Publication Date: March 1, 2014
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: When Laurence Clarke reunites with his beautiful high school crush, he never anticipates that his ordinary world will forever change. Jolene Mason has been keeping many secrets since they were teenagers, but the one Laurence never would have imagined is also the most dangerous: Jolene’s father is a leader of Paxios, an underground race of immortals with a penchant for illicit gold dust and human organs. This wouldn’t matter so much to Laurence if he hadn’t witnessed Jolene’s father commit murder. Now he’s stuck working for criminals, forbidden to see Jolene on top of everything else. But Laurence doesn’t always do what he’s told, and soon finds himself in over his head, longing for the days when life was simple...
Review: After graduation Laurence Clarke and Jolene Mason lost touch, even though they promised to stay friends. A few years later, Laurence runs into Jolene and it becomes a life-changing experience for him. After witnessing Jolene’s father kill someone and learning of his vampiric nature, Laurence is brought into the fold. Working for Jolene’s dad has a few perks, but one huge downside – he’s not allowed to date Jolene. But what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him, right?? Laurence is caught in an underworld he never knew about and not everyone is as they seem. Can he make it out of this alive?
THE LAST DAYS OF ORDINARY details a young man’s journey into the underworld of the father of his best friend (and secret crush) and his motorcycle club. The MC is so much more than it appears and there is a period of adjustment for Laurence, but he seems to pick up the ropes pretty fast. I thought the writing was very tight and I liked the very different characters – even some of the more unsavory ones! With the ending at the beginning, it made for an interesting novel and a great departure from the usual fare in this genre. THE LAST DAYS OF ORDINARY may take a little to get into, but once you’re in – you’re hooked!