Crow’s Row by Julie Hockley

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Crow's Row by Julie HockleyCrow’s Row

Series: Crow’s Row #1
Genre: NA contemporary
Publication: April 13th 2011 by iUniverse.com
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For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents. Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library. During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill’s grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing-and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she’s been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang. She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.

Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty-six year- old Cameron. She understands it’s a forbidden love and one that won’t allow her to return to her previous life. But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing.

I cannot even remeber how I found this book. I think it might have popped up on my amazon recommendations list.  Anyway, it sounded phenomenal and I ended up devouring it super fast!

 Crow's Row by Julie Hockley

Secrets, Crime and a lot of Danger! 

Unfortunate events lead to Emily being held captive ba a young, sexy and very dangerous crime boss! Not being able to flee, she get deeper and deeper into secrets she should never got to know int he first place. But, despite the danger she slowly falls for Cameron – who is ruthless, dangerous and oh so sexy!

The story held me captive right from the beginning as i was packed with action to get me easily hooked. Moreover, all these secrets surrounding Cameron and his status as boss of the underworld were fascinating with a mix of thrill and intrigue.  The story was very rich and only the middle part was a little slow, but the rest of the story was amazingly paced and filled with everything I love in a book!

Emily and Cameron

….. are a unlike pair. She’s coming from a good house and was never faced with danger before let alone, crime bossed. Thinking Emily might be naive will prove us wrong when we realize what she burdens herself with to get away from her controlling rich family. It takes a lot of courage and strength and these are the features we admire Emily the most for.

Cameron however had a totally different upbringing and circumstanced lead to his being one of the youngest crime bosses ever. He’s both dangerous, bad ass and vulnerable when it comes to love and deep feelings and Julie Hockles played out these contradictions so wonderfully, that we cannot help it but fall for Cameron.

Together? They are such an unlike pair. but they work together and complete each other in a way  none of them would have believed. Their romance was slow and carefully played. Despite an instant attraction it took time to truly fall for each other and I loved falling for this pair right along with them!

Love despite all odds

Crow’s Row is a thrilling and utterly fascinating love story about two people who are so insanely different. Even more the story explores a lot of grey zones and brings us to question our own judgement and values. sometimes it’s hard to put aside what we think is right and wrong for the love of the story. I always love when an authors makes me both uncomfortable but fall in love with the characters and story despite everything I normally would label as wrong.

Favorite Quotes

“Whoever said that love hurts was wrong. Love is excruciating, especially when you can feel it slipping through your fingers and there is nothing you can do about it. Like someone was playing tug-of-war with my limbs, ripping to shreds whatever was left behind. What it would feel like when love was lost…I wouldn’t survive that”

“You’ll probably die if you stay with me,’ he told me.
‘Then I’m dead either way, because I won’t survive without you.”

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Bottom Line

Crow’s Row by Julie Hockley was dark, intense, filled with emotion, action and an heartbreaking and shocking ending. Crow’s Row explores love that is stronger than upbringings and circumstances and makes us question what we label right and wrong.

 

New Adult contemporary  

Additional Info

I was scared when the book ended and I had no clue about the sequel. The minute I read that there is going to be a sequel, I was relieved! Scare Crow will be published this year and I’m eagerly awaiting a Release Day!
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Mary @ BookSwarm 3/11/2013

SECRET UNDERWORLD?!? Yes, please! And a young, bad-ass crime boss? This sounds really good!
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I haven’t seen this one before, but it sounds fantastic. I will be keeping an eye for it at my library. Awesome review.

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Lori L. Clark 3/11/2013

I’ve seen this one around and a friend of mine read it and liked it. Based on that and your review (and our similar tastes) I’ll have to add it to my list of books to read!
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Jenny 3/11/2013

AHHHHH DANNY! Why haven’t I heard of this book before? I NEED TO MEET AND LOVE CAMERON AND ALL HIS BADASSERY! Anything you give a 5 too goes automatically on my list of must-reads. Plus, it’s New Adult which is pretty much an a win all on it’s own. Love that genre:)

PS – I’m starting From Ashes and Taking Chances this week, wish me luck!

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kimbacaffeinate 3/11/2013

Oh you hooked me, now reel me in! Off to snag this one!
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Definitely a different read. I like books that don’t sound like anything else I’ve encountered. It’s a really creepy cover…nothing says sexy like a big bird I guess :-)
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I also had not heard of this book until now, but it sounds fabulous. I just added it to my tbr list. Thanks for the review, and thanks for reviewing an “older” novel! It’s nice to read about the already-released books and not just the brand new stuff.

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Annette 3/11/2013

Sounds terribly creepy1 Haven’t seen this one before. Thanks!
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hrose2931 3/11/2013

It looks really creepy but I guess it is creepy to pass out in a graveyard and be kidnapped. I don’t know, did you really buy the love story? I have swallowed a lot of disbelief for the sake of love, but this sounds like a lot. However, I don’t think I can go against you when it comes to matters of the heart. If I can buy a guy coming out of the stands to join the football team and winning the game, then I should be able to buy this. Right? The one thing I can’t buy is choosing to stay in the slums of NYC instead of going to France for the summer. Is she CRAZY???? Must put this on my list of NA to buy. (Is that the right abbreviation??)

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