A few weeks ago, I read a book that had great potential. The cover totally says “I’m watching you, Mike Wazowski.” Without the Monsters, Inc. reference. A new writer’s career is destroyed when her favorite author (and ex) steals her idea for his own bestselling novel. And…then she finds herself snowed in at the same “writer’s retreat” cabin.” (I want one of those.) The Cabin had the potential to be hilarious or suspenseful, and it did keep me waiting to see what would happen.
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Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
I loved the concept of this book. And if you read the excerpt below and it sounds interesting, you should know that it’s free on Kindle Unlimited right now. But there were enough things that I didn’t love. Makes me sad.
First, The Cabin was written in the first person, and I had a hard time connecting with Leah. This one is probably a personal preference thing, but if the first person isn’t your preference, you probably won’t love this book.
I felt like the “who stole whose work” mystery was an interesting concept, but it resolved too quickly and too cleanly. The resolution didn’t make sense, and I got the feeling the author had to pull the “God card” to make the story work at the end.
Leah does something sneaky and dishonest…at first on accident, then on purpose. She doesn’t have ill will, and if she had just mentioned it to Keenan, it wouldn’t be a huge deal. But she never comes clean, and there are no consequences either. This bothered me. Are you really going to start (or re-start) a relationship with a lie between you?
One other thing – this book was advertised to me as romantic suspense (and the cover implies suspense, too). There’s a little bit of mystery, and some romance, but it was a bit light on the suspense side. Not necessarily bad, just may not be what you’re looking for.
Read an excerpt from The Cabin
Betrayal is such a benign looking word on paper. In real life it could kill a person. Like me. I was dying on the inside as I flipped from one page to the next of the bestselling novel in my hands. And all because of Keenan Brennan—the hottest bestselling author I knew and dated some time ago. Yet some part of me kept praying it wasn’t true as I pressed into the sofa cushion and continued to read.
It just couldn’t be.
But the book with the startlingly dark cover said it all.
“No, no, no.”
Hot tears stung my cheeks as I ripped the well-designed cover off the book and then launched it across the living room. It smashed against the refurbished brick wall and landed with its pages bent. Good. It deserved a worse fate than just bent pages.
How? When had he stolen my book idea?
I face-planted my palm against my forehead. “At the restaurant.”
Why didn’t I keep my big fat mouth shut and tell my sister Aeris the storyline in the privacy of my home? Tears stung my eyes. Who’d have guessed my lowdown almost boyfriend would stoop so low. He didn’t need my work.
I stared across the room, not focusing on the heap of a good—terrible—book. Well, it was on the NYT bestselling list. Not bad for a nobody writer like myself. And since it was my story—not his—then I allowed myself a moment of self-satisfaction.
My gaze dropped to the torn book. I had to take another look. Couldn’t it be a coincidence? Maybe the rest of it was different. In a scramble, I grabbed it up and found the page I last read.
By chapter forty there was no doubt.
The Cabin is on Tour with Celebrate Lit
Book: The Cabin
Author: Erin Unger
Genre: Romantic suspense
Release date: June 14, 2019
Leah Kettridge’s writing career is over before the first book lands on the shelf, when a famous author has claimed she’s stolen his work. If it wasn’t for a story brainstorming luncheon with her sister, he’d have never overheard her conversation about the novel she was writing. Who will she ever trust again if not her most favorite writer? And what about the one fabulous date they had before she knew what a traitor he was?
Keenan Brinner has it all. He’s a best-selling author who’s only headed toward more greatness. And he must be the most gorgeous guy Leah’s ever seen. But he’s also a liar and a cheat.
When they end up at the same cabin to write, emotions explode. But an unexpected snowstorm traps them deep in the mountains. Is he bent on destroying her in more ways than one? How will love find them amidst all their anger and distrust?
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About the Author
Erin Unger was raised in the hills of Virginia, exploring abandoned houses and reading the scariest books she could find. After marrying so young it would make a great romance novel, she has enjoyed an exciting life with her hubby. But her fast-paced life sometimes rivals the suspense in her books thanks to all her mostly grown children and a couple of grandkids. Her next novel, Fateful Fall, releases August 9, 2019.
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Glittery snow. The perfect cabin in the mountains. And sworn enemies trapped together. How could anything go wrong?
Welcome to the cabin where writers like to go to get away from the noise and bother of life to write. I hope you don’t mind the two guests already here. They’re stuck together after one stole the other’s novel. But the famous one has firsts rights to the work. Who’d dare believe he’d be the perpetrator of the crime? Or is it the newbie writer who longed to be known for more than her graphic designs who plagiarized?
Stay and enjoy a mug of instant coffee and some potted meat. And make sure to bring in your warmest blanket, since this eclectic home has lost power in the storm.
You’ll also find a complementary cordless phone with no connection for your accommodations.
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