Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Guest Book Review: "Private Message" by Danielle Torella

Private Message

Tess has never had sex. Believe it or not, she’s never had a decent kiss. 
The aspiring Seattle painter and photographer is still recovering from the trauma of being beaten and nearly raped at a rock show nearly three years before. So she keeps life simple: she goes to school, goes to work in a coffee shop, goes home, goes on living.
But then Ben’s naked body crashes—almost literally—through Tess’s wall against the world. 
Ben is doing his dad’s art-teacher girlfriend a favor when he agrees to pose nude for her drawing class. But what he draws is the interest of the irresistible punk-looking girl—and it’s interest he reciprocates, with interest. 
Their sexual chemistry is too much to resist. But it’s when they have their clothes on that their heat quickly slips on ice. Ben’s womanizing history is one thing, but it’s history of another kind—related to that fateful night at the rock show—that threatens to tear the young lovers apart forever.



Tess loves to paint. She loves her book boyfriends. She likes her music.

Ben likes women.

This book dives into the world of online dating….with a twist.  People visiting a bar called Chatz can go “online” to chat with people and ‘hook up’.  Tess visits this bar after one particularly long and stressful day and meets her new best friend Erin….and joins the online club scene.  From here, we quickly learn about everyone in the club….including Ben.

From alternating points of view, we hear Ben’s side to Tess’s side on everything from how they met to what they felt as they take this journey through “dating”. The story rushes through rather quickly as their love grows. There are some funny parts, some sweet parts, and there are some loving parts.
‘And man, I am a fool for offering her a banana…..watching her slowly put the fruit in her mouth makes me think dirty, very dirty things….’

"Hey,” he draws my attention back to his eyes, which are soft not mean like I was expecting. “Tess, like I said I am not going to ‘fuck’ you tonight, because I want to make love to you tonight.” He says this in an almost whisper.

While we rush through the story, Ben’s love grows for her at some crazy fast pace and we learn about Tess’s horrible experience. She has some reservations after learning more about her attack that one horrible night and the story explodes from there, giving us many answers that we need to understand Tess’s history with men….or lack thereof.

Aside from quite a few grammatical errors and some misuse of words, this story has the potential to be great. It was a great story line but can use some editing.
Overall, it was a good first book from Danielle Torella. She is in the process of writing her next book to follow this one. 
I would rate this book 3.5 stars because the potential to be a great book is very much there.

Guest Review done by: 
Bethany :)

I received an ARC from the lovely author, so I will also be reviewing Private Message.

About the Author:
Danielle Torella

"Hi! I am Danielle live in Western New York with my husband and two sons. I never knew I had a dream to become a writer until I started becoming obsessed with reading in the last two years. The obsession began with Twilight and then matured to Fifty Shades. While used to reading mainstream best sellers, found a new love for indie authors. I love to do paintings related to the books I read and eventually turning into Pushy Girl Paintings and now do work for other indie writers and readers. My first book idea started from a dream I had one night and became obsessed with the story and started writing. Now having arguments with the people in my head and loving every moment of it, even when they take control of the story." 


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