PROMO+REVIEW: Unbreakable 2, The Mystery of Lilly (Cypress Grove Series) by Amie Nichols

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Title: Unbreakable 2, The Mystery of Lilly (Cypress Grove Series)

Author: Amie Nichols

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 23, 2014

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Unbreakable Two, The Mystery of Lilly, is the sequel to Unbreakable/ Cypress Grove Series. Not a standalone book.

Just when Lilly Sumnor thought everything was going well in her life, the thing she feared most happened. She is kidnapped by her stalker, and as far as she knows, Luke is dead.

She learns from her stalker some shocking news that changes everything. She tries to keep it together in hopes of escaping. When it seems like all is lost Lilly gives up, and sees Luke in a dream. Is he really there, or is her mind playing tricks on her?

Will Lilly have happiness, find out about her mother, and how she came to live with the Sumnors? Can she find truths to the mysteries that have been haunting her, her whole life?

Just as in book one, Unbreakable Two, The Mystery of Lilly, will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat as one secret after another is revealed.

This is the last book in the Cypress Grove Series.

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Unbreakable 2 picked up immediately where Unbreakable left off.  I was instantly intrigued as to what would happen next…Mainly because the end of Unbreakable was where, I as the reader, was finally hooked and grabbed for more of the story.

I have to say that I had a hard time connecting with the characters.  While I did enjoy the fact that Lilly was a strong female character, she tended to overpowered the opportunity for Luke to fill a role of being an Alpha Male.  There were times he seemed to0 feminine in both books.  Using phrases like… “me like” when observing Lilly’s naked body just turned me off.  I could understand those words coming from Lilly because she was a young 18 year-old girl but Luke was a couple years older than her and had the ability to live and experience life as he grew up.  I expected him to be more “manly” so to speak.  On occasion, he was permitted to fill the role of dominate male but those moments were few and far between.  It’s possible to have a strong female lead without taking away from the male/alpha aspect.  However; I did enjoy how Luke was truly, madly and deeply devoted to Lilly even before she was of age. They truly had a deep connection and Love that would rival a few other stories I’ve read.

I was repeatedly thrown off by the plot regarding the death of Lilly’s mother.  As in the first book, there is a constant reference to voodoo practice; which kept me wondering if the story was beginning to fall into the paranormal genre or not.  While I understand that this practice is common for the location/setting of the story, it continued to fizzle the story for me.  Also, in both books I realized there was a lot of showering.  Lilly showered, Luke showered, Lilly and Luke showered together, Jacob showered.  While I understand the importance of cleanliness, I think that more time could have been spent expanding a bit on the rest of the story plot.  Drawing it out a bit as it occasionally seemed rushed.  They would stumble upon a clue and BAM, the next day they would get a letter that would explain it all.  It was all too coincidental.  Some parts were too fast paced and other parts moved a bit slow.

While I did enjoy this story, I felt it needed a some TLC to make it easier for the reader to read.  Conversations between the characters didn’t flow naturally.  The wording/phrasing used wasn’t how the typical person would speak.  Occasionally what I was reading felt robotic.  It is ok to use contractions from time to time. Unbreakable 2, The Mystery of Lilly was a sweet story. After all is said and done, I did enjoy reading about Lilly and Luke’s love and would read more of their story if it presented itself.  I love being able to see the characters through to the end and I was happy to see the HEA the characters were given.

This Naughty Mom gives Unbreakable 2, The Mystery of Lilly a 3.75 stars Stars-3.75

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About Amie Nichols

AmieNicholsI live in Iowa with my amazing, supportive husband. He is my rock and my king, and treats me like all women should be treated. (Like a spoiled Queen.) I have two miniature dachshund’s that are my babies, and they love to keep me company when I am writing away on my next WIP.
I’m about to publish my 6th book, and can hardly believe how my life has changed. I’m called an author, and still can’t believe it. I’ve have met some amazing women in my journey so far, and have learned so much. (Sometimes the hard way.) I’ve been like a sponge soaking up all the information I can on how the publishing world works. It’s been a roller coaster ride so far with its ups and its downs.
No matter what, I will never regret anything I’ve done. You can’t succeed if you don’t try, and if you don’t try you won’t succeed. One of my favorite quotes is, “If the dream is big enough the facts don’t matter”.
Some other info about me: I love my family, friends, wine, and anything caffeinated. I also love writing HEA. For the same reason I won’t watch a movie that I know will make me cry, (with the exception of Steel Magnolias) I will never write a book without an HEA. There might be a few twists and turns, a cliffhanger or two, but ultimately my stories will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. For me, reading is entertainment, a way to escape this crazy insane world. If a book leaves me feeling sad, mad or gut wrenched, it is not for me. There is enough gut-wrenching sadness in this world, I don’t need to read about it too.
I started writing 3 years ago, and have no plans on stopping. So keep your eye on me, because with the help of some amazing people, and my wonderful fans, this girl is going to be on the New York Times best selling list someday.

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