Into Thin Air by Jeannie Levig

Two things are apparent to me after reading Jeannie Levig’s three novels. 1. She is an absolutely fantastic writer. 2. She is anything but formulaic. Every single one of her books has been good, but all so different. This writer knows how to drawn emotion from her readers.

Infidelity, a hard subject to tackle, right. You want to hate the cheater, you want them to be punished and feel remorse, because, well they suck as a human. You want the cheated to find happiness, to move past her pain and soar to new heights. That’s what have in Into Thin Air, but in a dark, gritty way.

Hannah Lewis and Jordan Webber have been together three years. The high school guidance counselor with all-American good looks with the broody, but kind civil rights lawyer. Sounds great on paper. Here is the caveat. Jordan likes Hannah, but she doesn’t love her. She has a dark side that demands being fed. So while Hannah lives in her happy, self-absorbed bubble, Jordan cheats with every woman she can. She keeps a part of herself removed from Hannah and their easy/fun relationship, she doesn’t feel remorse, she is who she is and she will have what she desires. Sooooo, Jordan is a giant a$$hole. She also vanishes into thin air one morning. Gone!

Nicki Medina is Jordan’s bestie. She is the one person who knows how Jordan really operates. She doesn’t know all of the secrets of Jordan, one can only imagine how many there really are, but she does know more than anyone else. Nicki had pulled away from Hannah and Jordan the couple, not willing to watch the betrayal of a good woman from the sidelines. She comes back into Hannah’s life when Jordan goes missing without a trace.

This story is truly multifaceted. You have the loss of Jordan to Hannah and Nicki and the panic as to what has happened. Was she killed, abducted, has she run away. Where is she, why… This panic state of emotions. You also have the uncovering of absolute betrayal that Hannah is completely blindsided by and the conflicting emotions that come with it.

Hannah and Nicki are bonded by this nightmarish event. They become to rely on each other for strength and support. You feel them changing over time and becoming more than just friend. Leving carefully crafts this relationship and you, as the reader, are absorbed in their slow burn romance.

Where is a$$hat Jordan? That’s where it goes dark and sinister. I’m not going to tell you this part, I will say you wouldn’t wish this on your worst enemy.

I told you it was multifaceted! Leving challenges you with this book. This story is like a pendulum of emotions, so well crafted that you can’t stop even when it gets difficult to read Jordan’s plight. This is a really fantastic book, you haven’t read anything like this one, I promise.

4.25 stars out of 5

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Embracing the Dawn by Jeannie Levig

For the past couple of weeks I have been reading like a maniac. This is relatively normal for me, but what’s not normal is reading amazing books back to back to back. Embracing the Dawn is one of those fabulous reads. The book is captivating right from the beginning. The story and its characters are in one word, wonderful. This is what every great romance strives for.

Michelle “Jinx” Tanner has a heart of gold. This ex-felon helps her community in any ways she can, in a way making a penance for the wrongs she did as a teen drug-addicted runaway. As a young child she was horribly mentally abused by her step-mother. Hidden away like a piece of trash, paying the price for her father’s momentary indiscretion with her mother.  As teen she decided life on the streets would be better than farmed out to a private boarding school. Addicted to drugs, Jinx turned to crime to get her next fix, and that landed her twenty years in prison.

E.J. Bastian came to town for her son’s wedding. She probably didn’t expect to meet someone who is as captivating as Jinx. A one night stand, that’s all it should have been between them. You see E.J. can’t be herself to her grown children. She is terrified old wounds will reopen and she just isn’t willing to risk it, even for love. It just happens to turnout that Jinx is the aunt of the bride, complicating everything even more.

What I really liked about this book is the depth of the characters. E.J. is struggling to find her footing in a new relationship and Jinx the steady ship to E.J.’s storm. There is the right amount of tension and angst without ever becoming melodramatic. You really cared about the characters and their journey to each other. I wanted more than anything for these two ladies to find happiness. Normally, I am not a fan of book where the hookup happens at the beginning, in this is not only works it is completely necessary. This is a fantastic heart-pulling novel, a really great read. I highly recommend this book.

4.5 out of 5 stars

I was given his book by Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Embracing the Dawn
by Jeannie Levig
Link: https://amzn.com/B01FUM2Y4M

Threads of the Heart by Jeannie Levig

Threads of the Heart by Jeannie Levig is a multilayered novel that follows the lives of five women who happen to share the same residence.  This is a story that involves a lot of moving pieces that are well crafted to give you not only an entertaining read, but a thought provoking one as well.

Maggie and Addison are partners who have been together over a decade. They live in a three story, beautiful home in the Hollywood Hills. Over the years they have taken in a handful of women and given them a place to live. Maggie is a fiery, Irish mother figure to her inhabitants. She cares for everyone, and spends much of her time nurturing her younger friends. Her lover Addison is going through a period of strife.  Maggie sees this, but cannot for the life of her bring it to the forefront. Addison feels restless and dissatisfied with her life. She cannot pinpoint when it all began to unravel, but she is no longer happy with the status quo of her relationship with Maggie.

Tess is a widowed college professor. She has spent the last three years living with Maggie and Addison. Her life was shattered when a car accident took the life of her partner. She has only now begun to recover and put her life back on track.

Dusty is the player of the group. She has a revolving door of women, and is well known around town if you get what I mean. Dusty has only begun to wish for more in relationship, the one stand has begun to lose its luster.

Eve is married with two young sons. Her marriage to her husband is basically over. She moves in with Maggie and the others to try to understand where her life is headed and how to begin her life over while accepting to her own self that she likes women.

The house serves as a touchstone to these women. They are all at different places in their lives, but they always know they are wanted and safe in this home. Leving does a good job of making you invest in each character. There are times I wanted to give one of the five a hug, and other times a swift and painful kick to the shin. This book deals with some very strong issues including coming out, the death of a partner and infidelity. For me the infidelity was specifically hard to read for a variety of reasons. I continue to vacillate if the betrayal is a personal issue for me or if how it was handled by the characters is what I have a problem with.  I felt more rage at the cheater than the woman who was cheated on.   My personal opinion is that it was glossed over a little too much for me. I do not think I personally could bounce back easily if my loved one decided to use our home for a tryst. This is just my opinion though. With that being said, bravo to Leving for bringing this issue to the forefront and giving me characters that I actually cared how they reacted.

Overall, Threads of the Heart is an enjoyable, entertaining novel. I have to say I was surprised to realize that this is the author’s debut novel. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more by her.

4 out of 5 stars

Threads of the Heart
by Jeannie Levig
Link: http://amzn.com/B00ZS4GJJY

Note: I was given this book by the author, Jeannie Leving, in exchange for an honest review.