Friday, May 8, 2015

Review: Greed by Fisher Amelie

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Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: October 29th, 2013
Publisher: Fisher Amelie
Synopsis: Gather ‘round, love, because I want you. I want what you have, I want what you don’t have, I want more of what I already have. I want. But if you so much as ask for something in return, go ahead and walk away. Know if you want to play in my world, it’s every man for themselves and the weak become mine. Leeches will be obliterated because I make it my job to destroy them. I protect what’s mine and I take what’s yours…because that’s what I do. I want.

My story will not endear me to you and, frankly, I could care less if it does because I’m in this for the money and nothing else. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a corrupt, money hungry, immoral asshole from Los Angeles. I’m every man’s worst nightmare and every girl’s fantasy.

I’m Spencer Blackwell…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most coveted guy to the guy no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

What I Thought:

I've owned Greed in ebook and paperback form for years.  However I put it off and now I'm wondering why I waited so long to read it. Vain, the first book in the series, completely threw me for a loop.  It was powerful, emotional, and devastating, and my first introduction to Fisher Amelie's writing style. I just knew Greed was going to be the same and I guess I had to wait to have my head in the right place to be able to read it. I was totally right in my assessment of the book.  Greed was and is an exceptional story about love, redemption, and the choices we make. It was nearly flawless and the only flaws I could find were wanting to know more details about certain people mentioned in the book.

Spencer Blackwell is a person I met in passing in Vain.  I remember feeling sorry for him because he wanted someone who didn't want him back and wasn't above using him at times. All of that was different in Greed. I was astonished to see him behaving the way he did, even when his soul was torn at what he was doing for financial gain. I felt his despair at the things he was doing and his desire to stop letting his father rule him.  Spencer might have had any material thing he desired, but it was slowly poisoning his soul. I was semi-surprised by the actions he decided to take to get himself and his sister out of a bad situation.  It seemed slightly out of character for him, but then again, he wasn't all evil and it was going to take something like what happened for him to finally open his eyes and take a stand.

I adored Spencer and Cricket, both together and apart. Each of them is dealing with things they're keeping secret from one another. Spencer is trying to find himself and be a better man ,while Cricket is longing to leave home but tied to the land. Their attraction to one another is palpable and I could feel the same kick to the chest Spencer did when he saw Cricket for the first time. I could feel their yearning for one another as I read and I could feel their agony when they couldn't be together. I absolutely loved the lessons Spencer and Cricket learned.  I loved how involved Cricket's family was in her life. I loved meeting Emmett, Ellie, and Jonah.  I loved how they loved and cared for each other and those around them.

I'm not a fan of inspirational romance. Many of them can come of as preachy and judgmental. This new adult contemporary romance has inspirational elements that I absolutely loved.  Every message this book conveys is poignant, inspiring, and capable of being applied to people of all ages and religions. It's message is universal and I absolutely loved that, which was another surprise for me.

Words have power and Fisher Amelie's powerful words tell an absolutely haunting, beautiful tale that had me in tears, smiles, and every other emotion in between. I read each page with agonized breath and anticipation not knowing what was going to happen next, but yearning to. I know I will be thinking about this book for a long time to come.  It's one that must be read to be experienced.  

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About the Author
Author Photo2Fisher Amelie resides in the South with her kick ace husband slash soul mate. She earned her first ‘mama’ patch in 2009. She also lives with her Weim, Jonah, and her Beta, Whale. All these living creatures keep the belly of her life full, sometimes to the point of gluttony, but she doesn’t mind all that much because life isn’t worth living if it isn’t entertaining, right? Fisher is the author of The Seven Deadly Series, The Sleepless Series, and The Leaving Series, and was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award.  

*I purchased a copy of this book.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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