Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: Rouse Me @CrystalKaswell

Rouse Me
Title: Rouse Me
Crystal Kaswell
Release Date:
August 3rd 2014
Paperback & Ebook
Kaswell Publishing
complimentary copy via @netgalley

Alyssa Summers is not the kind of girl who cheats. Sure, she isn't in love with her fiancé, Ryan Knight, but she has no use for silly ideas like love or passion. She needs someone who can keep her from destroying herself. She needs Ryan. She's sure of it.
Then she meets Luke Lawrence.
He's handsome. And he's bold—he thinks nothing of flirting with her in front of Ryan. And he's smart, and articulate, and interested in what she has to say.
But she should be able to stop thinking about him.
So what if his big, brown eyes light up when he smiles? So what if his laugh completely disarms her? So what if his touch-- even his fingertips grazing her back-- makes her body hum?
She shouldn't feel so tempted. She shouldn't feel so desperate to know him. Luke is Ryan's business partner, for God's sake. She should be able to resist him.
But she can't. She wants Luke more than she's ever wanted anything.

Crystal KaswellCrystal Kaswell is the author of Rouse Me, coming August 2014. 
She is a voracious reader, typically consuming books in only two or three days. 
When not reading or writing, she is typically playing board games, drinking tea, or riding her beach cruiser around Los Angeles.


Rouse Me is an intense story that includes really hard topics as eating disorders, fame and cheating. When you include things like those, the result can be magnificent or a total disaster. For me Rouse Me is a really good book with a broken character and a story which proves that in love things aren't black or white.

Alyssa is recovering from Bulimia when the chance to be part of a huge Tv series comes. Of course her fiancé, Ryan, who helped her along the treatment is against it. And to add fuel to the fire, Luke appears. (Good point here, the story talks a bit about how it is to be an actress and be on the spotlight).

What I liked about the book was the main character. Alyssa is so broken and damaged, she is a mess inside and for me, her fragility and insecurities make her human and real. I like when a character has so many flaws and doubts that it's perfect on its on way. You could say that she takes the wrong choices or that she is too selfish, but try to put on her shoes for a while.

The two men in the story are opposite sides of a coin. However, while you read you will understand why she is with Ryan despite her possessive personality.

As I said the book includes cheating. When you pick a topic like this, is hard not to pick sides or get judgemental. I try to read with an open mind and remember myself that each person is a world and love comes in all sizes and shapes. Sometimes we have to leave our values aside to really enjoy the story.

The book has a really high temperature. The author has a really good ability with words. She creates the right atmospheres and the scenes are incredible.

I do have to say that if you want an easy reading full with humor and light characters this one is not for you. The reading is hard and rough because the people in it are far from happy or perfect.


  1. This book would be exhausting, but in a good way. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

  2. I don't know if this is the book for me. I strongly disagree with cheating, so I don't know if I could keep an open mind and not get judge-y.


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