Sierra by Taylor Dean
Alyssa Fontaine’s life, loved ones—everything familiar and dear—are brutally taken from her.
Taken captive by two men, she endures a horrific nightmare. A new life is forced upon her and even a new name.
Just when it appears that no hope is in sight, she is saved by an unlikely twist of fate. Trapped in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, life will open its arms to her again and she will embrace it. She will find love such as she never knew existed.
Sierra is a heart-wrenching story of the power of the human spirit to survive amidst impossible circumstances and severe losses. It is a story of survival . . . and hope.
I started reading Sierra and thought wait a minute...Did I really enjoy the other books I have read by this author? I remember loving For Nick, but did I really? The writing for most of this book was really not good for me. I read some of the amazing reviews this book has and it seems like most people feel this is an incredibly romantic story. Well...the writing made it so not believable to me. The conversations and situations that happened with the main characters felt so fake and forced. I did not like it.
Alyssa is on vacation with her husband and son. They are kidnapped from a rest stop and her husband and son shot in front of her. She is then dragged through the woods with her kidnappers, suffering abuse along the way. She keeps trying to escape only to have them find her again. Thankfully they stumble across a cabin in the middle of nowhere and she is able to get away from her tormenters.
Alex is a rich guy, but due to some bad things that happened in his past he has been living out in the middle of nowhere for a few years. He doesn't have any way of communicating with the outside world and it is a 6 day hike out to anything. He gets supplies once a year and that is his only contact with anyone else. He likes it this way until Alyssa comes through his door. He saves her and pretty instantly is in love with her. She pretty instantly forgets her husband and is in love with him too. That whole section, them together, was so over the top for me it seemed incredibly fake. It seemed like the author was trying way too hard to make a romantic story so it just didn't work. It was just not good.
Then once Alyssa goes back to civilization the writing changed for me. It got so much better that there were times when I was near tears. I was so sad at parts, so upset for the characters I just was almost crying. So to go from hating the book because the writing was horrible and fake to bringing me to tears...it just made me think why is the rest of this book not like the last part? Why is the story/writing so much better in the last part? I wish the whole book would have been like that. I could have gotten behind the story, even though it was incredibly quick, if it had been written better. If the author would have backed off a little, not tried so hard to make it super romantic, I could have really enjoyed this book. Obviously the author is able to get emotion from me, I just wish the first part of the story would have been better. This obviously was not the book for me, I didn't get the super romance I just got super fake. For Nick was so good though that I will give more of the authors books a try. I really wanted to love this book, but unfortunately I didn't.
Rating: ★ ★