REVIEW & GIVEAWAY – Thirty Nights by Ani Keating

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Title: Thirty Nights

Author: Ani Keating

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 17th

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Thirty nights. Two hearts. One fate.

American Beauty, Book 1

After her parents’ tragic deaths, Elisa Snow wanted nothing more than to escape her past. Eighteen and alone, she fled her quaint English village and moved to the United States. A starving science student by day and an artist’s muse by night, Elisa has slowly built a new life. She never dreamed she would lose everything again.

She’s one week from graduation when her visa is unexpectedly denied. Given thirty days to leave the country, she must face the one thing she cannot survive again—saying goodbye and leaving her home. Yet within minutes of her world shattering, she meets a man with the power to piece it back together.

After finishing his tour of duty in Iraq, Aiden Hale traded battlefields for boardrooms, becoming one of the most successful venture capitalists in the nation. But all his wealth can’t buy him reprieve from the horrific memories of war. The only thing that gives him peace is a painting of Elisa.

Drawn together by their invisible wounds, they begin a passionate affair as they race against the clock to defy their pasts—and fight for their future.

Earlier versions of this book were posted on the author’s blog under the titles of The Master’s Muse and 30 Nights of Snow, using the pen name Ani Surnois, and has since been extensively edited.

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Thirty Nights is a riveting tale of family, forgiveness and the healing power of love. The story was absolutely mesmerizing and I am so glad I took a chance on this author’s debut book.

Elisa was brilliant and I adored her geek-chic personality. From her citing of the period table of elements to her passion for knowledge, I could not help but love Elisa. She demonstrated courage and determination, no small feat given the tragedy and circumstance she encountered in her young life.

Aiden was a charming enigma that ultimately won me over. I was frustrated with him at times but completely enamored by his story and my heart ached for him. Though I have no experience with PTSD, I felt the author was cognizant of the very sensitive nature of the subject and brought a degree of awareness to the complexities of life for a soldier after war.

Overall, the characters were likeable, the story was intense and I was completely consumed by Thirty Nights. The chemistry between Elisa and Aiden was palpable and their collective experiences added depth to the characters and the story.  There were a few instances where the story dragged but overall the pace was steady and full of page turning drama.  This was my first book from Ani Keating and I am pleased to say it won’t be my last. Book 2 of the American Beauty Series is scheduled for release spring 2016.

Overall Rating 4.5 Stars

I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

**NOTE** It’s no secret the book market is saturated which makes it extremely difficult for authors to get their books visibility. The alluring cover is absolutely the reason I took a chance on this book. Not only is it beautiful, it completely captures the essence of this story and I applaud the author and publisher for selecting the perfect cover.

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Ani Keating is an attorney, daughter, sister, and wife, living in the City of Roses, Oregon. When she is not in court or at the office helping clients sort through legal issues (and complaining about the photocopy machine), Ani explores her childhood passion for writing. Her first novel, Thirty Nights, is a sexy and heart-tugging story about love’s power to save and guide us even at our darkest moments.

Thirty Nights was originally posted online on fanfiction and on Ani’s popular blog. Over the course of eight short months, the story received more than half-million hits, 63,000 visitors, over 1,000 followers, and over 3,000 reviews and messages. It will be released for everyone on November 17, 2015. Its sequel, Ninety Days, is currently in the drafting stage.

When she is not writing, Ani spends endless hours at Powell’s Bookstore, exploring classics and latest releases. She also likes to stroll through the Portland Rose Garden, drool over shoes on any store window, and dance to everything from Beyoncé to Johnny Cash.

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For inquires related to signings and book and movie rights, please contact her agent at stacy@reasonmgmt.com.

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