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Just Because of You

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Just Because of You
A Single Dad romance


I loved her.
It took a day for me to realize she was different.
It took a night for me to realize I had to let her go.

I was reckless.
She deserved everything I couldn’t give to her.
I had someone else to worry about.


I was in love with him.
It only took a few weeks for him to take over all of my thoughts
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Flo Grugel
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet second chance romance. I just wondered why Christian did what he did, it was all explained but I still think men are stupid sometimes. 4.5 stars with a cute HEA.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Just Because of You by Giana Gabriela was a second chance romance with so many feels. Christian and Amari were high school sweethearts and in love. But Christian made a choice that left them both broken-hearted. Amari left but years later she is back. She is determined to have nothing to do with him this time around, but Christian has very different ideas. Amari was strong, determined and stubborn. But Christian was just as determined. And his daughter was just cute and adorable. Thei
Eileen Robinson
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life sure does sometimes throw us lemons...
Having been forced into a position of letting his High School girlfriend Amari go, despite how much he loved her, now 6 years later she's returned. When decisions taken as a teenager wet, right or wrong could be rectified. Can a love that was so shattered be reborn?
What i can say is that i loved each and every approach the author took us on with this journey.
Characters so easy to identify with, a story that pulls you in so deeply and emotionally, and
Kari Hansen
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amalia was devasted when Christian, her high school sweetheart and the man she couldn’t imagine her future without, ends their relationship with no warning or explanation. She left town to put some physical and emotional distance between them until years later her career brings her back to her hometown.

Christian had his reasons for ending their relationship and he did it with the best of intentions. Now that she is back in town he wants a second chance but once she finds out the truth will they
Amanda Anderson (Beauty.and.the.bookies)
Loved this book by this author that is new to me! Definitely reading her again in the future. This single dad/second chance romance was perfect. Christian and Amari were MADE to be written together. I loved it!
Sophie Koufes
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Audio Review:
Just Because of You is a second chance romance swirled around a single dad.. I fell in love with Christian's daughter. Not a overly angsty love story, more of finding a way back to an old high school love. A sweet story with morsels of passion sprinkled throughout. With a syrupy epilogue to bring a hea.

Narrators Lacy Laurel, Matthew Cohn are well artistic narrators and have a creative style. You get transplanted into the world of Christian and Amari. A entertaining dual narration l
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one. This characters are great and the story just sucked me right in. Christian and

Amari had a thing in high school. Christian pretty much broke her heart. She left for college and didn't come back. Now she's back in town for a new job and Christian is still in town. It's a small town so their paths cross. Christian is a sweet guy and did what he thought was right at the time. I really loved Amari too. I was a little frustrated with her at parts but total understand her. This one wa
LaToya (Readingbythebayou)
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
My first GG book and it won't be the last. A super sweet second chance romance. I loved these characters and flew through the pages. A great read.
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
Walking away from high school girlfriend, Amari, was the hardest decision Christian ever had to make. Leaving both of them brokenhearted, they try to continue on with their lives but never forgetting the love that was lost. When Amari returns to their hometown they reconnect but it leaves her with more questions than answers. Can they rekindle the love that has haunted them both for years? Or is it too hard to be together because of the hurt that Christian caused. Beautifully written and a story ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book touches your heart and makes you let out a long contented sigh. Amari left her home town six years ago and never looked back. Christian, her high school sweetheart, had abruptly dumped her without warning in a very public, cruel way. Now, as the new principal of her childhood elementary school, she is making her way back to her childhood home. When she discovers that one of her six year old charges is Christian's daughter, Ari, Amari works back the timeline and assumes that Christian m ...more
Gina Burkart
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will grab your heart and will have you feeling the emotional love throughout this story. This is a story that will grab your heart and have you loving every words that come rolling of the pages. This is a must read romantic story that will have you not being able to put down.
Jennifer Pierson
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gianna Gabriela is a new to me author, and after experiencing Just Because of You, I'm ready for more by her! Christian Cole made a decision when "forced" to let his High School girlfriend, Amari, go even though he loved her deeply. Let me pause there, see, I didn't feel sorry for him much since he didn't even try to make things right after the fact, because there's always different choices to be had. Moving on. Amari's life went on, but she never got over Christian, so when she came back home a ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Six years ago Christian broke Amaris heart. Now they are both back in their hometown Christian is the new highschool football coach and Amari is the new principal for the elementary school. When Christian broke up with Amari he did it for what he thought were good reasons. His life was changing in ways he did not want her to be stuck with. Now after all these years their lives have intertwined in ways they did not see happening. These two run into each other again after Ari, Christians six year ...more
Rosie J.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Real Romance Lovers
Shelves: clean, angsty, quiet-alpha, arc
In high school, Christian Cole broke the heart of Amari Santana, his one and only true love at that time. Six years later they have an unexpected encounter when Christian's six year old daughter, Ari is sent to the principal's office. The newly hired principal of the elementary is Amari! When Ari's father shows up, Amari is shocked to discover it's her heart-breaker, Christian. Amari quickly does the math and comes to the wrong conclusion though Christian assures her he never cheated on her. Of ...more
Sayali Nagrale
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Clare Harrison
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He gave away his dreams and the love of his life to do the right thing as a teen.

But now he's landed his dream job, and the one who got away has returned.

She left with a broken heart six years ago, but now destiny returns her and she's surrounded by memories of the love that broke her.

Hope for a new start, one without him shatters upon his entry to her office.

Has time made a difference to how they both feel. Are they ready to speak the truth...

What a beautiful and mesmerising read!

Gianna Gabrie
Alicia Harrietha
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully written love story by Gianna Gabriela was exactly the book I needed to read right now!!!! It hit all my emotions all at and left me in tears when it was done.... all happy tears!!!! A second chance romance, Just Because Of You, gives you a journey of two hearts that was always meant to be together finding their way back to one another. Amari was the girl who got away, not because she chose to leave but because she believed she wasn’t wanted anymore. She lives with that hurt and ...more
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3.5 Stars

Amari thought she had met the love of her life in high school. He was the bad boy and she was the good girl but he loved her. Well until he broke her heart in front of everyone in the scho hall and wanted nothing to do with her. Now six years later she is on her way back to he home town as the new elementary school principal and hoping that Christian Cole has left Town too

Christian fell I love with Amari Santana and knew she was it for him. But then life threw him a curveball and he kne
Trisha c
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a choice made by Christian that changed his future with Amari. He made the decision for both of them. In his mind he thought he was doing the best for Amari. They had planned to go to college together. He knew if he told her the truth she would stay behind. All because of one wild night before Amari , his future changed forever.
Amari went away for college. She vowed never to return to the small town. After getting a job offer at the grade school back home, she contemplated ho
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Just Because of You was such a sweet and heartwarming second-chance story. I have a slight thing for single dad stories and with daddy's like Christian, it's easy to see why single parents is a trope all in itself. Amari and Christian have never gotten over each other even after 6 years of distance. Now the distance is gone and they have unfinished business and unfinished feelings.

Gianna Gabriela gives us a clean story that won't scar little ears if they overhear.
Amy  Crull
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
So this is the type of second chance romances I love to read. You have a single dad with a feisty, adorable and not afraid to speak her mind daughter who just landed his dream job. Things are falling into place for Christian but there's someone he hasn't forgotten about. Six years ago, Christian and Amari were in love. Things were going great until it wasn't. He had good reasons for what he did, he just didn't tell Amari though..Typical male I swear. Anyway fate has a way of working and bringing ...more
Serena Worker
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christian was in a job that he hated and when he found out his old coach was retiring and was offered his job, he didn’t hesitate, the last six years he hasn’t done anything he loved and now he could, he wouldn’t change them for anything even her.
Amalia was devastated when Christian ended things with her, so much she left but now she’s back, due to a job offer. She thought she was over the hurt but returning to her home brought back everything she tried to forget.
Christian returns to the place w
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just Because of You
By: Gianna Gabriela
Narrated by: Lacy Laurel, Matthew Cohn

A fun, slightly angsty second chance romance, Gianna Gabriela takes us in and has us fall in love with Christian, Amari and Ari. Single dad Christian is called into school with his daughter Ari is part of a fight. Concern for his daughter does not even come close to the surprise he has when he meets with the principal. No other than Amari, his high school sweetheart. The girl he broke up with. Amari is shocked and her h
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jessica
This was a really cute, fast paced 2nd Chance romance. Christian was too sweet and along with his daughter they were my favorite part of the story. I’m not saying I didn’t like Amari, I just wish that she had been more open sooner to what Christian had to say. I wanted to shake her and say “listen to the man! He is trying to explain!” But I couldn’t. The banter from Ari (hero’s daughter) was a bright side of this story. She was so adorable and I loved seeing both main characters interact with he ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I FLOVED this story!!!! Christian and Amari slayed my heart.. Just Because of You was my first read by Gianna Gabriela but it won’t be my last!

I totally understood Amari’s feeling about seeing her first love again after six years apart and couldn’t blame her at all for the way she felt but some things are not always as they seem and even though they were both bruised, battered and broken, sometimes hearts are meant to be together!!!

I get that Christian was young, wasn’t thinking and did what he
Mary Dean
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had two of my favorite tropes: second chance romance & single dad. Christian & Amari were high school sweethearts. They had a romance that lasted less than a year but it was strong, passionate. Then Christian broke her heart. Years later Amari is back in town as elementary school's new principal. It happens to be the school that Christian's daughter attends. The daughter whose age lead Amari to jump to conclusions on why he broke it off. Soon they are both in a battle dealing with the ...more
KL Cassanello
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christian was in a tough spot, but he let her go, breaking her heart. Six years later, she's moved back to become the principal of the elementary school, and he's the high school football coach and single dad. They never stopped loving each other, but he's the only one willing to admit it. And he's willing to work to regain her trust. This is a first read for me from this author, and I'm looking forward to more. This is such a nice book. You can feel the chemistry oozing between them, even as Am ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! When you read about Christian and Amari breaking up in high school, you are really sad. They seemed to have it really going well together. As you learn more about the situation, you are even more sad at the what could have been. When she gets the chance to return to her old hometown, she is hesitant but ready. When she sees him for the first time, it is under the most unique circumstance. I loved how the story unfolded. Ari is a sweet little girl. I can just imagine this happe ...more
Nikki Costello ***Crazy Cajun Book Addicts Blog***
I'm a new reader to Gianna Gabriela and I loved this second chance romance, Just Because of You.
I was instantly pulled into Amari and Christian's story.

Six years ago Christian shattered Amari's heart when he broke up with her, forcing her to leave her hometown. Now a job has given Amari the opportunity to move back home but with Christian and his very adorable daughter still living in town what will this mean. Can Amari forgive Christian and really give him a second chance or is it just to lat
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