December 13, 2013

Braine Reviews: Unbearable by Shantel Tessier

Series: Undescribable 2
Format: Digital RC
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance
How do you survive the loss of a mother you thought didn't love you...until it was too late?

How do you forgive the person who hurt you the most?

How do you survive the person who won’t let you go?

How can your heart continue to trust the person you thought you knew?

How many secrets are too many?

How can you say no, when your body screams yes?

How can you deny a love that has no boundaries?

Slade and Samantha's story continues.

Sam and Slade's story continues in UNBEARABLE, book two of Shantel Tessier's sensual and romantic series, Undescribable. The blurb laid out all the themes UNBEARABLE touched on with grief and passion at the forefront. The novel opens with Sam grieving the death of her mother and she's hit with a ream of emotions that made things awkward and confusing for her and Slade. Grief is one of those awkward things where as a bystander, we don't know how to offer comfort and solace to our loved one. Slade was in that situation and at a complete loss on how to comfort Sam and help her cope with her mother's death. 

This part of UNBEARABLE irritated me a little bit because Sam and Slade just weren't communicating well. As he's thrown out of his comfort zone, Slade appeared to be presumptuous and started coddling Sam excessively. He started making decisions on her behalf and that got on my nerves a little bit. I understand that he is looking out for his girlfriend and wants to make things easy for Sam but there's a process to it and he should've let her deal with it in her own pace. As for Sam, I appreciate that she remained level headed and recognized that he has her best intentions at heart. She was a rational bitch throughout the ordeal and I give her props for that. 

I haven't read Undescribable and I can tell that these two had one heck of a journey before they got to where they are right now. That said, I didn't feel lost in their tale even if I jumped midway. STessier inserted bits and pieces of their past to give me a good snapshot of how things used to be. But missing out on Undescribable is probably the reason why I'm less appreciative of Sam and Slade's relationship now, the milestones of their partnership went over my head because I missed an important part of their history. And I'm planning to remedy that shortly. 

I've read reviews for Undescribable just to help me get caught up with the series plot and a lot of people mentioned how awesome Slade's family is and they are so right! Sam is lucky to be part of that unit because Slade's parents love her like their own. They're very supportive and affectionate, towards Sam, and really stood by her in her time of need. The same thing goes with their little crew, their circle of friends are just as great which rounds up the great cast of characters. STessier did really good with each individual and that's one of UNBEARABLE's strongest suit. 

The conflict was a little underwhelming to me. Sam's mother sure kept some secrets from her and sure enough, these things surfaced after she died. Naturally these things shook up Sam and brought up a lot of regrets, resentment and confusion on her part. Tate was instrumental in this and he holds the key to a lot of things concerning Sam's past. I just feel like this particular conflict lacked follow through then Tate dropped this bomb which I'm sure will cause another shift in book 3.

Another conflict is the ghost of Slade's promiscuous past. Slade used to be a man whore and naturally, he broke a few hearts along the way. One of which is a vindictive, troublemaking beeotch named Jessica. This girl tried to cause trouble for the lovebirds pestering Sam on the phone and sending her ridiculous and offensive photos and videos. But as Sam and Slade's ship is tight, they were untouchable. In the end, Same gave Jessica a good scrub and hopefully that will shut the latter up. 

I'm underwhelmed because I was hoping for something heavier. Not to make light of what happened here but I would think the second conflict would be a non-issue because of where Sam and Slade are in the relationship. Overall I love how these two are untouchable and indestructible. Not only do they have a passionate relationship but Slade really went above and beyond for Sam here. I always love tropes of playboys being tamed. Sam for her part really got my respect, she has implicit faith in Slade and doesn't let his past faze and haunt them. That's very admirable because as a woman, I know we forgive but we very rarely forget. 

UNBEARABLE is a solid follow-up and perfectly set the stage for book 3, Uncontrollable. UNBEARABLE is emotional, it's fun and romantic, it will make you squee in certain places. It's intriguing with all the lies, secrets and cover-ups the characters are doing alternately which complicates the situation. I'm sure fans of the series won't be disappointed with UNBEARABLE because lots of yummy things and developments happened not just between Sam and Slade, but with Courtney and Josh as well (they're crowd faves). I'm not recommending that you read this as a stand-alone but it's written in a way where I didn't feel lost in the story. I guess it has a lot to do with the current phase of Sam and Slade's relationship but nonetheless, I want to go back and delve deeper into their tale because I can tell it's one of those delicious agonizing stories we all love reading.

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What inspired you to write the Undescribable series? 
I have had a book idea in my mind for quite a while. This past Christmas when everyone was trying to figure out what they wanted to do for their New Year’s resolution. I told myself I was going to take that step to making it happen. I have always loved to read and it just felt like it was the right time for me to write my own book. Now here I am a year later and releasing the second book in the series. I couldn’t be happier.

What author has influenced you the most? 
There are several; Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Teresa Mummert, J. Sterling and many more. I follow them all on Facebook and they are always thanking their readers, showing their gratitude. I want to be that way. I want to show my readers that not only did I write a novel, but that this novel will be nothing without them. The readers are what makes this journey worth all the ups and downs.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up! This has not been an easy journey. I have had days where I cried and just wanted to give up and days where I smiled so hard my cheeks hurt. Just because this is my second book does not mean that I am any less nervous than I was with the first. The closer it gets, the more freak outs I have had. It is a roller coaster ride, but it is worth it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. The only person that can hold you back is yourself. 

What can readers look forward to in the future?
I am currently working on the third and final book of the Undescribable series. I plan to have it released spring of 2014. I know as a reader, I hate having to wait forever for the next book in a series. So, I am going to try my hardest to get Slade and Samantha’s final story out there quickly.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?
Not everyone is going to like your book. That’s okay. Don’t be afraid to write what you want because you are afraid of the feedback you may receive. Nothing feels better than getting a review that makes you cry when a reader tells you how much they loved your book. I promise all the tears you will shed and all the doubt you have will be worth it.

Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, and their three year old little princess. She considers herself extremely lucky to be a stay at home wife and mother. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time with family and friends.

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  1. A rational bitch?? I like that! Maybe I should go back and give the first book a try. Thanks for the review!

    1. Well she's grieving so she's a little bipolar like that LOL

  2. I was chuckling over your observation that it was a little tame. I don't mind those, but I catch myself all the time waiting for the other shoe to drop. Sounds good!

    1. Right?! I kept thinking to myself "surely their conflict will be something heavier than this?" I just think that the problem would lie on the mother's death and other growing pains than an ex trying to wreck havoc on their relationship. It feels trivial.


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