1986 by Morgan Parker ~Release Blitz w/ Review

1986 rel bannerTitle: 1986
Author: Morgan Parker
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 13th

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Synopsis

Allana Harrison wanted out. She wanted to escape her painful, broken past and enjoy a fresh start somewhere else. Anywhere else. And while all of the boys in high school and college promised to deliver that dream, only one man actually pulled through.
Now a young adult, Allana finds herself on the opposite side of the world, in a prosperous and rich town that’s not only isolated from her past, but from the crime, grime and hustle of bigger cities, in a country where she doesn’t understand the language or know anybody else except her husband. And that’s how she likes it.
Until she meets Alex, another American who ends up being her only other friend, the one person who reminds her of what it’s like to feel desired, wanted and hungered for.
Except Alex has motives. And Alex has questions — about her husband’s work at the world’s most-advanced, leading-edge power station, questions he wants answered… and when Allana can no longer provide them, Alex threatens to reveal the secrets of their forbidden past, secrets that will destroy the man that saved her.
Caught between two men — one she loves and the other she can’t help but love — Allana must deliberate the role she plays in the moments leading to humankind’s greatest disaster… in 1986.

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Review

Storyline: 5
Angst: 2
Tissue: 0
Value: 5
Panty Scorching: 3
Over All Rating: 4 Stars
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

Allana and Vasy, her MIT grad Ukrainian husband, are living in the USSR while he works as a senior engineer at the Chernobyl power plant. Although as an American, Allana doesn’t speak the language, she was happy to escape the United States and her promiscuous past. Introduced to Alex, Vasy’s American co-worker, she feels a mutual attraction and with Vasy working 12 to 15 hour days and on the weekends, pulled in his direction. When secrets start coming out and neither Alex nor Vasy appear to be who she thinks they are, will Allana be able to figure out what is happening at the Chernobyl power plant? Has she been manipulated in a conspiracy all along?

“Although she wanted him to stay, she wanted it to be on her terms. I’m not that girl. No, she wanted friendship, companionship. Maybe a little flirting, but no kissing and no touching. At least, not like that afternoon in Alex’s apartment with his hand on her breast. Not the kind that made her legs go numb, her heart race…No, none of that.

And definitely no sex.

She wanted him to stay, she wanted him to flirt, she wanted adventure, but without all of the things that he added to it, all of that tension…and consequences. I love Vasy, I’m his wife, I’m married, and married women don’t behave like whores.

I had no idea what I was truly going to get when I chose this book. Really, it’s a conspiracy theorist’s wet dream. Think of the Cold War and then imagine every event during that time period maybe having been manipulated by another government. Allana thought she was just escaping her problems by running off with a smart guy who promises to protect and take care of her. Thinking about the events back in 1986, with the Challenger explosion and the tensions between the USSR and the US, I could see there being some potential for terrorism or sabotage. What I liked most about this story are the people around Allana telling her to “pay attention”. How many of us go through our day to day lives like drones not really picking up on what’s happening around us? I enjoyed the twists because I would stop and discuss with my husband about the plausibility of certain things happening.

If you like a good mystery/suspense with some double crosses thrown in the mix, you might like this story. Especially if you remember the Cold War and the political climate during that time. I tried to place myself in Allana’s shoes and what I may have done differently. I just don’t know.

Robin

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  About Morgan Parker

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Author Bio: As the author of the best-selling mystery romance, Surviving Goodbye, Morgan Parker has written several other novels under this pen name. In 2012 and 2013, he self-published Textual Encounters and Textual Encounters: 2, respectively. As a result of the interest in these two stories, he wrote non friction, an unconventional love story. That love story earned Mr. Parker a tremendous amount of attention and at the insistence of his readers, he followed it with Hope (a novella) and Sick Day. All three of those stories have spent time on Amazon best-seller lists.

When not writing, Morgan likes to spend time gathering story material from his two young children, rereading books by Colin Harrison, and napping where he discovered the Type II Sleep State, which is the topic for an untitled trilogy to be released in late-2016.

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