Sunday, February 9, 2014

All This Time (All Series, Prequel) by Marie Wathen with Review

Title: All This Time
Series: All, Prequel
Author: Marie Wathen

Undercover Drug Task Force Agent Samantha Walker lives in a filthy, degenerative world where the good and bad guys aren't always clear cut. Tasked with a desire to free the world from its self-induced disaster Sam a.k.a Angel chooses to be locked in a culture most only hope to escape. Using her God-given talents she will manipulate her way into the inner circle of the Southeast's most notorious drug cartel.

During her time inside, Sam knows exposing her real life isn't an option and she's fully aware of the consequences if anyone discovers her true identity.

Unfortunately Sam lets her guard down when she establishes real relationships with the wrong people. She finds something unexpected and her heart leads her into doing things she normally wouldn't allow. Could something like bending the rules cause her two worlds to collide? After paid hits, an attempt on her life and losing something precious Sam's world shatters and her only solace is a new job offer that allows her to return home to Willow Island.

Will distance, time and surrounding herself with loved ones be enough to allow Sam to heal and rebuild her life? Can she find a loophole in this serendipitous story and get her happily ever after?

My Review: 4 1/2 stars
This book made me want to go back and re-read the entire series. At the beginning, I was a bit confused, but then as I read things got clearer. Sam is an undercover Detective working at stopping a drug cartel Initially, she's got back-up with her. But that gets blown rather quickly. Within days Sam, a.k.a. Angel, meets the man that changes her life. Blues is so smooth and downright sexy, she knows she should stay away. Unfortunately for all involved, she isn't able to do that. There is just something about this man, who is completely wrong for her because he's a criminal, that won't let her go. While I was reading this, I kept wondering why Blues kept coming back to Angel/Sam, but apparently he's not willing to let her go either. So many things go wrong, and yet at the same time, the only thing that feels right is her and Blues. But she can't trust him, and she knows that whatever they have is doomed. I've got to say, I loved the time they spent at the beach in his house. Also the scene at the Chinese restaurant when they opened their fortune cookies, that was good. So good. I hated that Sam had to lose what she did in order to gain what she deserved all along. I absolutely loved the end of the book, the Epilogue. That was where I did my double take on the whole series. Marie really knows how to keep a reader interested in her characters and the ability to make her characters likeable, even if they're the bad guy. This was never a dull read, always something going on and it was like that for the entire series so far. There will be at least two more books in this series, and I can't wait to find out what happens next! 


New Adult Author of the All Series (four book series), book one Be All released July 2013. Marie Wathen is a wife, mother of two, and recently became a Lola (her version of grandmother). When she isn't writing her other career is in law enforcement. Marie is a fourteen year veteran dispatcher at her local Sheriff's Office. It is also where she met her husband Barry (he is a police officer not an inmate). Born and currently living in Central Alabama, she enjoys a serene life in the country, but lives for the excitement of visiting large cities. Besides writing some of Marie's other passions include reading, listening to music, dancing, traveling, family time with southern home cooking and has admitted that she has a severe addiction to Facebook. Although Marie has been a storyteller her entire life, Be All is her first publication. Marie's genre includes, but is not limited to, Romantic Suspense. Marie’s current projects include a Romantic Paranormal Thriller series and she is collaborating on a Love Story Anthology, both releasing in 2014.

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