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Dray by Tess Oliver Review

Title: Dray

Author: Tess Oliver

First published February 21, 2014

262 pages, Nook

ISBN: 2940149245338

Rating: 4.09


Book #3 in the Custom Culture Series. Dray Warner is left heartbroken when the love of his life, Cassie, leaves him for a job in New York.

With nothing to lose, he decides to take his friend’s offer to go to Mexico for some surfing and relaxation. But Dray’s past catches up with him, and he finds himself in a dangerous situation that could cost him his life.

Meanwhile, Cassie is determined to move on with her life, but when she discovers that Dray is in trouble, she knows she must do everything in her power to save him. Will Cassie be able to rescue Dray before it’s too late?

Find out in this gripping installment of the Custom Culture Series.

About the Author

Tess Oliver, acclaimed author of the Custom Culture series and numerous other romances, has become a beloved figure among readers for her ability to craft relatable characters that feel like friends. Her captivating stories have a way of drawing readers in, making it impossible to put down her books until the very last page is turned.

Tess has received recognition from USA Today’s ‘Happy Ever After’ site, as well as from publications such as Glamour UK and Elle UK magazines.

Editoral Review

Dray by Tess Oliver is a captivating young adult novel that was first published on February 21, 2014. Tess Oliver is an American author known for her young adult and new adult romances.

Her books, including Freefall, Perfect Kisses, and Camouflage, have earned her a dedicated following among romance fans. Dray is a contemporary romance novel that explores the themes of identity, friendship, love, and betrayal.

The plot revolves around the main character, Dray, a college student who is on a quest to discover her true identity. Dray, who was adopted by a wealthy family at a young age, has always felt like an outsider in her family and is determined to uncover the truth about her past.

The story takes place in a small college town in North Carolina, where Dray meets two friends, Liam and Jack, who are equally determined to help Dray uncover her past. As they dig deeper into her past, they uncover shocking secrets that threaten to destroy their friendship and change their lives forever.

The novel is skillfully written, with vivid descriptions that bring the characters and setting to life. The characters are well-drawn, with distinct personalities and motivations.

Dray is a sympathetic and relatable character, who becomes increasingly complex as her search for identity becomes more fraught. The pacing of the novel is brisk, with enough suspense to keep the reader engaged.

The plot is full of twists and turns, with unexpected revelations that keep the reader guessing until the end. The themes of identity and belonging are timeless, and the novel addresses them with honesty and sensitivity.

While Dray has many strengths, it also has some weaknesses. The secondary characters, Liam and Jack, are not fully fleshed out, and their motivations are not always clear.

The romance between Dray and Liam feels rushed and underdeveloped, and the resolution of the conflict feels contrived. Overall, Dray is a compelling read that will appeal to fans of young adult romance novels.

It is well-written, with vivid descriptions, well-drawn characters, and a suspenseful plot. While it has some flaws, it is a solid debut novel from Tess Oliver.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast-paced, emotionally engaging romance novel. I give Dray by Tess Oliver a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

While it has some flaws, it is a well-crafted and engaging young adult romance novel that is sure to please fans of the genre.

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