Carried Away – A Review
Author: Kamery Solomon
Genres: Romance; Historical; Time Travel
Publication Date: February 6, 2016
“Mark Bell is being haunted.
Ever since his friend, Samantha, drowned in the Treasure Pit, he’s been running from her ghost. When his path takes him to a historical site and shipwreck in Texas, he hopes the past will stay where it belongs. However, the more he uncovers, the clearer it becomes that something is not right. Old friends need his help, and he doesn’t know if he’s the man to get the job done.
Samantha O’Rourke is a time traveler trying to survive in the past. Trapped in the social pyramid of the French Court and the secret society her husband, Tristan, defends, she feels more out of place than ever before. Nothing ever stops a treasure hunter for long, though, and she soon finds herself caught up in another mystery, only to have life yanked to a precarious perch, where only the truly strong will survive.
Can the future be changed? Or is everything set in stone, destined to follow only one course?” – Carried Away‘s book description on retailer sites.
Carried Away is dramatically charged, with action packed details, and moments that will grip your heart in a vice. Dare I say it, Kamery Solomon may have just written my favorite read of 2016.
This was such a monumental read that I have had a hard time putting words to my thoughts. I love these characters, I have since the very moment I met them in Swept Away. They feel real to me, like friends, so naturally I care about them and am connected to them. Which is a really weird thing to feel for fictional characters. There are some moments in the continuation of the Swept Away Saga that really had me feeling so many different things for Sam, Tristan and Mark. I realized I cared about them. Feeling compassion and empathizing with a books character, or multiple of them, is a really rare and strange thing for me, and even more odd for me to admit.
Okay, enough of that mushy stuff, I am sure you get it. The characters are well developed and not two-dimensional. And I love them, and missed them. Let’s get to the rest of my review, shall we?
The story and plot were great; well thought out, perfect highs and lows, transitioned well into the next scene, and evenly paced. This book, like book one (Swept Away), is written from multiple perspectives. On occasion I had to stop mid chapter and would forget whose perspective I was reading from, but each character has a unique voice that makes it easy to decipher and jump right back in to reading. There were a few times I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen and I was never right, except for once, but it was because the incident was well foreshadowed in previous chapters. I am not going to say what it is, because I loathe spoilers, just know that I wished I wasn’t right on this one.
This Saga which consists only of two books so far end similarly; they aren’t exactly HEAs (Happily Ever Afters), or HFNs (Happy For Nows), or even cliffies (Cliff Hangers) … They are a blend of all three. There is a romance or two, maybe three… I am crossing my fingers for Father Torres.
Read this in a whispered voice. I like to make predictions. Usually I am right, but Kamery Solomon ALWAYS proves me wrong! (That was a secret.)
Sam and Tristan’s love is quite literally a timeless love. Their love is strong. Pure. Meant to be.
Yet, it is difficult to tell if their love can remain strong through the turmoil that is caused by Randal.
Ugh. Randall. How can such a small, vile person ignite so much fear, and pure unadulterated rage and hate? The antagonist in this series makes me sick. He is as evil as they come. He is a rat, a dirty, evil, rapscallion of a RAT…. and he’s far worse than I can even describe. Thinking of him makes me miserable, but at the same time I can’t stop thinking about him.
That is some great authoring right there.
Kamery is not the person who grew up dreaming of the day that she would clutch her very own novel to her chest, tears brimming over the rims of her eyes as she thought about how she’d written it herself, finally! In fact, anything remotely like that didn’t even happen until she was actually holding her first book in her hand, amazed that she’d written it and wondering how on Earth she’d managed to do it when it hadn’t ever occurred to her to write one until months before. Surprisingly, though, it was just what she never realized she loved doing.
When starting out in life, Kamery had (and still has) big dreams to perform on Broadway. She loves music and acting very much, while she and dance have a love/hate relationship; she would love to do it and every form of dance decides it hates that about her, haha! The one constant she always had between the performing world and the book world were the stories, tales that transported her to other worlds and made her feel like she really could do anything. Finally, she decided she wanted to do that for someone else and sat down to write.
It’s been a few years since she held that first book, realizing that she really liked writing and wanted to do more, but the love that blossomed in that moment has only grown. Currently, Kamery works from home in the White Mountains of Arizona, while taking care of her two adorable kids, a girl and a boy, and talking her sweet husband Jake’s ear off about the insane amount of characters in her head who are ready to fight to the death for a chance at their own novels. She also gets together with other authors in the family and they all gab together, making up The Royal Court of the Queens of Romance. It truly is a wonderful life!
For more information on future releases and how to contact Kamery, please visit her website www.kamerysolomonbooks.com.