Book Review | Enlightened by A. L. Waddington

**This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review**

Title: Enlightened

Author: A. L. Waddington

Series: The EVE series #2

GenresParanormal Romance, Supernatural, Time Travel

Publication/Year: Booktrope Publishing • 2014

Page Numbers: 250

Synopsis from Goodreads:
The barrier between Jocelyn Timmons consciousness continues to dissolve as she better understands the two lives she lives and enormity of her newly discovered inherited gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows her to fall asleep on one plane of existence and awaken on another as her soul travels nightly.

Present-day Jocelyn uncovers the vast wonderment of the Victorian era but soon learns that life then was not as grand for women as she has read in the classics. Still, she finds comfort in the support of family and friends; a bolstering contrast to her overly hectic, career-oriented family in the twenty-first century. Her love for Jackson Chandler strengthens across time and becomes the light she so desperately needs as the world she has always known no longer makes sense. Yet, the closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual ability, the more strain develops amongst those she loves in 2009. 

On the other side of Jocelyn’s consciousness in 1878, she remains ignorant of EVE. Her life is crumbling around her, yet she finds herself anxiously awaiting the images that invade her dreams. Jocelyn longs to be the woman she portrays in that world yet her jealousy is unbearable. Miscommunication, betrayal and hidden agendas make trust near impossible. The clearer the visions become the more she questions motives of her closest confidants and foregoes revealing the images that plague her perception. As her life seems to unravel, Jocelyn’s two worlds collide, and she is enlightened as the pieces start to fall into place. But is she strong enough to survive the truth? Is Jackson really her destiny? And can their love transcend time? Find out in Essence’s highly anticipated sequel, Enlightened, Book 2, EVE series.
My Rating★★★★★

Quote(s) I Like:
"No I'm just scared.Of getting married so young in this day and age. But honestly,  I'm more scared of living without you. I don't know how to explain it, but I know I'm supposed to spend my life with you. I love you more than I ever thought I could possibly love anyone." - Jocelyn, present day

"Perhaps, but I do know that stubbornness and pride are not worth throwing away a lifetime of happiness with the one you love." - William

My Thoughts:
Let me start by saying, thank God for a preview of Perception (book #3) because that cliff hanger was making me miserable.

Enlightened, book 2 in The EVE series, is just as amazing as Essence and carries a bit more drama to it. Jocelyn is becoming more aware of both lives in 1878 and 2009. Things that take place in her sleep she is becoming aware of and remembering in the morning. What I'm realizing is that when a chapter ends in 2009 she is actually sleeping while her soul is in 1878 and vice versa. Totally cool in my opinion!

This book is more involved with Jackson and Jocelyn's relationship and how him not being able to share things with her about her lives was causing complications between the two of them in both eras. I love how even though the relationship had a slight downfall, love prevailed and the two of them kept the weddings on.

There isn't much I can say without giving too much away, but boy I enjoyed present day Jocelyn getting those journals and photo albums from Uncle Monte thanks to Shane finding them.

What I liked:
+ the fight between Jocelyn (present day) and Taylor. Too funny how the teachers backed up Jocelyn 
+ Jocelyn looking through the photo albums of her 1878 self
+ learning the future of 1878 Jocelyn and Jackson 

What I disliked:
+ Amy's reaction to the wedding and not wanting to help. Totally mean of her.
+ Amy's reaction to Thanksgiving at the Chandlers

All I can say is I'm excited to read Perception once it's released! My one question: since Jackson and Jocelyn had a family in 1878, will they have it in 2009?


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