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Learn To Love Me

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Despite her secret past, Emily O’Shea was finally living a normal life. There had been some arguments with her husband, Trevor, lately, but no marriage is perfect. At least the column she writes for the local paper is going well…that is, until one of her interviewees goes missing, and a monster from her past resurfaces.

Within a week Emily’s life spins into chaos. Missing g
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Published August 10th 2012 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing (first published August 7th 2012)
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Carly Wallace
Hea y'all Anne here with my review of Learn To Love Me by Sinead MacDughlas. Well let me say I was lucky enough to get to beta read this book but I wasn't able to be much of a help. The content of the book was very telling and her attention to detail had me constantly stopping to get my grip back on reality. I do love the story, it was just a tiny bit hard for someone with a dark past. Do I think it should be read ABSOLUTELY!!! The story is brilliantly dark and intriguing, while the underlying m ...more
I could not learn to love Emily. I found her so self-centred that it was impossible to be sympathetic or gain any empathy for the character, which makes caring about what happens difficult.
The writing flows along easily enough and the settings are generally well done but there is just too much over-the-top unjustified emotion. Sentences like, “The struggle to hold back my fear for Brandi, had taken its toll. I was emotionally drained as well as physically spent. I didn't even have the energy to
From the first line you are drawn into Emily's life. The beautifully descriptive opening reads like a 1940's classic noir or hardboiled crime fiction. It spins a tale of the smoky, gauzy life of a journalist slightly disillusioned by the career. But very quickly MacDughlas spins this on us and instead of a forty something, chain smoking, male we find ourselves reading about a young, energetic, career driven female.
Emily describes herself as ordinary - so ordinary in fact that she often reminds p
Roland Capalbo
“Learn to love me” is a page turner. The words flow effortlessly and carry you along to the last page. The characters are well developed and have great chemistry, easy to identify and bond with. In my opinion “Learn to Love Me” has the most important ingredient for a mystery; that it seems like anyone could be the villain. And no one can be eliminated as a potential suspect until the exciting climax. That is the mark of mystery brilliance! I loved reading this book and its main character Emily O ...more
For as long as she can remember, Emily O'Shea has been running from a past she doesn't want to remember. She's now married to a man she loves dearly, despite their occasional arguments, and she has a job she loves doing. Well, two, but her love of writing takes precedence and she'll take her job at the newspaper over any other any day.

When a local girl goes missing, one she interviewed several years ago, Emily can't fathom as to who would want to do the girl harm. Brandi Millard is a straight A
The characters were all very believable and life like. Emily O'Shea had gone through so much in such a short period of time I felt extremely sorry for her. She dealt with things so much better than most poeple would have in her situation, but even though she was holding it together, several times she felt like she was going insane. She truly believed her past had come back to haunt her but in reality not knowing enough about the past is what came back to get her. This book was so interesting tha ...more
“Learn to Love Me” was a great read and I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book to readers who love to read thrillers filled with mystery, crime, suspense and drama. The suspense will absolutely kill you but makes the ending worthwhile. It will be hard to put the book down once you start it and the crime scenes are a little gruesome. This book will definitely have you on the edge of your seat. I look forward to reading more books by Author Sinead MacDoughlas.
Nov 23, 2012 Junying rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
It took me only a few pages to fall in love with this book. Ms MacDughlas’s debut novel was a delightful surprise for me. I did not know what exactly to expect when I started it, as normally I am not someone who read book blurbs and reviews in great detail before venturing into a book of fiction. To me, knowing too much of the storyline beforehand kind of takes away the real joy of going on an adventure and hinders me as a reader from discovering something special on my own.

Despite my lack of pr
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Summary: Despite her secret past, Emily O'Shea was finally living a normal life. There had been some arguments with her husband, Trevor, lately, but no marriage is perfect. At least the column she writes for the local paper is going well...that is, until one of her interviewees goes missing, and a monster from her past resurfaces. Within a week Emily's life spins into chaos. Missing girls, a telephon
I have worked with Sinead a lot in the past as a PA to Rue Volley. I love working with her, in fact I am considering moving north just to sit in her backyard, drink mimosas or something like that, and let our kids chase creepy crawlies together.

I had no idea what a fabulous, absolutely FABULOUS, author she is in her own right. She asked me if I would like to beta read a Christmas novella for her, I did, and I was blown away.

Then she asked me if I would share this one with my blog readers and I s
Kristin Scearce
Feb 18, 2013 Kristin Scearce rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of crime thrillers, action, suspense, mystery
Recommended to Kristin by: Sinead Macdughlas
Disclaimer: I was given an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is an exciting mystery/crime thriller/suspense/sort-of-romance all wrapped together with a tight little bow. Emily is a journalist trying to break into the exciting world of news instead of just writing a column. She gets her wish, but only after a girl she interviewed for her column goes missing. While trying to cope with the tragedy, her marriage is starting to falter, she's not so sure her husband is still
A tale of childhood suffering, domestic violence and dysfunction evolved into a thriller romance. I enjoyed the plot twists and how the author allowed for pace to reveal the back-story necessary by creating situations for the protagonist to be interviewed. It really is more enjoyable to read it in that form than a narrator info dump. Emily is the protagonist and her tortured past has led her into a situation where she has a stalker-creeper. The length of the list of possible perpetrators speaks ...more
T.R. Stoddard
Learn To Love Me by Sinead MacDughlas was a book I couldn't put down. In a little over a day I finished it, if things like sleep and work hadn't interfered it would have been much sooner. I won it in her release party giveaway, but I will be ordering the paperback shortly. Yeah, it's that good.

Emily O'Shea is a very engaging character and you instantly feel for her. You'll soon find she's gone through more than any one person should have to deal with. One of the scenes made me cry, and that's a
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Nov 14, 2012 Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 18+
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Sinead MacDughlas Author
10+*s. I recieved an ecopy of Learn to Love Me as a gift from the author and in return I am going to give my honest opinion.
What can I say........WOW!! This book hit me hard on so many different levels that I needed a box of tissues and I had a very hard time putting this book down!! It is very well written and so very fast paced that I had to say 'just one more chapter'. This is an amazing read that ripped my heart out and stomped on it, because things in this story do happen in real life wheth
Dec 09, 2012 Kristina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Took my breath away!!!!
Let me just say that this is they type of book that you can't put down, nor do you WANT to put it down. Sinead MacDughlas created such a believable world with realistic characters that I felt as if I KNEW them. Then things start going wrong, girls go missing, creepy calls, suspect lists are created, people ruled out, added back in, and the suspense continues to draw everything out of you. This is the type of book that you sit and wonder "Why is this NOT a movie yet?" I don
Jacquie Talento
This was a definite win for me to be able to get my hands on this story by Ms. MacDughlas. I started this book and finished in less than an 8 hour period because I couldn’t put it down. The suspense was fantastic and the story is very well written.
Emily is a journalist and has a very unstable marriage. She believes she has met the love of her life in Trevor but the marriage isn’t going well for them. He has become possessive and the fights won’t stop. When her past comes back to haunt her from h
I just put this book down and I have to honestly say that I really enjoyed it. The main character Emily is likeable. Every character in the story is realistic and charismatic in their own way.

The story was full systems go from page one. It captivated me and I had a difficult time putting the book down to do my school homework. There is a love triangle, passion and danger around every corner. Poor Emily didn't get any kind of peace of mind or rest for almost two weeks. It was a week of your wors
Sarah Carr
Ms. MacDughlas writes an entertaining tale that will pull you into the pages and not let go, start to finish.
This story left me on the edge of my seat, trying to determine the culprit up until the very end. Thankfully, I still have knuckles left because this truly was a nail biter.
I wanted to slap some characters and console others. By the end of the book, I felt like I lived the story right alongside Emily O'Shea. I experienced both sympathy and empathy for her characters and situations, bringi
The next time this author tries to write a book, she should hire an editor and a proofreader (or 10).
Cindy Smith
This book has been one of the creepiest stories I have ever read! Probably because it so could happen!

Sinead has written in so many twists and turns that you are left guessing until the very end! What a wonderfully written book!

Emily works for a newspaper and is in a marriage that seems to be falling apart. When girls start turning up missing, then murdered, Emily is the focus of the investigation.

You feel for her as she tries to come to terms with the past she tried to hide.

Can't wait for more
Lynda Kelly
Yet another packed in and deleted because it's full of mistakes !! The only thing I enjoyed was part of the author's dedication to her grandma which was sweet.
Apostrophe mistakes abound, sentences get repeated for no reason, there were spaces missing in people's names, missing words here and there, the dog's name goes from Brandy to Brandi more than once....just appalling.
You're supposed to believe a wife totally forgets her husband's birthday and it's his 30th too.
I gave up 36% of the way in.
I really, really enjoyed this book. Admittedly, I wasn't to sure about it at first as it was offered as a freebie on Amazon. But I was pleasantly surprised. The plot sucked me in right away and I couldn't turn the e-pages quick enough. There were many times I teared up and yes, even drew a shuddered breath. It will break your heart many times. The perfect blend of mystery, suspense and action. You just have to read it!
  ღ☆ღ  Brenda
Great story!! Just when you think you know who the killer is.... It does a complete twist on ya! Ahhhhh...This book me going nuts saying it could be him,or him, or the husband or..... Ahhhh.... makes ya wanna pull your hair out.Loved it!! Can not wait for more!! **But for someone who has past with abuse,it be a little rough on ya.

I never was able to get into this book. The characters are shallow and there is little character development. I had to drag myself through this book and would definitely recommend this as a sleeping aid, it's seriously not gripping. Too bad I actually paid to read this book, definitely a $3 wasted!
i got to read and help edit this book. i thought it was amazing because i usually don't like these kind of books. i would recommend to anyone who likes a mystery. i couldn't put this book down when i first read it. i hope you guys enjoy this amazing book
Kimberly Morris
This was a fantastic suspense and thriller but I hated it as a romance. I love a happy ending and this was not it. I hated this ending. the story definitely keeps you guessing.

The book was ok. Towards the end, it became a page turner. The typos really bothered me though.
Rebecca Arnett
Very predictable. I was somewhat disappointed
Cheryl marked it as to-read
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I was born in 1970, (I'll wait while you do the math, lol) I'm Canadian, a bit of a patriot, and I live in a small town North of Toronto, Ontario. I have a hard-working husband, two children, and a black, medium-haired cat who thinks I'm his pet.

My addictive personality is appeased by coffee, cheese, chocolate, books, music, the internet...and nicotine which I'm trying to give up.

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