Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Indie Wednesday Spotlight Review: Rooter by Teiran Smith

by Teiran Smith
Series:  Double H Romance #1
Pub. Date:  Sept. 22, 2015
Publisher:  Self-Pub
Pages:  409
Format:  eBook
Source:  Kindle Unlimited

My Rating:  
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At twenty one, Sophie has already endured enough pain and heartache to last two lifetimes. All she wants to do is create a normal, comfortable life for herself. She goes to college, works part-time, and leads a quiet, ordinary routine. 

So why is she so obsessed with Rooter, the alleged “vicious criminal” next door? She watches as he comes and goes. Watches him play with his pit bull. Watches him hang out in his backyard with other alleged criminals. 

When Sophie’s roommate, Mike, attacks her in a fit of jealous rage, Rooter comes to her rescue. Sophie quickly falls for Rooter, but he makes it clear she’s better off without him. He’s the worst kind of guy—Dangerous—and she’s a good girl. 

When she’s attacked yet again, Rooter swoops in and saves her and finally admits his feelings for her. They embark on a passionate relationship, but his secrecy, controlling tendencies, and crazy ex-friend-with-benefits threaten to tear them apart. 

Just when it seems things can't get any worse, Sophie is accused of a brutal crime that pits Rooter against her. When Mike’s infatuation turns into a deadly obsession, will he be there to save her?

Teiran Smith is off to a good start with this debut novel, Rooter, first in the Double H MC series! The next installment is going to be the story from our hero's POV - and who doesn't want to get inside the head of a tough guy biker who likes grand romantic gestures?

Jace Russo (a/k/a Rooter) is a very unique biker, probably the only biker of his kind that I have read. While he is an alpha male in club life, he likes to make these huge romantic gestures when it comes to his forever woman, Sophie. I mean these were big over-the-top fantasy-type gestures. He definitely had game. But for all his game, he had just as much drama in his life. He had the whole crazy ex-girlfriend thing going on - and she was a definite piece of work. Rooter also has the patience of a saint - seriously. I could not have dealt with Sophie's insecurity and drama if I were him. So Rooter is a keeper (even though I wasn't crazy about his road name).

Sophie is a tortured heroine college student, who seems to work more than she goes to school. Though that could have been because the book is taking place over the summer when she doesn't have classes. As much as I wanted to like Sophie, I just couldn't connect. She was too insecure and immature for me... and I know she is only 21, but it just made me feel too old. I wish there would have been a little more adult conversation (i.e. talking about their problems) rather than drama, cat fights, tantrums and flying off the handle. I would have also liked more back story on Sophie. She has had some horrible things happen to her, but they were only mentioned in passing. If those situations would have been developed a little more, I think it would have created a stronger emotional connection with her character.

I definitely think that my younger friends who like contemporary romance will enjoy this book. It's well-written and well-paced and it has lots and lots and lots of drama and angst. Unfortunately for me, this stuff just makes me feel old lately. Le sigh.

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About the Author

Teiran's days are filled with writing. When she's not writing, she's reading. She can get so lost in a story, be it one of her own or someone else's, that she won't even break away to eat, drink, or take a bathroom break. By the time Teiran gets up from a story, she's usually dizzy from low blood sugar, suffering blurred vision, and hunched over from a painfully full bladder. It's safe to say the written word is her life. 

Whenever Teiran's not writing or reading, you will find her working out, enjoying outdoor photography, partaking in a little wine (okay, okay... a lot) with good friends.

Teiran resides in Grand Haven, Michigan with her husband, Scott, and their four legged child, Sasha.