This book was fantastic, from the first chapter all the way to the end. I was captivated by this s...more5 broke-my-heart-then-pieced-me-back-together stars!
This book was fantastic, from the first chapter all the way to the end. I was captivated by this story. My heart felt every emotion and went through the heartache along with Jules and Noah. I honestly didn't think I'd like this book too much, knowing that it's adult. I mean, I've read adult before. But my preference is YA/NA for the most part. However, this story took me through Jules and Noah's teens as an engaged parents-to-be couple.
However, life has a way of changing those plans and Jules was left alone and broken. Her mother was a horrible wench. She was the cause for all her heartache. But Jules was too good a person not to stand up for herself. She should've just defied that woman and did what she wanted to do. Then again...it wouldn't have led to this amazing and heartbreaking journey we get to experience.
Forward twenty six years later...
Jules is now running her mother's bookstore. It was passed down to her when her mom died. So again, she's still living her mother's dream. And she moved back into her mother's house. It's like she never left, with memories haunting her everywhere. Each year on January 29th, she goes to the place in the park where everything happened. Where her and Noah sat together on the bench, so many times talking about the future. Now she's divorced and has a seventeen year old rebellious daughter with a man named Hayden, she fears her past will repeat itself. He's a good father though, but she's just a teen doing what teens do best.
Her life is the same everyday, running the bookstore, making sure Becca is at school and trying to get by without her past getting the best of her. She doesn't date...just has one man around for fun. No emotional attachment. No love. No messes to clean up. Just sex. And that's how they like it.
And then one day, Noah Ryan crashes back into her life and screws it all up. He's back from the military and he's engaged. After twenty-six years, all the feelings come rushing back when she sees him. And even though he's engaged, he feels it too. But nothing happens, for a long time.
Jules and Noah were amazing together. You'd think after all that time apart; there'd be no connection left. That they'd moved on and all was okay. But nope, it became a cluster-fuck of event from there. And honestly? I had front row seating with popcorn and a beer. I had so much fun watching this story unfold. It was heart-wrenching, soul-crushing, tortuous beauty that came full circle. The tears were consistent. I couldn't catch my breath. We learn some secrets that had me wanting to beat her already dead mother into the ground and light it on fire. She was such a horrible witch. (Sorry to speak ill of the dead, but man that woman was a witch of a mother. The shit she pulled was uncalled for).
But the way Jules handles it, albeit she's a grown ass woman and should obviously be an adult about shit, but really, she was good. Real good. I loved her character. I loved her wit and ability to shrug off the hard stuff with dignity. She went through a lot in her life. And then to have to find out her mother did that? Well I give her props for not jumping off the deep end.
There were moments of laughter. I swear, her Nana Mae was fucking hilarious. For an eighty-something year old, she was just awesome. The things that came out of her mouth had me gasping with laughter and almost snorting coke through my nose. (the beverage coke, not the other thing). I just loved that lady. I also loved that she was protective of her granddaughter, even though Jules was a big girl and old enough to fight her own battles. It was nice to see that she was loved and looked after. Especially since her daughter was the cause of all her problems and heartache.
I loved Ruthie, Jules' best friend since kindergarten. She was funny and loyal and didn't take shit from anyone. She also helps run the bookstore, which was a godsend for Jules a few times when she needed time to herself and think things through.
Hayden was a great character. His fathering skills were pretty well-developed, but it was sad that things didn't work out for them as a family. He really loved Jules, but see, she had already given her heart away all those years ago. So it wasn't fair that he only got part of it, because no matter what, she still loved Noah. He was the love of her life.
Now one thing I'll say that surprised the living shit out of me, was that Noah's fiancé, was one amazing woman. She was younger than them by like 13 years or something. She was pregnant. And I can't say too much, but holy shit, my heart broke for her. I wanted to climb into my kindle and kiss her cheek. Or give her a sympathetic hug. The way she acted about certain things that happened, was more than I could say I'd do. She was just amazing. I felt so conflicted about that situation. Even when some things came to a head, regarding her, I still felt trapped. Unsure how to feel. That was good, of the author to make the reader like this girl. Who the hell likes their ex's new girlfriends or fiancés? Not many, I'm sure.
Oh, I loved Becca. She was just a regular teenage girl trying to make it in the world. I didn't like some of the things she did. I mean, she really made Jules' life harder on top of the other pile of shit she had. But then again, that's a teen for you. Always pushing boundaries to see how far they can go. Oh Lord, I'm not looking forward to those years with my own girls. But Jules really took her parenting to a level of maturity and love. She was a great mother. I loved watching their relationship build and change as the story went on. Once Becca was told the truth about some things, I felt she even matured. And their bond was wonderful to witness. It made me think of how things will be with my girls. The trust and unconditional love of a mother and child was a big focus of the story. I know how hard being a single mother is. It's no picnic. And their moments of affection and understanding made me cry. A lot actually.
Now Noah, oh Noah. Good God, that man was simply divine in all his forms. His loving teen-self was just as all-consuming as his early forties self. Or perhaps it's the other way around. But all of Noah was irresistible. And my heart broke for him. His life was filled with regret and heartache. And he never moved on from the love of his life. His best friend. Watching them come together and fight the attraction and deep emotional connection really tore my heart up. You can see from the get-go that they never forgot each other. No matter how much time passed, they were still in love. Gah! This story really did me in. I cried so much, especially....
NO! NO! I won't spoil it. This book has to be experienced. It must be read and loved for all its flaws and perfection. If you enjoyed The Sweet Gum Tree, you'll definitely love this book. It's a must read! It's a story that will definitely stay with me for a long time. Just read it. I want to gush about the badassery of the characters and plot with others. So hurry up and get on it!
This book just shows how, no matter how much time goes by, sometimes we can't forget our first love. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. Everything happens for a reason and if it's meant to be, it's gonna happen regardless of how we feel. Regardless of whether we want it to or not. So don't fight it, embrace it. And if you're given a second chance, don't miss it. Or let it pass you by. Ah! I loved it so much! I just wanna read it all over again. Or maybe I'll reread Sweet Gum Tree. So so so good. Sigh. Okay, I'm gonna re-read parts of it.
*Oh, I have it on Kindle if anyone wants to borrow it...
Arc kindly provided by the author for honest review
5++++ Read First of all, I owe Laura a huge THANK YOU for giving me an ARC of this wonderful little...moreArc kindly provided by the author for honest review
5++++ Read First of all, I owe Laura a huge THANK YOU for giving me an ARC of this wonderful little gem. I stumbled upon it, the cover actually, from an email of one of the blogs I follow. The cover intrigued me instantly and then the blurb sold me on it. I contacted Laura, asking for an ARC and she happily obliged. This was one of those books I started and couldn't put down. It was a Friday night I started and cancelled my plans so I could stay home and just read.
From the moment Landon entered the screen on my kindle, I knew I would love him. First of all, the book takes place in the summer. Both MC's are working at the pool as lifeguards. Landon's a football player and starting school in the fall. He's popular, well-liked, athletic, charming, smart, sexy...sexy...sexy. And every chapter with his POV, I was either smiling or swooning. Or drooling. Whatever. But later on in the story, we learn some secrets about our tortured hero. My heart went out to him. I hated his parents. I loved his friends...well, there were times I wanted to beat one of them in particular up, but eventually it changed. I was happy.
Our protagonist, Emma has to learn life lessons the hard way. Her home life isn't all it seems. Her mom's a waitress, barely making ends meet. Her sister has Down's Syndrome, so she keeps her personal life to herself. That is until she and Landon spend more time together. They both learn a lot about life and love, all the while trying to keep their scorching attraction from getting in the way. But honestly, from the moment they meet, it's totally there. I was rooting for these two to get together. But I also loved seeing their relationship grow and develop at a steady pace. The sexy times were just off the charts. My kindle was melting with all the hot steam. Hot damn! Laura sure can write an intense sex scene!
But this story was more than just sex and fighting attraction. It was also fighting against circumstances and for what you believe in. These two didn't have it easy. A huge twist towards the middle really had me gritting my teeth and wanting to scream. But the way both Landon and Emma handled it was really mature and understandable. Their journey to find and keep love was a heartbreaking and inspiring one.
I loved Evie. She was such a fireball. She was strong and funny and so adorable, especially with her boyfriend Garrett. Landon's interactions with Evie were so heartwarming, I swooned and awwwwed, so much. He truly became the rock Emma needed in her life. He stuck up for her when needed and he fought for her the whole way. His love was sincere and sweet.
I highly recommend this book to romance lovers. It's a story about love, life and fighting the obstacles we face to get where we wanna be. The writing was engaging and flowed effortlessly. I don't even remember if there were errors, but if they were, it didn't take away from the story one bit. Like I said, once I started...I couldn't stop. It's a story to experience with characters that will break and warm your heart all at once.
Great job, Laura! I will definitely be reading more of your work. And thanks again for sending me an ARC.
Wow!!!!!! This book was incredible. From start to finish. I devoured this baby and ate it up. This had the perfect mix of everything I need in my books. Best of all, it had Landon. Holy sweet Jesus. I love that sexy man!!!! I'm so elated to be one of the first to read and review this amazing story. It definitely taught me lots of life lessons. Add it to your TBR lists, people. It's a gem!!!
What a great story this was. I loved Clem. I LOVED Gavin! I loved all the side characters! I loved the plot...more***4.5 I want Gavin Murphy to myself stars!
What a great story this was. I loved Clem. I LOVED Gavin! I loved all the side characters! I loved the plot and execution. It was just an all around wonderful story with some suspense and mystery. And plenty of hot hot hot Gavin-mance! I was in Heaven. (less)
Well done, Elizabeth Lee. You amaze me with every book. This was a bit different than the others, but oh so good. Such a great story filled with angst...moreWell done, Elizabeth Lee. You amaze me with every book. This was a bit different than the others, but oh so good. Such a great story filled with angst, suspense, heartbreak and lots of STEAM!!! Not to mention, Ryland Roberts is one fine sexy man with a heart of gold. Loved him and was so thankful for his pov!!
As always, Kasie West writes a book from the heart. I swear, each book just rivals the last one. She's so good at writing relateable, flawed and movin...moreAs always, Kasie West writes a book from the heart. I swear, each book just rivals the last one. She's so good at writing relateable, flawed and moving characters. Her stories are enjoyable and leave a big fat smile on your face. Or in this case, a frown for wanting more.
I loved Braden and Charlie. They've been friends for 12 years. They know each other inside and out. But when Charlie has to get a job to pay for her speeding tickets, she finds a job at a boutique. And she starts hanging out with girls a little, even though she has no clue what being a girl is really like. Being raised by her dad and having 3 older brothers, plus Braden all her life, has really made her a Tom boy. But she loves playing sports and being "one of the guys"....until she realizes her feelings for Braden become complicated. Not to mention, her late night chats at the fence that separates Braden and her houses, gets her to open up more. She feels she can talk easier to him late at night, as if she's just talking to the moon. Tension becomes thick. Even dating a nice guy like Evan doesn't help, because he doesn't know the real Charlie. Braden does. He doesn't know about her past, what really happened to her mom that night. Braden does. But is she willing to risk their long friendship for something more?! Would he? And how would her protective older brothers feel about it? Even though Braden is part of the family.
First off, I love this cover!!!! I love it even more having it in print. I'm a huge fan of Kasie West. She writes the best fictional boys. The ones that make your heart race with butterflies. The ones that make you remember your first love, your first kiss, and all the giddy feelings that went with it. Of course there's the awkwardness and confusion as well. But it's part of the experience. Part of the journey. And I'm happy to say that this book lived up to my expectations. I've waited for it to release since I finished The Distance Between Us last year. And I'm so glad to have it. It was amazing! The plot, the writing and especially, the characters!!! I loved that this was about family, friendship, the bond between a sister and her brothers, and taking chances on the scary unknown.
Gage, Nathan and Jerome were awesome older brothers. Obnoxious at times, but there was never a dull moment in their house. They all looked out for each other, and especially for Charlotte. Aka, Charlie. Aka, Charles Barkley. It reminded me of growing up with my brothers. Constantly on their tails and wanting to be around them all the time. They made me smile. They made me laugh. And they made me remember the good times. But there were emotional moments as well. Not having a mom around is hard for a young girl. Charlie has a hard time relating to girls her age. But at work, the girls eventually made her grow into herself. They also made her realize she doesn't have to change who she is to be liked. She just needs to step out of her comfort zone every once in awhile.
It was a great coming-of-age, coming-into-your-own, journey. I enjoyed it immensely. I wish there was more Braden and Charlie at the end though. That's my only complaint. But other than that, it's a winner. A real pretty gem for my shelf, to come back for a visit one day. Go read it.
Fuck! Fuck! Fuuuuuck! I need this book now! After reading her previous book and loving it so much my head is all fuzzy, I need this god damn book in my hands, or in my e-reader NOW! Please!!! I can't wait until July for more of this awesomeness!
Holy shit!!!! I saw the cover and read an excerpt on a friend's blog and I'm itching to get my greedy hands on this book!!! Hellllllloooooo Everett!!!...moreHoly shit!!!! I saw the cover and read an excerpt on a friend's blog and I'm itching to get my greedy hands on this book!!! Hellllllloooooo Everett!!! *pouty face*(less)
Motherfucking awesome story!!! Holy shit! I want more! It was too short! I need more!!! Gah!
Daniel Six Holder Sky I...more5++++++++sweet, and beautiful stars!!!
Motherfucking awesome story!!! Holy shit! I want more! It was too short! I need more!!! Gah!
Daniel Six Holder Sky I loved this little treasure. I loved Skylar and Holder in Hopeless. But Daniel and Six rocked my socks off in Finding Cinderella. Those two were so funny, sweet, flirty and just perfect together. They had me laughing so much and then I'd be swooning like a fucking teenager. But at the end, I was crying. So heartbreaking. And then through my tears, I was laughing again.
Loved Daniel and Six's story. It was awesome that Hoover released it for free. I would've paid for it. Now I'm wanting more. God damn, I want a full book. Am I just selfish? Can I not be happy with what I get?
Fuck no. I want more. Selfish or not. I love those two. I have nothing left to say. (less)
Wow!!!! That was awesome!!!!!! What an ending!!! I was so afraid it'd be a killer cliffie that had me beating down a wall. Now it's jus...more
Wow!!!! That was awesome!!!!!! What an ending!!! I was so afraid it'd be a killer cliffie that had me beating down a wall. Now it's just got me desperate to start A Shadow of Light. I'm so excited!!! Each book is just better and better! And after reading the first 5 Vampire Academy books and loving them, I'm finding this series better. Crazy concept. But Derek and Sofia have to be like my ultimate top PNR couple. Shit, they've gone through hell and back and their love is unwavering and deep and just so beautiful. But I know there's more hardships waiting to destroy them still. So many obstacles and so much emotional devastation, yet I truly believe they'll overcome it all. And thank Bella for continuously adding their pov's. even a couple other pov's that I didn't care for, it was all necessary.
This journey is far from over. Now that we know who Sofia's parents truly are and their roles, it's just more intense and mind-boggling. But I'm curious to see how it pans out. I really hate her mom and I don't trust her dad. Of course Derek's father is an evil monster. I feel heartbroken for him. I still miss Vivienne and hope shell somehow show back up, alive and well. He needs her, his twin sister. They're the only family members that are good upon all the evil monstrosities. And if Derek ever asked to turn me, I wouldn't hesitate. He's one sexy Vampire King. *dreamy sigh*
I wanna know more about Claudia and hope that she redeems herself in my eyes, cause right now, I don't trust her. I don't care to know about Camilla or Aiden, but they're important to Sofia's existence so I have no choice. I just want my beloved Derek and Sofia to run away from the island to a deserted place where they can be alone and have sex because Jesus Christ, those two deserve it. But I know I won't get my wish, any time soon at least. Now, I hope that in the next book or two, they at least get freakin married already. I want Borys to catch a sliver of sunlight and burst into flames for all the sadistic torture he put Vivienne and Sofia through. God, I hate that son of a bitch.
I want the Hunters and Vampires to work together to take down Gregor and end this civil war...
But like the Prophecy states: Blood will be shed. And plenty of it has proved true. So I suppose that much more will be, as long as it's not Sofia or Derek's, I can sleep peacefully. Ahhhhh. I just love this series, all the action, romance, mystery and fantasy elements. It's definitely one of the best!!!!!(less)
WHY? Did I wait a frickin year to read this?! WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY????? Omg! This was soooooooooooooooooo good!!! Such an emotional, heartbreaking...moreWHY? Did I wait a frickin year to read this?! WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY????? Omg! This was soooooooooooooooooo good!!! Such an emotional, heartbreaking story!! My poor Lucas! I LOVE LOVE LOVE him.
Did I mention I love Lucas? Cuz if not, I. Love. Lucas.!! But then again, who the fuck wouldn't??? Just that first chapter, the prologue alone had me a in his good graces. Ah! My head, I have to collect my thoughts so I can write a better, more coherent review because right now all I can think of is how much I love Lucas and protective nature. Plus he's a fucking artist, with tats, piercing and black hair. Ummmmm, God, I can't think straight.
P.S., a sequel in Lucas's POV? Holy. Shit. Gimme gimme gimmmmmmmmme!(less)
So good. So good. Landen and Layla are beautiful characters that just tug at the heartstrings. Gah, my emotions are such a wreck...especially with tha...moreSo good. So good. Landen and Layla are beautiful characters that just tug at the heartstrings. Gah, my emotions are such a wreck...especially with that letter. Damn, always with the letters. Those things can have the tears flooding out like a river.
So happy to have this novella. I loved how determined and patient Layla was with him. I loved how remorseful and sincere Landen was. He's so tortured and broken, you can't help but want to fix him and make him better. I love his voice. Each pov change is so distinguishable and gripping, flowing perfectly with the story. Not once did I forget who was narrating. I sure wish there was more of Landen and Layla. But I was so happy with how it ended.
They really grew as individuals from Keep Me Still and I loved their devotion to one another. It's such a heartwrenching story with a splash of hope and happiness. Amazing!(less)
Wow. Wow. Wow. I need a moment to get myself together, after spending the last half of the book with a blurred vision. I can't even think straight, my...moreWow. Wow. Wow. I need a moment to get myself together, after spending the last half of the book with a blurred vision. I can't even think straight, my head hurts and I feel like I'm gonna pass out. An unforgettable and emotional journey that I'll always keep close to my heart.
Ahhhhhhhhh this series is killing me!!!!!!! I really love it. Each book is just more intense and dark and emotional and mind-blowing than the last. So...moreAhhhhhhhhh this series is killing me!!!!!!! I really love it. Each book is just more intense and dark and emotional and mind-blowing than the last. So much happens in this book and by the end, you've already pulled all your hair out and lost a bunch of teeth from the stress and battle you've had with yourself. I'm so glad I didn't take it out on my kindle, but Christ! What fucking more can these two poor characters go through?
I think I'm gonna take a short break before staring the next book. So much darkness and sadness and bloodshed and death, I need something a little more cheerful for my mind at the moment. But rest assured, I will be back for more of Derek and Sofia's journey. I just need to brace myself for the worst.(less)
Perfect ending! Bittersweet. Beautiful. Emotional. Epic. Incredible. It's hard to say goodbye to...more10-I-don't-want-to-say-goodbye-to-Clay-and-Mags-stars!
Perfect ending! Bittersweet. Beautiful. Emotional. Epic. Incredible. It's hard to say goodbye to these two amazing characters I fell in love with in Find You in the Dark. They're an absolute favorite couple of YA. After everything they had to face, all the obstacles, all the drama, all the bull shit, they show you how anything is possible if you want it bad enough. Just have faith. Have hope. Don't give up. And eventually, you'll see the light through all the darkness.
Clay and Maggie have come so far in these two books. They've faced challenges that no 17 year old should have to. They were torn apart. They were brought back together. Both of them grew up so much throughout the series. Both of them overcame their fears, doubts, mistrust, and faced it all head-on...together. Sure there's always gonna be hardships, but if you just remember that love can conquer it all, and it's all worth it in the end, you'll get through it.
Clay and Maggie will always have a special place in my heart. Walters did a phenomenal job, painting a story in which a couple who've been through hell and back, can find their way out of the darkness. It was not an easy road, in fact, I was so worried for these two through most of it. But they're so strong, both together and apart. Although together they're stronger. I hated when they were apart.
Thank you A Meredith Walters for this amazing, yet short story. I'm so selfish and want more. I can read about these two forever. I want more. I want more. *sniff sniff*
Anyway, perfect novella. Perfect story. Perfect everything. Now I'm sad. And depressed. I love Clay. He was amazing...flawed and all. I hate his mother-effing parents and wish them harm.
CLAY & MAGGIE....CLAY & MAGGIE.....MORE CLAY & MAGGIE....CLAY & MAGGIE!!!!!!!!!!! I. CAN'T. CONTAIN. MY EXCITEMENT! EEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!
AHHHHH more Clay and Maggie! More Clay and Maggie!!! OMG! OMG!!!! Thank you A Meredith, for giving us more of our favorite non-dysfunctional couple!!!!! I can't freakin wait!!!!! Can't. Freakin. Wait.!! *SQUEE*(less)