March 9, 2015

:*:BLOG TOUR & REVIEW:*: The 27 Club by Kim Karr

 Meet Zoey & Nate in this sexy, emotional stand - alone!
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You don’t know when…
You don’t get to choose if…
When it’s time to join…you’ll know.
You might think you want to be a member—but trust me this is one club you don’t want to join. It’s not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.
The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. My brother was recently bestowed membership and joined many of our ancestors before him. I know I’m next. This is my destiny, and I was ready to yield.
But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate’s presence controls me. I’m overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.
Nate doesn’t believe in destiny.
But I do.
And if there’s a way to cheat it—I must.
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⋲*My Review*⋲
Sigh...I wanted to love this book so bad but unfortunately I found it teetering between a 3 1/2 and a 4 star read for me. I gave the book a 4 because the epilogue was probably my most favorite part and gave the book that extra kick at the end by switching the POV.

When I came across this blurb late last year, I was so excited. I thought it sounded unique, kind of mysterious and something that would hopefully blow my mind. Sadly I found myself bored through some not all but some of the reading as it became rather predictable at certain parts and I felt like the book lost sight of the true themes in novel at times, the themes that had me hooked in the beginning.

Zoey Flowers' family is plagued with generations of tragic young deaths, her grandfather, mother and most recently her brother Zach all passing at the ripe age of 27. Upon Zach's death Zoey takes a trip to Miami his former home, to collect what little she has left of her beloved sibling. But during her trip it becomes more than that, it becomes a journey into fear, loneliness, self-discovery and happiness. These were the themes I felt were amazing and could have been executed so much better throughout the book.

Zoey meets several characters that all have in some way crossed paths with her brother and come out better for it. During the book they briefly share their love and experiences with Zoey and piece by piece Zoey begins to see how her brother lived his life. Not in fear of what might be his impending fate but with the hope that his next day would not be his last. The most important of these characters being his best friend Nate which triggers something in Zoey that she has never felt before and it's in that pivotal moment that Zoey starts to reexamine how she herself has been living her life.

It all sounds good right? And in theory it was but if it was written better it could have been better than good. My issues with the storyline came in the voice of Zoey. Her maturity level for a 27 year old was dismal, her constant repetitive thoughts became predictable and the somewhat ridiculously out of place phone calls with her therapist were irritating. I felt like they were an unimaginative way of Zoey expressing her feelings. Nate was a slightly better character but he seemed to go from one extreme to the next way too quickly, from pushing Zoey away then in the next second he was all over her. There were also moments when I felt like the erotic scenes between Zoey and Nate became the central focus of the book taking away from what was the more important themes in the novel.

I enjoyed the ending as it was nice to hear Nate's pov, I found it a little more realistic and his emotions came across more clearly. In the end the story is one that should be heard, it is a lesson in joy and living life to the fullest, I just wished it had been executed better. 

My jaw practically hits the table.
The chocolate crêpe!
I can’t believe it.
Harnessing all of my willpower, I fight the sudden inclination I have to leap around the table and jump onto his lap. I always tell people I prefer dessert before a meal, but never has anyone taken me seriously.
Tension coils deep in my belly. Lust flows through my veins running faster and faster with each passing second. I look over at him and as soon as I see his face, I can feel myself coming unhinged. Urges I can’t deny surface. The need to know the taste of his lips, to feel his hard body,
to be able to lick the chocolate he just ordered off his chest, and to slide my tongue down his stomach so I can taste him.
Looking thoughtful, his return gaze slowly changes to one of concern. “Have you stopped planning for your future because you don’t think you have one?” he asks softly.
Remnants of our conversation must have been lingering in his mind. Slamming my eyes shut, all of the erotic images I had conjured up immediately disappear as I fight to breathe.
Suddenly the air becomes thick in my lungs and I can’t get it out. I take deep calming breaths. As the haze around me dissipates and I fight off the panic attack, I hear a fumbling in front of me. I force myself to lift my lids. Nate is attempting to open my clutch. “What are you doing?”
“Trying to get you your inhaler.” Panic seems to drown out the deep green of his eyes.
I push to my feet and give him a disbelieving look. “I’m not having an asthma attack.”
“You’re not?” He sounds uncertain.
Shaking my head, I set my napkin on the table. “Excuse me, I have to use the ladies room.” I walk inside the restaurant, realizing I have no idea where I’m going. Looking around, I find the bathrooms immediately.
Just as I pull the door open, a hand covers mine. “You’re upset.”
I drop my head. “No, I’m fine.”
Fierceness grips his voice. “You’re lying.”
Summoning all of my willpower, I raise my eyes.
Nate lifts my chin. “You didn’t let me finish. I’m trying to understand you. I want to know why, if you believe in destiny, you’d change your path. Why wouldn’t you do what you had always planned on doing? Why change your course? Personally, I think destiny is bullshit. I also think not pursuing your dream is bullshit too.”
Caged by his body, his scent, his presence, I look up into his burning eyes and I can see compassion there. I believe he wants what’s best for me. If I think I know him through my brother, he thinks he knows me through my brother as well. And Zach wanted me to continue my education. His dream was that someday I’d be Dr. Zoey Flowers. Nate knows this.
“Zoey?” Nate’s voice is questioning. Low. Maybe even slightly fearful.
“Nate”—I press my finger to his lips—“I think I need to tell you something about myself.”
“What?” he asks.
In all our e-mails after my brother’s death, I never mentioned the real reason for my delay in coming to Miami. I keep my eyes open even though I want to close them. “I had a breakdown shortly after Zach died. I took a leave from my job. I couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t plan one day, let alone the next. And somewhere during that time, I let any plans I had for the future fall to the wayside. I don’t know what I want anymore.”
Shock appears on his face. “Why didn’t you tell me in any of our e-mails?”
The truth is hard to admit. “I actually looked forward to your weekly e-mails. But I did lie to you. It wasn’t work that kept me from coming to get my brother’s things. It was me and my inability to cope.”
Nate stares down at me.
My entire focus is on him. “Don’t think I’m crazy. I’m not. Really, I’m not.”
His gaze continues to pin me in a way that makes me think he understands me.
It holds me in place. Keeps me calm.
“Zoey, God, I don’t think that at all,” he breathes. “I can understand how that would happen.
With everything coming at you at once, and the shock of Z’s death, coupled with the revelations about your family, it was just too much. I get it.”
I just stare at his lips, longing to kiss him. My body is filled with so many wants and needs, and all these new urges I’ve never felt before.
And all I want is just for him to set me free.  


⋲*Author Bio*⋲
I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I've always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, I wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. I went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and full-time embracing one of my biggest passions—writing.

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