Charge by E.L. Todd
White-hot, blinding, and dangerous.
That’s exactly what Volt is.
The first time I met him, my body reacted. It coiled, sizzled, and sparked. I knew I wanted him because he was the first man to make me feel dead and alive at the exact same time.
But within a short conversation, I knew he was unattainable.
Now we’re just friends.
But will we stay friends?
Just to be up-front, I read and am reviewing this book because I am a part of E.L. Todd’s review team. I really admire E.L. Todd’s writing and I feel like she has this really incredible way of managing to get her stories to touch your heart. When the characters are anguished, I always feel like I am right there with them, experiencing it right with them.
With that said, I sometimes have felt like her books are a bit too long, and in the past, its been somewhat hard because her books always leave me with a rollercoaster of emotions. So when I got the email about her new Electric series, I was nervous. Excited, but also nervous.
I’ve never given some of the feedback above to E.L. Todd directly but I feel like she was inside my mind with these books. These are much shorter books. This first book runs just over 200 pages (in contrast with the first book of the Timeless series, “Monday”, which is over 400 pages). Another different aspect is that this entire series is releasing at the same time. So instead of reading and waiting months for the next piece of the puzzle, we get it all at once.
This story was interesting and has aspects of it that recall the Timeless series and we do see “The Muffin Girl”, which was Frankie’s bakery in the Timeless series. However, I liked that while we see similar glimpses from past books, Taylor and Volt, are still very different from other characters that E.L. Todd has written.
Our story starts with Volt getting ready to propose to his girlfriend…only to see her kissing her ex-boyfriend a few minutes after leaving the jewelry story. Then the story flashes forward and we meet Taylor who is moving to New York City for a new teaching job. One of her co-workers, Natalie, invites Taylor to hang out with her and friends, thus the introduction of Taylor and Volt.
When the story starts, Volt is basically sleeping around, and attempts to sleep with Taylor, who turns him down. Then their friendship begins.
I enjoyed watching their friendship blossom. It’s really obvious that they both need a friend, but they definitely have a different kind of friendship. Everyone notices it but them. The progression of their feelings towards each other is written really well. I think sometimes we get so caught up in life, we might not realize what is standing right in front of us. This is definitely the case for Taylor and Volt.
I would definitely recommend this new series. E.L. Todd has made some great changes with this series while still maintaining the types of emotionally gripping stories that keep you coming back for more.
Here are the links for the rest of the series:
Book 2: Spark by E.L. Todd
Book 3: Burn by E.L. Todd
Book 4: Combust by E.L. Todd