Title: Out of the Storm
Author: J.B. McGee
Genre: Romantic Suspense
There's an eerie calm before the storm,
And my best friend is in the direct path of the hit.
I have to protect him, no matter the cost.
He's like a brother to me.
I'll do whatever it takes to make sure he's safe.
Even if that means being pulled into the vortex that is Jules Hemingway,
A sexy, fiery tempest that has the potential to destroy everything in her wake.
All I want is to dive in, take my chances.
But first, I must complete the mission—save my friend.
Though it may mean losing what really matters,
The only woman worth drowning for.
Something's amiss—strange and ominous,
And I can't quite put my finger on it.
When Theo Katawhateverhisnameis comes thundering in,
It's like lightning to my heart, my body, my soul.
It's a shock—a jolt, as I realize my life is a scam,
A scheme with no winners.
I'm in over my head, treading in a sea of lies,
Leery of whom to trust,
Only looking to protect myself, my heart.
Together, we're wreckage, debris,
but are we collateral damage in this perfect storm?
"Passionate. Angsty. Mind-blowing. A masterful tale of intrigue, lust, and jaw-dropping sex...Yep. It's one of my hottest reads this year." -Ilsa Madden-Mills, Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author
Out of the Storm by J. B. McGee is a romantic suspense novel that has so many twists and turns it will give you whiplash! It kept me guessing the entire time. I didn’t know who to trust, who not to trust, or even what was actually going on half the time. The story is told mainly in dual point of view, and we only learn information as the characters do. If they are in the dark, then so are we. I love stories where I get to piece together the puzzle along with the characters, and that was definitely the case here.
This review is going to be short and sweet, for a couple of reasons. First, I am really sick, so please forgive me if this isn't the most spectacular review you have ever read. Second, almost anything I say will result in a spoiler. This is the kind of book that pretty much any spoilers will ruin. Trying to figure out what is going on or what will happen next is what keeps it interesting and exciting. I can tell you that you will have all your questions answered by the end of the story except one, and it was left in a way that made me think the author may put out another book to address it. I can’t guarantee that you will be satisfied with all of the answers you get, because I personally wasn’t. That was upsetting after all of the buildup, but that may have just been me. I can see the ending being totally satisfying for some readers.
I was intrigued from the very beginning when the hero, Theo, reveals that he knows a lot about the heroine, Jules, even though she has never seen him before in her life. Their first meeting ends with Theo seemingly trying to kidnap Jules. We discover pretty quickly that this is not the case. His best friend, Marco, is a client of the investment firm owned by Jules and her fiancee, Charlie. Marco tells Theo that he thinks they are doing something illegal with his money. Theo has always been the one to bail Marco out of tough situations their entire lives, and so naturally he asks Theo to help him with this one. There is an instant attraction between Theo and Jules. Their chemistry is off the charts, and it has Theo hoping that Jules isn’t in on any nefarious schemes involving his friend’s investment. Jules seems completely shocked to learn of her fiancée’s possible deception. She agrees to help Theo in his search for the truth, but the more they dig the more complicated everything seems. Soon, they find it hard to trust anyone….even each other.
Out of the Storm kept me guessing until the final page! My mind was swarming with possibilities the entire time, and I like a book that can keep me on the edge of my seat. That being said, I found the back and forth a bit too much at times. Some of the things the characters did or the situations they put themselves in made no sense to me. So many things could have and should have been avoided if they would have exercised a little common sense. A lot of information we are asked to believe seems far-fetched and over dramatic. Though I loved the dirty talking hero, the feelings he has for the heroine are a little too fast and furious for me. All in all, this was an okay read. If you are looking for a sexy, twist filled mystery that will keep you in suspense from the start to finish or are a fan of this author’s work, you might want to give this one a try.
J.B. McGee is a mother, wife, and the Amazon Top 100 author of the best-selling This Series. Amazon Crossing acquired the German rights to her debut novel, Broken. Heartfall, her coming of age novel about a bullied ballerina, is a #1 best seller in the Teen and Young Adult Performing Arts genre. Skipping Stones, a military romance about a young woman strongly influenced by her faith and her family all the while searching for her true love, is a #1 best seller in Women's Christian Fiction.
When J.B.'s not writing, she enjoys reading as well as watching and live-chatting her favorite television shows with her friends. Her favorite shows are Quantico, Blindspot, Grey’s Anatomy, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Below Deck, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Scandal (mainly because of her love of Scott Foley).
Born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina, she attended Converse College and eventually earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006.
In college, she was told by her children’s literature professor she would be the one student from her class to be an author. McGee shook her head and laughed. But in 2012, over six years after that statement was made and after a love of reading had been reignited, she gave writing a shot. J.B. gladly ate crow when she emailed her first book to the above mentioned children’s literature professor thanking her and acknowledging the accuracy of her prophecy.
In 2011, it was discovered that not only do both of her children, but also she and her husband, have mitochondrial disease. Affecting 1 in 2500 people, it has no cure or treatments. Being a writer allows J.B. to care for her family’s unique needs while also providing a platform for raising awareness for this disease.
She is a hopeless romantic who loves to escape into fairy tales—some she reads and some she creates.
J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia.
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