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James Michael Whren is brilliant, beautiful, wealthy, and taken-with himself, or more precisely, his genius for creating music. The object of desire for many, James's greatest passion is for his muse.But on the evening after his brother's funeral, his father turns his life upside down, and James is left abandoned in hell with no one to save him. James finally escapes, and ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published October 7th 2010 by Zumaya Otherworlds
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Reviewed by Diana Coyle - 5/5 Stars / Top Pick!

This is one of those stories that pulls you in immediately and has you frantically turning the pages to see what happens next.

In this story, we're introduced to James Whren, a talented, brilliant and famous musician who only wants to run from his seriously dark and troubled past. What he has gone through already only adds to his character development as you become more involved in his life. I really felt bad for him and I wanted him to find peace in
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Reverb
Author – J. Cafesin
Publication Date – January 19, 2013
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Romance, Thriller
Rating – 3 1/2 out of 5 Stars

Review
To be honest, there were a few times, I had to put the book down and take a break from it. Parts of it had my mind wandering on other things and I had a hard time grasping the “present tense” writing. Other than that, I liked James’ character – I loved how self absorbed he was and was rooting for him the whole time.

I found myself getting pissed off at E
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Dianne
Reverb by J. Cafesin is one of those reads that will shred your heart to ribbons as you follow the tortured journey of its main character, who had it all until he was betrayed by the actions of a powerful man, his own father. The damage was devastating in every way imaginable for James and he feels destroyed, mentally shattered, emotionally drained. He has become a shell and retreats from the world in a futile attempt to heal or hide from his “shame.” Meeting a young widow and her small child ma ...more
Jinky
(4.5)
Wow, I'm at awe! This wasthinking outside the box (my prude box). A definite unforgettable tale and splendid storytelling. I was captivated from the very start and when I got to that (don't what to spoil it for you), particularadult content , I yelp, "Oh no!". My mind immediately thought that this was going in the direction that I didn't wantit togo ..just not my genre. But I kept reading and glad I did.It so happens that theincident was not to tantalize but clearly the opposite. It was cru
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Sir James Michael Whren goes by James Logan is attending his half brother's funeral in England. He's anxious to get back to his music studio to continue working on his current project. His father, Edward Whren wants to have chat with him about his future which leaves James feeling resentful and sullen to his father's presence. Edward continues the conversation he started five years prior to which James replies let's not go down this road again because he wants nothing to do with Whren Trust or i ...more
Victoria Rainey
James Michael Whren is a hot and sexy man who is obsessed with creating music. For James nothing compares to music. To James life is great until his brother’s funeral which ends up changing the course of his life forever. He is dropped into hell and can’t find a way out. James did a good job of coming to terms with his life preincarceration, during incarceration and post incarceration.

I was not fond of James’s father, Edward. He came across a selfish, self-obsessed and judgmental man. He seemed
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Shannon
this book blew my mind!!!!

I had an amazing hand wrote review for Reverb, But I misplaced it. So as promised, I am writing an honest review other than "This book blew my mind."
There is no doubt in my mind that James is such a beautiful character. And his character is what make this book, No doubt about it. How one person can go through so much trauma in life and come back stronger and willing to love is beyond me. James captured my heart.
Stunning story telling J. Cafesin! :-)
Nikki
ARC Was Given To Blog For An Honest Review

It is funny; I had to look this title’s name up in the dictionary to find out what it means. I found out that it relates to music. I started this book really not know much about it except from the blurb. I noticed some people wrote that it was suspense thriller. I did not see this story that way at all. All books for the most part are suspense for me, since I am waiting to see what happens next.

At the beginning of this book I was confused. The prologue s
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Patricia
******* This book is nothing like I have ever read before. Spent many longs nights staying up and reading. I could not leave James without knowing how he was feeling at that moment in time. This book is written in three stages of James life. From the very start I loved James you just can not help it. My blood ran cold, my heart stopped beating, my eyes were red from crying. To know what all the hurt and pain that happened to ones soul. He fights in all that has left from inside himself. In the e ...more
Scooper Speaks
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Jane Hunt
Reverb by J. Cafesin

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Reverb is a compelling read.

The plot successfully merges the genres of psychological thriller and romantic suspense. Written in both the first and third person Reverb's unconventional writing style adds to its immediacy. For much of the story you are the fly on the wall and sometimes you don't want to be.

Vivid characters drive the story forward and even the numerous flashbacks positively reinforce the plot's momentum.

Realistic and savage many aspects of the story ar
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Michael Flanagan
Not the usual type of book I go for, normally anything with the word romance in it has me running for the hills. But I am so glad I resisted this primal urge because I was rewarded with an extremely well crafted story.

From the opening paragraph I was compelled to read on as the narrative pulled me in. While there was definitely a large serving of romance in this book, it was well balanced with all the other components. When all of these components are put together they deliver a memorable experi
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Stacie
Reverb is an absolutely riveting and completely mesmerizing read. Sucked in from the first page, readers will be taken on a roller coaster ride through unthinkable acts, unconditional love, and ultimate salvation.

James Logan (Whren) has it all...good looks, money, and talent. What's missing from his life? Love and authentic relationships with real people. James is in his own world and believes music will bring him all the happiness he needs. However, his biological father has other plans for the
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Keith Ingenthron
Well that was excruciating. One might notice that I don't typically provide reviews but this book was so truly awful that I just had to warn other. While the absurd premise alone was enough to make me detest this book, there were three aspects of Reverb that made it so painful to read that I only finished it because I so very rarely give up on a book. They are (no spoilers contained):

1) The crazy love affair the author has with the protagonist. I wish I had the foresight to quantify the number o
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Amanda Masters
Wow! This is one of those books that changes you after reading it. J. Cafesin writing style even though confusing at times, the heartbreak and the darkness of the book is felt on every page so much so that the reader fears at times to turn the page.

James Micheal Whren has everything that anyone could possibly want, he's beautiful, rick, talented and all the women love him. However all these things aren't happiness and the only person who can ever reach James is James. Lost in his lonely world of
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Sia McKye
A BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN SUSPENSE!


My Thoughts:

I wasn’t sure quite what to expect from this book, premise sounded intriguing but different. But once I started the book it wasn’t easy to put down or forget—I found myself thinking about it while doing other things. James Whren made that much of an impact on me. There were parts of the book that made me stop and realize how beautifully written it was and how complete and realistic the main characters were.

James, through various losses, has found sol
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Arlena
By: J. Cafesin
Published By: Entropy Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Review:

"Reverb" By J. Cafesin was a "love story, a psychological thriller paced with romantic suspense." I truly could not have said it any better because this was truly a story of redemption. I enjoyed the first POV from James Michael Whren and the other characters are in third person POV.. all giving the reader a good story. The author was able to create a emotional intensive feel that ring high fro
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Twin Opinions


Every so often you read a book that changes you, stays with you always. For me this was one of those books. I was told I hadn't read anything like it... And it's true. I haven't read anything like it. It is one of a kind in that sense. I was captivated from the beginning. I can't really begin to describe how I feel about this book.



What would you do if you had everything going for you? What if you had worked your whole life to achieve greatness? Then it was ripped away in seconds?



I can't even g
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Irene
James Whren is brilliant, beautiful, rich, and taken—with himself, or more precisely, his genius for creating music. Desired by many, committing to no one but his muse, on the eve of his brother's funeral, his father inadvertently turns his life into a living nightmare, and James is left abandoned in hell with no one real to save him.

This book was a page turner, and at times the content was very disturbing to read. There was some predictability but not enough to make you know how the story will
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Leah Speller
I found this book to be excellent and very close to home. PTSD comes in very different packages but they all have the same emotions and anxieties. It is through unconditional support that one can find their way through it. The author gave a very truthful view of not just one perception but also of the other side of the coin which at times brought me to the need of tissues many times.
Michelle Lindsay
Intriguing read

This book has a good development of characters and keeps the reader guessing and cheering for the good guys out goes on a bit long inn the middle and then ends quickly but the plot is original
Neonator
Reverb was fast-paced, fascinating, and at times shocking, but riveting read. The arc of the character of James was great to follow, at the end of the book, I found myself wondering, well what happened next? Also, James' father, Edward, is a byzantine character, I'd like to get a better understanding of him. Maybe in the sequel!

James starts life in a peaceful, loving environment, which becomes increasingly desperate. As an adult, James attempts to maintain a sense of order by keeping his world a
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Kim
Wow. This story tells us of manipulation, trauma, grief, betrayal, damage, darkness and disturbing.. then healing. A book that will stay in my mind for a long time.
Dan Qantaqua
I'm not sure exactly what drew me to this book but I'm glad that I gave it a chance. This is the story of James the musician and is told from both his point of view, but also from the point of view of any one else in the story that is in direct contact with him at any time. The change in perspective is a little jarring sometimes, but done well enough that after the first couple of switches, it feels more natural.

I liked how the story unraveled and for as dark of a story as it can be at times, I
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Carol
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Stanley McShane
Manipulative, absolutely! This book will grab your attention by the raw descriptions, the scenes depicted in minute detail. Not my usual read--I don't usually continue a book littered with the F-bomb and graphic sex loses me just as quickly. That said, this book is absolutely compelling and will quickly sweep you into the story until you wrap up the climax and bring the whole narrative to a somewhat satisfying finale. It can't really be over because the story lingers and the main character's PTS ...more
Deb Julienne
Reverb is a dark, but very compelling story. I felt the character's angst, anger, frustration, pain, and betrayal and was sucked into his horrendous plight. What's scary is that the author managed to put the same fear into my being the way she did that main character. At no time could I stop reading as I "needed" to know how it ended. Fine job.
Books-treasureortrash
Book review: 3 Treasure Boxes

Reverb is a story of redemption, healing, and love, with a twist of foreboding. The majority of the story takes place in Greece and revolves around James, a musician in hiding, and Elizabeth, a young mother recovering from the death of her husband.

The book captured my interest from the first page. The story was well told, and I liked all the characters, who I found to be well-rounded and complex. I enjoyed how the tale unfolded, and many parts I found original, altho
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Erin
Wow! So much more than I was expecting. I've known so many talented people who's talent takes them over into a place many of us cannot reach them. I think this story has helped me to understand them a bit better now.
Janet Eshenroder
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