Official Review: Isabel's Awakening by TD Hassett

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Official Review: Isabel's Awakening by TD Hassett

Post by annieeb » 05 Nov 2016, 20:20

[Following is the official review of "Isabel's Awakening" by TD Hassett.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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T.D. Hassett’s Isabel’s Awakening is a fictional, romantic novel with strands of intrigue and mystery woven within. Hassett writes a piece about a young high school teacher living in a rundown apartment with a ghastly-looking cat and a thesis that unfortunately does not edit itself. She meets Thomas Morgan in a bookstore and soon realizes is the lead singer in the popular rock band Beckett.

Thomas has a troubled past while Isabel is currently living a life where her troubles seem to follow her around. A few years prior, Thomas lost his brother and divorced his drug-riddled wife. He agreed to share custody of their child. Some aspects of Isabel’s Awakening, including Thomas’ willingness to leave his son with his drug-addict ex-wife, seem less than realistic. It seems unrealistic when reading but the author could be trying to outline some parenting difficulties or instances where children grow up in less-than-desirable circumstances. Either way, Thomas does his best to look after his child.

Isabel lives in an apartment in a dangerous neighborhood while working in a tough inner city school. She tries to get through her days but all of a sudden, her thoughts and troubles change when Thomas enters her rather mundane life. Isabel and Thomas quickly grow attached to each other and learn just how different their lives are. As they learn more about each other, their sexual endeavors become more frequent and more intense. The sexual content becomes rather consistent and while it may not be for all readers, it furthers the plot and shows us more about the characters and how their relationship is changing.

Besides erotic content, Hassett also tries to add strands of mystery and intrigue. Threats to Thomas are mentioned throughout the story but only periodically. It is a problem that is mentioned and made to seem dangerous and intense but are only written about occasionally. It is also wrapped up in a less-than-dramatic way that takes away from the seriousness of the story.

Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 4. I loved the story but saw some holes within the plot, especially involving the threatening letters. I recommend this book to others who enjoy romance. It is a book I would read again and has made me more interested in other pieces by the author.

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Post by Kia » 10 Nov 2016, 22:21

Thank you for such an honest review. I especially enjoy when romance novels actually have an engaging plot and this one really seems like it does. Great job!
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Post by annieeb » 10 Nov 2016, 22:37

I agree! Thank you!
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 12 Nov 2016, 09:05

Sounds like an interesting book. I would have to agree with you about 'Thomas’ willingness to leave his son with his drug-addict ex-wife, seem less than realistic' Good job on the review.

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Post by Job Njoroge » 29 Sep 2017, 09:51

The author seems to address some of the problems facing us in our day to day lives i.e. drugs, love, romance, threats etc. This is especially important if one can relate some of the books content to the contemporary normal life
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Post by Whitney Marchelle » 28 Dec 2017, 16:55

Great review. This book seems interesting, and this review makes me want to see what this book is really about, i'll be adding it to my shelf. thanks alot!

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Post by Kenk-e » 09 Jan 2018, 14:41

Sounds interesting, won't mind having a copy.

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Post by madzcraft17 » 12 Jan 2018, 10:18

I think it would be a great book for everyone who enjoys romance.

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Post by uyky » 19 Jan 2018, 19:50

Sounds like an acceptable book to relax to for one evening. I am just sorry to hear about the plot holes.

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Post by elizab8 » 28 Apr 2018, 10:03

I love your review, you detailed how important it is in a relationship with another who is leading in the wrong direction, and how to handle it. This book will give readers the understanding of how to take care of situations very much the same as Thomas and his wife, but not only that Hasset sexual desires is not letting her encourage Thomas but being careful to take care of her career and not become a drug addict as his wife. Briefly I might assume he might have encourage that and could not stop it (not reading the entire book yet).

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Post by AmySmiles » 01 May 2018, 15:27

I like when romance books have more than just that. However I'm not quite convinced that this would be something that I would be interested in reading. Thanks for the review.
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Post by teacherjh » 11 May 2018, 16:35

This sounds a little racy for my taste, but thanks for the good review.

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Post by arcie72 » 02 Jul 2018, 01:38

The book sounds interesting and relatable to life. Thank you for pointing out that the sexual content furthers the plot. I sometimes feel an author just adds these scenes as fillers and don't further the story. When the content is pertinent to the story it elevates the plot and characters. Thank you for your honest review.

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Post by Amy+++ » 03 Jul 2018, 10:35

Great review. The book sounds different but I would like to learn more about the threats. Who is threatening this guy and why? Comes to mind. I can't believe that the author would skip over something so important to the plot of the book.

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Post by Rosemary Khathibe » 19 Jul 2018, 05:55

Great review. I'm looking forward to adding this book to my shelf. It sounds like a good story. Romance books are my drug.

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