Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: D.F. Jones
Date of Publication: July 25, 2015
Number of pages: 173
Word Count: 61,570
Cover Artist: Amanda Northcutt, Jones Media
Ruby’s Choice is a coming of age story set in the late 1970’s in Middle Tennessee with a splash of paranormal which will blossom in the second and third books of the series.
Ever since Ruby discovered an amber-encased spider web in the Campbell Ridge Cave, she has had dreams of births, deaths and glimpses into the future.
Ruby’s shift is coming to a close at Everglade General Store. As she stacks the last row of bath soap, Ruby recalls the delicious dream she had the night before. In the dream, a gorgeous guy is kissing a tickle spot, just behind her left earlobe, sending shivers up her spine. If only that dream could come true, instead of the one where a state trooper gives her a seventy-five dollar speeding ticket!
Ruby snaps back to reality when she hears the store’s front door bells chime. If she didn’t know any better, she’d say the frickin’ Adonis from her sexy dream just walked through the door.
Reed Jackson and Brent Brown introduce themselves to Ruby as members of the local baseball team her brother, George, manages. Brent mentions they specifically came out to the store to meet George’s hot, little sister. Ruby is slightly confused when she hears Reed murmur Tap It under his breath, but then she remembers the rumor going around campus about Reed and Brent’s dating game, where the two best friends compete to have a girl profess undying love to one of them. And Tap It is a winner takes all—all of what, though, Ruby has no clue. Ruby decides that she’ll play along, but according to her rules. She’ll suss out if either of these players is worthy of her love and respect.
One thing is for sure, Ruby is no pawn.
Who will be Ruby’s Choice?
A Bookaholic’s Fix Review:
I thought I knew how this review would go. I’m talking three-quarters of the way through the book, I had a definite opinion and then… BAM! The world I thought I knew was jerked out from under me and I was left reeling. The end of the book drastically changed my entire outlook on the story.
I found the beginning a little slow but honestly, that could have been just me. Last week was insanely hectic and I’m not real sure my brain was firing on all synapses by the time I delved into this book. I finished the first two chapters in a haze and wasn’t real sure if I’d been reading English or not. After picking it back up the next day and reading further, I’m pretty convinced all the muddled-assness was my own. Sleep deprivation is a hell of a drug.
Anyway. After getting back to the story, I fell into the narrative. I found it interesting although I completely forgot it was supposed to be a paranormal book. It read more like new adult. The characters are college students and the novel revolves around friendships, romantic entanglements and whatnot.
I liked the characters even though at times I found them to be somewhat annoying. I wasn’t a typical young adult myself (or teen… it’s more like I went straight from 10 to 35) so I don’t readily identify with some aspects I often find in younger characters. I wouldn’t have trusted any guy that acted like Reed and Brent. They had the pretty-boy/play-boy/frat-boy attitude which made them seem too immature for my taste (I was actually on team Jerry at first) but Ruby saw something in them. I liked Ruby. She seemed like the type of girl that didn’t put up with BS but at one point it was like she lost her edge and almost hit that bella-swan-too-stupid-to-live stage. This had me ranting and raving like a lunatic posing questions to my own daughters (they’re 10 and 16) asking if they would be that stupid–which they assured me that they wouldn’t. And just when I knew that I was going to hate the outcome… the characters surprised the hell out of me. I found myself talking aloud to an author I knew she couldn’t hear me, “YOU WIN, OKAY! YOU FREAKING WIN!” I actually shouted this as I paced my dining room… Good thing the hubs and kids were already gone to work and school, they may have called the men in the little white coats.
I confess my momentary laps in sanity to emphasize the importance of the ending of the book. The last quarter is simply amazing and it really makes the whole book. It raised it to a five-star rating where otherwise it probably would have rated a four. I gaped, I cried, I swooned then I gaped some more. The roller-coaster ending was well worth the earlier irritation at a young woman’s poor decision making skills.
I definitely plan on reading the next installment of this series. I can’t imagine not knowing what happens next!
Author Reading https://youtu.be/urB0ToCii-g
Book Trailer https://youtu.be/quA4hqaQkIo
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D.F. Jones is a native of Middle Tennessee and is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. After college she landed a job with the ABC Affiliate in Nashville as a broadcast consultant. She opened her advertising agency in 1998. After years of writing creative for other people through her media company, she decided to write something for herself. It turned into her debut novel, Ruby’s Choice. If you love to read and get immersed into the characters of a book, then you will catch a small drift of how incredible it is to write your own characters and breathe them into life.
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