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Title: Allusive Aftershock
Author: Susan Griscom
Publisher: Amber Glow Books
Release date: January 29, 2014
Available on Kindle, Nook and Paperback.
Also available as an Audiobook from audible.com, Amazon.com and iTunes.
What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!
Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.
But, Max--her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet--hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking.
When Max leaves her stranded in his parents' wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict.
But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?
Ok, I read this book in like two days, just because I needed to know... KNOW if they all made it out alive! You'll have to read the book to know for sure, but I will say there are heartbreaking moments these characters endure.
The book starts with an earthquake, which frankly would scare the hell out of me!! Also, my sister lives in California and I pray that nothing like this ever happens to her. I loved Adela, because she was so kind hearted, and worried about everyone around her before worrying about herself. She did have a stubborn streak in her, which does get her into trouble, but it does make her who she is.
It is when they are back at school that the big quake hits, causing a lot of damage and killing a lot of people. It starts Adela on a journey of survival and reflection. She realizes that her best friend Max is not the great friend she thought. In fact, he is a jackass who looks out more for himself then Adela. Until she calls him on it. She's always believed herself in love with him, but he proves his true nature to her in due time.
When they find Courtland Reese burned and barely conscious, in front of his burned down house, she and Max work together to get him to the safety of Max's family's wine cellar. Max is heartbroken at the state of his house, and the loss of his parents, but does man up with Adela to get Court in the cellar. In the meantime, Adela starts taking care of Courts burns, much to the complaint of Max who doesn't think it's needed.
Now... there is Court. He's beautiful! He is who people call to assist them in calming their animals. He works mainly with horses, but because of this gift, he's made fun of. Kids in school call him a freak, and Mr. Doolittle. Adela isn't too sure of him, and when she finally is able to get to know him, realizes that the kids are wrong. Also, is surprised by the source of who started the rumors in the first place. Court has been in love with Adela since he first saw her, and thinks of nothing but her. Even while injured he thinks of her before himself. Making sure she drinks and eats before him. When she comes down with a fever after leaving the cellar, it is up to him to take care of her and get her to safety.
Soon, Max decides to take off to find people and help. He's aggravated that Adela decides to stay behind to take of Court. She tells him that he needs someone there to take care of his burns, and he can't be left alone. When they are alone, feelings are finally able to be brought to the surface that were kept buried. Revelations about Max come to light, that Adela realizes that she had been lied to about. Things that were cruel and heartless.
There was a point I thought what more could this couple go through... would Adela find her family? Would she find her horse that she loved so dearly?
In the end, Adela suffers some heartbreak, but with the love and support of Court, she's able to get through it.
I loved this book. I could not put it down, as I had to know that they made it out safely. I had to know what happened with Court and Adela, and if she found her family and horse. Max, in the end, didn't turn out so bad after all. He proved to be a pretty good friend to both of them. He and Court were forced to work a few issues between them, but for Adela they would do anything.
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