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Life in Reverse

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  668 ratings  ·  89 reviews
A story about love, life, and second chances.


Ember Bennett was my beginning...but she was also the end.

She was my downfall.

And I never even saw her coming.

She didn’t burst into my life demanding to be noticed. Instead, she slipped in under my radar when I wasn’t looking. Caught me off guard.

I should have been paying better attention.

Because I found myself drawn
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Published March 21st 2016 (first published March 19th 2016)
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Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I swear, I felt this book in every part of my body. From my face, upon which the ache in my heart was etched, to my hands that couldn't swipe the pages fast enough, to my stomach that fluttered and roiled, down to my feet, which danced as I reached ever closer to 100%, I FELT Life in Reverse. And damn, how I loved it.

It was worth the late night tears, the whispered wishes for better and for more and for mistakes to be unmade. It was worth the new wrinkles I'm sure to be seeing on my brow, and t
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Family. Life. Love. Passion. Truth. Second Chances. Life In Reverse by Beth Michele encompasses every facet of what truly matters in life. This being the first book that I have read from this author, I was amazed with the raw beauty that Beth Michele was able to capture. She intricately layered this story with raw emotions and staggering beauty that readers like myself are overwhelmed with the author’s poetic and lyrical prose.

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Chris- Bookaddict
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Once again Beth has blown me away with her words. I absolutely loved every single thing about this story and these characters.

When Beth gives me a book I always drop whatever I am doing to dig into her words, and this one I jumped right into and without doubt she nailed it for me. I was in a slump and she pulled me out with Vance and Ember.

This is a story of friendship, loss, regret and love. The way Beth builds these characters up in friendship is awesome. One thing I have always loved a
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-top-reads
Once again, Beth proves to me why I love her books so much. This is without a doubt one of my top reads this year!!

Vance and where do I start? two broken people who couldn't stand each other at first, but gradually developed a friendship and more. These two made me cry because of what they were going through.

Poor heart broke for him and when you find out, you'll understand. Ember lost a piece of herself years ago when her family dealt with the unimaginable. Vance moves in
Kindle Crack Book Reviews Cheri
I need more tissues. Cried some big ugly tears the last 40% of this one. Review to follow.
4.5 - 5.0 stars!
Title: Life in Reverse
Author: Beth Michelle
Release Date: March 20, 2016
Standalone/No cliffhanger

This second chance romance packed an emotional punch. Vance and Ember’s story built up slowly as we got to know their fragile backgrounds and personalities. These perfectly imperfect characters had it all and lost it after a family secret was uncovered. When their worlds collide again can they
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm unsure what truly motivates any character to leave everything that they love aside from what the author shares with us and run,but since it is the engine that drives this novel one cannot do anything but float with the current.

Some reasons seem so trivial yet somehow warp the individual's entire sense of direction & like animals sensing danger they pick the easiest route out to escape.I understand it's akin to panic drowning when you tumble beneath a gigantic wave & it's pressing on your che
Anne OK
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
Vance and Ember's second chance at love begins with friendship when two brothers move into the neighborhood and meet twin sisters. Thing grow from there. They are both supportive of each other as they face different tragedies in their young lives. But life is interrupted by heartache and pain that drives them apart. It takes 3 years for them to reunite and that was my favorite part. It's sweet and touching and a bit angsty, too. Well written and captivating. I liked it a lot. The message of true ...more
Kelli Spear
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've had the pleasure of reading early copies of Beth Michele's last few books and each time have been delighted with the books. This time around, I was intrigued by the cover first.

The prologue grabbed me right away. I can't say much for spoiler purposes, but it kicked off my first round of questions. How did she get this way? Did he have something to do with it? And then chapter one came along and I was hooked.

I LOVE broken people finding romance, especially when it's together. And this time a
Judy Miracle
This book was beautiful. Full of friendship and family, love, loss, secrets, regret, & hope. I love how they start out as not really wanting to be friends but cant really deny they have a lot in common. This wasnt insta love or jumping right into a relationship with one another. It was built up slowly.

I loved Ember and Vance from the first time they met. if you are looking to follow a connection from friendship to more than this is definitly the book you are looking for. I cannot wait to see if
Hope~The Click Happy Clicker
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I dove into this book without reading the synopsis. I wanted to experience the whole thing for myself. Well, I kinda figured that I wouldn't be disappointed. And i wasn' all!
I fell in love with the characters immediately. Although, I did get frustrated with their blindness to the obvious. Lol. The story is full of 2nd....3rd chances. It's full of love & loss. It had a cast of colorful characters that you couldn't help but want to get to know as the story developed. This story reminds us t
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seriously? I've really always enjoyed Beth Michele's books. But this one? It blew her others out of the water. I didn't think it was possible, but apparently it was. It was a story that sucked me in from the first word and kept my attention all the way to the last word. There were so many emotions in this book... sorrow, longing, love and humor. Beth Michele took a story and made it feel like I was living this life and heartache alongside the characters using words. I feel like with this story e ...more
Rachel Elizabeth
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beth Michele, I Love you!!! This is actually the first book I've read by this amazing author! Her writing just hooks and captivates you from the beginning.
I laughed, blushed and when the inevitable plot twist happened cried like a baby.

How about that moment very close to the end? Big ugly tears. The beautiful kind.

I love an author who can bring her characters to life to the point that it makes me feel the emotions of the characters.

This was perfection, and I'm scrolling right after I finish t
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Life in Reverse was such an amazing read, i love all of Beth's books and was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this wonderful story. It was such an easy read, I loved the relationship between Vance and Ember and how they both had a difficult period in their life that was able to bring them together.
I can't wait to see and read what Beth has in store for us next.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book had be hooked from line one! I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down!
The author has An amazing way about writing what's in the characters heads!!
I loved it, and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next!!
Barb Johnson
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
What a beautiful, emotional story. I felt for each character and went along for the journey with them both.
Ember and Vance are both wonderful characters full of love and loyalty.
I loved this story. Beth did an amazing job with this story :)
Cheryl McIntyre
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of family and friendship, love and loss, growth and regret. More to come upon release.
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
A quick read with little angst but a ton of baggage. I liked the characters, I just didn’t love them.
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Melanie's Review
ARC provided for an honest review

Life In Reverse by Beth Michele is one heck of an emotional read. From the very beginning, she sets a sad tone to Vance and Ember’s story. Both dealing with life altering losses which changes their perception of life in general. We meet two very changed people; new versions of themselves that come about after tragic life events. This was what had me most intrigued about the book. I wanted to get to know the real Vance and Ember. I hoped that Beth
Preena ⭐
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
WOW! Just Wow. I don't have words to express how amazing this book is and of course every girl deserves a Vance. :) <3 ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know when it comes to books that Beth writes, I sometimes feel like a broken record or a song that is put on repeat.

Never did I think that standalones could hold such a huge place in my heart until Beth graced me several years ago with her story LOVE LOVE! In one book she can captivate anyone and at the end of it, leave you feeling satisfied, gitty, excited and happy!

Now, where do you start with this story!
Well, I must admit the ugly cry face definitely came out while reading lol
The questi
Melissa Jones
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
"4.5 Stars"

"I had no idea. I was walking blindly through my days. Never really seeing. Never really knowing. But along came you. Along came life. Along came life."

Life in Reverse was a slow buildup of sweet surprise wrapped up in the beautiful story of Vance Davenport and Ember Bennett. The anticipation began to build right from the start between these two young lively characters, the sparks that flew were undeniable, and I loved the gradual pace that was set as they shared little pieces of them
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
arc for an honest review

When I get a book by Beth, I am always excited, as I know that she will make me cry, laugh, smile and feel. This story is no different. It is a book about love and hate, loss and life . I don't want to spoil anything, as you will enjoy it if you go in blind, so the only thing I want to say is that you won't regret reading it. Two souls, one haunted by the past, one afraid of the future, will connect like two broken pieces that fit together. The hero and his girl are young
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I really liked this book. The characters were so normal and relatable. You have Ember, a girl that is going through life and trying to figure out how to live after a tragedy. Then you have Vance, a guy trying to deal with a tragedy and a very uncertain future. I liked that there was not an instalove with them. They didn't even really like each other in the beginning. Really and truly I liked all the characters in this book. You get to see so many emotions from all the characters.

Ember and Vance
CRlovebooks ❤️
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So in love with this book!
I fell in love with Amber and Vance. ❤️
I love books that make me think, feel and cry...
This story hooked me from the star and I love every minute.
The connection between Amber and Vance was amazing. You could feel the love they had for each other.
I loved how vulnerable Amber was in certain parts and so strong in others.
Vance my heart was aching for him, he was so lost, he didn't know who he truly was.
Vance is this amazing character who has so much to offer but the f
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Life in Reverse is an emotional, complicated, romantic AND family story that brings so many struggles to the heart and mind, while learning how to mend and heal. Vance and Ember are twenty-something new neighbors that are drawn to each other immediately, but due to their own histories and demons make sure to keep the other at a distance, until their attraction of heart, mind and body and spirit wins! Join Beth Michele and a slew of amazing supporting characters, as she takes you on a journey of ...more
Tracy Lundy-Munn
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book to read by the author for my honest review. Life in Reverse is a standalone book by Beth Michele. I am a huge sucker for a fabulous second chance romance and this book was exactly that. The storyline was spot on with depth and emotion. Loved the twists and turns that had me hooked from beginning to end. The characters were well developed with an undeniable love and connection between them. The chemistry between Vance & Ember blew me away!!! Loving this author and book and I ...more
wendy Shelton(obsessedbybooks)
* * ARC given on behalf of obsessed by books for an honest review * *

This is a great story about a friendship that goes through so much loss, love. I was happy, sad, hot. these characters are amazing. I loved how Beth allowed Vance and Ember story to grow it started out simple , then we seen how each one grew and how the feelings sparked then how a secret could tear them apart. I loved it.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Ember and Vance meet they disliked each other. He just moved to her neighborhood and was angry with his father. Ember has been dealing with a loss and her and her sister put off moving to NYC till the end of summer. The fireworks soon spark between them. Problems unfold ripping them apart and they both struggle. Wonderful story even thru some tears.
Had a real hard time putting this one down. Dealing with real life issues, very well written.
Great characters, and I'm really hoping for companion books to follow for some of them.
I believe this is my favorite book from Beth Michele.

Review to come when released.
Tina V
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!!!

I was completely captivated by this story and writing! I feel in love with these characters, I was on journey with them through their struggles, pain and love. Oh the feels!!! Such a truly beautiful story!
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Beth Michele is a bestselling author of M/F and M/M Contemporary Romance who writes sweet, funny, and sexy (sometimes dirty) stories with heart...and snark. She can often be spotted hiding out with her laptop or kindle somewhere quiet, preferably on a bench overlooking the ocean. Swedish Fish and Twizzlers are her jam, and she makes a mean hot chocolate every day of the year.

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