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4.33  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Constant spinning, round and round and round, temperatures rise and fall from stifling heat to chilling cold, emotions run high in anticipation of what will happen next… there’s a fine line between surviving a tornado and falling in love.

A close encounter with a tornado, during the final months of her doctoral studies, jogs a lost memory to the surface. Desperate to relive
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published January 31st 2019 by Abalos Publishing
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Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.

Wow! That cover! It's what drew me to this story and blurb got me one clicking.

Vortex is a steady paced, twisty story, combining the thrill storm of chasing with the emotions of a young woman trying to make sense of the shocking memories the storms stir up.

While the story held my attention all the way through, there were plot threads that I felt were unclear, under developed and not given the attention they deserved. That combined some events I saw as unnecessary to the story, left me
Heather Bass
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read from this author and she blew me away. I absolutely love a good romance story with some suspense but this book exceeded all my expectations. I was hooked on this story right from the start. You can’t help but to fall in love with these characters.

Elaina Adams is getting her doctorate in a very dangerous field. She is a storm chaser and she absolutely loves it. Elaina gets a feeling that a tornado is coming her way and she needs to help the public. She is tryin
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book sounded like an interesting genre-bender with tornados and secrets. I was disappointed. First, there were several comma and syntax errors and a few wrong word errors. I could easily ignore that if the story were better. I felt it was really convoluted. There were too many POVs, and it seemed at least three guys were interested in the main gal. And her character was really a hot mess, behaving unpredictably or nonsensically numerous times. In fact, many of the characters were ...more
Jenn Belden
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**I was provided an advance copy for review purposes; all opinions are my own.**

Let me start by saying that while the synopsis sounds great – it doesn’t come close to doing it justice. At. All. Vortex is so much more that the description allows for – like a tornado, it will suck you in, and toss you around, and make you hold your breath.

Fast paced, richly detailed, emotional, and surprising sums up this story. Both Elaina and her sweet dog Nimbus (kitted out with a pink bicycle helmet - I just l
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

WOW! I don’t quite know what I was expecting from this book when I started it, except that I knew it would be good, just as all Ms. Packard’s other books have been- but this far and away exceeded all my expectations and then some. Vortex by Kimberly Packard has just become one of my top 5 reads this year! I know that there is still a lot of the year to get through, but I am certain that come December, it will still be part of the top reads of the year- it’s just that compelling, edgy, mys
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Storm chasing - those words will either instill fear or exhilaration in the hearts of a human.  I'm not 100% sure where I would fall in those camps but nature is a wondrous thing with what comes from colliding temperatures and all that other scientific jargon that I don't understand but Kimberly Packard wraps up the terminology in easy to understand bits and weaves a tale of love, loss, memories, and hope.

This book enthralled me and it was hard to put down.  I would find myself reading "just one
Max Knight
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to the world of Elaina Adams, doctoral candidate and storm chaser, where unpredictability and the unknown have fueled an intense need to understand and confront her fears. As she attempts to complete her thesis on tornado genesis, repressed memories surface that could completely alter her conception of who she really is. Does she really want to reveal the secrets to her past? Will their revelation destroy her along with everyone and everything that she loves including her beloved yellow ...more
Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading

"To tornadoes, may they dance across the sky but never across a man's body."

From the book's evocative cover and intriguing synopsis, I was immediately captivated and had to know more. Ultimately, this was an absolute gem that BLEW me away, but thankfully not in the literal sense!

Following a talented and eclectic group of storm chasers, it was utterly fascinating to read about various aspects within the field of meteorology. Elaina and her academic partner, Heath, are doctoral candidates studying
Tracy Wilkin
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vortex is a story about love, chasing storms by Kimberly Packard. I always enjoy the intriguing way this author can weave a story, keeping her audience captivated from start to finish. It requires particular talent to mesmirise readers, and Kimberly Packard has talent aplenty.

Elaina and Robert  “Tuck” Tucker team up to chase dangerous storms. It is when she meets meteorologist, Seth Maddux, who is madly trying to resurrect his career, that sparks fly. This colourful collection of charismatic and
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition about an action packed read, this book is so good! Its just never ending and I loved it. A story of a young storm chaser who actually can feel a storm, and needs to find answers to her childhood, so many memories of things she can't understand.
Great characters and a very good storyline.
janet havrilla
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. It had a lot of ups and downs besides tornadoes. Very engaging. Very twisting and overall a wonderful read
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Rated 5 stars!!

Wow I really had to step away for a moment after finishing this book. My emotions were all over the place. In fact while reading I ran through some crazy feelings. This is an amazing book that has many front facing features. I assumed it was about storm chasers (which it is) but there are other sides that come forward that had me whirling around trying to figure them out. I loved the idea of this book. It’s about the ultimate thrill that is crazy and scar
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vortex by Kimberly Packard

5 Stars

I think I've read almost all of this authors books and I love them all, this one might just be my favorite so far.

Storm chasers are always fascinating to me and although it scares me to death Im thankful we have those out there willing to risk their lives so that our advanced warning systems are in the places they are.

This was no different than the rest of this authors books with the easy flow of the writing and the unique storylines. I loved the “twist” in this
Laura Furuta
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By: Kimberly Packard
5 out of 5 stars

The story Vortex by Kimberly Packard is a wonderful book that I enjoyed reading. The story is both emotional and takes you on a high-speed ride with storm chasers. It at times had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I loved reading about the character of Elaina Adams. She is strong, independent, and has a determination to get her doctorate. A memory has been awakened when she has a close encounter in a storm. She now finds
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
VORTEX starts like a popular movie about tornadoes. I was comparing and thinking the whole book was going to be this way, when, much like a tornado, it took a turn and shifted completely. This is absolutely its own high energy/unique story.

This is the story of relationships and following you dreams. It's very descriptive and multi layered. There are things that are not as they appear. It has some interesting movement along the way and held my attention.

The dog and his human's connection was so c
Kerry Baker
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vortex by Kimberly Packard is a book unlike any I had read before. The plot was different from most of the books I have read recently and that captures my attention and kept me hooked.
Part of what had me so fascinated with this book is that I just couldn’t imagine anything that would prompt me to do what Elaine does. And yet at the same time I felt like I was right there with her making those decisions, chasing all those storms.
This book takes you on such an emotional journey. It’s been a while
Gail Guerrero
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it

Four Stars

Nope I couldn’t do it. I would refuse to do it. I couldn’t imagine someone asking me to get close to a tornado or hurricane. I don’t understand the thrill people get from being in danger. Elaina must have had a death wish. She was too eager to go into the middle of a storm. I didn’t like the way they put Heath’s life on her. She didn’t deserve it. But people say and do a lot when they grieve. Elaina has a lot of emotional and mental baggage and it made her str
Bobbi Wagner
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is my favorite by this author yet! It is fast paced, creative and pulled me in right from the start. I loved how the creative characters made me feel as if I was right there in the story. This is a story of finding who you are, family and love. Elaina is a storm chaser and Seth is a meteorologist. What happens when they meet starts a twister of a journey that I couldn’t put down. I loved their chemistry and they made the story into what it is. A must read!
Ruthie Jones
Vortex by Kimberly Packard is jam packed with surprises. Just like a twister, Vortex shifts and twirls at lightning speed, and nobody is exempt from scrutiny and heartache. As doctoral candidates, Elaina and Heath, her best friend and academic partner, are putting the finishing touches on their dissertation on tornado genesis. Chasing a few more storms will give them that final data, but nature has other plans.

Vortex is more than a budding yet volatile romance between Elaina and Seth, a young ne
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest and say that I had no idea what kind of book this would be from its synopsis. I was expecting some mystery and romance.

Truly, this book is packed with so much emotion and suspense.

Elaina is a storm chaser, and she is extremely passionate about her work. At the beginning of the story, Elaina has a feeling that a tornado is in their mists and she attempts to create a warning for people to flee for safety. All this results in her almost getting killed. During the time she is f
Tangled in Text
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vortex is the perfect storm. Kimberly developed an outstanding cast of characters that when brought together formed an entertaining, unpredictable whirlwind of a tale. The character chemistry and development was brilliant.

The entire structure of this story was beautifully assembled from the individual introductions of each character flowing into the next, which laid a great foundation when they did all finally cross paths, to the background characters complementing the story line so flawlessly b
Jenni Bishop
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vortex by Kimberly Packard is a uniquely different story and one that I really enjoyed reading. I absolutely love Storm chasers and the whole thing scares the sh*t out of me but fascinates me immensely. I imagine it’s a tough job with so much risk, yet thrilling at the same time and this book was just how I imagined the chase would be. The story flows easily and is fast paced. This story is a really intense read and is definitely pulls at the emotions. I was on the edge of my seat many many time ...more
Vortex by Kimberly Packard was an heart pounding, original fresh read, that had me flipping the pages.

My first read by this author, I jumped in without much research into the book, and I was pleasantly surprised. Richly detail and fast moving, I found myself falling more and more into this uniquely refreshing read. I will say that if you are a fan of the 90's movie twister, then you will love this book, as it had some similar themes.

This book was truly an outstanding read. The writing is topsh
Robin Rankin
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vortex by Kimberly Packard grabbed me from the start and still hasn't let go. If you want romance you will have a little. If you want a story that has multiple layers to it then I highly recommend this book.

Elaina was stupid for doing some of the things she did. I don't think she realized what she was doing part of the time due to the memories taking over which was extremely dangerous in the middle of a tornado with other people around.

Seth is a really good guy who had one bad thing happen to hi
Chantelle Smith
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
With this being my first read from this author, I didn’t know what to expect, but the synopsis totally drew me in so i took the chance. Was I glad I took it! This book held me captivated from the get go, it was fast paced, action packed and a book that is mentally visual to you that you feel as though you are there along side the characters.
Kimberly Packard has an amazing writing style, with a brilliant plot and even better characters.
You are brought along on a journey with these characters tha
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kimberly Packard's Vortex was a fully charged read. This story is more than just tornadoes and relationships - it involves self discovery, faces challenges and forging forward into the unknown. This story fully engulfed my imagination within the first several chapters. The story is set in the mid-west during tornado season, but the twisting destruction of the tornado is not the only twister related shifts that occur within the story. Kimberly Packard did an amazing job in tying the natural weath ...more
Erica Fish
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I love Kimberly Packard stories and I was excited by the name of this story. Vortex can be several things and can be symbolize many feelings and relationships. Ms. Packard has created an amazing story with vivid details and believable complex characters. This story is a fast paced and nail-biting action. I did not plan on reading this in one sitting but I did. If you are a storm chaser, you will love this story as well. Vortex lives up to its name with a twister in the back ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is about storm chasers with a cast of characters that run the gambit, from nurse to gambling tour guide. They all take an active and meandering part in the story, which was written with skill and talent. It was an interesting read especially when the author describes the storms and close calls. Very thrilling. Elaina is a doctoral student, writing her dissertation on tornados with her best friend and fellow doctoral student Heath. With paranormal elements, it’s a twisty story that kee ...more
Katie Kearney
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vortex By Kimberly Packard. I was not expecting this story to be so emotional but my emotions were all over the place with this incredible story. The authors way of describing details throughout the story makes for a very lifelike picture in your head. The characters are complex and relatable. I love the female main character she’s got layers to her personality that will have me remembering her and this story for a long time. It’s a well written and paced nicely storyline that definitely takes r ...more
Dawn Daughenbaugh
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Star
Vortex by Kimberly Packard is a fast paced story that will hook you from the beginning and keeps your attention till the end. I always thought being a Storm chaser would be a very thrilling job because you don't know what you're going to run into ,or happen upon. I just happen to live in tornado alley and have been never been in a tornado but have come close a couple of times.Get ready to be taken on a emotional journey with a twist and turn that will have you turning the pages trying to
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Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a

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