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Love Exactly

(Sticks & Stones #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Emma Walker was a writer who'd lost herself to someone else's anger--who had given up on ever feeling like herself again.
Evan Levesque was a rock-god--the one all the woman wanted, but he'd never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life.

With just one cup of coffee they'll begin a journey of self-discovery at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan'
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 20th 2013 by Show n'ot Tell Publishing (first published June 18th 2013)
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Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
**Copy provided by an author in exchange for honest review**

„What is love exactly?”

Love Exactly is like two stories in one novel, that blend in perfectly, giving the reader spectacular impression of sweet romance and getting- to- know-yourself journey. Cassandra Giovanni wrote wonderful story about dealing with demons of past, trying to pick up the pieces of present and finding a way for better future, which is wrapped in sweet romance story that easily can captivate hearts and pin you to t
Jennifer G.
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: would-read-again, arc
I was honored with an ARC of this book :]]]

AWESOME LOVE STORY, great book!!!

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It wasn't a hot, steamy, sex related book, it was a true, real life, normal, everyday type of atmosphere. BUT, it was worth the read!!! Sometimes it's books like this one that help you understand what life it about, and that these things go on everyday around us.

I really enjoyed it, the characters were great, awesome actually. It was the perfect Evan and perfect Emma. And the book revolved around them to and a useles
Jennifer Ramey
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really like this book. Hope the next one hurries out. So need more!!!
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.50 out of 5 Stars; I loved the premise of this book. Rock star meets regular girl on the street. The one not knowing that the other is famous. There are no games. Simple, sweet, loved it.

Evan was in a popular band (rock star) that toured while Emma was a photographer for a local paper. There was honesty. They did not ignore the feelings and insecurities that could happen when a regular girl dates a guy in a rock band.

“You know I’ll never hurt you.”
I smirked at him. “Yes…yes you will, but I’ll
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Novel playlist from the author and Love Exactly giveaway on my blog

Love Exactly was a joy to read. There's not as much heartache as there is in a lot of New Adult novels, and although that can make for a moving read, I don't think any less of LE for the lack of it. What LE does have is an overwhelming sense of rightness throughout - the way the relationship goes, the ups and downs, the realness of it all just feel so right.

Emma is honest and beautiful, in

Love Exactly is a great example of a true adult romance novel. It was wonderfully written in a way that is geared for an adult. I have read adult romance books where the main character is a 30 something adult but act and do such juvenile things. In Love Exactly you have two characters that are so lost in themselves that is takes meeting each other to discover what their lives were truly missing. I liked that they actually dated, well kind of, but didn't just jump
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Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot, sexy, alpha-male
Before I start with the review let me just say, do not let the beginning of this book keep you from reading all the way through!
Love Exactly is an amazing story about Emma and Evan finding each other as well as themselves. Emma is a normal girl with a very haunting past that she has to overcome or lose everything that means the most to her. Evan is a "Rock-God" that finds himself needing Emma just as much as she needs him. The two both have their own struggles to overcome while learning "What is
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4.5 out of 5 Stars
I found my heart fluttering at times while reading this book. Love Exactly gave a great depiction of what love, true love
really is. It starts like this...

Meet Emma & Evan
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Emma- early twenties, smart, attractive, hard working, artistic, somewhat of a loner, and pretty independent. She's young with the world and all of its possibilities ahead of her, but she's stuck in neutral, and
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4 Stars

Emma lives in her Connecticut hometown, she's writing for the local paper - but only unimportant stuff. She wants to write a New Adult Novel - but she doesn't have the words anymore - after what happened to her in HighSchool.

One morning she and her cup of coffee run into RockStar Evan.

Both are instantly attracted to each other and he invites her for a cup of coffee

She in turn invites him - well - he invites himself - to accompany her to t
Lydia H
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love Exactly was a sweet yet heartfelt love story about two people accepting the past in order to have the future they crave and deserve. This book was a refreshingly realistic take at a rock star romance. There weren’t all these angst-driven scenes about cheating or the craziness that comes with being in the public eye – which is great if you’re looking to relax while reading. Yes, things got difficult for Evan and Emma throughout the book, but it was really more about them together.
Charlotte Lynn
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
From Goodreads:

Emma Walker was a writer who'd lost herself to someone else's anger--who had given up on ever feeling like herself again. Evan Levesque was a rock-god--the one all the woman wanted, but he'd never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life. With just one cup of coffee they'll begin a journey of self-discovery at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan's fame while dealing with her own demons? Emma's checkered personal past, a bad relationship that haunts th
Awe! Loved that HEA!

Way cute story - Love the whole "Rock God" that Evan is - even if he doesn't know it.

Evan is a down to earth sweetheart who has had his fame as a Rock Star since he was 16 years old. His band mates are his best friends. Evan is the only one that isn't married out of his friends. But that doesn't make him the type to go on a rampage and sleep with everyone - he did that back when he was younger. Now he's looking for the one that will make him happy. The one that gets him...

Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour-2013
It is no secret that I love this genre and read as much of it as I can and although I love it, I can only take it in small doses because of all the angst and emotions they usually portray and bring out in me.

So it was with a sense of relief when I finished this one that I realized it was quite unlike a lot of books in this genre in the fact that even though Evan and Emma had issues and things to deal with, one thing about them that didn't change, that didn't waver, was their relationship. Never
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A sweet love story and a fun read!

This story was definitely different for me. After reading the description, I expected a story filled with angst, drama, and some sex & drugs to go along with this rock star romance. What I got was a sweet love story that was built on great characters with some “rock star” twists on the side.

This story focuses on Emma ~ a sweet, smart, “beautiful-but-doesn’t-know-it” young woman who seems somewhat stuck… On the outside everything s
Cyndi Becker
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-its
A 4 .5 star gem if ever there was one. I needed a feel good love story and after reading one or two other reviews, I took the chance and was not disappointed.

The story revolves around one Emma Walker (loner and recent college grad) and Evan Levanesque ( first and foremost, he should be labeled as a sweetheart, then as a hot rock God musician). We watch 2 endearing and worthy characters as they develop a relationship over a long distance, long separations, and too short reunions. I'm so glad I go
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Love Exactly is a book you can quickly get sucked into. I easily almost read the book in a day. I got to just over 90% and gave in to sleep. It was a hard choice to make. But the fact that my kindle had started yelling at me saying it's battery was about dead helped in that decision.

Giovanni did a great job of portraying what a relationship between a normal woman and rock star would be. It isn't all happiness for them. They have to deal with him being on tour, recording new songs, not to mention
Tessa Teevan
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5-4 Stars

Love, Exactly is not your average rock star romance. It's a very sweet romance that is different than most famous/non-famous relationship type stories as it wasn't all about the drama, the paparazzi, or cheating. It was about two people, regardless of their status, connecting in the most beautiful way possible. It was rather refreshing to see such a realistic take on a relationship of this nature, and I quickly fell in love with Evan, and at times even forget that he was a famous, sex
Felicia Tatum
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'll be first I wasn't sure I would like this book because of how quickly the main characters hit it off....the next thing I know, it's 1 am and I'm finished with it! This book sucked me in, begging me to find out more and more about Emma and Evan. They found a connection in an unlikely situation. I loved how the interacted, how protective he was, but he wasn't afraid to push her to be herself. I really enjoyed the underlying issues in this book, because those are real issues and I t ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tattoos, summer-2013, band
All the things I loved about this book...

Emma Walker
Evan Levesque
One cup of coffee
Rock star
Basketball game
Falling in Love
Short Visits
Phone calls
"Shattered Mirrors"
Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame Awards

Sugar, spice and almost everything nice! Love Exactly is an absolutely refreshing and sweet read. This book will take you away from those dark and emotional reads filled with angst and heartache and take you on a beautiful journey of self discovery, acceptance, and true love, that all begins with a cup of coffee and the question what is love, exactly?

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Emma walker is a 23 year old aspiring writer / photographer that has lived the past five years alone and harboring
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is not your typical rock and roll story and I for one was glad of that fact. Its not that I don't enjoy them, its just that its refreshing to come across something different. This really is a sweet romance, its also something that spans a fair bit of time which in my opinion makes it more realistic. Emma has some pretty major demons and anyone who has any type of similar experience will know that the scars do not heal overnight, and in some cases they never do, it was this I felt was totall ...more
Rachel Swords
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
**4 out of 5 Stars**

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This was a quick and easy read. The plot is straight-forward. The characters are easy to get to know and to like. This book is about a rockstar who doesn't particularly like the things his stardom comes along with. It's also about a girl who is a shell of a person and is searching for herself. I loved Evan. He knew what he wanted and nothing was going to take that from him. He was willing to fight for it even if he h
K.A. Graham
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC by the author for an honest review. With that said…OMG…I absolutely loved this book! Love Exactly is a sweet story about true love, freedom, and acceptance. Cassandra Giovanni did an awesome job bringing you into the story and I fell in love with Emma and Evan right from the start!

Emma has a dark past filled with physical and emotional abuse, which has caused her to create a wall around herself that’s been up for the past 5 yrs. She’s a journalist for the town paper, which giv
Reading is my Time Out
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
OK... have you ever read the first chapter of a book and then thought... this is not realistic because it could never happen! No one ever falls instantly in love and with a rock god no less! I am not sure if I am going to connect with this book. These were all thoughts of my own as I began to read Love, Exactly. That is until this book SUCKED ME IN and I myself fell instantly for Evan Levesque! Cassandra Giovanni... you are a little temptress and I stayed awake until 3 AM to finish this book! No ...more
Krystal Willingham
Cassandra Giovanni has quickly become one of my favorite authors with her unique writing style and relatable characters. Even in her new book, Love Exactly, you are able to connect with the characters on such a deep level that even the fact that Evan is a unattainable rock star doesn't matter. You are still able to feel and imagine that this story could be completely real.

I feel in love with Emma the broken girl who I felt was a reincarnation of myself. I saw myself in her so much and felt every
Maggie Thom
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Love Exactly. It is the journey through romance, from attraction, to getting to know each other, to friendship to love and all the things that get in the way of that. I thought the author did a good job of pulling you into the two lovers journey.

Em runs into Evan, literally. And dumps her coffee on him. Anyone would be embarrassed but what if he was a rock god? Oooops. The attraction is immediate for both of them however Em struggles with believing that he would be interested in
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This was love exactly as it was supposed to be, slow, sweet, and agonizing in its perfect way.

LOVE EXACTLY is a sweet fairy-tale romance complete with a handsome prince that every girl dreams of finding some day.

Emma is a nobody, okay, well, that’s not entirely true. She’s an aspiring author with a penchant for music and a budget for cheap coffee. Who knew that a 99¢ cup of coffee could lead a girl to finding the man of her dreams and a life filled with happily ever afters? I must have missed
Kirsty Bicknell
As a fan of Cassandra Giovanni's young adult novels I admit I was anticipating her first foray into the New Adult genre, and Love Exactly is perfect!!
I lost myself completely within the first chapter when Evan and Emma met; Cassandra Giovanni capturing the intensity between the couple which only builds as the story continues.
Emma is dealing with the repercussions of a past relationship and the torment this has caused her, including no longer being able to write. The depth of Emma's pain is revea
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is something beautiful about a book that shows true love at it’s finest. A love that takes off immediately from first sight and continues with a strong, pounding heart until the very end. That was Love Exactly for me. Sure, the couple had some dramatic moments but these moments weren’t against each other, they stood strong together and fought another character. This story isn’t a book about miscommunication that tears apart a couple like many other books; this story is about a couple seein ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I need book 2 now. Like right now. This was a freaking fantastic book and I need more! I started it around 11pm last night and stayed up until 5am. I was glued to my tablet until I finished it.

This was another book I will be adding to my TBRA (To Be Read Again) list. It is new adult but there aren’t any graphic descriptions of the sex scenes and there wasn’t any major emotional drama that just drains you after you’ve read the book. It was a sweet love story and there was a bit of turmoil j
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Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their ...more

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