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Getting By

(A Knight's Tale #1)

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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  75 reviews
When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. W ...more
ebook, 235 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Literally Alpaca Illustrations, LLC (first published February 17th 2014)
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TeriLyn
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
**Getting By generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Getting By provides us with two broken people who find solace in each other yet cannot get past the broken parts inside them to make it work. While I didn't feel a strong connection to the characters, I definitely felt their connection was real to each other. Scarred deeply by the major curve balls life threw them, Emma Anderson and Jacob Knight work through their issues independently yet provide a comfort for each
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Christina
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2014
Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I can assure you right now, she has been added to my “autobuy” list.

Emma is in her early 20s and has the career of her dreams. She lives, breathes, and dreams the advertising world and is a workaholic. She has no time for anything else in her world except work, which takes her mind away from all of the things that went wrong in her past. She lost her parents and m
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Heather
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to start out this review by saying I loved the Supernatural references in Getting By. When a book has the words Dean Winchester in it, it has started off on a good foot. Favorite show. Made me happy.



Moving on from my obsession with all things Jensen Ackles.

Getting By starts out with Emma leaving Jake in the past. He is left confused and not knowing exactly why she said goodbye.

Then we started to get into their relationship, how they met, where they have been, etc.

They both head (separatel
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Natalie
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Getting by review
Emma Anderson met Jake Knight in an elevator. Trapped for a few minutes, Emma intrigues Jake- more so when she refuses to give him her name, relying on serendipity to bring them together again.
Meeting again over the next few weeks, Emma finally gives in to him, and they start a "light and uncomplicated" relationship.
Two years later, Emma returns to Menlo Park for her childhood friends wedding. This time serendipity intervenes again, bringing her ex Jake to the same event.
Trying
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Lori
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Getting By is the story of two people who have experienced loss in their lives and how their relationship evolves over time. Emma’s parents are dead and all we know about her sister is that she is a troubled person who is estranged from Emma. Jake is a successful business man who was injured in a covert operation that killed the rest of his team. They meet once and sparks fly, but Emma feels she is not able to handle a relations
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Nina
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've been reading a lot of NA novels lately and I'm pretty sure there's this standard formula already. Broken Girl + Perfect Boy = Messed Up Life Together (Or so they believe so one will stay away from the other) or vice versa. Or to the extreme that they are both broken. It's been getting a little too cliche-y already but I kept on reading NA novels anyway. Why? I'm particularly interested at how the characters will cope with their believed brokenness.

Getting By had that standard formula. Emma
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FicCentral
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Twenty-year-old Emma still blames herself for the death of her parents, convinced that their tragic accident was her fault.  Revisiting the city where they died is the last thing she wants to do, but when she's roped into being the maid of honor at her best childhood friend's wedding, she finds herself on a plane back to the home she left behind.

Jake is becoming an expert at avoidance, intent upon running from the memory of his ex -- right into the arms of far too many available women.  A weddi
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Aneta Bak
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Getting By is the first novel in the A Knight's Tale series following the Knight brothers. This novel not only has the perfect romance but it also has fantastic characters, ones you can't help but fall in love with.

Emma and Jake have been sex buddies for two years, but when things happen in Emma's life that she can't control, she decides to break it off. Three months later, they both find themselves at the exact same wedding, with no way of getting out of it for a whole week. Will the couple wor
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Stephanie Lasley
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Two Broken Souls
How long does it take to destroy a life or a family…not long. A situation arises, tempers flare, hurtful words are spoken and wrong decisions are made in the heat of the moment. Sometimes these actions are not able to be resolved, which is the case for our first main character, Emma Anderson. If only she hadn’t gone to bed that night hating her parents. You never know what life and or fate has in store for you. You may never get the chance to make amends. Emma is only twenty year
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Jennifer
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

The blurb sounded like something I'd love, so I couldn't wait to start reading. Unfortunately this took a while for me to get in to. I didn't really feel any emotion and couldn't connect with the characters. I think I would have been more invested initially if the first couple of chapters had been set up as the prologue instead. Emma came off as kind of annoying, and Jake was very cocky- and not in a cute way. Ultimately, not ver
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Emma
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Getting By encompasses the notion that you have to grab onto happiness with both hands and believe that you deserve it. The characters are charismatic, when you read this you will wish you could be taken into the Knight family too :)

Emma is an emotional minefield, tragedy lead to the collapse of her family, secrets and lies are uncovered with bitterness and blame directed at Emma. As the plot progresses and more is revealed about Emma’s family you can’t help but question her devotion to them. Th
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books are love
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful read. These are two people who have painful pasts that have defined how they see themselves. Each feel damaged and unworthy. Jake’s is from his work and Emma’s from losing loved ones and being cast aside from family members when they were grieving. They love each other and belong together though. Jake is a great guy, lost in who he is but wonderful none the less. He gives Emma up out of love for her. He needed to heal himself before he could give himself to her. Emma is a wor ...more
Aly
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Getting By goes back and forth between Emma and Jake's perspectives. And it's obvious as well as mentioned in the chapter headings. This allows us to understand both of their perspectives(even though at times I felt like both were a little...crazy for some of their actions, even when we know their thoughts.). We are also given much of their shared history before getting into the main part of the book. This allows a deeper understanding of both characters, and their shared past, although we still ...more
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
I have now read this book three times and every time I find more to like about it. The Knight brothers are all intriguing, engaging, and oh so handsome. What more could we want in a leading man?

This is a story of two people afraid of what commitment might entail. At the same time, I cannot think of two people needing each other more. This book is written from the POV's of our two characters and gives us the unique perspective only each character can share.

Jake is the boyfriend we dream of but n
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Paula Harp
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 stars. The characters are very complex and well written. The story is told from both sides of Emma and Jake. Emma broke up with Jake after a two year no-strings-attached affair because she was in love with him. He didn't know why she just ended it was morning with no explanation. Emma has trust issues from the murder of her parents and the aftermath. Jake is the only person who gets her. When she goes back to California for a friends wedding she finds out her friend Gaby is ma ...more
Jennifer
**A complimentary copy provided by author for the blog tour**

Amazon Buy Link --->> Getting by (A Knight's Tale)

DNF….I will not be rating or formally reviewing this book. All I will say is that it just wasn't for me and I don't think it would be fair to review this book because I wasn't able to finish it.

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Amy
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book. At first it did move kind of slow but about a 1/3 of the way into the book the story really seemed to pick up. I liked how it told two different points of view, Jake and Emma’s. I felt this helped to let us know what each of their thoughts were and how they felt with what was going on in their lives. I really like the Knight family and how they always looked out and took care of the people th
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Leah Weltzien
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-series
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
***3 stars***
To be honest it was hard to get into this book. The blurb had gotten my attention and it seemed like a book I would enjoy but it started out kind of slow and it was hard to connect to the main characters. I probably would have stopped reading if I wasn't given this book for a review. Towards the end of the book I got into it more but it still wasn't enough for me to love the book. Even though I didn't love this book I
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Ali (Our Book Boyfriends) Flores
I’m going to start here with my overall opinion. The story itself I would give 4.5 stars, the writing 4 stars. Had it not been for some writing issues (I’ll address these shortly), I would have said 4.5 stars. This was a story that I zoomed through. It’s a good thing that the story wasn’t too long, or I definitely would have shirked on some of my responsibilities.

The story starts with a prologue. I have to say here that it didn’t leave me wanting to read further. It was frankly sad, and it lacke
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Lori Palle
May 08, 2014 rated it liked it
“Serendipity…if it’s meant to be, you’ll see me again. So long for now.”—Emma

A chance meeting and Emma and Jake met. And then another chance meeting happened and another and another until Emma was convinced Jake was somehow bribing Fate. That’s fine, there’s no harm in a little light and casual fling. Well, two years later, Emma calls it off, and Jake can’t believe it. It’s a good thing he has Fate on speed dial, because he’s not letting the girl of his dreams get away—even if it means battling
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Patricia
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Emma Anderson has spent years pretending to be happy with her life, spending all of her time working so she doesn't remember what happened to her and why she is all alone. After a 2 year relationship of no strings attached with Jake Knight she put an end to the relationship a few months ago. Now she is attending a wedding as a bridesmaid to Gabby, her childhood best friend, but what she doesn't know is that Jake is also
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Stephanie H (My Bookish Itinerary)
**This e-book was provided for me by the author and/or publicist in exchange for a honest review.**

I don't think I have read many New Adult books (not that I know of) and this book makes me interested in reading more of the genre.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I read it pretty quickly because I had a hard time putting it down, due to wondering what was going to happen next.

The Story:

I enjoyed several aspects of the story. It is told from two different point of views. Emma and Jak
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CaffeinatedFae
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club-novels
First off, I want to say that I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I was contacted by Claudia Burgoa’s publicist and asked if the Denver Coffeehouse Book Club would be interested in reading this novel. I agreed to bring it to the attention of the book club and ultimately we decided to read the novel and we were lucky enough to have Claudia come to our book club to discuss her novel and her experiences as an author. Claudia is a new author that lives in Colorado so I was excited ...more
Kathy Horsman
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r, adult, nook, romance
The first thing I said to myself when I finished this book was that, yes this is a love story, a contemporary romance to be exact. However, this book is more about family than it is about romance. It is the good, the bad, the ugly, the sad and how two families shape who we are as people and how we act towards others. Emma Anderson and Jake Knight come from very different families with very different backgrounds but what really struck me is how much those families mean to them.....even if they wo ...more
Imani
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a story about two people , Emma and Jake, and how they must learn whether they can be strong enough to love and let go , even if it means losing control.

The beginning of the book is filed with many funny and quirky moments as Jake and Emma decide to allow Serendipity decide whether they will continue to see each other. As fate would have it , they would bump into each and from there sparked a "not relationship relationship"
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Janina
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Getting By is a book that involves two characters that each have a painful past. Emma and Jake each have personal issues that they've been struggling with and that means that they both have a lot of emotional baggage and they're also carrying a lot of guilt. You really feel bad for both of the characters because you see the love that they have for each other, but the things that they're holding on to is what's holding them back.

I really liked this book. I'm a sucker for damaged characters and I
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Cheryl (I Heart Fictional People)
In Claudia Y. Burgoa's Getting By (A Knight's Tale), recently broken up couple, Emma and Jake, find themselves in the same hotel because of a wedding they are both attending. Surprised to see each other, they desperately try to fight their feelings. They both know it won't work out. There's a reason they ended things. They both want different things in life, or do they? With Jake's meddling but caring family trying to help, they soon find themselves spending time together again as if nothing had ...more
Steph
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Emma is returning to her hometown after years away in New York...the hometown that she fled after the tragic death of her parents. She knew it was a bad idea to come back but she didn't know how bad until she sees him again...the one who she walked away from.

The second Jake lays eyes on Emma again he knows Serendipity is back at work and this time, he wants answers from Emma. But when she finally tells him her real reason for leaving, will he be able to give her what she needs??

I though
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Sam
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-release
Getting By is a new adult romance that follows two characters with complicated lives as they count on fate each time to bring them together. It offers them both a "no strings attached" relationship, but after two years of this they are both in too deep and they realise that they do care about each other. When the two find themselves together at a mutual wedding, both have to figure what they want.

I liked the idea for the book. Leaving one's encounters with another up to chance and fate. The main
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Moon Love
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readathon-2014
I've always loved second chance stories. I'm not quite sure why. I think it has to do with rediscovering the love a couple has. It gives me hope that love can be reclaimed if it ever feels like it's gone. I was really hoping Jake and Emma would be able to find their way back to each other.

I was a little confused when I read the prologue. I wasn't sure if it was a flashback or something that had been taken out of the book. It may have just been he fact I was reading something that hadn't been fo
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