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4.52  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  55 reviews
When Kathryn James was a little girl she wished for true love in the fairy dust that resides in each ray of light. Now as an adult, she only finds pain and neglect from the ones who are supposed to love her.
After she escapes a two year long torture, she proceeds cross country to start a new life. She attempts a life without fear, a life without pain, and possibly a life wi
Published March 7th 2017 by Shaan Ranae
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Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story had me hooked from the beginning. It's about a beautiful woman call Katey who catches the eye of a sadistic and cruel man called Michael. Forced to go on the run or die, Katey enlists the support of her friend (I won't spoil it but how she does this is genius!) and off she goes on a road trip across America in search of her salvation.
I loved the descriptions of the places that she stops at, the people she meets and the lessons she learns.
As she fleas she meets the gorgeous and chari
Bella Emy
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Just Lived by author, Shaan Ranae! It was a sweet story with quite a few funny moments in it. It's a story about moving forward in life and breaking through obstacles. The characters were all likable and relatable. It was creatively weaved together, making me want to keep turning the pages. I throughly enjoyed it and look forward to more work by Ms. Ranae. ...more
Sonja Netkovska
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
I absolutely enjoyed this book!!! I loved the story and characters in the book. I was laughing and crying through the story. This is my first book by Shaan Ranae and I know it won't be the last.
I highly recommend this book!!!
I got this book from the author for my honest review.
Colleen Hurley Jozwiak
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
absolutely loved it!
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Just Live was about Katey's character beginning a new life. Interwoven in the story in italics were past moments that explained Katey's life and the circumstances that led to her new life. Within the italics was a story about Kathryn's life with Micheal. The story focused on the two years with Michael with limited dialogue only focusing on the abuse.
The author depicted an abusive relationship between Michael and Kathryn. Kathryn endured both physical and emotional abuse from the beginning of th
Elsa Carrion
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Stars: 3
Chapters: 39 chapters & Epilogue
Length: 266 pgs.
Tense of Story: First person
Genera: New Adult Contemporary

The premises was a good one. But I needed a little more about the other parts in her life. It felt like I was thrown in the middle of something. The story begins where she is trying to get away from her husband. I would have liked to maybe read a little about her life with Michael instead of flash backs. I also would have like to have known Sylvie a little more since she w
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Received from the author for a honest review. Imagine the night before your wedding. Imagine if all you are thinking about is the next day and the freedom you will have. Katheryn is looking to the future and with the help from her friend Slyvia, Katherine will get her future and a chance to "Just Live".
A nice read about a girl needing to get away and start a new life only to not trust the one she finds.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-books
One of my favorite Goodreads wins! I loved this book....everyone deserves to just live! Great beach read,bed/couch,or anywhere!
Carrie Berkani
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Wysteria Wilde
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing read!

You will not be disappointed as you get to know Katey and Jaz and follow their journey as they maneuver every obstacle that meets them along the way. I read the first half of the book in a day and finished the second half in a day. I didn't want the story to end - but the way it ended was very emotional - happy, sad, hopeful - this book had it all. The title of the book is JUST LIVE - but it could just as well could have been JUST LOVE! Kudos to Shaan Ranae for another awesome bo
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just Live by Shaan Ranae is about a young woman struggling to free herself of the destruction her life has become.
Kathryn aka Katey and her best friend put a dangerous plan together to get her free and hopefully forgotten by the law and the man who wants to own her. On the night, the plan fell into place she was free. Sylvie her best oldestie friend and stand in mom told her a phrase she never forgot and would say it to her
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. First I do want to say I loved the Midwestern slang and familiarity. Katey is on her way to a new life and a new beginning. Katey was a nurse in her old life and has an adventure when she picks up hitch-hiker Jaz, who is a jazz player.

Katey really took a chance on impulse and things went fast with her and Jaz. The night that changes their life, her old life comes back to haunt her and she runs for the hills. Will Jaz find her again? You will
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just Live by Shaan Ranae is my first encounter with this writer and I have to admit, it left me in ruins … in emotional ruins. I finished the book couple of days ago and when I woke up this morning, it was still on my mind, it refuses to let me go … I have read already couple of other books since I finished it but my thoughts circle back to it …
It is an extremely emotional story of Kathryn James aka Katey, a journey filled with pain and suffering, a story that takes you to such extremes that you
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Just Live
Author: Shaan Ranae
Author Shaan Ranae has taken us into the life of Kathryn James in the book Just Live.
Kathryn is engaged to Michael and they are getting married tomorrow, or are they?
After years of being physically abused by Michael, Kathryn and her friend Sylvie have planned for Kathryn to make a get away. While on her way to a safe place Katey comes upon a hitchhiker what should she do?
Jasper, Jaz for short, is hitchhiking his way from Ohio to Vegas where he
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just Live by Shaan Ranae is the first book I have read by Shaan Ranae and I can definitely say that she has become one of my new favorite authors. She created a fabulous story with wonderful characters and an even better storyline. I am completely in love with Kathryn and Jaz! Complete 5 star read for me! (Honestly I would score it higher if I could!)

Kathryn James as always wished that she would find true love but now that she's an adult she's not so sure that true love exist. All she's seen is
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Just Live started out interesting and as a whole I thought it was good. There were some intense and jaw dropping scenes that kept my interest and had me emotional in the end. The characters made me laugh sometimes; they were cute together.

I was worried about Katy. I didn’t really feel her plan was the best; it had holes, but I did understand her need to just get out of there. I love the changes she made, no longer controlled but free, so she could truly leave her past behind and be herself. She
Kaitlynn Taylor
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just Live- Shaan Ranae

4 Stars Review

Just Live was a great book about finally letting go of your past and truly finding yourself. It was a very sweet story with humor and lots of love. There were some dark moments but in general it was full of new beginnings and happy moments

“We have our whole future ahead of us. Let’s leave the past where it belongs.”

This story follows Kathryn James, a young woman stuck in an abusive relationship with Michael, her fiancé. He is her own personal devil, and she k
April Amey
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just Live by Shaan Ranae is the first book I have read by this author. Please be warned that it does contain adult content and graphic violence.
Kathryn James AKA Katey has been in an abusive relationship for the last two years. Her fiancé, Michael, says the only way she is leaving is by death. So what does Katey do? With the help of a good friend, she makes Michael think she is dead so that she can escape his violence and her current life. This leads her on a cross country road trip where she c
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
‘Just Live’ is the first book I have read by Shaan Ranae and was quite intrigued to read it after reading the blurb. This for me was a good read that I would give 3.5 stars.

Kathryn is in desperate need of a new start and an escape from her current abusive relationship with Michael. Once she has managed to get away she ventures on a road trip across America. This is a tale of new beginnings and starting over. Each new place allows the character to build as a person and when she meets someone who
Bobbi Wagner
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just Live by Shaan Ranae is a story about leaving a past behind and starting your life over again. This story is full of excitement, romance and a variety of emotions. This author has created characters that you will be able to relate too and how they relate to each other is amazing. These characters will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride that you will want to get on. This story will pull at your heart strings in parts and make you belly laugh in other parts. Find out what happens whe ...more
Jenni Bishop
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kathryn James has always wanted the fairytale love and happiness that her Granny and Papaw had. But with the life she has she knew that fantasy doesn’t exist, love does not exist. The life Kathryn has is one of pain and abuse, from the one who should love her. Kathryn finally finds the courage, with the help of her best friend Sylvie, to start a new life a life without fear and pain. As she begins her journey she meets different people along the way but one will change her life and her fairytale ...more
Amanda Cornelissen
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC for my honest review. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book - it is different than a lot of other books that I typically read. The story starts off with the main character, Katey, escaping from a bad relationship. The story follows her journey as she deals with getting back on her feet. Along the way she meets, Jax, and as the reader you instantly fall in love with him. He has a lot of really great lines in the book. As you learn more about his character - you will be routing fo ...more
Katy Birch
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Katey and Jaz.

Katey was engaged to a controlling, violent physco. On the eve of her wedding, her angel gave her the means to escape his clutches, which she took eagerly. On her way to freedom, she came across a hitchhiker who changed her life for the better. Jaz, a musician is on his way to success in Las Vegas to pursue his dream.

They embark on their journey together. Their story is full of heartbreak and pain but they are kindred. There passion ignites the flames and their passion for one ano
Polly Barreto
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
**There are a few scenes of graphic violence**
This is my first book by Shaan Ranae, and I loved it.
Katey and Jaz are two people who can teach us all some lessons in having faith, having hope and believing in those “signs” that are right there in front of us. I just wished I had an Oldestie that pushed me and told me to “Just Live” after my husband cheated on me – what great advice. Not sure what to say about Hedy, but she has to be one of my favorite characters!
I would have given this book 5 sta
Chandra Fry
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I have to say that I was back and forth with this book. The main character starts out in an abusive relationship, has a friend who helps her get out of it in a very unique way, then the main character decides to live impulsively due to the fact that she felt her true self had been stifled by the abusive relationship. This is a story of redemption, freedom, and love at first light. The main character had me shaking my head at her most of the time but there were times where it just hit home! It hi ...more
Christina  Fender
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just Live is the story of Katey. We meet Katey on the eve of her wedding rehearsal to Michael. Michael is not a nice person at all. He is a cheat, a liar, and physically and mentally abuses Katey.

We next meet Katey on the road with no destination and no plan other than getting away to try to start over. She meets an array of characters on her journey. Jaz is one of the first people she meets. Can Jaz convince her that she is his everything rather than nothing? And can Katey learn to trust anyon
Suzanne Giorgione
A fantastic emotional rollercoaster!!

I laughed, smiled and cried throughout much of this book. It is so full of wonderful characters and a storyline that grabs a hold of your heart! Abuse, both mental and physical is a horrible thing and Shaan Ranae really did a fantastic job creating the characters portraying the abuser and the abused. I felt so many emotions while reading this book and I am so very glad I purchased it. Jaz & Katy feel like friends now. Reading about them making a fresh start,
Misty Ziegler
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*****5 STARS*****
Just Live by Shaan Ranae

I loved this book so much. 5 stars for sure. This story melted my heart, had me crying happy and sad tears, and also had me experiencing moments of frustration. Books that can suck me into the story and have me riding a rollercoaster of emotions are exactly what makes for a 5 star book in my opinion.

This story follows Kathryn, as she makes a huge decision in order move beyond a miserable existence, with the help, love, guidance, and support of her frien
Stacie Catoe
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just Live by Shaan Ranae

Just Live is a wonderful 5 star read!  A non stop page turner but I didn't want it to end type of story.  Kathryn James was a nurse who was engaged to be married.  It became clear very fast what type of man her fiance, Michael, was.  Katheryn did not have many friends anymore but her one bestest friend Sylvie.  She considered Sylvie her oldestie because of her age.  Sylvie was the woman who moved mountains for Kathryn and comes back in the end in a dramatic way.

Kathryn kn
Meg Tyrrell
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just Live
Shaan Ranae

Just Live by Shaan Ranae is the first book I’ve read by Shaan Ranae. If you have triggers for violence please be aware there are situations as such in this book.

Shaan Ranae takes you on a journey through Katey’s POV. You travel with her along her way to find herself again. She has to remember who she is, and how to live again. We go through her current life and what she’s overcoming, as well as flashbacks of her life before. This story has some surprises along with happiness
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