ARC Review: Calm Before the Storm by Larissa Ione

Posted October 22, 2015 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Calm Before the Storm by Larissa Ione
Calm Before the Storm
by Larissa Ione

3 Stars


Released: October 22nd 2015
Series: Rising Storm #5
Published by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Format: eARC

“…this is not one that left me wanting the next one desperately.”
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I’ve been curious about Marcus for a while now.  He had left the town of Storm and left behind his mom and sisters who were getting a pretty raw deal from his father.  It struck me as strange that he wouldn’t be the man of the house and protect his mom then.  And then there were the hints that Brittany liked him.  Being from opposite sides of the track was definitely a draw for me.

So Marcus is back in this installment and ready to face some of his demons.  Now that his dad is gone, and someone else had to step in to make that happen, he thinks he can just pick up the pieces of his family and move back on with his life.  It was nice to see him dealing with a bit more remorse than that, but I can’t say he became my favorite person in town.

His relationship with Brittany to me is a mix of wanting her and wanting to stick it to the big man, so I wasn’t as happy about that.

In the end, there are some new developments in this installment but I couldn’t quite connect as much as I wanted, id didn’t move the storyline along enough and this is not one that left me wanting the next one desperately.




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About Larissa Ione

Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career in meteorology to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.


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Thanks Francesca

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.


It seems that as this serial goes on the reviews aren’t as good as in they were in the beginning


I got the first of this series (since it was a freebie) and want to read this installment , purely because I adore Larissa Ione. Can this be read as a stand-alone? And if not, since it is marketed as soap-opera-like, could I get by just reading #1 for background information and #5 without being completely lost? I have so many series I’m currently reading, as well as on my TBR shelf, I really don’t want to add another, especially since this is contemporary romance, and I prefer paranormal.