December 9, 2015

Title: Thirty Nights
Author: Ani Keating
Series: American Beauty
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Published: November 17, 2015
Genre: new adult contemporary romance

Synopsis: 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.

**I received an advance copy,
but that did not influence the review**

4.5 stars What a fantastic read. Ms. Keating has a poetic way of writing and I could not get enough of the amazing push and pull romance, the tortured hero, the secrets and the conflicts… All of that made this a top shelf book. It was so descriptive; every burning stare, every icy and cold gesture were so vivid to me…it all showed me that Ms. Keating definitely has a gift.

I read New Adult books like it’s my job. So you can be sure I have seen so many “obstacles” for the hero and heroine to overcome in order to be together, but never immigration. It was so refreshing to have a new storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed the struggle / conflict on why Elisa and Aiden shouldn’t be romantically involved. But it wasn’t just immigration, Aiden really could not get past his issues, his guilt, and he genuinely believed he wasn’t worthy. My heart broke so many times for him. But seriously, my friends, I wanted to save him and could not get enough.

The initial chemistry and attraction was fantastic, it was magnetic…but then they had sex and the chase was over. They got too close too fast. However, once we got further into the story I devoured the push and pull and it worked. Yes, it was a bit of insta-romance in the beginning, but once it was established they had a connection it was undeniable and I read like a boss.

I was not happy when Elisa did some things that invaded Aiden’s privacy. While he seemed to forgive her, I felt like she betrayed him a bit. That was out of place and that part of her personality irked me. However, in the end I still adored her, and she had her flaws just like Aiden did.

So what wasn’t I crazy about? The chemistry. I’m a chemist. I worked in drug research. Some of what she did was far fetched and that’s not how you get things on the market. It seemed oversimplified. In addition I struggled with her friend Reagan, who was semi annoying, but I did  love Javier. But please, know all this is nit-picking because I LOVED this story. Those are just small things that I was as crazy about but didn’t take away from the story at all.

The ending, oh the ending was heart wrenching. Omfg. Why, oh why did you do this to me, Ms. Keating?? I’m so upset with Aiden. And Elisa. It’s all gone to shit and I kind of need book 2 immediately. Please?

Rec this? YES! If you love an intense romance with lots of conflicts, but love the journey this is a great addition to your TBR!

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