Removed by S.J. Pajonas

Duty knows no family. Love has no price. Secrets can cost you everything.

Twenty-year-old Sanaa Griffin, a sweet and smart half-Japanese girl, is about to get more than she bargained for when she wishes for love and excitement on New Year’s Eve 3103. Mark Sakai, who knows more about her than any stranger should, thinks Sanaa is the perfect person to spy on the heads of the three biggest Japanese clan leaders in Nishikyō. He wants her to gather enough evidence to keep them from going to war when they land on Earth’s colonization planet, Yūsei. Nishikyō, built by the Japanese 300 years ago to house the rest of mankind, is failing and everyone is preparing to leave.

Sakai has known Sanaa’s family all her life but she knows nothing of him! And despite all the time they spend together, he keeps his distance from her. Then one day, he brings her to Jiro, his nephew, to learn sword fighting, and it changes her life irrevocably. Between falling in love with Jiro and the information she is gathering on the clans, Sanaa realizes Sakai is holding back secrets about her family and her deceased parents, secrets as to why she was chosen for this job, and learning the truth puts her and all of Nishikyō in danger.

I started this book back in November and for some reason or another - maybe my head wasn't in the right place or I was too busy writing and finishing my latest novel - I just couldn't get into the story. I tried several times over the last few months, only to set it aside, frustrated because I'd heard what an amazing book it was. Since I sent my latest WiP out to my beta readers, I've had a little more time on my hands and I've been catching up on my to-read list. I was determined to read Removed by S.J. Pajonas, all the way through - to finish it and give it the attention I knew it deserved...

I'm so glad I finally did. One of my friends called me a "reading machine" the other day and it was an apt description as I've read nine books since the beginning of the year! Oh.My.Gosh. Once I put my mind to it, I finished the book in two days. Two Days! I couldn't set the book down to do much of anything and have sacrificed quite a bit of sleep the past few days to stay up reading.

Sanaa is an amazing heroine - she's strong, caring, sincere and confident. I love that her emotions are written all over her face, I love that she breaks down and has moments of fear or insecurity, I love that she is so physical and I love that she cares even though she doesn't have to. I'm always amazed, and I have no idea why, when certain authors have such a gift with character development. When I feel like I know the person I'm reading about so well, it's like they're a friend I've known all my life...like I should be able to fall into the book and become part of the story. S.J. Pajonas has this gift. It's awe-inspiring, truly it is.

The world this author has created is fascinating! She brings the sights, smells, sounds and culture right to your senses and it's hard not to imagine that you aren't really there, participating in the events, conversations, the hustle and bustle. It's these well-developed worlds that make me wish they were real because I want to explore and experience them. I want to submerge myself in this world and quite possibly never come back.

I'm very eager to read the remaining books in this four-part series, and when I do, I'll be sure to post another review here for you to read! If the other three books are as delicious as this one, I know I'll be missing out on a lot more sleep...

Besides trying to get through the winter, S.J. Pajonas is working on several projects. She's redesigning her website and will have the new look up by mid-February. FACE TIME, her contemporary romance novel due out April 25, 2014, is in its final edit stage and the cover will be revealed on February 13. She's also currently working on a revisions game plan for the third book in the Nogiku Series, due out in late summer. Lots going on! If you want to be alerted of S. J.’s new releases, you can sign up for her newsletter.

You can find S.J. Pajonas on her website and on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and Instagram. And if you'd like to see teaser pictures and short videos of her upcoming contemporary romance novel, FACE TIME, be sure to follow her on Instagram...she'll be releasing lots of fun things leading up to April 25th release!

You'll find this incredible novel on Amazon: Removed

and Nook: Removed

Thank you for reading my review and for supporting Indie Authors! xoxo

~Heather

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