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Look After You

(Look After You #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  722 ratings  ·  136 reviews
The birth of your firstborn child is supposed to be the best day of your life.

Well, that’s what twenty-eight-year-old Ava Jacobson thought.

Instead, she has to sit back and watch her daughter fight for her life, while her fiancé is fighting a messy war in Afghanistan.

As her vulnerability hits an all-time low, she finds comfort in an unexpected pair of intense, green eyes
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published April 3rd 2014 by Elena Matthews
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Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really should have read better the reviews about this book. It is a well written book, the characters are real and there is a story there.

I just can never justify cheating. Yes we are human, yes we make mistakes. Sebastian however is just such a loveable character, that has grown so much and has given so much for Ava that is heartbreaking to know he is fighting for his country and his girl is jumping in someone else's arms.

yes, I have sympathy for Ava and her pain and the fact she needs someon
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
ARC kindly provided by author in return or an honest review
Tina Manuel
May 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
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Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
WOW. This is a story that shows just how strong one person can be. I mean the main character, Ava, has been through hell and back. I won't get into details because I don't include spoilers in my reviews but I'll just say the things that she's had to deal with in her life would cause anyone to break - but somehow, she hangs in there.

Now, I will write a warning here. I know that some people have a hatred for books that involve cheating so I will say that this may not be one for you to read. I fee
Samantha Grubey (ABookHaven)
Apr 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
This had such progress to be a great book and yet it was destroyed by some very key things and it just became unbearable to read at times.

1. I find it hard to believe Sebastian wouldn't be given emergency leave immediately.
2. I was really struggling with this because what mother goes through the trauma of having a premature baby through c-section and then thinks there baby's doctor is hot?
3. The relationship slightly inappropriate I'm sure there are rules about that somewhere.
4. "If he loves
Amanda James
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was simply amazing. I can not put into words how I felt about this book. I was lucky enough to get an ARC copy and let me tell you, I devoured it. I LOVED Ava. She is such a strong amazing woman. She goes through so much and feels so hard. I just love her to pieces. I adored them all I think it is hard to pick which guy is more swoon worthy though there are 3 pretty fantastic guys. Sebastian is just... there are no words for him. He is the perfect man. Caleb is the kind of best friend ...more
Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
I feel as though I am drowning in the deepest of waters, without a life jacket, with no way of survival. I abruptly pull my hand out of his and bury my face deep into my hands. I angrily bite against my hand as I mumble, “I don’t how much more I can cope with.”

I struggled a little with this one. While it is beautifully written, it was quite unrealistic to me.
Even though the author managed to make me shed a tear or two and hold my breath because of the awful things that happened to a heroine, I
Margreet Asselbergs
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing

My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐️

Twenty-eight year old Ava Jacobson though she was heading for calm waters, happily pregnant with her first child, while her fiancee Sebastian was serving out his time in Afghanistan. But when her baby announces herself three months early and leaves Ava struggling alone, recovering from a c-section with a little daughter fighting for her life and her man thousands of miles away. If not for her best friend Caleb and little Lilly's physi
Laura Smith
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Elena Matthews book I've read and wow! I don't even know where to start. This was an emotional rollercoaster and one that had me hooked from the start.

I don't want to say to much without spoiling the book but I will say this is a fabulous must read. The characters are well developed and the story flows well. I felt every emotion reading this and my heart hurt. It was beautifully written and deserves the 5 star I have given it.
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book was AMAZING!!! I was lucky enough to get to BETA read for the author.

*Small Spoiler alert*

This is the story of Ava and her gut wrenching journey of having her first born child. While Sebastian, her fiancé is away at war in Afghanistan she goes into labor, three months early. The obstacles that are faced when you have a premie are hard enough but having to deal with them alone are even worse. Cue Dr. Ashton Bailey ;)

Ashton is her daughters’ attending physician and there are sparks from
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was bloody amazing!

Its rare that a book draws me in from the beginning and captures my attention until the end. Blimey, it was so well written.

This woman had been through so much, I was mellowiing through the book, easily turning the pages then...........I was biting my nails, my heart rate getting faster. I kid you not! I can't wait for the next book to come out. It ends not as a cliffhanger so you are Ok there folks, but its really intense.

I wasn't expecting the turn of events, not
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-beta-reads
*Beta Review*

WOW!!! What an emotional roller-coaster! For me, books that involve cheating are a hit or miss experience. Look After You was definitely a hit!

There are many aspects of this book that are completely unique, bringing a refreshing take to what can sometimes be a very 'samey' genre!

Look After You is full of characters you just can't help but fall in love with! Even Ava, the cheating heroine won me over in no time at all!

Packed with hotness, suspense, ups and downs, there was never a d
Anne Milne
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book tugs at the heartstrings from the beginning, you feel all of Ava's emotions. A boyfriend overseas in the army, a premature baby and a mind full of painful memories. Sebastian doesn't want to be away from his family and is counting down the days until he comes home. Ashton is the doctor looking after Ava's baby and you just feel the connection they have, he is all kinds of sweet and vulnerable. Ava's past comes back and she has to make a difficult choice thy will impact on all their liv ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am giving this book 4 stars because...
I absolutely loved this book. However, one big plot line was hard for me to look past. I know it is something that happens all the time, but its not something I enjoy reading about.
That being said, I felt so many emotions reading this story. Hope, sadness, devastation, and so happy I can't stand it. Elena does a beautiful job conveying exactly what I believe she was trying to convey.
Beautiful story, beautiful writing, can't wait to read more!
Violet Goodwin smith
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
wow i loved this book so well writen. loved dr bailey swoon. this story was so exciting from beggining to end i enjoyed this book so much. 5+☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆★☆. well done elena matthews. xxx
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, beautiful story.

I went into this blind, didn't even really know what to expect as I didn't read previous reviews.
This book is not a light read, the story sucks you in and spits you out a crying mess. Well, it did that for me, anyway.
It was a very heavy plotline with lots going on, but it worked.
I did ugly cry about 4 times. Definitely a must read.
I normally steer away from books with cheating, cause I'm a black and white kinda gal, but this was really well written. I still don't
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I am not a fan of characters who cheat . I tried to be emphatic with the whole cheating aspect but it just didn’t sit well with me and nothing could justify it . Specially since all three characters were like-able . I liked both Ashton and Sebastian characters and was torn between who Ava should choose.
Susan Ney friedlander
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!!! Great story!!!

This book sucked me in from the first page and I couldn't put it down. The characters were amazing and I loved the chemistry between Ava and Ashton!!!! Sexy alpha male doctor!!!! Swoon worthy!!! Also loved Caleb and Sebastuan as well. Looking forward to reading Sebastians story next.
Kelly 'Perusing Princesses blog'
Look After You is a dramatic story with impact, covering a myriad of trigger themes for many readers, but I'm a drama whore, so guess what...

I loved it!

I devoured it - and enjoyed every dark, naughty, twisted moment!

Ashton Bailey... I'm all yours!
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book packed in more twists and turns than you usually expect in the same book; prematurely born baby whilst dad is away in Afghanistan, male gay best friend supporting the new mum, a recently qualified male doctor fighting for the premie's life, a very dark past for the mum, a shocking funeral, a bloody knuckles fight, a controlling brother, a romantic proposal, a brutal kidnapping, a forceful police raid and moving in together.

Highlighted quote: "A world without you is a world not worth li
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
It has taken me a long time to read this book; I’ve had it for an age but had this inherent fear about reading it. Why? Well, I read the synopsis and some reviews and I knew that Elena quite possibly had the ability to break me, I wasn’t looking forward to the emotional upheaval that I knew would come with this book so kept knocking it off the top of my TBR. I signed up for the release of her next book Look After Me with the view to pushing me to read this one. It’s always a sure fire way to get ...more
Lindsey Melia
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
JESUS! The Drama in the book literally kicks off in book one. From page one I was hooked. So hooked having to put my kindle down felt like it was causing me pain. THANKS Elena! LOL. I felt like I was on an emotional Roller coaster. There was so many up's and downs. AND just the right amount of Hotness ;)

As you know from the Synopsis poor Elena's world is turned upside down when she goes into labour a few months early. That taught of Loosing her little girl in unbearable. On top of that she has
Emma Edwards
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god ,,, this is one heck of a book ,,, the read it's intense literally from the get go right through to the end

When you start out reading this book you won't expect what you get from it ,,, well I didn't anyways ,,, I read the synopsis and was sure this would be something that I would enjoy and boy o boy was I right ,,, this story is amazing it's gripping ,,, it's got so much in it ,,, you'll be left with your emotions all over the place ,,, I don't want to give too much away in this revie
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book from Elena Matthews. I really liked it!

The birth of your firstborn child is supposed to be the best day of your life, a joyous occasion. Well that’s what twenty-eight year old Ava Jacobson thought. That is until her life takes a drastic turn for the worse and her daughter is born three months earlier than planned, weighing only two pounds, two ounces.

A distraught Ava is thrown into the deep end of motherhood and instead of being able to hold her baby like other mom
Bloggers From Down Under
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
** Provided on behalf of the author for an honest review **
** Small Spoiler Alert **

It wasn’t supposed to happen now.
It was too soon.
It simply wasn’t time.
But I had no way of stopping it.
I don’t know how I am going to do this.
How will I cope?
How will I get through this with nobody that I rely on here to help get me through this?

This is what Ava is faced with having to deliver her beautiful first born child 13 weeks too soon.

What is supposed to be an amazing experience for
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-love, 2014
There are not many books out there that I can say that I LOVE. In order to get a 5 star review from me it has to be something new. Not a cookie cutter book that is the same story rewritten a different way. I have to be engaged in the book, and not be able to put it down. It has to draw on my emotions (which can be hard to do since I have read about everything out there). I can honestly say that Look After you did that, and more for me.

We meet Ava Jacobson. She has just given birth to her first b
Sarah Hardy
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Look after you 5* Review. Author Elena Matthews.

I was provided an arc for an honest review.

This book is heart wrenching to say the least. It drags you into the story.

You know when your reading an amazing book when your caught in the story and can't drag yourself a away, well this is that.

On a cautious note. For any mummy's out their that has had a prem baby, which I have. I know what you will be going through reading this book. Memories will resurface, some good, some bad. But through all of t
Amy  Crull
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was such an emotional read for me. I can’t imagine living thru the hell that Ava went thru as a child only to finally find happiness and then have it almost ripped away. Ava, is a remarkable woman for sure. She got away from a monster and found what she thought was her true love. Reading the first few chapter seriously broke my heart. I can’t imagine having to have a baby that early and deal with so many issues that Ava did. Her boyfriend is overseas fighting the war while she is deali ...more
Joanna Brocklehurst smith
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Holy WOW, tissues are a must with this book, if not actually in tears you are never far away. I was close to blubbering by the end of chapter 1, end of chapter 4 I had already cried!!!
This is totally emotional book, but definitely worth a read. It shows Ava and her struggles after her daughter is born 3 months premature, whist her boyfriend is away serving in Afghanistan. Her best friend Caleb was also out of the country when she gave birth meaning, poor Ava was all alone. She has to sit and wat
Faye Errington
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book 1 in the look after you series, 3 books in the series

I am writing this review after finishing all 3 books,,

I loved this book, it was an emotional rollercoaster..

This book has some sensitive subjects, cheating, rape, and suicide.. but the author writes about the subjects amazingly well.

I usually hate books that have cheating and this book has it !!

It was a heart-breaking read, as the guy (Sebastian) the victim of the cheating, is one of the sweetest most loving, caring man I have ever read
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Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, MediaCity, and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures, such as Grey’s Anatomy. And, when she isn’t doing those things, you can often find her on Facebook, or obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book-bo ...more

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