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Holly Sinclair is happily married to the love of her life, Gabriel. Young and in love, Holly hopes to have their first child soon. Of course, Gabriel wants to wait till Holly’s health is restored, much to Holly’s dismay. She feels perfectly fine. So what if she just woke up from an eight-month coma? So what if some of her memories are missing? She remembers Gabe and that’s all that matters, right?

That is, until HE enters her life again . . . she forgot about HIM.

366 pages, ebook

First published September 19, 2012

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Taylor Dean

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Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense-you'll find all sub-genres of CLEAN Romance in her line-up.

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Profile Image for Darlene.
1,731 reviews174 followers
July 14, 2015
Now, that's unusual, you might be saying. Dar is giving a romance novel five stars. Yep. I am. That is because this is a cautionary tale of what all those romantic ideals can hand those who are blind in their love for the romantic partner. Notice, I said partner. Notice I didn't just identify this as a fem issue. I realize that there are relationships of all kinds where one partner uses the other for a punching ball physically and or mentally. That is NOT love, folks.

Let me take a moment out to warn those with PTSD who have been in bad relationships, this book does have triggers. Even so, if you can live past them there are lessons to be learned here. Granted the outcome is much better than most real life situations might have. It is fiction after all.

BUT climb into the mind of the intelligent yet emotionally unstable young woman, Holly Sinclair. That is what Taylor Dean, the author, did quite well. I, personally, recognized many of Holly's thoughts. These are the thoughts romanticized in many young adult/romance novels. They are angsty. At least Ms. Dean gave Holly a narrative of conflicting thoughts that rationalize both the healthy thoughts and the not so healthy ones. That gives the person who may be going through this additional thoughts to play out in their own minds. Remember, survival is more important than dead or maiming done in the name of 'love'.

The most important lesson of this book is in the title: I Have People. The most important thing a person who is being abused needs to know is that they have people. To go find help. Pride be damned. Safety is more important. And though the women's shelter was an option in the book that was tossed aside, I have known friends that gained a lot by going to the shelter and learning new ways to live their lives.

Meanwhile, for the rest of us who have relative safety around us, BE THE PEOPLE. As those around Holly notice and gracefully befriended her and drew her into safety. We need to be that kind of friends. Don't hide from this situation. Do what you can to help make the abused person safe.

What I didn't like was the lack of help for the abuser. I know he chose his own way, but we need as a society to find ways to recognize these people and bring them to re-education in places that keep others safe from them while they get the help they need, nonnegotiable help.

This is a social issue. The book should bring up discussion. Even so, it was a very good book that I couldn't stop reading. It was well after 5 AM when I was finally able to go to sleep. The other caution. Smile. From about 50% in make sure to give yourself a chance to take care of yourself. It gets heavy!

Oh, I won this book initially in a contest held by the author. I picked it up on Smashwords then promptly forgot I had it. Sorry. Then I saw it as a freebie on Kindle. Picked it up. And to show how mixed up I really am, I read this on my MoonReader Pro because I could use its text-to-speech on my tablet in the dark. Soon I will be able to read these on my new Fire which has that feature. Can't wait for that to get here! Anyway, the book is $2.99 on Smashwords and $3.99 on Amazon. Well worth the price! Sorry, Ms. Dean, for getting to it so late.
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1,355 reviews80 followers
April 16, 2013
From the synopsis and the prologue you get what this book is about, or do you?

Yes, it’s about domestic abuse, about spousal abuse. A tough subject to write about.

Taylor does it as gently as she can. You read about the abuse Holly suffers at her husband’s beefy fists. The physical and emotional terror he inflicts.

You also read about Holly’s courage, her spirit that rises up when she’s had enough.

She awakens from a coma 8 months later and the first thing she says is “Gabriel.”

Where is her angel, her husband.

This is where you discover you don’t quite know where the story is going.

There is a mystery to be delved into. One that Holly’s husband , Gabriel, and her best friend, Angela are keeping hidden from her.

On several occasions, Holly catches them whispering when she enters the room.

I was waiting for her to get mad, to finally yell at them to tell her what they were hiding from her.

She knows they won’t tell her. Insisting she must remember on her own, when her mind is ready.

At first I thought she gave in too easily. But the more I thought about, I could see where she was probably terrified to remember. She knew it would be painful.

One scene I really liked was where Holly was explaining about her imagination and how it worked.

“Well it goes something like this. I’m in the elevator, staring at the back of a woman’s red coat, and I begin to think that maybe I should paint my living room wall red which leads to thinking that I really need to vacuum the living room, which leads to wondering what I’ll do this weekend…….” I’m just like that! My mother always told me, I think too much.

I adore Gabriel. He really is the boy scout Angela accuses him of being.

And who wouldn’t want a friend like Angela. She’s sweet and funny and a loyal friend. I’d like to read her story. And I’d like to get to know her pack of brothers too, especially Dimitri.

Maybe we’ll here from these characters again.

Until then, I urge you to read i have people. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, you’ll want to kick someone, but most importantly, you’ll want to hug someone.

You’ll want to hug “your people.”

5 Stars for i have people

While I received this book to review, I went ahead and bought it so I could read it on my kindle. I have most of Taylor Dean’s books as paperbacks and will soon be adding this one to my bookshelf. Her covers are beautiful and when I love a book I have to be able to hold it. I’ll be adding more of Taylor’s books to my shelves as she releases them. Each and every one:)
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Author 9 books142 followers
October 5, 2012
I think I'm going to start a Taylor Dean fan club and become President because she has seriously become one of my favorite authors of all time. I inhaled I Have People like there was no tomorrow! Once again, Taylor did not disappoint me at all.

I don't like to give spoilers BUT this book does deal with an extremely sensitive issue of physical abuse in a relationship. It hurt to read certain scenes, I won't sugarcoat it. Taylor delivered a very raw and painful story in I Have People. She did it with class though, and she kept the main character Holly a little naive in the beginning but matured her into an intelligent woman who does the SMART thing in the end.

I just kept thinking how I would feel if I didn't have my people in my life. How lonely and cold that must be for people who aren't lucky to have families like most of us. I felt so sympathetic towards Holly and rooted for her and Mr. Sinclair the entire time during the flashback.

This is a beautiful love story but it's also a LIFE story about what is important to an individual, what means the most to them. I was so happy that Holly finally found her 'people', because she truly deserved it!.

This is a beautiful story and deserves to be read immediately by all! You will not regret it! Bravo Taylor, great job!
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72 reviews8 followers
October 17, 2012
I received this book free from the author in a giveaway. I loved this book. It's really hard to explain anything about the book without giving crucial elements away. I know that this book hit extremely close to home for me, which made it all the more poignant. I laughed and cried along with Holly with every turn of the page. I understood her fear, and remember making the same internal rationalizations that she did. This is truly a fairy tale told in modern context!

Holly awakens from an eight month coma only to find out that she is missing memories for her life. Her husband lovingly recreates memories for her and gives her back her life... or so she thought. Things aren't always what they seem. When she finally does remember what her mind shut out, earth-shattering revelations complicate everything.

I highly recommend this book. Holly is a very strong and wonderful lead character, and the people in her life are detailed beautifully. These characters became very real to me very quickly, both the good ones and the bad. This was a book that brought out every emotion in me, sometimes all at once!
Profile Image for Shelly.
326 reviews25 followers
December 10, 2012
Most of you know how big of a Taylor Dean fan I am and this book was no exception and it's totally not because I have a quote on the back of the printed copy! I loved this book, but not quite as much as Lancaster House. This is one of those books that I can't really talk about too much for fear of spoiling so I am going to keep this review brief.

At the beginning of the book I had a little trouble with how Holly spoke to everyone. I felt like she came across as really artificial, but as the story unfolds you realize that there is a reason why she is acting this way. Holly is so naive in the beginning, but she grows tremendously during the course of the story. There were times that I was so frustrated with her for the choices that she was making, but her situation is so real and as you are reading it you can't help but hurt for her.

This was a hard book to read because of the subject matter, but Ms. Dean does a wonderful job handling these scenes. Readers should be aware that this book does deal with domestic abuse. This isn't an issue that I have dealt with on a personal level, but I believe that the issue is handled well in this story. You feel for Holly deeply and you will root for her to make better choices. At it's heart this is a love story and has a great element of hope. It's wonderful to see that moment when Holly realizes that even though she started out alone she really does "have people".

I can never say enough about how great a storyteller Taylor Dean is. She writes stories that tug at your heart and make you feel no matter what genre. I highly recommend all of her books if you like wonderful, heartfelt stories with great characters and clean romance.
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546 reviews242 followers
January 1, 2013
I Have People is an emotional journey of a young woman named Holly Sinclair. She was in foster care all her life because her mother couldn’t stay clean long enough to take care of her and she never knew her father. As soon as she turned 18 she was released from foster care with no family or friends to go to. Because she doesn’t have anyone, she becomes the perfect target for domestic abuse.

I don’t really want to say too much more about this wonderful story because I don’t want to give anything away. What I will say is that I totally admire Holly’s character. While I have personally never dealt with the types of situations she went through, I can completely see how and why she does the things she does.

I recommend this book to any woman. I think it might even help some who find themselves in a dangerous relationship with someone. I smiled and cried and I will defiantly re-read this book one day!
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1,056 reviews16 followers
June 20, 2016
My first by the author but definitely not my last.

No one really likes to hear about abuse but this book did it well. Holly may have suffered abuse but she just didn't take it, she eventually fought back and left.

The way Gabriel and Angela acting when Holly came out of the come, I thought the abuser was Gabriel. He wasn't, he truly is a Boy Scout. He may have decided Holly but it was really for good reasons.

It was a sweet and different story, difficult at times.
October 17, 2014
What a pleasantly surprising read. I really enjoyed this book even though at times it was a bit hard to read. The life Holly lived was heartbreaking. Being able to see Holly grow, trust, love, let go and live was wonderful.
Great book and highly recommend.
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6 reviews1 follower
April 20, 2015
Had me gripped from the very first page!!

This was my first Taylor Dean read. However, it won't be my last!
I usually steer clear of romance novels, and read suspense, mystery, etc. This book was WONDERFUL! It has romance , suspense/mystery. Kept me awake for two nights!!
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199 reviews14 followers
April 4, 2016
She did it again. Loved this book and the unique story.
163 reviews1 follower
February 17, 2021
Genuinely heartbreaking

Such an easy to follow story although the story took me in a rollercoaster of emotions, Love Gabe, a quiet amazing hero. Third book I’ve read from author in a row, now that has to mean something right?
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1,899 reviews129 followers
April 12, 2013
I can’t help but eat up taylor dean’s books, like the M & Ms that I love. She makes me so tense, sitting on the edge of my chair, racing through the pages. An amazing writer. She can tell a story that makes you hold your breath, as you wait in suspense for the tale to play out.

“He’d finally killed her,” went through her mind as her body struggled to bring her back to the land of the living.

“I have people, people who care about me. You two are my favorite people.”

Eight months of her life gone, but now Angela, Gabe and Holly were together. She knew they were keeping secrets, but the amnesia and her physical therapy kept her so busy, she would forget about pursuing it.

She had risen from the dead, like a modern day Lazarus. She had to learn to walk again, and she mixed up words, becoming confused. The amnesia had stripped her of memories of herself, but the memories of her love for Gabriel were still there.

She would awake in the night, alone and afraid. She knew something wasn’t quite right, but couldn’t figure out what it was. She wanted Gabriel with her, but he insisted on sleeping separately until she recovered.

Gabriel was doing his best to recreate their dates. She thought he was trying to help her remember. He made her feel like a princess, made her feel safe, warm and happy. She couldn’t keep her hands off him, so strong was the love she felt for him.

When she awoke in the morning, the first thing she thought of was Gabriel, the first thing she said was his name.

They got married, went on a honeymoon and bought a new house to begin their life together. She thought that life couldn’t get any better, except for her desire to have a child.

Gabriel kissed her goodby as he headed off to work. She noticed a car parked across the street, but quickly forgot about it. She went to the grocery store and saw it again.

That night, she answered the door and the glass she was holding dropped, shattering at her feet. She knew the evil looking man at her door and the memories of HIM came rushing back.

5 STARS – Would Buy It For Them (lol)

I think I spent more time deleting what I wrote, than actually writing it. I did not want to give the book away, so it was very difficult to figure out what to tell you. This book may not be for everyone, but I feel everyone should read it. Sometimes all it takes to make a difference in someone’s life, is to let them know you care.

An amazing story of life and how the people around us can help us overcome the bad in our life and enable us to rise above it.

taylor dean can weave a story that will keep you on pins and needles. As Holly remembers, tears form in my eyes. The suspense and anticipation of what is to come, makes my heart beat faster, my palms sweat and chills run up and down my spine.

To write about domestic abuse cannot be easy. The fear and terror a person experiences as they are being terrorized by someone they love and trust, must be one of the worst things that can happen to a woman. taylor dean handles it with style and grace.

Gabriel is a boy scout. Squeaky clean, kind, gentlemanly, helps people, courteous and polite. He doesn’t even curse, helps her put on her coat………pulls out the chair for her.

He would pull the chair out…………………….

“You need to learn to fall gracefully.”

“Why do you always hurt yourself? You’re so damn breakable.”

This is another roller-coaster ride, compliments of taylor dean. The range of emotions she covers go from heaven to hell, and everything in between.

I can’t remember if I received this book in return for a review, but it doesn’t really matter. I want to read anything and everything she writes and I will always review it. So, stay tuned for more.

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748 reviews24 followers
April 12, 2013
I loved this book! It starts out as a nice, sweet love story, even though you know there's something that's being kept from Holly. After Holly wakes up from an 8 month coma, Gabe is so careful with her and works hard to re-create their life before she went into a coma. Her best friend, Angela, is also there to help her out but neither of them will tell Holly how the accident happened or jog her memory--they tell her she needs to recover her memories on her own. She is happy and life is perfect and then HE comes into the story and there's a different tone. His name is Cal and he's likable enough, at first, and then reveals his true self after they get married. I really felt for Holly as she was humiliated by Cal over and over yet hung in there and acted like nothing was wrong. She tried to convince everyone she was clumsy and it got harder to make up stories as time went on. As she learns more about his dark secrets, though, she realizes that she needs to leave asap. I was frustrated that she didn't just leave but understand why she wanted to wait. At times it was hard to read how Cal treated Holly and I thought Taylor Dean did a great job of describing the abuse, where you could feel Holly's pain, without being too graphic. I'm so grateful that I have never personally had to deal with domestic abuse and I know that there are worse stories out there than Holly's and hers was hard enough for me to read.

Taylor Dean has addressed the fact that the cover looks so happy and cheery but the book deals with the sensitive issue of domestic abuse, and the overall message of the book is a great one. I also love the title and it's a bit of a roller coaster for Holly as she realizes she has people that care about her to wonder if they really have her best interests at heart after all.

Once Holly's memory returns, she has a hard time believing that someone as wonderful as Gabe would give her the time of day, and one of my favorite conversations is when he says, "...You were the victim of a very sick man. Listen to me, you can take a precious jewel worth millions, dip it in mud, leave it dirty and stained, its beauty spoiled, and underneath it all it will still be worth millions. Cal took advantage of you, but it doesn't change your worth." I loved Gabe from the beginning and he gets even more wonderful once you learn the entire story.

This book kept my interest from the first page and didn't slow down. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys reading about second chances and finding real and lasting love.

Content: I personally consider this a clean romance but will alert you that there is some passion involved (but no details)! And there's some swearing (but not much).

To read Taylor Dean's guest post on The Worth of a Soul, check out my blog: Mel's Shelves
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1,405 reviews35 followers
December 16, 2012
Every once in a while a book comes along that tugs at the heart strings, for me that book is I Have People.

Holly Sinclair has awaken from eight months in a coma after a traumatic accident that caused her extensive injuries, in fact the doctors considered her recovery a miracle of modern science. She has amnesia and the only memories she has is that of her loving husband Gabriel. Frustrated with the missing pieces of her memory and her inability to recall what happened to her, Gabe recreates their dates in an effort to make new memories and a fresh start for their relationship. But things aren't always what they seem: an attentive Gabe and best friend Angela are holding back information on the traumatic accident which causes Holly to become suspicious .... and when she does regain her memory of the accident, the shocking revelations changes everything.

I Have People is a poignant story of love, hope, domestic abuse and redemption. Author Taylor Dean weaves an emotionally charged tale about one woman's life story and how she recovers from a traumatic experience to discover the warmth of being loved and having people who really care about her. Written in the third person narrative, the author draws the reader into the life of Holly Sinclair as she recovers from a traumatic experience of domestic abuse. I was fascinated with the progression of Holly's growth: from her naivete when she awakens from the coma, to her frustration at her memory loss, to the recovery of her memory and strength to stand up for herself. You can't help but feel for Holly and what she's been through, her story will take you on a roller coaster ride leaving you emotionally spent.

Author Taylor Dean does a wonderful job of thoughtfully writing about a very serious and sensitive issue that unfortunately does occur in some domestic relationships. The storyline is told in the present day with a flashback to two years prior, and the intriguing twists and turns keeps the reader engaged as Holly's story unfolds. With realistic and complex characters; engaging dialogue and interactions; and various settings and a multi-layered storyline that is rich in detail and vivid descriptions, I Have People is a powerful and compelling read.

I Have People is an amazing story that will bring out all the emotions, and will stay with you long after the words have been read.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.

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355 reviews3 followers
August 22, 2023
I've read this book multiple times before and it always kind of shocks me. She's missing memories, but what's going to happen when she gets them back? Even though I've read it before, I still love reading it again and while I know what's going to happen and what's going to be revealed, the resolution is still wonderful to me. The worth of a person isn't in what others say about you or your past or how you're treated. You are worthy of love no matter what. So many good things in this book. Clean romance, but abuse and neglect play a prominent part and there's on page violence.

Not sure why my previous review isn't here but second chances are also a theme in this book 😁
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783 reviews88 followers
December 22, 2012
From the very first word I loved this book. It was such a powerful story about love, abuse: both mental and physical and Taylor Dean did a wonderful job. I truly felt like I was right there with Holly and wanted to knock the crap out of Cal. He came off as so loving and wonderful but when his true colors started showing Holly was there for him to treat anyway he saw fit. I loved Gabe so much and Angie too. Both were there for her even when she had no idea that they knew. Gabe was the most wonderful loving caring kind handsome understanding man and he loves Holly so much. She never had a family, never had anyone, so the name I Have People really fit this book perfectly. I loved every single page and felt so sorry for Holly for what she went through and so happy for her when she did find true love and a best friend in Gabe and Angie. It is a story that will definitely stay with me for a long time and no one ever has the right to judge someone who stays in an abusive relationship unless they have walked in their shoes or know someone who has. This book hit my heart for personal reasons. I had a best friend who was in an abusive marriage, only she did not make it. He killed her and now is spending the rest of his life behind bars where he belongs. But her son is without him mom. He is grown now and her parents raised him. It is sad that he never got to know his mother, she was a wonderful young woman who did not deserve to die at such a young age. So yes I loved every page, every word of this story and if one abusive woman can read this and get the courage to get out then that will only make it that much more special. Thank you Taylor for such a heartwarming beautiful story. I loved it and would give it way more than 5 stars if I could.
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158 reviews22 followers
December 24, 2012
My earlier experience with Dean's was good which prompted me to sign up for this tour and I am glad at my choice..From page one I was deeply into the story..It has an element of suspense, thrill engrossed with deep and passionate true love , temporary amnesia only took the story to another level..

The book opens up with Holly Noel eagerly awaiting someone followed by a traumatic accident, creating much needed curiosity to go on...She wakes up in the hospital from eight months coma surprising everyone with her miraculous recovery..Why wouldn't she?? she had a blissful life awaiting her with her doting husband Gabriel Sinclair, also nicknamed as true boy scout by Angela , Holly's best friend..But things are not what they seem to me with her amnesia wiping away the vital thread of her past life that threatens to devastate her wonderful life...

I am in awe of this book, just loved the way Dean has weaved a dream love between Hol and Gab..Their love for each other only made me curious to know about the secrets Gab was holding away from Hol...I wanted rush through the book while not wanting to miss the wonderful moments between them... Affection, love , friendship , trust, fear, loss, pain and hope are clearly portrayed through Holly, Gabriel and Angela which completes the circle with Cal...One instantly feels attached to Holly and feel sorry about her frustration at her faded memories time and again..But Gabriel was the absolute show stealer for me with his warmth and love...Moments between Angela and Holly are absolute girly moments..Being that said, I felt the epilogue to be bit overdone, on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed my read..This is definitely a wonderful girly pick for me..
Profile Image for Dalene.
331 reviews24 followers
January 1, 2013
Original review posted at A Date with a Book

This book is definitely a love story that is not without its difficult times. I really enjoyed how the author has woven the various parts of the story together to provide such reading enjoyment. I could not read it fast enough. It’s like she has written many cliffhangers throughout the book.

This is my first book by this author and I can tell you it definitely will not be my last. As soon as I finished reading this book, I purchased Sierra by Taylor Dean. I just hope I can find time to read it soon. There are very few authors that can write such a dramatic story, but Taylor Dean has just proven that she can.

I don’t even know what else to say without giving anything away. I liked all of the characters, but not really. If that makes sense. The author has created some remarkable characters and their lives that intertwine amongst one another. She has also been able to take such a sensitive and upsetting topic and write a wonderful love story. This story is definitely not for the faint of heart, but is also for the hopeless romantics.

My favorite line from the book:
Listen to me, you can take a precious jewel worth millions, dip it in mud, leave it dirty and stained, its beauty spoiled, and underneath it all it will still be worth millions.
Taylor Dean. I Have People (Kindle Locations 6902-6903).

I would definitely recommend this book to all readers of romance and women’s fiction. If you love Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult, or A.L. Jackson, this book is for you.

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3,000 reviews251 followers
April 19, 2013
Wow. I was interested in reading this book from the beginning when I signed on to be a part of this blog tour but I had no idea I would love it so much. That took me by surprise. I love when a book does that. It's awesome.

I. Love. I Have People. This book kept me engaged the whole way. The way the author flipped from the present to the past to tell the whole story was so good. You might think it would be choppy or hard to follow but it really wasn't. I think the way the story unfolded was one of the best things about this book.

I fell in love with Holly and Gabe. Gabe is all that is sigh and swoon worthy. A true good guy in every sense. I wish I could tell you all the reasons that I love Gabe but I'm afraid I would ruin things. You'll just have to trust me and read this book.

I Have People deals with the very sensitive and serious subject matter of domestic abuse. Even though this is a weighty topic, the book never felt over done or bogged down in darkness. There were, of course, times when I cringed and my heart hurt for all the many women suffering from the many forms of domestic abuse. It is really heart breaking and so wrong. The subject matter is dealt with well in this book. Real without becoming consuming. Well done.

Because of the nature of domestic abuse, my content warning would be that this is an adult book, not a YA book. There is some violence. Sex is talked about but there are no descriptive sex scenes in this book. Most of the sex discussed is within the bonds of marriage. There is some mild swearing.

I really, really enjoyed this book. It was one of my favorites in the last month and one I would probably read again.
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617 reviews129 followers
December 27, 2012
The suspense never lets up; I was hooked from the beginning and never once felt bored or lost interest. This book deals with a difficult subject – spousal abuse – but the way in which the story is delivered is just spellbinding. Holly Noel is a strong-minded, independent person who suffers a horrible ordeal and wakes up with amnesia. Her circumstance is unusual but she has some friends who stand by her, trying their best to help her make a new future and keep the past troubles from interfering in her new life.
I read Sierra a few months ago by this same author and found it mesmerizing, so I jumped at the chance to read this book. I am so glad I did because I Have People is another winner. It is wonderfully constructed so that the story flows smoothly from start to finish, but it is also an exceptionally emotional tale. I became so caught up in Holly’s troubles and triumphs that I pretty much hung on every word.
For all that transpired, these characters lived and breathed for me. They were recognizable individuals who were also unique. I became frustrated a few times when decisions were made that I feel showed poor judgment…but those choices were still, in almost every instance understandable. Ms. Dean is a new favorite author of mine. Pick up a copy of Sierra or I Have People and I bet she will become one of your favorites, too.
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review
Reviewed by Laurie-J
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1,470 reviews62 followers
December 20, 2012
I think I might have mentioned that Taylor Dean is one of the best discoveries I've made this year as far as authors go. I've read 3 of her books so far, Lancaster House, Sierra and now I Have People. There's one element that binds them together, suspense.

I'm so glad that my copy of I Have People was an ebook, because the suspense in this book would have been to tempting for me otherwise. I know if this had been a physical copy I would have been flipping the pages to find out what happens.

Like all of Taylor's other books, I find it hard to review the story without giving away things that you really shouldn't know unless you've read the book.

Here are some things I can tell you.

1. This book deals with domestic violence.

2. Holly is at times the stereotypical battered wife as well as a head strong female. You will love her and be frustrated with her all at the same time.

3. Gabe is the man you absolutely want to have in your life.

4. Ange is the bff we all need and want.

I really liked how Taylor built the suspense around Holly's accident and the other characters in the book. She gave you just enough information to keep you turning the pages, but not enough to make you go "A ha!'

If you haven't read one of Taylor's books yet, you really should pick one up. They are all emotionally charged and full of wonderful characters that you can't help but love and root for.
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154 reviews41 followers
December 22, 2012
Holly Noel Sinclair wakes from an eight month coma to find out that a lot has changed. She can't remember how she wound up in the coma. The doctor urges her to remember on her own with no help from her wonderful husband Gabriel or her best friend Angela.

Her husband sets out to recreate past events in her life in hopes that her memory will return. She can remember her childhood and her wedding day but the past two years are gone. When someone from her past returns will she finally remember what she has kept deeply hidden? What are here husband and best friend hiding from her? Was the past as wonderful as she remembers or is something more sinister lurking in the background?

Where to start with this amazing book? I have found a wonderful new author. Taylor Dean is officially on my favorite author list! I have never read her novels before and I have missed out. This is one of those books you can't put down. I lost many hours of sleep until I finished it. I can't stop gushing about it! It is hard to review and talk about without giving so much away. You find out bits and pieces of Holly's life as she does. You fall in love with the character. The flow is perfect with the flashbacks of her life. I would recommend this book to anyone.

~A special thank you to Taylor Dean for gifting this book to me for a fair and honest review.~
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797 reviews3 followers
April 28, 2015
This is my first book by Taylor Dean, but it won't be my last!

I had shelved this on my Amazon Wish List, and as the month is almost over, I borrowed it today. Having no recollection what it was about or why I had chosen it. I just plunged right in.

Wowza. There's the prologue; talk about a total baiter. I was slightly confused, trying to pieces everything together, but totally mesmerized by what was happening. I wasn't sure if this "Gabe" was they guy who pushed her or some other dude. And then Holly is so blissfully happy, where is this going to go? Right as you're starting to think you know what's going on - wham! The backstory!

There were a few things that felt repetitive, but when dealing with amnesia, some of that made sense. I thought Ms. Dean did a wonderful job dealing with a sensitive subject, and it was so interesting to see domestic abuse from the inside, but through a strong character. I could see how a victim could rationalize her situation, even when she knew it was a terrible one; really great insight on this.

By the end of the book I was tearing up. Such wonderful characters, life lessons, so much more. But I don't want to spoil it. If you get a chance, READ IT!
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515 reviews56 followers
February 18, 2013
I received a copy of this book from Taylor Dean in exchange for an honest review. Thank you again!

In my opinion, I Have People should be a bestseller. I loved this book. I had to wait a while after reading it to review it because I couldn't even wrap my mind around how much I loved it, and even now I feel like I just can't write a review that will do justice to this book. I don't really want to even give a short synopsis because all I knew about this book when I started it was the short description at the top of the page, and that is all you need to know to start the book.

What I can say is that I Have People is not just a "fluff" romance novel. It is a deep book that deals with very relevant and sensitive issues without glossing over the problem or making light of it. She described an abusive relationship in such an honest way. I think so many different people could relate to this book in so many ways. But the book isn't all heavy emotion. There are parts that are so light hearted and so incredibly sweet. I loved Holly and her people. :) Heck, I want people like Holly's people. This book is definitely one of my favorites, and I recommend it to everyone!
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Author 12 books72 followers
July 25, 2013
This story had emotional depth as it deals with domestic abuse. Holly Sinclair wakes up from an 8-month coma and wants only her husband, Gabe, by her side. But Gabe and Angela (her best friend) seem anxious about her missing memories, which the doctor insists must NOT be brought back through prompting. Holly’s life seems perfect once again, and besides mixing up words (I’m head over high heels in love with you, I’m happy as an oyster, why are you walking on eggs around me?), Holly doesn’t seem to think she’s forgotten anything. She remembers all that’s important—Gabe. Life with him is perfect.

But when HE returns in her life, her perfect world comes crashing to pieces. She’d forgotten about HIM.

Another awesome book by Taylor Dean. This one is an emotional roller coaster. The characters become some of “My people” as I read Holly’s story. Her troubles, joys, and tragedies became mine, and it was a riveting, intense ride I thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend this book.
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1,453 reviews8 followers
November 1, 2014
This is a book that deals with the issue of abuse. Holly has been in a coma for 8 months. She wakes up wanting her husband, Gabe. This story is a big on the mysterious side as we have to wait for the plot to unravel before we truly understand where these characters have been and where they are going. The story begins in the present, then we go back to the past for a few chapters, and then we continue with the present. We learn why Holly was in the coma and how she and Gabe deal with things once she wakes up. Gabe will melt your heart. I feel that the author hit the nail on the head with the main character's reaction to being abused. Many women fear leaving. They try to give their abuser the benefit of the doubt. They take much of the blame and think they can fix the abuser. This would have been a five star read for me had I got to hear some of the story from Gabe's point of view. No cliffhanger.
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118 reviews1 follower
September 12, 2014
This is the second book I have read by Dean, and I am a huge fan. I love when authors write about issues that many women face today.

. The main character Holly had such a tough life and was looking for love in all the wrong places, and was quick to jump into a relationship because she felt alone in the world. When Holly decides that her dreams are the only reality she wants to live in, her long coma makes her fairy tale come true.

Dean is an amazing story teller. She really sucks you into her captivating books and pulls out all of your emotions at the same time. I can't wait to read more of her wonderful stories.
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160 reviews10 followers
April 8, 2015
A Must Read

This is one of the most brilliant books I have read in awhile. Holly, the main character, suddenly awakens from a coma and immediately calls out for Gabriel. She has amnesia and at the beginning of the book, you find out why. As the book progresses, she slowly starts recovering her memory. All is not as it seems though. I will not say more as I do not want to spoil it for anyone. I have to say that Taylor Dean has a way of writing a story that makes you feel everything that the characters feel. It is a well executed book and the plot moves along at a brisk pace. I read this in one sitting and will likely read it again and again.
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Author 13 books566 followers
September 10, 2016
I received this book as a prize in a giveaway almost a year ago. Since it was a paperback, it went into storage and I forgot about it until a few weeks ago. What a little gem of a story. This is probably not a book I would have picked out for myself, and I would have missed out on some terrific writing and a well-plotted story. The way the story was presented was fresh and kept me guessing- it was marvelous the way the author peeled back each layer until you found the prize at the center. Well done!
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