Caleb and Maggie are far from over fighting their demons. The thing about running from something is that you really can't get away. No matter how far...moreCaleb and Maggie are far from over fighting their demons. The thing about running from something is that you really can't get away. No matter how far they both try and run, their hearts know the truth all along. And they both must find strength in themselves and one another to face the truth for once and for all.
I really enjoyed Leaving Paradise and the story as a whole. Caleb and Maggie are really intriguing characters and the secondary characters are all strong in their own right. I like the evolution of the story and characters though I do have a few complaints.
I felt that Maggie and Caleb were a bit too wishy washy when it came to their relationship. I never really knew if they were going to last. And it's understandable but I guess given Maggie's track record I would have expected her to steer in a different direction after one too many moments of Caleb's uncertainty. Both main characters seemed to think one thing and do another until the very end. This made it hard for me to decide which was what they really wanted or needed for that matter.
I would have liked to see things wrapped up a bit smoother as well. The ending of a story is usually a bit brief and collective but it just felt to me that some of the loose ends could have been tied up a bit sooner. The drama with Kendra for example. But all in all I really did enjoy the story. It's the kind of love story that while it is certainly an extreme case, it depicts the strength we draw from those who are different from us. Caleb and Maggie are strongest when they are together and the message this love story sends is not to seek perfection, but to seek strength and to remain true to yourself. It's a refreshing story and the characters are truly unique and memorable.(less)
Maggie has spent the last year of her life trying to recover from an accident that has left her with a permanent limp. That one fateful night when she...moreMaggie has spent the last year of her life trying to recover from an accident that has left her with a permanent limp. That one fateful night when she was hit by Caleb Becker was the the night she lost sight of her dreams and lost hope of ever being happy again. Everyone treats her differently now and to make things worse, Caleb is coming back to Paradise.
Caleb has spent the last year in Juvi paying dept to society for an accident he wishes he could take back every day of his life. All he wants is to return to his life and move past it all but it seems that the Paradise he once knew is no more. Everything and everyone has changed and no matter how hard he tries he can't seem to grasp a life that had once been his.
Maggie and Caleb find refuge in one another that neither had expected. But it's a relationship doomed from the start built on pain, memories they both wish they could forget, and lies woven too strong for either to unravel on their own. Can they finally turn to one another and work through their shattered past and find hope in the dark reality that surrounds them?
I really enjoyed this story. The conflicts and emotions were really relatable. It's a hard situation to be faced with and while some of the secrecy was frustrating at times I found myself wondering how I would handle it just as much as I questioned the character's motives. Both characters have been pt through so much and it is really easy to understand how they each come to feel and react the way that they do. Even the secondary characters have real and relatable effects based on the accident.
It was one of those forbidden/misunderstood love stories that makes you want to read it in one sitting just to find out what happens. And I felt that the characters complimented one another very well.
I'm about half-way through the second book and am really enjoying it, I can't wait to see how this story ends!(less)
Ellen can’t seem to escape her past, a past that threatens the very possibility of ever having a future. She’s been hiding out for a year now and when...moreEllen can’t seem to escape her past, a past that threatens the very possibility of ever having a future. She’s been hiding out for a year now and when she finally happens upon a possible out, she’s sure it must be too good to be true. People who protect women like her? Why understand the danger she’s in? It can’t be. She’s been running for too long, had too many close calls to believe it. All that has kept her spirits alive for the past year was her ability to sing under a fake name. And now she can’t even do that.
Harry Bolt has been through hell and back. Not only was his childhood a tragically pathetic excuse for a childhood at all, but he’s only just recently recovered from a crippling experience in Afghanistan. The only thing that got him through was the beautiful and mysterious voice of Eve. And when a woman, scared and alone walks through his door, revealing herself as the mysterious Eve he can’t contain the gratitude and attraction he feels for her. And nothing will stop him from protecting her…and making her his forever.
I’ve read only one of Lisa Marie Rice’s books before and I really enjoyed it. This book for me had only one redeeming factor however. Harry Bolt. Lisa Marie Rice sure can make a man. But even he had a few flaws that bugged me at times. All of the men in fact in this book seemed to overreact at stuff they shouldn’t have and underreact with other stuff. Which I found frustrating. But this wasn’t my main problem… this book was graphic…unnecessarily so. And not romantically…there was virtually no sex at all, just a lot of inappropriate male arousal…it was graphic with violence which…I don’t enjoy reading in a book that I picked up for the hope of finding a bit of romance and a knight in shining armor. Yeah, sure, there are bad guys in every story…but this bad guy just was completely unenjoyable to read about. I didn’t even finish the book to be honest. I hit a point where I knew that the climactical action scene was coming where the bad guy would be heavily involved, triggered by another scene with inappropriate arousal, and I closed the book. I mean…women read these books. Why would women want to read about torture and a man getting off when a woman’s upset? Even the good guy! Sorry. No thanks. I did of course skip ahead to the end to be sure that it ended how I wanted but it wasn’t an enjoyable read at all.
Note to authors…when writing an antagonist…especially when alternating to their POV, make them at least a little likeable. Or add humor. At the very least don’t make them horrendous…otherwise those chapters or sections will be undesired to read, which…when writing a book, there shouldn’t be any parts like that. I understand making a bad guy bad. And raw and real evil…but in that case…I would prefer not to get that much of their POV. Personal preference… (less)