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The Line That Binds

(The Line That Binds #1)

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Stained with heartache and cursed with vengeance, a stone well lies on a nineteenth-century estate, waiting for the Stockton line to wish again.

When seventeen-year-old Lila Wayde's father loses his high-paying job in Las Vegas, the family relocates to a Pennsylvania estate bequeathed by an estranged aunt. Lila begins a new life there, one not corrupted by wealth and fake
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Published November 25th 2013
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Michelle
The Line That Binds is an interesting start to what looks to be a creepy and super cool paranormal curse series. The story starts off in the past tense where we meet a man and a jilted woman, who casts a curse on the family and descendants of the man who wronged her. Then, we flash forward to the present where the current owner and family member of the house is losing her mind/memories and dying, supposedly from the curse. She gives the main house and most of the land to some of her estranged re ...more
R.S. Grey
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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This book has been on my TBR list for the longest time mostly because I fell in love with the cover! (Seriously one of the most intriguing covers I've seen in quite some time). I finally sat down to read it this week and it did NOT disappoint.

I don't usually read YA, but this story captivated me from the very beginning. JM Miller's writing style is flawless. I found myself highlighting various sentences and passages simply because they had captivated me.

"Specks of light glinted on her sh
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✿kawehi.reviews
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
☆ I received an RC via the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

This was a interesting story. Normally, I really don't like YA novels as they feel kind of full for my tastes but this one had a supernatural twist that kept me reading on.

Author JM Miller, who've I'd already read two of her previous works, has a clout for dousing her stories with this darkened background or something lurking in the midst that has you cautioning every motive and corner.

The Line That Binds has a m
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Lemon Review
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Lemon Review

I'm just going to start this review by suggesting you go pick the book up now. The Line That Binds, by J.M. Miller, was released November 25th and I'm literally biting my nails in anticipation of the follow-up book, The Line That Breaks.

Now that that's out of the way - I can proceed with an actual review.

J.M. Miller is a relatively new author on the scene, The Line That Binds is her second published novel, and holy moly. I fully expect to see a great number of spectacular books
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Read using Kindle Unlimited)

I enjoyed this story, but it did feel long.

I liked both LJ and Ben, and I thought they made a good couple. I liked how LJ looked out for her family, and I liked how LJ and Ben slowly grew to like each other.

The storyline in this was good, but it felt really long. I think the pace was just a bit too slow, and it seemed to take a long time for anything to happen.

When things did finally get explained it was right at the end of the book, and then it seemed like the book
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Abbie
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Actual rating - 3.25

This was an okay read, but it felt really really long.

Ben and L.J were both likable characters, and i liked their relationship.

I did like this book, but it felt like it went on forever. I expected to hear more about the well, but apart from at the beginning and the end, there wasn't much said about it. I really wanted to find out more about it, so that was quite annoying!

Overall, Slow, but an okay read.
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Mandy Reads Indie Anderson
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 4.5 stars, but when leaving a review at sites such as Amazon, Goodreads, etc... I round to the next highest star.
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Ben doesn't believe in the curse but has decided to help his grandpa out and search for something, anything, that will shed some sort of light into it. When he meets LJ he assumes she is a high maintenance girl who will quickly wreck havoc on the estate. What he assumes is wrong. LJ is beyond different and soon he has growing feelings for her.

LJ is tired of the w
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Romancerwblog
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have read a lot of paranormal romance novels. I love this genre and am so glad that my blog partner introduced me to Twilight those many years ago! That being said, I wasn't sure what to expect when I started The Line That Binds.

It seemed like a unique paranormal read from the synopsis but I never expected to fall quite so in love with the story or characters! I had never heard of the author, JM Miller or anything but I am soooo happy that we were invited on this blog tour so the book and aut
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Staci Hart
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So many times in YA, the characters are a mold that is used over and over until the details that make a character unique and human are blurred.

That is not the case with this book.

Instead of the standard insecure but beautiful high school girl, we have LJ, a strong, gorgeous girl who had it all, was part of the popularity machine, and is a recovering mean girl who wants to disappear. She's security incarnate, armed with a hoodie and Chucks instead of Burberry and Manolos. And instead of the high
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Megan | A Page to Turn
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book took me by surprise - I've not read a lot of books that were self-published but this one really blew me away! I didn't think I'd be a fan of the two person point of views (Jodi Picoult comes to mind), but it's so well written that it flowed so easily and after the first couple of chapters I barely noticed.

Mysteries are a personal favorite of mine and I like a plot that keeps me guessing but doesn't give answers away too early. This particular story about a girl, a boy and a curse liter
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Kristin
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great YA read!
I really enjoyed this book and loved the storyline about the cursed wishing well I also liked how the author grabbed your attention and easily had you fall in love with the characters and I immediately fell in love with Ben and Lj and was rooting for them. I couldn't stop reading to see what happened next,. I kept waiting to see if they found anything to help with the curse and was waiting until one of them finally kissed. I will definitely be reading the next one in the series.
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Ilsa Madden-Mills
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You can tell that JM is an experienced writer. I enjoyed this paranormal/young adult/new adult book about a young girl who finds herself and just maybe the love of her life.

It's hot yet sweet, fun yet touches on serious themes. Definitely an author to watch. I'll be purchasing book 2!!
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Nichole
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Characters- I really liked them. LJ was a great strong female and Ben was sweet, sexy, and the perfect guy. The supporting characters played great roles and made the story even better.

Plot/Storyline- This story had me hooked. I NEEDED to know what was going to happen with the curse and how LJ and Ben's roles played into it. The story was written really well and the mystery of the curse was so well executed and layered that I did not want to put the book down just in case another piece o
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Dayla
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy via Enticing Journey book tours in exchange for an honest review

The Line that Binds by J.M. Miller is a young adult paranormal mystery that features a strong heroine and a very interesting male character. I will admit that when I first jumped into this one, I wasn’t expecting much. I’ve read quite a few paranormal novels that have had lackluster romance and overdramatic situations, but thankfully this wasn’t one of those forgett
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Shasta Mosley /Cherry0Blossom
I was asked to read and review The Line That Binds by J.M. Miller for Swoon Worthy Books, and let me just say that this book could not have come to me at a better time. I have been reading so much of one certain genre that I needed a little paranormal reading in my life. And this book did not disappoint. I fell in love with it at the beginning.

When I first read the synopsis for The Line That Binds, I was hooked. I could not wait to get the ARC and start reading. Once I received it, I was done fo
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Tickled Pink for Book Ink
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
THE LINE THAT BINDS is a great YA paranormal romance novel!

Lila Wayde inherits an ancient estate in Pennsylvania from an aunt she barely knew and though she never thought she would live there, her father loses his high-paying job in Vegas and now they have no choice but to move in. She decides there is no better time than now to start over and cut out the fake friends and popularity contests. Ben lives on the Stockton estate with his grandfather and they knew and loved Lila’s aunt. They also kn
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Lisa 2bookaholics
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Jammie brought this book to my attention I jumped at the chance to read it. I have been a little bit of a reading slump lately and was looking for something different. This book proved to be just the thing. It was the perfect blend of chemistry between characters funny one liners and mystery to have depth to it. I actually have already pimped it out to some of my reader friends who are less romantic readers and have gotten some great feedback from them as well.

Lila (LJ) has led what looks
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Alicia
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beta-reads
Lila, or LJ, has recently inherited Stockton Estate from her Great Aunt Janine who she barely knew. This inheritance comes at a perfect time, as her father has just lost his high paying job and the family doesn’t have anywhere to go. LJ is used to all the luxuries money can buy, but the family, minus her mother who left a year earlier, start having to sell things to survive. LJ handles it well. I really liked her. For being so young, she has a lot in her shoulders, but she handles it with grace ...more
Once
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
This a great story ... GREAT story. It's nothing like I expected, but pleasantly unexpected!!

Lila (LJ) is seventeen and just learned that her great aunt Janine has passed away. She was left the Stockton Estate, which houses a huge mansion. Her mother left her family for drugs and alcohol, while her father loses his high paying job at a casino. The family was able to move a few months before Lila inherits the house at the age of eighteen. It turns out to be a huge change for her. She is used to t
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EndlessReading
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Firstly I would like to thank Miller for kindle providing me with a copy of The Line That Bends to read and review, this certainly won't be the last.

Lila and Ben are two different yet the same, teens that inherit an estate which belonged to Lila's estranged aunt.

When Lila, her brother and her dad move into the estate after unfortunate events, its a dark, dismal and a foreboding feeling, like there is darkness is looming.

Ben works as a groundsman on the estate with his Grandfather,
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James
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I was really impressed with this book. It was really well-written and had great dual perspective storytelling from both the main characters points of view. It also had a good mix of romance, humour, mystery and suspense. The story centres around a wishing-well on the grandiose Stockton Estate which was cursed by a jilted lover in the late 19th century and still haunts the Stockton descendants today. Lila, the main character, recently inherited the estate from her great aunt and soon discovers th ...more
Books&Dreams
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book as an ARC for an honest review.
That being said i gave this book 4.5 stars.

Stained with heartache and cursed with vengeance, a stone well lies on a nineteenth-century estate, waiting for the Stockton line to wish again.

When seventeen-year-old Lila is bequeathed a Pennsylvania estate by an estranged aunt, and her dad loses his high paying job, they move to this old house in a new place that they are not use to. Here Lila is a new person and she can become anyone she wants,
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Amanda
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is terrific; I fell in love with it page by page. First, I'll get into the plot:

The Line that Binds is a young adult novel full of romance and mystery. 17 year old Lila (or LJ as she's later called in the book) moves to her great-aunt's Pennsylvania estate, after her dad lost his job in Las Vegas. Lila now has to readjust to her new life with a father she barely knows, becoming familiar with the huge estate and town, and dealing with being the new girl at school. Then, Lila meets Ben..
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Melonie Merritt
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great YA novel and would have loved to give a 4 star review however the beginning of the book was a little slow for me and it took me a little while to get into it. However once I did get into it I couldn't put it down or quit turning pages. It is greatly written and great read!

LJ makes a great strong female lead in the book. I love how in the beginning she seems like a spoiled little rich girl but you seen realize there is a lot more to her and her past is something a lot o
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United Indie Book Blog
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great YA novel and would have loved to give a 4 star review however the beginning of the book was a little slow for me and it took me a little while to get into it. However once I did get into it I couldn't put it down or quit turning pages. It is greatly written and great read!

LJ makes a great strong female lead in the book. I love how in the beginning she seems like a spoiled little rich girl but you seen realize there is a lot more to her and her past is something a lot o
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Daphnie's Bennett
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, young-adult, mystery

I love a good paranormal and The Line That Binds did not disappoint. A few chapters in I was hooked and I could put the book down. I finished in one night.





Seventeen year old Lila family moved to her aunt estate in Pennsylvania after her father loses his job. Here Lila can become a new person, someone she use to make fun of. Someone with no attitude and feelings. Lila meets Ben, a classmate and a worker on her aunts estate. Ben is keeping an eye on Lila to make sure she is not affected by a cur
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Michele McMullen
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it

Stained by heartache of past love and cursed with vengeance a stone wishing well that is located on a nineteenth century estate is just waiting for the Stockton heirs to wish again.

Lila is a 17 year old whose father has just lost his job and they move to the family's estate that has just been left to her, Her mother's sister Janine has passed away and has handed down the estate and the business located on it to Lila on her 18th birthday. Lila soon meets Ben he is the grounds keepers grandson and
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Paranormal Tendencies
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book took a while before I really got into it. The first half didn’t really catch my interest, but once it hooks you its a really great story. The chemistry between Ben and LJ is sizzling hot. Because it’s a YA the scenes didn’t get very detailed, but there is enough to leave you wanting more.
Both Ben and LJ are very developed and likeable characters. I found myself really liking both of them.
Even though this was categorized as a paranormal, there was very little in the way of paranormal.
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BooksandBeyondFiftyShades
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Stained by heartache of past love and cursed with vengeance a stone wishing well that is located on a nineteenth century estate is just waiting for the Stockton heirs to wish again.

Lila is a 17 year old whose father has just lost his job and they move to the family's estate that has just been left to her, Her mother's sister Janine has passed away and has handed down the estate and the business located on it to Lila on her 18th birthday.

Lila soon meets Ben he is the grounds keepers grandson and
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Theresa Troutman
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA romance, paranormal, mystery
I LOVED this book. Part paranormal, part romance, part mystery--it has it all. LJ loses everything and then finds out she's inherited an old mansion left to her by a relative she hardly knew. Ben, works on the estate with his grandfather and isn't too thrilled about the LJ moving into the mansion and worries what will become of the estate when LJ becomes owner on her 18th birthday. These two flawed souls who are wary of each other start a friendship, but they can't deny the sparks that fly betwe ...more
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J.M. Miller lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast with her husband and daughter.
When she isn't spending time with her family or being distracted by social media sites, she writes contemporary and fantasy romance novels.
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