A haunting past. A specific set of rules. One man determined to break them.
Chase Anniston has a haunting past full of drug abuse and heartbreak, and now as a recovered heroin addict, she's focused on keeping her life and career on track. The way she does it? She's formed a set of rules to keep her safe from the two things she deems trouble - men and drugs:
Never give into your cravings.
Never fall in love.
Never date your boss' clients.
And these rules have kept her out of trouble for years... until Jared came along.
Jared Bryan is a country music star who used to be more notorious for partying and womanizing than his music, and he's now a client at the PR firm where Chase works. A chance run-in with her at a bachelorette getaway in Vegas leaves him both intrigued and perplexed. Chase is like no other woman he's met before. She's beautiful. She's feisty. And she's not easily impressed.
Chase might be everything he's ever wanted, but he's also the last thing she needs. He's hell bent on winning her over anyway.
Love Me Only is Book One of the Love Me Only Duet, a Romantic Suspense series.
Intended for readers 18 and over. This book may contain substance and domestic abuse triggers for some.
International Bestselling Author Susan James Pierce writes Paranormal and Sci-if Romance novels, and they all have the same thing in common: The characters' love defies all odds. Her "unputdownable" stories will make you laugh, cry, swoon, and keep you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy the ride!
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Ohhh emmmm geeee! This book is amazing! It and me laugh, it made me cry! I was hooked from the first page! I need more Chase and Jared! I need the next book like now! I would absolutely recommend this book! I received an arc at no cost from the authors.
You don’t make a sound, you’re the dark side of me. Following, creeping, the side
that won’t let me be.
You remind me of my sickness that won’t go away,
You will always be there lingering, wanting to stay.
Just a shadow, like a flying dark crow. Don’t you have another place to go?
I must accept you as a part of me,
Because every day we dance, my Shadow Monster and me.”
Okay, so this week is slowly becoming chic-lit week. Well, we all have to have one every once in a while… so, I guess this is mine.”
The first thing I will say about this book is WARNING: CLIFFHANGER AHEAD!!!! For those of you who don’t want to be stuck waiting around for a second novel, DO NOT START THIS ONE! It says that It’s “Bridesmaids” meets “Sleeping with the Enemy”? Well, I get the Bridesmaids, the whole “Sleeping with the Enemy likeness doesn’t come until the last two sentences or so!!
This book may be infused with triggers for some as it deals with abuse and drug addiction. I liked the way that they could deal with this in such a serious manner, while keeping the tone light and funny throughout a lot of the book. It doesn’t gloss over the perils of drug abuse, and it doesn’t make it seem as though rehabilitating from drug abuse is a cake walk and something you just “get over”. It makes you very aware that it’s a slippery slope that you will be fighting not to slide down your entire life.
It DEFINITELY had a “Bridesmaids” feel to it as well and had me laughing out loud at many of the situations these friends get themselves into in Vegas on a Bachelorette week,
From going clubbing at “Rain” which Chase tries to get out of stating “I’d rather stay here and punch myself in the vagina.”
“Rain is everything I expected it to be—trendy with lots of sweaty, buzzed people grinding to club music, but it’s not quite late enough for it to look like the Hot Mess Express yet. That’s my favorite part of staying sober and going out— you get to see everyone morph into melting, sloppy versions of themselves, all the while they still think they look as good as they did when they arrived. It’s quite a treat.”
To getting a Brazilian wax,
“She and I have decided to go next door to get ice cream while Hildie gets hair ripped off her kitty cat.”
“Of course she went with a heart. Of course she did. But I froze and didn’t tell her what shape I wanted, so now I’ll have a beaver with a heart hat on it until I can get my hands on a razor. Without warning, she rips wax off one of my lips. Someone in the room screams bloody murder, and I slide up the table. White hot pain shoots down my inner thigh and up my torso. My skin is left red and stinging and naked. Did she manage to actually rip off my vagina lip with the wax? She had to. She had to. The wax strip dangles in her hand, sans lip, as she glares at me. I know she’s judging. Thinking, we just got started. Will I have to deal with this the entire time? “No screaming,”she says flatly. “It will scare customers.”Crap. I was the one who screamed. But they should be scared. They should all be very very scared.”
My one complaint about this book is stated above, the fact that it was a Cliffhanger ending. And, not ONLY was it a Cliffhanger ending, it was almost like the entire book was an introduction to the characters and their situations and Book Two will be the actual STORY! It was still very enjoyable, as you can all see by my 4 Star rating, which I don’t give out lightly, but I wish that more had been put into this novel so I don’t have to wait to see what the story is even about!
** I received an ARC at no cost from the authors**
I enjoyed reading this book. Chase, the protagonist, has a history of drug abuse and a dark past. She works at a PR Firm. She does not believe in love and has two rules: 1, not to touch drugs again and 2, not to date her boss's clients. She meets with a few of her friends and friends of friends and they travel to Las Vegas. By chance at a party, she meets country music star Jared, where she initially thinks he is a fake. A growing attraction is formed between the two and they go on a few dates. However, towards the end we find out that someone from her past is haunting her. What would happen? I'm eager for the next book to find out.
It is an easy to read book that only has romance, but also addresses the struggles of recovering from drug addiction and domestic abuse.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Love this in so many ways. The honest portrayal of addiction as a continual process, the use of poetry as a healthy tool, the character development. I'm hooked. Can't wait until the next book is released!
Don't judge this book by how stars I rated it. It is only rated 3 stars because it is so accurate the author describes overcoming addiction. The book tore open some healed over wounds in my family. But it did show the every day struggle of keeping clean. A point of view my family could have used before discarding someone as "not making the right choice". The way the author cuts deep to the bone and with just words can bring to light the depth of human struggle and human understanding.
This is a great well-written book. The storyline and characters are very good with touches of humor, romance, and drama. This book will capture your interest from the beginning and hold it until the end. I voluntarily read an ARC and this is my honest review.
Wow! I mean wow! I was given the opportunity to read this outside of a blog tour, and upon reading the blurb I had to snap it up! Being a novella too, I knew it wouldn't take long. I actually stayed up well past my bedtime to try and finish this (sleep beat me though). I could not put this down! This book will stick with me for awhile...and like an addict, I need and I want the next book NOW!
This being a novella too, has left me needing more. The ending just happened so abruptly I never saw it coming!
Chase the main woman in this book, leading a clean life now as a reformed heroin addict. She was in a relationship with someone called Chat but it was that toxic, it literally destroyed her life. One fateful night changed everything, and we rejoin her seven years after the event, clean and trying to curb her Shadow master. She writes journals and poetry and lives a clean life. She is, however, off to Vegas for her best friend Marissa's hen party, so really not the right place for her to be going. The group of girls that she is going with is a complete mish-mash and you wonder how she will cope with being in a place that never sleeps.
Their first night there, they hit the nightclub, where she drinks a cranberry and lime juice drink, where she is chatted up by the country singer Jared Bryan. Known for womanising and partying and completely out of bounds for her......he is a client at the PR firm she works for but more importantly, she does not do relationships after the last one. She has one night stands, she is not a candle and flowers girl. Never doing relationships.
Whilst learning of Chase's coping mechanisms with her journals etc, she has a tattoo on her wrist, Love Me Only. This book, and her journey, for me, has shown me how me to cope with the darkness in your life. Now whilst I am not a recovering drug addict, I have my own issues but I found a peace with the way she lives her life and it has inspired me to get an interim tattoo similar to Chase's just a reminder that before you can love anyone at all, ever, you need to love yourself. Anyway, back to the novella.
There was a lot of humour in this book to, an unfortunate incident with getting a Brazillian (ouch!) and then the potential concussion to go with it, a broken ankle, the first date with Jared that goes wrong to name a few. All provided the light relief we needed and written in a way you know it could happen to anyone #Vegashenparty
I actually can't praise it enough, the only thing, it was not long enough! We were only just scratching the surface with the girls and the hen party and then it ended. Ended when Chase was getting Unknown callers to her phone!
I mean who is the caller? Who is calling her aunt? What else happened in Vegas? Will she relapse? Did she go on a second non-date with Jared? How was Marissa's wedding?
Rumour has it that book 2 is not being released until 2019
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Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of cliffhangers. Really, REALLY hate them. That being said, for once I am glad I made an exception to the rule. What a great beginning and the second book can't come out soon enough for me (well, except for that whole going through winter thing right now).
Chase went through a horrible episode in her life when she was addicted to heroin. Since then, she has managed to get her life back together and live with the day-to-day reminder of her addiction. She avoids all temptations and keeps herself on the straight and narrow.
Her friend, Marissa, is getting married and taking Chase and her other friends to Vegas for a week. Vegas could be disastrous for Chase, but she is willing to put herself smack dab in the middle of temptation for her friend.
While at a nightclub one night, Chase meets an amazingly good looking man, Jared, who's also a celebrity. You knew there was a love interest here somewhere right? And while this is going on she is getting mysterious phone calls from unknown callers.
And just as I am getting fully invested with the wild group that make up the bridal party, hoping the best for her and Jared and dying to know about these mysterious phone calls - CLIFFHANGER!
I really did enjoy the book and the first person account of someone living as an addict. It was a fresh approach and not something I had read before. I look forward to the second part of the duet and finding out more about Chase and Jared and the whole crew.
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. **
Love Me Only is the first book of the Love Me Only Duet, and I have to say, the second book cannot be released soon enough.
Addiction of any kind is a terrible demon to overcome.
Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs. The best way to defeat addiction is to never open the door. Don’t even peek. I know, sometimes it’s easier said than done. However, the temporary tingle of pleasure can lead to a lifetime of fear.
Nobody is perfect. We all have our moments. Many of us are never too far from hitting rock bottom. Crisis hotlines exist for a reason. Rehabs help. Relapses can occur, but never give up. Be the master of your own life.
I love Chase, and I totally relate to her extremist nature, but sometimes you need to let someone reel you in. People are not all the same. Bad experiences occur. Learn to recognize the warning signs. Move on. Take a chance on life. Gamble on love. The odds of hitting the jackpot may be higher than you think.
This book is a well-written walk in the steps of a recovering drug addict. Every day is a challenge. The decision to remain sober is never far from her thoughts. Counselling and coping mechanisms become routine, as well as regular check-ins from family and friends. For the time being, this is Chase’s life.
I'd like to give this book more than 2 stars. What there is of it is at times riveting as we get inside the mind of a recovering heroine addict and it's not very pretty. In truth it's down right frightening considering the heroine epidemic currently sweeping our nation killing so many. Our heroine Chase is six years clean yet as she's describes her emotional and physical desire for the drug her constant battle to avoid using despite her years of sobriety, despite her awareness of the tragedy it has caused those she loves you wonder how anyone can survive and fight such an addiction for the rest of their lives? From the opening this is hardly the light hearted subject matter you'd expect from a romance novel. Not that it's without its light hearted moments. The mistaken identity scene, the Brazilian wax scene, (why would women willingly put themselves through that?) are hysterical. The problem is when I came to the abrupt end of this book I felt like I'd been given just three chapters of a twenty chapter book. I know now that it's the first of two books but even in that context there's just not enough there. It's one thing to be left with a cliff hanger to tease you to purchase the next book but this book felt like it ended when the story was barely past the beginning.
I absolutely LOVED this story. The characters are complex and you become quickly invested in them. The story is well paced with some serious laugh out loud and heartfelt moments. Fran especially is hysterical - straightforward and doesnt care what anyone else thinks of her. The story itself follows Chase's journey. I have to say as a person in recovery (clean & sober 9 yrs 3months 13 days) I was in awe of how well the Authors write about addiction and recovery. The reader truly understands what Chase is thinking and feeling. This story held me captivated from start to finish and I could not put it down. I am excited for book 2.
Such a well written tragic to a testimony of true grit story & what a feisty sassy character the heroine is. I found the story line already covered by most reviewers to be so well crafted I could identify with all the characters. It was so funny at appropriate times I literally burst out laughing several times much to the irritation of my husband. I was so excited to leave a review while I could recall how I felt about the book that I bought a copy by mistake as I already had an arc! Old age ain't for sissies! This is my honest review.
Great first book! I can’t wait to read the next book. The only thing I hate is having to wait until next year. I am so glad I read this so I can follow the authors so I don’t forget about it. Can’t wait to see where this story goes! I received an advanced reader copy for an honest review. *Magic Beyond The Covers Book Blog*
This is an emotional read, but I believe an accurate one regarding the daily struggles of an addict on the long road of recovery and the triggers they must avoid or learn to step lightly around. Something as simple as a relationship or love can impede her progress. Learning to trust again is a big deal, as is meeting someone who will understand and enrich her life. I enjoyed this book.
Interesting and likeable characters. I feel that the story is a little slow starting and had to force myself to keep reading it. However, once I got to the airport scene and beyond everything started to flow and I couldnt put it down. Im not a fan of cliff hangers so I wish the book was self contained. I received a complimentary copy from Voracious Readers in return for an honest review.
Chase bk 1 A riveting, poignant novel looking at addiction and this book has heartache, courage, humor, drama, and I LOVED IT! Mesmerized me til I finished it! Can't wait for book 2. I received an ARC to read and review at no cost from the authors.
I got to read this book for free through voracious reads. The books was really good and shed a realistic light on trying to overcome addiction and death. Couldnt put it down, need to find the 2nd book now!
I started this book thinking I was going to get the whole story but this is just book one. I can't believe I have to wait for the next one. It was a good read and left me hanging for more. Loved the characters, especially Chase. Hurry up 2019 so I can read more.
I won this book in a giveaway. I am giving an honest review. This book is amazing!!!!! I love the main character, Chase because she is such a strong character!!!! She moves and improve her life with the help of her aunt. It is an amazing book, I highly recommend this book.
This book had the potential to be good but it ended in such an unsatisfying place. Not in a 'what happens next? I'll buy the next book' kind of way but more of a 'nothing really happened or got resolved' kind of way. It was as if the authors got halfway through writing a book but just decided to publish it anyway rather than waiting until it was actually finished. I'm sure book 2 will be good and finish everything off but they should just be merged into one book and published together.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers Only. I loved this book! The main character tells the story. She is young, vibrant and witty. There were a few laugh out loud moments and the opening scene had me hooked. I read this in a few hours and didn't put it down. I will definitely be checking out part 2 when it is released! LOVED IT!
I seriously don’t know how I am going to wait until 2019 for book two in this series. I NEED to know what happens next. Chase is such an amazing character. I love how she takes accountability for her past mistakes and makes good choices when it comes to certain situations and knowing her limitations. Fran though. That’s my girl. I’m going to start actively seeking out my own real life Fran to become besties with. It needs to happen. There’s definitely more to Jared than we’ve seen so far, and I’m so excited to find out more in the next book. The thing with the napkin made me fall in love with him a bit. Omggggggg I can’t wait for book two!!!
***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary ARC of this book.***