Book Review: Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

Infinity plus OneTitle: Infinity + One

Author: Amy Harmon

Series: None

Released: June 8, 2014

Website:

www.authoramyharmon.com
Book Summary:

When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds?

Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die.

Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life.

One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all?

With that choice, the clock starts ticking on a man with a past and a girl who can’t face the future, counting down the seconds in an adventure riddled with heartbreak and humor, misunderstanding and revelation. With the world against them, two very different people take a journey that will not only change their lives, but may cost them their lives as well.

Infinity + One is a tale of shooting stars and fame and fortune, of gilded cages and iron bars, of finding a friend behind a stranger’s face, and discovering love in the oddest of places.

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Infinity + One is a Beautiful Story! 

As a book blogger I honestly don’t buy many books.  I get so many review copies & Kindle freebies and have Amazon Prime and a great library nearby so I borrow books I don’t have review copies of.  When I do buy books it is usually to support an author.  Take for example the boxed set Romance Through the Ages, when it went on sale for .99 cents I bought it.  I already had copies of most of the books in the set but purchased a copy anyway to support the authors.  Same things with the Girls on Fire boxed set. I either have or could easily get a review copy of all the books in that set but again I purchased a copy to support the authors.

My first introduction to Amy Harmon was when her book was added to the Romance Through the Ages boxed set. I had read books by 5 of those authors and had a couple books by the 6th author.  But I had never heard of Amy Harmon.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago when I met Amy Harmon at a conference the day before Infinity + One was released.  I was very impressed by what she had to say so I purchased a copy of her book when I got home. I could have asked for a review copy but felt like purchasing it was what I should do.

I had other things I should have been doing yesterday besides just reading this book.  I spent the morning walking and reading and then opted to take my daughter to the pool so she could swim and I could keep reading.  I was about 75% done by the time we got home and my daughter asked when I’d be finished.  I told her I hoped to be done before bedtime. At bedtime she checked my Kindle and I had started another book which earned me some 8 year old praise for meeting my goal. Just ignore the fact that housework didn’t get done and dinner didn’t get made.  That’s the consequence of a great book!

I started this book knowing there was going to be some content in it.  Amy had talked about agonizing over every swear word she included trying to keep her characters authentic.  Although she is LDS she is writing for a National market and writing about characters who do swear.  So I went into this book with a very open mind.  Even so there was more language then I was expecting.  Easily 100 instances of mild language and several moderate instances.  Definitely more than I was expecting but somehow she managed to keep me reading and enthralled in the storyline. There were a couple instances when what would have obviously been strong language was omitted such as this case where I read.

“Clyde said a bad word under his breath”

I actually laughed out loud when I read that… we’d heard plenty of language but at least that instance was edited out.

There was innuendo and fade to black sex scene but it wasn’t gratuitous.  There were a couple conversations from Clyde’s past I could have done without because they were crude and crass but other than that the book was beautiful done.

Now that content is out of the way on to the actual story.  Very simply put… I loved it.

This modern day tale of Bonnie and Clyde had me rooting for these misunderstood outlaws hoping their story didn’t end in the same tragedy as their namesakes. Everything in this story was woven together so perfectly. We all know I’m no writer but I love when I come across a well written story.  I read to be entertained and uplifted but recognize those rare occasions when books that entertain and uplift are so beautifully written that there is a magic feel to them. Infinity + One had that magic.

I’m a succor for stories based on road trips and enjoyed the journey this one took us on. Perhaps that is because my mom took us on a 7 week road trip across the US so I have been to many of the places mentioned. I often pass through Primm, Nevada while traveling to visit family so I plan to stop and see Bonnie & Clyde’s death car on my next trip instead of the outlet mall.

While this was my first book by Amy Harmon it won’t be my last.  I intend to go back and read her previously released titles and will be awaiting her next book release.

Is this for you?  If you can’t do language then skip this one.  Although most of the language is mild there is a lot of it.  Infinity + One is not a young adult story, I won’t be giving it to my 14 year old. Technically the character’s ages & the coming of age story line would classify this as New Adult but I hesitate to label it as such. It’s too beautifully written to place it along side most of what passes as New Adult these days.

5 stars

Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it.

Content: Language throughout, innuendo and fade to black sex.
As much as I dislike “content” in books the language & sexual content and innuendo didn’t bother me in this book like it typically does.  I started reading it knowing there was language and having heard Amy talk about why she uses it in her writing… so I’m sure that influenced me.  That plus the fact that her writing is so beautiful and uplifting instead of being crass and crude allowed me to look beyond the content to the beautiful story.

Source: Purchased from Amazon.com.  I don’t buy many books but I don’t regret this purchase.  If you have Amazon Prime you can borrow it for free.

 

Comments

  1. I bought a copy then too but haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

  2. Sounds like a good book ! I will have to check it out

  3. Glad to see you enjoyed the book so much! It does sound quite good as well xD It’s amazing how many freebies you get to review and all! I am trying to improve my blog enough to ask for things to review, Kindle freebies and stuff too. I am also hoping to host my first giveaway at some point, so there will be lots of work on my blog this summer!

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