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Mystery writer Bethany Lange wasn’t prepared for the twisting emotions that left her breathless the moment she laid eyes on folk singer sensation Ali Hart. Of course she was flat on her back and looking up and backward at the gorgeous singer, but that didn’t stop her body and heart from bursting into a kaleidoscope of want, need, and lust. Scared at the intensity of her feMystery writer Bethany Lange wasn’t prepared for the twisting emotions that left her breathless the moment she laid eyes on folk singer sensation Ali Hart. Of course she was flat on her back and looking up and backward at the gorgeous singer, but that didn’t stop her body and heart from bursting into a kaleidoscope of want, need, and lust. Scared at the intensity of her feelings, Bethany does everything she can to avoid Ali at Camp Jacomo, the camp designed specifically for children of lesbian and gay families where Bethany volunteers every summer. The camp director convinces the hottest singer at the moment, Ali Hart, to spend a week teaching the children music to everybody’s delight except Bethany’s. On her last day at camp, Ali approaches Bethany with an offer of friendship, but they both know it’s the prelude to something bolder. Should Bethany take the risk? Does she really believe she can balance her quiet private life with Ali’s outspoken one?...

Title : Jolt
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ISBN : 9781626391918
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Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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Jolt Reviews

  • P. Industry
    2019-03-16 14:26

    Errr. Well. There is a goodly number of very positive reviews on here for this book, and I am sorry to have to play the devil in this instance. But my experience of the book was overwhelmingly bland, and I truly struggled to reach the ending. Bethany Lang is fairly successful author who has been much less successful in her love life. Her major feature appears to be her awkward personality (part of which is an alarming inclination towards internally talking to dead poets) and pretty much nothing else; frankly, she is so very featureless that it is actually a struggle to describe her character. Perhaps the reader is meant to find no barriers in mapping themselves onto her? If so then stronger-willed booklovers will find themselves rolling their eyes often. Whatever the unremarkable nature of the protagonist, the plot finds Beth volunteering at a summer-camp for the children of LGBTA+ parents. It is here when she meets Ali. Ali (I am happy to report) is much less bland – indeed, she is bright, fun, and active. She is also a semi-famous musician (or perhaps simply famous? I could never figure it out). Just imagine a kind of large clump of all-American attractive things. Beth (being American) is of course instantly enamoured, and spends a goodly amount of time brooding about it. That brooding forms the plot. The particular topic Beth is brooding on at any one point in the novel doesn’t seem to matter, by the way. In the beginning it’s that Ali might not be single; towards the middle it’s that she might not feel the same; towards the end its… but you get the picture. I got the impression after a while that dating Beth would be like dating a large cardboard cutout with a hastily drawn frowny-face on it. Not bad, per sae, but certainly leaving something to be desired.To be frank with you, this book commits the cardinal sin. It doesn’t even have the decency to be terrible; it’s just a nothing of a book, flowing past my eyes and leaving completely. It is well edited, well-paced (as well as anything can be paced when it’s pure ‘romance’), and reasonably written. It is, however, utterly unremarkable. I cannot recommend this book for others like myself, who are seeking interesting things. I can recommend it for those who liked Twilight, but wished it had no fantasy elements and more lesbians.

  • Vic
    2019-02-25 16:12

    A really enjoyable read. I wasn't expecting much more than a simple romance but the book pleasantly surprised me. Beth's awkwardness could have been irritating if it wasn't for the fact I'm absolutely the same way, so I could forgive that. I'll look forward to more books by this writer.

  • Heidi
    2019-03-05 17:19

    The basic idea for the book is really good. Some of the dynamic was lacking. The characters are well developed, but I found it difficult to read how uncommunicative they were about feelings. Although they expressed themselves very well with sex.

  • Blink51n
    2019-03-19 21:36

    I really enjoyed this book. In saying that, I completely understand the mixed reviews. Beth is a frustrating and endearing narrator. At times I wanted to throttle her, however I was also charmed and could relate to her inner voice. Also, she's kind of a dork and I kind of liked that. Bryant is a fantastic writer - I thoroughly enjoyed her characters and found both Beth and Ali well fleshed out (admirable, given that this is written in the first person). I love self-aware characters who question themselves instead of blindly moving through the world. To really succeed in writing first person narration, I believe this is essential. Outside of this, there was the glaring and obvious drama that I was silently begging not to happen. It was like watching a car crash in slow motion. While dealt with much better than other books I have read, I would have preferred something other than this plot device. Finally, while not being a hugely long book, I was ready for the ending about 50 pages before it happened. Even though I enjoyed Beth and Ali, there was nothing terribly different in the actual story than most romances. The pacing was much better than most, but it was still a little drawn out for me. Solid 4 stars

  • Heinerway
    2019-03-24 14:13

    Jolt is a nice romance story, but rather dull and monotonous. It doesn't go in depth with a summer camp life, or with a famous country singer experiences, or even with a mystery writer struggles with a new novel.

  • Tara
    2019-03-18 20:19

    This is a first book and has some first book problems with the execution, but I'm willing to forgive it everything because I just loved it so, so much. This was well worth paying full price, and I'll be coming back to this as a comfort read later.

  • Lexxi Kitty
    2019-03-16 16:29

    This is my second book by this author, though it's her first published book. I'm apparently doing things backwards.This book involves a woman of around 30 (Bethany Lange) who is a successful author, in some way introverted (she makes conflicting comments about how she is and isn't), and the main point of view. Sorry, I meant to say that as the point of view. She's also the sole child of her parents, and an idea is conveyed that she has some family money.The book also involves, less so, a woman of around 33 (Ali Hart) who is a successful folk singer. She's on tour throughout most of the book; has a large-ish family (at least one brother, and I believe at least 2 sisters; plus a niece; and living parents). I say that her involvement is 'less so' both because Ali Hart does not have her own point of view and the manner in which information is conveyed kind of subsumes everyone and everything into almost figments of Beth's imagination.No, this isn't a book about someone who may or may not be in a mental institution or anything like that. It's just the way the book is conveyed is almost entirely through Beth's thoughts, mental impressions, and barely seems to move outside Beth's head. So, as I noted, others kind of get subsumed into Beth's thoughts and feelings.The book opens with Beth at a camp for . . . . oh. Hmms. I can't recall now if it is conveyed as a camp for the children of LGBT parents or for LGBT children. I've a vague recollection that both possibilities might be in play. Not that important which it is - the important thing is that it is a LGBT summer camp. That Beth is at when the book opens. As something of a volunteer (what kind of volunteer can she be if she goes there to work on her books; writing, editing, etc. - how involved can she be in being a fully involved volunteer? . . . sorry, stray thought I had distracted me).While at the camp, Beth encounters a visitor. One Ali Hart. Who Beth finds quite attractive and alluring. Eventually, even though she only kind of maybe recognizes the name, Beth learns that Ali Hart is quite famous as a music person.Beth, feeling a strong pull towards Ali, proceeds to spend most of the week that Ali is visiting the camp . . . . hiding from Ali. Because she, Beth, is still reeling from having her longish term partner walk out on her. And can't allow herself to . . um . . live again. Only, she then learns that Ali isn't actually currently in a relationship, and she, Beth, proceeds to berate herself mentally for wasting time that could have been spent rubbing herself against Ali. Yeah, that kind of confused me. One moment Beth is trying to hide and fleeing from her emotional instability, the next she's acting like a cat in heat. But, whatever. I distracted myself again.So, Beth and Ali have a brief weekend to stare moodily at each other before Ali has to return to her music tour. They agree that Beth, at some point or another, will attempt to be there - visit, something or other, with Ali while she's on tour. Meanwhile Beth will be spending time writing two different books at the same time, and working as a camp volunteer at this camp I already mentioned.Their relationship then proceeds long distance. Until, as expected, since this is in fact a romance book, sorry Romance book, something happens (view spoiler)[that creates conflict. Creates a wedge. Drives them apart. Causes anguish and whimpering.(hide spoiler)] - well, that's my babbling recap of the plot up to a certain point, the point wherein if I said more I'd be into spoiler territory. I'll now convey the comment that I had originally left in the comment box as my 'I don't feel up to writing a review, here's a comment' thingie:I had one major and specific 'issue/problem' with this book. It isn't the fact that this book has but one (1) POV, though that issue was annoying); it wasn't how everyone is conveyed as being absolutely gorgeous (both the main character thinking this of herself; thinking this of the other main character in the book; and even thinking this of that other character's family); it wasn't the weirdness of seeing Beth refer to Ali's parents by their actual names (I don't know, that's probably normal or something; it's just that the way it was conveyed, I couldn't actually tell if she was talking about Ali's parents, or just two people who happened to be nearby); no the main problem/issue had with this book is/was directly connected to how everything is/was conveyed to the reader. Conveyed as if through an especially overally-hyper poodle squeaking continously -or, as I had originally worded it, opened their mouth and then just could not shut it again. In a 'and then this happened; and then this happened; and then I felt sad for myself more; and I really overreacted but don't feel bad, specifically, about really overreacting; gosh darn it, why doesn't she ever actually say [insert something here - referring to the main character talking to herself about the other main character] (despite, you know, dedicating a song; constantly making comments that convey love/desire/etc. - recall, if you will, that this is information conveyed by the point of view about the observable feelings/desires/etc. of the other - the one whose head we aren't in) - mind you there are also constant comments by the main character - the comments are made internally and not conveyed to the other party that convey things like how they love what's going on, or how they want the other to touch them - now; or stuff; but how she doesn't bloody actually say any of this stuff because .... reasons.' So, to recap, the main issue that I had is how everything is conveyed through the thoughts, feelings, and observations of one character. That being Beth. Who, as far as I could tell, is actually probably a little insane. And/or mentally unstable. What with all the voices talking to her in her head. As in - 'Em, Robert, and Shakespeare are so angry with me right now.' Kindle Location 2712Even with all that babbled, I still believe the book is probably closer to 3.5 stars than to 3. But I'll mark it down as 3 stars. *marks*March 2 2016

  • Ted
    2019-03-06 21:26

    Audio book version. Great narrator / voice actress.

  • Michele
    2019-02-27 16:33

    I like Kris Bryant's "Taste" better. Most likely because Taste was less "angsty" than this book. But still a very good read.

  • Justina
    2019-03-15 14:27

    This is a magnificent love story. Two women hurt by their previous lovers and each in their own way trying to make sense out of life and times. When they meet at a gay and lesbian friendly summer camp, they both feel as if lightening has struck. This is so beautifully involving, I have already reread it twice. Amazing!Bethany Lang is a successful, professional writer of novels. She is also still hurting from a breakup with her girlfriend from almost three years ago. She has been emotionally shut down for so long, that she is decidedly thrown for a loop by her intense attraction to a special visitor at the summer camp where she has been volunteering for many years in addition to finishing her novels. She is very adept as a writer, but her interpersonal skills are a bit uneven to say the least. On top of that, Beth has an amazingly intricate internal dialogue with two fairly famous poets and one playwright/poet vis-à-vis a well-honed slide into wonderland. I love her quirkiness. Astounding!Ali Hart is currently an accomplished and successful singer/musician. She is on tour a good deal of the time in the summer and throughout the year, but she accepted an invitation to come to this very special summer camp for a week and share her music. She wows everyone, but jolts Beth to the max. Ali is also hurting from a breakup with her girlfriend from about three months ago. She is a genuinely polished performer, but everyone senses, most especially Beth, that the feelings she expresses up front and personal are very real. Add to that an incredibly sultry voice and I suspect almost everyone falls in love with her... I did. However, even Ali is caught off guard by the intense jolt she experiences in Beth's presence. The story of these two women is simply out of this world. Fantabulous!There are lots of little tidbits woven throughout the book that raise the delight level above and beyond the hot and sultry love story. It was mentioned but not overly emphasized that Beth is an only child and we do not get to meet her family. However, Ali comes from a riotously pleasurable large family and it is most gratifying to spend time with them. Even Beth loosens up. I completely recommend this story from multiple viewpoints. This goes right up into my *winner* category. Supremely enjoyable!NOTE: This book was provided by Bold Strokes Books for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Allison
    2019-03-03 18:38

    This is a romance. It has tension, it has characters who were once hurt finding love, it has a really believable relationship. As a reader, I cared about the characters and what they were going through, wanted to hit them when they made stupid choices, and cheered for them when they made good choices. Beth and Ali were well drawn, and the supporting characters, while they didn't spend much time on-screen, were nicely supporting.That said, this is a romance. You know how some authors make up a storyline to couch/obscure/supplement the fact that their book is about two characters falling in love? This one didn't. It was entirely, completely, unequivocally about the two main characters' journey towards each other... actually, really just about Beth's journey towards Ali, as the book was from her POV. Very little else went on besides romantic tension. But as I said, the romantic tension was well done. Oh, and the, um, consummation of the romance was described in a very detailed manner. Many times. This was actually more than I thought the book needed, but I'm not really a romance reader, and I'm sure many romance readers will quite enjoy that part. There were a few details that I did enjoy, for example, the way that Beth was continuously talking to her favorite poets in her head, and the way that she was such a clear and strong introvert. You don't often read about introverts in fiction - main characters tend to embody the extrovert ideal. I wished we'd gotten to see more of Ali's family - I think they would have been a fun addition to the story. Overall though, 2.75-3 stars for a fun, engaging, quick read. Would have been more stars (for me) if everything but the main characters and their building romance hadn't faded so resolutely into the background.

  • Ty
    2019-03-26 22:29

    This was hard to rate for me. I enjoyed the first third quite a bit. It was well written and engaging. The characters were likable enough. Then as it progressed it began to rely on very contrived conflict to keep going, rather than developing a plot. Plus, the first person narration was inconsistent in character, to the point that sometimes I found Bethany delightfully quirky and other times completely immature and hard to like. It was well written enough that I'd like to see what else the author writes.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-20 19:11

    brilliant story. so well written. one of my favourites.

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-16 17:16

    Loved it. Very sweet romance.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-03-21 14:21

    Jolt by Kris Bryant: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwid... 2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

  • Ceh131973
    2019-03-18 14:35

    This was an enjoyable book. The storyline was cute and easy to follow. The characters were developed. Bethany as the narrator lends a quirky and awkward take on the story. The whole idea of love finding you no matter how hard you try to avoid it is always a good one. Especially when the relationship begins as a friendship. Good showing for a first book by Bryant.

  • Joc
    2019-03-24 21:37

    This is an easy, smooth-flowing romance. Written in first person, Bethany guides us through her attraction to Ali Hart. There is is a nice tension and chemistry that builds up between Ali and Beth. I found Beth an easy character to relate to and enjoyed her internal dialogue.I've become a fan of Kris Bryant and look forward to reading more of her work.

  • KristyDrexel
    2019-03-18 20:12

    I just loved loved loved this book. It was super sexy story. I would love to see what becomes of Ali and Beth. Maybe one day. Hint, hint Kris.

  • Me
    2019-03-26 20:39

    Liked this a lot. Have a soft spot for insecure characters right now, so it fit my mood well.

  • Jade
    2019-03-02 18:19

    *3.4 stars

  • Carleen
    2019-03-08 15:32

     *I was provided a free download of Jolt by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to Bold Strokes Books for affording me this opportunity.*.Mystery writer Bethany Lange wasn’t prepared for the twisting emotions that left her breathless the moment she laid eyes on folk singer sensation Ali Hart. Of course she was flat on her back and looking up and backward at the gorgeous singer, but that didn’t stop her body and heart from bursting into a kaleidoscope of want, need, and lust. Scared at the intensity of her feelings, Bethany does everything she can to avoid Ali at Camp Jacomo, the camp designed specifically for children of lesbian and gay families where Bethany volunteers every summer. The camp director convinces the hottest singer at the moment, Ali Hart, to spend a week teaching the children music to everybody’s delight except Bethany’s. On her last day at camp, Ali approaches Bethany with an offer of friendship, but they both know it’s the prelude to something bolder. Should Bethany take the risk? Does she really believe she can balance her quiet private life with Ali’s outspoken one?Kris Bryant's new romance, Jolt (Bold Strokes Books), is a pretty solid novel.  It follows the romance formula nicely, offers a good story, and provides us with some interesting characters. But, I think that it could have been more effectively executed.Jolt is a "girl meets girl, girl gets girl, girl loses girl, girl gets girl back" story.  We expect and get the burgeoning romance, the conflict/obstacles, and the eventual payoff.  Quite appropriate for a romance.  This formula is used to tell a good story, as well - the unyielding attraction these two women have for each other, the slow "getting to know you" process, the struggle to blend two very different lives.  It's certainly compelling - I kept looking forward to what would happen next.Bethany and Ali are women who each have their own painful histories and are each carrying around some hefty baggage.  What I really liked is that each had a very distinctive voice throughout the story.  Their speech patterns, the way they would turn a phrase...these were unique to each of the characters.  The same holds true for the secondary characters.  They are clearly defined.  I wanted a bit more about their back stories, though.  We're told what happened to make Bethany become such a recluse and averse to "getting out there" and dating again, but I don't feel like there was enough to get past the superficial level.  Based on what we're provided, I didn't feel like Bethany's reactions were more than melodrama.  Now, I know that sounds harsh and I don't intend it that way.  What it means is that I wanted to know more - not just what happened, but more about the fallout.  With that additional information, I think Bethany's growth as a character would be more intriguing.I was, however, a bit disappointed in the execution of the telling at times.  Much of this may be my own, personal bias, but I think there's also validity to it.  The story is told from the first-person point of view, which is fine.  But it's also told in present tense, which, for me, is a bit awkward.  Again, this is probably just my own preference.  Additionally, I believe more attention could have been paid to word/phrase choices throughout the novel.  Dialogue tags were limited mainly to "I say" and "she says."  I lost track of the number of times the word "jolt" was used in the first few chapters.  I think there definitely could have been more variety.  Similarly, there are other areas that either needed variety in word choice or to simply be edited out all-together.  I definitely understand the need to sometimes remind the reader of certain moments or thoughts throughout a novel.  However, in Jolt there were a number of instances of a chapter ending with one of those moments or thoughts and then being repeated at the beginning of the very next chapter.  In some cases, it seemed as though sentences were copied from one chapter and pasted directly into the next.  I don't know if this was intentional or it was missed in editing/proofreading.  But it definitely stood out for me.Overall, this is not a bad book.  It's a good story with interesting characters.  I don't not recommend the book.  If you like romance novels with some passionate sex scenes, then you'll enjoy this. If you're like me, just be prepared to get past some of the technical aspects.

  • MJS
    2019-03-23 20:38

    I'd give this book 3 1/2 stars. There are some vague spoilers for this story contained in this review.I liked this story, it's a sweet romance. The leads spend a lot of time together, even though they're in a long distance relationship, and get to know each other in a slow, even old-fashioned way, which made for a nice change of pace. As it's told in first person (and in present tense which isn't a favourite of mine) from Beth's POV, it's harder to get a grasp on Ali, and Beth's introspection does get a bit repetitious after awhile. The Beth talking to famous authors in her head thing also got old pretty fast.There is a bit of semi contrived drama but it's sorted fairly quickly and not just glossed over. The only downside to the story was that given all the time spent on the build up to and then settling into a relationship, I did find the ending very rushed, but enough of the loose ends had been hinted at prior to it, that you could at least see where it would have gone. Even with that though, I enjoyed the story and recommend it.I hate that Goodreads rating system doesn't allow for half stars. I'd have given this four stars if not for the first person/present tense narrative, and the rushed ending. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-11 22:20

    I got an advance copy from NetGalley for an honest review. This story was told entirely in Beth’s point of view. This is the second author I’ve come across who’s done this and I think it’s really interesting. Not only was this book well written but I was hooked from the first page. Beth is an author who writes murder mysterious and works at a camp for kids who have gay parents every summer called Camp Jacomo. She’s sweet, shy, has imaginary friends and thinks entirely too much. Ali is a singer who is very well known and meets Beth at said camp on a visit and is hooked right away. The only thing is every time she gets close to Beth she runs away and it isn’t until later that Ali realises that Beth thought she was taken. This was a very sweet and moving story about heartache, betrayal and ultimately trust. Beth is the kind of person who overanalyzes everything down to the last detail. She might seem a little sketchy but she is a good person who rightfully has trust issues after her partner of five years left her to be with someone she worked with. Ali too has suffered a break up and them getting together was an exercise in patience. In the end the result was amazing and they finally get what they deserve.

  • Amy Adams
    2019-03-20 15:38

    When Ali and Beth first meet, we know from the electricity in the air that this will not be a typical friendship. At first, Beth has to avoid Ali because she feels so strongly about her. As they discover more about each other, they realize they have more in common than they first realized. A combination of romance and a sweet love story make this book relatable and enjoyable. In some places, I found the story to lag a little, but as a whole, I thought it was pretty good. It was a well-written, quick read that will appeal to fans of love stories and happy endings.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-26 16:11

    Jolt is written in the first person perspective making it very easy to feel as if you are part of the story, I found myself talking to the main character Beth, wanting to give her advice and encouragement though out book. It's a very sweet romantic story. It also highlights the reality of relationships so most people can relate to the main character. The book keeps you excited for the possibilities until the very end. I very much enjoyed the book and would love to hear more about the characters as their love blossoms.

  • Sara Waters
    2019-03-16 20:34

    I'd give this book a 4.5 out of 5. It's a story of finding love and trying to keep it. We all have been there, done that. Told in first person, we are inside Bethany's head the entire journey. I like the way the author makes Bethany "real" and I'm right there with her feeling her anxiety, nervousness, excitement, anger, etc. It's also has great sex and a lot of it - to be expected at the beginning of a new relationship. I'd recommend it.

  • Miriam Cortez
    2019-03-06 19:29

    Amazing book. Amazingly written and just in a way very loving. I love the instant connection between both women and after being hurt and cheated on, to finally taking a chance to fall in love with someone so unexpectedly again. Its a loving book.

  • ~ * K E L L I E * ~
    2019-03-14 22:17

    3.5 stars

  • K.B. Draper
    2019-03-17 18:30

    Super sweet, sexy and just uniquely cool. I enjoyed the way the author delivered the story. She made me blush a couple of times but in a totally good way. :0) A great read.