Today I’m participating on a blog tour for the launch of Entrapped by Claire Ayres. Claire and I met on our blogs just over a year ago, but we quickly developed a great rapport. It was so strong that while visiting London earlier this year, we arranged to spend three days together playing tourists and discovering if our bond would survive meeting in person. And it did! It was an amazing time, and I will always be grateful to her for the friendship, feedback, and fun.
I’ve had the pleasure to read several iterations of her Musicians Hope series debut, but now I can finally share my formal review. Before we get into it… a few key things you ought to know. Here’s the schedule for all the blog stops on the tour; go check them out and see what everyone else thought of this amazing book. The link is on Claire’s main blog or on Neverland Blog Tours. Although there’s only one day remaining, you can check out all the fantastic posts before mine.
Then take a stroll through Amazon and Goodreads to see all the wonderful reviews… it’s still early on as the book has only been officially published for ~2 weeks. I’m confident there will be more posted in the future. Why not be one of them?
If that’s not enough to convince you, how about the chance to win a copy of the book or some music that inspired the story. And it’s international! Check out this beauty…
1st Prize: Signed copy of Entrapped and a copy of 7th Symphony by Apocalyptica
2nd Prize: eCopy of Entrapped
But maybe you need to see a cover of this beautiful story… and know what it’s about:
Blurb: Cellist, Luka, has moved to Bristol to start a new job and recover from the betrayal of finding his best friend and his girlfriend in bed together. He doesn’t plan on the emotional thunderstorm that meeting his next-door neighbour Jess causes.
Jess had everything, a man she loved, friends she adored and then the world crashed around her. Depression came from nowhere and slowly started ripping her life away. Now she lives a lonely, sad life but the music which she keeps hearing next door is waking her up and she doesn’t know why.
Join Luka and Jess as they discover life after heartache, how to forgive and how to live and love again.
*Entrapped is an 18+ Contemporary Romance with several graphic sex scenes*
You’re still thinking about it? Here’s an author bio to convince you how cool she is!
Who is Claire Ayres?
Claire lives in Bristol, UK and has taken her inspiration from the people and the places she has seen over the years. She always has a book close at hand and devours Fantasy and Romance like some devour chocolate! Claire loves a happily ever after followed by lots of bloody sword-fighting and dangerous dragons! But when writing her debut novel Entrapped drew on her childhood ambition to be a musician and one of the instruments she played and still loves as a centre-point.
Claire is also a passionate mental health advocate who lives with bipolar disorder and has done regular radio interviews and even some TV. She is also a huge heavy metal fan and can regularly be found banging her head at a concert or festival.
Entrapped is the debut novel in a contemporary romance series written in 2018 by Claire Ayres. When the blogger and avid supporter of health and wellness announced she was writing a new series, excitement filled the air around me. I love her voice and writing style which made me greatly look forward to her release. I’m not a regular reader in this genre, but it’s always good to push our boundaries. I’m glad I did with this book as it shows you something very different that we aren’t always familiar with in our own little bubbles.
When your heart is broken, and then someone tramples all over it, what can you do besides crawl into a ball and weep? We’ve all been there… which means we must understand how Jess feels at the beginning of this novel. But throw in the added and overwhelming 24/7 struggle of depression, then it’s a whole lot worse. Jess didn’t know she was depressed and when her boyfriend ends their relationship because he can’t deal with her instability, we can’t help but root for her. Then she gets help and meets Luka, but she’s not sure how to trust anyone again. What should she do?
Through a series of connections and obstacles, we find common ground among this couple as they try to re-build their lives separately and together. Luka comes with his own ‘baggage’ while Jess’s ex, Ade, tries to re-establish his life with Jess a year later. He’s changed. She’s changed. What’s gonna happen? These are just a few of the events playing out as we watch a larger group of friends and colleagues try to find happiness and focus in their lives. All among some difficulty.
This story kicks off what I hope will be a long series of novels centered around a fantastic group of 20-something and 30-something adults struggling to make it in life. Ayres takes an in-depth and brave approach to sharing the less traditionally beautiful sides of life… what’s it like to feel depressed? how do you handle being cheated on? who do you trust when your best friend betrays you? Emotions run high in this book. That’s where you realize beauty comes in all forms. Ayres shows from personal experience what it’s like to go through a roller coaster ride when dealing with how you interpret the world around you. When you come out on top, it’s all the more satisfying… just like Jess’s story.
Readers will hopefully look at this book as a fresh and unique approach to how one builds and breaks down a relationship. But on the flip side, the 18+ aspects of the physical chemistry and attractions between Luka and Jess are incredibly strong. While definitely detailed and for a more mature audience, they are tastefully written. You might just get a little too worked up!
Overall… great balance in sadness and hope… romance and erotic attraction… fear and doubt. I’ve already had the pleasure to read the next book in beta version, so I can’t wait to see when it’s released in final form. Kudos to Ayres for delivering this fantastic story and set of characters.
So above is the official review posted on Amazon, Goodreads, Bookbub, etc. I also wanted to share some more personal and less formal thoughts about the book. I’m so proud of Claire for pulling together this novel and the whole series. I read a few earlier versions and with each successive iteration, it blossomed. As a passionate supporter of people touched by depression in many ways, shapes, and forms, Claire has a unique perspective that makes the potential of these stories shine. From the style she’s chosen to write the books in to the emotions splattered throughout the characters and action, we’ve been exposed to a side of life many of us aren’t familiar with. It might be easy to say “oh, but Jess should have…” or “Luka totally took that the wrong…” but when you’ve been affected by something as powerful as depression, the way you see things or the manner in which they wreck with your stability is so inexplicable, unless you’ve been through it, you probably can’t understand it. This book and hopefully the future ones will showcase the full-scale takeover that happens… and Claire is just the person to deliver it. Kudos to this amazing person, friend, and writer.
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.