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All That Stands Between Us

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Millions of men in the world, and she had to fall for the one who’s off limits.

Julie has lived next door to the Martins her entire life, but the days of backyard barbecues and lake vacations ended six years ago. That’s when the feud began. Now, returning to her hometown for the holidays, she has to face not only her parents’ exhausting bitterness, but the agonizing realiza
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Published 2019 by Hidden Falls Publishing
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Happy Resolution

3.5 stars, rounding up.
Julie and Drew, children of feuding neighbors. Well, Julie's parents might be feuding all in their own. It's definitely a tricky situation, especially when said children are attracted to each other. I definitely liked Drew more than Julie but I did like how Julie eventually stood up for herself and starting defining boundaries with her family. She really wasn't that great to Drew but it all came around in the end. Drew was kind, fun and definitely had to m
I am pretty stingy with my 5 stars. I like to hold them back for those books that hit me, make me feel deeply and always end completely. Annette speaks my language, the girl knows how to tell a deep story and I feel it. It doesn't matter what she writes, if it's a princess or a daughter of a drug dealer I get it and hear what she is trying to say. In this book she did not hold back, she shouts it. This book had the power of truth behind it, and I LOVED that. As someone who's parents could not ge ...more
Feb 06, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-freebies
I’m sorry for the bad review. I know it takes a lot to write a book, but gah! I think I forced myself to the 52% mark before finally deciding that I did not care how the book would end, so why was I forcing myself to continue? I just wasn’t enjoying it.

Julie and Drew became a thing far too early and I really wasn’t feeling it when they kissed for the first time. And her constant thoughts about his beard were so weird! (For example: “I let myself savor it, running my thumb over his beard, gratefu
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clandestine relationship

-‘Of course. OF COURSE he was a Martin. Because the world hated me. Because I couldn’t possibly just meet a super nice, funny, cute guy and actually be able to date him. That would be crazy town. And where did he get off being irritated with me? Why did he act like he had a right to be mad at my family? We weren’t the ones who blew up the stupid business; they were. I’d never seen a guy go from charmer to jerk so quickly. This sucked. This really, really sucked.’-

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Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Snarky, Touching, and Romantic

Julie Haines is tired of the feud her parents have with their neighbors, the Martins. She doesn’t see the point in it, but stays loyal to her family, until a chance meeting with Drew Martin makes her question everything.

I loved Julie’s snarkiness, sarcasm, and the genuine struggle she felt between family and doing what is right. I loved Drew’s humor and persistence. The relationships in this book felt so real and raw.

This is my first contemporary book that I’ve read
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author has quickly become one of my favorites. I’m binge reading all of her books now, because I like them so much. She has such deep characters with real life problems. No fluff, just real stories.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story, great writing

I love it when an author that I love can write a story in a completely different genre than they started in and still amaze me. I love Ms. Larsen's Books of Dalthia series so much that I was somewhat hesitant to read her modern fiction. The first one, If I could Stay, surprised me so much (in a good way) that I knew no matter what she wrote from now on I would read it.
I love Julie and Drew so much! Their chemistry was spot on. I loved the snarky, sarcastic, playful rel
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Story!

I have been drooling about this book for some time now, anxious to get my hands on it when it was finally released. It definitely did not disappoint!!! Annette K. Larsen has done it again and I have another favorite book. Seriously, the amount of thought that went into this story to create the depth that it has still just blows me away. I’m still recovering from my book hangover, lol.

Julie was a fantastic protagonist. I loved reading from her perspective- she is kind, sarcastic,
Denita Whitehead
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I had the honor of reading this ahead of release. I was on vacation at Disneyland. I could NOT put it down! It's an easy read. It has a beautiful story that just drags you in and pulls at your heartstrings. Imagine me reading this in a hotel room with everyone asleep and me laughing one minute and crying the next! Let's just say I'm glad I didn't wake anyone up and I'm glad no one saw me!
The characters are fun and relatable. It's a new take on a classic Romeo & Juliet romance, but way better
Maren Townsend
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Larsen does it again. Her contemporary stories draw you in and you can’t help but feel every pain and every joy.

The fight between the Drew’s and Julie’s family is so sour and strong. Every jab and argument makes you shudder. I didn’t know if their relationship could survive.

You will not be disappointed. This book has all the feels.
Kimberly Jepson
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I can't believe how many times I laughed out loud! Annette Larsen is the master of banter, and she somehow seems to know PEOPLE really well. She knows how to tug at your heartstrings and make you giggle. This is a touching, relatable story with characters that feel true-to-life that you won't be able to put down! :) ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Annette is one of my go to writers when I need a good story, and this book like all her others, did not disappoint! “Just Ella” is still my favorite 😉.
Melanie Charles
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-favorites
I finished this in less than 24 hours. I loved it so much! Great characters that I didn’t want to say goodbye to. Annette K Larsen is one of my favorite authors. I always love her books. Would recommend if you like good writing, and sweet clean romance.
Kate McMurry
Compulsively readable, G-rated, New Adult, “Romeo and Juliet” romance

Julie Hanes is almost 21 and is on the verge of completing her college degree a year early, after three years of concentrated study. Drew Martin is 25, has finished his college degree, and has been gainfully employed for the past four years as the manager of a small business that is located in the same college town as Julie—without either of them knowing all that time that they have been living in the same town. What they do kn
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this author and was so happy that this book just became available on Kindle Unlimited because I’ve wanted to read it for a while.
So, the cover and the description almost makes you think this book might be sad but this author always knows how to deliver on the interaction between the main couple with plenty of cute and funny banter.
Julie and Drew meet and have an instant connection before they realize their parents are actually feuding neighbors. It’s like a modern day Romeo and Juliet m
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Annette K Larsen weaves so much depth into her stories. Each one is a five star read.
I loved reading Julie and Drew’s story. How the actions of their parents effected the children was written with so much feeling. It truly shows how anger and resentment can spread and ruin people’s lives.
The connection between Julie and Drew was sweet and swoony!
I was rooting for them from the moment they met.
Like her other books....this is in the reread category. Thanks for sharing your talent Annet
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book. I’m a big fan of the author. But this book just didn’t do it for me. The connection between the main characters was too quick and felt unfounded. It felt like the family drama was the main focus of the book, instead of the romance. It all felt imbalanced. One of the things I love about this authors other books is that you get to know and love the characters as they get to know each other. But I feel like I’ve ended this book and really don’t know the MCs and I’m happy ...more
Jamie Herrin
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic twist on a familiar tale

I just love Annette Larson’s books, and her newest offering did not disappoint. I enjoyed this contemporary twist on Romeo and Juliet so much I was actually upset my flight wasn’t longer so I could finish it! The snarky humor kept a smile on my face, but I also ached with sympathy as the main character struggled with her parents’ and brother’s prejudiced behavior. I just finished the book today and have already gone back to reread some of my favorite parts.
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I really did love this book. It’s for sure a 3.5. The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is because I felt like the romance between Drew and Julie was a little too fast in the beginning. I think the story would have been better if we had time to see them falling in love over a longer period of time. But again, I truly did love the story. Annette K Larson is amazing at writing emotionally captivating books; I never finish one and then forget it. I always think on them for long time afterwards. I ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!! I would have read this book faster but Christmas got in the way. I really enjoyed this book and how Drew and Julie began. So fun but then all the crap got in the way! It’s so hard when a grudge can affect us and others around us if we let it. Annette did a great job with everyone’s feelings and emotions. I’m starting to love reading books that have deep real life circumstances. It’s hard to read at times but it makes you love the story in the end so much more. Can’t wait to read more ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazed at Larsen's strength at writing books of variety and depth.

Thank you Annette for another wonderful read!! Oh the yelling and vindictive fury, I loved it. Can't even begin to believe people feel the way the protagonist parents felt...but obviously history proves it. I loved both main characters and the supporting best friends. I do wish the protagonist would have punched Micheal... maybe even more than once...I would have liked maybe some more closer on the sub characters but maybe she's
May 27, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give Annette Larsen credit for being a good writer in that her books are easy to read and flow well, but I really just can’t get on board with her contemporary novels in the same way as her Dalthia series. This one felt incredibly dramatic and the characters were often ridiculous and irritating, particularly Julie’s parents. Because I come from a family of dramatic grudge holders I think I could relate to the story enough to appreciate it, but I’m glad to be done.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A more healthy Romeo and Juliet with a Happily Ever After. My favorite thing about Annette Larsen's writing is the emotion. As I read her stories I always feel every tug and pull of the character's heart as if it was my own. All her stories are beautiful and this one was no different. I always come away feeling more. ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and Sweet

I loved this book! I laughed out loud, I got teary. I was reminded how funny and chaotic falling in love is, and I was reminded how important grace and forgiveness are. Such a good read! You’ll love it!
Candi Olsen
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I LOVE Annette K. Larsen's writing! She is quite talented. I liked the retelling of Romeo and Juliet (with no death). I'm struggling with angst right now and a love story based around angst... I struggled a little. Overall I enjoyed the story. ...more
Sharon Patchett
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow it was emotional especially at the end. I read the book in a day, didn't want to put it down. Hats off to the author. A wonderful reprieve from politics and Covid 19.
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book with an important message. I really enjoyed reading it, in fact I couldn’t put it down. I love Julie and Drew and was rooting for them from the beginning, despite their challenges. Such a great story about forgiveness and the poison of grudges.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Whew! Deep breath.

What a ride.

Even though this book had a lot more drama than I typically like in a book, the author, once again, captured just the right amount of character depth mixed with humor to really pull you into the story.
Kristen Robison
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Larsen is becoming one of my favorite authors. She knows how to make a reader feel all the feels. I laughed, I was angry, I was upset. I read it in one sitting.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Did not finish.
Too much drama. Too much instalove.
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