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Heights of Desire (Heightsbound #1)

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A woman who has everything meets a man who can offer her nothing but trouble. They bring each other to a height of desire neither thought possible, but is it enough to overcome the differences that tear them apart?

Kate Champion, a forty-two-year-old, married mother of two, leads an enviable upper class life of luxury. Her comfortable path takes an unexpected detour after
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ebook, 280 pages
Published December 22nd 2013 by Mara White
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Lise *friends don't flag*
3.5 train wreck a coming stars

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Geez... read this one on a whim. Tried the sample and BAM... had to splurge and spring for the 99 pennies this one cost.

I guess since I am an older women, I get excited over the younger hot dude fantasy and this one certainly had that going. I thought the author did a very good job of portraying the absolute lusty insanity of a married woman with children going cuckoo over a bad boy thug twenty years younger than her.

Although this story did have many WTH moments and
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Autumn
Nov 18, 2013 Autumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mara White has BLOWN ME AWAY with this beautifully tragic love story!

Heights of Desire is one of the best books of 2013!

Full review on Martini Times...

http://www.martinitimes.com/1/post/20...
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
I'm rating this 4 stars purely on entertainment factor. I'm still not sure how I feel about the story. Full review here at Book 2 Fear of Heights

Ellen at Book Bellas
5++ stars!! LOVED this book!! Fantastic debut from Mara White. Very controversial story. Don't miss this one! Full review here: Heights of Desire
Millie
Jan 30, 2014 Millie rated it did not like it
SPOILERS because that book was horrible and I want to cry for reading it



Yeah Sandra I know how you feel !

This book was SO disappointing. This was supposed to be the story of a 42 married woman with 2 children who falls in love with a 22 years "bad boy". What I read was the story of a 17 years old whining bitch who doesn't know who to choose between the bad boy and the wealthy boy, so she decides to keep them both.

Kate, the "heroine" didn't have any empathy in her. At all. She doesn't think. She
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Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
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Gitte:
How do I even start with this one Jenny? This was one ugly fucked up book, pardon my language! But it really was. I don’t honestly know if I really disliked everyone or liked them for their faults and raw emotion. It’s a train wreck of a love story that’s for sure. There was so many dubious scenarios and questions left unanswered that at times I really wondered why I was still reading it. But I’ve come to the decision that for me, that was one o
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Jamie Roberts
Apr 11, 2014 Jamie Roberts rated it it was amazing
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5 EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED STARS!

“Before Jaylee, I was always under the impression that people cheated on their spouses because they were seeking something outside of the marriage that was missing. I’m not sure if anything was lacking in my marriage to Robert. I wasn’t looking; Jaylee just happened.”

HOLY COW! I’m lost for words on how to accurately express my feelings on what I have just read! This is the first time I can say that I LOVED the s
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Aussie Jo
My heart was... actually.... physically.... aching throughout this book.
I have no words and if I had words I fear they would sound cliché.
Powerful book.
Powerful storyline.
I could not stop reading - I was getting grumpy at people and everyday life. I was not interested in anything else! I have not felt like this about a book in such a while.
There is only one other book (along with this one) where I have read the sample and just HAD to know what was going to happen. That other book was 'Beautiful
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Jason Powell
Nov 17, 2013 Jason Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do I say how awesome Heights of Desire is in a manly way? This book had me feel so many strong emotions that at one point I had to put it down because I was getting too upset and I didn't want to go to sleep that way. I caught myself smiling on a crowded subway at the end of one chapter and was immediately mad at Mara and Sarah (you'll meet her) for embarrassing me. I was lost in this world. This story is so well crafted and told, I can't believe it's a debut novel. Heights of Desire may hav ...more
Jodie
Jan 26, 2014 Jodie rated it liked it
3 Stars for the Story + 5 Stars for HOT + 4 Stars for the writing = Jodie is at a loss what to rate a book is it 3, 4, or 5 I really truly do not know what to label it!!!

"You're the one writing this story, Kate. You just have to decide if it's a story where love triumphs and perseveres. Or is it going to be a tragedy where love ends in broken hearts and destruction? Only you know the outcome."

I don't know what kept me reading this book I was so upset, confused, and angry that several times I
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Talk Supe
Nov 23, 2013 Talk Supe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I don't know why I subject myself to reading stories like this knowing that it will make me mad in so many ways and have me hating on the characters. HEIGHTS OF DESIRE is one of those stories that will polarize you, you'll feel a lot of negative emotions towards the characters while love the writer for it. I think what's compelling about this novel is not the romance or even the intimate moments and for
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Sera
I was a little hesitant starting this because of the low rating but for me this ended up being a real page turner. I can definitely see why some people would be turned off by the things going on in this book, but for me it was like a train wreck I couldn't stop myself from watching. Yes the story is unrealistic. I mean these two people are so completely opposite it's ridiculous and it's highly unlikely they would even cross paths, let alone have such an instant connection the way it played out i ...more
R
Nov 17, 2013 R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First-time author Mara White’s novel Heights of Desire is a stunning debut. It is a breathless, sexy, and hard-to-put down roller coaster. In a world of cookie cutter romance, hers is a fresh contrast to today’s predictable romance and erotica novels, complete with compelling, maddening and sexy characters and a fantastic plot. This book is not to be missed and the author is one to watch out for.
Jenae Hutchins
Heights of Desire will be January's book club read. Mara White's first novel is thrilling, emotional, and smart. It is mentally- and certainly physically- stimulating. I found myself envying and admonishing her protagonist all at once. I was hooked from the first page, and can't wait for the next book. Mara, I hope you are writing right now. Bravo!
Bill Silversmith
Dec 25, 2013 Bill Silversmith rated it it was amazing
A modern day Anna Karenina complete with sex drugs and Reggaeton! An epic romance of forbidden love!
Juewelz - SMIBookClub
Jan 18, 2014 Juewelz - SMIBookClub rated it it was amazing

Heights of Desire landed on my kindle by pure wonderful accident. My friend Michele posted on my fb “You have to read this book.” I was like ok let me add it to my TBR . And then my friend Autumn posted a review. After reading Autumns review and seeing that THE KING ROMEO SANTOS was the musical inspiration for this book. My soul said HELL YES! And I 1- Clicked and fell flat on my ass in Bronx New York in the Heights to be exact.

Sitting at the basketball court waiting for Jaylee to get done being
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Renee
Mar 29, 2014 Renee rated it it was amazing
A woman who has everything meets a man who can offer her nothing but trouble. They meet and oh so quickly IT happens. I loved the way the author had the sense of taboo involved here. The characters were well written as was the language. I loved that I felt a level of intellect when reading Kate, her husband Robert and Sarah. As for Kate's love Jaylee, he was written superbly. His language was real, not written in a way that reflected ignorance or an uneducated person. He spoke in some slang and ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First off I have to say KUDOS to Mara White for her debut! Man I have to say that this series is going to be off the hook! I love novella's and reading this had me thinking about all the days I spent watching novella's with my grandfather. He would be yelling at the TV in Spanish and telling me what an idiot the people were being.

Right from the start when I started reading this story I thought dam can you imagine having it all but having nothing all at the same time? Well Kate knows this because
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Sunny
Aug 18, 2015 Sunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

I read Maldeamores FIRST, without knowing that it was the prequel to the Heightsbound series, and immediately fell in love with Jaylee. Imagine my surprise when I was professing my love for him and someone tells me that HE ALREADY HAS HIS OWN BOOK! Two of them, to be exact. Fuck. Yes. All over that shit. I couldn't imagine loving him any more, but after HoD, I do.

Heights of Desire is about a 42 year old, married mother of 2 named Kate, who crosses paths with my man Jaylee. He's 22, an
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Tracy Smith Comerford
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whattt?.. nooo omg major cliffhanger
first off can I just say this book was brilliant, at the beginning it was quite confusing and I thought I was going to get lost but it just took a little adapting to the way it was wrote and then I sank into it, this book pulled me from my comfort zone on so many levels right through the whole story nothing went as I assumed it would and although I was battling with my inner self (do I accept that .. omg did that
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YaYa
Jul 07, 2014 YaYa rated it really liked it
4.5 stars...❤

Angsty(that's not a word), emotional, so wrong but felt so right. Can you say Love Triangle? WoW. This is some really good stuff. Realistic. If you live or have lived in NYC and you're of Spanish heritage, you'll understand why this book feels so close to home. #SpanishPeopleProbz

I'm on #TeamJaylee4Sure, don't care!

Midian..this message is specifically for you: I'm sure you will want to murder Kate.

Y me cago en la puta madre....it ends in a cliffy o.O
I'm ready to see what else thi
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Carolina Delrio
Nov 20, 2013 Carolina Delrio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe this is Mara White's first novel - she is an amazing storyteller who takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, leaving you wanting more in the end. This is quite possibly the first story in this genre that I've read where I've found myself disagreeing with almost every decision the main character (Kate) made - I wanted to reach into the pages and smack some sense into her. This is not some cookie-cutter story sandwiched in-between gratuitous sex scenes. This story is unusua ...more
Gina
Dec 19, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing
While not normally a fan of this genre, Mara White's subversive look at the romantic stereotypes that pervade erotica had me riveted. Full of flawed anti-heroes, the relationships between characters were so much more complex and relateable than in your typical love story. This book challenges perspectives of feminism and female power with it's real and sometimes gritty depictions of class struggle and gender dynamics. White's crisp prose is refreshing, making it a quick and pleasurable read. I c ...more
Sarah A
Nov 14, 2013 Sarah A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That disparaging, despairing and most desperate love we have all had the misery of accepting is between the pages of this book. Get ready to relive the days when nothing and no one meant anything and you rolled quite happily into hell in a hand basket, existing without morale or thought or honesty or righteousness of any sort. Best of all this kind of thing happens all the time-of course it does. It probably happened or will happen to you.
Can't put it down. Prepare to be obsessed.
monami
Dec 17, 2013 monami rated it it was amazing
Even if you have never considered this genre, Heights of Desire is a MUST read. Without even realizing it you will find yourself drawn into Mara White's beautifully crafted story. This book has everything - passion, love, sex, suspense, and above all else, characters you can't help but fall in love with. Just be prepared, as you will no doubt finish the book wanting more and desperately missing Kate.
Jenna
Jun 28, 2015 Jenna rated it liked it
I just don't really know how I feel about this book.
I totally want to know what happens in the next book and I will read it eventually but I just don't know what to think.
I do know that Mara writes some crazy forbidden stories. Her words are beautiful.
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Gitte: How do I even start with this one Jenny? This was one ugly fucked up book, pardon my language! But it really was. I don’t honestly know if I really disliked everyone or liked them for their faults and raw emotion. It’s a train wreck of a love story that’s for sure. There was so many dubious scenarios and questions left unanswered that at times I really wondered why I was still reading it. But I’ve come to the decision that for me, that was one of the reasons for why I did indeed keep read
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Reanell Tisdale
Jan 26, 2014 Reanell Tisdale rated it really liked it
How do I begin? This book was just…wow! As soon as I saw the synopsis I told myself, "I have to read this one". I like the books that push my boundaries and are risqué. And this one did not disappoint! This book is not romantic, it is raw, gritty, and speaks of things that are not for the faint of heart. Some people won't read it based on the cheating, but those things don't bother me in books.

The writing was good, the storyline, although harsh, was brilliant. You have a +40 year old woman who g
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Maureen
I came so close to ditching this book with a huge eye roll after reading the first few chapters. I couldn't stand the heroine Kate. Who behaves like that? She came across as a creepy cougar. She operates on a very flimsy moral code and risks everything for her own selfish desires, yet she sees herself as a good person and a good mother. For the record, she's a terrible mother. Not because she doesn't love and care for her kids but because she repeatedly engages in dangerous behavior with little ...more
Robin B
4.5

Oh holy hell I want to knock a bitch out.

Kate has got to be the most infuriating and frustrating and selfish heroine I've ever read! Damn!

I really enjoyed this book! It's a massive love triangle but definitely not a typical one. I don't want to say much because I'm not sure I can without giving away spoilers. So I'm just going to say- read it!

Yes, there is a HUGE age difference between the heroine and her lover. 20 years actually. I wasn't thrilled with that when I read the synopsis, but d
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Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. S ...more
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“Before Jaylee, I was always under the impression that people cheated on their spouses because they were seeking something outside of the marriage that was missing. I’m not sure if anything was lacking in my marriage to Robert. I wasn’t looking; Jaylee just happened. Now I fear that I will never again experience the heights of desire that I feel when I’m with him and I’m mourning it before it’s even gone.” 5 likes
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