The Storm Within

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Aidan stared at her, only inches away from him in the tiny bathroom. The bloodied cotton ball tight in her grip, she’d broken down into heavy sobs. He wasn’t sure how to handle it. Weeping women weren’t his specialty. Hell, women in general weren’t his specialty, and now he felt completely at a loss on how to comfort her.

He’d sensed her earlier mood, when their eyes had locked in the mirror. At that moment, restless awareness turned into a new sort of tension. She’d been so close to him that he could smell the clean fragrance of her shampoo and feel her warm, tea scented breath on his neck. Fighting a similar attraction, he understood why she’d resorted to anger. He would’ve done the same thing in her shoes. Anger he could handle. Tears? That was a different story.

Quickly he grabbed a few sheets of Kleenex from the box on the back of the toilet and handed them to her. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you cry. Really, it doesn’t hurt,” he said softly.

Juliana wiped the tissue across her eyes and didn’t look at him. “It’s not that,” she replied with a catch in her voice. “It’s the stupidity of you driving out there. Crazy and irresponsible. You should’ve gotten a lot more than a dumb little scratch on your face. You could’ve been killed, and you could’ve killed Fred.”

My Review
The Soulmate Tree is as busy leafing out as ever and continues to help those in need find their one true love. This time a person who has been mourning for a long time meets a person with a huge load of guilt, maybe even unwarranted guilt. Just because people meet one another does not always mean they will live happily ever after. Sometimes a lot of work must be done to learn about one another. Often, we have been living alone and learning to live with and share with another is a whole new ballgame.

I am constantly amazed that this series most of the time has a different author for each story and each one seems to have its own unique story line. They are all sweet; they all have a good ending but the story of all the lives sitting under that tree are just that…a new story to read. Good things, sadness, sorrows overcome, feelings of guilt, all seem to find another person to share each of these things with.  While listed in the paranormal genre, there is rarely an emotion in any story that each of us hasn’t felt in some form at one time or another. So, while these might be fantasy and/or paranormal and each are of course fiction, there is always just a touch of reality that we can all see in each of them. This one is no different.

I cannot distinguish one writer from another in this series, but I don’t think this is an insult. Just like a choir where no one person should be heard, and all should be heard, I think the Soul Mate Tree stories should follow in the same vein. This doesn’t mean they aren’t well written by any means, only that they seem to follow along in the same writing style without bumps along the road.  
The Storm Within is Book 11 in the Soul Mate Tree series. All are sweet and an enjoyable read.

***This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are definitely my own.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Originally from Minnesota, Cerian is currently settled in southwestern New Hampshire with her husband and two of her four children plus a dog, cat and two geckos. She's known she
wanted to write since she was twelve, and between mucking stalls in New York and booking cruises in Maine, she's been filling notebooks and flash drives with her stories in pursuit of her dreams.

Currently she has 10 published books (No Going Back, Where One Road Leads, The Staying Kind, Going Going Gone, and  The Storm Within from Soul Mate Publishing, and The Better Man, Do Overs, Finally Home, Light The Way Home, and That Kind of Magic self-published at Amazon). She’s looking forward to adding to this list.

Cerian is a PAN member of RWA, Contemporary Romance Writers and New Hampshire Romance Writers of America.
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  1. At what age did you decide to persue a career in writing? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com


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