#Review Thirty Nights by Ani Keating

Posted November 18, 2015 by carolin in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

#Review Thirty Nights by Ani KeatingThirty Nights by Ani Keating
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Published by Samhain Publishing on November 17th 2015
Genres: Romance
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Source: NetGalley

Thirty nights. Two hearts. One fate.

American Beauty, Book 1

After her parents’ tragic deaths, Elisa Snow wanted nothing more than to escape her past. Eighteen and alone, she fled her quaint English village and moved to the United States. A starving science student by day and an artist’s muse by night, Elisa has slowly built a new life. She never dreamed she would lose everything again.

She’s one week from graduation when her visa is unexpectedly denied. Given thirty days to leave the country, she must face the one thing she cannot survive again—saying goodbye and leaving her home. Yet within minutes of her world shattering, she meets a man with the power to piece it back together.

After finishing his tour of duty in Iraq, Aiden Hale traded battlefields for boardrooms, becoming one of the most successful venture capitalists in the nation. But all his wealth can’t buy him reprieve from the horrific memories of war. The only thing that gives him peace is a painting of Elisa.

Drawn together by their invisible wounds, they begin a passionate affair as they race against the clock to defy their pasts—and fight for their future.

Earlier versions of this book were posted on the author’s blog under the titles of The Master’s Muse and 30 Nights of Snow, using the pen name Ani Surnois, and has since been extensively edited.

Warning: Contains a blistering exploration of desire, sacrifice and redemption…and love’s power to equalize us in ways laws cannot.

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.


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Book Review: 4 stars

“Thirty Nights” is the story of Elisa, or short Isa, who is in the United States to go to college. But since she only has a temporary student visa and she just graduated, she needs to leave to England again within one month. But what a turbulent month it becomes, when she meets the enigmatic Aidan Hale, who has been obsesses with her ever since she posed for his favorite paintings. But what happens when Aidan makes her an irresistible offer?

Well. This review is hard for me. My thoughts are all over the place. From ‘OMG that just killed me’ to ‘Huh, I’d like to facepalm those people right now instead of myself’. The book started really good, the mystery between the two MC’s was palpable because Aiden only knew Isa from the paintings. But then, the book suddenly dragged on and I got a bit frustrated. A lot happened but I was bored nonetheless. I have no idea, how the author managed to combine such opposite emotions within me! But I took all the details in and tried to get the facts into my head. There were a lot of facts to learn, and I always had the distinct feeling, the author was up to something bigger… Then suddenly at around 55% – shit hit the fan! It got angsty as all hell and I was in a permanent state of grinding my teeth and having my kindle in a vise grip! I loved that LOL and it didn’t change for the remainder of the book. It was such a stark contrast to the first, slow half of the book that I first didn’t know what hit me. Good thing I can adapt fast and am an angst-pro, so I enjoyed the ride.

Now, for the writing. I was very bipolar about the writing. It was somehow unique and interesting – but it was exhausting at the same time. There were some things the author repeatedly wrote throughout the book that I didn’t like, for example “I can feel my body building”. Yeah, I get the meaning of that, but it just didn’t sit right with me personally, because it isn’t the body that builds but an emotion or the arousal… Maybe I’m being a smartass here and it’s kinda unnecessary to point that out, but there were quite a few of those repeated sentences that bugged me somehow.

Also I couldn’t feel the connection between the two MC’s Isa and Aiden until afore mentioned 55%-mark. Don’t get me wrong, I loved their connection after that and I liked the book very much, but just the beginning and then after this magical percent-mark. The in between, not so much.

That’s why all in all, I rate “Thirty Nights” with 4 stars and can definitely recommend it to everyone, who loves their romance novels sensual, angsty and with a good dose of mystery surrounding the MC’s. Also: all fans of damaged Heroes out there – that’s THE book for you!!! Teehee

Now, I’ll wait impatiently until book two will be here… Because, yes – “Thirty Nights” ends in a cliffhanger.


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