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The Stillness of You (Beautifully Damaged #1)

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**New Adult featuring mature situations and sexual content - recommended for ages 18+**

Bad girl,Georgia King, is trying to survive after spiraling into a darkness that nearly took her life. With her college dreams on hold she's trying to get healthy--trying to still the craziness inside her. She has no room for someone like Ben Lancaster and if he was smart he'd stay away.
ebook, 250 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Julie Bale (first published March 11th 2013)
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Alexis *Reality Bites*
SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
4.5 STARS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance


‘When I went off, the sky was the limit.
No, that wasn’t true either.
When I went off, there was no limit and when there was no ceiling above you, there sure as hell wasn’t anything soft to catch you when you fell.’

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Parties, Sex and Drugs was her life up until the day she woke up in a hospital bed. Georgia King is trying to come out of the darkness that once swallowed
Apr 19, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anna by: Alexis *Reality Bites*
5 huge molten mess of quivering girlie part erupting stars !!!!

I loved this book !!!!
Ladies do yourself two/three favors before embarking on this book: google Eric LINDROS of the Philadelphia Flyers in his prime ( like 1999ish) yeah get that visual of the hockey god ( my visual below). Then play the Foo Fighters " EVERLONG" and " The Best of You " and set the mooOOOoooOOOddd. ( that's a lot of O's hint hint ;) wink

~~The only thing I'll ever ask of you. You've gotta promise not to stop when I
Jun 15, 2013 Lili rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lili by: Alison
The Stillness of You is the beautiful story of Georgia and Ben.

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Georgia has just been released from a mental hospital and diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She is still trying to come to grips with her disorder and her parents' tragic death. She's trying to piece her life back together after having recently fallen into a dark place. To help her do do so she must take her medications- Lithium and Klonopin but she's reluctant to take her Klonopin because of the effects it has on her.

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Ben, is an up a
Shannon The Show Stopper
Dec 23, 2013 Shannon The Show Stopper rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

*I was gived a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review*

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the fact the main character Georgia is flawed and damaged. It made her more real. The hockey player Ben really had my heart! I think the characters were well developed all though there were just a couple of aspects that seemed a little hokey.

Now....the sex in this was HOT!

" I can't promise that I'll fuck you nice and slow even though you deserve it, because babe, I'm already there. But I
 ♥  Barb ♥
** 3.5 almost 4 stars **

~~No one expects to meet the person who will change your life on a Wednesday. Maybe a Friday or a Saturday, but not the one that's halfway between work and freedom. No one expects it, but it does happen. It happened to me and he didn't just change my life, he SAVED it.~~

Hottie, and former bad boy, Ben is traded to the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team and is staying with his coach Matt for a few weeks until he can find his own place. He then meets the broken and damaged, G
Aestas Book Blog
Mar 12, 2013 Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read

I like the sound of this one!!

Georgia King is trying to survive after spiraling into a darkness that nearly took her life. In therapy with her college dreams on hold,she's trying to get healthy. Trying to still the craziness inside her. She has no room for someone like Ben Lancaster,and if he was smart he'd stay away. Because everyone knows Georgia is bad news--she ruins people--and if Ben isn't careful, he'll be next in line.

Ben Lancaster is a young, hot shot hockey player on his way to the
Dec 30, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it

The Stillness of You is an emotionally charged, sexy, and beautiful contemporary romance. This story is heavy, a little dark, but also sweet and funny. Julie Bale does a remarkable job dealing with the delicate subject matter entwined within the story. The way she describes Georgia’s thought process, as a person who is bipolar, was vivid and intense. The author didn’t gloss over the ugliness that comes with having the disorder, which made this story feel more personal, realistic, and raw. Prepar
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I had a tough time rating this one. It wasn't quite what I expected, though not in a bad way. It was an emotional and dark story about a broken girl, who hits rock bottom and tries to make her way back up and pick up all the shatter pieces.

There was some very heavy subject matter in this book that I found the author dealt with in an incredibly realistic way. It allows the reader to look at mental illness through the eyes of a girl
♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
Feb 20, 2014 ♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥ rated it really liked it
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**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**


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Georgia King used to be a party girl; drugs, alcohol and sex all helped her to escape her dark life and the craziness she felt inside. It made her feel good for small moments in time but then she hit rock bottom in the worse way possible and had to face the reality of her life………

“Ben Lancaster was like the yummiest piece of chocolate ever.”

Ben is the new signing f
I received a free copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review.

**3.5 stars**


The good stuff :

- Dual POVs. My favourite.

- Ben Lancaster. I adored this guy! I enjoyed being in his head, especially when he'd go all 'girly'. He was a celebrity in the hockey world, but he wasn't a party animal. He was self-assured, caring, understanding and of course, outrageously good-looking. He didn't run when things got tough.

- The heat. This book delivered on the steam factor. I wasn't expecting it to
Dec 12, 2013 Kara rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kara by: Anna
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I was looking for that romantic, hot, sexy read... so when my little champion yelled at me to read this - of course I did.
I love 'em ESR (easy sexy romantic).

His smile widened and dimples appeared. Adorable dimples. Hot effing dimples.

She looked like winter but smelled like rain. Okay, I knew I needed to stop with that poet fucking shit, but I couldn't help it.

Writing was great. Characters - swoon. I hope the next book is about Matt! I read this book in 2.5 hours. couldn't. move. needed. to. f
The Stillness of You is a fantastic contemporary romance that helps to challenge your perceptions of mental illness and the stigma surrounding it. I don't think I've ever read a story where the main character is bipolar before and that's one of the things I liked most about this book. I have a relative who is bipolar and Georgia reminded me of her in so many ways, it actually gave me a deeper understanding of how my cousin must feel at times and I think it's a great way to raise awareness of the ...more
Cocktails and Books
This was a book that was dark, gritty and unlike anything I've read by Julie Bale's alter ego, Juliana Stone. It's falls into the bucket of New Adult books that have come out recently with tortured, somewhat broken characters, but it was one that I most definitely enjoyed.

Georgia King is a young woman at a crossroads. Does she let the issues of her past pull her under or does she believe in herself and work towards being the person she wants to be? It's a tough question for Georgia to face when
♥ Sarah
Apr 28, 2013 ♥ Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommended to ♥ Sarah by: Anna
Shelves: ya-na, romanceland
3.9999 stars of heart-melting hotness

I took a slight break from my usual YA DYSTOPIA reading binge to read this book that my friend Anna, recommended. If I had to describe this book in one word, it'd be: HOT. *Thank you, Anna!!! I SO needed that!*

The story was somewhat unique, as the heroine Georgia, wasn't depicted as your typical virginal, push-over. She's actually quite "damaged" - former bad girl, druggie, previously suicidal, and (wait for it) bi-polar. But then she meets famous hockey play
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
4.5 Stars
Dark, gritty, emotional and sexy - I can't wait for more!

You can see Crystal L's full review of this title at Reading Between the Wines
"This book should come with a warning label. Something that says, "Beware to reader: Consumption of this book may cause your heart to skip a beat, before it subsequently stops in your chest anyways, then promptly shatters into a million pieces, for which you will need industrial strength duct tape to try and put it back together. Use of an emotional defi
Dec 13, 2013 AprilA rated it really liked it
Loved it! Ben is absolutely swoon worthy and Georgia is so beautifully broken. They're the perfect match!
Apr 14, 2013 Lyndi rated it it was ok
Meh. Not really impressed with this one. I read it because it was recommended for people who enjoyed "Real" by Katy Evans, which I just finished in one sitting. I can see why it was recommended. Georgia is bipolar, first person narrative, sports romance, etc. But compared to "Real", this kinda sucked. Maybe I would have liked it more had I not just been blown away by the last book, but I was still horribly frustrated with Georgia's thinking. I understand bipolar disorder and I felt like Julie Ba ...more
FV Angela
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Secrets are heavy.

They’re heavy and they’re hard and sharp and they suck.

They press into your chest and make it hard to breathe. They make it hard to sleep or relax or just be…

But most of all secrets make me sad. And sad made me scared.

Georgia King is a young woman trying to put herself back together again after the downward spiral of mental illness and a crazy, out of control youth. Newly discharged from a mental hospital she’s
Mar 17, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

DRATS! I devoured this book like a super tasty Scooby Snack only to get to the end and find out it is to be continued...grrr. I have been avoiding still to be released series because I cannot stand to wait for the next installment. I am getting tired of losing the story's mojo and needing to reread the first book to get back into it. And, of course waiting on pins and needles for more (and closure) is a major buzz kill. Don’t get me wrong; I am glad there will be more but I would rathe
May 08, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
Ahhhh damn! This book is to be continued. I'm not sure how I feel about it because I really liked Ben and Georgia so I was really looking for a HEA or some kind of ending. Georgia is a complicated girl with a mental illness to boot, she's bi polar. She's had a rough life, parents are deceased, mom was a nut job. Georgia has not managed her illness, so on the highs she's partying, drugs, booze, and men..lots of men. Sometimes strangers. She almost died. She goes to live with her older brother Mat ...more
Laura Smith
Apr 17, 2013 Laura Smith rated it it was amazing
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Oh my freaking god!!! 5 big humongous earth shattering stars!

I need to start this review by saying that only yesterday had I finished REAL, and had set myself up for the biggest book hangover I'd ever experienced, nothing was going to get me out of my REAL slump until...the stillness of you arrived in my mail this morning and from page one I knew I'd found it, I knew I'd found the book that would make me get over the last one, I'd found my hangover cure!

4 damaged and heartbreaking stars

I quite liked this book, a beautiful story that felt very real, and i love to read this kind of book with a story line so close to reality nd do intense.
I really got so engrosed and sucked into this book that i didn't wanted to end. I felt the raw and painful feelings Georgia was going thru and i absolutely love and adore Ben.

He is so awesome with Georgia and sticks with her even after he finds out about her past and how damaged she is. The love scenes were so Ho
Mar 15, 2013 Kelster rated it really liked it
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This book was great. There are alternating POV's and a wonderful H and h. I loved the intro between the two of them and I felt their instant attraction and connection to one another. I thought the author handled their issues in a realistic way and I understood their motivations, fears and frustrations perfectly. I really loved their frantic, all consuming passion. This is a continuing story. So the book ends with them together and in love but with much to work through. I will definitely continue ...more
Jacqueline's Reads
Mar 13, 2013 Jacqueline's Reads marked it as considering
Waiting for more reviews before I dive in... or I might just dive in without the reviews... I'm getting curious.
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
Mar 14, 2013 Jessica `~Blahyze~` rated it really liked it
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Let me start off by saying that it’s nice to read a book with a lead character is flawed and real. You don’t often come across a lead that has bi-polar or any kind of disorder, it makes it so much more relatable and makes you want the character to pull through and succeed.

Being able to connect with Georgia, the lead character, also led to me tearing up in parts like when she divulged to Ben’s parents about her parents being dead. It was a turning point for her, but also sent her spiralling with
Mar 12, 2013 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

There are just not enough words to express the amount of love that I have for The Stillness of You. This is definitely one of my favorite books that I've read in awhile, it's was just so damn good. I loved that The Stillness of You evoked so many different feelings in me. This is definitely not a fluff read. It's raw and gritty and at times very sexy.

When I met Georgia I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about her. She has an edge to her and
May 08, 2013 Paige rated it liked it
Shelves: fluff, arc
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.*

This was a quick read featuring two characters with fun chemistry.

I enjoyed the story, but the pacing was always a bit off for me. The beginning moves very quickly. The characters have an instant connection in which they're immediately hooked on one another, think about each other constantly, and quickly develop an intimate relationship. It happened so fast that I felt I hardly knew the characters at this point. Then the book drags a b
Apr 17, 2013 Zizz rated it really liked it
I can't decide between 3.5 and 4 stars

This was a good book with very likeable characters. Ben is the next big thing in NHL. Georgia is damaged. (view spoiler) Given her condition, Georgia doesn't think she can do normal nor does she deserve anything happy. There is a strong attraction
"Ben Lancaster had just tattooed himself onto my soul and the thing about tattoos? They’re painful to remove."--Georgia King

Georgia WAS a party girl, free sex, drugs addict...just to forget voices in her head....6 months in a mental health institution for her Bipolar Disorder. Life was hard for her. She's fucked up. Until her brother brought her back to life, to stay away from all she had been through.

And she met Ben Lancaster, a hottie, rising star Hockey player. And fall in love with him.H
Apr 19, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it
I would rate this at 3.5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I instantly fell in love with the main character. Georgia is dealing with with some serious issues and she is very honest with herself about them. She is slowly going through the process of dealing with her issues when she meets Ben. I Never felt like Georgia was waiting around for some guy to come rescue her, she is just trying to deal with her life following her diagnosis. I found Georgia to be such a ref
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Julie Bale (also known as contemporary romance and young adult romance author, Juliana Stone) fell in love with book boyfriends when she was twelve. She decided that when she was a grownup she would write her own book boyfriends. So that’s what she does.

When Julie isn’t writing she’s busy looking after a family that includes a couple of kids, her husband and a dog who is prettier than some people
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“I had a feeling that Ben Lancaster had just tattooed himself onto my soul and the thing about tattoos? They were painful to remove.” 14 likes
“She was damaged and broken and there wasn’t any kind of glue in the world that could fix her.” 11 likes
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