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Stronger (Runaway #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  1,418 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
My name is Jasmine and I have HIV.

I was 14 years old the first time my mother’s boyfriend hit me and at the age of 18, I was forced to be a prostitute. Cast away by the same people I thought were family, I was ready to take my own life. Until I met Nate. He didn't run away when I said I was sick. But I wonder why a handsome, funny, Mr. Right like him would love someone lik
Kindle Edition, 141 pages
Published October 10th 2013 by Rascal Hearts
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Nov 11, 2013 Kelli rated it liked it
quick review..

-always something going on
-character traits
-interesting situations

-I wish the synopsis didn't give so much detail away
-moves too quickly for me, loose ends
-room to improve character and plot development
Jena Crawford
Nov 13, 2013 Jena Crawford rated it really liked it
Well let me just say this book was way better than I thought it was going to be!! I was hesitant to read it because a love story with HIV sounded terrible. However this really had some of the dark elements that I love in a story and the sad and loving moments that I also love. Poor Jasmine though, her story is really fucking rough!! When she meets Nate and things came into light I just cried. It's been awhile for me to have a book make me cry! I recommend this one for sure, it short but damn doe ...more
Jennifer Kaster
Feb 15, 2014 Jennifer Kaster rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, abuse
Overall, I liked this book. But, I did have a few problems with it. Mostly the fact that she (the main character) had all of this horrible stuff happen to her in her past and it was like it all went away when she met Nate. Like "Oh he's so nice to me" so I can just forget anything happened to me and act "normal" which I can tell you is not accurate of a sexual assault survivor. Or an abuse survivor at all. Another thing that bothered me was Brenda and her family's reaction to her condition. They ...more
Cecily Nicklow
Dec 06, 2013 Cecily Nicklow rated it did not like it
this book was beyond depressing it literally brought my whole mood down i thought I was reading a love story where exactly was the love she has hiv he has cancer they fall in love and he's going to die in a year the end what the hell!!!
Jacqueline's Reads
Nov 13, 2013 Jacqueline's Reads marked it as freebie
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: Erin
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Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
This is a little different from my normal reviews, but it is the most concise way of writing down my thoughts.

- the start wasn't easy to read and I did think I was going to give up at one stage. I thought I was getting a romance and it was taking too long to arrive. When it did, I was disappointed with it.

- there were too many plot strands crammed into a relatively short read. It meant there was little development on each individual strand leading to a choppy writing style. Things weren't develo
Jun 19, 2014 ~~Susan~~ rated it really liked it
This is a roller coaster of a read,
So many problems and heartache all packed into 131 pages
This is the first of the series and although I enjoyed the writing style, I found the plot too unbelievable.
Jasmine's life would have been hard with a fraction of the problems she faced and I think I would have had a easier time making an emotional connection rather then an outsider looking in. would I read the rest of the series? I'm really not sure, although the blurbs do look intriguing.
Nov 14, 2013 Hollie rated it really liked it
This was basically 139 pages of heartache. The heroine in this story seemed to drift from one wretched situation to another continually throughout. This was a sad and depressing read, but it was quite captivating and emotionally charged. I'm undecided yet on reading book 2. I may if it's moderately priced.
Mar 27, 2014 Ana rated it liked it
Shelves: dark, new-author-16
was sad in a few parts of the story , with everything that jasmine had to go through, from jack to mama, to brenda and jeff, cocoa was nice with her, she meets nate and her life changes but the only thing that i dont like was her reaction when she found out the secret of nate,
Linda Cotter
Oct 22, 2014 Linda Cotter rated it liked it
This was a crazy, wild, fun ride. I really enjoyed the dynamic between the main characters, and felt such pity, fear, love, joy and finally comfort with this journey.
Admittedly, I got this book because it had the same cover model as Samantha Young's On Dublin Street, and she is one of my all-time favorite authors. (Oddly enough, Young's On Dublin Street series is the only work of hers that I haven't read.)

And I only started reading this because I saw some review of it from one of the bloggers I follow, and I was like, "Hey. I have that book, and this person said it was really good. I should read it."

And so I did.

WOW. That's what I gotta say. Wow.

The story wa
Nov 23, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Also posted to Jen in Bookland

I really wanted to like Stronger. It is the kind of story I enjoy reading. This story though was too simple. Very few, if any, people could go through what Jasmine does and just instantly be okay. It just didn't make any sense to me.

So Jasmine has a horrible past when the story opens. Her mom is kind of a mess, but she manages. That is until she meets and moves them in with her horrible abusive boyfriend (and then turns into a major alcoholic). Things could still ha
Kimberly Sarcinello
Feb 20, 2015 Kimberly Sarcinello rated it really liked it
A little bit of forgiveness asked for in advance, I'm not very good at writing reviews.)

If you are looking for a very "quick read" this is a good choice.
(I finished it within a few hours.)

The preview of the book gives far too much away. I did not see the preview, or I may not have read it at all, since the preview basically gives away the most significant turn in the story which doesn't occur until halfway through.

A generic heads-up: there are quite a few very graphic descriptions of rape and
Aug 17, 2014 Annmarie rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Jasmine is acting like a brat. Jack is offering her her own room and because it's in the attic she's disappointed. Jasmine does not want to live with Jack because she never met him, yet she's going to live with Mama after just meeting her.

Please explain why Jack treated Jasmine the way he did, I do not understand his behavior? Why in the first place would Fiona love a man that hurts her daughter and then drink herself to death. This is too unbelievable. Fiona was a stupid mother for not protecti
Apr 09, 2014 Nicki rated it liked it
I felt like this was two different books. SPOILERS..............
The first half was harrowing. Young girl moves in to the home of her mothers abusive boyfriend. Mother eventually dies from alcohol abuse (probably mixed in with physical abuse). Boyfriend then abuses the girl to the point she runs away to live on the streets.
Girl is rescued by the owner of a nightclub, but wouldn't you know it, that turns out to be a brothel and more physical abuse follows.
Girl does not insist her clients use con
Sara Richards
Jun 30, 2014 Sara Richards rated it did not like it
While the idea behind the story was fine, it was very poorly constructed. I don't know if it was intended as a novella, but there was way too much history to make it work as such a short story. I think things moved too fast. You're finally getting into to one chapter of her life then it suddenly shifts and you're left wondering why the writer even bothered.
This book was utterly predictable and chalk full of clichés. "I roamed the street for hours, trying to find the pieces of my broken heart."
Apr 09, 2014 Cafebiblioart rated it liked it
I started reading this book because it was free on Amazon yesterday. It was not the best book I have ever read or anything of the sort, but it was an interesting read. The book is very short and very easy to read so it does not take too much of your time.

The story is interesting, it had enough details, I did not feel like there was something missing. It considered it a short story and I was content with the amount of details it contained.

The plot is interesting, it shows that life is not always
Sep 04, 2014 Emmie rated it it was amazing
My review:

I was so happy to stumble across this book. I enjoyed it immensely. It was different from the run of the mill my-life-is-awful-book. This book makes you re-evaluate your life. You realise that there are people who are floored by the happenings in their lives, but they get up and face it and survive it. It made me appreciate what I have and see life from a different perspective. Brilliant. Please read. You will not be wasting your time!


Jasmine had all but given up on life after
Mar 14, 2014 carol rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Over thirteens
Recommended to carol by: Cal
This story was better than I'd expected. It is a novella and the first I had read from Lexie Ray.

This story follows the character Jasmine, whose early years of poverty then violence find her a young runaway picked up by an apparently kind and caring woman her staff call Mama...she leads her into prostitution and is a thoroughly nasty uncaring piece of work when it comes to anything going wrong in her brothel/nightclub.

This follows Jasmine and eventually through much trauma Jasmine's character de
I really liked this story from the beginning. I loved that despite all of the pain, heartache, awful shit Jasmine went through, she pushed through and came a little bit stronger and tougher each time. I couldn't dealing with some of the things she did, but see that it's possible. I thought once she got away from the sadistic asshole Jack and found a place at Mama's, things would be good, but after seeing that she only saw dollar signs, kind of made me sad. I was happy when she found a 'home' wit ...more
Melissa King
Jun 11, 2014 Melissa King rated it it was amazing
This was a very heart wrenching story, so grab the tissue. Jasmine has been through so much in her short life. She survived being drugged, sold for sex, physical and sexual abuse. She was betrayed by several people that she thought had cared and wanted to help her. She decided to end her life when she is stopped by a stranger. This stranger befriends her and shows her what happiness and love is. Then her life comes crashing down on her once again, but she is strong enough to stand on her own.

I w
May 13, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Original (full) review on GotToReadThoseBooks

Stronger is an unbelievably touching new adult story. I’ve never really cried over a story or movie, but this story brought tears to my eyes.
Jasmine is a strong person, even after all she's been through. And Nate is cool too. He made me smile when the story made me oh so sad. But I thought the author could have given him more characteristics. I don’t know how old Nate is. I only know he is a ‘man’. For all I know he could well be fourty years old.

Elsa Carrion
Apr 07, 2014 Elsa Carrion rated it liked it
Not bad, I felt that it was rushed in some parts and the summary gives half the story away.

There is a least two parts that are graphic and a little bloody but other than that smooth sailing with a bumpy road.

Loved Nate! His character was great his actions however when he meets Jasmine are a little unbelievable, but that just makes you love him even more. As for Jasmine, I guess I'm a cold hearted B, I knew what happened to her wasn't her fault, but she was almost 18 when things started happeni
Rona Aranas
Feb 19, 2014 Rona Aranas rated it liked it

This book was good, but it moved waaaay too fast.
Jasmine is a girl, who gets abused by her mothers new boyfriend, her mother dies of choking on alcohol, she becomes a prostitute, she runs away again, finds a family, moves in with them, life is going fine,and then she has HIV, the family hates her, and runs away yet again, she meets a guy and moves in with him?? they fall in love, she finds out he has cancer by herself, she hates him, she runs away yet again. she then finds an
Liz johnson
Feb 20, 2014 Liz johnson rated it liked it
A lot happened in quite a short book, Jasmine was really put through the mill. I think if the book had been longer there would have been a breathing space between events and more character development. However this is not a story where the love interest is there from the beginning, and maybe I would have been annoyed if the author had spent loads of time on plot points that didn't involve the hero? I don't know for sure. It was important to tell Jasmine's story and I can imagine that there are a ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
This was an interesting debut novel. It had a lot going on...SO many stories and experiences packed into one short book and a not so surprising terrible consequence resulting from the life our heroine lives. It has elements of tragedy and romance and dysfunctional family horrors which can be a little on the "soap opera" side...but all in all it was fairly entertaining (if you can call reading about a young woman brutalized and taken advantage of her whole life "entertaining").
I was happy that J
May 26, 2016 Robyn rated it really liked it
So much happens in this book! My heart hurt for Jasmine at almost every turn, and rejoiced when everything finally fell into place. I hope to see more of her through the rest of the series.
My only complaint: she mentions a few times, that after her backpack was stolen while she was on the streets, that she lost all trust in people. But every single action after that required either large amounts of trust, or ultimate stupidity...move in to mama's, go home with the family from the shelter, Nate,
Mar 06, 2014 April rated it it was amazing
I added this book to my amazon wishlist, having completely forgotten about it. It must have been there for a couple of months. I totally forgot what the synopsis was (which was a good thing, because reading it would have spoiled the unexpected turns the book takes) and dove right into the book last night. I didn't want to put it down. The author really made you feel for the main character(s). Aside from some typos, I really enjoyed this book and found it to be heart wrenching and inspirational. ...more
Tina Clark
Nov 14, 2013 Tina Clark rated it it was amazing
Wow this story was very depressing. A tear dropper. My heart went for jasmine. She had a hard life. 14 years old her mom and jasmine moved into her mom's boyfriend house. Her room was the attic. He was so mean to her. Her mom becomes an alcoholic and dies. jasmine is now the age of 17. Jasmine was being abused by her mom's boyfriend. She had to find a way out. Runaway was the only way and she became homeless and living in the streets. Then she finds mama who owns a Nightclub. The story goes from ...more
Feb 13, 2014 Peni rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 21+ and mature
I read this story over a couple day period. The first 3/4 of the book is very dark and depressing (had to take a short break from it) but the last 1/3 makes up for it. Jasmine's life was not easy. She appears to be rather naive which, in my opinion, brings the story to some odd places. The story is from Jasmine's POV. Almost as if she were telling us the story after the fact at times.

Overall I liked the story, mostly because of the ending. I will continue and read the next in the series.

I recomm
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