Book Review – Tempest Rising

Posted January 4, 2016 by Kathy in 2.0 Stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Book Review – Tempest RisingTempest Rising Series: Rising Storm #1
by Julie Kenner
Published by Evil Eye Concepts on September 24, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 101
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
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Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.

Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets. Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.

Ginny Moreno didn’t mean to do it, but when she came home to Storm, she brought the tempest with her. And now everyone will be caught in its fury…


One word for Tempest Rising: DRAMA


Tempest Rising lives up to author Julie Kenner’s goal of creating a soap opera in novel form. There is so much drama packed in to this introduction for the series. If you are a fan of TV soap operas you will find the typical drama: a surprise pregnancy, spousal abuse, gold diggers, sleazy politician, and adultery. The author has covered all the bases in this first book. The switch between storylines is exactly like a TV soap opera (just insert a commercial or a view of a location to mark the division of stories) but I don’t think it works well in a novella. There were too many characters introduced in a short amount of time so it took me awhile to figure out who was in the scenes. I felt like I had to take notes and I didn’t connect with any of the characters. There is not one character I liked and I don’t feel the urge to read more of this series. Too bad since one of my favorite authors, Elisabeth Naughton, has written one of the books in this series.


This is a late review so at the time of my reading Tempest Rising it was the only one released. Because of so many characters and storylines I would prefer to read the novellas back to back. Now all 8 novellas have been released but I still am not tempted to continue this series.

Rating Report
Overall: two-stars

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2 responses to “Book Review – Tempest Rising

    • Kathy

      I like the concept but I think it was too much for the first book, especially a novella. Thanks Grace!