Book Review: I Am Atlas, by Ella Emerson

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I Am Atlas by Ella Emerson

Series: Playing God, #1

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense

My Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis

Powerful, wealthy, wildly handsome Atlas has it all: successful company, stunning penthouse, and all the women and fun he could want. But when he meets the brilliant, graceful and mesmerizing Gwen, he is thunderstruck and wants to go to great lengths to have her, even if it means breaking his own rules and baring his secret soul.

When his livelihood is threatened by a competing rival, he must prepare for a corporate battle. But, with Gwen at his side he knows he will not lose.

But, what if she isn’t who he thought she was? What if nothing is as it seems?
Will Atlas lose everything?

How far is one man willing to go for the woman he loves?

This is a standalone novel, which can be read by itself. It is part of the PLAYING GOD series and some of the characters will appear in JUST AN ECHO releasing soon.

18+, Not suitable for persons under the age of 18. STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT, MATURE CONTENT, and STRONG LANGUAGE.

My Review

   

I Am Atlas is a contemporary romantic suspense novel that will leave you guessing long after the story ends…and that’s a good thing, if you’re ready for something different to end your year – or begin a new one.

Gwen Medina’s life can best be described as a sort of comfortable complacency. Living with her long-term boyfriend Matthew in a one-bedroom apartment, she finds herself longing for the life she’s always dreamed of – a life full of passion and adventure, with a happy marriage and all the other trappings of success. There’s nothing truly wrong, but something’s missing. Is it passion? Purpose? Commitment? She doesn’t know – and she can’t find the will to bring her fears out into the open. Unfortunately, a sense of complacency – and the reluctance to face it – comes with a price. As you might expect, in a matter of a few short hours everything changes. The world she’s come to expect comes crashing down, and the life she took for granted is swept away -leaving her confused, suddenly hopeless and alone.

Fast forward a few weeks to a gala fundraising event where Gwen meets Atlas, a devastatingly handsome, sexy billionaire and the enigmatic owner of Chimera, Inc., a powerful military technology firm. Dubbed one of the most eligible bachelors in the world, Atlas seems to have it all. In fact, he’s absolutely certain he’s at the top of his game, untouchable, without a care in the world. He loves the life he’s built for himself – the wealth, the power, the fame, the notoriety. He’s fearless. He’s so sure of himself that he isn’t aware of the one thing that’s missing: someone to share it with, a woman who isn’t in it for the fame, the money, or his empire. Until Gwen walks into his life and his world irrevocably tips on its axis.

Their attraction is immediate and intense. Atlas is caught completely off guard, irresistibly drawn to this uniquely beautiful, graceful young woman the moment she enters his line of sight. She is nearly instantly overcome by the power that rolls off of him in waves, consuming everything in its path.Within the next 24 hours, Gwen finds herself caught up in a new life, far from Matthew and their shared past, swept up in the spell of this powerful man’s world. As soon as Atlas learns that she lost her job when the company she worked for went under, he hires her to manage the marketing campaign for what promises to be his company’s crowning achievement – a new technology that will change the future for his military clients. And, despite his rule against fraternization, he can’t deny his feelings for Gwen … so inevitably, she becomes embedded not only in his life, but in his very soul. They are as powerful in the bedroom as in the boardroom. He’s never felt more in command of his life. She’s never felt success so close within her grasp. Their future is full of passion and promise.It’s almost too good to be true.

And therein lies the real story.

From the prologue to the epilogue, there are hints that there is much more to story than it would superficially appear. There is depth of meaning that isn’t immediately apparent. It’s more than a powerful romance – it’s a cautionary tale. And that’s what makes I Am Atlas unique among other current billionaire-themed romance novels.You can feel the build-up, but you’ll never predict the fall.

If you enjoy stories that keep you guessing, that mess with your mind and your emotions, I Am Atlas may be just the book you’re looking for. The characters are well-developed enough that you think you know exactly where the story is going – but believe me, you don’t. You know just enough about them to trust them all – but you can’t. The suspense ratchets up with every twist until you are so far down the rabbit hole you can’t put it down.

That being said, there were a few problems with the story that are worth mentioning. There is a rapid shift in POV at the very beginning that felt abrupt and initially confused me. I think the story would have been even more powerful in either third person or in alternating points of view; but that’s a personal preference for stories with this level of complexity. I also found some of the phrasing awkward throughout – which probably got my attention because I edit for a living. Finally, I felt a bit let down by the ending; not so much in the outcome, but there were a few scenes at the end that just felt out of place. I can see why they were there, but they didn’t move the story forward. It’s impossible to explain without spoilers, so I offer it merely as food for thought when you get there.

Altogether, I Am Atlas is an intriguing beginning to a new series – one that is aptly named ‘Playing God.’ You’ll have to read it to see what I mean. It wasn’t at all what I expected based on the title and the synopsis, but it was a truly compelling read, and I can honestly say that I look forward to more erotic, suspenseful stories from Ella Emerson as the series continues.

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I Am Atlas, by Ella Emerson – Release Blitz!

 

Title: I Am Atlas
Book: 1
Series: The Playing God Series
Author: Ella Emerson
Cover Designer: Redbird Designs
Book Manager: Olivia Howe
Publisher: Booktrope
Releases: November 20th

Blurb:

Powerful, wealthy, wildly handsome
Atlas has it all: successful company, stunning penthouse, and all the
women and fun he could want. But when he meets the brilliant,
graceful and mesmerizing Gwen, he is thunderstruck and wants to go to
great lengths to have her, even if it means breaking his own rules
and baring his secret soul.
 
When his livelihood is threatened by a
competing rival, he must prepare for a corporate battle. But, with
Gwen at his side he knows he will not lose.
 
But, what if she isn’t who he thought
she was? What if nothing is as it seems?
 
Will Atlas lose everything?
How far is one man willing to go for
the woman he loves?  

 

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About the Author

Ella Emerson lives in Florida with her husband and three wonderful children. When she isn’t writing you can find her watching movies or playing games with
her children. She loves to read, write and eat pizza. A true lover of the beach, she enjoys the sun, surf, sand and sea. She also is a huge fan of the
cinema and enjoys crazy 80’s chick flicks. She was raised a military brat, and has seen her fair share of the world. She loves using her own experiences
and turning them into lovely romantic tales.

In high school she discovered her love for reading, and even had one of her poems published in a national magazine. She continues to read, write, review
and hopefully she can become an inspiration to her own children, as well as others.

 

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Author Spotlight ~ An Interview with Ella Emerson

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This week’s Writer’s Wednesday Guest is Ella Emerson, who has a brand new release This Week!

About Ella Emerson…

Photo of author Ella EmersonElla Emerson lives in Florida with her husband and three wonderful children. When she isn’t writing you can find her watching movies or playing games with her children. She loves to read, write and eat pizza. A true lover of the beach, she enjoys the sun, surf, sand and sea. She also is a huge fan of the cinema and enjoys crazy 80’s chick flicks. She was raised a military brat, and has seen her fair share of the world. She loves using her own experiences and turning them into lovely romantic tales.

In high school she discovered her love for reading, and even had one of her poems published in a national magazine. She continues to read, write, review and hopefully she can become an inspiration to her own children, as well as others.

 My Fast & Furious Interview with Ella

What inspires you, and keeps you inspired? 
My children, and they keep me inspired to keep on writing to have a better life. 
How has your life influenced your writing? Do you base any of your stories – even loosely – on your own experiences at work, at home, or elsewhere? 
Yes, always. Most of my stories are based loosely on my many travels growing up. I’ve been all around the world, so I feel I can always choose many different locations for my stories. 
 
How do you find or make time to write? What makes an “ideal set of circumstances” for your writing? 
I usually write at night when everyone has gone to bed. I love putting on music and just writing. 
What do you like to read when you’re not writing?
Romance Novels. Also, I read many books on perfecting the art of writing. 
What are your pet peeves as an author?
Pet peeves? Hmm, I’d have to say when people say I don’t write “real” books because they can’t find my books at B&N or the airport. 
Give an example of one mistake you’ve made as an author and what you learned from it…
Committing to a release date before the story was completed. 
What is one question you WISH someone would ask you? Why? Now answer it.
Where I get my ideas for my stories, and why aren’t my stories genre specific. Well, I write whatever pops into my head. Most times it doesn’t fit into some ‘cookie cutter’ genre. I write stories I would like to read, and don’t really have a plan with my books. Just kind of write what’s from the heart. 
What is your biggest fear?
Death.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a novel titled Freak Out. It is a great story, and the style of writing hasn’t really been done in romance, so I hope everyone will like it. But Freak is not your typical alpha male. 
If you had a superpower, what would it be? What would you call yourself? What would you wear?
I would want to fly. I would call myself Flygirl, and I definitely wouldn’t wear a skirt. 

Ella’s Books…

Freak (Prequel)

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This story is unlike others out there. With a great mix of humor, and an incredibly hot guy it is sure to leave you panting for more.  Release Date: July 11, 2015

Synopsis:

I’m an ordinary girl, nothing exciting has ever happened to shake up my mundane life. Until the day Freak Phillips, office freak extraordinaire, tilted my existence.

This is the story of my own personal freak show.

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Freak Out (New Release!)

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Release Date: August 16th

As we fell in love with Freak in the prequel, Find out where Freak and Chelsea’s story takes them in this complete standalone novel.

Have you ever met someone who turned everything you knew inside out? That’s what it was like when Freak Phillips and I really met for the first time.

This roller coaster ride he had me on was making me question myself. Making me do things I had never dreamed of. So out of character, so unlike me.

Better yet, I was liking it.

But, little did I know what he had in store for me was unlike anything I could have ever imagined.

Freak wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned. Furthermore, could I picture myself with him in a relationship?

Wild, exciting, and completely deranged come and fall in love with the mystery that is Freak Phillips.

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The Vanilla Bet

 

Vanilla Bet

Release Date: March 10, 2015

Trace Weston lives in the beautiful Palm Beaches. A college student who would rather party his life away than accept his father’s company. He loses a bet at a college party and has to have a “vanilla” relationship with a girl he has never met.

Vanessa Summers, moved to Florida to attend college for her love of the arts. She also left behind a dark past that haunts her every day. She meets Trace and is instantly taken with his irresistible charm. Will she be able to keep her secrets hidden? Will Trace be able to help her find the answers to what she is searching for? Will they be able to find who and what is trying to keep them apart?

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Sky Watcher

Sky Watcher

Release Date: July 23, 2014

Recently divorced and lost in life, Allison takes a new job offered by her blind date, Gavin McDermott. He can’t wait to get to know Allison better while she works on his mother’s farm. But, what neither of them counted on was Gavin’s younger brother Luke. Allison tries to fight her feelings for the much younger Luke, but will she be able to resist his southern charm? Follow along as Allison discovers things about her heart she never imagined.

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I Am Atlas

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Release Date TBD

Atlas has it all, power, wealth, great-looks, and any girl he wants.

He’s happy living his care-free life and has no intention of ever changing.

That is until he meets Gwen,

Gwen is beautiful, mesmerizing and beyond graceful. Long dark hair with an exotic look Atlas finds alluring. Only problem, she doesn’t want him.

Atlas finds himself evolving to be the man that Gwen could possibly love. Atlas implores us to explore his mind and soul with an ever loving grace and poise. Can this controlling bachelor have everything he wants? With the weight of the world on his shoulders, what is he willing to do for the woman he loves?

This is a standalone novel, which can be read by itself. It is part of the PLAYING GOD series and some of the characters will appear in JUST AN ECHO releasing soon.

18+, Not suitable for persons under the age of 18. STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT, MATURE CONTENT, and STRONG LANGUAGE.

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