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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  58 reviews
At first, I saw him as everyone else did.
But then, I saw him for who he really was.
Recognized the beauty beneath the pain.
Loved the quirks disguising the insecurity.
Embraced the man who hid behind the boy.
But there was so much more…
More I didn’t know.

And once I did, I couldn’t let
Of the boy.
The man.
The lover…

…even if his past is threatening
our future.
Nothing will alter
ebook, First, 249 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Penner Publishing
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NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***3,75 full of denial stars***

This was a really good story...
It was a story of kindness and friendship and love...
But as all of the kind of love stories out there, this story had its own ups and downs...

Sometimes it made me smile and sometimes you could see smokes to get out of my ears from the irritation...
The main characters were lovely...
I adored Nicholas and i liked and didn't liked Liv, because of many reasons that i will explain to you later...
I enjoyed their story but i think that i
Carlene Inspired
Feb 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm sure this book works great for some people, unfortunately I was bored. I finally quit reading when my significant other looked at me and said, "If you keep getting mad at the book you're getting your tablet taken away." So, I put it down, read another book, tried coming back to this and by 50% I gave up.

Not only is the writing style hard to enjoy, but the characters are immature and the general flow is like watching my own life happen day in and day out. Boring. I generally enjoy friends to
C.H. Armstrong
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Those who know me know that I’m a prolific reader. I’ll read almost anything, but my special love has lately turned to New Adult. With this in mind, I was excited — yet more than a little bit nervous — to read Kelly’s book. I didn’t know what to expect, and I was truly nervous that it wouldn’t meet my hopes and expectations. I’m happy to report that it met all of my hopes and then some.

First let me tell you a bit about the story, because it’s unlike any NA title I’ve read to date. In fact, part
Dilushani Jayalath
I kindly received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


So I think this is the fastest i finished a book in ages. Well I really don't know what I can say about this book. I read few of the other reviews and saw so many positive reactions for this but I can't actually say I enjoyed it as much as the others did. It was nice enough and I didn't particularly dislike it either. I found Liv a very heartwarming and fun heroine to read but this book didn't really catch my attenti
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, 2016
ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
2.5 "Just Friends" Stars

I love a good friends to lover’s story. Something about taking the relationship to the next level and growing together is super sweet. But this ones kind of fell short. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't great either.
I had a hard time connecting with Olivia, or Liv throughout the whole thing. It was her personality and immaturity I think that rubbed me the wrong way. Which is ironic because one of her b
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I was given an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

Liv is a very smart woman who realizes that her current relationship is crumbling. She has to decide what she will do next in her life and if she needs to move forward in a new direction. She is very intriguing and yet slightly off putting (at first). Although she is older than Nicholas and very smart she sometimes shows her immaturity but that’s because she is just learning about herself. She is starting to realize what she wants and needs
Jamie McLachlan
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’ve a fondness for quirky or atypical heroes and heroines. So when I heard the hero of Cain’s debut novel was a dishevelled genius, I was immediately intrigued. At the age of eighteen, Nicholas has already acquired a mechanical engineering degree and is now in law school. To everyone else, he’s odd, unkempt, and aloof. But just as his glasses and scraggly hair and beard are a means to cover his attractiveness, his reserved nature is way to further conceal his identity.

And what is more enticing


When picking Altered up, I had hoped that it was one thing and it turns out, it just couldn't be that one thing. I thought this would be a story about love and overcoming obstacles and struggles but no. No, it wasn't. I think that there is a chance that the book was trying to go in that direction but for me ... I don't know ... it was not one of the best books I've read this year.

From the first page, I found Altered to be immature. This woman (Olivia ... the main character) is 23 years old and
Amanda Linsmeier
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: na
I knew I was going to read Altered from the time I heard the synopsis. It just sounded like something I’d enjoy. Though I’ve never read NA, that I can recall, I am fond of YA, and adult romance. I also am quite fond of the author, Ms. Kelly Cain! But it’s always intimidating reading a work by a friend, or even a colleague. What if you hate it? How awkward…
But, I didn’t hate it. In fact, I loved it. Although Nicholas is described as being rather scraggly, grungy, unkempt, I kept picturing this h
April Symes
This was a new author to me and I was hesitant to try this story because the description was vague but OMG, I was in love with the book by the end of chapter 1. Olivia thought she had everything—the perfect fiancée, the career path at college and a good group of friends and suddenly all of it is gone—her fiancée had left her for another woman, her well-kept life is falling apart .
Olivia meets this new guy on campus, and his name is Nicholas. He is in a few of her classes. He looks homeless but h
Charlotte Parker
Altered by Kelly Cain– 4 Stars

Lead Girl: Olivia Nicolas - Liv
Lead Guy: Nicholas Sheenan
Point of view: Liv - first person
Part of a series: Yes
Happy ever after: Yes
Subgenre: Friends–to-Lovers

This was a story about true friendship.

Nicholas was perfect: He was eighteen and a loner. Throughout the book Liv made him come out of his shell. It was nice getting to learn more about him. His past is heart breaking but I’ll let him tell you about that. You really could tell how he felt about Liv (everyone
Bianca Schwarz
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are books that are perfect and you like; books you know are good but you had a hard time getting through; and then there are books you love with all their perfect imperfections. Altered fell in the latter category for me.
It has an engaging story with richly drawn characters and as a fellow food enthusiast, I really enjoyed all the food references. Ms Cain clearly writs about things she knows a great deal about and it adds flavor to the novel – pun intended.
The writing is solid, if a litt
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jo Lawless
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
This book makes for a delightful afternoon read. It has a steady pace and a the author has a writing style that allows the reader to flow with the story without a lot of starts and stops. I have to assume the author either attended law school or did a really good job of researching the ins and outs of a students daily life unlike some authors I have read. The character's are developed enough to attach the readers emotions. There are a couple of timing issues I have with the story but overall it ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given this book through New Adult Book Club on Goodreads and the author for an honest review.

This book was a sort of ugly duckling romance. I loved that she is able to see past his ugly duckling issues and see into his soul. Although I will not give the end away, all I can say is that is so awesome. Not only is she able to "see him" but he helps heal her. I did expect her ex to be a little more prominent in the book because it seemed to lead me there based on what she says at some times, b
Nicole Ortiz
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC for an honest review. This is the first book I read from this author and I loved it. It grabbed my attention right away I enjoyed reading Liv and Nicholas go from friends to lovers. Well written with a few twists. The flow of the story was good and the ending was phenomenal. Looking forward to the follow up.
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received a free eBook copy for honest review. A young girl attending law school has a trust issue with men after the break up of her engagement. In walks the scruffy law student that "could live under a bridge". The two become " friends". Everyone sees what is going on except her. A tale of trust, friendship & love. Well written with a few twists. ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Warning: do not read this book on an empty stomach! I feel like I gained 10lbs from reading this novel. The MC's constant narration about what she was eating, and how much, made me feel like my own waist was expanding.

Truth be told, it was the food references that kept my attention 60% in and persuaded me to finish the book. Each chapter held a new mystery; I couldn't wait to find out what type of seafood dish she was going to consume next!

But 60% in, I'd lost all interest in the story, primari
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
» Review can also be found on Orchids & Amethysts.

Title: Altered
Author: Kelly Cain
Rating: 3.5/5

Thanks to NetGalley and Penner Publishing for letting me receive a digital copy of this book before its official release.

In the beginning, Olivia escapes her relationship with Kye, who's a real pain in the ass. He's still hung up on his ex-girlfriend, who Olivia thinks he's also seeing again. In truth, his ex-girlfriend is engaged to someone else, but the story leaves it quite open if she calls off tha
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-review
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**ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review**

*5/5 stars*

As always happens when you read something in a foreign language, at first I had a bit of trouble following the track of this story, and the fact that it seemed a little long and the beginning wasn’t very attractive, apparently didn’t help it, but then I could
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads/First Reads
Shelves: ya, romance
"Altered" a captivating young adult romance which I won through Goodreads /First Reads begins when Olivia (Liv) Nicholas becomes friends with highly intelligent but geeky Nicholas Sheenan a nineteen year old who attends classes with her at law school in Houston Texas. Attracted to Nicholas who saved her from embarrassment at school twice she refuses to pursue her growing feelings because of their age difference, and her fear of rebounding into an affair after being betrayed by her fiancée. Yet a ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult


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Surprisingly I enjoyed this story. Liv, (short for Olivia) a 23 year old college student, is living in Houston attending Law School. She is living in a townhouse with her friend. We first meet Liv while she is engaged to a man named Kye. They have dated for a while, but she is having apprehensions regarding their relationship. She addresses them, and many problems come to the surface. From that point Liv dives herself more fully into her studies. She n
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I had to force myself to put this book down at 2am last night and get some freakin' sleep, and then today I read it every chance I got, from long red lights to waiting in line at Chipotle. (Thank goodness for the Kindle app so I can read everywhere I go!) So I guess I liked it!

Not going to lie though, there were moments I got so frustrated with Liv (the MC) that I wanted to scream. She makes the stupidest decisions for the stupidest reasons. But honestly, I've come to expect that from the
Jenna Harte
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not normally a NA reader, mostly because I keep forgetting the characters are in their early 20s and do things that annoy me. But I've been working on expanding my horizons and when Kelly offered me an advanced copy of the book, I wanted to give it read.

Liv is an interesting character, but like most of the books I read, it's the romantic male lead that I'm drawn to. In most books, they're handsome, in your face alpha males. Interestingly enough, Nicolas isn't any of that, at least not initi
Peta Benjamin
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult, romance, drama
Not my usual reading genre but very enjoyable.
Olivia first meets Nicholas in one of her Law Classes. He is long haired, scruffy bearded, unkempt and very young. Olivia puts him around 16 and realises he must be incredibly smart to be attending College at this young age but there is one thing more, she is attracted to him, only as a friend, or so she tells herself.

She strikes up a friendship with him and encourages him to join her study group, after all, being so smart she figures he can add som
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ARC kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. The beginning was abit slow, but once it pulled me in, it kept my interest throughout. I liked Olivia. I really liked her in the beginning when she befriends Nicholas and pulls him out of his shell. I also loved that she didn't want to change his looks in any part. She accepted him for him. Nicholas is amazing. Seriously, I would not change a single thing about him. Perfect! I'll
Jim Cangany
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Altered is the New Adult novel by debut Kelly Cain and it does not disappoint. Featuring a unique combination of hero and heroine, Cain tackles issues like trust, abuse, and acceptance in this multi-cultural tale. Twenty-three year old Liv is in her first year of law school and recovering from being dumped by her fiance when she meets Nicholas. In addition to being five years younger than Liv, Nicholas looks like he barely has two dimes to rub together.
Intrigued by how Nicholas ended up in law
Angeline Yapnata
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I receive this book in exchange for an honest review

If you are into a romance book, you can pick this up. Personally I give this book four star because I found it quite unusual. This is just my personal opinions and what I found during reading this book. The unusual part of the book will be in spoiler below so if you don't want to be spoil please read the book first.
There are some cute romantic and humor side of the stories but there are also some down time between characters and there
Montra Rogers
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I prepared myself for this read! I wanted to lounge with it over the holiday for this is the kind of book that you pair with pajamas, a class of your favorite wine, and a quiet house. I was entertained. I particularly appreciated the setting--the familiarity of places assisted with being able to visualize the story more. The main character frustrated me; Liv was indeed flawed but a good story would not be a good story without flawed characters. The read left me wanting to know more about the sup ...more
Catherine Coffman
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liv is very busy law student. In the beginning I wondered why Kye and Liv were getting married from the very beginning he was portrayed as a lying self centered man. Nicolas and Liv are in many classes together in school. Nicolas is shy and doesn't talk to anyone but he's very smart. Liv starts out as friends with Nicolas trying to bring him out of his shell. Nicolas hides behind his beard, unkept hair and baggy clothes. He's not the typical alpha male that you read about in most books. I have t ...more
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Kelly Cain is a native Northern Californian but has spent the last couple of decades in Texas, currently residing in the live music capital of the world, Austin. Consequently, most of her books are set somewhere between those two locations.

Kelly writes multicultural romance with determined women directing their own fates, and the swoon-worthy men who adore them. She loves reading most genres but p

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