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Giving In (The Shore #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  589 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Raphael Cruz doesn't do it. He just doesn't. Cruz doesn't fall in love. He's a "get in and get out" kind of guy. Ladies love him and fall all over him for his swoon worthy good looks and overwhelming sex appeal. He knows how to talk to them and tells them exactly what they want to hear. When he's done making them scream his name, he shows them straight to the door. The ...more
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Published March 2014 by Amazon
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Apr 20, 2014 Suzana rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

At the end of the book I was like this

It was a really great read, the book was funny, hot and heartbreaking at the end ...

Love is the only thing I think you can't fake, no matter what. It's when you look into the eyes of the person meant for you, and you can see into their soul. I'm pretty sure you can't lie when you truly look into the depths of them. There's a resemblance there, a home, somewhere you can put your trust into, someone you can tell your deepest, darkest fears to, and
Gloria Herrera
Feb 07, 2014 Gloria Herrera rated it it was amazing
Oil and vinegar... Black and white... Mild and spicy... get my drift? Harlow and Cruz... opposite sides of the proverbial "tracks". He is a man-whore and is proud of it. She has had one lover and is going through a particularly difficult time after their break-up.

A chance encounter at a bar; Harlow wants to show her ex she has moved on after seeing him kissing a new conquest; Cruz is drunk; Harlow is drunk; there is a handy ladies' room and the rest is a mind-bogglin' sex encounter never to be f
Jul 07, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing
I hate when I forget to come back and write a review (sorry). This story really started out with a bang, holy hotness!! I loved all the banter and sexual tension with Harlow and Cruz. It was a great story and sucked me. A huge emotional rollercoaster with lots of twists and turns... I will say that there is a HUGE cliffhanger but book two is now available so you don't have to wait. Check it out.
Three Chicks
Apr 06, 2014 Three Chicks rated it really liked it
I love a book that starts out light and funny with a lot of side-clenching laughs and then does a complete turn around and has me wiping my eyes because of heartbreak.

Giving In’s prologue is hilarious. Cruz and Harlow meet in a bar bathroom and have some great banter while having the best sex of their lives. That night leaves quite an impression on both of them, and for Cruz to admit that he can’t forget about that night really means something as Cruz’s motto is “get in, get off, and get the f*
Feb 25, 2014 Tara rated it it was amazing
ARC provided..........PROCESSING!

Oh Ms. Joseph I love and hate you right now! I've had time to digest and process my thoughts on this book and I still feel like I'm nursing a book hangover! I'm in serious need of a remedy that can only be cured with more Cruz and Harlow, like STAT please!

This book literally starts with a bang! Raphael Cruz and Harlow Hannum are complete opposites and after a rocky start to say the least, the two attempt to begin a friendship. Over the course of the summer that f
Heather andrews
Feb 07, 2014 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
I was so excited getting this book to review thanks to all the teasers that were well teasing me! Cruz that boy is well....erm....passionate? Well anyway that's putting it kindly of what the boy is, "not anymore. My God you are the hottest girl I've ever been with, and believe me, there's been plenty, but you, Harlow, are fan-effing-tastic." Cruz his thoughts are of a typical male, "her shirt hangs off her one shoulder. Her skin shines from the lights, and it looks soft. My di** so badly wants ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
Cruz is a man whore different woman every nite,he has a one nite stand fate brings them together they have a love hate relationship.Harlow has been lied to,betrayed,secrets from her past follow her where ever she goes.she wants it all HEA ! Can there unexpected friendship turn into love or is it too late ? took me a while get into first book couldnt wait read next glad brought second book after cliffhanger@end.
Mar 28, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
OMG.... Major cliffhanger! Cruz... Tsk..tsk... I could just kick your ass ( then I'd kiss it).
Apr 19, 2014 Valentina rated it really liked it
This was such a nice and quick read!
I really enjoy it!
Solid 4* read!
Lydia H
Mar 21, 2014 Lydia H rated it it was amazing
Ohmygosh….. Oh. My. Gosh. I am still reeling from that ending!!!! I NEED book two…yesterday! Such a great read!!!! M.R. Joseph managed to evoke so many different emotions from me that I decided this deserved a solid 5-star rating. Don’t wait to read this! Really, don’t! Giving In is a sexy, funny, and emotional book you should not miss out on!
“You made me feel things again. You made me feel whole.”

Opposites attract. Boy, oh boy, do they! Cruz and Harlow sure were exact opposites and yet, jus
Stephanie- The Boyfriend Bookmark
This book kind of drove me crazy. I didn’t fall in love with Cruz until the end and I thought Harlow (despite loving her name) was just as stuck up as Cruz imagined her being at the beginning of the book. But the thing about this book is that I adored their story. It wasn’t a perfect book and it didn’t make me overly swoon, well except for Harlow’s brother, I kind of swooned on him a bit. But it has a great story. I thought long and hard about my star rating on this one because as much as I did ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Krissy rated it it was amazing
PROLOGUE = sucked in with no hope of getting out.

This book was freaking BRILLIANT!!!!

This story is M.R. Joseph's BEST work to date and that's saying something since Luca had my heart. I want to say straight off that the growth of M.R. Joseph as an author was shown in a spectacular display with 'Giving In', and if I wasn't already a fan this story would ensure I became one.

Raphel and Harlow are two EXCEPTIONAL characters. From the start they captured your interest and kept you enthralled, demandi
Aug 13, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Giving In had me from the beginning and let me tell you author M.R. Joseph knows how to start off with a bang.....literally. The mood was set and Raphael Cruz did not disappoint from start to finish. I suffered from "Hot Man In Uniform Syndrome" when it came to Cruz. His cocky attitude covers up his insecurities as he fights to believe he deserves a happily ever after. Having never uttered the words "I Love You", he is in constant battle with what he wants and what he needs.

Harlow is grounded,
Kelly Mccurdy
Nov 28, 2014 Kelly Mccurdy rated it it was amazing
~~I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review~~

I love a great love story. This one is a great love story.

Have you ever had a one night stand with a guy or girl that is hotter than hot, and that act took place in a very public bathroom? You thought to your self, eh, I'll NEVER see that person again-what the hell. But come to find out that one tryst, is friends with your friends and you see each other again a year later?

Harlow is a very smart woman. She knows what she wants and she
Jun 22, 2014 Tara rated it really liked it
Giving In was a pleasant surprise. I love when I get a chance to read a book that I might have passed up on. The story was very well written and you can’t help fall in love with Cruz and Harlow and their unexpected love story. I love when a book makes you laugh one minute and the next minute makes you feel the pain the characters are experiencing.

What happens when Mr. Toot it and boot it finally takes the love plunge—fights, chasing, love and heartbreak. Harlow has been hurt in the past. You kno
Jill (Embrace the Romance)
Mar 09, 2014 Jill (Embrace the Romance) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: men-in-uniform
Wow! I couldn't put this one down.

Growing up in Philadelphia I've been going to the Jersey shore for as long as I can remember. Days on the beach and nights walking the boardwalk. This brought back memories of summers spent having fun at the beach.

Cruz is your typical man-whore. His motto 'get in and get out.' But he is sexy and a smooth talker. Harlow has had some bumps in her past but is learning to get past them. Together they become friends letting each other in. They make each other's lives
Nancy Lovallo
May 19, 2014 Nancy Lovallo rated it it was amazing
5 ***** Stars easily. I just fell in love with Harlow & Cruz <3 They didn't met like most couples do. But, you never knew when the past with find you together again. Harlow is out to prove a lot of things but, mostly her ex asshat boyfriend. He treated her as weak and dumb person. All the while cheating on her.

Cruz had a tough life growing up with his brother Tony. They finally made their way out with Cruz joining the Marines and Antonio is married with a baby on the way. Cruz is now try
Ela Is
Mar 06, 2015 Ela Is rated it did not like it

Drama, drama, drama, drama...

Personagens confusos, fracos e com problemas de personalidade.

A mocinha é completamente desequilibrada psicologicamente e o mocinho é um mulherengo que tem vergonha de suas raízes e se converte para o universo "relacionamento sério" com a maior facilidade.

Achei que a história poderia ter sido contada de uma forma muito mais envolvente, e a autora poderia ter gastado mais tempo nos mostrando a evolução do relacionamento dos personagens que se detestam e terminam se
Megan Ailey
May 08, 2014 Megan Ailey rated it really liked it
I started off with WOW! That was some hot bathroom sex....

Cruz was a little man whore I do have to admit, but when he realized that he had honest feeling for Harlow he went after what he wanted...and it was HARLOW.

I have to admit Harlow as a little hard to like there at first. I never did truely understand just want her issue was. I understand that she was controlled by her ex-boyfriend, but to the point to where she has/had the problems that she does? I think I needed more explanations that wha
Feb 07, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this title, and it was all that I was expecting and more. M.R. incorporates her trademark heartbreak after developing a fun friendship, followed by a sexy and heartwarming romantic connection. I can't say where the heartbreak ensues, but I can say that it wasn't expected to be delivered the way it was. Harlow is feisty and a bit neurotic, which is a welcome and admirable personality given her past. Cruz undergoes such a transformation that you can't help but ...more
Sandy Catanzarita
Apr 08, 2014 Sandy Catanzarita rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous, sweet, heart wrenching story.... This one will grab your attention from the start of the Prologue. This book had me laughing from the start. I love how this author incorporated humor and hart wrenching moments in this story. At first you seriously want to hate Cruz cause let's face it, he comes off as the biggest ass there is. And Harlow comes off as weird and a bit of a bitch. Then as the story unfolds you find out why these characters act like they do. They grow so much as the ...more
Samantha Hanson
Jul 28, 2015 Samantha Hanson rated it really liked it
This book definitely pulled at my heartstrings...
I will start off by saying that I was not the biggest fan of the prologue. .it almost made me stop reading. However I didn't, and I am glad I didn't.
Harlow and Cruz's story gave me all the feels.. I laughed, I cried, I got angry, and I smiled.
This story is about Harlow who is trying to escape her past and who starts an unlikely friendship with an old hook-up turned neighbor...she makes him feel things he hasnt before, and he makes her feel whole.
Jul 02, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
The one and only Cruz &amp; Harlow! I couldn't stop reading! Then BAM! For crying out loud, what happens next? Harlow and Cruz are a hot mess, crazy, funny, complex and surrounded by all their friends at the beach! Don't be surprised if you feel like you are sitting on a dock sipping coffee at some point, while you are reading. MR Joseph has done it again! As much as I am still in love with Luca Ferro, from Letters to Luca, Cruz is ALL mine! I love Cruz! He is one hot bad boy! Just like fine ...more
Tara Gianfrancesco
Feb 09, 2014 Tara Gianfrancesco rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be provided an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. After all of the teasers MR Joseph dealt, I was so excited to read this! The friendship/love that transpired between Cruz and Harlow is real. I could feel the happiness and the sadness. The hurt and the love..
and not to mention the passion!!! God love those stars Cruz sports! The book made me feel as I was a part of this escapade! I truly can not wait for the continuation of this! MR Joseph, great job! Thank you for
Mar 21, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
M.R. never disappoints, and she did it again. Harlow and Cruz's story took me through every emotion I laughed, cried and I had to walk away from the book a couple times because of the intense situations. Did I like the cliffhanger? No! Can't wait until the next installment in this series. I am sure I will not be disappointed.
Jul 22, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. It does have one heck of a cliff hanger, so I am glad that I didn't read it until now. Now I just started on Book 2 because I have to see what happens with Turnip and Cruz. I just hope they end up together.
Mar 09, 2014 Debralee rated it really liked it
Shelves: love
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I couldn't put the book down & finished reading it in a day.
From the opening 'scene' to the cliff hanger, I was completely enthralled.
I believe it's a well written story & it will want you wanting more. Looking forward to the next book!
Carries Bookescape
Mar 28, 2014 Carries Bookescape rated it it was amazing
Wow...This story grabbed right on and didn't let go. I couldn't put it down. The twist the turns just kept coming. Definitely an emotional roller coaster...The ending had my head Screaming No !!! I can't hardly wait for book 2 :o)
May 26, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I have read and loved every book by M.r.Joseph but this is my absolute favorite!! I loved Cruz an Harlow. This book made me laugh, smile and of course cry too. I can't wait for the next book to read more of their story!!
Lori  Wills
Aug 06, 2015 Lori Wills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens next???

Harlow and Cruz meet at the Jersey shore for a wild and crazy night. Fast forward one year later, and their paths cross again. It starts with tolerating each other to befriending each other into falling for each other. I can't wait for the next book!!
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I'm a book nerd turned writer who loves the 'Happily Ever After' mixed with a bit of suspense, drama, and the occasional cliffhanger! My love of books has brought me on my writing journey. I began writing my first book in July 2012 and since that time I have created 2 series. The first series 'The Reunion Series' debuted in November 2012 and two books followed. My new series 'The Shore Series" deb
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