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As We Know It by [Butler, Carrie]
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About the Author

Carrie Butler is an award-winning author and the owner of Forward Authority full-service studio—not to mention an inbound-certified marketer with a penchant for superhero socks and Firefly. Time away from her desk is spent playing with her rescue pup, yelling at the TV during hockey season, and indulging in target-based recreation. Otherwise, you’re likely to find her glued to her chair, discovering new ways to share her daydreams...

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  • Print Length: 245 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Let me just put it out there – I love disaster films. Which is probably already weird, but when you add in the fact that earthquakes are one of the only things that strike fear into my heart, you might be wondering, “Huh? I don’t think that’s healthy?” To be honest, I think it’s a kind of coping mechanism, because the scary thing about pretty much every natural disaster film out there is that there’s a harsh reality behind it.

So naturally when one of my favourite New Adult authors offered up her new novel for review and I found out it was a romance survival story, I jumped at the chance to read it. “But why should I read As We Know It?” I hear you asking, wondering where I’m going with this whole conversation about earthquakes and romance. Well, I have three very good reasons for you, and if you’re looking to branch out into adult fiction in 2017 (or even the end of 2016!), then I highly suggest you add As We Know It to your TBR!

A Well Rounded Host of Diverse Characters. I haven’t come across much diversity in adult contemporary romance, if I’m honest you with you. And I hadn’t really expected it in As We Know It, so it was completely refreshing to read about people from all walks of life who are brought together because of one situation. Our MC, Elena, is a feisty Hispanic that really shines as a woman who can stand on her own two feet and has a sassy sense of humour I absolutely loved. Vincent, the romantic interest, is a war veteran suffering from PSTD. There’s great diversity between all the supporting characters as well, which just hones in the point that in a crisis, there’s more people of colour in the world than just Dwayne Johnson and his all white family from San Andreas.

Insta-Love That Actually Works (What?!). I know.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 31 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I give As We Know It five cups of forget the coffee, you'd spill it on this non-stop action ride! 12 Dec. 2016
By Sugar - Published on Amazon.com
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It's not a mystery that I'm a HUGE Carrie Butler fan, not only of her writing, but of her graphic design work. When she offered me an early review copy of As We Know It, of course I snatched it up and downloaded it on my kindle. If you like an action packed book, than you'll love this one! You're into the book maybe three pages when things start to shake, the roof starts to collapse, and its the end of the world as Elena knows it. We've all heard about the 'big one' and now that this massive earthquake happened, Elena is thrown into survival mode with Vincent, a guy who stole from her, but in the next breath saved her life. They have fifteen minutes to get to higher ground before the tsunami hits and carries them out to sea. Elena finds herself with a strange gaggle of friends, the barista at the coffee bar and a guy who barks orders like a member of the military. Elena is focused on one thing, surviving the next fifteen minutes.

The rest is a walk between two damaged people who given the right circumstances would never trust each other, much less find a romantic spark between them. But these aren't the right circumstances, these are life or death circumstances, something Vincent is no stranger to. Elena witnesses Vincent's PTSD when the conditions they are forced into lead his mind back to the war he survived, but his men didn't. Ms. Butler's clean, honest, and well-written scenes give the reader a peek into Vincent's mind without melodrama or unnecessary descriptions. At a time when PTSD stories abound, rarely do I find one done as well as this one.

Mind you, Elena is no walk in the park either. Normally she wouldn't even be by the seashore, she'd be in Seattle, but her unfortunate choice to go on a
'get over that jack diddly' fiance vacation is cut short by the earthquake. That doesn't mean she's over the verbal abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-fiance, but she does have to put her hatred of all men aside in an instant, which isn't easy for her to do.

There are some well-written, spellbinding and thought provoking scenes throughout As We Know It and the author did an amazing job at describing the destruction that would come with an earthquake of the Pacific Northwest coastline, and the aftermath the citizens of that area will deal with.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect balance of disaster! DISASTER, EARTHQUAKE, THRILLER & SUSPENSE even romance... IT HAS IT ALL!!! 22 April 2017
By Myrna - Published on Amazon.com
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Please write more novels like this one. Personally, I love disaster... a good old fashioned earthquake, volcano, tsunami, how about an ice storm, blizzard, raging fire, tornado, hurricane... anything disastrous... maybe even a pandemic. I bought this book for the disaster theme. So many SHTF genres authors use the old standby and most times over the top everyone are raped, robbed and eaten... not necessarily in that order. " and I found it very refreshing that this author gave a realistic plot line that was carefully woven with earthquake & tsunami action and adventure. The storyline was woven with Veteran PTSD, emotional abuse, self-esteem issues, PTSD trauma, weight issues and so much more issues that I really do not have the words for. I couldn't keep track of the all the issues but she blended them right into the book for a perfect balance.

My own critic would be to make it a longer book - was sad when it ended, thank you for taking the time to have a lot of varied characters and all through the book I kept waiting to find out if she just had an emotional breakdown and dreamed it all up.

With all the issues touched on, character development, action, and so forth... the author hit this right out of the ballpark. A fantastic balance of everything. It was so well balanced that none of the plot lines overpowered each other. I was actually fine with this romance type... it wasn't over the top - realistic...she made Elana into any gal... didn't stay too much on actual details of her looks just a little "chubby" and that was about it and spanx... oh God... the description of getting in and out had me cracking up. We never find out just how overweight the main character is... we are left with "chubby" but in this day and age..."chubby" could be a mere 10lbs over. Marilyn Monroe would be considered "chubby" by today's standards.

How about-about a sequel and side stories - after all this disaster happened all up the coast! What happened to California? What happens next? Write more on this storyline...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best come-back book I've read in a long time 13 Dec. 2016
By Dawn Yacovetta - Published on Amazon.com
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Best come-back book I've read in a long time! It was intense and exciting and frightening and romantic with a thread of sarcastic humor holding it together. I absolutely loved it! It was phenomenal! Carrie Butler has a way with description that draws you in and makes you feel like you're a part of the story, and this one does that in such a fantastic way. Elena is a kick-ass character from the very beginning, standing on her own and sticking up for herself. But if she hadn't had Vincent, someone who is so much more than he seems, to guide her through the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake, she may have been doomed before we ever got a chance to know her. As they make their way in search of family and friends, we find two broken people who are destined to change not only their lives but those of the people with which they come in contact. We meet people that we become attached to, cry over those who are lost and wish we could dish it out to those who take advantage of the situation (And there are always those who take advantage of the pain of others.). But the adventure these two imperfect and improbable friends lead us on is filled with excitement, danger, fear and a myriad of emotions neither of them is ready to face.

Since her Mark of the Nexus series, I have looked forward to Ms Butler publishing again. Her characters are witty, relatable, filled with angst and emotion and most of them have a humorous edge that makes us smile or even chuckle in the midst of the danger they take us through. This story is realistic and inevitable and definitely didn't disappoint. I laughed and cried and felt. I loved it and can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, nonstop action with complex, well drawn characters 12 Dec. 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Carrie Butler's work so I was thrilled when her latest book came out. It more than met my expectations. You can tell this one has been meticulously researched. It's got a nonstop pace so be prepared to do nothing else until you've finished this book. This is the kind of book that makes you want to hide somewhere so that no one will bother you until you've finished it, savoring every breathless moment of it. What I love the most though about this book is the complexity of the characters. Neither character is what they appear to be and you get to watch them grow and change as they're challenged by life and death situations again and again. Very, very satisfying. I think Elena is especially well done. She struggles with so many things that every woman I know struggles with in relationships, particularly her self-image, self-worth and confidence. What I love about this book is that even though Vincent is awesome, Elena's growth is not dependent on him. Sure, he challenges her, and he's got enough bad-boy in him to make any woman swoon, but it's really the situation that the two of them find themselves in that forces Elena out of her quagmire of relationship and self-worth issues and into action, revealing who she really is and how very much she is actually capable of both enduring and accomplishing. It's inspiring. I think Butler does an excellent job of walking the line between damaged and complicated characters and serious romance in this novel. Vincent grows, too and in ways you don't expect. For me, the dynamic between these two is completely unexpected and original. Couple that with the action-packed thrill ride they're on and you've got a hit. Don't miss it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bet you didn't see this coming 12 Dec. 2016
By Avid reader - Published on Amazon.com
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You won't find any sparkly vampires in this Pacific Northwest disaster thriller / romantic suspense. There's no need for blood-sucking paranormal monsters. The real-life threat is far more chilling.

AS WE KNOW IT is a fast-paced ride that has all the things a reader wants--action, suspense, realistic complex characters, good dialogue, a well-researched setting, and a well-executed plot. It even has a little love thrown in for us diehard romance readers. I definitely give the author points for choosing a disaster scenario that is very real and so very NOT cliche.

I loved her Mark of Nexus series. Kudos to Ms. Butler for crafting another great read.
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