#ReleaseBlitz & #MBreview “Transference” by Ava Harrison



by Ava Harrison

Genre: Contemporary Romance

(Forbidden Love Story)

Release Date: November 10, 2016

transferencereview My musings…


Transference is one of those rare books that not only provides the reader with a heart-wrenching romance that will become embedded in readers’ hearts but also a beautifully written story that truly shows the talent of Ava Harrison.

When the story begins, Eve is overcoming a plethora of traumas in her life that have left her mentally scarred, and she is reeling in all avenues of her life.  She is struggling to survive and function in the normal world, and, as a result, seeks out help from a therapist.  From the beginning the reader’s heart aches for Eve.  The amount of loss she has been dealt, the feeling of abandonment with which she is struggling, the dreams she cannot understand serve to tear reader hearts up while making her a sympathetic character.  Readers desperately want her to figure everything out, to get better, to become whole enough to love fully.  With Eve, Ava Harrison has crafted a heroine readers can root for.

Preston is another character who is also still dealing with loss in his life, even if a significant amount of time has passed since then.  It is clear throughout his internal dialogue that the event is still something that plagues him, that has shaped and molded that man he is today.  What will ultimately endear the reader to his character is the fact that he is supportive and kind, and he sets a course of action and sticks to that plan.  Preston is a man of integrity, of compassion, and an insatiable desire to fix, certainly a hero worth adoring.

The story of these two characters is wrought with turmoil and the struggle for emotional health, and this journey will grip readers from the beginning and will refuse to release them until the final pages.  The way in which this author describes the feelings and emotions plaguing Eve makes the reader feel as though he/she is feeling the same.  Readers will hurt with her and feel the helplessness she feels so many times throughout the book, but readers also get to experience her strength and growth of her character and make her journey, an incredibly rewarding experience.  Just as with her use of literary elements to convey the struggles, she also uses these elements to convey the struggle to resist their forbidden romance.  The draw, the resistance, the satisfaction and regret in the surrender is all so vividly described that the reader truly feels everything these characters feel.  Their story becomes the readers story, causing them to live and breathe this raw and gripping tale.  Ava Harrison has truly wrote a moving and compelling read.

One additional aspect of this novel that really sold the book is the authentic way she conveys the struggles of mental illnesses.  It is the difficulties, the successes and setbacks, and the desire to be “normal” is dealt with in a way that screams authentic but also shows reverence to the battle.  Through this story she shows not only the struggle, but the strength people have in order to fight every day to be better, whole. This exploration of struggles with mental illnesses also leads the readers to the idea that one must be whole on their own before they can enter into a real relationship, and this realization leads to one of the most heart-wrenching scenes, truly tearing up the heart of the reader.  And although readers want to be angry, they can’t be as the desire for self-healing is right and true, and in the end is ultimately rewarding.

Ava Harrison, for her writing alone, has found a spot on my new author list.  Her words are poetic, beautiful, gripping, and real, and I have fallen in love with her writing. Luckily for readers, the story is also one for the ages as it is more than just a romance.  It is a look at the struggles of people with social issues, the struggle to resist emotions when the threaten to consume, and of course, the need to fight for love, self-love, real love, whole love.  It is truly a raw and emotional story that readers must experience!

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

The nightmares find me.
They steal my breath, slowly suffocating me.
I’m scared.
I want it to stop.
He’s supposed to help me.
Instead, he evokes something forbidden.
I know I should run.
But I can’t.
I’ve made my choice.
I want him.
There’s only one problem…
He’s my therapist.


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His hand slides down my body to the waistband of my pants. He pauses.The pressure of his hand is a reminder of what I want. Of what I desire. Pushing my body firmly into his, I let him know what I need.

I need is his hands on me. His fingers in me.

He finds the button and undoes it. Wedges his hand between the thin material and my skin.

The pads of his fingertips slowly work themselves further downward. Each inch they travel sends a wave of chills to flow through my body; each nerve ending is pricked alive.

He pushes his hand lower and lower until I feel him trace the lace covering my most intimate spot. A whisper against my sensitive flesh.

“Please,” I moan, rotating my hips to help alleviate the hunger growing inside me. The flimsy material that covers me moves aside and his fingers trace down the seam of my skin. The movements are so slow, every part of my body quivers with anticipation.

“Dr. Montgomery, your next patient is here.” The receptionist’s voice slams through our lust filled haze.



 About the Author:

Ava Harrison is a New Yorker, born and bred.

When she’s not journaling her life, you can find her window shopping, cooking dinner for her family, or curled up on her couch reading a book.

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  1. I’ve been intrigued by this one but wasn’t sure it was for me because I’m a former social worker and this plot goes against all of my ethical instincts. But your review makes me want to read it for sure now.

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