Author: Cherie Colyer
Series: The Embrace Series #1
Published by: Omnific Publishing
Publication Date: December 20, 2011
How far would you go to save the people you love?
Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.
Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.
Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.
Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.
Embrace is another book that I went into without fully knowing what it was about, and I liked it that way. After reading the description, I was expecting something else. I actually love when that happens, as long as the story is good. Thankfully, Embrace was good enough to make me like the unexpected turn of it. It was a very quick, and enjoyable read.
When Madison’s best friend, Kaylee, gets her to go to a beach party, big changes are set in motion. Madison meets, Isaac, the new guy in town, and likes him immediately. But not long after Isaac arrives, strange things start happening, like: mutilated animals, an unexplained death, slashed tires, and a major mental breakdown. The big question is: what or who is behind this all?
I thought the relationship that developed between Madison and Isaac was cute, and not overbearing. I appreciate that Isaac lacked a strong stalker mentality that seems to plague a lot of books; he’s mysterious, but not creepy. I also liked how Madison’s best friends, Kaylee and Josh, were such a big factor in the story. The two of them weren’t just side characters; they were actually prevalent to what was going on.
When Kaylee suddenly suffers from psychosis, and the doctors can’t find the cause, it’s up to the other three to figure it out. This is where the story really took that unexpected turn I mentioned. There were pretty big hints leading up to that point, but I was still under the impression that it was going in a different direction, so it was a little surprising to me. Once that mystery was solved, it became a different ride; going from what,to who and how.
Admittedly, the book did have a couple of small flaws, but I understand why they were incorporated into the story. I think the book was good though, so it’s a little easier for me to overlook those things.
Overall, Embrace was a fun book; it was a super quick read that packed a punch. The ending was complete, but I definitely wouldn’t mind following the group on another adventure.