Title: Crow’s Row
Author: Julie Hockley
Series: Crow’s Row
Publisher: self-published
Published: April 13, 2011
Genre: YA/NA contemporary/suspense

Synopsis: For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents.

Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library.
During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill’s grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing—and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she’s been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang.

She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.

Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty- six-year-old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life.

But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.

That is really all you need to know.

But, if you want to know why I loved Crow’s Row, here you go: I loved Cameron. I loved Emily. I loved Meatball. I loved Rocco. I loved the friendships. I loved the more than friendships.

and I love that it’s not over and there are 2 more books!

This was, and I’m sure will still be one heck of a ride; a story full of secrets, double crossings, murders, loyalty, and love.  The journey was intense, it truly never let up. Just when I thought I could relax, I’d turn the page and find my heart was pounding in my rib cage again. And yes, it might have been 1:00 in the morning because I couldn’t put this down.

So now that you know we have a page turner, let’s talk romance. The swoon factor between Cameron and Emily was at a pretty high level, and it started with just a little smile, a little look, a little touch, a little hand holding. Which all means that the romance was really good, nearly perfect in fact. But it wasn’t just swoony. It was dangerous. It was complicated. It was selfless and I wanted more. #Greedy With so much real danger in the book there wasn’t actually a lot of time for romance, but yes, it still got a place on the stove, and for me was one of the front burning stories always simmering away, teasing me…and I loved it. The attraction and chemistry between Emily and Cameron made my own heart flutter. I adored them together and every moment they spent apart I could feel myself going a little stir crazy, just like Emily did when she waited for Cameron to come home. Yes, I felt like I was Emily, which means that Ms. Hockley is a fantastic, amazing author.

But you know what? I’m going to confess a little something here. *whispers* While they did have a romance I wasn’t totally satisfied. No, not because it was more of a YA than NA, that doesn’t matter. But I’m a romantic at heart and I just needed more kissing. That’s right. KISSING. I needed more kissing. Yes, this is greedy Celeste. Or maybe creepy Celeste because I wanted more descriptions about the smooches. I don’t even know if we needed an increase in the number of kisses, maybe just more details on the actual kissing. The rest of the smexy was fade to black, so I needed something here. The chemistry was stellar and burning up, so I’m assuming the kissing was off the charts and yes, I needed every delicious savory detail.

Let’s now try and cool ourselves down (ok, just me but I like to think you are totally into this review too) and change gears from romance to the shootings and double crossings. Hold me. Seriously. HOLD ME. I really truly did not see one thing coming at all and I was stunned.  *zips lips* I’m a spoiler phobe so I can’t say anything else, just know I have a very sad face right now just thinking about it, and I’m a little upset with Ms. Hockely. I still love her, but yeah, I’m sad.

I don’t want to think about that part anymore so maybe now’s a good time to get to the ending…let’s just say that I was so smart to wait until I had book 2 in hand, Scare Crow. Book 1 ended in a way that is pretty cliffy-ish, and if I didn’t have to write this review I’d already be reading it. Let’s just say I’m a little annoyed with someone’s choices, but I understand. I cannot wait to see how it all unfolds!!

Can. Not. Freaking. Wait.

Is there anything I didn’t like? Ok, maybe one teensy little thing would have made this even better. But before you read any further please know that my love for this story outweighs this insignificant critique and can’t even bring down the rating to a 4.9. It’s a 5 star all the way. Here it is: the use of the word love too soon. It lessened the intensity of what Emily and Cameron felt. If they had held off using the phrase “I love you” and let actions speak for themselves it would have been stronger, more meaningful. As soon as Emily said it I felt like it made her immature.

On the last thing (ok 2 things) I want to talk about are the title and the cover. At first I didn’t get the title, but the book had so many stellar reviews I didn’t spend much time thinking about it and just started reading. But then it happened and I was like this title is so perfect.  I mean, really perfect. I loved when it came together. I love the cover too, it’s spooky, dark, creepy, and mysterious. I believe there’s a lighter cover out there, but this one is the one that made me look and ponder for quite a while.

So finally, the part of my review for you…would I rec this?

YES YES YES YES A MILLION BILLION TIMES YES.

So that would be a yes

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