I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
From the moment I started Infinite Potential I knew this would be an intense, passionate, all consuming read. I was captivated from the first page. I consider myself somewhat picky when it comes to paranormal. I love the genre, but I find that there are some reads where I cannot always connect on some level. However, Infinite Potential is definitely one of my favorite paranormal stories. Not only did I connect to the story and it's characters, but also the realm created within the story.
"I'm not sure I can love anyone else, Sarah. I think we each have one person, one soul out there waiting for us and Jamie was mine"
As the synopsis states, Kelsi loses her husband, Jamie at a young age. She is devastated. You feel her pain from the moment she finds out. She is so consumed in her grief. The author balanced her grief in the story well. While you can feel the devastation from Kelsi, the story isn't bogged down by her grief. In fact, her grief is a huge part of the development of series of events. Her grief causes her to have these dreams of a dark haired man. Kelsi has a gift. And these dreams intensifies her gift where she questions it and her place in this world. She finds solace in this man. Soon enough, she begins to run into a dark haired man similar to the one in her dreams. If you think you know what's going to happen, you don't. There were many times I thought I figured out everything, and I was wrong. The story keeps you guessing and I enjoyed that it was not predictable.
"Aiden Hardt stirred a complex web of emotions and thoughts in me that I was afraid to untangle. His presence filled my senses, and sent doubt careening through my heart."
Oh Aiden Hardt. He had my heart the moment he stepped into the story. His dark features. He's handsome, complicated, and I wanted more of his story. How did he fit into these dreams of Kelsi and the dark haired man? Who was he? I kept screaming those things to my kindle. I just needed to know. I was consumed by him and his mystery. Although unknown, I felt drawn to him as did Kelsi. But, as these dreams occur, Kelsi is not sure who to trust or what to believe. These dreams feel so real and she knows there's a connection with Aiden and the man in her dreams. The more she dreams, the more broken down she becomes. These dreams consumes her and takes all of her energy.
"So that's what I wanted. Love. Not a calm, placid sort, either. I wanted, needed, passion. Huge roller coaster swoops and turns, never slowing down, never hitting the brakes."
Kelsi is so afraid of love as she is still healing from the death of her husband. She finds similarities with Aiden promising, yet scary. She continues to push him away because of fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of her dreams. Fear to love again. But what she doesn't know is how strong Aiden has always felt for her the moment they met. He has reasons for this. You feel his pull for her when they meet and when you find out why, everything makes sense. Everything falls into place, yet so much mystery remains.
Infinite potential. An infinite potential to love and be loved"
"Love feels that way sometimes. It takes your breath and holds it inside you, it makes you clench tight in anticipation"
Finally, the art of storytelling is not lost. While the pace of this story is slower than what I'm used to reading, I found it refreshing to sit and be so engrossed in a story that time passes by without realizing it. Is this really a debut? The writing is polished and flows really well. I was never bored, I didn't want to put this down. If you are a fan of paranormal and want a really well written, captivating story, read Infinite Potential.
Barbara was born and raised in Southern California, but left to explore the world courtesy of the U.S. Navy. After traveling the world, she forced herself to live a humble life in in San Francisco, New York and Norfolk, Virginia. She now calls San Diego home and you won’t pry her out with a crowbar.
She would be the first to tell you her husband, Henry, is the inspiration for all the romance, and the real Charlie - who is as cute as he sounds in her books - is a terrorist. When not working for the U.S. Navy, she can be found running, reading or writing. She firmly believes a well rounded diet consists of coffee, scotch, chocolate, popcorn and Luna Bars. In that order.
She's a graduate of CUNY and Penn State - and manages to write a decent line here and there despite those burdens.
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