In an age of casual hook-ups, can love survive the test of time?
(Part I and II of Juniper Smoke sold as one book)
“Much more than a simple love story. It’s a saga.” (Annette Abernathy’s Blog)
“I loved this story. This is a must read book!” (Heather – Kinky Kittens Book Blog)
“I don’t like it. I love it! This has become my favorite book.” (Nikki’s Windowseat Blog)
Juniper and Kyle meet cute when she is dangling forty feet from a museum scaffolding, hanging on for dear life.
Juniper is a sassy, nerdy curator at the History Museum of Ann Arbor. Her life has been one big sacrifice for others. Work. Home. Repeat. Raised by her mother to hate men, she worries she’ll die a frigid scholar in a musty house with an army of cats and a lake of books.
Kyle Paxton is a handsome, intense and intimidating inventor of micro-cameras from San Francisco. To curb the dark memories of his ex-girlfriend (who still haunts him), he schedules dating and work with robotic precision. Not looking for love, he only hooks up with Amazonian models.
When he joins the museum board, Juniper falls for him. She wants him, but knows it’s going to be as hard as catching the ocean in a teacup. Juniper becomes Kyle’s obsession, but the tragic secrets of his past cloud his feelings. Juniper soon knocks Kyle’s world off its axis and their galaxies collide in this very unfairy tale. But can they overcome their differences and stop a hateful and vindictive person from tearing them apart?
Juniper Smoke is a smoking hot read with fun twists, dark secrets and edge-of-your-seat drama. Nothing is as it seems and no one behaves as you would expect.
We get TONS of recommendations from readers….daily. It’s hard to keep up sometimes. Every now and then a book’s cover and/or synopsis will grab one of us. Well this time it grabbed two of us. Jesey and Roxie jumped in for a buddy read of Juniper Smoke, the debut novel from Sadia Ash. It’s captivating, well written and intelligent. We both agree that Sadia has put an incredible amount of research into this story. The details and the history were a fun element to read.
It’s going to be hard to write this review. There is just too much to cover and we wouldn’t want to risk giving anything away. So let’s chat about characters, starting with our leading man. Kyle is smart, self made and is set in his way of doing things. He was really hard to take at times.
“Planned to the tee, like everything in his meticulous life, there was strategic trajectory in his system. It worked. It was infallible. It was his complex systems design.”
He comes off as a real jerk in the beginning, just ask Juniper – smart and sexy Junior Curator at the Historical Museum of Ann Arbor. Even she couldn’t stand Kyle at times.
“Oh Great Spirit, give me confidence to deal with this arrogant prick.”
After awhile Kyle and Juniper’s relationship transforms into something that neither one of them are ready for. Kyle is more of a mystery where Juniper is more open about her love life, or lack there of. She was pretty strong at times but holy crap did Kyle have the ability to make her weak in the knees. Of course he wasn’t immune to he either….
Kyle gulped. What was this pesky tapping in the hollowness of his ribcage? Stop, he commanded. But it did not.
Throughout this story we are treated to some silly, geeky fun. We loved how they got conformable with each other and how silly they could be. AS things bloomed we are always reminded of the “temporary present” element of their relationship….you will have to read to understand that…
“He wanted to end it. I wanted it to never end. Could I do this?”
Juniper Smoke wil consume you, take your time with reading it because it is so worth it. You will want to absorb it all and pay close attention to everything that is happening.
About the Author
I’ve had an odd and beautiful life. I was born in one continent, raised in another one…and moved to a third one to settle down. From the thousands of people I met and befriended, there was always a common theme: Everyone had a story to tell.
Since I was three years old, I have wanted to tell the stories of the fictional people trapped in my head. I love dissecting characters and exploring what lies beneath the razor-thin surface of human behavior. I am humbled when anyone—a stranger, friend or loved one—reads what I wrote. So, thank you!”
Sadia Ash has held jobs in different fields that involved writing (and never math) in some way. She has worked for film and TV publicity with the Prenner Group, did news and TV placement for Aeros (a NASA project), edited scripts for indie films, and fundraised. A lot. A serial volunteer, she has raised funds for many charities that educate and help girls.
Currently working on two other novels and a film script, Ash hopes to see the sunlight outside her window one day. She holds an MA English degree from Loyola University in Chicago, a Screenwriting Certificate from UCLA and one more impractical MA in English Literature from NUML. Originally from Chicago, she lives in sun-drenched Cali with her husband—who is her best friend—and two bright kids.