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Draw Me In

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  565 ratings  ·  110 reviews
He’s a young, up and coming businessman with the keys to his family’s Italian wine enterprise.

I’m a fine arts student, navigating life in the Big Apple, my pencil and sketchpad in hand.

We meet. We fall in love.

But it’s not that story.

Sometimes, by a rare gift of fate, two lives cross paths. And hey, if that happens to occur when staring at Michelangelo’s naked masterpiece,
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published January 7th 2014 (first published December 29th 2013)
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✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it


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This story broke my heart and at the same, it gave me hope. Well, I personally been this situation, hence there are moments of this books that related to me. Memories that I always cherish and treasure.

Draw Me In is a story of struggle, love, passion and hope. Megan Squires had me there from the start until the last page.

Julie is art student/barista/youth mentor. She loves drawing.

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One fine trip to Italy while she was appreciating her art sculpture, she meets
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it

4 Art House, Sculpted, Living Breathing Real Stars * * * *
This was unexpected… I had no clue as to whether this was for me or not. I had read the blurb… had an idea of a romantic situation... artsy/ fartsy set up… with wine mogul and art student… so I was set and ready to read…

But oh wait… this is different… the voice of the character… and she is describing how she knows she was never that model type and it was ok…. here she was at 22, a NYU Fine Arts grad student; comfortable in her own skin, k
Christine Alibutud
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“I want you to know me. I need you to draw me.”


"Being someone’s backbone, someone’s strength, someone’s hope, and someone’s motivation is an incredible weight to bear. It’s a way of life and honestly, it truly is the best medicine of all."

Loved this book, touched me to a personal level, as well (but I'll dwell on that later).


Meet Julie Thorton. Describing herself as: struggling-artist-slash-poor-college-student

She's an
Anatea Oroz
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

This is one of those books that I have no idea how or what to write in a review. I do know what things I want to include in it, but I don't know how to approach them and how to make a review out of them. The interesting thing is that those books are always books I liked. If I didn't like it, I'd be able to write a review in 5 minutes. So yes, this book was great and I liked it!

Julie and Leo meet under quite funny circumstances, in front o
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Damnit I kinda had high hopes for the one. For the record, the steam level in this book is low. Nothing past first base. Sadly the cover is hotter than the book. Possible spoilers ahead, nothing major.

Julie is an artist and student at NYU. We first meet her while she's in Italy on a trip to a museum. There she bumps into a handsome man and something about him is unforgettable. Fast forward 8 months and she's back at NYU, working as a barista in a coffee shop. As she is making a drink, the machi
Shirley Frances

I'm not even going to attempt to summarize this story for you because it is definitely a story that you have to experience for yourself.

Unlike any book I've read recently, Draw Me In is romance at its best. Hell, I even have a girl-crush on Julie! She was an awesome character to get to know with her humor, lack of filter and rambling thoughts. I LOVED her! Leo is amazing too. He is charming and sexy but so, so sweet and completely enamored with Julie. He is captivated by her talent, drawn to her
Helen Stothard
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story, and there's nothing more than kissing in it. The book draws you in slowly, Julie is a lovely character, whatever she's thinking just pops right on out, unfiltered, and it's often nonsense, her jumbled thoughts just spilling on out. Leo is a total contrast, he's a closed book who doesn't show emotions and doesn't let anyone in.

I wasn't expecting Leo's secret, and after reading the about the author bit at the back of the book, turns out she hadn't planned it either, but
Kris Pittman
Ho-lee jebus. This book was a workout. I laughed so much I am sure that it doubled as a thousand crunches and… well, that’s the extent of my exercise knowledge that I can apply here. But my abs hurt. I shook the bed and probably looked like I was having a seizure. Then… *snap* I was sobered into tears.

I absolutely, unapologetically fell in girlfriend love with Julie. How could you not? She is just so adorable and awkward and SWEET! She was like a character soul mate. Aside from her artistic sid
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
So I was like.... This is so funny! This girl is just hysterical.

Then I was like...Hmmm, she is funny, yes, but I’m waiting on the part where we see the other side to her funny. Does she have a little depth?

Then...I was like.... Hallo! How about you make a one eighty on me and change my “Hmmmm” to WOW!???

I really enjoyed fun in this book, this girl just made me laugh out loud while listening to the audio book, I think people may have thought I was losing it there for a moment or twenty. But just
Jennifer Sons
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book!! First let me say that I've never felt so connected or loved a female role as I loved Julie!! She's strong, smart, independent, confident, funny, clumsy, and real! I'm so glad this book wasn't another "damsel in distress" story!!! Leo is OMG a dream!! At some point, the story takes an unexpected turn that left me holding me breathe, tears flooding my eyes! A story of true love at first sight, trials, tribulations, family, exes, prestige, heartache, hope, trust, sickness, and most o ...more
Jesey ~ Schmexy GIrl~
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given an arc in return for an honest review :)

I will start out by saying that this book gave me something I’ve been missing for awhile, a good laugh with a side of crying!

Julie, oh Jules you crack me up! She is one of the funniest female characters I have enjoyed in quite some time. Julie is quirky, artsy, and completely unfashionable.

“The thing is, Jules, is that you’re incredibly creative when it comes to the arts. It’s when it comes to the basic necessities of life that you fail misera
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, blog-tours
4.5 stars!

This book completely took me by surprise! I was expecting it to be a love story, and it was, but it was a love story with so much more to it! This book was about two characters both trying to find themselves in a way! It was about them learning how to live and how to get the most out of life! I just loved this book! It's so different to the books I normally read, so I wasn't sure what I was going to think about it, but the synopsis and the cover made me look at it twice! Plus, I was st
Sorcha O'Dowd
A beautiful and heartwarming story! 5 Stars! Full review will be posted on my blog on the 7th January 2014 during the 'Draw Me In' Blog Tour -

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There is always a few things that I take into account when I start rating and reviewing a story. These are that the story connects with me on an emotional as well as natural level, without the characters deemed to be too perfect or without flaws, and that the choices that the characters make, regardless of
Crina (Reading Addict)
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for a honest review and because I'm part of the tour! Thanks!:) Original post on

Surely, this book was not what I was expecting when I started reading it. It was totaly the opposite thing, and don't get me wrong, because I really enjoyed it and it was a good read.

If I had to summarize this book I would say it's a powerful one, much powerful then you can see, or you can't, from the cover or the synopsis. I was expecting a romantic book, contem
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you crave a light-hearted, drama-free read to offset the extremely intense ones. Draw Me In will satisfy that need for you. This novel is a sweet mixture of charming romance, interesting culture, and ridiculous humor.

The prologue does an excellent job leading the story off. I got some background information while meeting Ian and Julie. I decided I need to visit Italy and their amazing vineyards. Julie discovers male perfection might actually exist in real life. It was a really great st
Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
I don’t even know where to start with my review. I feel like I’m a broken record when it comes to Megan Squires. All of her books need ten stars and this one is no different. In fact, Draw Me In is my favorite book by this author to date.

If you read the blurb, you already know this is the story of a man and woman who quickly realize they are attracted to each other and form a relationship. This is a love story, no doubt, but it is also a powerful tale of courage, healing and hope.

Jules is an ar
Joana Hill
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
You can read more reviews on my blog, Words and Tea Bottles.

A free e-book copy was given to me for the Draw Me In review tour.

It’s not often I can say I’ve read a book I could truly say I enjoyed all the way through. So many authors seem to fall flat at one point or another in the book, either in plot points, in weaving things together, or the characters. While Draw Me In wasn’t completely perfect, it was about as close as you can get from a book. Every now and then there were things that threw
I absolutely loved this story. The cover didn't do it for me at first, but when I had read the story I get it, so the saying " Don't judge a book by it's cover" is so right in this case. This book was far better than the synopsis. I had forgot what the synopsis said when I started this, but WOW I think even the synopsis doesn't do it justice.

Julie is an arts student and also fills her time working in a coffee shop. On a trip to Italy with her students and best friend Ian, someone bumps into her
Melanie Stinnett
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
4.5 Stars

When I found out this book was about a billionaire, 20-something year old, guy and a young art student, I thought I was going to be reading something similar to other stories I have already read. Boy, was I wrong. This is a heartfelt story about so much more than lust and romance.

I don’t need many words to tell you how I felt about ‘Draw me In.’ It was wonderful and refreshing. In the end, it gave me hope that there are authors out there who are willing to write books that cater to the
Lizzie Andrews
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**Posted Originally At Paranormal Book Club*

“Here’s to the roses and lilies in bloom,
You in my arms and I in your room,
A door that is locked, a key that is lost.
A bird, and a bottle, and a bed badly tossed,
And a night that is fifty years long.”
-Herb Cain

I loved this book by Megan Squires! There were times that I laughed out loud and my family looked at me like I was crazy (but really, how do you describe the 101 Dalmatians scene?) and I would just have to tell them how fantastic this author is.

Heather andrews
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is Megan's best work yet, I couldn't put down the book, it was hilarious and Leo you literally just want to slap his fine a** in between two pieces of bread and gobble him up. "so you check out naked men in the states, too?" Julie I loved that girl she always says the wrong thing at the wrong time, or she always blurts out something dumb, and Leo he just takes it in stride, "no, Julie." His mouth was stretched as far as it could go into a wildly heart-stopping smirk. "You're not getting in ...more
Janell Wheeler
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stand-alone
Ok so the blurb on this made me wonder what I was getting myself into. I expected this super angsty drama filled book but that is not what I got. Yes it is a love story but it is a slow sweet story. It is not all hurried and rushed it is the slow building of a relationship. Yes there are some items that would not normally happen but that is what makes a good story. These people did not rush into bed or claim instant love, well not technically. For Leo it was an interest that turned into love and ...more
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this is going to be the hardest review I've ever had to write because I just want to tell everyone to read it!

I loved this book. This book is everything you could want in a story. This one will have you laughing one second and crying the next so make sure you don't have to go to the bathroom while reading and have the tissues handy!

Julie - oh my goodness Julie. I love her. I wish she were a real person just so I could befriend her. This girl is HILARIOUS! She's clumsy, has no filter - she
C.M. Foss
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**ARC given for and honest review

I thoroughly, THOROUGHLY enjoyed Draw Me In! It was surprising and tender and funny and quirky. The characters had wonderful chemistry and Julie is about the most endearing character I've ever come across. And I felt like an artist as I read it...which I am very very at from...
Julie is a college student and talented artist. She's very much her own person and is super weird in a wonderful way. We'd totally be friends.
Leo is hard to figure out at first. I was waiti
Romance at its best

Julie, a talented art student and coffee house barista, bumps into a handsome businessman named Leo, while she's sketching Michelangelo's David in Italy. He steadies her and there's Instant attraction between them! After their brief encounter he disappears into the crowd. She finishes up her short stay and flies back to NYC and that's the end of it right? Of course not! It could have been sappy and predictable but instead it brought out a myriad of reactions within me includin
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an an honest review.**

In 2013, I read a lot of great books, but Draw Me In stands out as one that I would count as one of my favorites. I would classify it as a romantic comedy, but it was so much more than that. What really stood out in my mind as I read the book is the thought that the two romantic leads - Leo and Julie, felt like real people, and I thought they were both well-developed. Julie is somewhat clumsy, and comes up with all sorts of
Joood Hooligan
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was forced into reading this book by both Tawnya and Jamie, who wouldn't stop talking about how amazing it was and demanded I asked Megan Squires for an ARC immediately. I ended up reading it during my Thanksgiving break. Well... I planned on reading it during my Thanksgiving break. I believe I finished it the same day I started it. Sleep is for the weak!

Oh my holy crap... this book was hilarious. There were so many times I had to post non-spoiler quotes on the page, just because I needed some
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"We meet. We feel in love. But it's not that story." I'd have to say that statement from the front cover about sums it up.

Julie is this loveable, spastic, art student. Who lives with her roommate and best friend, Ian. The book starts out and they are with a group of students at the David, in Italy. And in swoops Leo. I know I said Italy, then how does he end up in her coffee shop back in the states helping rescue her from an overflowing espresso machine? Well you'll have to read and find out.

Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow what. a truly amazing story

this book had me laughing so much, my fiancè even asked me why I was laughing out loud a few times ...
I also felt embarrassed for a most of the time, I liked that she was herself and clumsy it made it more real...

but wow it was emotional and I felt truly touched by this book I just wanted to jump in the book and give him a huge hug ...

I love the ending it couldn't have been made more perfect !!

Oh and I didn't have a problem with the I love you's some said it was
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-this
5 STARS This is a gem! I was completely surprised by the humor, the intimacy, the depth of emotions that this book sent me through. I didn't read any other reviews before reading this and I am glad that I let the narration gently move me along with Julie and her discoveries. Julie has the heart and soul of an artist and it comes through in the way she discovers and interprets the world around her. I loved the awkward moments, the sweet moments, and those moments where I was left wondering who wa ...more
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