Wednesday, October 3, 2012

ABG Reads Book Tours Presents "Sierra" by Taylor Dean Review

Welcome to my stop on the ABG Reads Book tour of Sierra by Taylor Dean.  While my post is a little late, I promise you that it is worth it!  

Title: Sierra  
Author: Taylor Dean
Genre: Romantic Suspense 

Publisher: Self Published 
Number of Pages: 342
Formats Available: Paperback, E Book 

Alyssa Fontaine's life, loved ones--everything familiar and dear--are brutally taken from her. Taken captive by two men, she endures a horrific nightmare. A new life is forced upon her and even a new name. Just when it appears that no hope is in sight, she is saved by an unlikely twist of fate. Trapped in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, life will open its arms to her again and she will embrace it. She will find love such as she never knew existed.
Sierra is a heart-wrenching story of the power of the human spirit to survive amidst impossible circumstances and severe losses. It is a story of survival . . . and hope.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me begin by saying that any review I leave here will never do this book justice.  Not since "Hunger Games" has a book so captivated me and taken me on such an emotional roller coaster!  I thought I had read romances before, and books like "Jane Eyre" and "A Tale of Two Cities," I had always considered the peaks of romantic literature.  Let me say this.  This is the most romantic book I have ever read in my 38 years on this planet!  In case you have not guessed by now, I loved this book!

When I began this book, I had no idea what I was getting into.  I was horrified right off the bat, but I was so intensely drawn into the story that I savored every word on every page.  Alyssa and Alex are fantastic characters, and Taylor Dean has made them truly three-dimensional.  I connected with both in ways I never dreamed possible that I could connect with fictional characters.  Alex gets my award for the most romantic character in a book--right alongside the Dumb as a Box of Rocks Award.  No spoilers--read the book yourself.

I found myself tingling in unexpected ways and moaning (even when there were students in the room with me).  More than once, I found myself crying over this story, and once I even threw the kindle down on the desk, determined to not finish it.  It was too painful to read.  Why?  Well, let's just say that while I have not experienced anything like Alyssa did, I long for so much of what she and Alex expressed.  And the book was so real to me that I found myself longing for what I don't have.  Very rarely does a book ever affect me like this. I am a romantic at heart (which the majority of people would never guess), but so far, I can't find anyone who wants to share that romance with me.  At least I was able to have some vicarious pleasure with this story.

Let me end by saying there is basically no profanity.  No misuse of God's name--always makes me happy.  And no sex before marriage.  What?  Really? What an amazing idea in this day and age! And I am glad the author had the decency to give the characters privacy in the bedroom. In fact, that makes it even more romantic, in my opinion.  This book brought out the true romantic in me that often gets neglected.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense-you'll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.

Where to find Taylor:  Website | BlogTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Buy Links: Amazon | Amazon PaperbackSmashwords | CreateSpace-Paperback 

Follow the entire tour here.


  1. Hi Ruth! Thank you so much for one of the best reviews I've received for Sierra! I love that you loved it! The 'dumb as a box of rocks award' comment made me laugh out loud! I'm glad you kept reading! Thanks for a beautiful review!

  2. Wow! Sounds like a great book! I'll have to check it out!

    I like your "No misuse of God's name" comment. I may have to use that, only to say, "misuse of God's name." I'm struggling with trying to say that in a review I'm writing, without sounding preachy.

  3. LOL @ dumb as a box of rocks! Great review, can't wait to read this!


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