It is enough to break any man: watching what could have been my future slip away before it was ever in my grasp. The possibility of losing someone I loved, before she was even mine, is something I never would have imagined. Certainly nothing I'd ever wish on anyone. I go to her every day and wait. Wait for the impossible, for a sign, for her to look at me . . . hoping that sinners are granted miracles, too.
Just one glimpse of him was all it took. In the next lane, at a stop light, was the man I would fall in love with and marry. People talk about the kind of love that takes time, love you fall into. We were more like a crash and burn, and when our lives intertwined I would never be the same. He was the man I would cherish the rest of my life, who would father my children.
In an instant our life together began, and in an instant it would end. The late nights; the excuses; the lies. And in the blink of an eye, it was like we never were.
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists in all four categories. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1. In 2015, books two and three of the Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Redemption and Beautiful Sacrifice, respectively, also topped the New York Times, as well as a Beautiful series novella, Something Beautiful. In 2016, Beautiful Burn made an appearance on the New York Times and USA Today, and was also named iBooks' Romance Book of the Year. The same year, A Beautiful Funeral also topped the New York Times bestseller list.
Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: apocalyptic thriller and 2014 UtopYA Best Dystopian Book of the Year, Red Hill; the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy; Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance; and several novellas, including A Beautiful Wedding, Among Monsters, Happenstance: A Novella Series, and Sins of the Innocent.
Jamie is the first indie author in history to strike a print deal with retail giant Wal-Mart. Her self-published novel, Beautiful Redemption hit Wal-Mart shelves in September, 2015.
Jamie lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her husband, Jeff, and their three children.
Is it possible to love a story and be confused at the same time? Going to reread and ask around on what others got from the ending. Perhaps I'll see if there's a support group some where out there? For now though, I loved the ride, enjoyed the writing and adored the characters.
Thinking there was a bit more foreshadowing than I picked up on, "fixing our memories" and of course the title itself. Still going back and forth on what Josh and Avery's ending really means. Regardless, I still loved every damn minute of it- go figure!
Update: Thank you author Teresa Mummert for getting back to me and clearing up my confusion about the ending. Please only click this if you have finished the book- This is what Teresa Mummert shared with me Very cool ending - I loved this book!! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
Jamie McGuire...you know I already love you to death for giving me Travis but with this book you really outdid yourself because this novel is in another league of it's own and I just...
The book starts pretty ok...with Avery and Josh's story of how they came together and their life as a couple. I have to be honest that at moments it was kind of boring and if it wasn't for the author I would have DNFed it at about 60%. I didn't understand why such a big part of the story was already told but there was still pretty much left from the book. Or why there where some part (important in my opinion) that where left out. It felt a little confusing at times.
But nothing could prepare me for what came after 85%. I was like...
It didn't take long to wrap my head around what was going on and power finish this book because I was dying to know how this was going to end. And the ending was...
I understand there where some people that didn't really get the ending (and that's why one of the authors felt the need to explain things a little) but that is just the beauty of it...it ends however you want it to end but without a cliffhanger...and (with the chance that I'm repeating myself)...
It may seem like I'm not making any sense and that's all right because this is a story you just can't explain...it just has to be read and lived with the characters...and if you can power through some less thrilling parts it will be so worth it at the end :D
So when I found out Jamie and Teresa were writing this book together I knew it was going to blew my mind. They delivered.
I have read too many reviews talking about how confused they were with the ending or that they didn't like it. First for those still confused send a message to Teresa Mummert ( via Goodreads ) she will give you a password and then go to her Goodreads page, click the link 'Spoiler Alert' and you questions will be answered.
Now back to 'Sweet Nothing'. I loved it. Why? Because it's the kind of story that allows the reader to go beyond what's happening here. The prologue broke my heart. The story was sweet and lovely and the end was the biggest twist. Second chances has a whole new meaning here. And yes I will say it again I LOVED IT!
If you have read 'Sweet nothing' go ahead and check what I think about the story. I just don't want to ruin it for anyone else.
Holy good grief and have mercy on me! Just color me mixed up and completely upside down with nowhere to go in my confusion. It's hard to even know how to review the situations involved with this style of plot and book. Yes, it's mesmerizing and well written, but I'm still feeling a bit of disappointment in the ending. To be completely honest, I really prefer a more completely resolved ending than readers will find here. Not much more that I can add without giving up spoilers.
Although I really love Jamie McGuire's books and her writing style, this one missed its mark with me and was not anything like I expected.
I was going to give it a 3,5 to 4 stars as it was good but I expected greater (not so "smooth") from these authors and then, I reached 80-85% and BANG, the world turned on its axis!!!!
I never saw it coming and this is brilliant!
So, 5 stars it is and I won't tell anything about the story to keep the surprise. Just read it and do it until the very end, even if you think it's too "sweet and perfect" for these authors sometimes in your read because it's not what you think at all!
Sweet Nothing was nothing like I expected, even while reading I found myself a little stupefied (by the end, a lot stupefied). It started off so strong, I felt a connection to the story, but also a strong involvement with the romance. The pacing of Avery and Josh's relationship was perfect, an instant connection, while still taking its time with development and just the right amount of tension. As the story progressed, it lost some momentum and began to stagnate. At the halfway mark, I felt like I had already read a complete story. This only served to pique my interest, wondering where the story could possibly be going considering it was only half way done. A big shoe was about to drop. The synopsis says it all:
"When you think you know what's happening, you're only half way there."
Even though I didn't see it coming, by the beginning of the wedding scene I had a strong sense of where this story was going. Things were about to get interesting. And they did. At first, it was a little difficult to switch gears that fast. It was such a sharp turn that I felt like I was being pulled into a completely different book. It was a little unsettling, but intriguing at the same time. As creative as I found this new twist, I felt like its development needed more time. Then it ended. It just ended. I was left feeling incomplete. Unfinished. Confused. Then I couldn't help but question my own intelligence, feeling incredibly dense because I didn't "get it." I didn't understand. So what happened? What?
So many questions.
Part of me wondered if that was possibly the intent, leave it open for interpretation, but it was hard for me not to feel like I was missing something. Did I miss something? Perhaps the whole purpose of this book was to mess with my head. And it did. My head is messed.
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What the hell?! I'm so angry right now... I had so many expectations from this book and I'm so disppointed. This book was rushed. It was like a car race. Now they (Josh and Avery) were strangers and after 5 minutes they were together (I won't say more because I don't want to write any spoilers). I really didn't like this couple. Actually I didn't like anything about their relationship. I liked Deb and Quinn more. Anyway... I read other books written by Jamie which were so beautiful, but this one... was so simple. It felt like a kid wrote it. A lot of details were missing, there were things I didn't understand, the ending was a mess. Don't get me started with the ending, because I will curse a lot. I feel like at least two more chapters were needed before this book was finished. But no... It was like: "Just use your imagination, Cristina!" But no! It was just blank. Damn it! 🙄
6...7...8......JUST TAKE ALL THE DAMN STARS FOR THIS BOOK!!!!
I spent the last 20% bawling my eyes out. Jamie McGuire and Teresa Mummert can write one hell of a story. Beautiful! Tragic! The feels! Maybe I can write a better review when my heart doesn't ache for more.
Holy. Effing. Crap balls. I can't deal with the effect this story had on my head. Or my heart. Or my feels. Or my existense. Let the late night, corner rocking, blanket hiding, head spinning commence! Because, what in the actual fff did I just read?! BRILLIANT!!!!!!
After months of off and on reading this book I finally finished it. I really wanted to like it more than I did but I just could not connect with the characters so I wasn't invested in their story. I had a hunch about where the story was going and I didn't like it even though I thought I would.
What did I just read??! I absolutely love Jamie Mcguire and I was so pumped that she was finally coming out with a new book but Sweet Nothing made no sense. Half way through I started to get confused and unfortunately stayed that way all the way to the end. I can appreciate the idea of a confused surprise ending but that was sort of painful. I guess I'll just wait forever for the second book amd hope it will cure my confusion. :(
Sweet Nothing is an adult contemporary romance. The narrators are 26 year old Josh, who is a paramedic. And 24 year old Avery, who is a nurse.
I really enjoyed the opening chapter. It was thrilling, amazing, scary and unexpected.
Both narrators have had bad things happen to them in their pasts.
For most of this book I really enjoyed both characters. But I kept wondering if something more was going to happen to make the book more interesting/different. At 60% I decided to go read the goodreads book blurb. Up until this point the book seemed like one thing. But the blurb did not seem anything like what I had read. So I stayed up late to finish the book to try to reconcile what I was reading with the book blurb.
Well at 85% the whole book changes.
I've been thinking about this book and am still not exactly sure how to rate it. Everything I want to say is going to be a spoiler. So I will use spoiler tags.
For anyone confused about the ending. Here is what one of the authors wrote in the goodreads discussion board. Do not read this SPOILER unless you have read the book:
My spoiler thoughts:
I liked parts of the book. The first 60% was one thing. Then the last 15% was something totally different. I think some people will love the originality and some people will just be super confused. Interesting book.
Holy beer cheese on tater tots, this book just blew up my brain.
Let it be known that I am a huge Jamie McGuire fan in general, but I also really loved Pretty Little Things by Teresa Mummert, so I was super jazzed about this collaboration. The title intrigued me, and now that I've finished, it's literally PERFECT. I could see both of their styles at the surface, but what was so amazing was that it blended so well that it felt like they were the same person.
You've probably already picked up from the other reviews that there's a huge twist at the end, and there is. I think it will hit everyone in different ways. For me? I LOVED it. This story is unique and at the base of everything, it highlights the fact that love is something you feel, something that lives so deep in our beings.
I'm convinced that Josh is totally a distant relative of the Maddox brothers. I felt that several times. I seriously love him just like a Maddox boy, too. He's damaged, he's not perfect, but you just love the crap out of him.
Avery was everything I wanted in a heroine - she was strong, yet insecure, which is how many of us women truly are. Toward the end, I was really starting to get frustrated with her actions, but when the twist happened, it all made sense.
I highlighted so much in this book - it truly was beautiful from the very beginning to the last page. Sweet Nothing is the only book that's ever knocked me on my butt and given me faith in love at the same time. Addicting and fast-paced, this story has love and hope laced into every page. Definitely five stars!
When I started reading the book, it read like a love story, which I really liked except for the portrayal of some female characters (I mean come on, no one is that desperate, give our gender some credit). But it still read like a nice love story where a guy loves a girl and she loves him back, where both have their insecurities but they deal with them together.
The ending, now that's a tricky one. Here's an explanation for it by the author -->
I'm not sure how I feel about that. Its impossible for both the characters to experience the same thing exactly (you'll know what experience I'm talking about once you read the book). But if you don't look at the logical side of it, the book is a good one.
I heard this book have a really weird ending that needs a explaining. I will therefor put his book on hold (only read 2 chapters anyway) until the spoiler part is not password protected or/and have the mood for a unexplained ending.
Okaaaaaaaaaaaay. Here we go. I just finished this one and I have no words. I know totally lame, but I just don´t have them. I´m still shocked what just happened and what these two authors did with my poor heart. I liked that the book is switching between male and female pov, I always like to see what´s going on in the head of the male character and I think the fact that we get a look into Josh´s head is huge reason why I ended falling for him so hard. He seriously is everything you wanna meet in real life even though he has his past but you just wanna hold him and tell him everything´s going to be fine. And then we have Avery. The thing I love the most about her was her perfect chose of a best friend. I LOVED Deb. No seriously she was a very likeable except on one part of the book. At this particular I thought she was little overacting but nevermind. We all are little drama queens when it comes to the men we love, right? :) Do yourself a favor and read this book you won´t regregt it because it´s amazing!
DNF @ 15% (60 pgs.). Really slow start. I don't normally like quitting so early, but I found myself majorly skimming because I was bored. It also might've helped if the synopsis was more descriptive as to what I was getting myself into. I don't like these ambiguous descriptions! Maybe I'll come back to it some other time...
Update 11/4 - I just read spoiler for ending...definitely gonna pass on finishing this one.
Okay, I have a lot of mixed feeling after reading this. The first 80% was so-so for me. Then the excitement of the storyline picked up some pace, and then it ended. I am confused as to why I actually feel angry with the ending..... This was left up in the air and unresolved in a way that left me without some satisfaction.
I wasn't sure what I was going to think about this book. When you hear that two best selling Authors are teaming up to write a book, you want to get excited, but you're not sure if you are going to love it as much as you love their other books. I dove in anyways. (And I'm so glad I did)
This book GRABS you from the very beginning! Not only was the prologue pure perfection, but the entire flow of the book was on point! The characters are not only people you find yourself wanting to be best friends with, but some have flaws that you see in yourself! (With some epic one-liners I might add) I'd talk about the ending, but my jaw is still on the floor! (Warning...This book will cause a major book hangover, and you'll love every second of it!) <- And want to do it all over again!
Jamie and Teresa have a way with making you fall in love with their characters, and I love it, but they also have a special way with blowing your mind, and taking their stories to a whole different level than you ever saw coming! If I had to sum this book up in two words, I'd have to use JAW DROPPING! #MustRead