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Leilani Moretti

Life is out to get me.
Humvee accident that took my right hand? Strike one.
Cancer three years later that stole my breasts and hair? Strike two.
An overbearing mother who seems to think I’m twelve, not twenty-seven?
Yeah, I’m out of there.

I thought moving to Oklahoma would give me a fresh start. I hoped life would finally cut me some damn slack. But between
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Mandy Grifka You want to read this book because it is a beautiful story of two people who find each other in spite of the difficulties life has handed them. Its a…moreYou want to read this book because it is a beautiful story of two people who find each other in spite of the difficulties life has handed them. Its a story of hope and never giving up, even when you desperately want to. It’s a magnificently written story that shows that even in the worst situations in life there is good to be found. It’s full of laughter and tears, suspense and romance. It is one of the best books I’ve read this year and I’ve read 107 so far. That my dear is why you should read it. (less)
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Hazel James
May 04, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
"Clay's staring at me like I'm the only one who can quench his thirst. I'd gladly be his water. The glass. Hell, I'd even be the ice cubes if he'd give me a few hours and a freezer."

Saved is a standalone contemporary romance.
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Bookgasms Book Blog
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelly
Here’s the thing about this book: the storytelling is so effortless and easy to engage with that you just sail along feeling all the feels – mostly good, but not without a few suckerpunches along the way – and then suddenly turn the last page, feeling a little sniffily and with your heart kind of overflowing with happiness, but also a little bit like, “wait what? I wasn’t ready for that to end yet! I am not ready to say goodbye! And also, I will probably need more Clay in my life, for the rest o ...more
Candy
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Every once in a while, a book comes along that makes you stop and think, taking it deeper than at face value. The words aren’t just words; they are a reflection of thoughts and feelings you’ve buried so far deep down in your heart. They are words of strength that you need to hear on repeat until you believe them. Saved by Hazel James is one of these incredibly well-designed novels. Not only is it a romance that will have you giggling and yearning for more, but it will give you butterflies in you ...more
Erin Lewis
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Star Review of Saved by Hazel James

Where do I start? This was such an intense read that I am having difficulty finding the words to write this review.

Saved is heartbreakingly poignant and soul shattering. My emotions are fractured after reading this story. Hazel James has delivered a brilliant, emotional story of hope and loss, of pain and courage.

This book is confronting on numerous levels but so well written that it had me totally engrossed from the start. I freely admit that I was in tear
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Jonell Espinoza
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There’s always that “one” book that hits you right in the feels. For me, it happened twice. By this amazing author. When you can feel the words that you’re reading it’s the most incredible thing. Clay and Leilani’s story did that for me. Their story isn’t all fun, games and love. There’s also heartbreak, strength, courage and faith. I enjoyed their journey
Sassy Southern
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Leilani has not had an easy life. In fact, all she seems to have is bad luck and strife. While others may say this, knowingly exaggerating, Leilani is only speaking the truth. Losing her hand in a Humvee accident? Okay, she can adapt. She's alive after all, and that's what matters. But a second hit, breast cancer at that, which resulted in losing her breasts and hair? Again, adjustments can be made because she's survived once more. Add both potentially tragic incidents and an overbearing mother ...more
2OCC Reviews
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gemma
Saved is an emotionally gripping story that was incredible written. This is one story that you could tell how much emotion that the author put into the story. There was so much emotion in the story that really stayed with me well after I finished reading it. A lot of the time I was not sure what was going to happen throughout the story and was completely surprised at some of the things that happened in the book.

The heroine of the story Leilani had experienced a lot of hardship in the last few ye
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
-Kacie, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is only my second book by Hazel James but so far what stands out about her work is that it’s real. It’s about real life, and about hard things that really don’t get talked about. Her stories are something very relatable and this one is no exception.

If you’ve read Chased (not really necessary to this story), then you’ve met Clay. He owns the gym, Battles, but not only is it a gym, it’s also therapy. I think it’s a unique concept. Clay is a great guy, he sees past the outside an
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Megan | A Page to Turn


It says something about a book when you can read it cover to cover in one day. I started this one with my coffee this morning and finished it right before dinner. I am still at a loss of how to feel, I was blown away by all the emotion this book stirred up.

Leilani is one of those girls that life has done its damndest to break her down. She has been hit by curve ball after curve ball and has managed to get back up again. The strength she has is astounding.

Clay - who we met for a brief couple of
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Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Wow.....just wow!

Hazel James is such a brilliant storyteller, I hung onto her every word and I felt every emotion, it just seeped through the pages and into my soul. Unforgettable!

An emotionally beautiful story with amazing characters, it's definitely one you'll want to read over and over again.

Another book to add to my faves for 2018.
Lynn
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Saved is a book about 2 people learning to love together through tough situations. This book gives a emotional story, where in the mist of loss and pain- true love and happiness can be found.

Leilani gets an opportunity to have a new start and being an amputee and fighting cancer. Clay has overcome issues in his past and works to help people empower themselves everyday.

With Clay and Leilani's troubled pasts with medical and emotional issues but through the strength of these characters and the peo
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Loralie
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I've been through the wringer with this book. I'm exhausted...but in a good way. The book talks about picking your battles, and the duo in this book has a lot of them. To be honest, I wouldn't have the grace that they shared, but they weren't always perfect. They were perfect for each other, however, and great role models for others. They were each other's "saving" grace.
Kathryn Andrews
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Saved by Hazel James is a brilliant story about adversities in life, starting over, and never giving up. I loved the plot, the characters, and the love. From page one, I couldn’t get enough, swiped through to the end, and finished feeling so content and happy. Kindness goes such a long way, what we can do for others, and I think the world would be such a better place if more people were to #belikeclay.
Lindsey Domokur
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh Hazel. This book was beautiful. I didn’t realize it was integrated with Chased. I was super excited to see Clay and hear his story. I loved this. Clay and Leilani rebuilding their lives and fitting together seamlessly. The insight into the struggles after military service is eye opening. Thank you for putting this out there for us.
Christine Bowden
One of this authors best!

There is something about the way this author writes her characters. You instantly find a connection with them. Hazel James excels at writing the conversations between characters. They are realistic and witty. It pulls you into their lives and in turn they find there way into your heart.
Aimee Crant-oksa
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Saved by Hazel James was my 2nd book by this author. I loved Chased and was very excited to revisit the characters in Saved. We are introduced to the kind hearted Clay in Chased, but really get to know him in Saved. Clay turned his life around, and now helps others through his gym Battles. At Battles, he helps his clients regain their life both physically and mentally.
Leilani is a former military woman, and a cancer survivor. She applies to Battles for one of their work programs to start her lif
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Shelly (vixenreads)
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Hillary DeVisser
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Saved was such a touching love story. It's the kind that haunts a reader days after it's finished and makes a person feel that they want to be loved like that. I'm a sucker for flawed characters, especially those with emotional baggage. A story is so much more gritty, real, and captivating when the reader gets to discover the ugly side that could be easily glossed over. This story affords a real-feel glimpse into the lives of our heroes, a perspective that needs to be on the minds of us all. Ano ...more
Jackie Wright
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book a few days ago but I’m struggling to put words on paper that will do the story and the author justice, when a book leaves you feeling not just reading the words you know that this is going to be an incredible read. Leilani and Clay’s story isn’t all sweetness and light they have to find their inner strength to get through heartbreak and loss. This book is not just a beautifully written love story Hazel James takes us on the journey that her characters have to take to realise ...more
Tara
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my second book by Hazel James, and boy does she deliver!

We met Clay in Chased. He owns Battles, the gym where he works his butt off to make his clients stronger, not only physically, but mentally as well. Clay has had a rough go at life. It's only about to get rougher when the unstoppable, smart-mouthed Leilani signs up for the program his best friend runs. Leilani has had her own struggles in life. An accident while serving her country cost her part of her arm. Cancer cost her her brea
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Brenna
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gah! Yet another book hit out of the park by the fabulous Hazel James. Saved included Hazel's signature humor, sass, and steam, as well as characters you can't help but love. Leilani is a badass heroine with spunk, grit, and a penchant for sweets...needless to say, she's a girl after my own heart. Clay is a swoon-worthy dude who at times, could've used a swift kick in the pants, but truly has a hero's heart.

"We can't choose our battles. Sometimes life chooses them for us. All we can do is turn
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Marisol Scott
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, this is my first book by Hazel James and it's safe to say it wont be my last.
Hazel delivers a genuine romance with some not so subtle undertones of self reflection, strength, and courage without the "in your face" call to action.
Her technical knowledge of the military can only be achieved through personal experience and made me appreciate the story that much more.
In Leilani we find a true h who experiences severe loss not once but twice while trying to rebuild her life. Although,
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Christy  (CaptainReadsALot
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Y'all need this book!

This book dealt with a lot of really tough issues in an excellent way that made everything feel absolutely relatable. These characters felt like my friends and I wanted to lift them up, support them, and be present for them.

This book also had a sad twist that made me want to cry. After everything that Clay had gone through and built from the floor up, only to be totally screwed like he was ... sigh.

And for Leilani to come back the way she did. She has been one of my favor
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Tracy is a  Bookcraver
4 1/2 stars. Hazel James is quickly becoming a favorite. I LOVED Clay and Leilani. They were both so open and honest. My only issue was how fast Clay went down. What happened to him was awful but for such a wonderfully positive person, he sank back into bad habits in what felt like seconds. I just think he would have struggled more before taking a drink. Otherwise this was a fantastic book.
Ali
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hope your current book boyfriends are ready to be replaced by Clay! Oh. My. Yes!
Jennifer
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm pretty sure you've never read a story like that. Not that I know your bookshelve but this story is so unique, that I would bet you never met a character like Leilani. You might say "Sure, everyone is telling this to sell a book", but trust me, it's worth the buy. And I don't sell the book - I just love it. And the story. And Clay - because c'mon, you know you're into good lovestories.

But it still think it's over way to fast...
Kasey Sullivan
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Fear makes a terrible compass."

I enjoyed this book. The story is great but it's the writing that stuck with me. I have so many favorite quotes from this book.

“It’s easier to see the bright side when you let go of the dark.”

"Because of it."

"It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to give someone hope.”

“My mom always said when you see something beautiful, you should take a moment to admire it."

See! So many! The author is one wise woman.

Clay is so smooth! I want to lick him like buttercream frost
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Toni
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My most anticipated book of 2018

I’ve been a Hazel James fan since she released her first book, I’ll Be The One and that continued when she wrote Chased. I’m not one of this reviewers that will give you a synopsis of the book— no spoilers here— but I will tell you that this is a must read. First of all, she knows how to write military romance. I get a little prickly about them because I’m a military wife and most authors don’t know this like and certainly can’t portray it. Hazel always manages to
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Lisa
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Broken, over whelmed and lacking in confidence. Leilani is a veteran amputee, who is dumped when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Suffocated by her mother she joins a veteran's programme to escape. Clay is her boss, her counselor and wants so much more with her. He provides her with a job at his gym and very much sees the special in her.

Clay is a natural born helper and trusts in those he cares about. He is loyal to a fault but can't always see what is under his nose. Whilst he saves her an
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Carol Seymour
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hazel James has touched my heart with her words. Her story Saved is thought provoking, soul searching, romantic, witty and a must read for 2018. Clay is a veteran who owns a successful gym but he is also a counselor who helps those with shattered lives pick up the pieces, find a job and a purpose to live again. Leilani is also a veteran, who suffered an amputation due to a roadside bomb, only to be struck again by breast cancer which caused her to lose not only her breasts and hair but also her ...more
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