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Come As You Are

(City of Lakes #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  620 ratings  ·  79 reviews
New Adult Romance by RITA winner and New York Times author Theresa Weir

Coming October 1, 2013

Molly Young has a secret. To keep it she holds the world at a distance. Behind her lies a trail of dumped boyfriends who came too close to discovering what no one can know. When her estranged father dies of an unexpected heart attack he leaves an even deeper secret, one tied to Mol
ebook, 200 pages
Published September 20th 2013 by Belfry Press (first published September 18th 2013)
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Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it


Molly Young's father has died. To all the world he was a brilliant academic, a wonderful human being and loving father. Molly knows differently. With strangers crowding her house after the funeral, offering up sympathy, she feels suffocated. She leaves, stumbles into a local pub, drinks too much, meets up with a stranger and wakes the next morning in his bed.

Written by the talented, award-winning writer, Theresa Weir, this is as expected, a professional piece. Although it contains some of the tr
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it

Come As You Are is a story about Molly, young woman, who just lost her adoptive father. But Molly isn't mourning over his death, on the contrary, she thinks it's the best that happened for her in years.

She's carring great weight on her shoulders and memories of past that scared her soul and heart. Now, that her father's dead, she is confused and even more damaged. The same day as his funeral, Molly runs away from people that tell her over and over, how good person her father was. She goes to ba
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

4 stars!

It is no secret that I am a fan on Theresa Weir… scratch that….a HUGE fan of Theresa Weir. I have read most of her books and will tell anyone who will listen that Theresa Weir is one of romance’s best-kept secrets. Her writing is so superior to most of what’s currently published that even a mediocre T.W. book rises above the rest.

When I learned that Theresa Weir had thrown her skills into the new adult arena, I was absolutely ecstatic. Theresa Weir
It was a dark story with not being very dramatic or a far fetch plot.

I finished it in a long time because of my mood and it's being a dark story. Though, l am glad that l didn't it mark it a DNF.
I like prose and story progressing.
Heroine was little bit annoying but she had good reason for it.
Hero was one of the sweetest and understanding one. It would be very nice to read more about him.

Overall, it was a well written NA that has some rock theme in it.
I would like to read a CR book was writ
Pre-read: Couple of reasons why I'm reading this book:

1. I've read the author's work before, but unfortunately it wasn't really enough of an experience to really tell me anything about her writing style, so I figured I'd give her another shot and hope my experience with this was better than the last (though my perusals in the NA scheme have been mostly misses, I've had a few that struck me well. Here's to hoping this is one of the better ones).

2. The title's "Come As You Are" - which is the titl
L.K. Rigel
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was among the lucky ones to get an advanced reader copy of Theresa Weir's first New Adult contemporary romance, Come As You Are.

When Molly Young's father dies of a heart attack, she struggles to resolve her conflicted feelings. Everyone admired Professor Young, a teacher at the University of Minnesota, but only Molly really knew the monster.

Then Ian shows up for the funeral from out of state. He tries to help her through her grief, but trust isn't big on Molly's to-do list. Not even if Ian's t
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Come As You Are Or Whatever

You know, the title here is kind of apropos - Just come as you are, wear whatever the hell you want, don't really try to look good or impress anyone. Whatevs. Who cares?

That sums up the amount of effort I feel went into making this book stand out in any way from the minefield of other books just like it. And it is a minefield, in that there are a few rare flowers that are actually good, and the rest totally bomb. Although, it actually does look good,
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
* Review Copy granted from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Molly is a complete mess due to childhood sexual abuse on the part of her adoptive father. Throw in the revelation that her twisted "father" has a biological son (whom he abandoned as a baby) and the biological son - Ian - gets everything in the will and Molly is even more of a mess. I couldn't connect with Molly, there was no depth to her.

Ian is a relatively together guy, he's nice... But he was rather 2 dimensional too. I co
Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
This is one of those books where you want to take you palm and just smack it right into your face..because you are feeling so stupid for losing an hour of your life reading it. I don't mean to be harsh-but I do believe in being honest. Let me break this down-
Suicidal girl who has some serious issues and is never likable and never learns anything to improve herself the entire book-loses her "monster" of a father. She meets his estranged half son and they decide to live together because they have
2.5 stars

Meet Molly Young, a restless young woman who has to face strangers after her father's funeral. She run away, literally, to calm her down then meet a man, Ian, who takes a journey to meet his father whom he never meet.

As the blurb said, this is a new adult book. I’ve read many NA books, some I love, some other I didn’t like since most of them kind of formulaic. In this book, although I can see it is like any other NA, I already liked Molly and Ian from the moment they met. They have an a
Gillian Felix
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED!!!! This book. Molly is so screwed up, her and Ian's juxtaposition was perfect. There are times I wanted to cry because of what she had gone through. I didn't see the twist coming about how she and Ian were connected that was a SURPRISE! It was such a beautiful story, with all their family members dead they had no one else and found each other.

Molly to me felt real, I actually know people like her. Those are the people I connect well with because they are in no way perfect, and they hav
Bookshelf Obsessions
Ian and Molly were both broken in different ways. They met in an unlikely circumstance and when they find out …well, I’ll let you find out on your own.

This book is dark and dealt with a lot is issues. I liked the storyline, but I would have liked a little more depth to the characters and also a little more meat to the story itself. It seemed a little rushed in areas that I think could have made this a five star read for me, including the (non) ending.

Overall, I liked it okay, I just didn’t love
great read, so dark and haunting. full review soon!

This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.

**I received a copy of this book via NetGalley, but that did not influence the review**

First Thoughts: 4.5 stars Wow, this book is dark and haunting…it pulled me in from page 1 and I didn’t put it down until I was done.

Plot, Pacing, and Style: This is the story of Molly and Ian, both dealing with a death and circumstance that put them together. There is a reason Molly always runs away from com
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.

**I received a copy of this book via NetGalley, but that did not influence the review**

First Thoughts: 4.5 stars Wow, this book is dark and haunting…it pulled me in from page 1 and I didn’t put it down until I was done.

Plot, Pacing, and Style: This is the story of Molly and Ian, both dealing with a death and circumstance that put them together. There is a reason Molly always runs away from commitment, but it seems like this time with Ian might
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

i received ARC for my honest review, i have to say that i found that the overall story was great. Molly has emotion and commitment issues with good reason. her adoptive father who is a professor and a great addition to the community dies of a heart attach. during the funeral Molly is going through so many emotion, from hate to forgiveness and then she breaks. has she is being asked how she is holding up by all these strangers that see the monster in her life as a saint, she runs in hopes that sh
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Back in February I stumbled across a lovely quirky read by Theresa Weir -The Girl With The Cat Tattoo – about Max the matchmaking cat, and loved it. I also discovered that the author – who also writes as Anne Frasier – has quite a following and many awards across a whole range of genres. So when I found her latest – Come As You Are – available on Netgalley I couldn’t resist, and wanted to try some more. And I certainly wasn’t disappointed – equally offbeat and quirky (but without the cat), I lov ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl going through life with many unanswered questions and even more hurt in her life. Molly drowns herself in men and booze to help drown out the hurt she has been living with all her life. When she is left on her own with no family, she is even more confused on where to turn. Enter Ian...mysterious, sexy, has his own past secrets...he seems like just the guy for Molly to turn to, to drown in her sorrows. Only later she finds out, there is more to Ian and from there her who ...more
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 strong stars from me!
I absolutely adored this book. This was my first Theresa Weir novel and it won't be my last! Her writing is the perfect example of why I have fallen in love with New Adult novels. Molly has carried this nasty, gutwrenching secret with her all her life. Her father is a monster of the worst kind to her. But, to everyone else, he is a respectable professor who can do no wrong. Ugh. Karma sweeps right in and her father dies of a heartattack.

Enter Ian. Oh my swooning heart. H
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4. 5 stars.

I don't know what to write about this story. It was pretty great, a little too short but pretty great. Molly and Ian find themselves connected in ways that many aren't. It starts out with a lie but it ends up being so much more. They share a great deal and both are hiding from their past in a way. Molly has some deep dark secrets and she avoids intimacy at all costs. When meeting Ian she almost wants to take that next step with him. I was hooked right from the beginning and read the e
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly Young's father has just died and she has conflicting feelings about it. She's relieved that he's dead, but she's conflicted about feeling relieved at his death. Overwhelmed by the number of guests in his house after her funeral, she runs away to a bar where she gets wasted, and ends up meeting sweet, rational, sane, and gorgeous Ian Young. Their meeting is a stroke of fate, but they have their work cut out for them.

I wanted to read something sweet and happy when I plucked this book up, bu
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Molly Young feels broken and damaged inside. She doesn't do relationships. Then her father died, to everyone her father is a good person, to Molly, her father is a monster. The day of her father's funeral repast, she walk out and got herself drunk in a bar. Woke up the next day in bed with a hot stranger, Ian, with no recollection of how she ended there. She took off careful not to wake him up. Unbeknownst to her that Ian is going to play a big part on her life.

This is a short read, 150 pages t
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was different... not even sure how to explain what I mean. I didn't hate the book, but didn't really like the storyline or characters. The characters had no chemistry.
Ian's character did not develop, you really don't know much about him. SPOILER ALERT ** and then after you find out Molly was molested (I guess that wasn't bad enough), you find out she was kidnapped? I just don't know and everything just felt incomplete.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New twist on romance novels

I have read many romance novels with all the same premise. And of course I love them all but this book took me by surprise with the storyline. Relatable to a lot of people that life isn't perfect but you can make your own choices to make it better.
My secrets were the reason the day my father died was both the worst and the best day of my life."

Molly is the daughter of the renowned psychology professor at the University of Minnesota. The story begins as she hosts a houseful of people, mourning the death of her father. Unable to listen to one more person go on and on about how wonderful her father was, Molly takes off, literally running down the street to the nearest bar. She meets a sexy stranger and leaves with him, ready for a one night
P. Kirby
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Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Molly is numb. Her father just died and she feels….well….relieved. Instead of feeling that relief - she is ‘playing host’ to all of the mourners that have shoved themselves into her father’s home. The sympathy, kind words, food, and compliments about her father leave Molly feeling smothered. She needs air!!

What Molly does next is probably not the norm. She runs!!! She runs until she finds a bar. Inside - she finds comfort in beer after beer. Hoping to dull the feelings swirling around her brain.
Ashley Lenderman
*Received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of a review*

About the book:
Molly Young has a secret. Her estranged adoptive father dies of an unexpected heart attack he leaves an even deeper secret.

At his funeral Molly is unable to tolerate the mourners and kind swords spoken about her father that she runs out the door and down the street to the nearest bar. Come morning she is in bed with a complete stranger and has no memory of last night. She leaves before he is awake and is unaware

If you are looking for a sweet, light love story this is not the book for you.
This book is full of dark and deep emotions that at times are so intense that you will need to put the book down for a minute just to process all that you are feeling.
Molly is a mess and her life is a mess. It is dark and complicated and she is lost in a sea of anger, despair, and hopelessness. Thoughts of suicide of never far from her mind and It is almost a safety net for he
Heather Wood
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was such an angsty and dark read, much more so than I ever guessed. Molly is a tormented main character and the walls she had built up made it difficult to connect with her character. However, I liked Ian a lot and I felt like he was able to bring some light into Molly’s dark existence.

Molly is a complicated character and although many NA heroines are tortured—Molly is a NA heroine to the extreme. Thoughts of suicide are never far from her mind and some really awful crap has happened to her
Charlotte  Black
Hmmm. There are lovers and haters of this book. If you've read a lot of NA then you'll know how the formula works. Girl with tragic past meets boy with equally tragic past. They collide. They insta-love each other. They talk, they share and then...boom! out of nowhere they stop talking/communicating without finding the answers first.

I've never read Ms Weirs work before so I have nothing to base it on. I found this book very dark and almost sinister. I must admit I didn't like Molly. For someone
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Theresa Weir (a.k.a. Anne Frasier) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, fantasy, and memoir. During her award-winning career, she's written for Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Bantam Books/Random House, Silhouette Boo ...more

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