Atonement Cover Fnl LoResBlurbReese Stanford is off to college at Wake Forest with her loving boyfriend, Tate Justice…or is she? When trust issues arise regarding Tate’s behavior, she turns to none other than her beautiful past – the beach god, John Rider who is conveniently available and still waiting. Will it be enough drama for John to finally have her forever, or will other shocking revelations and dark discoveries keep Reese from becoming his life-long dream? Will Tate ever be able to win her love back?
 Betrayal, anger, lust, and love fuel the future of Reese causing unexpected twists and turns on her long-awaited road to happiness. Will undying love conquer after all? Can Reese remain true to herself?

Atonement is the second book in the Attainment series by J. H. Cardwell.  Reese Stanford is off to college at Wake Forest.  She is dating Tate and life is good.  Reese and Tate have several bumps as the both grow up and become adults while they are in college.  Tate becomes aggressive when anyone looks at Reese.  Reese has grown up and is more level headed than in the first book. 

Tate is still the hot and sexy man from the first book.  He is also still head over heels in love with Reese.  Tate’s biggest problem is deciding what he wants to do beyond college is it the majors or what and how to fit Reese into it.  Tate also seems to forget to talk to her about what is going on with him and his plans.

John is still around and waiting for Reese to wake up and pick him.  John has it so bad he tries to meddle in Tate and Reese’s lives.  The one thing that John accomplished was pushing them together.  I wonder if John did not meddle as he did, if Tate and Reese would even be together. 

I loved how the book ended.  I fully expected the ending to be much sooner than it was.  I loved that I was kept at the edge of my seat wondering how it was all going to play out.  I found this story to be well written.  The main and secondary characters were interesting and realistic.  Overall, this was a great story and I cant wait for the next book in the series!

BlurbThere are many ways to capture a person’s love, but unwilling, full attainment is never the best option.
Life hasn’t been easy for 18 year old Reese Stanford. After a traumatic incident a year ago, she has a hard time trusting any guy. She finally allows herself to fall for the heart throb, Tate Justice, only to realize he too comes with his own set of issues.
Swearing off men, she meets a beach ‘god’ who will settle for no less than all of Reese. That is at least, until she learns a truth about Tate that changes the game entirely.


Attainment is the first book in the Attainment series by J. H. Cardwell.  Reese Stanford is only 18 and yet has had a rough life.  Reese is a sweet and levelheaded young woman.  She is trying to make her way in life in college and in romance.  She learns at a young age how precious life is. Reese is a strong woman to be able to go through what she did and come out whole and not forever broken. 

Tate is a young man who seems to know what he wants in life and is not afraid of his emotions when it comes to Reese. He is a hot and sexy athlete.  I loved how respected her wishes about not having sex until she is married and did not pressure her in the least.  Tate can come across as desperate at times but at his young age, it is not too unrealistic. 

John is a hot and sexy man who fall in love with Reese from the first time he see her.  John is also rich and is more than willing to throw his money around to help win over Reese.  However, while John has some good qualities, he never fully eclipse Tate for Reese. 

The author tackles some tough issues including rape.  I do like how the author handled it.  She showed it affected Reese but did not control it and also brought up that Reese was in therapy.  I was not fond of how the book switched from first person to third person.  I am also not fond of switching from Reese telling the story to different characters telling the story.  The main and secondary characters were interesting and realistic.  Overall, this was a good story in spite of the tough issues raised with the book. 


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authorJulie has spent years in the medical field. The first few as a Cardiac Specialty Nurse, and over the last decade as a Pharmaceutical and Medical Sales Representative. She has gathered mounds of experience both personally and professionally to pour into her long time passion…writing. After years of power points in the corporate world, she is finally pursuing literary fiction/New Adult/Contemporary romance with her first novel, Attainment, and the now released sequel Atonement. The third book in the series, Chloe, will be released in 2014. Julie resides in a small town in NC with her husband and four children. She continues working full time in sales, exploring her writing late at night and in the wee hours of the morning when her children are tucked safely in bed.


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