Lucky and Belén’s Story
A Heightsbound Prequel
Belén: I’ve loved Luciano ever since I can remember, desired him before I even knew what it meant. He’s always been the only man in my life—my constant protector, and his rejection only intensifies my need.
Luciano: I’ve never known a love more fierce than the one I feel for Belén. But I force myself to den ...more
(view spoiler)[I think that's what happened when (view spoiler)[Lucky took my virginity so politely with his mouth. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]
She's never had sex before but of course she has three orgasms at once from three separate orifices. Right.
In my book, the (view spoiler)[real deflowering process happens through penetration with a dick. Hmm…not sure if it's possible to handle it politely, though. (hide spoiler)] ...more
"We're both each others poison, but we're also each other's only antidote."
WOW. WOW. WOW. WOW.
I have so many things to say.
SO. MANY. FREAKING. THINGS.
First off, I was not planning on writing a review for this book. I told the blogger I received the ARC from that I've gotten away from writing reviews of late. I don't know... I feel as though people don't read them and yet I find myself needing to get my tho ...more
I totally enjoyed this forbidden love story, it was angsty, I liked the writing and I felt really connected to the characters.
The story starts when cousins Belén & Luciano (Lucky) are kids, they are as tight as brother and sister and the closeness of their mothers ensures that they are always together. Lucky looks after Bey and being only 9 months apart they are best friends as well as family.
"Belén. My cousin.
My own heat wave.
The flame to my fire."
We grow up with them, and ...more
Whoever said 'a heart wants what it wants' must have been talking about Belén & Lucky. I swear, this journey .... these two .... my heart hurts. What a beautiful story of love and sacrifice. I won't say much but I will say this: it took me no time at all to become Mara White's newest fan and I am here to stay! Her writing style is so ... real. At times you almost feel as if you are there, in the Heights, with the gang. Growing up. Confused. Getting high. Loving. Hurting. Denying yourself the ...more
“When will I ever be free from this sickness? When will love stop feeling like a curse?”
It doesn’t happen very often that a book makes my mind spin in such a way that it takes me weeks to collect my thoughts, rein in all my initial reactions, and get over my inherent reflex to just scream at it. Because this book was just…whoa! And while a taboo scenario such as this one almost always makes my skin quiver from the forbidden allure of it all, ...more
FUCK YOU, BOOK! I HATE YOU! COMPLETE TOTAL BULLSHIT! I'M SO FUCKING MAD RIGHT NOW! YOU GAVE ME ALL THOSE EMOTIONS. MADE ME INVEST AND CARE ABOUT THOSE CHARACTERS. AND THEN... THAT. FUCKING. ENDING. AFTER EVERYTHING THEY WENT THROUGH??? HELL NO!
I have had some time to reflect for a few days, and I don't see how it's possible to rate this book. I enjoyed 90+% of the story, but I absolutely loathe the ending. I don't think I can ever read another b ...more
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WHAT THE MOTHERFUCKING FUCK JUST HAPPENED HERE!!!
I will not lie to you people, I loved this book, but it was a serious mind fuck. And do get intimately acquainted with that word because I shall be using it a lot in this review. And I mean a LOT.
I was really tempted to throw this book out- I won’t deny that. I mean that ending! I feel like someone should’ve warned me about it, because dude that shit is not cool! I don’t car ...more
Luciano and Belen have always been together. They lived in a complicated world where they could only count on each other. Their love grew bolder and more intense as they grew up, becoming an addiction, something that both were ashamed of, but a love so fierce, that nothing could destroy it, no matter how hard they tried. They were both born with this powerful love inside them. Blood, a lifetime together, and their toxic love will forever bound Lucky and Bey.
Intense is th ...more
Heed the warnings on this one because Maldeamores is unlike amy book I've read. Belén and Luciano are star-crossed lovers, fiercely in love but forced to deny their true feelings for each other. Like Mara's other books, I felt anxious, emotional, distraught and fascinated by these two characters and their tumultuous journey ...more
"My honest review is fo ...more
I have very mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I salute the author for being able to cause the extreme emotional fall-out I'm currently experiencing. I can honestly say that there are only a handful of books that I've read that fall into this category. I don't regret reading them because they touched my heart and have stayed with me in spite of the hundreds of books I've read since. It's one of those books that torture you by holding your mind hostage and refusi ...more
What I liked in this book was that the story flaws smoothly and the writing is rich and polished. Also, I liked the dual POV.
What I do have an issue with is the frivolous plot and the childish dialogues and lines. The plot wasn’t interesting and the sex sc ...more
An unconventional love story which is probably one of the most beautifully written of its kind, Maldeamores by Mara White was an initially uncomfortable reading journey for me, yet I must tell you that it became AMAZING as I progressed. I have read several taboos in my life but nothing about an H and h who really are introduced as blood related. I knew what I signed up for when I read the blurb on the ARC form. I knew what I was reading was about first degree cousins, but what I wasn't ready for ...more
We’re both each other’s poison, but we’re also each other’s only antidote.
“Never think that me leaving is me rejecting you. Leaving is the only way I know how to protect you.”
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Beautifully heartbreaking and emotionally taxing, Mara White creates such an eye opening, boundary pushing, taboo love story with Maldeamores. This story had me in knots, lovesick right along with these characters, struggling between rooting for something so wrong, and rebelling against it all at once. This isn't a story that's easy to digest, and in spite of that, or maybe because of it, I couldn't put it down.
This isn't the kind of love story we're supposed to love. It's a haunting s ...more
"My heart is racing, my breath coming short, my pulse beating so hard it feels like it might leap out of my skin. I didn’t know kissing could be like that. No, I didn’t know kissing him could be like jumping off into outer space and discovering a whole new universe."
Before reading this book I was going through a three-week long book funk. No amount of reading new books helped my case. That is until Maldeamores. Reading the blurb intrigued me enough to one-click, but reading the firs...more
I am not going to go into details about this book because i went in blind and I highly suggest doing the same. Just a warning, this book is not flowers and rainbows. This is not meant to make you happy. This is a greatly tabooed book. So if any of these is a deal breaker please look for another book.
Mara White is a freaking GENIUS!!!! I don't know how to process this book and frankly I don't think I want to because I will have a breakd ...more
If ever there were a perfect definition or example of being "lovesick", Maldeamores is it. In all the books I've read (and it's been a lot), I've always had this generic idea of what one looks like and acts like when they're lovesick. It's a word that's used to describe puppy love, overzealous teenagers and wounded alpha males, but Mara White takes the term to the extreme and does it brilliantly.
I love dark and gritty and kinky and extreme and taboo in regards to sexual devia ...more
Lucky and Belén know that they're not SUPPOSED to want each other, but they do. They can't help it. They've tried fighting it for years.
Nothing about their story feels yucky. It's heart breaking, and I felt physical pain for them. How do you come to terms with loving the ...more
I am not sure if I should be praising the author for writing such a phenomenal story, her bravery for publishing something so wrong ...more
As a reader, my very favorite books challenge me. They make me question what I know, what I believe, and they make me FEEL. Mara White hit all of these points for me.
Before this book, I was unfamiliar with Mara’s work. My girl Joanne from Have Book Will Read told me she was reading Maldeamores, and after I looked it up, I knew that I had to read it. I first downloaded the sample, and I one-clicked as soon as I finished it. I proceeded to ch ...more
I know a lot of people will read the blurb or see the warning and immediately turn away...I however, saw it and immediately said "I've got to read this book" and I'm beyond happy that I did. I love books that test and tease the line of right and wrong, the kind that makes you know you're not supposed to be okay with it, but you just can't help it. So many times thes ...more
Oh my freaking goodness! How in the world did I not know about this emotionally heart-wrenching, soul-crushing, undeniably raw and original taboo forbidden romance until now? Mara White's incredibly beautiful and emotionally captivating writing style managed to capture me whole body, heart and soul! So much so that I've been desperately trying to find the perfect words to describe this story for days now and I am still at a loss. There are so many ...more
This story is about Belen and Lucky they are 1st cousins and the find themselves attracted to each other. The author wrote this book in a loving way. Not a sick way that you are just ba ...more
Lucky and Belén are soul mates, but they are also from the same family. I don't consider it taboo because I felt that even though they were cousins, they were born for each other. They fought against the feelings they knew they shouldn't have but their love is pure, raw, and unconditional.
~ There aren't enough seconds in this ...more
This book. This book right here. THIS is why I love reading, why I started blogging. When you find an author that is new to you and you devour every word on those pages, you just want to shout it from the rooftops! Until today, I'd never read a Mara White book, but you can be damn sure I'll have read at least one more of her books by the end of this week.
The simple blurb intirgued me, the prologue hooked me, and from there onwards I couldn't put it down. I know there are lots of bo ...more