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Review: Sever by J.M. Miller

severOne simple decision can end a future.
One simple persuasion can sever a life.

The moment Annisyn Kane slips her rake pick into the lock of a stranger’s door, the straight life she’s led the last few years is scratched out. In the past, the goal was never theft. It was to escape. From life. From death. To quiet the dreams that replayed an affliction she longed to forget. This night, though, was different. She was out of options.

The isolated house was supposed to be an easy target. In and out. No problems. But the simple job takes a twisted turn when Annisyn comes face to face with the only real love she ever had.

Five years ago, she could have persuaded Damian Mead to stay. She wasn’t willing to be the end of his future, so she let him go. Before the emotions from their tangled past have a chance to spin between them, Annisyn discovers that their startling encounter is the least of the night’s problems. There’s someone else in the house, and the only thing on his mind is revenge.

*recommended ages 17+ for mature content*

My Review

“I told you once that you were like the lens and all the prisms, opening my eyes to what I could do, daring me to see something more, to face my fears.”

Sever follows the story of Syn and Damian. Syn has been trying hard to turn her life around. For the past few years, she’s been on the straight and narrow, and she’s been trying to build her career as a DJ. Syn was making a promising start, but in just one moment, everything was about to change. When Syn returns home one day, she notices that all over her DJ equipment has been stolen. She is left with nothing. That reality forces her to make a phone call that she never thought she’d have to make. It forces her to pick a lock and go back to the life that she used to know. What she wasn’t prepared for was the truth of who’s home she was breaking into. This discovery shocks her as she is again faced with her past. But, that’s not the only turn this night will take. No, Syn will not only find her self face to face with her ex, but she will find herself caught up in the strangest revenge plot….What will happen to Syn and Damian now that they’ve come face to face after all of this time? Will they make it out of this situation alive?

Overall, I thought Sever was an ok read. It was quick and easy to read.  It was fast-paced and intriguing. I thought the story-line was original and entertaining. I thought the characters were likable and I wanted to know more about them. However, I did have a few issues with the story. As much as I loved the fast pace, I did feel a little like something was off; like I was missing something. I would have liked to have seen Damian and Syn hash out more of their issues and see their relationship grow towards the end. These two have been separated for quite some time, and even though Damian and Syn were both hurt, they seemed to move past their issues a little too quickly for my taste. Now, this just might be me, but I just needed more from Damian and Syn in the end.

Other than that, I really did enjoy this book. I easily read it in just a few hours. I think this story had a ton of great potential. This is definitely going to be one of those reads that you’re either going to love or hate. And for me it was just a ok. Even though it wasn’t a 100% hit for me, I would definitely be in to reading more from this author in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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