Shuttered Affections (Cornerstone #1)
Juliana Petersen’s troubled past haunts her at every turn. The crippling memories of an abusive relationship, and the lack of support from her family, lead her to flee her old life and begin anew.
After settling into a quaint college town, Juliana finally feels at peace, content to stay under the radar and keep things simple.
Until Aiden Stone, her new photography professor, crashes into her life, blurring the line between love and lust. As their torrid affair reaches untold heights, Juliana struggles to keep her shuttered emotions, and growing affections, from throwing her into a relationship she isn’t prepared for.
With her newfound romance blinding her from the looming shadows of her past, her nightmares become reality, and she is forced to discover her true strength within.
Shuttered Affections was provided by the author for Wicked Reads to review. Below are reviews from the Wicked Reads Review Team. New reviews will be added as the reviewers submit them to me. If interested in reviewing or providing your work for review, please email Erica Chilson: email@example.com
Wendy’s Review – ☆☆☆☆☆
A truly enjoyable read. Ms. Folsom’s talent shines!
An interesting storyline that had good flow. Great characters were adequately developed. They were easy to laugh, cry and get angry with as their lives unfold.
Julianna is interesting. She has talent and potential to become a photojournalist. She moves to a new town and putting her past behind her, or so she thinks, to start life over with her best friend in tow. She is a unique individual that has both strength and fortitude.
Aiden Stone, her photography professor and parking spot thief, is quiet a mystery. He pursues her even though he should not. He admires her talent and sees her for the Angel he wants for his own.
Is he right for her? They both have skeletons in their prospective closets. She has a crazy ex boyfriend that is a stalker…who finds her. He has a few secrets as well; he is willing to share his with her. She does not say anything until things get bad.
Their attraction is clear to everyone, people she works with, some of the students in the photography class and both of their friends see it.
Aiden appreciates her talent and pushes her to be better.
“The lines flow through each piece perfectly, like they were random puzzle pieces just waiting to be met with their mates.” ~Mr. Aiden Stone to Julianna on her set of photographs he helped her arrange for a project.
So much is in this storyline. It is exciting and paced so well, it is easy to keep up with the roller coaster of emotions readers will experience. It will leave you holding your breath for the next novel in the series!
*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.
Hero – The main male character of the story. Heroine – The main female character of the story. Story/Plot/HEA (Happy Ever After) – The over all story line and culmination of the main plot or theme.
Angela’s Review – ☆☆☆☆
I REALLY liked this book! I have read several romance books about teacher/student or young woman/older wealthy man relationships that they sometimes blend together. Yet I found Shuttered Affections to be refreshing.
While Julia is younger than Aiden, she isn’t portrayed as a naive young woman overwhelmed by the attentions of an older man. Yes, she is overwhelmed by Aiden, but it is because of her intense physical reaction to him – something she never expected to feel for anyone again due to the actions of her previous boyfriend. Julia definitely has her moments of vulnerability and the self-esteem issues so many women face at some point in their lives, but she is an otherwise strong independent woman working hard to achieve her goals.
Aiden. What can I say about Aiden? Of course, he’s hot, intense, and wealthy – which you don’t get an understanding of until the end of the book. He also has a sensitive side that I haven’t seen in many of the rich alpha male characters. His insecurities around Julia are refreshing. Now for the icing on the cake, he’s a twin! Yes ladies, there are 2 of these gorgeous hunks!
I think what I enjoyed most about Shuttered Affections is that while there is a lot going on in a short time frame, the relationship between Julia and Aiden is a slow seduction. They don’t actually have sex until about 80% into the book, but the moments of intimacy before that are HOT! I felt seduced by Aiden and loved the anticipation that built as I read the book.
What I did not like about the book was the abrupt ending. It was not a cliffhanger … it just stopped. Fortunately, I have the second book and can begin it immediately. Otherwise, the ending would have really pissed me off. I understand books in sequels are supposed to leave you hanging, but this one did not. It just stopped with no warning and if it weren’t for the fact that it said “The end of book one” I would have thought there was something wrong with my download. Leave me hanging, don’t slam the door in my face.
Ms. Folsom has written a wonderfully seductive book and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
Mary Jo’s Review – ☆☆☆☆
Talk about instant attraction. The last thing Julia Peterson needed was to feel a connection to her new photography professor. Not sure how to handle her attraction to him, she tries for standoffish, but doesn’t quite pull it off.
Knowing that a romance between a student and professor is off-limits, she does her best to put space between them, even going as far as going on a date with someone else – which fizzles quickly.
What else can go wrong with Julia’s life — her ex is back and he scares the crap out of her — something she really doesn’t want to share with anyone other than her best friend.
I really enjoyed this book. The author did a great job in fleshing out Julia’s character and bringing her vulnerability to the forefront.
I can’t want to read the 2nd book so see how the next chapter in Julia’s unfolds.
Shelby’s Review – ☆☆☆☆
I was thoroughly impressed with this book!! LOVED the characters (ALL OF THEM) and their interactions with one another, it’s SO rare that I can say that about a book – even MORE rare that I can say that about the heroine. I think I’m in love with Juliana, she’s impressive in her strength, resilience, and tenacity. The student/teacher dynamic isn’t creepy, as it can sometime be in books of this subject, it’s actually endearing. The story line, while not completely unique, has it’s own redeeming qualities and the sub-plot totally hooked me. The characters are really what drew me in and kept me enthralled with this story. CAN NOT WAIT TO READ THE 2ND BOOK!!
Angie’s Review – ☆☆☆☆
I have to admit this book started out really slow for me but after about 30% I was hooked! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!
characters : I was able to relate and feel like I was right there in the book.
sex scenes : they were pretty hot
religious : no
more than one book in the series : yes
genre – romance / suspense
would I read more books by this author : for sure