Saturday, September 17, 2016

Lone Star Book Blog Tours Presents: Riverside by Brett Burlison, Review and Giveaway!


RIVERSIDE
by
Brett Burlison
Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Action Romance
Publisher: Barton Creek Press
Date of Publication: January 4, 2016
Number of Pages: 348
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It’s summer 1993 in Austin. Two young lovers decide to move in together and open a cafe only to be hindered by their own pasts, drugs, and bad guys from New Orleans. Set in Austin, Texas in the early nineties.

Bobby Patrick, abandoned by his mother as a child and by his alcoholic father during high school, wants a better life for himself and his true love, Katie. The couple decides to open a café and chase their dreams under the radiant Austin sunsets. There, the long, hot days of summer inspire their passion--but complications arise when Katie's former love interest returns, bringing with him a whirlwind of trouble.

As Katie's dark past reveals itself, Bobby fears it could threaten all they have been striving for. Along with Katie's best friend, Sara, with whom Bobby has his own secret history, the couple becomes tangled up in a drug deal and falls under close watch by Austin police and New Orleans mobsters. 

Bobby must find a way to protect Katie, help Sara, and help himself to thousands of dollars from the ill-fated deal. If he can't, his future with Katie could be shattered forever. 

Part romance and part suspense story, Riverside is a tell-your-friends-about-it, good old-fashioned crime novel about a young couple struggling for the American dream, and the lengths to which they will go to protect it.


"A steamy tale and beguiling thriller, with plenty of local color and some provocative twists." - Kirkus Reviews

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Riverside started off with a party in the 90s. At first, the novel seemed to just be a romance, with the couple Bobby and Katie. After a few chapters, they were starting to open their own cafe, and I was so worried about how the cafe would go I was completely sideswiped by the suspense and action! The suspense was a slow build and then hit an explosive climax with several twists! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

I rarely read from male point of views, but I found Bobby's character very likable. I loved how Bobby and Katie bantered with each other and often teased each other in a joking but loving manner. I often found myself laughing out loud from their remarks to each other. The other characters all felt very real, even if at times you wanted to hit them with something, Sara especially. 

People familiar with Austin and Houston will like the descriptions of the locations and streets, I wasn't familiar with either city, but I still enjoyed it. Brett Burlison is very descriptive, and I look forward to future novels by him.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

Thank you to Lone Star Book Blog Tours, Brett Burlison, and Barton Creek Press for providing me with a book copy in exchange for my honest review!

 

Brett Burlison is a writer, lawyer, and Texan living in Northern California. He grew up in the piney woods of East Texas and went to school in Austin.
He practices law in San Francisco, and writes romantic suspense stories about young couples up against difficult odds.
  
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