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Baby Girl

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He died that night, alone, in the rain, in the dark, the boy that called me baby girl.
I was only seventeen; we were going to be together forever.

On his way to pick me up for prom, he swerved. I'll never know what made him do it, what killed the boy I'd loved my whole life. With roses clutched in his hand, he bled out in icy wetness all alone.

His best friend is here thou
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Published January 29th 2018 by Sarian Royal
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Angela
2 "it was okay" Stars

An interesting story with loveable characters but it just didn't hit the mark with me for some reason. I struggled with Phoenix's cajun vernacular (I assume that's what it was) and as a result, I found myself skimming through parts of the story. That said, he was a sweet character and his bond with Embry had all the feels.

I did find all of the justifications for Embry and Pheonix to be together after Codrick's death a little difficult to fathom especially when you take into
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Lynda Dickson
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 18+
Shelves: new-adult
On the night of their senior prom, Embry’s fiancé Codrick dies in a car crash. But he’s not the only one who dies that day. Unable to cope with her grief, Embry runs away to college, vowing to never return, while best friend Phoenix buries himself in his memories, his work, and in cleaning up his father's mess. Just over a year later, Embry comes home to visit her father in hospital. She struggles with her growing feelings for Phoenix, while he tries to keep his love for her hidden. Can you have ...more
Paula  Phillips
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
When it comes to CM Stunich's books, I always feel in two boats. I either love hers or I struggle with them. Baby Girl was one that I struggled my way through. I think it was first the fact that she was called "Baby Girl" as I hate that nickname, it is one of my pet hates. It's like is she going to call the guy she is with Daddy ??. The book though does give you a massive OMG moment and instant emotional wave as the main female character is waiting on prom night with her best friend Phoenix and ...more
Jamie Ellis
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good reading...

It was a fast paced read. It had angst, hot sex and really good storyline. This is a lot different then her Rocker books for sure.
Thanks Jamie Nibarger Ellis
Brandy
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Freaking holy emotions Batman!!

I so totally cried!!
This freaking booked rocked my world.....
Bad*ss alpha Cajun hottie, misery, a runaway love, amazing female lead, and my oh my the sizzlin hotness.....
I couldn’t get enough and so didn’t want it to end!!!!
I absolutely LOVED this book!!!!
Jessica Robbins
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, own-kindle
For complete review check out my blog at https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs...
The Smutbrarians
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Panty Scorching - 4
Angst - 3
Tissues - 3
Storyline - 4.5
Value - 4.5
Overall - 4.5
Kindle eARC provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

Wow...what an emotional read this was for me. I honestly didn't think it would be, but I was a little emotionally drained for the first half but in a good way!

Codrick, Embry and Phoenix, the proverbial 3 peas in a pod. Best friends and even though Codrick and Embry are a couple its like the 3 of them are...that is how close and emotionally invested they all are in eac
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Vickie
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

Embry lost the love of her life at the age of just seventeen. Suddenly all the plans she made with him and their best friend Phoenix for their future don’t matter to her. Nothing matters anymore. She tumbled into a pit of darkness that she can’t escape so she does the only thing she can and runs. Moving to a different city should help glue the broken pieces of Embry together again but that’s not the case. Returning home a year later, she’s still the broken girl she was and there’s sti
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Karen
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun read with suspense and violence and set in the swamp of Louisiana.
Veronica LaRoche
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
CM is one of my all time favorite author that no matter what she writes I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will absolutely devour it. Baby Girl will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride that you will not want to get off of. I think everyone will fall in love with Phoenix Benoit, the sexiest Cajun you will ever meet. Embry & Phoenix’s loss is heartbreaking and reading them struggle, you can feel every emotion that the characters are going through. Beautifully written story of lo ...more
Lager & Lefse Book Blog
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: prelude

“WARNING: Don't open unless you're prepared to ugly cry, but also ready to read a story of hope and new love, a love that was there all along but patient enough to wait. This is a book about grief, about loss, but also about fresh starts and new beginnings. The ride is sad, a tumultuous twist of feelings that gets ugly at times ... but the ending is a happy one.”


So, yeah. This warning is what pulled me in, because I LOVE books with all the feels and I usually love her books. However, I can
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Jennifer G
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Embry, Codrick, and Phoenix; all part of one soul, all sharing one heart. Shattered on senior prom night when a wet road and a car accident stole Codrick's life destroying all three. Embry runs, technically she took off for New York, to college but she went alone. They were all supposed to go together but only the shell of Embry made it to New York. For over a year she's lived a half-life trying to survive in the world without the boy she loved her whole life. Now she's back in town to visit her ...more
Viktória Tóth
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this new story by C.M. Stunich. It was different from her usual books, not just because it’s not reverse harem, what she writes mostly lately but think it’ different from her earlier stories as well.

Baby girl is a fast paced, emotional and mostly raw romance, not as much teetering on the edge of taboos but still representing quite a few unconventional relationship elements. I think the warning in the beginning of the book is phased in an especially brilliant way. It sums up the
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Bobo's Book Bank
BABY GIRL is a new adult, contemporary standalone and probably my most favorite story by author C.M. Stunich so far. This book had me in it's clutch with the prologue alone...I was crying ten minutes in! (Thanks for the warning, Ms. Stunich!!)

Phoenix, Embry and Codrick were best friends since childhood. And although they all loved each other deeply, it was always supposed to be Codrick and Embry together. (This is NOT a love triangle, there's no cheating or menage situations!) When tragedy strik
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Urban Fantasy Fanatic
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Kate Avery
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read a few C.M. Stunich books before and usually know what I’m getting myself into but after the last book I tried, Elements Of Mischief, I was kind of worried that this was also going to be a bit of a disappointment. Thankfully I really didn’t need to worry because Baby Girl was back to the standard that I was looking for.

At the beginning of this book, there is a warning that you may cry ugly tears and I kind of scoffed and then, of course, ended up sobbing uncontrollably. It gets right
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Tricia Bartley (iScream Books)
Well this was my first book by CM Stunich and what a great introduction to her books...Dayumm, Y'all get ready for some feels while reading Baby Girl. I went in blind but right when I open the book, there is a disclaimer:

"WARNING: Don't open unless you're prepared to ugly cry, but also ready to read a story of hope and new love, a love that was there all along but patient enough to wait. This is a book about grief, about loss, but also about fresh starts and new beginnings. The ride is sad, a tu
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Jennifer Shiels
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Baby Girl was a really sweet but tragic story. This story's told through dueling points of view. Embry LeBlanc's life completely changes on the night of Prom. Her boyfriend Codrick dies in a car accident on the way to pick her up. Their best friend Phoenix is there with her. They are both heartbroken and destroyed. Embry can't handle anything and ends up running away to New York City to try to escape the pain. She returns home because her father had a minor heart attack.

Embry has always had Cod
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Kayla Pipkin
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All the feels!!

Embry and Phoenix face a horrible tragedy on the night of prom.
Driving into town, they find their best friend and Embry’s fiancé on the side of the road in an upside down vehicle.
Unable to face the pain being in their hometown causes, Embry packs her bags and heads to New York where she was accepted for college.
She doesn’t have plans to return, but her father is struck with a heart attack and she wants to be near him knowing how short life can be.
What she didn’t expect was to have
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Denise
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars*

Baby Girl is a story of love, grief, and forgiveness packed between bouts of action, mystery, and danger. Set in Louisiana, Pheonix and Embry have always considered themselves soulmates - of the best friend variety - until a tragedy forces them apart, and ultimately, a year later brings them together. Suddenly those "friendly" touches and teasing words don't feel so confined to the friend zone any longer. Before long, they find themselves wrapped up in some dangerous activities which
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BCD Book Review - Rachel & Jen
Amount of sex 2.5 / 5
How explicit 3 / 5
Story 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

Baby Girl is a standalone emotional romance from author C.M. Stunich.  I was immediately drawn into this exciting and unique story, which is set in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Ms. Stunich’s writing is so well done, that I felt like I was there with Phoenix and Embry.  I must tell you that Phoenix is one hot man and I ultimately fell for him.  I love his Cajun accent, and Ms. Stunich did a fabulous job of immersing me in everything!  I
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Rebecca
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want a book full of feels, this is it!!! A word of warning: you may cry. Alright, you probably will cry, as in I totally did.

From beginning to end, I really felt these characters. All their pain and heartache. So beautifully written. Stunnich has very quickly become one of my all time favorite authors with her ability to create relatable, honest characters in worlds that are easy to imagine as you read.

This story is no different! Embry (I love the name too) is heartbroken and running fr
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Anie
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Received from Xpresso Book Tours
You know the book is written well, if it makes you care for characters and cry within first few pages.

Baby girls is incredibly beautiful and painful story of three best friends. When one dies, the world colapses for both of them and they deal with it in very different ways.

Codrick and Embry were very much in love and engaged by the time they were 17. When he died she ran away, away from her best friends (Phoenix) and her family. She thought she will never be able
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Michelle
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This isone of my favorite CM books! This story has heartbreak, healing, and bloody underground fighting. It definitely brings all the feels. The emotions that Embry experiences seem so genuine. I loved reading about the relationship Codrick, Embry and Phoenix had. Phoenix has to be one of my favorite male leads. I loved that he never gave up on Embry and always wanted to best for her. At times I did get frustrated with Embry for lashing out and pushing everyone away but CM did a great job descri ...more
Meagan
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, the feels...

CM Stunich writes a lot really, really well, but there’s just something about how she depicts pain and grief that just gets me every time. She does a phenomenal job writing heartache and loss and just hurt that makes your heart clench with the MC’s, and your eyes well up with tears along with Embry as well. This story follows Embry after losing the love of her life, and her struggle to, not just move on, but survive in the aftermath. Her best friend Phoenix tried to help, but he’
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Ree
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an emotional story of how love changes and grows, even from the deepest pain.

After her fiancé dies, Embry is convinced she will never be normal, never be whole again. Pushing away her family and closest friend, she runs away from it all to college. An emergency visit home reopens all the wounds she's kept hidden, but many surprises await her as she, reluctantly, begins letting in that close friend she ran away from 416 days before.

The author handled the issues of grief, young love, soulm
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Kayla
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a sad beginning to an amazing story.

What happens when one of 3 best friends dies? Embry and Phoenix find out the heart break that comes along with the death of a loved one. Codrick was Embry's fiancé and soul mate and Phoenix's best friend.

We get to see Embry and Phoenix go through the stages of grief and and eventually find each other again.

I wish that we could have had had a prologue of Codrick before the moment that changed everything. I think it would have made the story a bit more e
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SJ
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: c-m-stunich
This is a seriously fantastic piece of writing, I am writing this review straight after reading it and I am suffering from a severe case of the feels, in the best possible way.

Embry, Codrick and Phoenix have grown up together and are best friends, Codrick and Embry are engaged to be married, but one wet night changes all their lives forever

I loved how the story flowed, a great pace with amazing character chemistry. It is a poignant storyline told with empathy and care. I seriously could not put
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Stephanie DeCost
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I originally bought this book because C.M. wrote it and I mean she amazes me with every new book, but after reading Baby Girl I am so in love with Phoenix and Embry that I want more of them! Their story is one of dreadful sorrow and amazing love! I couldn't put it down! If you have ever wondered what true grief felt like, all you have to do is read this story it was perfectly displayed in C.M's words! I love the gritty Cajun background and how it was prevalent through the whole story, and who do ...more
Danyelle Froke
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cry baby

Oh man. That prologue. CM has done it yet again. Her work is absolutely amazing, with each book I read, I think her writing can’t get any better. But I’m always wrong. Baby girl is heart wrenching, gut punchingly ( yes I made that word up) amazing. You feel every emotion they feel. Every heart break. Every bubble of laughter. Embry and Phoenix go through so much in their young lives, but managed to find their way back to each other in the end.
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