Twenty-one-year-old Reese Salt and her best friends like to party, flirt with boys, and stare at her super hot mysterious neighbor who keeps trying to tell her something in cryptic messages. She doesn't believe him, wanting to continue living her carefree life. But then things get weird when they're at a party and someone--or something--laces the party favors. Suddenly Reese is surrounded by hot guys in tactical gear, looking for her boyfriend's friend. After that night, everything changes. The safe world Reese thought she lived in isn't so safe anymore. To take her mind off it, and to apologize for being a jealous jerk, her boyfriend Wheeler takes her on what's supposed to be a romantic getaway--until his jealous tendencies turn violent and he smashes her face, knocking her out. As if things couldn't get any worse, they wake up under attack by what Reese can only describe as monsters. Only caring about his own survival, Wheeler smashes her leg, leaving her for dead. Big mistake. Something inside her awakens, and her body goes on autopilot, literally. She finds a helicopter, and instinct takes over, flying her battered body home, and leaving Wheeler to die at the mouths of the monsters. Reese and her friends then seek out the help of her hot neighbor, who is the leader of a training program that fights the things that go bump in the night. Reese goes to the facility in search of answers, but she ends up finding so much more. Reese learns about weapons, fighting, monsters, and most of all, herself. Then there's Oliver Steele, her trainer who becomes much more. Reese is scared to open up, afraid she'll only get hurt again. Can Reese save the world, learn to trust her heart, and find the strength to learn about who she really is? She better. Her life depends on it.
Unveiled is a very original story with a storyline that drew me in slowly and once I was invested in the characters, did not let me go. The author did an amazing job creating character that were three dimensional, had issues not unlike our own and had their own personalities that shined through. While this book had a slow start, once it got going, I was hooked!
Unveiled made me laugh, shocked the mess out of me with some of the directions the story took, made me want to cry, and cheer for the H/h. I loved the romance in this book and the tasteful way she wrote the sex scenes. They were hot and steamy without being vulgar.
The author wrote the settings with such vivid detail, I could see it as I was reading it. Not only did she write the settings with detail, she went into detail about what teens and college aged students do in their downtime in Alabama: mud spinning, and riding the dirt roads. Although the characters' use of slang words made the me remember that the characters are indeed young adults, the amount of slang they used put me thinking that these were high-school freshmen or juniors and not college seniors. It also made the characters seem a little less mature than I would expect a college senior to be.
Overall, I felt this book was well written, engaging, and kept my interest throughout. I am definitely looking forward to reading the second installment in this series. Four delightful, pleasantly surprised, butt-kicking stars