Review: Juniper Smoke by Sadia Ash

Posted October 17, 2016 by Angie in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Juniper Smoke by Sadia AshJuniper Smoke: Part I & II by Sadia Ash
on July 6, 2016

In an age of casual hook-ups, can love survive the test of time? (Part I and II of Juniper Smoke sold as one book)

"Much more than a simple love story. It’s a saga." (Annette Abernathy's Blog)

“I loved this story. This is a must read book!” (Heather - Kinky Kittens Book Blog)

“I don’t like it. I love it! This has become my favorite book.” (Nikki's Windowseat Blog)

Juniper and Kyle meet cute when she is dangling forty feet from a museum scaffolding, hanging on for dear life.

Juniper is a sassy, nerdy curator at the History Museum of Ann Arbor. Her life has been one big sacrifice for others. Work. Home. Repeat. Raised by her mother to hate men, she worries she’ll die a frigid scholar in a musty house with an army of cats and a lake of books.

Kyle Paxton is a handsome, intense and intimidating inventor of micro-cameras from San Francisco. To check the dark memories of his ex-girlfriend (who still haunts him), he schedules dating and work with robotic precision. Not looking for love, he only hooks up with Amazonian models.

When he joins the museum board, Juniper falls for him. She wants him, but knows it's going to be as hard as catching the ocean in a teacup. Juniper becomes Kyle’s obsession, but the tragic secrets of his past cloud his feelings. Juniper manages to knock Kyle’s world off its axis and their galaxies collide in this very unfairy tale. But can they overcome their differences and stop a hateful and vindictive person from tearing them apart?

Juniper Smoke is a smoking hot read with fun twists, dark secrets and edge-of-your-seat drama. Nothing is as it seems and no one behaves as you would expect.

Do I judge a book by the cover? YES. I do. There I said it.  But, don’t we all? Come on now. The cover is what draws you in, then a blurb if you read them and then the dedication then the meat of the book, etc.  This cover is absolutely gorgeous. The soft yet vibrant colors…they’re a feast for your eyes and I found myself staring at the cover for about 3 whole minutes before finally flipping the page on my e-reader.  Usually, it’s a 2 second look then onto the reading, but not this. No. I legit stared for a long time, just absorbing it. I know some readers don’t do blurbs, they like going in blind and I enjoy that ride as well, but I love blurbs.  I want to know who I’m going to be dealing with and part of what the story will be.

The heroine, Juniper. What an oddly, beautiful name right? Let me tell you, that it fit the character, like. a. glove.  My inner nerd connected with Juniper very, very quickly. I may not frequent museums or fully enjoy the arts or history, but I LOVE mythology, the stories, the names and the culture around it all.  Juniper is a self proclaimed “old soul” and a junior curator at a museum.  You can feel her dedication from the start, her love for everything surrounding museum culture and upholding the integrity of not only her work but herself.  Not only does she show dedication in her work, you can feel that in her family life as well, especially her brother, Cypress.  Her brother is her best friend and damn if that didn’t get me in the feeler.  My brother and I are very close and it warmed my heart to see that Juniper was so close to her brother and took care of him.

Kyle. Just, wow.  You see how calculating and controlled his personality is. Everything that he does, every thought is planned to a “T” and the minute he sees Juniper, you can literally feel his world tipping upside down. Insta-love on my part? Yes, please.  His mysterious aura had my curiosity flipping those pages, NOT fast enough.  His past isn’t something on the table for discussion with Juniper but you can tell by the end, he’ll do pretty much anything for Juniper.

I’ve read books in the third person. I’ve read books in the first person, books divided into POV’s. I’ve NEVER read anything like this.  Sadia’s way around words, her way around art history, her way around even the “nerdy” words without making you feel dumb is literal perfection.  I mean she says kimchi in this book in the funniest context!  Kimchi is a food staple in Korea and I love that she references that.  So, Sadia basically had me at kimchi.  The plot and storyline, while familiar was very different in feel as well.  The story definitely had my attention and it’s free now on Amazon so, go ahead and grab it while you can.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**





About Sadia Ash

Sadia Ash is an art and history obsessed geek who loves all things British and literary. She has held jobs that always involved writing (and never math) in some way. She is currently working on two other novels and a film script. She lives in sun-drenched Cali with her husband—who is her best friend—and two bright kids.

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