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Luca (I Love the Way You Lie #1)

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“Anger is like a thorn in the heart...the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.” ~Luca

Pyromania is an impulse control disorder [1] in which individuals repeatedly fail to resist impulses to deliberately start fires, [1] in order to relieve tension or for instant gratification.

Damon Luca, or Luca as they called him. I thought of him more as Damien, the fucking d
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Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published (first published April 5th 2015)
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Snow
Apr 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: abuse, angst, crime, drama, messed-up, na, ya


3.4 stars

I am actually fucked up by this book...

for several reasons...

1) It ended in a cliffy twist

2) it's a fucking triangle, apparently (although the heroine doesn't know it yet)

3) the diversion separating PART 1 and PART 2 makes a 7 years look as long as the Siberian railway

4) PART 1 - they are 17 in a sort of a facility for mental disorders (where they are held for consultation and therapy Luca for his pyromania, Allison for her depression/emo posture caused by a sexual assult on which she
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sue
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, steamy
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Hm well, I am going to be careful what I say in this review as many haven't read it yet. So I don't want to give too much away.

There has been a fleet of Mental Health characters in books lately I see, which I support 100% when they are reflected correctly. Its great to have any Mental Health Issue out there in the open as its an illness like anything else, same as physically, but unable to be understood by many or people in fear of it.

We have Lucas [as he is known] a good looking young lad but
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Michelle
Mar 30, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
I was liking this one ok until around 15 - 20%. When Luca decided to let everyone know Allison was his. Ummm...they had hardly talked in the chapter before so I thought damn...did I miss a chapter some where?? Ugh no!
This just wasn't for me. Add another to my ever growing DNF pile:((
Rebecca
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Deadly on the eyes...dangerous on the heart

That's the perfect description of Damon Luca - the man who is a fire-starter in more ways than one. He may be a pyromaniac who gets off on causing damage by setting fire to whatever will go up in flames, but where he does the worst damage is when he sets Allison's body and heart on fire and then leaves her to smolder the pain and blaze on her own, never fully recovering or mending from the exposure.

Allison and Luca's story is told in two parts - their f
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Leslie
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars but I'll round up to 3 because I don't want to give it a 2. It's books like this that makes me wish goodreads had half stars!

I'm sorry to say I was disappointed in this book...that synopsis made me forgo my tbr list and skip straight to this book, I was so intrigued....

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So did what happened? This is the part where I mention the word flat and say "I didn't connect with the characters," we've all been there. I felt the plot moved a bit too quickly but it still felt tedious to read....s
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Ann Marie
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I must start off with this is going to take you on a roller coaster! You have been warned! I absolutely LOVE Gina Whitney’s characters, and Luca does not disappoint. If you love a good heart wrenching story of young love, finding it, falling in it, having your heart broken and then having it pieced back together to be shattered again…..this right here is for you. My heart raced at times, I felt so sad for Allison she really goes through it. Luca, I know in my heart he is a good man, sometimes go ...more
Carrie White
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Luca is all shades of crazy! A real page turner!
Allison has wound up in an institution after a brutal assault.
Luca has demons that run deep. Demons that are unknown.
Here is where they meet, a connection is made & a work in process.
Enter, Oliver aka Axel (lol I loved the witty humor)!
As they get closer, Axel worms his way into Allison’s graces….
Both heal each other, bringing light to one another. Chemistry compatible like no other.
Sexuality sizzles, palms sweaty, heart pounding these sex sce
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Hooker Heels Book Blog
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Talk about the feels. Luca definitely gave me those. This book was crazy good. The character of Damon Luca was dark, brooding and intensely sexy. He was the perfect character to be paired with the beautiful, vulnerable and damaged Allison. Both characters were flawlessly written with an amazing toughness and openness that had them playing off of each other perfectly. I’ll admit that the story does start off a little slow and there were initially some things that I didn’t understand but as the bo ...more
The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog
2.5 stars

I loved the premise of this book but unfortunately for me, the delivery fell short. I don't think it was one particular thing but more a combination of various factors which lead to me not enjoying Allison and Luca's story. I struggled with the writing style in particular and I think this resulted in me not connecting with the story line which in turn meant I didn't connect with the characters which then meant I didn't quite believe in the relationships between the various characters
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Heather andrews
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Luca is one possessive man, "Luca leaned over, bending to meet my gaze directly. “You’re mine, Allison. And I don’t want this trash speaking to what’s mine. You’d do well to remember that." He's so considerate, "he grabbed the back of my neck. “Babe, when I take you. It won’t be on the floor of a stairwell. Well, not the first time anyway." I loved how he was with his woman, "I love when your hands are on me, fancy-face. But if you continue to rub me like that, you’ll have to pay the toll.” I po ...more
Stephanie
Truth?

I liked this book, but didn't LOVE it. Ican't put my finger on exactly why. It was missing a spark I think. Everything happened so fast in the beginning. He was claiming her in 2 weeks and they barely seemed to have any dialogue between each other.
I Liked each character and there was a few LOL moments. I also really liked the Truth game, makes me want to play it with someone.

I will continue the series most likely, I feel invested in these characters and I need to know why Luca left...aga
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Barbara Alvarez
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't breath ... Book two is ready right? Tell me it's ready please.
Omg what have you done?
#Luca is your BEST book ever ... That's all!!!
Nate
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG! Loved this one from the first page. Wow. And the ending...OMG...you will be totally blown!! Hurry with the next book please. Wow...
Nina Guzman
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love Luca!! But what did you do...I can't breathe my heart has been ripped out!! I need the second book ASAP!! WOW loved it
Nikki
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
★★★★✩4.5 Stars for Luca by Gina Whitney✩★★★★

Damon DeLuca….sigh

Some of us deal with our feelings of aggression by writing, exercising or even fighting. Not Damon DeLuca, he is a fire starter, a natural born pyro with a need to see things go up in flames. His need to see the world through burning embers lands him in court appointed rehab. This is nothing new to Luca, he will do his time and return to the life he knows beyond the walls of mental health facility, no problem. That is until She was br
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Jennifer Greeff
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I am continually blown away by Gina Whitney. Not only by her stories but by her writing. It's just such a different style than what I see on a daily basis in the indie community and hers is a voice I'll happily read and re-read over and over.

The story takes place in two parts. Part One happens while Luca and Allison are residing in a therapy center together. Luca is a man set on quick hook ups, he doesn't get locked on to any one in particular usually and especially not while located in th
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True Texan
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading Saving Abel and Forgiving Gia (anxiously awaiting Avenging Us! –hint hint-)

I wasn’t sure how the hell Gina Whitney could top them!

I mean, how the heck do you top Abel Gunner?

While Abel will always have a place in my heart there is a new man in town.

Damon DeLuca.

Otherwise known as Luca.

He’s a dark, bad boy with a penchant for all things HOT and man does he set the pages on fire! I’ve never read a story quite like this before. It was intriguing and drew me in from the start! I f
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Hooked On Books
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
☆☆☆☆4.5 Hooked Stars☆☆☆☆

This isn’t your usual love story.

Couldn't have said it better myself, Ms. Whitley. Luca is far from a happily ever after. This story begins in a mental institution where Allison and Luca are both staying for their various issues. Allison is the survivor of sexual abuse, Luca is a Pyro doing time in there to appease his family.


Mr. Tall, Dark, and Deadly was back to mess with my head.

My solace lay within the shadows. My tastes, contrarian. Darkness alit by fire was my b
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Michele Gantz
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Hooked On Books Forever
☆☆☆☆4.5 Hooked Stars☆☆☆☆

This isn’t your usual love story.

Couldn't have said it better myself, Ms. Whitley. Luca is far from a happily ever after. This story begins in a mental institution where Allison and Luca are both staying for their various issues. Allison is the survivor of sexual abuse, Luca is a Pyro doing time in there to appease his family.

Mr. Tall, Dark, and Deadly was back to mess with my head.

My solace lay within the shadows. My tastes, contraria
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BooksandBeyondFiftyShades
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Allison has issues that she needs to deal with, but it requires professional help. This is proving to be quiet impossible at the treatment facility when she meets Luca. Luca is dark, mysterious, and has his own struggles to get past. The only thing he wants is Allison, and it seems deep down she wants him too. Together they may be able to face their demons.

It's been 7 years since Allison has seen or heard from Luca. She did the only thing she could do: move on. Allison is now a successful 24 yea
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BooksandBeyondFiftyShades
Allison has issues that she needs to deal with, but it requires professional help. This is proving to be quiet impossible at the treatment facility when she meets Luca. Luca is dark, mysterious, and has his own struggles to get past. The only thing he wants is Allison, and it seems deep down she wants him too. Together they may be able to face their demons.

It's been 7 years since Allison has seen or heard from Luca. She did the only thing she could do: move on. Allison is now a successful 24 yea
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Michelle ♥ The Romance Vault ♥
Wow, this is one of those book that's it hard to nail which category to put it in. On the one hand it's about mental stability, on the other hand it's about underground mafia world and also on the other hand it's a love story.

Really, really and I mean really cleverly written and brought together. As I always promise truthful reviews, I did struggle a little with this at the start. Though to be fair I did go into this blind so I wasn't expecting to be reading teenagers to start with. But oh boy I
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Raunchyrudereadersblog
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Massive 5 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ From me.
Gina Whitney does it again. Another one knocked out of the park.
This author never stops amazing me. I've followed Gina through her Journey of writing Blood Ties, Beautiful Lies, Saving Abel and Forgiving Gia and now she's given us Luca.

Now if you've read Saving Abel (The Bad ass Rocker That Loves BDSM) and are expecting to open the pages and find Luca is the same you're going to be sorely disappointed.

Luca is a work of art in his own right...He's a troubled soul
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Heidi
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
********I was given an ARC copy by the author in exchange for an honest review********

If you're looking for a hot new Alpha, then Luca is your man and this is the book for you. This was by far one of Gina Whitney's best works to date and I highly recommend that you read Luca, you'll fall hard for him.

Luca and Allison are broken, damaged teenagers when they meet and they quickly figure out that each is the balm the other desperately needs to feel better. Too bad things change and Luca has to leav
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Tiffany Wagner
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gina Whitney is my top one click author I never hesitate to buy her books and this is no exception. Another passionate disaster filled love story. Gina's characters are always fantastic I'm drawn in from the bwry beginning. Luca is beautiful charismatic and and so passionate! Allison is a fighter and such a beautiful soul her love for Luca is so pure it's breathtaking. Love is never easy as this book shows but if it was too easy it would be a boring story. When you fight for love its worth so mu ...more
Stacy Mraz
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book and it was well worth the wait! The next part cant be published quick enough. I couldn't put it down and now I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book in the series.
Luca and Allison are both damaged but together they are perfect. She is everything he wants and needs and he is everything she could never forget. Luca is a very hot alpha male that wants nothing more than to give Allison everything she deserves but that means getting his life in order first. Th
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Helena Rizzuto
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! Has Gina done it again! She's gone and written yet another enthralling and mind twisting book! Luca, right off the bat is such a great read. No it's not your mothers " dime store" novel. This is what you dream about when a real man comes to play. This book is filled with such intense and realistic situations from what Allison went through to the depths of darkness that Luca has inside him. The twists and turns and just overall darkness is refreshing. It's not too often that an author can ...more
Stephanie
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Luca and Allison both have demons they need to over come. They meet in a rehab center where they are both trying to get over/learn how to live with their demons. Their connection with each other helps both of them find themselves, for Luca it makes him want to be better, for Allison it shows her she does not have to feel ashamed of what she feels. The book is broke up into two parts, when they meet and many years later. I don't want to give too much away so I will leave it at that. I really enjo ...more
Deanna
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
****I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review****

"WOW! Whoa. Holy mother of pearl. Super fudging nuggets. WAIT WHAT?! Holy shucks. WHY DOES THE WORLD HATE ME?!" along with a lot of explicit language pretty much cover all of my reactions while reading. Gina Whitney truly knows how to capture the imagination. The love scenes were great and written very well. I found that the storyline flowed very well within this book. The characters was phenomenal. I would definitely recommend this book
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Beth
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG!! What an intense love story and what an ending!!! I did NOT see that coming at all!!! They met in a group home when they were young and each having problems. But being the son of a "mafia" family, he did what he was told. Seven years have gone by and he has watched her mature, go to college, and start working. He has too and is now his own boss. They meet again and the same love is still there and always will be.......or maybe not. Why did he leave again? I can't wait until the next book co ...more
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