Book Review & Giveaway: Undeniable

Undeniable by Ashley Simone: What if One Night Could Change Your Life?

Working in a diner by day and desperately applying for accounting jobs by night, Allie Nobokov fears that her future will be one of a single, virginal, cat lady. A chance encounter with a gorgeous stranger, Zac, awakens her desires and she feels an undeniable connection.

When fate pushes them together once again, Allie’s desires run wild – until, just when things start getting hot and heavy, Zac disappears into the night...

How can you deny a connection so strong?

All that is pushed to the back of Allie’s mind when her younger brother shows up on her doorstep, desperately in need of more money than she can provide… Until she sees a classified ad.

“I met a girl and I can’t get over her,” says the ad, and goes on to describe Allie. “If you look like her, I’ll pay handsomely for one night with you.”

Can Allie summon the courage to answer the mysterious ad and go through with what it entails? And can she convince the enigmatic Zac to push aside his demons and give their love a chance?

Maria's thoughts: At twenty-two, Allie Nobokov’s life is a dead end. Her father has long since disappeared from her life, and her mother died an early death. Now Allie is alone in the world with her younger brother Joel. Allie feels some maternal attachment to Joel. After all, he was young when their mother died. Although she’s out of school, she’s stuck working as a waitress in a diner, and her life is going nowhere in a hurry.

Then a gorgeous man walks into her diner. Allie forces herself to treat him like any other customer, but when he leaves his wallet behind, Allie finds herself running down the street to catch him. Allie dreams of the gorgeous stranger re-entering her life, but, at 22 and still a virgin, Allie wonders if she should just quit dreaming.

The author does a fantastic job of intertwining Allie’s humdrum life with her brother’s. When Joel tells Allie that he needs a lot of money in very little time, she feels the maternal responsibility to help him. But twenty-five thousand dollars in a week? Is that even possible?

Allie furiously scans the internet for lucrative possibilities, but every one is a scam. Then she finds something. Is it for real? Or is it a hoax? Allie has to test her better judgment to help her only family member.

Undeniable is an excellent opening to a series. The story enchants the reader, keeping her turning the pages to follow Allie’s love for her brother and desire to move on with her life. The novel ends on a fantastic cliffhanger that will undoubtedly keep readers breathlessly waiting for more.

I give this novel five stars. It’s well written with great characters and fantastic plot development.

Julie's Thoughts: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Undeniable is the first NA book by Ashley Simone. It is a novella (~20,000 words) and the first book of a trilogy. The book ends with a cliffhanger.

This story was working so well for me. Hot, sexy guy: check; steamy scenes: check; mystery: check.OK, you have my attention. Then….the end. WHAT? But, I had questions! I wanted more. Much, much more. I have to admit, I was really frustrated and annoyed when I got to the end of this book. However, the more I think about it, maybe Ms. Simone has the right idea. We’ve all read the trilogies that,honestly, should have been two books at the most. Because authors, many times, offer the first book for free, they stretch the story unnecessarily after they hook us readers. Maybe a short, very intriguing novella for free, followed by two solid, complete books is a better marketing strategy. So far, Ms. Simone’s story is really intriguing. I have so many questions. Was there enough for readers to connect with the characters and make the additional purchases? I’d say yes, depending on how she prices the other two books in the series, if they are books instead of novellas and the amount of time between the releases.

I would recommend this novella for readers who enjoy NA with a bit of mystery on the side. However, this is only for those readers who don’t mind cliffhangers and an unknown timeframe for the releases of the other two books in the series.

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  1. you are a new author to me..havent read anything yet but hope to

  2. wow!!! This looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)