.  Once the passion is found, anything and everything is possible.  Throw in the scenic imagery described by Ms. Brooks, and this is a beautifully powerful story.  I am very glad I read it.

 

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