Book Review – Gemini by Penelope Ward

by Maryse on June 12, 2013 · 25 comments

in My Book Reviews

You know what? This one was so gooood!!! Holy twist that I didn’t see coming, batman! eek I mean… sure, I saw *something* coming. After all, it was no secret that there was a BIG secret to be revealed. But for the life of me, I could never have guessed that.

Kristie: Gemini by Penelope Ward was soooo amazing. One of the best so far!! Check it out!

Kandace: I finished it last night. The anticipation of the ‘secret’ nearly killed me. I had so many different theories and none of them were it.

Kristie: Me too!!!!!! I felt hooked from the beginning and that hasn’t happened since unbeautifully. I loved Cedric.

Maryse’s Book Blog: I kept wondering… What the heck could be so bad that he just wouldn’t tell her. I couldn’t have guessed. Yep. I could understand his point once I knew. Hehe. Whoa.

Kristi: I just got to the part when you find out!!! I was like NO WAY!!!! I did not guess that at all…WHOA! Reading on!

S. Camargo: Uhhh I know… I’m glad I wasn’t Allison because I would be soooo freaking torn. I loved it though.

Kathy: Wow!! Just finished it. Was wracking my brain as to what the secret could be and was not close!! One of the best reads for me this year!!

Yep. See? None of us had a clue.

I’ll admit I hesitated a bit during the first part (slightly irritated by this unknown “secret” that kept teasing me, and other angsty things that I was hoping would be worth the journey in the end). But still, there was something about the energy, and the characters that kept me reading, even if I wasn’t overwhelmed by it yet. It had all of the elements I was in the mood for. A story about adults (she’s in her late twenties, he’s in his early thirties). It had romantic tension and an ever-looming reveal. Poooor Allison. Of alllll the diners he had to walk into, he walks into hers. Hehe (I was inspired by that famous Casablanca line. Can you believe, I haven’t ever seen that move? I know, right!? neutral)

But I digress. The attraction between the two was mutual, intense and immediate, BUT nothing happened, at first. He ran away! And I know… the “instalove” attraction/obsession sometimes happens too fast for us, but I’m not against it if done right. After all, as a youngin’, I too have been afflicted with a version of insta-attraction/love/crush… whatever you wanna call it. I have “eye-met” a handsome stranger and experienced that piercing feeling that had me reeling for days. Weeks. Even if no words were ever spoken! Yep. I’m sure we’ve all had that happen at some point.

It happened to me, so when it happens to the characters, I’m not too quick to roll my eyes. I enjoyed and connected to the heroine’s thought process and initial reaction, her desperation when he left without a trace and her daily hope to see him walk into her diner again.

He had such an effect on me and now, I could quite possibly never see him again.

*nods* I liked that… anxiety. Butterflies at the start of her shift, and then disappointment when yet again, he didn’t show up. And while I did have a sort of “nothing too different or exciting here” reaction at first, her hope kept me reading. I basked in their “pining”, but it wasn’t an all nighter for me, yet.

That is… until I reached the second half. The next night? I stayed up until all hours of the morning to finish it, because with such an unexpected reveal comes a surge of adrenaline, and there’s no sleep for me at that point.

Oh sure, at first I was all… “Oh COME ON!!! How bad is this secret that Mr. Blueeyes Hero is hiding anyway?”

I want to make up for my past mistakes. God, this is all too much to handle. My life was so simple before I found Allison.

It can’t be that bad. I mean, I’m in his head when it’s his POV, and from what I can tell, I’m sure he’s not a “bad guy” . Whatever it was must be a mistake. A misunderstanding. Forgivable. Right? Not his fault and all that. So this “not telling her the truth ’cause we can never be together once she knows” better be good or else! I’m just sayin’. ;)

It was. Oh sure, it was soap opera-ish in it’s crazy circumstances. But it all came together, and started to make sense with a big resounding BOOM. Yep. rolleyes I could see where *this* might be a problem. Tee hee!!!

So what’s it about?

Allison serves Cedric in her restaurant, and the mutual attraction between them is palpable. There is no denying there could be something so profound between them.

And while at first, he races out of her life before she can even ask his name, he finds his way back to her (out of a coincidental obligation) but is plenty happy to see her again. After all, he’s been purposely seeking her out (although she doesn’t know that part). He’s got something to tell her. But now that he’s crushing on her (and thinks she might feel the same way), he decides to entertain the notion of “dating” her. Pretending what he knows doesn’t exist, and indulging in what they “could” be, if the truth were never known.

I looked up at the ceiling, thinking about the woman who mesmerized me at the diner today, wishing I could have met her under different circumstances and knowing that the truth would turn her world upside down.

He’s got a few secrets up his sleeve. A few things that she unhappily discovers on her own. And one that… okay. I’m stopping there. Let the fun commence, ’cause once it was finally out, I was IN!

Great GREAT second half, (soooooo much better than the first). In fact, I found that, in the beginning, this had a more “new adult” very young college aged feel, but really grew into itself as the story progressed and the characters developed. And then, I could see them as thirty-something dealing with life, and these “issues”, and it was smooth sailing (reading-wise) for me.  I felt a tug on my heart and flutters in my stomach for a few integral scenes causing me to slow-motion read (which I love ’cause that means I’m totally feeling it).

And WHAT a fantastic epilogue. Truly, well done. I didn’t get that “rushed to the end” impression. Sure, I had issues with the… “issues”. My feelings went from surprised shock, to shock, to kinda angry, to… curious how it could possibly work out.

But I let the author work it out for me, and instead of over-thinking it for too long (’cause I did over think it for a bit), I just decided to go with it, which worked out for me in the end. Will it work out for you? Well I dunno. Depends on how you react to that secret. *grins*

I love crazy twisty reveals. SO much fun, and I’m glad I stuck with it. This book gave me a jolt, and that is one way to ensure my reading enjoyment. “Gemini” is a fun guilty pleasure, with plenty of steam and emotion to boot!

4 stars!!

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela June 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I just wrote out my TBR list last night with all the books I have purchased but haven’t read yet and now that has all went out the window… Thanks Maryse and I mean that in the best possible way :) !

Penelope Ward June 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Maryse, I am truly honored that you took the time to read and review Gemini. I am so glad (and relieved) that you liked it. I am thoroughly amused and giddy at the thought of you staying up the read *my* book. I literally jumped in my seat when I checked your blog as I do everyday and my book cover smacked me in the face. Now, I am on cloud nine. Working on a book #2 now…totally different storyline…similar angst, based on the tattooed and pierced Jake from Gemini. ;-) Thanks again!!!
—Penelope Ward

Jenn June 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Just finished this last night. The first part I thought was slow. But towards the end I could not put it down. I was wondering what was so bad that he could not tell her – when he did WOW……
It was a great read. ****

Maryse June 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Exactly like me, Jenn! Very fun ride overall.

Angela, I hope you email me with your guesses. I wanna see how close you are. ;)

And Penelope! YAY for the Jake news. I was quite intrigued by that development… ;)

Maryse June 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM

P.S. May I say I read every single word right to the very end, (even the “about the author” page) and learned even MORE about the book and the characters through the author’s reveals about herself. LOVE that!!

For me to keep reading even though the book is officially done… yep. *nods* Really enjoyed this one!

Kathy P June 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Loved this book and I was so wrong on secret!! Great twist. Can’t wait to read more from this author!

Lisa June 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM

This was a great book. Its not often a book’s “twist” catches me tht off guard. The second half rlly took off for me as well and had my gut clenching and me wondering how I would react in their situation. Can’t wait to see more from this author.

Sara June 12, 2013 at 4:33 PM

So excited to start reading this tonight! My mind is spinning with ideas of what this dude’s secret is :)

Joanna I June 12, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Crap, I was going to read something else but Maryse just made me buy this one. Hehe thank you!! :)

Claudia June 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

This book was so good, reminds me a little of Ten Tiny Breaths!

Trisha Sullivan June 12, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Just purchased it and starting it tonight, I was up until 6 am this morning reading another recommended book, LOL…..a great book is worth lost sleep anyday!!

Joanna I: I know right, just when I think I know what to read next she makes another post…..heheheheheh not complaining.

Maryse June 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

LOL!! I made you. Joanna you cracked me up. *hug*

L Hock June 13, 2013 at 4:02 AM

Just got it!
Have to finish Epilogue (Dark Duet) first. About 20% into it, and not feeling it, which is surprising.
Maryse- Always love your suggestions and my overly full tbr list. Last week I read Fallen Too Far and Painted Faces, both great! 2 down, 100 to go!

yashira June 13, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Thank you Maryse I absolutely loved the book pulled an all nighter just yo finish it. :)

Teri June 13, 2013 at 6:15 AM

Thanks for the review. I use your blog almost exclusively to find new authors/books and I am going to give this one a try! It got good reviews on amazon too.

Teresa H. June 13, 2013 at 6:49 AM

I finished this book last night, and it was really good. Can’t wait for Jake’s book! I so totally did not figure out his secret. I was like….WHAT!!!

Jean June 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM

I did the same thing everyone! Rearranged my already growing TBR list and downloaded Gemini last night! I need about a month off on an island alone to get all this reading done! Thanks again Maryse!

Maryse June 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I want on that island, too, Jean!!! My TBR list needs an uninterrupted “by life” break. ;)

Jean June 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I hate when “life” gets in the way and I have to ACTUALLY PUT A BOOK DOWN!! Haha!

Jaime June 13, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I devoured this book today and really enjoyed the ride. What a beautifully written story. Thanks for a great recommendation!

Linda June 14, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Finished this gem at 2:00 this morning. It was one of those reads where you’re literally sitting on the edge of your seat and not able to read fast enough!!! I was sooo emotional for them. Loved story and characters. I’m losing track of all my fantasy boyfriends!! Sigh. Maryse…love you and my out of control TBR list.

Jean June 14, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Ok. Didn’t know what to read next (just finished Delayed Penalty last night). Based on the last two comments (and everyone else’s comments), looks like Gemini gets moved to the top of my list! Thanks!

Ann June 14, 2013 at 4:07 PM

All I can say is ‘wow’. I did not see that coming! I racked my brain trying to figure out what the secret could be. Like you said Maryse, Cedric seemed like a good guy right? How bad could it be? I finished the book in a day and am still reeling. I guessed about 10 different scenarios and was still wrong. And when Allison finally ‘found out’ I was thinking like she was thinking, How can that be? But then the explanation came…….

Jean June 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Ann, I couldn’t figure it out either. I thought I would be able to figure it out after reading many, many books this year….but I didn’t. I flew through this book, could not put it down until I knew what was going on! If you are looking for another great one – I read Surviving Raine over the weekend and lost all kinds of sleep because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! Maryse, have you read Surviving Raine yet? If not, move it to the top of your TBR list!

Sarah June 18, 2013 at 4:26 AM

Haven’t been able to put down this book!!! No housework, no dinner cooked… couldn’t tear myself away! The whole time I was trying to guess the secret but my guesses were nothing close! I love cedric, it broke my heart when ****, I was trying to figure out what I would do if I was in Alison’s shoes, and made me so ****! I can’t wait for the next book, I am just glad I started this book during the day otherwise I would have been up all night reading it! Maryse I am so glad I stumbled upon your website! It has become my daily obsession my TBR list just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

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