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Loving You Is Easy

(Loving You #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  677 ratings  ·  175 reviews
She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?
Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks
ebook, 276 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Loveswept
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Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Brooke is the daughter of a wealthy politician and elementary school teacher, she is the definition of wholesome. Shane is a solider in the Army and has spent the last 8 years in the military, he is the definition of rough around the edges.

So when the two of them meet in a write a solider program through her elementary school, neither predicts they will hit it off. Shane immediately tells Brooke he isn’t interested in a relationship, and that is fine because she isn’t either. However,
Geri Reads
Nov 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 45%

Couldn't get into it. The premise is good but the execution just felt lame to me. I couldn't connect to the story or the characters.

The prologue opens with the with letters from Brooke and Shane establishing a connection through a pen-pal program. The next chapter, Shane and Brooke meet for the first time and bam, they were suddenly lovey-dovey even though Shane was adamant about not wanting a relationship.

I didn't buy any of it. It would have been believable had we seen the developme
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Random House Publishing*

Well this book... I dont know How to rate this book as 3 or 4 :)

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Lets start by saying that this book is one of those books which have got its own angst *__*

Lets start with what I liked about this book:

I liked the start where it started with letters exchanged between Brooke who is a teacher and Shane who is a soldire ( they are Pen Pals ^^ How sweet is that)

The next is where the Prologue starts and one can see Brooke for the 1st time
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brooke's father is running for governor of New York. She's a teacher and loves her job, loves helping kids. As a class project, she gets involved in a pen pal program writing to soldiers. Brooke starts exchanging letters with Shane. Shane is stationed in Afghanistan and they exchange letters for year. There is so much to this story that I really enjoyed. The story was interesting, I liked the characters (even with how moody Shane could be), I liked how strong Brooke was even though she wasn't st ...more
3.5 stars

****Full Review****

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

Through a mix-up, elementary school teacher Brooke has become the pen pal of from the wrong side of the tracks American soldier Shane. Brooke comes from wealth and privilege but not exactly a happy home giving her a sweetly naïve guarded outlook on life. Shane's experience has a more real world quality, he spent most of his high school
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Loving You Is Easy drew me in on the first page and held me until the last. A great read and hard to put down.
Jennifer Probst
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and loved every word. A great love story with a strong heroine, a broken hero, and their rocky journey toward happy ever after. Highly recommended!
Liz F
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

I have one question: where the hell has Wendy S Marcus been my whole life? Holy crap, I loved this book. I mean, it was better than great. It was stupid good. No. It was stoopid good!! It was so good that it made me stupid! Where's the button for 6 stars? 7 stars? While I look for it, read on to find out what made this book so good that I felt like I'd been hit in the head with a phone a good way. There is a good way to get hit with a
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The super talented Wendy S Marcus is back!!! And I could not be happier, I have been a huge fan of her work form her very first mesmerizing release and ever since I have devoured everything she has written so of course I squealed with pure delight when this new release landed in my very happy hands.

The read tells the story of Brooke Elstein,a politician's daughter and always quiet, in control and thus the perfect image of dutiful always do what makes dad look good gal. All that comes crashing d
ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Oy vey! What a train wreck!

This book had a couple redeeming moments, but overall it was a mess! Things it had going for it:

1. It knows it's cheesy so it's easier to accept it.
2. The first half of the book was somewhat entertaining.
3. The funeral scene actually made me cry.
4. I didn't have to put it on my "stupid character names" shelf.
5. I didn't have to put it on my "more gray eyes" shelf.
6. See 4 and 5. THA
The story happens because of one of Brooke's sexy pictures that supposed to be for her soldier "friend", Shane, is in his soldier friend Facebook's wall. And since she is a teacher and is also a politician's daughter, it attracts more attention and makes her reputation at bay.

I, for one, questioning Brooke's sanity, what did she think giving a guy she hardly knows her sexy pictures? Yes she's attracted to him but she only met him once for less than 24 hours! Yes she's communicating with him for
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
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Prepare to lose yourself in Loving You is Easy. Wendy S. Marcus is a relatively new author to me. This story marks the second time I’ve read a book from her. As with the first book, this book had me from page one.

Loving You is Easy is the story of Brooke Ellstein and Shane Develen. Brooke is a twenty-five-year-old math teacher who happens to be the daughter of potentially the next governor of the state of New York. Shane is a twenty-six-year-old ca
Karina Ramirez
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, arc
3.5 - 4 Stars

This was a really good book!

Brooke is the daughter of a politician, always in the spotlight always in the media. It's her life. So when she pen pals with a solider, she can finally be herself. Let loose a bit. Over the course of a few month Brooke and her solider pen pal, Shane develop a pretty strong bond; so when he's home for a few days she surprises him, and gives him some pretty risky pictures -- especially for a politicians daughter not to mention a school teacher.

When said
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loving You Is Easy was a more intense read than I was expecting. One of my grumbles with many of the military romances I read is that they steer clear of life-altering injuries in favour of PTSD, which don't get me wrong is itself life-altering, but the hero is still perfect on the outside. Shane Develen isn't, and in many respects that is what made him so.

"Sometimes he felt so familiar, like she'd known him for years. Other times he felt like a total stranger, a man she had no interest in k
Nas Dean
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
LOVING YOU IS EASY by author Wendy S. Marcus is a December 2014 release by Loveswept, Random House.

Brooke Elstein joined the pen-pal initiative and became Sergeant Shane Develen’s pen-pal. After long emails back and forth, she felt she knew him enough to hand deliver him some sexy photos of herself on his next leave home.

But these photos get into wrong hands when Shane gets injured on duty. Brooke’s life crumbled around her as one photo ended up on social media and her students started commenti
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a really good story emotional and sensual as Brooke and Shane have a journey to a HEA that is filled with twists and turns, Shane a soldier since leaving school is from working class New Jersey and Brooke a teacher in a private school from a political family well to do but not much love from her mother but Brooke is such a strong caring heroine and Shane also strong with the belief that he should be looking after Brooke. When they start writing to each other while Shane is fighting in Af ...more
Kelsey Browning
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve long been a fan of Marcus’s medical romances. She has a talent for taking incredibly touchy subjects—hoarding, body image issues, and more—and crafting a beautiful love story around a backbone of pain. Although Loving You is Easy is a departure from the medical setting, Marcus brought her A-game when creating the premise—cyberbullying of an adult—and the backstory for her heroine and especially her hero, Shane. I found myself crying more than once because of Shane’s pain. If you like an ang ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful love story! Shane could have been easy to hate, if he wasn't so easy to love. At first we only see sweet Shane, but adjusting to life with his new disabilities makes him act like an jerk. Luckily for him, Brooke does not give up on him so easily. Brooke is stronger that she thinks, and with Shane's support, she finally stands up for herself and for the life she wants. I loved the letters in the beginning and would have liked to have seen more of them. I think it would have been a nice ...more
Amy R
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this and absolutely loved it! Wendy is so talented at writing about real life emotional issues into her fictional stories. If you are looking for a contemporary romance that will have your heart breaking but also warming before the book is over, I recommend Loving You Is Easy!
Lustful Literature
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it

LOVING YOU IS EASY is a delightful, heart felt story about inner strength and new beginnings. I am a mother of a Marine and I love to read novels having to do with service men. The author writes Brooke and Shane’s story in a way that as reader I felt every emotion they went through. I really love how the author starts their story off by introducing us to the main characters through their first letters to each other. I was an emotional mess in parts throughout t
Loving You is Easy is a book that starts off in an intriguing manner. November 2011, Brooke Ellstein, a 7th and 8th grade Math teacher who also happens to be the daughter of a prominent politician in New York starts corresponding with Sergeant Shane Develeen in the manner of pen pals. Fast forward to July of next year and these two meet for the first time, Brooke having fallen for Shane even with his warning that he is not looking for a girlfriend to mess with his head.

Devastation hits Brooke wh
Christie72 (Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews)
4 ½ Stars

~I received a copy of the book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.~

Loving You Is Easy is a beautiful, heartfelt, and moving love story. I was hooked from the very first page. Brooke Ellstein is the beautiful daughter of a New York politician, but she has put some distance between herself and her family, especially her mother. However, she does try to continue to help her father in his political endeavors. She is the coordinator of a program that matches military members in
Jamie Farrell
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of LOVING YOU IS EASY in exchange for an honest review. Wendy S. Marcus and I are online pals, though we’ve never met in person.

LOVING YOU IS EASY is a wonderfully heartwarming story about inner strength and new beginnings. It’s about of a wounded war hero from a blue collar family and a strong, good-hearted teacher who prefers a quiet life outside the limelight cast by her father, a rising political star. This book made me smile, it made me cry, and it made me ache for our so
Laura Drewry
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brooke has spent her whole life doing what's right, and a big part of that is keeping up the "perfect politician’s daughter" image. She knows better than to do anything that will land her or her parents in a scandal, and yet that's exactly where she ends up after sending Shane back to Afghanistan with a little something to remember her by; a little something he appears to have shared with his friends.

The scandal explodes over social media, leaving Brook humiliated, under police investigation, an
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Loving You is Easy" by: Wendy S. Marcus is one of those books that you don't want to put down. It makes you want to continue to read to find out what is going to happen.

Brooke Elstein is a politician's daughter. She's the sort of shy, quiet, girl who is in control of her life. That is until she meets Shane Develen through 'Support our troops pen-pal' and decides to meet him when he comes home from his tour of duty.

Sexy Shane Develen is blue collar but finds himself attracted to Brooke. He get
Susan Swiderski
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a romance novel. No surprise there, right? But trust me, it's more than a simple run-of-the-mill love story. To start with, the hero is a disabled combat veteran with PTSD, which introduces a whole set of unique problems, which, by the way, I think the author portrayed quite well.

The heroine? She's a teacher who has problems of her own, problems initiated by an unfortunate Facebook post, and then made worse when some students post a bunch of lies, which are believed by some hysterical p
Nathi *Shut it and let me read*
What a fantastic book that took me by surprise!

First of all must I say I'm a huge fan of military books and specially with broken heroes.

I really enjoyed how this book started. It was a completely different way for me to see the main couple interact and still made complete sense to the both characters and relationship development.

What also really interested me, specially in time like this, was the use and sort of little discussion about people judging other without any concrete evidence and how
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nook
I didn't realize what I was getting myself into with this one. It has all the irritatingly "classic" romance novel things. One, or both, of the main characters pretending they don't want to be in a relationship with the other for some reason (in this case, "She's too good for me!" Blech!) Falling in love fast and hard (via letters, and one - yep, I said one - evening together, where she obviously MUST do something sexual... but she doesn't believe in sex outside of a committed relationship... bu ...more
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Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I ordered this book on October 11th, and it took me over a month to get to read it, there has been a setback in reading a book a day. Didn't realize when I purchased this book it would be so appropriate; October is domestic abuse awareness month.

November is a time to remember our fallen soldiers and to pay our respects to all who served our country. It is also a time of unrest in our world with recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Lebanon, and Mali. People are screaming put more troops on the gro
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really like the concept of this book, and I like the length of this book; there's not a whole bunch of BS, and it was a quick read for me; that kept me interested until the end. I think Brooke and Shane were sweet together, and I commend Brooke for how she dealt with Shane. I wasn't to sure about Shane at the beginning of the book; mainly with Brooke and Shane's first meeting, Shane's character was a bit odd for me and he seemed as if he was a bit of an A-hole, but as the story progressed he s ...more
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Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance who lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York...where she spends way too much time indoors on her computer. Writing. Really! Okay, more like…where she spends way too much time on Twitter and Facebook! To learn more about Wendy and the books she’s managed to write, in spite of her social media addiction, visit http://W ...more

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