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A Thousand Reasons

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  78 reviews
My life is like a coin.
There are two sides.

On one side, I am Leela Walsh: daughter, sister, employee at three minimum-wage jobs.
I cook. Do laundry. Contribute to the debt my family is sinking in.

On the second side, I am Leela Walsh: Straight-A student, top graduate of my class, med student.
No one knows of my brother’s sordid past. My sister’s poor decisions. Or that I’m th
ebook, 293 pages
Published June 21st 2018 (first published 2018)
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✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

I decided to put my whole review in a spoiler thingy. I don't want to spoil future readers and I don't want to scare away too many people. So please don't read it if you're easily offended. Or easily spoiled. Or a mega-lover of this author. Or maybe even if you're the author herself. ☺ Maybe you should only read my review if you've read the book already and didn't like it! ♥

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I'm going to have to un-rate this one, for me it was all over the place, it didn't make a hell of a lot of sense, characters were popping up all over the place that had not had a previous appearance at all in the book, so to keep up was beyond a challenge, to learn that they were carry over characters wasn't really fair on a first time reader when there is no mention of that whatsoever.
I think ones that have read this authors previous books will enjoy this over a first time reader. Sorry it jus
Jun 21, 2018 marked it as never-finished
Shelves: dnf
DNF. I LOVE the cover and have loved other books by this authors but I just couldn’t get into this one. I didn’t connect and just didn’t feel the desire to pick it back up after stopping. Maybe when my mood changes I’ll come back to it.

Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ugh. Unfortunately, the cover was the best thing about 'A Thousand Reasons'.

This one is marketed as a standalone, but it's really a spin off of a previous series. The characters that are introduced during Wes' POV are going to most likely leave any reader confused, if they have not read the 'Becoming His' series. There's very little background given on them and they are all introduced at once, making it confusing. I felt like this one could have had a bigger impact had it been told from only Le
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Oh man. I really wanted this to be a 4 or 5 star for me. I did a beta read on this one and the author completely wiped most of the original book out and rewrote everything. I was excited for the changes and for most of the book they worked but then we got to the last 3-4 chapters and I felt it was a bit rushed and not really wrapped up. I don't normally need an epilogue but I think this one needed it. I needed to see maybe a few years down the road for these two. Did Wes finally decided what kin ...more

A Thousand Reasons is a light, easy, sweet college romance. I really liked the fact that it wasn’t your typical angsty New Adult story. Leela and Wes are complete opposites and you’d think that would be cause for a lot of drama and trouble between them, but thankfully it wasn’t! It was nice change of pace to see a couple communicate. Leela is a hard worker, determined, and hasn’t had the easiest life. Wes was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but you wouldn’t know it- he’s
Vanessa (nessreads)
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
*I received an advanced copy of this book and am choosing to review it*

3.5 Stars

A Thousand Reasons is a sweet love story about two people from completely different worlds.

Leela has had to grow up sooner than expected. Having to have to work multiple jobs to help out her parents. But all that work has paid off and has helped her in reaching her dream of becoming a doctor. She's in her second year of med school, and in one of her classes is where she meets Wes. And thus begins a whirlwind of even
Jun 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-feelin-it
Reading the blurb I wanted to get my hands on this book very very fast.
And now I'm very conflicted how to rate it and not to rant about it too much.

Spoilers and rant ahead... Be warned...

-I don't feel the love between hero and heroine at all
-characters are 24 but act like 12
-the story was all over the place for example in one chapter her parents don't except her dating some rich guy and she freezes him doesn't talk to him and in the next they are meeting with said patents and joking basically
K.  Ramjohn
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A Thousands Reasons is a story about two people from different sides of life. While Wes had money Leela had to work hard for everything she got and in her mind that was reason for them not to be together. I loved the group of friends in the story. Their dynamics played of well and they had me entertained. I liked Wes alot, Leela not as much and I could not feel the chemistry between them. The story was a bit confusing for me at times and I had to go back and reread some parts and the ending was ...more
Diary Of Book Fiend
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Bummed. The Becoming His series was a really good series and this was just all over the place. I didn't feel any chemistry between Leela and Wes. The money thing was annoying and then at 93% he feels he has a possible addiction to his pills...but they love each other and they will get through it.
I wanted to love this book but unfortunately it just wasn't for me.
Jenny B
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a good book. It felt like reading a John Hughes film script in parts with the discovering of who you are and how to fit in. The struggles for the characters were well written and I really enjoyed reading their story. I would have liked to known a little more about Wes and his family background (even though he was the perfect H) and while there was enough information there for some reason I wanted a tad more. Actually -- I am greedy and want more on everyone -- haha.

The author did
Stormi (Bewitched Reader)
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Thousand Reasons is a fresh and lovely story about overcoming life's challenges and learning not to judge others. These characters are a few of my favorites. I could see so much of myself in Leela and Wes is such an honorable and good guy that there wasn't a chance of me not loving them! Even the minor characters were completely lovable. Jamal, Max, Ace, and the rest of Wes and Leela's friends were all characters I would love to see get their own books. Plus, I would love to see more beautiful ...more
Boundless Book Reviews
Leela has a thousand reasons why she and Wes shouldn’t be together. But none of those reasons matter. They both come from different parts of town. She’s only known what has been taught, about people who have more than her. Her family makes assumptions on how people with more money are a certain way. I liked Leela and Wes together, Leela grows as a character throughout the story. Wes is a cool guy, and nothing seems to bother him about Leela’s concerns. He’s ready to jump in and go after what he ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m going to start off with - WOW I really love the cover of this book.

The story itself, for me, was just ok.

I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but I never really felt connected to Leela and Wes. I loved Wes so maybe it was just Leela I didn’t connect with and thus found it a bit difficult to feel fully invested in them. It got tiring and repetitive hearing her whine and complain about money and their differences in backgrounds, her being poor-him having money, her being judged by what she wo
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I received a free copy of this book from the author.

So there a woman named Leela who wants to be a doctor. She and a guy named Max are in school together and Max happens to introduce her to his friend and their classmate Wes. A Thousand Reasons chronicles the getting to know you part of Leela and Wes's relationship.

As the story goes these two are from different worlds. Leela does not come from a wealthy family nor does she live in the best neighborhood. She has helped both her parents with house
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
It seriously pains me to write low reviews on books with so much potential. I just felt like this story was all over the place in some areas and it was hard to focus on the story when every other paragraph was talking about Leela's financial situation. It felt rushed in some areas, and slow in others. I became very frustrated towards the end because I kept thinking there isn't enough time to hash this out. but BOOM it's done. I love Mariah and her work, but this one just wasn't for me.
Tish Cocktails & Fairytales
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like this book. I really found it easy to connect with the characters and the story flowed well and kept me interested the entire time. I would have liked some more of the story but I think that's just because I'm so greedy lol.

This book was given to me at my request and I provided this review voluntarily
Maija 'Dworak' Padelford
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The cover is as beautiful as the story. I’m a huge fan of MD and love the way she writes. I was super excited to read this one. Its a sweet love story about two people with different backgrounds that fall for each other. It started off a little slow for me, but soon I fell for Wes! Leela took me a little longer to like, but in the end I loved them both! If you’re looking for a good summer read this is it.
Jaime Seal
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! I loved Leela....I think we can all relate to her in some ways. She is working so hard to be overcome where she came from. She is drawn to Wes, but doesn't see them working out. How can they? They come from different worlds? They're too different and there are a thousand reasons why they can't work out. Wes doesn't see it that way and fights to show her differently. Sometimes just loving someone is enough to overcome differences and have a future with som ...more
Sara Koelsch
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first Mariah Dietz book. Back toward the end of May I received an email asking if I would be interested in “a new Contemporary Romance, standalone titled A Thousand Reasons, releasing on June 21st.” I was down. I’m always hoping to find new-to-me authors. What I don’t like is entering into a book thinking it’s a complete standalone when there are bushels of people that have clearly already had stories. I was bummed. I don’t like to start books mid-interconnected series. I know that wa ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2018
3.5 Stars
I really like this authors books but for some reason this one just didn’t do it for me. There were parts I really enjoyed and others where I wasn’t sure what was going on. I absolutely love the cover and the blurb for this book. For someone like me who hasn’t read the His series I was a little lost. There were many characters that I couldn’t figure out who they were. For those who have read this series will love this book. They will be able to follow along better than I was.

I can’t wai
Onnica (I Love Romantic Fiction blog)
Review is also here:

Book: A Thousand Reasons

Author: Mariah Dietz

Series: a standalone but I’d recommend reading the Becoming His series

Main characters: Leela Walsh – a struggling medical student, Wes McCleary – also a medical student, but with decidedly more advantages in life.

Plot: Leela Walsh has a lot on her plate. Not only does she have a demanding academic schedule; she also works three jobs, and has to contribute to the household bills and help her
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
A Thousand Reasons is a story about social class indifferences and acceptance. Two young people trying to make a difference in the world, yet lost in the background of their social standings.

I could totally relate to some of the problems that were encountered between Leela and Wes from a real world standpoint, but I do believe Leela's character took things beyond the norm and dwelled on the indifferences more than trying to get past them.

Although, I do feel like we still have a very big separati
A Thousand Reasons is a sweet, slow burn romance!

Wes and Leela come from entirely different worlds. He comes from wealth but absent parents, and she lives right at, if not sometimes, below the poverty level. However, for the most part her parents are supportive of her and her goal of becoming an ER doctor.

Wes is one of the good guys. He doesn’t make judgments about people, and he really wants to get to know Leela. Ironically, Leela appears to judge people based on their socioeconomic status bu
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I have been a fan of Mariah Dietz from the beginning of her career. I have enjoyed watching her grow and an author and storyteller.   The His series captivated me with their beautiful covers and kept me with the stories within.  Those books, have a few characters in A Thousand Reasons, so it was nice to see Max and Ace again. 

Now, onto A Thousand Reasons.  There were truly a thousand reasons as to why Leela and Wes shouldn't be together.  Different upbringings, different socio-economic lives, di
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books, arc
3.5 stars.

I enjoy this author's writing style since it flows easily and I fall into the story within the few first pages. I was very intrigued by this NA book about Wes and Leela as two med schools students, finding each other when neither was looking. And I was hopeful there would be the usual intrigue and angst that is subtle and yet very engaging when it comes to these author's words.

With very differing backgrounds, Wes and Leela shouldn't have happened. But it was fun watching as they dance
Nicole Reads
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
●▬▬▬▬ 3.5 STARS ▬▬▬▬▬●

There are a thousand reasons to love this story! (see what I did there?)

From the very first page I loved how easily connected I felt with the characters because of their issues and their real life problems. I think their struggles and personalities were genuine. I loved Wes, he is such a good character, charming his way to your heart since moment one.
That being said, I had a bit of an issue with Leela because for the most part I felt her personality was all over the place,
Brittany Alexander
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I don't really know where to start with this review. I almost didn't finish this book, but I made myself continue, hoping it'd get better, but it didn't.

There was no plot to this book. No direction. What are the characters working towards? There was a few small things, like her brother wanting to help out the family financially using drug money, but nothing ever came of that. Did the family take the deal? Then Luna, Leela's sister, was being bullied at school so she had to transfer. The biggest
Books Laid Bare
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the cover of this book and I wanted to love the story just as much but have to say that whilst I thought the story had pockets that were good, on the whole, I found it a little too disjointed and that pushed practically every OCD button I have.
I thought the direction wasn’t necessarily unclear as you might say, I just thought it was what I can only describe as cluttered in parts and vacant in others. I thought the bones of a great story were present, but it just didn’t seem to pan out.
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