Book Review: House of Steel and House of Fire by Raen Smith


NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest review.


Book Description: Life has a way of coming undone. One single moment can set the undoing in motion, unraveling our neat, tiny stitch of life. For young art professor Delaney Jones, the treacherous spiral begins when she makes one unforgivable mistake – she sleeps with her student. Her silent Wisconsin winter turns deadly after she witnesses the brutal murder of a man she had fought hard to forget. As Delaney battles to deal with the undoing of her tight-stitched life, the small liberal arts university is devastated by the discovery of a bloody crime scene on campus. A mysterious text entangles her in the violent scandal, and Delaney must follow the rules of the anonymous messenger to stop the perpetuating descent toward death. But the line between good and evil is blurry. And maybe, just maybe, there is no line at all.

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Review: I’ll admit that it took me a while to get into this book. It was a little slow moving at first as the characters and their situations were introduced. I stuck with it though and I’m glad that I did. Once all of the necessary introductions were out of the way the tension started to mount and continued to build until the story reached it’s thrilling climax. It had mystery, intrigue, twists, turns and plenty of “I don’t know who the heck to trust anymore!” moments. It was well written, well thought-out, and incredibly hard to put down. After finishing the novel I had so many unanswered questions that it would have driven me crazy having to wait to read the second book. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to be able to dive into the second novel immediately (more on that later!). I was amazed when I read that this was actually Raen Smith’s debut novel. When I checked out her Goodread’s page I was expecting to see a long list of credits to her name and there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll all be hearing a lot from her in the future. My only warning about this novel is that there is blood, gore, and a scene that could be triggering to sensitive individuals. In short, this is not a book for the faint of heart. But it’s sooooo worth reading!
Jessa’s Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest review.


Book Description: Five months after Evie Parker’s disappearance, Delaney Jones is dangerously close to leading a normal life with a cancer-free mother, a successful career, and a gorgeous, loving boyfriend. But there’s one hitch: she breathes, sleeps, and eats under the watchful eyes of Holston Parker, a villainous billionaire.

The spring semester at Leighton University has ended, and Delaney is determined to rid Holston from her life – for good. As she digs deeper to uncover his secrets, she finds a tangled web of police corruption and mysterious disappearances. And when the grand opening of Parker Tower brings her mother face-to-face with Holston Parker, her family’s buried past threatens to emerge. Just as Delaney thinks she’s on her own, Evie returns to finish what she started. But time is running out as Holston is about to make his final move, stopping at nothing to get what he wants.

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Review: Wow. Just wow. This was one intense book. It didn’t take long at all for the action to ramp up and, just like in the first book (possibly even more so!), the tension just kept building and building until you thought you were going to burst. There were a few times when I could easily predict what was going to happen next, but for each point I figured out the author threw me at least three curveballs. I really liked the fact that Delaney wasn’t taking anything lying down. She really grew into her own in the second addition to Raen Smith’s Unraveled series. By the finish, my questions were answered and the ending was spectacular. I was entirely happy with how the story turned out. I can’t really say anything else without entering into spoiler territory. What are you waiting for? Go read!
Jessa’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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