Sydney Reviews Entangled Moments by Dori Lavelle

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.EntangledMoments-SmCover

Synopsis:  A deadly accident can take a life in more than one way.

Four years ago, Carlene Adams made a deadly mistake. A tragic accident derailed the future she’d hoped for, taking the life of the man she’d planned to spend forever with.

As a self-imposed penance for her solitary sin, Carlene has given up on every dream she ever had. She has committed to spend every remaining moment trying to make up for that one instance when everything changed.

Then she gets a second chance.

When Carlene meets Nick Johnson, the single kiss they share awakens the desires she shoved aside for so long. Suddenly she wants more than what she believe she deserves. Will she ever see him again? And if she does, what will that mean for her?

A thing of fate.

Leaving the life she built on regret, Carlene waits for fate to intervene. But just as she begins to believe in a fresh start, she’s forced to realize a horrible truth—one with the power to send her second chance crashing before it even takes off.

Nick isn’t who she thought he was. She isn’t the girl he believed her to be, either. Their lives were intertwined even before they met, and if Carlene tells him the truth, she’ll risk tearing them apart—for good.


In Entangled Moments, Lavella packs a lot of tension, suspense, secrets, romance, sex and lies into a few pages. The journey of Carlene’s rags to riches story may have an air of fairytale to it, but it is fascinating.

The story begins with a chance encounter and a dramatic kiss.  From that moment on, you don’t see how they can, but you root for Carlene and Nick to get together. It’s the unlikely and frustrating encounters throughout the book that kept me reading.  Once they were together, you knew it was only a matter of time before their secrets would tear them apart. It’s like watching the NASCAR race only for the train wreck.

Without giving away to much, I will let you know the ending will not disappoint. It left me with my mouth wide open and I wasn’t expected it at all.

My one issue that added to the fairytale feel of the book (fairytale as in unbelievable) is the setting.  The book is set in some small town called Serendipity (ironic name) frequented by celebrities and wealthy people, but the book never goes into where or why. I can’t image a city like that anywhere in the world and it left me annoyed, but not enough to put the book down.

If you enjoy a little mystery with your romance, check this book out. Lavelle does exactly what she needs to do, which is get you hooked enough to make you want to see what happens next.

Tattoo References: None

Movie References:  None – a few references to the movie like way Carlene & Nick meet and get together.

Favorite Line: “For years, I’d lived life holding my breath, except when I came here once a month to exhale.”

*Just a few of my favorite things. 

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Author Bio:  

Dori Lavelle is a mother, wife, and lover of happy endings and mint chocolate. She thinks love and chocolate make such a perfect pair. Give her a great romance novel and a mug of hot chocolate and she’d be one happy woman. Don’t forget to leave behind a couch with lots of cushions. And maybe light the fireplace?

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The Whip It Good Blogfest

I loved the idea behind this blogfest and thanks so much to DL Hammons and Elise Fallson for creating this opportunity for us to share and connect.

The wip it good blogfest

WIP Title: Another New Life

Word Count (projected): 70,000

Genre:  New Adult Romance

How long have you been working on it?:  Mentally, I have been working on it for 2 years, I finally put a scene list  together two weeks ago and have been tweaking it daily in preparation for JuNoWriMo (June 1).

Elevator Pitch (if you came across an agent in an elevator ride, what couple of lines would you use to summarize your book):  Can a girl separate the good from the bad parts of her traumatic childhood, especially 8 years later when the good shows up on her college campus?

Brief Synopsis (250 words or less):  A traumatic event from Miranda’s childhood causes her parents to move to a new town in hopes that their daughter can start a new life. The move meant that Miranda would never get to see Troy, her best friends since preschool.  He is the only positive memory she has from that time in her life, but her parents refused to let her communicate with him.

In high school, those negative memories caused Miranda to make self destructive choices especially when it came to dealing with the opposite sex.

As Miranda prepares for college, she has made a promise to herself to not let her past dictate her future, anymore. She goes to a college where no one knows her, to start another new life.  This time on her own terms and her plan works great . . . until the first day of class when Troy, looking gorgeous and all grown up, walks into her calculus class and sits down next to her.

Miranda and Troy picked up where they left off and their relationship quickly turns into more then just friends.  Miranda is happier then she’s ever been, but its only a matter of time before the truth about her childhood comes out and causes Troy to leave her and ruins her life, again.

Are you looking for a Critique Partner?: Yes, I would love to find a CP who writes, New Adult, Women’s Fiction or Chick Lit.

Are you looking for a Beta Reader?:  Not at this time, but I am open to read other people’s work.  I read everything, but fantasy and paranormal.

Visit the other participants of the Whip It Blogfest and see the talented and creative stories you may see on your Kindle in the future.