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Mallory Durham has been left behind and it is making her feel less like an adult and more like an afterthought.

Divorce, sickness, educational aspirations being shattered, and her Aunt Sam moving into her home, have made Mal's life nearly unrecognizable to her.

When Tucker Scott re-enters her life along with his band, will they offer what she needs to once again find her vo
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ebook, 245 pages
Published February 24th 2014 (first published February 7th 2014)
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Mary Elizabeth
Mar 01, 2014 Mary Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Can we just start with the cover?

Isn't that the most perfect cover you've ever seen?

Judge this book by it's cover, because what's inside is just as flawless.

I finished Beatless over two weeks ago and I still think about it daily. I think about Tucker (my book husband,) Mallory (who could easily be any of us,)and Aunt Sam (I wish she were mine.) I think about how Amber, in less than 200 pages, made me love these characters like they're members of my own family.

I recently saw a comment someone
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Mistress
Mar 30, 2014 Mistress rated it it was amazing
"Once upon a time there was a boy who didn't look at me like I was damaged. He saw all my pieces and wanted to put them together with his bare hands. As if I was worth the effort."

This story is beautiful. It has been a long time since I have cried this much while reading. This book touched me deeply and taught me many things. Such as, to live your life without regret, without trying to be what others think you should be, while hiding your true self. It also reminded me to cherish each moment,
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Jennifer Kyle
Jul 07, 2014 Jennifer Kyle rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

"True love is not a replacement for what is missing. It's the completion of two souls who have finally found their other half."
Michelle
Mal expected at this time in her life she’d be escaping off to college but a bad case of mono caused her to be left behind to catch up. In the midst, her mother leaves for her job leaving her aunt to come to look after her and to force Mal to end her wallowing in her feelings about being left, yet again.

Mal was one of those girls that just existed, she was the background. Her friends made sure she knew that she was never worthy of being the center of attention. But as her aunt Sam begins to forc
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E.M. Abel
Jul 13, 2014 E.M. Abel rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful story about a young woman, Mallory, discovering life and herself. I absolutely loved the letters from her aunt Sam and the way she taught Mallory to take risks and really live. I think all of us go through moments of self-doubt... times where we don't believe or see our real worth. I enjoyed experiencing Mallory's growth and journey to love. Tucker was an awesome guy. He was there for Mallory and also pushed her to find her full potential. The music incorporated with this ...more
Michelle [Helen Geek]
07/14/2014 --

Overall Rating = 3.5 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 3 / 3 / 2 = 2.5 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 3.5 Stars
Character Development = 3.5 Stars
Story Appreciation = 3.5 Stars
Ending = 3 Stars
Worth the Chili = 5 Stars -- [$2.99 on Amazon]
Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Mild
225 pages

I liked this book. It didn't shout out loud at me like the others I've read recently by this author, but it was a decent read.

A few things I liked:
1 -- I loved the characters. In this one, we have two people who liv
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Amber Sachs
Apr 17, 2014 Amber Sachs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: absolutely-loved
I don't know where to even start with this! I was asked by Amber if I wanted an arc of this book the other day, and with how much I absolutely loved her previous work, published or not, I jumped on the chance!

Beatless is about a girl named Mallory, or Mal, who, is insecure and feels so alone after her parents divorce. Her father leaves and moves to a completely different state, and her mom heads to Texas for a job assignment, leaving Mallory's newly divorced Aunt Sam to come and stay and watch
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Natalie
Feb 20, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it


"Don't listen to your head.Your heart is much louder. Can you hear the way it beats around him?"

! I have learned one thing after having read three books by Amber L. Johnsson.

You can't go wrong with her.

Her stories are beutiful and memorable.

They stick with you.
And this is not an exeption.

How does she do it? How does she manage to create such amazing characters in every book! Tucker is an absolutely fantastic hero, but don't read this directly after Puddle Jumping. Take a break and read a f
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Lovetoread
Jun 24, 2014 Lovetoread rated it really liked it
Don't listen to your head.Your heart is much louder.Can you hear the way it beats around him?

Wow I enjoyed this one and I was quite surprised with the ending.Some may say that it was predictable but I just didn't see it.

So here's why I liked it:

~~ Amazing characters.
Let's start with Aunt Sam. She was my all time favourite. She's funny,smart,strong and gives the best advice in my opinion. And man she went threw so much BS but she was still able to smile and look at things in a positive way.

Ma
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Boo
Mar 01, 2014 Boo rated it it was amazing
Originally, I just got this book to be supportive of fellow writers I knew on Facebook. Let me just tell you, thank goodness I did. I picked it up one night to just read a couple of pages and that was all it took. Maybe its just me, but who doesn't remember having that one "friend" in life that really made you more miserable then happy but you are so wrapped up in that world that you can't see it for yourself until one day you break away and look back and say, Wow why did I put up with that?

In
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Heather
What just happened!?! This book absolutely FLOORED me! Best EVER!!!

I was so drawn into this story, I might as well have BEEN Mallory. She was real and vulnerable and I loved experiencing her come into her own.

Tucker was just, well... there are no words. He was unpredictable, passionate, completely lovable, and I felt a fierce need to protect him.

None of the characters delivered corny dialogue. There was no cliche to he found. (Yessss!) I felt so inspired while reading this book. So far from t
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Angela Vanburen
Feb 05, 2014 Angela Vanburen rated it it was amazing
I know there are a lot of authors who get 5 star reviews strictly because the author is friends with the reviewer. While I adore Amber, I would never tell people to read something I thought was crap and I wouldn't let Amber publish something that was crap.

That being said, this story is very far from crap! And I was lucky enough to be able to read this from it's very early stages when it was a single chapter and a general idea.

This story touches every part of reading that I love. There's believ
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Dawn
Mar 26, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing
This is one of those stories that grip you from the start and keep you reading. I read majority of this book within 24 hrs ( its that good ) Amber has written not only from a young woman's pov but of an older woman's pov as well. Mal's pov we see a young woman who needs to let go of the high school life she had and find her place in the adult world. In comes Tucker a boy, well a young man that in my opinion is what drives Mal as much as Aunt Sam does to find her place in the world. Aunt Sam is a ...more
Tara
Feb 11, 2014 Tara rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an arc of this book and boy, am I pleased that I did. Wonderfully written and such a compelling story. I think at some point we are all able to identify with Mallory in one way or another. It was so nice to see this character evolving with the help of her Aunt Sam , boyfriend Tucker (who I am not ashamed to admit to being slightly in love with),and her new and improved friends. This book will put you through the emotional ringer but by the end of the story your heart ...more
Jen
Feb 04, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing
I had a chance to pre-read this book and I am so in love with it! It made me laugh, cry, snort and all out sob. Amber L Johnson is a fabulous author who I've followed for years, but this novel...it is amazing. She captures everything so perfectly, I felt like I was IN the book, not just reading it. The emotion, the feeling, everything is perfect! I can't wait to read it again and again and again. Read this book! It's fabulous!
Natasha Carrere
Aug 06, 2014 Natasha Carrere rated it it was amazing
This story had me in tears; I loved everything about it. Very well written and the words just pulled me into the story so it made me want to not stop reading.

I loved Tucker and Mallory and every person hopefully has an Aunt Sam to look too. I'm not going to say what happens next you just need to read this story for your self.

To Amber: I'm so proud of you!
Shay
Jul 19, 2016 Shay rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Aunt Sam is amazing and I loved reading her letters throughout the story. This was a really touching read, I just wish some parts had been more involved. I wanted more interaction with Aunt Sam, more moments with Tucker and a showdown with her so-called best friend. Those minor, picky complaints aside, this was a good one and I look forward to reading more from this author.
Michelle [Helen Geek]
I enjoyed it.

If you are looking for unique - this may not be the book for you. The characters were likeable. I liked how music was woven through the story.
Stephanie
Mallory Durhan gets left behind to attend community college while all her friends have gone off to their dream universities. To top it all off, her dad is gone, and her mom heads off on a business trip that's supposed to last for months. So, recently divorced and newly unemployed Aunt Sam comes to stay with Mal, offering her a parental figure, a voice of reason, and most of all a friend she didn't know she needed.

Mal reunites with her childhood friend Tucker, who has also been left behind for hi
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Sara (sarabara081)
Feb 28, 2014 Sara (sarabara081) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour
You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.

4.5 stars!

Mallory is a wallflower. Someone who feels left behind in every way possible. Her parents divorced, leading her father to move away with minimal contact. Her mother has left to work out of state for a lengthy piece of time. Her supposed ‘friends’, who always treated her like a pet and that she wasn’t good enough, have left to go away to college. Mallory’s own college aspirations were crushed with the divorce and a lack of funds, leavi
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monica ♪
4 Stars

As always Amber L. Johnson's books are always have good moral value いいね!
I'm glad that I read this book right now because I'm kinda in the same situation as Mallory at the moment.
But I don't have an awesome aunt like Sam 涙

I see Mal as myself because I also feel like a 'late blooming' flower. I always feel left behind when my friends are already starting their new lives.
But I believe my time to be a beautiful 'full bloom' flower will come too one day. さくら
Or at least that's what I always convince my
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M.B.
Mar 01, 2014 M.B. rated it it was amazing
**Review to come as part of a blog tour**

**I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review**

I read this book last night in one sitting. I think I even took my kidnle to the bathroom with me and into the kitchen whilst I made a cuppa. I didn't want to put it down! Having said that... I started it at about 7pm, and finished at 9.30pm (The same evening). It's not a particularly short book, but it IS compelling. I've read a few pieces by Johnson, and every single one has the same effect. I l
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Kathie (katmom)
Feb 24, 2014 Kathie (katmom) rated it it was amazing
HAPPY RELEASE WEEK!!!


I had the honor of helping edit BEATLESS. I had to keep stopping and remembering that I was working...as I just kept reading as fast as I could. This journey tugged at my heart, had me reaching for tissues, and had me ranting in emails "OH GOSH, what's going to HAPPEN NEXT?" and I have to admit to loving every second.

Amber pulls me right into her characters' lives. I feel like I know them and when the book was over, I missed them. One of the great things about books is that
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Jess Brown
Mar 10, 2014 Jess Brown rated it it was amazing
Amber Johnson is my friend, and I’m going to say “I knew her when…” because she writes such beautiful, modern, genuine female voices. Somebody big in publishing and/or Hollywood is going to notice her someday.

Okay. So, Mallory Durham is a fish out of water at the beginning of this book. She was part of a popular clique that’s now abandoned her, she had a bright future as a singer and lost her voice, her mother left her behind, and she can’t afford the prestigious college which she’d been plannin
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Jade
Mar 05, 2014 Jade rated it really liked it
This was such a sweet and moving novel. I’ve been a fan of the author’s from her fan fiction stories, and was so excited for her and to read her first full length novel. I found myself relating to Mallory’s feelings of being a third wheel amongst those she considers friends and feeling often like your presence is simply tolerated rather than appreciated. I was rooting for her to find herself and her own way; to finally put herself amongst people who would appreciate her for who she is and what ...more
T.M. Franklin
Apr 10, 2014 T.M. Franklin rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
After reading (and loving) Where We Fell, I was anxious to get my hands on Amber’s first full-length novel, and she did not disappoint. Beatless is the kind of book that leaves you with a warm feeling inside – not all happy and giddy, by any means, but with the touch to your emotions that will leave you thinking about the story for days.

I’ll say straight up that Mallory sometimes got on my nerves. She is not a perfect character. She’s lost and lonely and makes bad choices sometimes. But she grow
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Noella
Apr 02, 2015 Noella rated it really liked it
Mallory is left behind by her mother who puts work before her daughter and her friends have gone off to college while she's stuck in the same place after missing a year of school due to sickness. She's forced to attend the local community college because she can't afford to go to the college of her dreams. Whilst her mom is gone, her aunt Sam comes to stay with her. Sam was a really positive influence and we could clearly see the change in Mallory from a negative person wallowing in self-pity to ...more
Mary
Mar 13, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
I say this a lot, and I will say it again, I wish I was someone who was epic at reviews so I can give this story the review it deserves. Even though I'm not, I will give it a go anyway.

First and foremost, I loved that her characters were flawed. Yes, *gasp* I said flawed. People get annoying and over dramatic, among other things. There were times that I thought Mal to be very dramatic but what made me love the story was that the side characters called her out on it and didn't cater to her every
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Stephanie
Mar 27, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
*I was provided an e-ARC copy by the author in exchange for an honest review*

*This review first appeared on YoungAdultHollywood.com*

I LOVED this book!! I read it all in one straight shot! The emotional journey I went on with Beatless was so great! I instantly connected to Mallory. I had a group of friends whom I shared high school experiences with. You know, the ones that you couldn’t quite understand why you were apart of that clique, yet so happy you were? That was me. And, that was one of the
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Detroitangel
Mar 10, 2014 Detroitangel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-this
Solid 5 STARS! This is a real look at an age that is confusing and often misunderstood from all angles. Adults hardly ever think about an 18 year old child as being lost or invisible. Instead, parents and other adults see that age as a time when the world is at your feet. Mallory feels the former, more and more. Her mother, who has recently divorced from Mal's uncaring father, goes on a work assignment and Mallory feels abandoned by another parent who doesn't even care that her life is quickly ...more
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