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When Art Rises: Living in Cin

WARNING: This book is heartbreaking, dark, dirty, and is only for true dark romance lovers. Arthur is not the hero—he’s the anti-hero. While the setting of this story is in a high school environment, its recommended reading age is eighteen+ due to mature content, explicit sexual scenes, and graphic language. There are also several scenes that could be triggering for readers. Please take this warning seriously before reading this book. IT’S NOT FOR SENSITIVE READERS.

Synopsis

Meet Arthur “Art.” When Art was 15 his life completely changed…in a matter of ONE second. The truth about what happened that night has driven him to the brink of insanity. Art has been labeled a lost cause as he is an ex-drug addict and suicide survivor and NO ONE can control him. He does not care about anyone or anything until he meets Cin. Or as Art thinks – “A Cin worth commiting.”

Meet Cinnamon “Cin.” Cin is a track start and has a full scholarship lined up after she graduates. She and her boyfriend have planned a future together that includes going to the same college (or 2 very close together), getting married, and having kids. A life anyone would envy. Then she meets Art. Cin knows she could stay away away because he is dark, dangerous, and damaged. BUT, she can’t stay away, she is drawn to him. As Cin gets to know Art better and as she is let into his world, Art begins to pull her carefully laid plans apart and this reeking havoc in every part of Cin’s world. Little did Cin know that one choice would set in motion the destruction of the world she had built. And little did Cin know, the consequences will be catastropic

***This is the first book in a duet and cannot be read as a standalone.***

Review

My first thought when I finished this book was “OMG! What did I just read.” My second thought was “Are you kidding me? How could you end the book like that?”

I just recently discovered author Lorrain Allen and was selected to read this book just as it was published. When I saw the byline of “A twisted Interracial High School Love Triangle,” I though to myself “oh crap, what did I get my self into?” I was a little nervous getting started, but Lorrain Allen’s writing sucked me right in and never let me go during this book!!! Lorrain Allen’s writing is wonderfully descriptive in all the right ways and in all the “cinful” ways. Each page you turn leaves you thinking “did I really just read that” or “come on! tell me what happens next.”

This book gave me all the feels…heartbreak, loss, grief, pain, excitement, passion, nervousness…you name it, it was felt!! This book allows one to be swallowed up by the characters and the story. You feel what they feel. You get angry with the choices they make. You cheer them on. You swear at them and ask “why did you do that?!?” But most of all you end up loving each of the characters for what they bring to the story – good or bad.

This is a book that provided so many twists and turns in the story, I was surprised I did not get whiplash (in a good way)! Just when I thought the story had reached its climax and it was going to start winding down, the story switched directions and surprised me with what happened next! And let me tell you – THIS HAPPENED MULTIPLE TIMES! I was so frustrated and so intrigued all at the same time that I just had to keep reading.

I am so glad that I discovered Lorraine Allen and I will definitely be picking up more of her books. And let me tell you, the second book in this series cannot be published soon enough!!!

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