The Reason Series by Zoey Derrick is a series of novellas
Vivienne is the very definition of a woman who needs a helping hand, but she is very proud and resists Mikah’s help every step of the way. The story unfolds and is entirely from Vivienne’s POV, and it was really sweet to watch her resistance to Mikah crumble slowly. Danger lurks on the peripheral of the story and I caught myself nail biting as I read. Right when that danger catches up with Vivienne…yes, you guessed it, a cliffhanger! Well played Zoey Derrick, well played.
Seriously though, this is one hell of a beginning to what looks to be a very promising series that it looks like I will be watching for release day on every single one of these novellas.
5 out of 5
While I am not one to normally read novellas, when Zoey asked if I wanted to read her new one, Give Me Reason, I couldn’t resist. Zoey’s book, Finding Love’s Wings, was so beautifully written that I had to see if Give Me Reason was just as beautiful. And it is. Give Me Reason sucked me in with an intriguing prologue that had my imagination running with possibilities. And for the next 100 pages or so, I was glued to my Kindle.
Vivienne is a strong heroine who is in a bad spot with an equally sad history, but she’s not stupid or naïve. She is resilient and determined. And she’s not looking for a hand out from anyone.
But then Mikah Blake walks into the diner where she works and she is inexplicably calmed by him and he is persistent in his need to take care of her. But not in an overbearing caveman kind of way. He seems to realize that Vivienne needs help, but she is not going to let him without good reason and reassurances that she’s not just a charity case.
We are left with a cliffhanger ending, much to my displeasure. I kept tapping the screen in an effort to magically conjure up more from Zoey. Alas, that didn’t work so I had to wait until Give Me Hope released to satisfy my need to know what happens with Mikah and Vivienne. Is Vivienne going to be okay after the devastating events at the end of Give Me Reason? Will Vivienne accept Mikah and his assistance in her life? Is there an epic love story unfolding? Are there higher powers at work? Will Vivienne get a chance at a happily ever after or will things from her past continue to compromise her chances? I am desperate to find out.
Vivienne Callahan has known only hardship. As if growing up with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother wasn’t traumatic enough, she’s escaped from her physically and verbally abusive boyfriend only to struggle every day to make ends meet as a waitress in a Minneapolis diner.
Along comes Mikah Blake, a handsome stranger who quickly takes an unexpected and persistent interest in her. On the surface, “Mr. Suit” seems to be Vivienne’s opposite: rich, well-fed, successful. As Vivienne will learn, Mikah is more than he seems, and for reasons unknown, he’s determined to be her knight in shining armor. But after having finally found her own two feet after years of abuse, it’s difficult for her to accept Mikah’s help.
Will her body’s unexpected response to Mikah’s touch be reason enough to overcome her pride and traumatic past and learn to love and trust? Or will her past, refusing to be left behind, come back to claim her?
He’s looking down at me, making me feel small at five feet two inches. He has to be at least six feet tall. Broad shoulders. His suit today is gunmetal grey with blue or black pin striping—I can’t tell which. His shirt is a beautiful lavender color with a darker purple tie.
“How do you know I’m not an addict?” I ask, softly.
He smiles at me, warm, genuine. “Because, you’ve come to return the money I left you last night as a tip.” My jaw falls open.
“How”—I swallow hard—”did you know?”
His smile fades a little. “Because, why else would you come down here?”
I close my mouth and look down at the floor. His ability to read me is really scary.
“Since you haven’t eaten since last night, I’m going to take you to lunch.”
I feel my face flush bright red, both in anger and complete irritation. “That is not why I’m here. I’ve survived for my entire life fending for myself, I don’t need some rich hot shot business mogul buying me food.” I reach into the pocket of my bag and pull the folded up paper from it. I thrust it towards him. He refuses to take it. Tears of frustration trickle down my cheeks. “Damn it Mikah, take it.” I push it at him again and again he refuses. “I’m not a damn charity case. I don’t need your money or your food.”
The bell chimes. We’ve finally reached the skyway. As soon as the doors open, I drop the folded up paper with his money in it and bolt from the elevator, turning left, hoping and praying I can get away.
“Vivienne, stop.” I hear him say behind me. I keep going, walking quickly but not running. Yet. I’m trying hard to not make a scene.
But he doesn’t seem to care about that. He catches me quickly, spins me around. I grab hold of his arm to catch my balance so I don’t go sprawling onto the floor.
Give Me Hope picks up exactly where Give Me Reason leaves off, except this book is entirely from Mikah’s POV. There is a prologue in Give Me Reason that hints at possibilities beneath the surface of the story that are not explained until this book. And, I must say WOW to what was being hinted at. If you read the synopsis, it tells you outright what I’m talking about, but I’m not going to say it because I walked into it blind, and I thought it was more fun that way.
Normally, I avoid books that take this direction because they often border on ridiculous. Zoey Derrick does a great job balancing that line, allowing the ability to suspend disbelief and give the reader hope that special things can exist. I am so far loving this series, and am dying to get my hands on the next installment, Give Me Desire!
Another great read from Zoey. I don’t know what to say without spoiling things about the story. And the story is unfolding so nicely. I feel so vested in what happens to Viv and Mikah and the revelations in Give Me Hope have me angry that I have to wait for more of their story. Being impatient and wanting it all and wanting it now is what normally keeps me from reading novellas, but Zoey’s writing is amazing and I’m like an addict needing my next fix when it comes to her work.
Mikah and Vivienne’s story is hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking. They both have big hurts in their pasts and the present isn’t being any nicer to them. The next installment in the Reason series is due out before the end of the year and I am desperate to know where things are headed. HURRY, ZOEY!!!! I NEED MORE!!!!
An Angel is he…
From the first moment he saw her, MIKAH BLAKE was seized by an inexplicable need to protect Vivienne Callahan, a fragile but fiery young woman who’s awakened a slumbering power within him. With his encouragement, Vivienne has begun to turn her life around, and things seem to be heading in the direction of a slow but certain happily-ever-after. But that happy ending is side tracked by a rising evil that is determined to destroy her.
When her dark past comes back to claim her, Mikah is caught in a whirlwind of events that lead him down a path he was born into but never understood. Until now.
Can Mikah save Vivienne? Will his love be enough? Will he be able to control his angelic powers and use them to protect his newfound love?
Zoey Derrick Author Information:
Amazon Best Selling Angels, Demons & Devils and Paranormal Author of Give Me Reason – The Reason Series Book One comes from Glendale, Arizona. Zoey, was a mortgage underwriter by day and is now a paranormal, romance and erotica novelist full-time. She writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.
Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true. Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.
The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.