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Keep Me Still

(Keep Me Still #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  9,269 ratings  ·  570 reviews
Scarred by loss, Layla leaves her hometown of Hope Springs, Georgia, hoping to put her painful past behind her and start over in college in California. When she runs into Landen at freshmen orientation, she has a choice to make. Reinforce those steel walls she's built up around herself or give the only boy who can keep her still a second chance.

Landen’s more than ready to
Paperback, Special Edition, 278 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christy by: Anna
4 Extra Cherries Stars!!!!
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Keep Me Still, along with the novella Let You Leave were both sweet, beautiful and emotional reads.

The story begins with Layla. Layla is a senior in high school. She used to have a near perfect life, but a few years ago... everything changed. For the last few years, after her parents were killed, she has developed a condition. She has seizures induced by PTSD. She loses herself sometimes and there is absolutely nothing she can do about it. When something triggers her,
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
❤❤ 5 stars !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So cute with a zillion cherries on top !!

I need to hit. To be hit. To kick and fight and hurt and be hurt. I need the kind of pain that makes sense. The kind the cuts and bruises and breaks bones. If this night had a theme, its Landen O'Brien is a worthless piece of shit that ruins everything. Maybe that's the theme of my life.

“The boy who saw me at my worst and kept me still.”

I want to climb on top of him. Kiss him, devour him. Fix him. Make it better, like he does
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OHMYGOD I LOOOOOOVVVVVVVVED THIS!!!! Such a sweet heartfelt sexy over the moon kind of love story! Ms Quinn... PLEASE GET "HOLD US CLOSE" OUT ASAP!!!! I NEED IT LIKE SERIOUSLY 5 MINUTES AGO! I AM GOING TO BE CRAZY ASS STALKING YOU UNTIL YOU GET ME THIS BOOK WOMAN! But I mean that in the nicest sweetest I'm totally not crazy kind of way ....

Aestas Book Blog
Sep 22, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: soon, top-tbr
I've been told this book boyfriend is extra swoony!! Looking forward to reading this :-)

Scarred by loss, Layla leaves her hometown of Hope Springs, Georgia, hoping to put her painful past behind her and start over in college in California. When she runs into Landen at freshmen orientation, she has a choice to make. Reinforce those steel walls she's built up around herself or give the only boy who can keep her still a second chance.

Landen’s more than ready to tear down those walls, but this ti
6 trillion "brilliant, soul grabbing, heart breaking, earth shattering" stars.

What a beautiful story. Caisey Quinn's growth is amazing. This book is brilliance in print. It is heart wrenching, beautiful, soul capturing an done of the best written books i have ever read.

Because apparently this girl makes me lost my mind

I love Caisey Quinn with all of my heart. She has stolen it and I don't even want to ask for it back. She is such a talented writer. I fell in love with her when I read gi
I love this book!

The continuation of Layla and Landen’s story is gorgeous! Once again with the sweet moments and laugh out humour, but this time with angsty heartache and surprisingly steamy romance.

The Special Edition of this book is actually in two parts and contains the prequel novella Let You Leave, followed by this novel. You will probably want to read them back to back as Let You Leave has a nasty cliffhanger, so I really like the fact that they’re included together. Let You Leave introd
Aug 04, 2013 marked it as couldn-t-get-into-it
DNF. I'm back on earth. Well, I knew it would happen. This is so verrrrrrry cute, it just made my teeth hurt. Also, it's safe to say that I didn't "feel it." Book goes back to Amazon.
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
I am clearly in the minority on this....but unfortunately this one just didn't work for me. First and foremost the pacing was WAY TOO FAST! It was like the whole story was on fast-forward.

The novella was actually pretty good. I would rate it higher than the actual book. The novella takes place in high school. As a result of watching her parents be gunned down, Layla suffers from seizure induced PTSD. She spent a lot of time being home-schooled, etc. She returns to high school her senior year wh
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: na
Quick warning, this review, has a bunch of spoilers littered throughout, so please keep that in mind before you decide to continue reading....Also it gets a little ranty.

Let you leave

Okay the novella was really good, and I definitely think Casiey Quinn is an author to watch....However, the pace of the book was super super fast.....I get that it was a novella so to fit everything in, it had to happen quick....but dude, it was like light speed! But again, Let you Leave was an awesome story that
Caisey Quinn
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
I'm the author so I'm pretty biased but this book is very special to me and I hope y'all love Layla & Landen as much as I do!
Anne OK
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
What a steal for 99-cents!! I've been on a Caisey Quinn reading kick for a month now and this might be the last in the list but definitely not the least enjoyable. Each and every book by this new-to-me author has left me completely fulfilled and satisfied. I love her writing style, the stories she tells, and the way the stories flow so well.

"Keep Me Still" is a keeper. Layla and Landen are now among my favorite book couples. They had that sweet, mesmerizing chemistry that always wins me over. T
Debbie I Heart YA Books
OMG! Love Layla and Landen's story so much! If you haven't read this book yet...then you're missing out on a wild and beautiful romance with Layla and Landen :)
Jacqueline's Reads
Aug 01, 2013 marked it as top-tbr
Shelves: arc
Teaser Image!

Let You Leave
(novella included in this special edition of Keep Me Still)

Layla Flaherty had the perfect life, or close to it. Until a stranger gunned her parents down right in front of her, leaving her with seizure inducing PTSD. After years of trying to pass as normal and failing miserably, she resigns herself to being invisible. But new to town Landen O’Brien sees her, and he likes what he sees. Much to Layla’s surprise, he doesn’t freak out when she has a seizure in front of him
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Layla witnessed her parents being shot when she was thirteen...

Now in her senior year...

She still suffers seizures...

Enter new boy Landen...


My thoughts

Wow I wasn't expecting this. Boy was I surprised. Not once did I feel the story drag on. If anything I think it should have been longer.

Let me Leave takes place in senior year and Keep me Still is when they are both in college. I found both books enjoyable and there was a few gasp out loud moments.

Great writing, great story telling and grea
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
“I am so gone. Lost. Her smile, the little sigh she lets out, the way her eyes light up. All of it. I’m broken down and rebuilt. And nothing will ever be the same again.”

The continuation of Layla and Landen’s story is so sweet, swoony and even a bit angsty. I had fun while reading it.

Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2013
5 Double Chocolate Milkshake with Extra Cherries Stars

So good. So smooth. So yummy. You want more. Chocolate shakes and Caisey Quinn. D-Licious. You will want to lick this book up so you don't miss a drop. But caution....Don't read it too fast. Brain freeze you know. I read late into the night and now I have book brain freeze. You know how when you are eating something really good and you realize you finished it without knowing it was the last Thin Mint in the sleeve and damn it...they won't be
♥ Sarah
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have a love/hate relationship with the whole “Knight in Shining Armor” cliché. I guess it really depends on how the specific character is written that either tips the scale in his favor, or to his detriment. In this case, it was the latter.

I get why Landen had to be THE hot jock. His perfect looks + not-so-perfect family = perfect Knight in Shining Armor. Add in a little brooding & possessive action to enhance that image, and there you have it. Like magic, you have your “bad boy” & “P
Bookworm ♥
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Elizabeth Lee
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy Caisey let me beta this one for her! I seriously can not say enough good things about it. Ladies... Landen is going to rock your world. By far, the best book boyfriend I've read this year! :-)
Annie Brewer
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
*review coming soon*
Autumn Review
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites, review
Sadly, I had this book for a while before I had the chance to open it. This was one of those books where you say "What took me so long?!" The book begins with a special edition novella that gives the history of how this couple met. The story smoothly transitions into the future where Layla and Landen are in college and are reunited. I found myself completely immersed in their story and I didn't want it to end!

From the moment I met Layla, my heart reached out for her. She's suffered a seriously t
Zakirrah BookBlogger
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I try not to live in the past.But sometimes the past lives in me.
-James Ford

This is a brilliant book which had a little bit of everything,it was emotional, funny, sweet and beautiful.It all starts off when you meet Layla she is a senior in high school and things aren't going so well. Few years back things were perfect but after witnessing her parent being gunned down by a robber she develops a condition which causes her to become the schoo
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adored the story of Landen and Layla. Caisey Quinn does not disappoint!

I know you can read Keep Me Still without reading the novella but I think the novella adds to the story. It has you falling in love with Landen and Layla.

Layla has had it rough. After seeing her parent shot to death in front of her she now has seizures brought on by PTSD and is known in high school as Freaky Flaherty. (High schoolers can be douchebags!) After homeschooling because of the events that led up to the cruel nic
4 solid stars

I really, really enjoyed this book and was so happy to have the prequel novella to set up the story.

Layla was so strong, even when she didn't think she was. I really liked her character. And Landen? Very swoon worthy for a high school/college boy. I won't say I was always happy with some of the decisions he made, but
I could never be mad at him ;)

The ending maybe left a bit to be desired. However, with the sneak peak of the sequel novella I was left satisfied. I'm definitely looking
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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OMG .... I'm so in love with this story! Review to come!
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
"We weren't ready for what we needed to be for each other in high school, or the universe wasn't ready for it. But universe be damned, because I'm done fighting the way I feel about you."

I completely adored Caisey Quinn after reading Girl with Guitar because even though it was a simple story, it had so much heart and that's basically what drew me in right off the bat. And for that reason alone, I was so excited to learn that she had another touching novel and that's why I got my hands on this
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
3.5 to 4 Stars

Source: eARC for Honest Review from Author

I first fell for Caisey's writing with her Kylie Ryan series so when I got the opportunity to read this book I jumped on it.

These two books are bit on the sugary sweet side but I was totally in the mood for that so I welcomed the blossoming love of Layla and Landen.

In Let You Leave we first meet poor Layla who has her own person tragedy and issues which causes her to be invisible to everyone.

Well until, Landen walks into her life and makes
All-Things-Books [Whairigail]
5 Incredible, Extra Cherries on Top, Stars!!

As a Caisey Quinn Fangirl, I would read almost anything she writes. No really, I would actually read a story about toilet paper if she wrote it!

But no matter how many stories of hers I read (Girl with Guitar, Girl on Tour)...Her stories just keep getting better!

My version of Keep Me Still includes a copy of Let You Leave which is a prequel Novella so I'll requiew the two of these together.

Let You Leave Blurb:

Layla Flaherty had the perfect life, or c
Teri Beth
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at Lives and Breathes Book Blog

HELLO HANGOVER, book hangover that is.

“The boy who saw me at my worst and kept me still.”

I adore Caisey Quinn, if you haven’t read Girl With Guitar you definitely need to go check that out. So when I heard she published a new book (which was a surprise I might add, since I openly admit to stalking her) I HAD to read it. RIGHT then. Caisey Quinn has outdone herself, I adored Keep Me Still. It is one of those books once I started I couldn’t focus on anyth
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Caisey Quinn is the bestselling author of thirteen contemporary romance novels published both traditionally (HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin/Random House) and independently. She is the mother of two little ones and a wife splitting her time between Nashville, TN and a small town in Alabama.

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“I am so gone. Lost. Her smile, the little sigh she lets out, the way her eyes light up. All of it. I’m broken down and rebuilt. And nothing will ever be the same again.” 8 likes
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