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August 31, 2013

INTENTIONAL by MK Harkins


4 STARS
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INTENTIONAL 
by MK Harkins

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Intentional
 
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 5, 2013)

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OVERVIEW (FROM AMAZON)
What would you do in the face of the ultimate betrayal? This is the question that faces Mattie, Sarah, and Jeremy as they negotiate the often precarious game of love. In MK Harkins’s riveting debut novel, Intentional, nothing is ever quite as it seems at first glance. This story of bitter ends and new beginnings is told through the perspectives of all three of the main players, providing readers with a unique insight into the motivations and schemes of all involved.

Mattie and Jeremy are deliriously happy, engaged to be married, and looking forward to a lifetime of love. It all crumbles away, however, when Mattie comes across evidence of a massive betrayal. Unable to remain in the town that reminds her with every aching step of the love she lost, Mattie flees to Washington in an attempt to start a new life. There she meets Cade, a tattooed engineer by day and lead singer in a rock band by night. Their mutual attraction enflames Mattie, even as her heart still aches for her former fiancé. Just when it appears that Mattie may have found another stab at happiness, her past comes rushing back in the form of Jeremy himself. As events unfold, it becomes clear to Mattie that the trauma from her past may not have been quite what it seemed. Will Mattie ever learn the truth behind what really happened? And if she does, could it mean a new beginning with Jeremy, or will it be too late?

Extended Description
I know this has to stop. Something has to give. A person cannot die of a broken heart. Believe me, I know. I’ve been waiting—and it’s just not happening.

What would you do in the face of the ultimate betrayal? This is the question that faces Mattie, Sarah, and Jeremy as they negotiate the often precarious game of love. In MK Harkins’s riveting debut novel, Intentional, nothing is ever quite as it seems at first glance. This story of bitter ends and new beginnings is told through the perspectives of all three of the main players, providing readers with a unique insight into the motivations and schemes of all involved.

Mattie and Jeremy are deliriously happy, engaged to be married, and looking forward to a lifetime of love. A talented graphic designer and a successful lawyer, their future, both professionally and as a couple, seems bright. Mattie has overcome heartbreak in her past, but with Jeremy things finally appear to have worked out. They quickly settle in to their new home in Sedona, Arizona and prepare for their wedding.

Their happiness and peace of mind all crumble away, however, when Mattie comes across evidence of a massive betrayal. Unable to remain in the town that reminds her with every aching step of the love she lost, Mattie flees to Mercer Island, Washington in an attempt to start a new life. The pain she feels knows no bounds, and she struggles to make sense of the life she thought she knew.

While uneasily trying to settle into a new life without her closest friends or love by her side, Mattie meets Cade, a tattooed engineer by day and lead singer in rock band by night. Cade has experienced pain of his own with the loss of his college sweetheart, and Mattie and he instantly bond over their mutual heartbreak. As their friendship deepens, however, an undeniable attraction enflames them both even as Mattie’s heart still aches for her former fiancé.

Mattie and Cade wrestle with their feelings while Jeremy struggles to pick up the pieces after Mattie’s departure. Confused and angry at himself, he struggles to put together the events that tore away the love of his life. Sarah appears to want to help him move on, but what are her true motivations?

Months pass and just when it appears that Mattie may have found another stab at happiness, her past comes rushing back in the form of Jeremy himself. As events unfold, it becomes clear to Mattie that the trauma from her past may not have been quite what it seemed. Will Mattie ever learn the truth behind what really happened? And if she does, could it mean a new beginning?

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 AUTHOR
MK Harkins is a proud business owner and avid reader who loves rain, traveling the globe, cooking and watching movies. Her lifelong love for books ultimately led Harkins to write her debut novel, Intentional. Mk Harkins currently lives in Mercer Island, Washington. 


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REVIEW
This book is an amazing debut novel by MK Harkins.  It is more for the YA but who says anybody can't read it? I really enjoyed reading every part of it. I remember my first "love". Puppy Love.  When we broke up, I was devastated.   Remembering those who you have lost is the price that has to be paid.  
 The author doesn't seem to follow the typical path of writing in this romance novel. Infidelity has been done hundreds of times, but the author showed it from three sides.  The story is told by three different characters with their own view on is going on. Each different perspective affected each character differently The author has added so much detail to each character which makes the characters live like. Sometimes when you read a book, the author has a tendency to go overboard on details.  The book is full of emotions, romance,passion, drama, and suspense.  All of these emotions are integrated into the story without. making the story overwhelming. Each character had their own personality which made them stand out. Mattie is rather quiet which allows the ability to control her. Jeremy is the typical "woman's man" which is who he is, but he struggles with what his future is going to be like. These are real life things people go through.  You can relate to them.  I think whenever you can relate to the characters, you'll find the book interesting and hard to put down.  Ms. Harkin has definitely kept our attention.  She didn't disappoint. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little drama, romance, and suspense.  I want to read the second book as soon as possible.  Wonderful work.  Pick up a copy and enter into the world of Jeremy, Mattie and all the other characters for a dreary day read.  It will boost those spirits right up.
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 I would give this book 4 STARS.
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I was given a complimentary copy of INTENTIONAL from the author, MK Harkins. for this unbiased review.

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1 comment:

MK Harkins said...

Thank you so much for the great review! I'm working diligently on the follow up book - Unintentional.

MK Harkins