Vogel House by John Forrester
Published: May 2013 by Amber Muse
Genre: Contemporary Romance, suspense
Audience: New Adult (18 - 30)
Clarise Chambers is rich, confident, and beautiful. Life is about shopping for designer labels and hanging out at private parties thrown by her older brother Phillip while her parents are off getting drunk.
She’s never really been attracted to boys at her prep school, until she falls for Keary. With his dreamy eyes and sexy hair, she can’t stop imagining his beautiful hands discovering every inch of her body. Instead of afternoon study sessions, she fantasizes an erotic afternoon with him in bed.
The carefree, unshakable Clarise is startled by a secret, a secret involving Vogel House, her father and Keary’s father, a secret that threatens to tear her away from Keary and destroy her family. When her father forces her to stay away from Keary, Clarise finds herself caught between fighting for her family’s survival and her passionate romance with Keary. Her obsession for him crashes into the plot of revenge by Keary’s father, whose sole purpose is the destruction of everything she loves in life.
Contains strong language, drug use, and sexual content.
Overall, I found the story interesting. Spoiled little rich girl stories are everywhere, as are stories of a family's past sins catching up with them. What makes this story worthy of your precious weekend is really the ending. Am I going to tell you that bit? No. That would ruin the surprise.
Clarise, as a character, shows us innovative solutions to her families problems. This isn't just a spoiled rich girl looking to piss off her father. If fact, she sets out to save her family in a way that the other three members can't because of personal issues. The only real question is if Romeo and Juliet can remain together in the end. What if Juliet has been a witty girl of means hell bent on kicking butt and taking names like Clarise? Shakespeare's version might have turned out a little less tragic.
I enjoyed this book. My only concern is the heroine is a minor and there is drug use and sexual situations. Given the age of the main characters and the fact that they are in high school, this might sound like a read for a teen girl, but it isn't. For an adult, I can say this story would be an excellent choice for those poolside or beach getaway reads. The language and sexual situations are not so graphic as to warrant a warning about reading it at work. This made a perfectly good carpool line read for picking up the kids after school. Keep it away from the kids, but pick up a copy for yourself.
About the Author
John Forrester is the author of Vogel House, Fire Mage, Sun Mage, and Shadow Mage, from the fantasy series Blacklight Chronicles. A few of his inspirations include the Harry Potter series, Catcher and the Rye, Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, The Golden Compass Series, and The Name of the Wind. As for favorite writers, he stands in awe, to humbly learn and admire, writers including Hemingway, Steinbeck, Dostoyevsky, Nabokov, Checkhov, Tolstoy, Salinger, Golding, Fitzgerald, George Orwell, Somerset Maugham, Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King, and of course, J. K. Rowling.
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