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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sierra by Taylor Dean (Book Review)

In association with Reading Addiction Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews welcomes Taylor Dean, author of Sierra!

About The Author

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.

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Book Review

Sierra by Taylor Dean
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Publication Date: June 13, 2012
Format: Paperback - 342 pages / Kindle - 634 KB / Nook - 986 KB
ISBN: 1475187963
Genre: Romantic Suspense


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.

Book Description:

Alyssa Fontaine’s life, loved ones—everything familiar and dear—are brutally taken from her. Taken captive by two men, she endures a horrific nightmare. A new life is forced upon her and even a new name. Just when it appears that no hope is in sight, she is saved by an unlikely twist of fate. Trapped in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, life will open its arms to her again and she will embrace it. She will find love such as she never knew existed.

Sierra is a heart-wrenching story of the power of the human spirit to survive amidst impossible circumstances and severe losses. It is a story of survival . . . and hope.

Book Excerpt:

Alex stared into the eyes of the young lady. Even though she was dirty and beaten, he could see she was beautiful underneath it all. He was appalled at her condition. Now that her head was up, he could see she had another rope tied around her neck, the skin also bloody, raw, and bruised. Her lip was swollen and cracked from the force of a blow, no doubt. An ugly, bluish tone covered her right cheekbone, again from being hit. Small scratches and bruises covered her from neglect and abuse. Feeling her pain, he wanted to reach out and take her in his arms. He stared right back into the desperate brown eyes. A chill went up his spine as they seemed to communicate without words.

When the young one noticed their eyes were fixated upon each other, he yanked the rope around her neck possessively and pulled her close. “I’m Adam and this here lady is my Eve.”

The girl winced, but did not break eye contact with him. Alex let the kid’s statement sink in with all it implied. His eyebrows knit at the thought.

“I’m Alex,” he said simply. A couple of sorry excuses for men—beating on a woman—the lowest of the low.

My Book Review:

Sierra is an unforgettable story of loss, hope, survival, love and second chances.

On the way home from a family outing, Alyssa Fontaine's world is turned upside down when her husband and son are brutally taken from her and she is abducted by two mountain men, who take her forcefully into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to start a new life with a new name, Eve.

Alex Kendrick has had a lot of tragedy in his life, and in order to get rid of the ghosts from his past, for the past three years he has called his mountain cabin retreat home. In the mountains he is at peace, he loves the simple solitary life that he has made for himself away from everyone.

Just when Alyssa thinks her life is over, an unlikely twist of fate brings a chance to escape from her abductors, and be saved by an unlikely savior, Alex. For Alyssa and Alex, it is a journey that will forever change their lives.

Every now and then you come across a novel that profoundly takes your breath away, and Sierra is that novel. Masterfully written and told in the third person narrative, Sierra is a story of two people who have known tragedy in their life, who are brought together under very unlikely circumstances to have a second chance at love and happiness. It is an amazingly compelling story of the power of the human spirit to survive tragic life circumstances, it will captivate you and take you on an emotional roller coaster ride while pulling at your heartstrings. Rich in details and vivid descriptions, the author masterfully weaves a tale that engages the reader and draws them into the characters' lives. The reader will feel the palpable suspense, drama, loss, hope and love in this riveting tale that is both heart-wrenching and redemptive.

Sierra is so much more than a romantic suspense story, it is an amazing testament to the resilience and power of the human spirit to survive, have hope and gain a second chance when they are dealt with unexpected life circumstances. This is a story that will resonate with you long after the last words have been read.



  1. Thank you, Kathleen, for a wonderful, amazing, thrilling, perfect, made-me-smile-from-ear-to-ear REVIEW! It means so much to me! You made my day!

    1. Hi Taylor! I absolutely loved, loved, loved Sierra! Thank you for the opportunity to read, review and host your virtual book tour event. I look forward to reading more of your novels. :)

  2. What a great and intriguing review! I’ve been looking for a few new books to add to my “must read” list, and this sounds like a book I'd really like. It kind of reminds me of the book I'm reading right now called “Tell Me When It Hurts” by Christine M. Whitehead. You can get check her out and get the book right off of her website, Thanks again for the post and suggestion!

    1. Hi Marie! Thank you for the kind comment. I'm glad that the review appealed to you, I hope you get to read the novel. Thanks for stopping by! :)