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Controlling Circumstances (Circumstances #1)

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I was always told that when I hit thirty, life would be great, life would be a blast, a party. Boy were they wrong.

My life wasn't perfect by any means, in reality actually, it was as if I had woken up on the wrong side of the bed, took a wrong turn or something. Everything started to go wrong in my life and I couldn't change it or go back and fix it.

I had no control of any
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Published April 15th 2015 (first published April 13th 2015)
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Aubrie Brown
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Controlling Circumstances. Boy, was I on a roller coaster with this book. The outline of the book is basically explained in the title. It's about control. Finding the control you lost and realising that it it takes one person to build up your trust. That the walls you made to protect yourself will come down crumbly because you have nothing to hide from him. Here comes Gabe and Belle. These two were made for each other. He excelled in control as he was his own boss. He reigned Belle in when she t ...more
Melissa
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author and I was not disappointed! It was the perfect mix of love, pain and suspense that kept me wanting more.
Belle has been dealt a tough hand. After dealing with a traumatic incident while in college that she never really recovered from, she is hit again with so horrible news.
In walks Gabe, more like in crashes Gabe. He is a very unexpected surprise in Belle's life and she isn't sure the timing on right but Gabe isn't one to take no for an answer a
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Debbie
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was gifted this copy by the author. Thank you, Ms Kelso for that.

Belle is still suffering the shocks waves from an attack at college, 8 years later. Its her 30th brithday and her friend drags her out to celebrate. Gabe works the bar and he has been watching Belle for some time, not in a creepy stalker sort of way, but in a I need this woman in my life, sort of way :-) When said attacker is release on early parole, it all goes to hell and back, and Gabe is not only fighting to keep his woman, t
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Amy Malek concepcion
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've read By Jean Kelso and I really enjoyed it. Belle and Gabe have an interesting story. Belle has a pretty big obstacle to overcome and Gabe is just what she needs to help her through it. I like that she wasn't the typical size2, young, model like heroine. Belle was very relatable. I like how she was damaged but still strong. She had a little self doubt at time like we all do but still got help when she needed it. The sex scenes were hot but not over the top. Mel was a ...more
Mary Stanford
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honest review for an ARC- 4 stars is a bit generous, it was more a 3.5 star book. Had great potential, but whoever the editor was really was slacking on the job. The missing words and errors that I found were very distracting to me. I found Gabe to be a bit stalkerish in the beginning, and with Belle's history things progressed a little to quickly for me. I saw much improvement in the flow of Miss Kelso's writing. Overall I did enjoy the book, and the building of book 2.
Chelsi Cotton
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book. It was dark in some places and sexy and entertaining in others.

I was gifted the book for an honest review.

Belles story is one of bad luck on top of more bad luck and trauma but she overcomes trials with the help of her best friend and new man gabe. I wish their would have been more from gabes pov and it was a little predictable but overall I give the book 5 stars and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one!
Tracey
Apr 12, 2015 added it
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Ashley Books and Warpaint
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It has good writing and it flows really well. I like the strength of the characters and I feel like Belle had a very believable history. She is so hard on herself in the beginning of the book that I want to pet her and love her and call her George ;) If you get that reference, then 10 points for you. LOL Anyways, this poor girl has so much happen to her in a short space of time that it’s ridiculous. It’s a wonder any one would have come out of that situation sane much less ope ...more
Penny
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy by the author for an honest review.

Poor Belle, everything it seems like on her thirtieth birthday her life just went on this downward spiral. Then she meets hunky Gabe who she doesn't feel like she is good enough for because he's Mr. Hunk and she considers herself fat and ugly. No worries, he's had his eye on her for months in a sweet bordering on stalker kind of way. He sticks with her through a cancer diagnosis and treatment then a psycho ex boyfriend just released from pris
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Judy
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC for an honest review and honestly I LOVED IT!! There was a part at the beginning that almost made me not read it because it was too close for comfort (family member had it) and I really don't like reading books with this illness. However, I went on and so glad I did! Belle has had her share of bad things happen to her in her life and then when Gabe shows interest in her she thinks no way would a hot guy like that have any interest in her. After all she's not stick thin like wh ...more
Josette Reuel
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Cow

I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this story, but WOW. If you enjoy romantic suspense, then you need to buy this book and read it right now.

I absolutely love these characters. The location is ambiguous enough that it could be in any city. I love stories that allow me to picture myself in them. The story provides mostly Belle's POV, but we also get short looks into Gabe's head as well. It's written in first person, which isn't my preferred, but the story hooked me in and
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Sharing
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was amazing! I loved Jean Kelso's first book, One Simple Memory, but I loved this so much more! Gabe and Belle had an instant connection. No matter the obstacles from Belle's past, or her medical problems, Gabe never strays, even when she puts herself down and tries to push him away because she doesn't think she is good enough for him. Gabe becomes her rock, her protector, and her everything. Will he be able to stop her past from catching up to her and harming her? Will Gabe's lov ...more
Kylie
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT!

The suspense was incredible, the sex scenes hot but not uncomfortably so! (I'm kind of a prude)

My heart goes out to Belle, so deeply. She suffered a trauma no one should have to, only to have it rear its ugly head again years later.

You don't learn much about Mel in this story, but she is an outstanding friend, and one any girl would be lucky to have.

This book made me swoon and gave me a touch of anxiety. I wouldn't put it high on my list of suspense faves, but as a romantic thriller I
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Brandi
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins, own
Fast-paced, sexy, easy read. Although a bit predictable, the story was good and I liked the characters. Poor Belle has had to deal with a lot of terrible things in her life, but Gabe is able to be her hero. I didn't realize this was going to be a SEXY story...so that caught me a bit off guard, but it was GOOD. Not too much, but enough to want it to happen again. ;) Overall, it's a good story that is well written. Will be watching for Mel and Jack's story!
Karen Shortridge
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG what a fantastic read, love story, insecurities after a painful trauma, friendship, trust, fear, anger to name but a few emotions, you will love these characters and your heart will melt, beautifully written and plenty of steady action but the steamy sessions are Hot especially knowing what Belle went through, you will definitely not be disappointed with this, I received this free for my honest review and hand on heart I can't wait for the next one
Cally
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
We meet Belle who has been through the mill and you just want her to have some luck in her life after what life has been thrown at her. Luckily the lovely Gabe comes along and supports her through thick and thin. This book has some dark places as well as light moment's.

This book throws so many emotions. A painful trauma, friendship, the learning of trust, fear and anger
Barb Johnson
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed writing this book. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Shannon Johnson
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and can't wait for the second one
Terri Mcneal
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jessica Kurvers
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! Sexy and Intense! Great characters! The author pairs the couple perfectly with a great support group cast! Drama, mystery, humor and a sext MC! What more could you ask for!
Kendra Walker
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just the right amount of tension

I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for a honest review. I'm not normally a fan of the tense thriller type of story but this one worked for me. The characters and situations were realistic enough that I was able to be invested in everything that happened and also believe it could be happening. Plus it only took me a few hours to read, once I started I just didn't want to stop. Really great way to spend an afternoon, now I need the next one :)
Kari
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Received a copy for my honest review for Fallen for Books Reviewers.

Controlling Circumstances by Jean Kelso is the first book in the Circumstances series. There was something about this book that drew me in from the beginning. From the first page I did not want to put it down and I finished it in less than a day! It was great!

Belle is a nurse who has lived through some tough years and even more tough situations. The story begins on her thirtieth birthday where she gets even more bad news. After
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Julie Clarke
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! How many times do we all wish for a man to simply arrive into our lives and rearrange all our emotions from orderly to chaos, and here he was all this time....Gabe.
Like so many women, Belle places little value on herself based on her own perception of her beauty and attraction, little realising that men like Gabe look at her and see so much more.
Even more heady is the self control that slips away from Gabe. There's nothing more fabulous for a woman; a vulnerable woman, to see a beautiful, m
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Allison
DNF @29%


I had such high hopes for this one but it is a hot mess. There is SO much going on and the writing is just bouncing all over the place. Have you ever seen a young child with ADHD scrambling around... Jumping on the couch one minute and then climbing a book shelf the next, that's just before flushing your favorite lipstick down the toilet??? Well that's how this book is written.
The relationship between the characters is totally unrealistic and forced. I'm not huge on instant romance... B
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Angi DeMonti
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Belle has had it rough...an unloving upbringing, a dream boyfriend who turned into a nightmare, and new health issues. However, Belle is a strong woman who has come through these circumstances a strong woman. On the night of her birthday, her friend Mel takes her to a local bar for drinking and dancing. That is the night her life takes another turn because she meets Gabe. Little does Belle know that Gabe has been watching her for months and convinced Mel to bring Belle to the bar so he could mee ...more
Jessica
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. This story is full of twists and turns. This book is Romance and suspense. There are some dark spots in this story and some love and entertainment. The author put me on a roller-coaster ride with my emotions.

I love the characters Gabe and Belle are easy to love. Belle has a lot going on with health and stuff from her past.

Gabe is awesome, no matter how hard Belle tries to push him away, he is always there. He is very protective of her. Will he be able keep her past from catc
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Missy Noecker
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Bella! She is an averaged sized woman with real issues, some that most people can relate to, such as being self conscious of her body shape. I loved watching her overcome obstacles with the help of Gabe and her wonderful best friend Mel. Can't wait to read the next book and see what happens next to Mel, Jack, Bella and Gabe!
I received this ARC in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Angie
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome story! Spoiler Free
Gabe and Belle have an intriguing story. It's been awhile since I've read this genre of book. It was refreshing to read. Hot sex scenes and great story. Gabe is damn sexy! Belle has been thru a lot in her past. Can Gabe be the one she can let in? Fall for? Have a hea with? Guess you will have to read to find out!
4.5/5 stars.
Rhonda F
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this awhile back , i dont give spoilers but i love the characters and plot everything i want in a good book .. Just a heartwarming delight ! Looking forward to more from Jean ! Also i read this book for an honest review from the author .
Charlene
rated it really liked it
Apr 15, 2015
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