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Private Message (Private #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  1,972 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews

Tess has never had sex. Believe it or not, she’s never had a decent kiss.

The aspiring Seattle painter and photographer is still recovering from the trauma of being beaten and nearly raped at a rock show nearly three years before. So she keeps life simple: she goes to school, goes to work in a coffee shop, goe
ebook, 158 pages
Published May 27th 2013 by Danielle Torella
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Private Message (Private #1)
Author – Danielle Torella
Publication Date – May 27, 2013
Type – Part of Series (Cliffhanger)
Genre – Romance
Rating – 3 out of 5 Stars

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

I received a copy of this book since I am reviewing the 2nd book in this series and I do have to say – I loved the synopsis and story line of the book but the “guts”…..ahhh – I just liked.

It could have been that there was part of the book and what our heroine did and tho
May 29, 2013 Libby rated it it was ok
This book had a lot of potential, and I had been eager to read it for that reason alone. This was a new story in the world of romance books and seemed like it would not be like the number of cookie cutter plots I have read recently. I will be honest though, it was painful to read. There are a significant number of grammatical errors including missing words, incomplete thoughts, and a random use of punctuation which all distract from the story.

Although I think the general idea behind this story
Felecia Hickman- amaya
May 31, 2013 Felecia Hickman- amaya rated it it was amazing
A beautiful tale of fate. This was a great story. It's the definition. Of fate working its magic. Two broken people who saved each other. There chance meeting at a bar led to a beautiful ending.
Ben- you started a broken soul who had no clue of the love you possessed . Trying to find yourself you found a true love. Tess- you beautiful broken soul what you went thru was just so sad. You opened your heart to a man that fate brought to you again and again I'm glad you found it in your heart to answe
 Reading In Pajamas
May 27, 2013 Reading In Pajamas rated it it was amazing
PRIVATE MESSAGE by Danielle Torella
Publication Date: May 31, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Cori
Rated: 5 Stars

I absolutely loved this book! I requested the book to read and review after spotting the hot cover on Facebook this morning and I sat down to read it not really knowing what to expect because this is the author’s first book. I was blown away! Private Message has a unique plot, great characters, and it is a great love story. Once I picked it up I could not put it down. I love
Apr 22, 2013 Andria rated it it was ok
I don't know why but I just couldn't get into this book. I found myself skimming through some of it. The story itself was unique don't get me wrong. Something a little different is always good. It just didn't grab me like I hoped it would. The twists and turns in the story just weren't that exciting . I was waiting for that shock and awe moment or the "OMG" climax moment but it feel flat for me. I'm an avid romance reader so like everyone I've read a lot of pretty sexy guys. Guys that made me wa ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Kristy rated it did not like it
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Ummmm, why does this have so many good reviews? Did we read the same book? Wow, so I usually leave my one star ratings for books I HATE... Like Bloodrose. (Still working on my anger over that book) I did not have hatred for this book. I do HATE that I paid for this though! But I can't rate it 2 stars because it was not "OK." Not in my opinion. In fact I wanted to stop reading several times, but I refused to stop because I freaking PAID for this!

I seriously thought this was written by a teenager
May 28, 2013 Stacie rated it it was amazing
First of i would like to THANK Danielle for the ARC copy of Private Message !! Second i will try to do my review so it gives the book justice and try not to give away to many spoilers !!

Private Message is not your typical romance. Its Not for the faint of heart but its a AMAZING read about two lost people finding love in a not so typical way !! **** SPOILERS ****

Tess is a 22 year old Coffee Barista,Painter,and Photographer who is also a Virgin who had never really been kissed ! Tess was nearley
Apr 22, 2013 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing
I have just completed it... I have never really wrote that many book reviews but this one deserves one!! Goodreads doesn't offer enough stars for this one 5 just doesn't seem like enough!! I related to this book maybe it's bc I see Danielle Torella's post on IG and FB and of course SMIBookclub! You brought out things I'm used to seeing or talking about!! And I have this love for Adam Levine so when you put him in there I was completely in love lol!! I love music also so I really enjoyed that the ...more
May 27, 2013 KinkyGirlsBookObsessions rated it it was amazing
Obsessive easy reading is one of the things I love to find with an author! Words flow, you CONNECT with their characters & you understand everything in the storyline! These are things I love about books, mostly that YOU CAN NOT for the LOVE of GOD put the book down!

Private Message -
Sooooooo 1st of all Danielle Torella IS Amazzzzing!!!
Danielle's 1st book and it's ACTUALLY IN My top books I've read?!?!
How completely CRAZY IS that?

Everything about this book was great, different setting, un
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The cover is steaming hot which dragged me in to wanting to read this book.. Quick hot steamy unique read..The only thing I wished for was that it was longer..*Sighs* Loved Ben, like come on he sounds hot!! But Tess yeah she was kind of hard to picture..But overall a really good read..
May 30, 2013 Steph rated it liked it
This book started out great and then went off the rails the last 25%. The story line took a turn that was so out there that it wasn't even plausible. Too bad, it was a solid 4 for me then down to a 2.5 or 3.
Jun 05, 2013 Sandi rated it really liked it
Would have given it 5 stars, but damn the grammar!!!! PROOF. YO. SHIT!!!!
*ARC Given to Blog for Honest Review*

3 “Punky” Kisses

The concept for this book intrigued me. Plus the title did too, there is a lot of promise with just the title alone. I went into it with an open mind to see where the characters would take me…and I have to say it surprised me a little.

Tess Martin is quirky…spunky (as well as punky lol)…she’s a tiny little thing, super cute…she’s different and unique. She’s also scared…damaged from her past. She’s got school and work to keep her busy, and the
Buddy read with Funzee Souisa

I was informed by Funzee that some friends are crazy about this book, collect money to buy the paperback. Well, it's lucky for me, I have the e-book instead.
Why did I say lucky? 30% of this book is great, but I was kinda disappointed in a half.
Before reading this, I read "FADING" by E.K. Blair, which I gave 5 sparkling stars.
This book is about sexual assault , as well.

They met at a chat room, reminds me of one dating site where everybody chat, and having a sexual tra
Kami Dodson-Perry
Aug 24, 2013 Kami Dodson-Perry rated it it was amazing
I really liked this story. It was short but not too much drama.

Tess & Ben have been connected longer than they both realize. Once they meet each other again they both have had experiences in their lives with trust. They speak very openly to each other about the issues and try to reassure each other that trust will come in time little by little.

Three years ago Tess was almost raped while attending a rock concert. Normally her big brother James would accompany her as her protector but he was u
~`*Ella Lee*`~
Jun 04, 2013 ~`*Ella Lee*`~ rated it did not like it
Well, I just could not finish this book. It wasn't for me. What particularly threw me off was the hero's total infatuation with himself. I mean, I'm all for knowing the obvious - a hawwwt looking man is most likely going to know he's hawwwt (ie all the women he sleeps with). However, I did not like being in this guys head and repeatedly reading about how hot he knew he was.
Second, I hated the way the author had the heroine described both by the heroine herself and the hero. I mean, no words wher
May 21, 2013 Tina rated it liked it
The cover of this book is absolutely hot!! I loved the story and the characters are very likable. The steam factor here is scorching but that's not all there is to this book. It's really funny, I was laughing out Loud a lot!! The only draw backs for me where the editing errors and there where times the flow of the story felt like it was off or disjointed. Also I wish this could have been a longer book, there was enough of a good story here to go into the characters more so we could know them bet ...more
May 30, 2013 Tia rated it it was ok
Start of the novel was cool, I was getting into it but by the end, it made me think, what a waste of a novel.
May 28, 2013 Corie rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I have struggled with writing this review. I think the plot is great, I know the idea is used a bunch, but for romantics who like to read about a tattooed bad boy falling for the overlooked girl that is `different', it is never tiring. There are some good parts, and some sweet scenes, but there are too many inconsistencies, and things that I didn't like, for me to rate this higher.

I won't go into all the things that bothered me, just the few that clinched my rating. I don't get how Tess can be r
Funzee Shu
Jun 25, 2013 Funzee Shu rated it it was ok

The truth is…

I have no intention to read this book this now
But, one of my friend asking about this book last night.
She told me that her friends recommended this book to her and said that “It’s good”.

So, I go to Goodreads to seek some information about this book and ended with curiosity.

Then I told Lelyana - my buddy read - about this book, and we both decided to have “One Night Stand” with this book, Lol…

If Freddy Mercury's said “Too much love will kill you” , in my case, it became “Too
Miranda Whore
Jun 18, 2013 Miranda Whore rated it it was amazing
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Review of Private Message by Danielle Torella
Book provided by author for honest review.
(No spoilers!)

I have to start off with WOW. I love that this book wasn’t a cookie cutter of what so many other authors are doing these days. Yes, there was romance, sex, rockstars, drama, and all sorts of other things you see in the New Adult/contemporary romance genres, but this book stands apart in that the lives of the characters aren’t picture perfect. We don’t meet millionaire Rock Gods, okay, well we do
Brandy Lynn
May 08, 2013 Brandy Lynn rated it it was amazing
Oh where do I start? I absolutely positively LOVED Private Message! It was a brilliant idea. I mean a bar where you literally go in, log-on, and chat with others for a hook-up….Um, count me in! I was all over Chatz and totally feel like the author and I should open Chatz (hint, hint) tehehehehe! I think for a debut novel Danielle Torella did an awesome job. I was sucked into the story line from the synopsis alone. I knew this book was up my alley and boy oh boy Danielle did not disappoint! I was ...more
Heather andrews
May 28, 2013 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
Saw the cover I knew I had to read it hellooo!! Look at all those damn tats! Tess that girl is funny, "God I hope it's someone remotely attractive after last week's lesson of trees. Like seriously, trees?" Ben I guess isn't the type of guy you say no to so when Tess does it, it's funny, "wow, she said no? No one has ever turned me down." First time for everything buddy-boy. Ben is a cocky thing as well, "I guess I'll just sit pretty 'til you finish your drawing. And I want to thank you for doing ...more
Mary Wasowski
May 25, 2013 Mary Wasowski rated it it was amazing
Stayed up to 2 am finishing Private Message. How do I begin to tell all of you how much I enjoyed this book and keep it spoiler free? ugh...I'll keep it simple if I can. I loved it. With my busy life sometimes I tend to read really fast and that's how I began this book, finally I said, slow the heck down and start over. So happy I did. I immediately got into the story with Tess. Here's this young and talented girl that is hiding behind a hidden pain with walls all around her. She begins to come ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Anjuli rated it it was amazing
I seriously LOVED this book. Tess and Ben are amazing characters that I fell in love with instantly. I am typically a picky person when it comes to my characters, but they just hit the spot.

Tess is definitely the relatable female character that I have been in desperate need of lately. I love that she expresses herself and doesn't keep her feelings in her inner monologue. For those of you who have read Thoughtless you know what I mean.

Ben is the tall, dark, & sexy male character we all love
Abby McCarthy
Jun 18, 2013 Abby McCarthy rated it liked it
3.5 stars for me

Tess, after getting all flustered by a nude model at school needs a drink and stops at the first bar she sees. Chatz is this bar where people login with their phone in a chat room and they chat across the bar picking people up. I need to know, do places like this exist? What a unique concept this bar is. Its extremely forward but it added a fun element to this story.

Tess gets a private message from Big Ben who never private messages anyone. She doesn't respond at first. Ben and T
Johnnie-Marie Howard
Jan 20, 2014 Johnnie-Marie Howard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
Omg really!!!! Let's just say I really enjoyed this story, Like a lot not just a little a lot!!! It was hott, sad, moody and right to the point. It was rather enjoyable. I really liked the attitude of the main character Tess, she was outgoing, quite and was just trying to be herself. She expressed her self rather well in fact I wish I have read more stories where the females are strong and can express themselves the way Tess does. Ok let's just say that in my mind Ben is Jaw dropping HOTT!! lol ...more
Jade Goodmore
May 22, 2013 Jade Goodmore rated it really liked it
I had the good fortune of being a beta-reader for Danielle for her very first draft and I fell in love with the idea way back then. The concept is original and I actually wish it had been used even more than it was. I would have been keen to see more of Chatz and the characters there. Maybe we could see more in a spin-off? Hint hint?

Tess is extremely likeable because she is every girl. She could easily be your best friend and you instantly warm to her. I did. The lateness, the art, the music. An
Joanna R
May 29, 2013 Joanna R rated it it was amazing
I read it in one sitting. Great story about Ben and Tess. Tess is still a virgin due to being attacked and almost raped at a concert. They meet in a bar called chatz (which btw I think is a fab idea for a bar) where you log in and message people socially and hook up with them. Tess doesn't know it's that type of bar but meets her new BFF Erin who explains the bar concept. Ben aka Big_Ben private messages her which he never does and then they end up together. Not sure about the time frames with B ...more
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
2.75-3 Stars

- Our Hero, Ben, is a sexy, tattooed Brit ;)
- Our heroine is named Tess. Yes, I'm narcissistic that way ;)
- Adam Levine makes an appearance in the book. Yea, can't go wrong with that.

- I'm a fan of insta-love, to a degree, but something about this story felt a little off
- Tess easily forgives Ben for a misunderstanding. If it was me, I wanted more of an explanation. His was a bit lame.
- Heroine meets a new girlfriend at a bar one night and the next thing you kno
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Hi! I am Danielle live in Western New York with my husband and two sons. I never knew I had a dream to become a writer until I started becoming obsessed with reading in the last few years. The obsession began with Twilight and then matured to Fifty Shades. While used to reading mainstream best sellers, found a new love for indie authors.

I love to do paintings related to the books I read and event
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