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Nov 12 2016 12:00pm

First Look: J.B. Salsbury’s Split (November 15, 2016)

Split by J.B. Salsbury

J.B. Salsbury
Split
Forever / November 15, 2016 / $13.99 print, $3.99 digital

Author J.B. Salsbury is not new to me at all; I have been one of her biggest fans ever since she published her first book in the Fighting series of hot alpha male MMA Fighters and their girls. So to my excitement, I heard about this book that she was publishing through Forever Romance and I just read the blurb and I was hooked! Warning: This is a page-turner read so give yourself plenty of time to finish this book in one sitting.

Lucas has spent the first half of his life protecting himself from others, but now his own mind is his biggest enemy.  He doesn’t know what happens when the blackouts overtake him, but can recall the feelings-the rage, the confusion the fear.

This is about a young man named Lucas who has split personality disorder (dissociative identity disorder to be more accurate) and somehow finds his way to this small town that knows nothing about him. All they know is that he is quiet and keeps to himself. The heroine, Shyann, who is Lucas’s boss’s daughter, comes back to town with her own mysterious reason. Shyann is beautiful of course and also has this very strong personality with a very clear path she envisions her life should go. When I read the back story of why coming back was so horrible to her it really peaked my interest instantly and I started rooting for her throughout the story. After meeting Lucas, the sparks fly between them, but there is something that holds him back from Shyann. That’s when the book takes off and it really gets interesting.

Lucas starts to black out and all sense of what I thought was going to happen goes out the window and I start to pick up my reading speed in order to try to find out what is going to happen next. 

From beginning to end the build up and character building was one of my favorite things in the book. Sometimes I was rooting for Lucas and sometimes I was so irritated with him, but overall I fell in love with the heroine and hero in the story. This story puts me through an array of emotions—just the way I like my romance books! I felt scared, happy, swoony, excited, protective, and indifferent throughout the book. The little town in Arizona was the typical “everyone all up in your business” and not much change in the culture of the town. You either love it or hate it and I felt both emotions while reading this story.

If anything, this story really opened my eyes to some of what some people are dealing with on a day-to-day basis. Although this is a story of fiction, there were real truthful undertones in the book, which made it more believable. I kept telling myself while reading this that there was so much research the author had to have done in order for this story to feel so real and accurate. I wouldn’t say you wouldn’t feel sorry for Lucas in the end, but I would say that you feel compassion for Lucas and Shyann who both are generally good people that are handling what cards they were dealt in order to survive and to be happy. I can’t tell you more or I will spoil the book, but you can find out what I am talking about and more when you read it.  Again make sure you have plenty of time to read it in one setting so you can get to those eye-opening plot twists I talk about. 

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 Andrea is a sucker for a great romance stories and all things pretty. Loves to travel and read when and where ever she wants to. Has a blog to help feed her addition where she reviews books and books to film itsandrea.net

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