ARC Review: Elusive by L.A. Fiore

I didn’t set out to be a pirate.
Life for me was about surviving the ugliness that people knew existed but didn’t talk about.
I lived in hell.
Then I saw her.
I knew I couldn’t keep her, but for just a little while I had found heaven.
Eight years later, I can’t get her out of my head.
It is a mistake sailing to her island.
It is a mistake reaching out to her.
She doesn’t recognize me. Or maybe she does.
Closure, it is all I’m after.
Then my past comes back to haunt me.
She’s thrust into my ruthless world. An angel.
A romantic who has a journal that leads to a shipwreck and a lost treasure.
She’s wants to find the ending to a love story that is over two hundred years in the making.
I want to help her find it.
I didn’t set out to be a pirate.
I didn’t set out to fall in love with an angel.
I did both anyway.

I have said it time and again; the talent of L.A. Fiore is nothing less than enchanting. I have fallen in love with her writing, her stories and her characters time and again and this is a love affair that is going to last till my dying breath.  

Two wildly diverse characters – Kace (henceforth known as “My Pirate”) and Willow – they are not only from opposite ends of spectrum, but they are also wildly shaped by their own circumstances. For two people who shouldn’t have met, their paths cross in a way that alters their whole existence and their lives!

Willow is a dreamer; a lifetime of neglect by people who’s center of universe she should have been; she has made it into her strong point; her ability to love and find good in those who do not seem to find good in themselves. This did not mean that she was naïve or even spineless; she is intelligent, plucky and loyal to those she believes in. In short, she is my champion! 

Kace ala “My Pirate” is a man hardened by his rough start in his life – but even under that hardened exterior, it was easy to see the boy who had all the love in the world to give and no one to give it too. I hated the life he was forced to lead but adored how he made that life his strength; how he refused to bend to the rules this society had created for those in his circumstances and how he came to build a life that he not only loved but definitely thrived at! 

The plot follows through for many years; though it may seem like it happens in minutes – but the angst in Willow and Pirate’s relationship is what makes this book perfect in its imperfections – I adored how in-sync they were with each other right from the get go! But most importantly, what endeared them to me was the fact they had their eyes open (yes, even Willow with the stars in her eyes) were open to the realities of their world; the realities of their differences and yet also understood the power of their feelings. 

The plot-line is as engaging as the characters themselves; you have an interesting collection of secondary characters that you can’t help but root for – but it is the lost treasures, the mysteries of the past and the beautiful places that awaken the wanderlust within you!

Plus, it is only when you reach “the end” is when you realize that you aren’t saying goodbye to these characters – you just have to wait a little while before they travel back to you – after what pirate stays at one place for this long! 😉

The beauty of this book not only enchants but is riveting from start till the end! I do not how Ms. Fiore does it, but time and again she brings to her readers stories that not only capture our attention, but also stay with us, long after we reach the end.  

A story about circumstances, a story about love, a story about foundations, a story about friendship but more than anything else a story about hope – you get everything in Elusive, in ways you can’t envision!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ :Star:

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About the Author(1)

logo L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including Beautifully Damaged, Collecting the Pieces and His Light in the Dark. Her favorite movie is Star Wars, a love her son shares. They hope to build their own Millennium Falcon one day. She would like to meet the Winchester Boys to thank them for enlightening her on the versatility of salt as not just a food enhancer, but as protection from supernatural threats. And she thinks it would be interesting to be a zombie, to get an idea of what life is like as a brain-addicted fiend so she can be their voice to tell their side of the story. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and kids, their two spoiled cats and their awesome dog.

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