Two Worlds Collided

Written by Karen Michelle Nutt⎮ Narrated by Sharmila Devar

Author: Karen Michelle Nutt
Narrator: Sharmila Devar
Length: 7 hours and 11 minutes
Publisher: Karen Michelle Nutt
Released: Aug. 6, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction

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Evie Reid, on a whim, agrees to travel back in time to 1997 to change bad boy Bellamy Lovel's path of destruction. She's smart with a college degree, but she's still fan-girl crazy for the rock band Civilized Heathens. Evie knows despite all Bellamy's smiles and enthusiasm on the stage, he's destined to end it all on one lonely night in a hotel room unless she can change his path.

Bellamy isn't keen on having Evie as his personal assistant, hired by his band mates to watch over him and keep him on schedule. However, there is something about the woman that sparks his interest, despite his best to ignore her. When darkness threatens to consume him, he realizes she may be the only light that will chase the shadows away.

Althea's Review

4 Stars

This audiobook was provided by its author, Karla M. Jay, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Karla!

“One does evil enough when one does nothing good.”

I have to say that you should definitely be prepared for a somewhat heavy historical fiction before going into When We Were Brave. Just like you would expect from a WW2 novel set in Nazi Germany, it showed the hardships that people experienced as well as the precious few moments that were a result of appreciating the precious seconds that were rare and kind of far between during those times.

This was in general just a heartfelt, and long, journey. I have seen people comparing When We Were Brav to The Nightingale and I have to say that I see where they are coming from.

Listening to stories from the point of different jewish people that had different takes on what was happening was interesting to read, as When We Were Brave is comprised of mainly 3 stories. The characters in the first two stories were engaging and easy to get attached to but, to be honest, it started to lose my interest at some parts towards the end.

However, the familial relationships made me fall in love so fast and were so well written (especially with the second story of the mother and son trying to escape the Nazis). It was relatable for me personally and that was the story that really hooked me the most that I just had to drop everything and listen. If you aren’t a character driven person the plot of this is more than enough to keep you engrossed as it is quite intense and emotional.

The themes were absolutely amazing! Which is an aspect that I always expect to be strong with historical fiction novels and I am very happy to say that I was not let down.

It's heartbreaking. It's inspiring. What more could you ask for? I absolutely loved the Karla M. Jay's writing style for the most part and the narrator did a great job of translating that into the audiobook. There weren't any fancy sound effects or music but that did not hinder my enjoyment at all. I actually thought the narration itself was entrancing which suited the story perfectly

All in all, I agree with everyone that this was an amazing historical WW2 fiction and there is no doubt that you are going to love this if the genre comes within your reading taste.

Sophia's Review

4 Stars

This audiobook was provided by its author, Karen Michelle Nutt, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Karen!

The idea of a woman traveling back to change the past so that the lead singer of her favorite band and a person she has crushed on since her teens doesn’t end up committing suicide tickled my fancy.  This was a new to me author and narrator so I anticipated it all around.

Evie and her fan club friends are mourning the loss of a singer who was legendary during his life and his fame for his talented singing lives on ten years later.  Her little story of a teenage connection with him and the fact that she still has his necklace from the encounter enthuses her friend to perform some witchery to send her back to the past.  From there, she has the task of getting close to Bellamy and helping him find a reason to keep on living and fight through his personal demons.

A story like Two Worlds Collided could go a few different ways and, in truth, I took a chance on it because I’m not generally drawn to rockstar romances.  But, this one took on a fairytale quality early on so that reality was heavily dosed with romance.  The rocker world is there, but there is something very sweet about Evie and Bellamy’s summer of romance.  I liked the tension of knowing that Evie is on a time schedule to help him before she has to go back to the future.  And, I liked that she knew upfront because of the magic, that she did indeed have to go so there wasn’t that tugging one way or the other.  She could only hope that he would indeed grasp hold of life and dream that he’d come and find her afterward.

The unique twist for me was when the story came back to the present.  I didn’t know how that was going to work any more than Evie did, but it was fascinating how that was done and it added an interesting layer to the story.  I loved the finish of Two Worlds Collided and it was just as adorable as a fairytale rockstar romance ending could be.

Sharmila Devar was new to me and I enjoyed her husky voice for Evie and her friends and some of the male characters like her brother and the band members.  But, I don’t think her voice for Bellamy was a good match.  Her husky male voice was too hoarse for a strong lead singer’s voice would be, in my opinion.  She did great at the emotion and pacing of the story that kept my attention from start to finish.

All in all, Two Worlds Collided was a blend of sweet and spice.  Light, but deeply touching.  A fabulous blend of time travel and rockstar romance.

Meet the Author: Karen Michelle Nutt

Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband. Though her three children are grown and starting their own adventures, she still has a houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.

When she's not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian's Book Covers, "Judge Your Book By Its Cover".

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, time travel or contemporary romances, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

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