Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rising Storm Season 2 reviews


    Welcome to Storm, Texas…

A town nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, where everything seems like perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade.

Dark and powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. That can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams.

Rising Storm is a soap-opera style drama. A powerful series conceived by Julie Kenner and Dee Davis, full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets.

…get caught in the storm!


Experience Rising Storm Season Two: Episodes 1-8 here! A new season…a new storm - get caught!


Episode One: AGAINST THE WIND by Rebecca Zanetti As Tate Johnson works to find a balance between his ambitions for political office and the fallout of his brother’s betrayal, Zeke is confronted with his brother Chase’s return home. And while Bryce and Tara Douglas try to hold onto their marriage, Kristin continues to entice Travis into breaking his vows…

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My Review:
Season 2 definitely heats up! Strife among brothers, lovers, affairs, family struggles, oh my! The readers are getting to see characters that haven't been the focus until now.  We're still seeing the affects of Dakota's devastation.  We see longing in Dillon's eyes and what may or may not come of that. The Johnson family may have a lot more coming their way if Tate makes the run for mayor.


Episode Two: STORM WARNING by Larissa Ione As Joanne Alvarez settles into life without Hector, her children still struggle with the fallout. Marcus confronts the differences between him and Brittany, while Dakota tries to find a new equilibrium. Meanwhile, the Johnson’s grapple with war between two sets of brothers, and Ian Briggs rides into town…

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My Review:
In this episode, the reader gets a peek into Ian Brigg's life and the changing things in Patrick Murphy's world.  Ian is enthralled by Marisol but he’s in Storm for Marcus.  The Alvarez’s are trying to find a new normal and Marcus is dealing with the backlash from Brittany's father. Marisol knows Patrick isn't the guy for her but she is feeling things for Ian that she's never felt for Patrick. Tate and Tucker are still not on good terms. There were so many things beginning in this book and I couldn't devour it fast enough!

Episode Three: BRAVE THE STORM by Lisa Mondello As Senator Rush’s poll numbers free fall, Marylee tries to drive a wedge between Brittany and Marcus. Across town, Anna Mae and Chase dance toward reconciliation. Ginny longs for Logan, while he fights against Sebastian’s maneuvering. And Hector, newly freed from prison, heads back to Storm…

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My Review:
The more we see Sebastian Rush and Marylee, the more I want to throat punch them! They need to quit using others for their gain, but sadly I guess that is a lot of politics.  We see more from Chase and Anna Mae and their past. Celeste is still falling apart and Travis and Kristin are still seeing each other. But this book ends on a delicious cliffhanger, so be sure to have Lighting Strikes available!


Episode Four: LIGHTNING STRIKES by Lexi Blake As Ian Briggs begins to fall for Marisol, Joanne and Dillon also grow closer. Joanne’s new confidence spreads to Dakota but Hector’s return upends everything. A public confrontation between Marcus and Hector endangers his relationship with Brittany, and Dakota reverts to form. Meanwhile, the Senator threatens Ginny and the baby…

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My Review:

Lighting strikes, indeed!  Hold on to your book; Hector is back!  And he's PISSED! Dakota is the only one happy to see him. Joanne's family are concerned about her now that Hector is back and Dakota is reverting to her old self. Ian is still wooing Marisol and getting to know her. Ginny is missing her friendships and relationship with Logan and she's still optimistic the baby is Jacob's. She's tired of people always talking about what happened. She wants everyone to just forget and move forward.


Episode Five: FIRE AND RAIN by R.K. Lilley As Celeste Salt continues to unravel in the wake of Jacob’s death, Travis grows closer with Kristin. Lacey realizes the error of her ways but is afraid it’s too late for reconciliation with her friends. Marcus and Brittany struggle with the continued fallout of Hector’s return, while Chase and Anna Mae face some hard truths about their past…

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My Review:
Holy Cliffhanger, Batman!  What a doozy!  Celeste is not acknowledging anyone, she's so deep in depression she lashes out and no one can get through to her. It's quite sad.  Lacey realizes her family is falling apart and she comes up with an idea to bring her family back together. While Travis avoids his family as much as possibly and leans on Kristin.  Anna Mae and Chase try dating; it's sweet!


Episode Six: QUIET STORM by J. Kenner, writing as Julie Kenner As Mallory Alvarez and Luis Moreno grow closer, Lacey longs for forgiveness. Brittany and Marcus have a true meeting of hearts. Meanwhile, Jeffry grapples with his father’s failures and finds solace in unexpected arms. When things take a dangerous turn, Jeffry’s mother and sister, as well as his friends, unite behind him as the Senator threatens his son…
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My Review:
Oooh, THIS episode!  They get better and better. Patrick comes to terms with his and Marisol's friendship.  Things heat up for Jeffry.  He's finally figuring out who he is.  Lacey misses her friends and wants to make things right with them, then she sees something she has to talk to them about and decides it's now or never.  Payton finally takes control of her life and the lives of her kids.  


Episode Seven: BLINDING RAIN by Elisabeth Naughton As Tate Johnson struggles to deal with his brother’s relationship with Hannah, hope asserts itself in an unexpected way. With the return of Delia Burke, Logan’s old flame, Brittany and Marcus see an opportunity to help their friend. But when the evening takes an unexpected turn, Brittany finds herself doing the last thing she expected—coming face to face with Ginny…

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My Review:
I think this was my favorite episode! I enjoyed getting to see more from Ginny in this episode.  Ginny and Celeste accidentally come face to face and Ginny finally stands up for herself. Logan is talked into a double date with Delia and it isn't what he thought it would be.  Mary Louise starts dating someone that she's had her eyes on for awhile.  They just seem to fit.  Tate and Tucker finally begin to heal.  And things start looking up for Ginny in many ways.  


Episode Eight: BLUE SKIES by Dee Davis As Celeste Salt struggles to pull herself and her family together, Dillon is called to the scene of a domestic dispute where Dakota is forced to face the truth about her father. While the Johnson’s celebrate a big announcement, Ginny is rushed to the hospital where her baby’s father is finally revealed…

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My Review:
This episode is intense! Dakota sees the hard truth about her dad.  But its also healing for her and the family.  Celeste pulls it together to get some things done. Have I mentioned Senator Rush needs to be punched in the face!?! Yeah, that.  Marisol and Ian need to talk and everyone finds out the truth about Lil Bit.  Lots of things jammed packed into this episode and it was a great way to end this season! 

All around, I loved reading each episode for various reasons. I highly enjoy how they are written by different authors, but if you weren't aware of that, it feels like the same person wrote them.  These authors work so well together and Dee Davis and Julie Kenner came up with such a fun concept.  This season is like crack. You seriously can't put it down! Be prepared to get all the episodes and binge read! 

About the Rising Storm Season Two: Episodes 1-8 Authors

  rebecca-zanetti-author-imageRebecca Zanetti: New York Times Bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the USA Today, NY Times, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooksbestseller lists. She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own Alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat…and a huge extended family. She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Her current series are: The Scorpius Syndrome, The Dark Protectors, The Realm Enforcers, The Maverick Montana Cowboys, and the Sin Brothers series. Visit Rebecca Zanetti’s website. ** Facebook ** Twitter ** Pinterest

larissa-ione-author-imageLarissa Ione: Larissa Ione is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author. An Air Force veteran, she traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe. Visit Larissa Ione’s website. ** Facebook ** Twitter

lisa-mondello-author-imageLisa Mondello: New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Lisa Mondello, has held many jobs in her life but being a published author is the last job she’ll ever have. She’s not retiring! She blames the creation of the personal computer for her leap into writing novels. Otherwise, she’d still be penning stories with paper and pen. Her book The Knight and Maggie’s Baby is a New York TimesBestseller. Her popular series includes TEXAS HEARTS, DAKOTA HEARTS, Fate with a Helping Hand and the new SUMMER HOUSE series. Writing as LA Mondello, her romantic suspense, MATERIAL WITNESS, book 1 of her Heroes of Providence series made the USA TODAY Bestsellers List and was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012. Visit Lisa Mondello’s website. ** Facebook

lexi-blake-newsletter-author-picLexi Blake: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem. Visit Lexi Blake’s website. ** Facebook ** Twitter

rk-lilley-author-imageR.K. Lilley: R.K. Lilley is the best selling author of the Up In The Air, and Tristan & Danika, and The Wild Side series. She lives in Texas with her husband and their two beautiful sons. She’s had a lot of interesting jobs, from being a first class flight attendant, to being a stablehand, but swears she never knew what hard work was until she had children. She’s been addicted to both reading and writing fiction since she can remember. She loves to travel, read, hike, paint, game, watch anime, and make the most of every single day. Visit R.K. Lilley’s website. ** Facebook ** Twitter ** Pinterest

julie-kenner-author-imageJulie Kenner: Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 international bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas, and short stories in a variety of genres. Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” JK writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense, paranormal mommy lit, and, with Rising Storm, small town drama. Her trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries, and her Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series (written as Julie Kenner) has been optioned by Warner Brothers Television for the CW Network. A former attorney, JK lives in Central Texas with her husband, two daughters, and several cats. One of her favorite weekend activities is visiting small towns in the Texas Hill Country. Visit Julie Kenner’s website.** Facebook ** Twitter

elisabeth-naughton-author-imageElisabeth Naughton: Before topping multiple bestseller lists–including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal–Elisabeth Naughton taught middle school science. A voracious reader, she soon discovered she had a knack for creating stories with a chemistry of their own. The spark turned into a flame, and Naughton now writes full-time. Besides topping bestseller lists, her books have been nominated for some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, such as the RITA® and Golden Heart Awards from Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Golden Leaf Award. When not dreaming up new stories, Naughton can be found spending time with her husband and three children in their western Oregon home. Visit Elisabeth Naughton’s website. ** Facebook ** Twitter

dee-davis-author-imageDee Davis: Bestselling author Dee Davis has a masters degree in public administration. Prior to writing, she served as the director of two associations, wrote award winning PSAs, did television and radio commercials, starred in the Seven Year Itch, taught college classes, and lobbied both the Texas Legislature and the US Congress. Her highly acclaimed first novel, Everything In Its Time, was published in July 2000. Since then, among others, she’s won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards. Recently she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Romance Writers and has also been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award for romantic suspense from Romantic Times. In addition, she is Hall of Fame member of the New Jersey Romance Writers and was awarded an Odyssey Medal from Hendrix College. To date, she has written over twenty-five romantic suspense, time travel, and women’s fiction novels and novellas. Among her latest books you’ll find her A-Tac, Liar’s Game, and Last Chance series. She’s lived in Austria and traveled in Europe extensively. And although she now resides in an 1802 farmhouse in Connecticut, she still calls Texas home. Visit Dee Davis’ website. ** Facebook ** Twitter

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