shadows of a tragedy that stripped Aurora June of everything she once loved,
she’s back in the small town of Balsam Grove, North Carolina, ready to face all
she’s kept locked away for seven years. Or so she thinks.
the victims of a string of mysterious disappearances in the small, picturesque
Appalachian Mountain town, darkness has become her home—her safe blanket when
the world reveals its true colors. But as the walls of darkness start to move
in on her, she knows the only way to free herself from her past is to face it,
head-on. She just needs to figure out how.
arrival, Aurora isn’t expecting her first collision to be with the boy she left
all those years ago. The boy who betrayed her trust with no regrets. The boy
who is no longer a boy, but a man with the same stormy eyes that swept her into
his current before she ever learned to swim.
thought he was safe. He’d thought their path was mapped out. Turns out neither
of them was ready for the crash at the bottom of the cascade.
I’m so happy to bring you my review for K.K. Allen’s new release, Waterfall Effect! This novel tells the story about a young woman named Aurora, whom survived a horrible tragedy seven years ago and is returning to her hometown in Balsam Grove, NC. Having been gone since her world was turned upside down, Aurora returns to the small town full of judgemental and vengeful eyes, but also comes face to face with her long lost love, Jaxson. Gone is the young man she remembers, but instead is a successful, creative, yet longing man that has struggled coming to terms with her leaving years earlier. But as she stays in town longer, Aurora learns that all of the things she remembered and do not remember, are not exactly as they once seemed.
Prepare yourself for the fantastic Aurora! What an amazing character K.K. Allen has created that embodies so much strength and love despite all of her losses. From beginning to end, I was constantly amazed with this young woman’s thick skin, passion, and determination. Of course, there is also the handsome, sexy, artistic and romantic Jaxson. Oh, how I loved this man! What initially appears to be a closed-off and brooding young man is actually dreamy perfection! Coffee shop owner, Claire, was also spunky and wonderful, but besides those three – almost everyone else in town is creepy, vengeful, mean, and sneaky.
Besides the emotional and romantic part of the story as Aurora and Jaxon get to know one another again, this novel is also full of crime, mystery, and suspense. This one kept me guessing until the “big reveal” and I never saw it coming. Characters that I considered shady and questionable turned out to be fine, whereas, the characters I deemed safe ended up being the complete opposite.
The imagery in Waterfall Effect is outstanding, and the author’s impeccable voice and characterization made this a beautiful and poetic read – despite the subject matter. While reading, I could picture the waterfalls, the storms, the paintings, and so on. Moreover, I could hear creepy footsteps in the woods and especially the eerie whistle that happens from time to time. Plan to read this one when you have plenty of time to dive in and feast on this compelling novel. You will not want to put it down and you certainly don’t want to miss out on the vivid and emotional writing.
I don’t try to navigate my way. I hike beside the river, around every curve and bend, uphill and against the current. It’s a familiar path, but my focus isn’t on the destination. Every now and then I stop to take a drink from the stream, pluck a fiery pink flower, and tune into a wild animal scampering across fallen leaves. But it’s not until I reach a steeper incline that I take a moment to assess where I’m headed.
The river has significantly increased in speed since I began walking a few minutes ago. A steeper incline forces me to distance myself from the water’s edge, onto a more manageable path through the woods. My thighs burn from the steady climb, and my throat aches from dehydration. I never planned to journey this far, but I could have at least thought to bring water. I’m ready to turn back, find the river, and drink from it when I spot the top of a familiar red house peeking over the hill. Hummingbirds unleash in my chest as I inch forward.
is an award-winning author and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences graduate
from the University of Washington who writes heartfelt and inspirational
Contemporary Romance stories mainly about “Capturing the Edge of Innocence.” K.K.
currently resides in central Florida, works full time as a Digital Producer for
a leading online educational institution, and is the mother to a ridiculously
handsome little dude who owns her heart.K.K.’s publishing journey began in June 2014 with the YA Contemporary Fantasy
trilogy, The Summer Solstice. In 2016, K.K. published her first Contemporary
Romance, Up in the Treehouse, which went on to win the Romantic Times 2016
Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best New Adult Book of the Year. With K.K.’s love
for inspirational and coming of age stories involving heartfelt narratives and
honest emotions, you can be assured to always be surprised by what K.K.
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