November 28, 2014

Blog Tour: Out of the Dark by April Emerson

Everyone makes choices in life. Carina Porter may have made the wrong one.

After graduating college, she sits beneath her complimentary blanket in first class dreaming of grand adventures when she lands in Italy. Carina always put others first, but now, she’s resolved to indulge in an extraordinary vacation alone in Tuscany. Finally free from the demands of school and family, she's determined to break away from her sensible nature and take risks. When a handsome man sits beside her on the plane, those daydreams vanish.

Stefan Savano is dashing and handsome. As he shares tales of his family and vineyard, Carina is swept away by his charm. After a brief courtship, Carina falls hard, but events come to light that make her question whether Stefan is as kind-hearted as he appears to be.

Things aren’t as they seem at Savano vineyard. Carina seeks answers, but it seems everyone is keeping a secret. When Stefan’s nephew, Enzo, pays a visit to the estate she’s drawn to his kind and free-spirited nature, and they form a friendship. Stefan becomes preoccupied with work, and when Enzo’s stay ends, Carina finds herself feeling isolated. It is then that illness and responsibilities require Stefan and Carina to return to his small vineyard in quaint Ravine Creek, New York.

There, Carina meets Stefan’s entire family and the time she spends with Enzo becomes more frequent. She tries to deny her traitorous feelings for him, but their attraction grows each day.

When Carina experiences a tragedy, she learns what true love means and must choose between an unhappy existence and a life of passion.

Her decision could do more than destroy a family—it could be fatal.

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About the Author

April Emerson moved to New York City after graduating from college with a degree in literature. As a nature lover, living in the city was a culture shock, but she soon began to enjoy being surrounded by so much energy. Submerged in perpetual crowds, April developed a fondness for people  watching, which inspired her to start writing. Drawn to both the light and dark of humanity, she strives to tell sexy and romantic stories with exquisitely complex characters. When she isn’t writing, she loves listening to music or reading a good book while enjoying a glass of wine.

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I can't say that I was too taken right out of the gate. I didn't love how the book started and I actually almost put it down. I really disliked how Carina meets Stefan and the insta-fall-in-love-and-follow-the-stranger thing does not do it for me. I mean, really, who in their right mind would follow a stranger home in a foreign country? ...and then extend their stay indefinitely? She doesn't seem to have a sense of...well...anything in her head. She doesn't run as soon as she finds out things about the Savano family, either. Anyways. Put all that aside and I did enjoy how she develops her secret affair with Enzo. It's sweetness among everything else bitter in her life. The hot and steamy in this book is definitely not lacking either. The ending, however, not so much my cup of tea. I felt like it sort of fell apart in the end. Almost as if the story just HAD to be wrapped up with a conclusion and all. I think there was room for another book, perhaps...I truly felt like the story was there it just wasn't executed in the best way.

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