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Let It Be Me

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,216 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Do you see that woman there?
The one with long, wavy blond hair and blue eyes that used to sparkle?
That’s me, Violet Moore.
Do you see those men over there?
One is my husband, Rob.
A man who claimed he loved me, but proved his fist loved me more.
The other is Tucker McCloud, my savior and confidant.
I'm torn between what's right and my own fear.
But not anymore.
I’m taking my life
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 2nd 2013 by Toni Aleo (first published September 28th 2013)
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• Lisa •
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it


Toni Aleo is a favourite author of mine, so when I discovered that she had branched out of her normal writing genre to say I was interested would be an understatement. However, I didn't rush out to read this book mainly because I knew it would be a painful, intense, gripping story and I wasn't mistaken;This story grabbed my attention and emotions. Every now and then I try to challenge my reading habits so with that very intention I set out to take this book from my 'to be read' s
Toni Aleo
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Love this book and how beautiful it turned out! Can't wait for the world to read my heart and soul! Remember this:
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Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it

First, here's my casting:

Let It Be Me was a beautiful, heartfelt story about a woman's struggle to face her fears, find her inner strength and gain the courage to leave an abusive relationship along with the support of an incredible guy who showed her what it was like to live without fear and to truly be loved.

It felt real and kept me connected me to the characters. I couldn't put it down and read it start to finish in one sitting!! I was honestly hooked from the prologue. This was another book
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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HOLY CRAP. That was intense. From page one, there was intense drama and angst. It all seemed so real. There were times that I wanted to cover my eyes as I read. I thank god that I’ve never been in that type of situation.

This book was unputdownable. I can’t say I loved it (mostly because of the subject matter) but it’s definitely unforgettable, and will stick with you. It’s book that’s worth reading.

I liked Violet and I felt sorry for her. I kept rooting for her, hoping she would develop the co
Heidi McLaughlin
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's no big secret that I'm a fan of Toni Aleo. I have been going on a year now. So when she threw this at me I didn't hesitate even though I knew it was going to tear me up inside.

Toni stepped outside her penalty box to deliver a hardcore, gritty novel. Let it be Me is about personal struggle and protecting those you love even if the end result is your own demise because when you love one so fiercely you'd rather take the blows instead of seeing your loved ones hurt.

Let it be Me is so intense
Chris- Bookaddict
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Get a blanket and maybe a glass of wine, you’re going to need it, because my story isn’t a happy one, well no, I take that back. It can be happy, I can be happy; I just have to get there. I have to fight for it. So sit back and let me explain how the fight was woken inside me.
It starts and ends with Tucker McCloud.

Let it Be Me is very dark, emotional, & gritty this is not your everyday type of read that is for sure. This story is about domestic abuse and violence and Toni holds nothing back whi
This was one AMAZING book. The plot, characters, setting and the feelings were perfect. This author had a way with her words. She also had a way to make you feel like you were sitting right there watching everything take place. A 5 star book for sure. My heart broke for the heroine, Violet. Seriously. I could literally feel my heart breaking into a thousand tiny pieces for this poor girl.

"See that woman there? The one with beautiful long wavy blonde hair cascading down her shoulders, her
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 gritty and raw STARS

Violet has been living her life in fear. You see, to the outside world she is this beautiful, confident woman who has a loving husband, a successful career and everything she could ever hope for. But if you look closely enough you'll see that this beautiful woman is broken. The girl who most women envy has a dark secret that she keeps hidden behind impenetrable walls and her smile hides the pain and suffering that she lives through everyday. You see that gorgeous husband of
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing

"I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review"

First let me say when I sat down to read this book it was 6pm. When I finished it was 4am the next morning and I was so emotionally hung over I couldn't sleep. I immediately sat down and wrote my review because this book will grab you at the first page and not let you go. You will be thinking about this book long after you finish.

A very powerful story of a young woman lost in an abusive marriage.
This story really hit home for me. My mother sur
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

The good: -Exceptional and exemplary plot and story line
-Endearing characters
-Very emotionally gripping, intense, and genuinely touching!!

The bad: mean, other than the fact that I HATED.HATED Violet’s husband with an outright passion?!

Nothing that I can can think or comment on. ;)


“Let It Be Me” is a very dark, gritty, and raw tale which covers the topic of domestic violence.

I have to recommend Toni Aleo, as this isn't a very ventured topic that people like to ex
Oct 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Let me start by saying that I don't usually give one star ratings to a book unless I mean it. Unfortunately this was one of them. When I started reading Toni's books I really liked her way of writing. The first book of the Assassin series was amazing, but then the second book was ok and then the third one was kind of a disappointment. It seems she likes to write about damsels in distress which I normally like but Let it be Me was just not for me. From the Prologue I knew I wouldn't like it. I'm ...more
Emily Snow
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Toni Aleo has made me ugly cry! Let It Be Me is gritty and real, and I literally felt my chest clench up or found myself holding my breath while reading so many parts of this book. Violet’s story is heartbreaking—but also beautiful, hopeful—so have a giant box of Puffs on hand while reading. Highly recommend!
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
As of posting this review there are only 4 and 5 star reviews from other early readers. Yep… leave it to me to be the outlier.

Minimal spoilers may be included here, but not enough for a spoiler tag.

I feel like there was so much good and so much potential in this story, but I just couldn’t enjoy it. I had too many frustrations and questions, and most of them are about each of the main characters.

Rob: I could be wrong, because I am not a legal expert, but if you’re charged with almost beating a ma

Firstly i would like to thank my friend and amazing author Toni Aleo for giving me the honour of reading this AMAZING book. Let me tell you that if you have read Toni's other books this one is very very different.If you havent read her books WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN?? READ THEM ASAP.

I read this book in a few hours once i started i couldnt put it down. It drags you in straight away. This books had me so emotional that i feel abit numb
Oct 20, 2013 marked it as this-book-is-on-time-out-indefinite
Say what ??? Another Bezzie buddy read !!!?? I'm feeling the love across the pond from my lovely Lisa Jayne ❤️ ...more
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ARC provided by Author for Honest Review

Let It Be Me is a very hard book to read let alone review. It deals with many serious issues, most revolving around domestic abuse. Violet is and has been married to an ‘asshole’ for a couple years and in her position she’s literally stuck. This position she’s in makes the book very real. You almost want to dislike her as she takes it and want her to run but its hard when you’re not in the position she's in because she is literally stuck.

Fear, pain and bei
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Get a blanket and maybe a glass of wine, you’re going to need it, because my story isn’t a happy one, well no, I take that back. It can be happy, I can be happy; I just have to get there. I have to fight for it. So sit back and let me explain how the fight was woken inside me.

It starts and ends with Tucker McCloud.

Ok are you ready because this story is more a friendship than anything and the minute you open it you enter a deep friendship with Violet. Toni Aleo tells this story a little diff
Katrina Ly
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was ok

PRO (because I can only think of one)

- Overall, a very insightful novel; it had a lot to say about how chaotic the thought patterns of a victim of abuse could get and why it is so hard for them to leave an abusive relationship as a result, it had a lot to say about the negative effects of the said relationship and how it ends up pretty much killing the victims self esteem and stuff like that, it had a lot to say about the long road to recovery and healing (which btw I LOVED since t
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Toni Alea brought me back to a place in my life I thought I'd never want to revisit. As a victim of domestic violence, you really want to try and forget everything that has happened to you. All the excuses you made up to cover for cuts, bumps, bruises, etc...
Toni's work here was so real life that you really would have thought that she went through this all herself.
Bravo Toni!! I was an emotional rollercoaster throughout this entire book!!

The character of Violet is an amazingly strong woman, fro
Cocktails and Books
I was't sure what to expect from this book, considering it was a departure from the hockey romances I love by Toni Aleo. Despite the very tough subject matter surrounding domestic violence, it was a story that I truly enjoyed.

Violet Moore finds herself moved across the country, away from her family and friends, by the abuse husband who likes nothing than blaming Violet for everything that has gone wrong in his life. The only bright spot in her new life is her job as an Office Manager for one inc
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
I was given an ARC of this book for my honest review
Violet is an abused woman away from her family and friends, her saving grace comes in the form of a new job as an office manager and Tucker. I am a glutton for punishment I just got done reading a book that tore me up and then I started this one, so now I am a sobbing mess of emotions. I love Toni and I know that her books will always give me a good read, but this one was different it's a book that will keep you up at night and have your mind r
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Woa. That was powerful.
Deep breath.

This book deserves to be read!!
Sep 24, 2013 marked it as to-read
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Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! This is the first book I've read of Toni's and let me tell you, she has a way with words that make you feel everything that is happening to the characters. I felt so many emotions while reading this story...anger, hurt, loss, grief, and then finally hope and love. 4 stars!

This is Violet's story. Violet is married to Rob. At first, things were great but once they got married Rob started controlling her, and then when she defied him he abused her emotionally and physically. Rob co
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, but I took away .5 stars for editing and .5 stars for the repeated dialogue the h had with herself. I started skimming because it was the same thing over and over in the beginning.
I really devoured this book and could overlook those 2 things bc the story was so captivating that I couldn't stop reading. I was so scared for her and was hoping she'd make it out alive. This book is definitely worth a read.

*there are scenes of abuse and rape*
dnf 50%

I seem to be in the minority here. the beginning of this book was repetative. Vi's actions didn't really match up with what was going on in her life.

not totally writing this one off, will try again later.
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
This just wasn't my bag. I deal with this kind of stuff a lot at work so I just didn't enjoy reading about it. ...more
Sep 14, 2013 added it
A big DNF for me. "Too stupid to live" comes to mind. She's with an abusive husband but gives us every excuse in the world not to leave him. I couldn't take it any more. ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-triangle

Hell, this is a first for me... tears down my face just reading the damn acknowledgments. Broken record here... go in blind for every read. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I've had just a few out of hundreds of stories that just twisted my heart, made me internally scream with anger, and tears drenching my face on way too many occasions. This is one I'll never forget. Toni Also, it hurt but wow, you're amazing. Oh... thank you so much for Tucker as if I don't have hun
Kjean Lara
4 "He has been the light through this dark time" STARS!!!

"No woman should feel like she isn’t worth the love of a good man and if for some reason you hear my story and think you can’t get out, let me tell you, you can. It won’t be easy and you’ll want to quit, but you can do it. You can succeed. Just believe in yourself. Leave fear at the door and just jump in. The world is at your fingertips and you deserve it. You can be happy, you know? Don’t ever forget that."

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