Review: Erased by K. Webster and Elle Christensen

Review: Erased by K. Webster and Elle ChristensenErased by Elle Christensen, K. Webster
Publication Date: December 31, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
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Synopsis

Synopsis

Joss Parker’s life is a fairytale come true. She’s a concert pianist in New York who lives with her longtime boyfriend and is close with her fiercely protective father—until one fateful night when she is taken in the middle of the night.

In a desperate attempt to access a program that could be a threat to national security, her ability to play the piano is threatened. Her world comes crashing down when her father puts his need to protect a program over his own daughter.

At the last minute, Joss finds herself whisked away by an unlikely ally.

She later lands in the protective custody of none other than small-town bad boy and bar owner Derek Slade. Slade is entrusted to look after Joss and see to it that she hides behind her new persona, Jill, so that bad people don’t find her ever again.

Joss has been erased. Joss is now Jill.

As Joss trades her blond locks for Jill’s mahogany ones, she also takes on the strength of her new persona. Jill is someone who doesn’t put up with crap. Jill doesn’t trust easily. Jill must protect the broken heart of Joss.

Joss and Slade battle an intense attraction, but she isn’t the only one with secrets. Behind Slade’s silver eyes are mysteries he’s unwilling to share. Slade knows better than to get involved with Joss, yet he finds it nearly impossible to push her away.

What happens when Slade crosses the line of protector? Can he protect her when the evils of both of their pasts come back to haunt them?

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review

Webster and Elle Christensen packed a mound of sexy, fun, and thrill in to Erased.

“Life isn’t all roses and glitter.”

At the beginning of the story, we are introduced to Joss Parker, a young lady who has grown up privileged and always been the “good girl”. She is a concert pianist, and seems to have her perfect life planned out for herself.  However, she wakes up to discover that life will never be the same.  We come to learn that she will never know this Joss Parker again. She will never feel the same when she plays the piano, and will never be the future bride to Kent.

“And I’ll throw you out with the rest of the garbage.”

To say that Derek Slade has had any easy life would be an understatement.  We are given insight into his childhood, being raised by his Uncle Mick who does not tolerate any type of mannerisms that would not resemble manliness;  he is cruel, rude, and violent. But, he gave Slade food and shelter that he needed. Because of his Uncle Mick’s influence Slade has learned to be a ruthless mercenary machine.

“What if…what if I want to be your breakfast?”

It doesn’t take long for things to heat up between Jill and Derek. Jill wants to be the “bad girl” who does things because it feels good, and doesn’t have to worry about the consequences.  Derek is trying his hardest to protect Jill without becoming involved with her.  However, we learn that there is a thin line for Derek between protection and love, and Jill knows just where the crossing point of that line is.

“I’ve got  you, Joss.”

These words haunt Joss/Jill throughout the story.  Every man she has trusted has betrayed her, or so it would seem.  And these words will come back in an attempt to destroy any bit of trust that she feels she has left.  In the end, we know what true meaning these words hold.

There were three things that I absolutely loved about Erased…

First, I was drawn to Joss/Jill because of her love for music.  In each scene that involved her and the piano, I was mesmerized by the author’s description of what she would play, how she looked as she played, and the emotions that she felt when playing.  It was almost as if you could hear the song in your mind, and feel the crescendo and decrescendo of the music as Joss’s emotions reacted in kind.

The second aspect that made me read like a mad woman, but want to slow down and absorb every word, were the sexy love scenes between Joss and Derek.  Wow!  Their chemistry was amazing!  The way that Joss reacted to Derek’s touch, feel, and voice was tantalizing.  And knowing that Derek felt the same, but with such an intensity that burned…it was exactly what was needed to meld Joss and Jill, Derek, Slade, and Gideon.

The last part of my loves, squeezes, and hugs for this book goes to…..the little boy in the church. Oh my gosh!!  There is nothing like a child’s innocence as they speak.  If an author can adequately incorporate children into a book, I think kids can make a scene. In the case of Erased, I was rolling in the floor laughing. Of course my favorite quote from the young boy was, “Let me see your claws, Wolverine.”

Erased was a hit out of the ballpark for K. Webster and Elle Christensen. I look forward to their next collaboration.

An Erased quote that would sum up all the feels I had when reading this book…

“I feel a pang in my heart.  One I’ve never felt before.”

5 Stars

About Elle Christensen

I'm a lover of all things books, I've been an obsessive reader since I learned how to spell! I've been writing novels and short stories since I was twelve, but they say to write the genre you love the most, so as an adult, I fell easily into writing romance. My husband is my biggest supporter and he's a great sport when it comes to fighting the people in my imagination for my attention. I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them!

About K. Webster

I love my husband of 11 years and sweet kids. My passions include reading, writing, graphic design, and shopping! I absolutely love social media and the power of how it connects people all over the world. You can usually find me easily on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

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