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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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THIRD EDITION of Romantic Suspense REVERB
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James Whren is brilliant, beautiful, rich, and taken—with himself, or more precisely, his genius for creating music. Desired by many, committed to no one but his muse, on the e
Paperback, Third, 326 pages
Published August 14th 2019 by Entropy Press (first published January 14th 2013)
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Tammie King
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I'm at awe!  This was thinking 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), particular adult content , I yelp, "Oh no!".  My mind immediately thought that this was going in the direction that I didn't want it to go ..just not my genre.  But I kept reading and glad I did.  It so happens that the incident was not to tantalize but clearly the opposite
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
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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

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
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
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romancebookworm
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
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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! :-)
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jane Hunt
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 stor
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
******* 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
Michael Flanagan
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sia McKye
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 s
Arlena Dean
By: J. Cafesin
Published By: Entropy Press
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"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
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
James, the leading man of the story, is an artist with a tortured soul and past that weighs heavily on him. He escapes through his music and is almost isolated from the rest of the world until Elisabeth and her son walks into his life. Elisabeth has past of her own with her previous marriage and the loss of her first husband. The book covers the journey of these to souls to finding each other.

I am keeping the story outline short because I do not want to give away much of the plot. It is twisted
Keith Ingenthron
Jan 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amanda Shelley-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
Twin Opinions
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Deb Julienne
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Leah Speller
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blown-mind
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. ...more
Michelle Lindsay
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kathy Davie
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, romance
A story revolving around music and psychological suspense that had my heart in my mouth. Right. Up. Until. The. Very last word.

The Story
Having just lost one son to drugs, Edward Whren is not prepared to lose another and he sets his son up in the way that only an all-powerful, businessman thinks. Without thought for future consequences simply because he thinks he is omnipotent.

Once the current action starts, it becomes a race between surviving and salvation as James escapes his captivity despera
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was an enjoyable read. It deals with abuse, male abuse specifically, and other issues associated with tragedy of loss. I wholly enjoy 80% of it but I entirely disagree with the cliche ending. Personally, I'm not a fan of "let's forgive everyone" ideology and I was sorely disappointed that the author also took this route as with many others author that deals with issues of neglect, abuse, and violence.

But overall, the writing was very well written and the characters and plot were

Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley
Sunny (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
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James Whren is the lead character in Reverb and the story is mostly written from his point of view. This was important, as there were so many of his past experiences that I could only grasp by his retelling of them to understand his emotional and physical strife throughout the book and why he lived in constant fear. This was very effective. I was, however, confused a couple of times when there was a random switch in point of view to another character without w
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