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Courage. Loyalty. Selflessness.

These are just some of the traits that made me a Marine, yet I ditched every single one of them the day I set foot back on American soil. I wasn’t brave. I was a coward, a disappointment, a … killer. Unable to face my family and friends, I did what any person in my state of despair would do and left town, allowing the darkness building within
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ebook, 94 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Smashwords Edition
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Suze Lavender
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cole left everyone he loved behind four years ago. He was in a bad place and needed to be on his own. After a long period of silence he's finally back in Jenna's life. Cole always dreamed of being with Jenna, but he never had the chance. To his surprise she's single and it appears she sees him as more than just her best friend's brother and the boy she grew up with, which is more than he could have ever hoped for.

Cole left when Jenna went through a difficult time and needed him, but she understa
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Dawn West
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, romance

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.**

A quick and steamy read!



Jenna is staying at a friend's lake house, temporarily, and hoping to get a bit of alone time. But when she hears someone entering the house in the middle of the night, a panicked Jenna picks up the closest thing she can to defend herself: a teapot. Unfortunately, her efforts are useless. But fortunately, the intruder isn't really an intruder, at all. He's her friends' brother.

Cole
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Stacey
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel is truly beautiful full of so many emotions I loved every second. Kimberly has written a wonderful romantic and it covers a very touching subject pstd which was done very well you could really feel the pain coming from the pages.
Cole has been gone for four years has finally returned after leaving everything and everyone behind but he had to he was in the right place and he felt suffocated and was scared of who he was becoming. When he gets to his families lake house the last thing he
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Sue
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What’s Left of Me
Author Kimberly Lewis
5 Stars

Because Jenna’s apartment was firs damaged she is staying at a lakeside house that was owned by her friend Emma’s parents. Settling into bed she heard a noise outside and the sound of someone trying to get in the house. Creeping out the kitchen with her back to the wall she grabbed a metal teapot and raised it to hit whoever it was coming inside. Watching his shadow she enter the house she aimed the tea pot for what she was hoping was the head but go
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Bobbi Wagner
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
What's Left of Me by Kimberly Lewis is a story about loyalty, selflessness and courage. This story has excitement, sadness and romance. This story will show you what happens when two past friends reconnect and find more then just friendship. Find out what will happen when with these two friends, will they find love?

Cole is a Marine that has come home and has not been able to face his family or friends. The darkness that he has allowed in his life has consumed him. Leaving town was the only thing
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Shelley
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What's Left of Me by Kimberly Lewis tells the story of two friends who reunite after years apart. Jenna and Cole’s families have always been close. Jenna and Cole’s sister were best friends. Cole was best friends with Jenna’s brother. Their parents were like second parents to each other.

Then, Cole and Jenna’s brother Adam went to war as Marines. Nobody came home the same, those that were lucky enough to make it home alive. Cole came home but felt that he had to leave! He couldn’t fit right back
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Maura
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
What’s Left of Me – A Novella – Kimberly Lewis – 4 Stars
**This novella is a standalone, HEA, with mature themes and sexual situations**
I have read Kimberly Lewis’s Series “The McKades of Texas” and was familiar with her writing before going into this “blind date book”. This novella did not disappoint and held up to the standards of her writing that I am used to.
This is the story of Jenna and Cole and their quick love affair after years of growing up together and being separated by time and circu
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Angelina Frazzini
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
What's Left of Me by Kimberly Lewis is a quick, intense read. Jenna gets a big surprise when she sees Cole again after he's been gone for years. She also realizes that she has feelings for him that go beyond friendship. Jenna doesn't understand why he left for so long but she's hoping that now that he's back he might be able to explain it.

"These new feelings I have for Cole are hardly that way, but they make me nervous—not that anything bad is going to happen, but that something more could happ
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Angela
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

What’s Left of Me is a very moving, delightful and steamy novella by Kimberly Lewis.
Cole Sullivan joined the marines and was deployed overseas. When he returns home he is shattered- haunted by what he had witnessed and endured while stationed in a war zone. He has trouble settling back into his old life, wracked with nightmares and flashbacks that terrorise his nights and haunt his days; he can’t face his family or friends- he feels like such a huge disappointment and guilty for everythin
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Lynn Jones
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whats left of Me
By; Kimberly Lewis
5 Stars
Old friends, that is all we were and all we are. God help me if she really knew how I felt, how I have felt everyday since I was seventeen but was too stupid to take my chance when I had it. My feelings for Jenna have never faltered, she is my saving grace. I owe her more than I will ever be able to give her, but if she will take it, she can have what is left of Me.
Jenna and Cole have known each other for years. she is his sister's best friend and Cole ha
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Laura Furuta
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What's Left of Me: A Novella
By: Kimberly Lewis
5 out of 5 stars

The story What's Left of Me: A Novella by Kimberly Lewis is a military romance novella. Courage, loyalty, selflessness, all three of these made Cole a marine. Unable to face his family and friends when he returned to American soil he left town and allowed the darkness building inside him to consume him. Four years have passed and though the memories of what can’t be changed still haunt him, the thoughts of what he can haunt him more.
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Katie
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 star review
Oh I loved this book! What’s Left of Me is an emotional novella by Kimberly Lewis. There were some real emotional points throughout the story and I just completely loved it. I fell in love with the characters and the storyline. This is the first book that I have read by this author and it will not be the last, I could feel the emotion that the author put into the book and I was captivated by it from the start. There were certainly more than a few occasions where I had to wipe away t
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Donna Parrott
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jenna just wanted some alone time at a friend's lake house. When she hears someone breaking and entering she does what any woman would do and pick up the closest thing ready to protect herself. Fortunately the intruder isn't a bad guy or means her harm, its her friends brother.
Cole didn't know what to think when he is surprised to Jenna at his family's lake house. It was suppose to be empty so he is a little worried. After leaving to escape his tragic past he is back but didn't tell his family
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Sarahe32
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
What’s Left of Me is a novella written by Kimberly Lewis.

Cole Sullivan had run away from home after returning from war. Thinking he was nothing more than a worthless, selfish killer. During war, he lost his best friend, and lost a large part of himself in the process, he blamed himself, he was meant to be covering his friend, and he let him down. After 4 years, away from home, he has returned. Walking through his parent’s summer house front door thinking he would be alone, he has the shock of hi
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Tracy Wilkin
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cole and Jenna’s story begins when they meet again after not seeing each other for years. The attraction is instant and palpable. Both fight the intensity of these incredible feelings, but they are only delaying the inevitable.

Distance has done nothing to lessen the intensity of their feelings. A familiarity and sense of comfort is felt between them both. Cole’s character just shined for me. He was honourable, loyal and his strength and wicked sense of humour were totally endearing. Jenna could
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Stacie Catoe
What's Left of Me by Kimberly Lewis



I definitely loved this book.  It had me in the first few pages.  The story flowed smoothly throughout the book.  It was sad at times and made me feel heartbreak for Cole when it told of how he was suffering from his time in the war overseas.

Jenna was portrayed as a strong woman who loved deeply and was very compassionate about Cole's need for help in healing.  I loved how she didn't take any crap from him towards the end even though her heart was breaking for
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Melissa Schaub
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars ****

What’s Left of Me is a novella by Kimberly Lewis about what happens when the loss and tragedy of war become to much for a man to handle and the woman that brings him back to the land of the living.
Cole served his time with the Marines and lost so much more than he expected, but one of the last promises that he made to his best friend Adam was to watch over his sister Jenna. This is the one thing that he would never have to be asked to do because he has loved her for to many years to
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Elizabeth Horbaczek
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was given to me for an honest review.

3 stars

I have to say this is a very quick read. Being a fast pace book, it was really good. I liked the whole thing with Cole being gone for 4 years to come back and find Jenna at his parents lake house was nice. I really like these types of stories, the ones that got away. It's nice to see that you can have second chance to make the right choice. Cole was in the Marines and something happened to make him up and leave after he got back. He has been
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Heather
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
What’s Left of Me is written by author Kimberly Lewis. This is a story filled with heart ache and despair at it’s core. Cole was a Marine, he was courageous, loyal and selfless… yet he was no longer a part of that. When he returned, he couldn’t face his family, his friends, anyone. He chose to run. To run far away, looking for something, some type of redemption or salvation. Four years later, he returns home as he cannot get the memories out of his mind, the possibility of hope. Cole has had fee ...more
Kelli
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: What's Left of Me
Author: Kimberly Lewis
FIVE STARS
What's Left of Me by Kimberly Lewis is a novella about PTSD and coping with the loss of your best friend while in the military.
Jenna is staying at her best friend Emma's familys lake house for the summer while her apartment is being rebuilt due to a recent fire. Being a teacher she has the summer off so she has just been laying around soaking up the sun and reading, enjoying the tranquility of it all.

Late one night Jenna hears an in
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Elizabeth
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
What's Left of Me by Kimberly Lewis is the story of lifelong friends turning into something more. It was an enjoyable book, and kept me entertained. I would like to read other books by Lewis, as I enjoyed her writing style. The characters have authentic, likeable personalities, and there was a slight history given, without going overboard. It was a sweet story about love and second chances, and I enjoyed reading it. I give this book a 4 star review, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys love, ...more
Pam Snell
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I loved this book it was a great story about friends and siblings. Jenna is staying at her friend Emma family cabin that belongs to Emma’s parents. Her apartment is getting repairs done due to a fire and didn’t have a place to stay so Emma told her to go there. She is loving her freedom and likes to lay out in the sun and read books all day and not worry about anything.
Cole has been at war with his friends and also lost someone close to him. He does not know what to do with himself
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Cathy
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
"What's Left of Me" by Kimberly Lewis. This tells the tale of two old friends that discover they have the sparks and chemistry that just might meant true love! Jenna and Cole have known each other forever. She's his sister's best friend and he's been in love with her for a very long time, although she doesn't have a clue. Cole is carrying around some really heavy baggage. My heart hurt for him and for the heaviness he feels in his heart. Jenna, depsite having gone through some hard times as well ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Forgiveness, so easy and yet so hard….
Jenna and Cole meet up after years of silence between them. Cole is back and running into each other opened the door to all the old hurts but also the opportunity to figure out what happened and maybe, just maybe, find their way back to each other…
There was a lot of ground to cover in a short period of time which may have contributed to the superficial feel of the earlier parts to the book. I wanted to feel the pain and angst I know they felt, it was so clos
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Morgan
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What's Left Of Me by Kimberly Lewis is a novella, but don't let that fool you. This story is jammed pack with so many emotions, it was easy to get lost in this story and feel as though you know the characters personally. Such a great read! 5 stars!!

Cole is a Marine who is heading back home after disappearing four years ago, he's trying to deal with everything that has happened while he was away. He needs to escape reality for a bit, so he heads up to his parents cabin, he never expected Jenna t
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Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What's Left of Me by Kimberly Lewis
5 stars

I really enjoyed this book for so many reasons. For such a quick read it covered many emotions. Heartbreak, loyalty, struggles, forgiveness, self doubt, recovery, guilt, love and friendship. This book touches on struggles after serving in the military, addictions, promises made, self growth and hope.

Jenna~
“I can’t get involved with Cole. I feel like I barely know who he is anymore. Sure he’s still the same Cole I remember, but he’s changed, he’s… distan
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Shannon
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
What’s Left of Me is a sweet but tough love story. Cole and Jenna must move away from just being friends when they both realize what they truly feel for the other. They have been friends for quite some time and the sexual tension has apparently grown over the years. Lewis certainly has written it that way in the very first chapter.
Cole is a soldier facing much guilt about his time in the military, the things he saw there and the lives he couldn’t save. He doesn’t believe he has anything left to
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Sweet second chance at that one love you cannot forget not matter time and distance. Cole returns home to find family, friends, and Jenna, but connecting back into the fold did not come without a test or two and a challenge thrown in for good measure. Just because you are ready to make things right again does not mean the past can be wiped away and all can pick up where it left off.

Jenna and Cole has a few things that needed to be cleared
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Jenni Bishop
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cole has been running from his past for four years because he can’t forgive himself. Returning to his parent lake house, to get himself together before seeing any one is his plan. No one knows he is back in town.

Jenna hears something outside the house and panics. After creeping through the house and hiding the front door opens and she comes face to face with her intruder. Both are just as surprised as the other to find out who they are faced with.

Now, here he is standing in front of the one pe
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Jackie pinhorn
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG! wow! Love this short story, I was sucked in right from the beginning a real page turner.

Cole upped and left everyone for 4 years after coming home from the Marine's. Cole blamed himself for the death of his best friend which is also Jenna's brother. Cole has always had feelings for Jenna but couldn't face her because of her brother Adam.

Jenna's flats was caught on fire accidently by her neighbour, so Jenna was staying at her best friends and Coles parents lake house. One night Jenna heard s
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Kimberly Lewis is the bestselling author of sweet, sexy contemporary romances filled with heart and humor. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Having caught the creative bug at an early age, Kimberly fully embraced her active imagination and grew up with a fondness for reading, drawing, and crafting stories. She eventually veered away from the art world to explore other career
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“I'll always be here, Cole. You have me. All of me. My body. My heart. It's all yours for the taking.” Tangling my fingers in his hair, I pull his face to mine and let our heated breath mingle. “So take it.” 1 likes
“Her smile steals my breath, and there is no doubt in my mind that this will forever be one of those images burned in my brain. I’m staring, but I can’t help it, and—honestly?—I don’t care. I’ve missed seeing her pretty face and smile that warms me to the core … and her laugh, her personality, even that dorky dance move she does when she gets excited after winning at something. Hell, I’ve missed all of her. But she doesn’t know that, and she also doesn’t know how just the thought of her right before I fall to sleep usually keeps the nightmares at bay.” 0 likes
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