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Folkestone Sins #1

Fragile Things

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Poe Halliday was an accident, a chance meeting that could change my life forever.

Growing up, my mother didn’t have secrets—her secrets had her. And after she disappeared, I had nothing.

Or so I thought.

When the invitation arrived, the opportunity to learn more about my mother’s past was too tempting to ignore. Heading west to meet a long-lost aunt was a risk, but the need for answers outweighed my hesitation. Losing my heart was never part of the plan. Poe broke down my walls, made me vulnerable, and now the dark history of this town threatens to tear me apart.

Stella Bradleigh was a distraction, one who didn’t recognize my name.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been groomed for a future I don’t want. And death is the only way out.

Or so I’ve been taught.

When Stella showed up out of the blue, none of us knew what it meant. Beautiful, with a mysterious past and a snarky attitude, I figured she’d be fast, fun, and disposable. Instead, she consumed me, opened my eyes to the evil that festers here, and now I’m left questioning everything about my family’s legacy.

One click now to start this New Adult, romantic suspense series, brimming with shadowy secrets, a sinister plot, unbreakable friendships, and of course, love.

*Please take note of the TW listed at the beginning of the book.

236 pages, Kindle Edition

First published August 13, 2020

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Samantha Lovelock

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Samantha Lovelock is a USA Today Bestselling author of captivating contemporary new adult romance novels. Known for her clever wordplay and love for cliffhangers, her stories are filled with emotion, passion, and intrigue, leaving readers on the edge of their seats.

When she's not engrossed in her writing, Samantha enjoys indulging in graphic design, good books, scary movies, and the decadence of dark chocolate.

Samantha resides in the stunning Canadian Rockies with her British cowboy and their furbaby, Winston Churchill.

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636 reviews193 followers
December 10, 2020
It's hard to believe that this was a debut book! It started out a tad bit slow, but it quickly picked up speed and was very intriguing. It's got some angst, HS drama, mystery, mean girls and hot guys.

Stella's alone and has been for over 2 years since her mother has disappeared.
One morning she receives a random wooden box and inside there is a note address to her. She is invited to visit her only family member, her mother's sister who lives in California. She decides to take her aunt up on her offer to get some much needed answers. Cali her Stella comes!

While leaving the airport bathroom she runs into a firm chest. It belongs to one of the hottest guys she has seen. They both have lust filled eyes and one thing to another --- they share a random and very HOT kiss.

First day at her new school and who does she see... The hottie from the airport.
He happens to be one of the heirs of the town they live in.. Poe is his name and he wants Stella, but tries to talk himself out of it.

There are so many secrets buried and hidden amongst the founding families of Folkestone- Some are going to break hurts and some are going to make them stronger. There are so crazy people in that town. Some are closer than you think.

Stella and Poe were perfect for each other! The friends (both guys and girls) were great additions to the story! Especially Payne and Sunday!

Looking forward to see where Poe and Stella's story goes in book 2!!

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*
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99 reviews5 followers
August 16, 2023
I didn't write a review for this when I read it but I liked it so much, I bought the rest of the series that was out. I don't know why I think private prep school elites is so much fun but I do. I eat this trope up. Stella is properly traumatized. She is taken in by an aunt she'd never met after her mom dies. She is enrolled in a private school and enters into a world where she is an heir to a town. There is so much drama. It's like a darker Gossip Girl.
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1,153 reviews139 followers
August 31, 2020

I'll admit I had super early access to this book, but that doesn't mean I didn't absolutely fall head over heels in love with these characters, the writing, the story.

I did not expect this level of storytelling from a first time author. When I found out she hadn't published before, I was shocked. This book is solid. It's a great introduction to a series full of secrets and sins and love and hate.

Stella Bradleigh is the heroine we all wish to be. She's strong, she's a take-no-shit-stand-up-for-herself badass. She's strong. She's a fighter.

Poe Halliday is the man on campus. He's the alpha-male, asshole, badass I always say I want in my man, but know that it seriously only works in romance.
Poe is no exception to this.

I love him.
I love her.

I love the friendships and the bonds and the secrets.

And I feel like we've just scratched the surface of the secrets the families of Folkestone are keeping.
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1,010 reviews27 followers
August 13, 2020
My friend wouldn’t stop talking about this book, I HAD to see what all the fuss was about. It was well worth my time! The plot was unique and attention grabbing. The characters had depth and intrigue. The authors writing style was vibrant and real. I am please to have discovered this story and I’m excited for the continuation!
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634 reviews175 followers
August 23, 2020

An Intriguing Debut!
*arc generously provided by the promo team in exchange for an honest review*

What’s this book about? (I'm trying to give as little spoilers as possible)
Stella wasn’t supposed to meet Poe. Their accident meeting alters their lives. She gets an opportunity to start anew in a place dipped in her past life and baptized by sins of people she doesn’t even know. It’s a mistake, but Stella and Poe are drawn to each other. And now they’ll have to find a way out of this mess.

This is my first Samantha Lovelock book. It is also her debut. This was a fast-paced read with mystery lurking all around! The drama was impeccable and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in this intriguing story. There are so many connections and secrets… I empathize a lot with our lead girl Stella. She’s a badass, navigating this new shot at life that’s been handed to her. She and the rest of the pack were great characters, vivid and lively! Poe was an astounding addition to our lead girl’s life and LORD, NEVER HAS GOING TO THE BATHROOM BEEN MORE EXCITING. Y’all will know what I mean once you get there. Their banter and their chemistry was intense and entertaining. It all ends in an explosive way. The cliffhanger leaves you breathless. When’s book 2 coming out because I need to be a part of Stella’s further adventures! I recommend this to lovers of a well written friend group of characters where everyone shines and not just the two main characters, intrigue and badass heroines who can take care of their own business, thank you very much!

4.5 stars! Great characters, mystery all around, drama, fast pace and full blown chemistry!

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375 reviews214 followers
April 11, 2021
FIVE FRAGILE STARS for Stella and Poe 💖🖤💖🖤!!!


There is no better feeling than when you discover a new author and their books immediately win you over.

I've read this book last year, but somehow due to obligations, I forgot to leave a review.

This is the first book I've read by Samantha Lovelock and I couldn’t believe it was her debut book.

"Fragile Things" is a dark bully high school romance filled with secrets, unexpected twists and turns because of which you won't be able to put this book down until the very end.

But then, the cliffhanger will make you eagerly await the next book in the series.

Stella is a female character who learned to take care of herself at a very young age and there is nothing tough for her to do to survive.

Poe is a male character who has only one intention through high school, and that is to enjoy life before taking on the job assigned to him by birth.

But his perspective and attitude start slowly changing when he meets Stella.

Stella and Poe's connection is special and I loved them so much!

If you're looking for a dark bully high school romance, then this is the book for you!!!

Highly recommended!!!
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757 reviews43 followers
July 31, 2020
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I can not utterly believe that this is her debut book by this author. I will defiantly be on the look out for more of her work in the future. Let me tell you this is one book that you must read.

This is the first book in the Folkestone Sins Series and this bully romance is a must read. This book has it all love, heartbreak, lies, secrets and drama and you will be hooked from the start and this book will have your emotions up and down on a roller coaster ride and you will be feeling it all.

Stella is a beautiful strong lady who I actually admire I love the kind of person she is and her strength is amazing. Poe is a complete alpha male and at first I wasn't sure about him, and I think even he was shocked when Stella came into town and totally changed everything for him. When Stella left to find answers she knew it wasn't going to be easy but she also knew that she had to do what she had to do.

This story flowed and the characters were written awesomely and I was turning the pages so fast that I couldn't wait to read on.
I really liked Stella and I feel that the way that this author has written her characters the reader can completely connect with them on another level totally. This book was written fantastic and the way that this author writes and her style was fabulous and I really glad that I read this book and found another fantastic author.

When you have finished reading this book you will be chopping at the bit for the next in the series book #2, I cant wait.
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723 reviews25 followers
January 10, 2021
I was absolutely blown away with this story! Right from the beginning I was hooked! I was so intrigued with what was going to happen and how it was going to happen. As we got deeper and deeper into the story I found myself getting more and more invested! The author did a great job capturing the emotion of the characters and giving us the drama and suspense. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!  I loved Poe and Stella! And the author did a great job keeping them mysterious but dropping tidbits of them and their backstory as the story went on. This was Samantha Lovelock's debut book and it was absolutely amazing! I want more! I need more!!! And I can't wait for more!!!
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1,752 reviews832 followers
August 13, 2020
I love nothing more than finding a new author that I’m going to obsess over- and then, to find out that Fragile Things is Samantha Lovelock’s DEBUT novel! Well, I’m just floored. I could not put this story down. The mystery, the sexuual and emotional tension, and the enigmatic characters all made for an ADDICTIVE first half of this duet. I flew through this in one sitting- and I’m thirsty for more!

From page one, I was captured. We begin with the opening of a literal Pandora’s box, as our heroine Stella receives a mysterious package with an invitation to visit an aunt she didn’t even know she had. Stella has been on her own from the ripe old age of fifteen- abandoned by her mother, a fugitive of the foster care system, and now surviving on her own under a different identity. Not only is the invitation a mystery, but Stella’s own understanding of her history is, too- a missing mother and missing memories and bouts of anxiety have long since left her perplexed. Impoverished and relatively alone, she doesn’t have much to lose and only answers to gain, so she travels across the country to stay with her aunt, thrusting her squarely in the middle of an elite world foreign to her. A chance encounter and an elite inner circle connects her to Poe, the rich golden boy. Stella soon finds herself smack in the middle of a tangled web of secrets, mystery, deceit, and treachery- all part of some mysterious history amongst the town’s most elite. But just where does Stella fit into all of this?

Stella is one of my favorite heroines I’ve read in a good while. She’s so admirably resilient and self-assured. She’s just STRONG- unwilling to be pushed around or live outside of her values. But, she’s also got layers- she’s kind and empathetic, and profoundly patient for all that she’s endured. She’s a heroine you can respect, the heroine you desperately root for. And Poe is the dreamy alpha elite bully- son of a founding family and the defacto leader of the crew. He’s cocky, charming, and smug, but he’s also complex, he’s emotionally aware and understanding. He has a sweet and protective streak a mile long- he sucked me right into his orbit and I never want to leave. And their chemistry is scorching. We get some insta-love, sure- but Samantha really develops their emotional connection- she gives these characters a chance to be open and vulnerable, to invest in each other, and the emotional and sexual tension between them is consuming.

What I loved most about this story, though, was how cleverly Samantha creates two leads who subvert your normal expectations for the bully trope. Both leads don’t exactly play into the normal “rich bully” and bullied types. Poe isn’t your typical alpha bully- in fact, he resents his privilege, would rebuke it if he could. He abhors cruelty and high school hierarchy BS. In fact, none of the elite really play into the whole “rule the school trope”- they just want to exist, be with their friends. And, when he finds himself having to be cruel to Stella, he’s wracked with guilt and remorse. He’s got such a deep soul, such an emotional consciousness that is truly refreshing. And Stella, despite her painful history, isn’t bitter or hostile. She’s strong, but she’s also got an uncertainty and vulnerability to her. She opens up to people, she’s not closed off to others. And best of all, both characters are so self-aware- they understand their own psyche, recognize their own patterns and baggage, and are actively trying to address them as best they can. They accept responsibility for their actions, and they are thoughtful in what they do. It feels so much more grounded and mature- and way more emotionally complex.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t celebrate the QUALITY OF writing here- this reads like a novel by a veteran writer. From the basic mechanics (word choice, syntax, etc) to adept world building and characterization, Samantha Lovelock is clearly a gifted writer. The prose flowed, the characters are dynamic and captivating, and pacing was perfectly balanced and builds a fantastic crescendo to the finale. There’s a real nuance to the story telling- a descriptive quality in both character and place that is really encompassing. And, Samantha masterfully scaffolds and weaves the chemistry and the mystery to create both intensity and intimacy, which kept the pages turning but also kept me emotionally invested. If this is the kind of writing Samantha produces on her debut, then she’s clearly an author to watch.

I’m loving the themes of belonging- this is a story about a girl just trying to figure out just where she belongs. And a thoughtful exploration of just how much where you belong, and where you came from, influences who you are, and who you are meant to be. I can’t wait to see where this goes next in the second half of the duet- I NEED IT NOW!
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904 reviews154 followers
January 10, 2021
“A star. With eyes like a summer night just before dawn.”

I almost loved this, almost but Stella had to ruined it for me by her foolishness and being "weak" for a second. She knew that this Bingham guy is not a good person she should trust her gut feeling, instead of letting her emotions overruled her common sense!

and the "hair scene" I think that was unnecessary, it was petty and silly. It's annoying.

This book had strong moments such as the ' spit scene' in the cafeteria, also Stella never falter to stand up for herself whenever she was being chastised by bitch Hali. Yes, you go, girl! As for the cliffhanger, it was alright, slivery expected, didn't put me on edge.

“You are light in my darkness, Star.”
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4,949 reviews306 followers
August 9, 2020
I have been looking forward to reading this book as the blurb enticed me in. It reminded me as I was reading the book a mix between Cassie James "Patience Series" and Lisa Helen Gray with her Wrong Crowd. The book starts with our main character Stella receiving a wooden box with a letter. The letter is addressed to her real name, a name she has not used in years as even growing up - her mum made them use fake names until her mother disappeared without a trace when she was 15 years old. Now two years later, Stella has been living on her own and working as a waitress and trying to do schooling online. The letter is apparently from her Aunt Cecily asking her to visit her in Folkestone. Stella accepts and makes her way to Folkestone. She is about to get the surprise of her life as she learns that her mother came from wealth and her family the Bradleigh's were one of the founding families. However, with money and power can come dark secrets and Stella being back is about to start some dangerous actions as some people in town want the Bradleigh name gone forever but what they don't count on is that Stella isn't her mother and she isn't one to back down to threats and now that Stella finally has friends and family - something she has wanted for a long time, she isn't going anywhere - even if it does put her life in jeopardy. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read Book #2. The only downside was the way the author wrote the cliffhanger ending as it felt too sharp to me. It was like she wasn't too sure where she wanted to end this book and was like I can't be bothered writing any more tonight, I'm going to finish with this sentence. There was no warning to the cliffhanger as it jumped out of nowhere. I am though in saying that excited and can't wait till December for the next book to be released.
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222 reviews9 followers
August 2, 2020
As if this is Samantha Lovelock's debut novel! Shut. The. Front. Door.

I'm in awe. Of this new fictional world. Of these characters. Of Sam's writing style. And I'm so glad that there will be more books set in the Folkstone Sins universe, because Fragile Things? It's just the tip of the iceberg of what Stella, Poe and the rest of the crew have to offer.

Secrets. Lies. Mystery. A town centred around royalty and privilege—also known as the Heirs of Folkstone. This book fed my new adult, enemies to lovers-craving soul.

Stella Bradleigh is one of those badass heroines you can't help but respect and root for. And Poe Halliday is a cocky alpha that will have you swooning from the very first smirk. Together, their chemistry is explosive. Fragile Things is book #1 of their duet, and I can't wait to read more of them and their story.
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1,821 reviews113 followers
June 5, 2022
I am STUNNED that was this authors debut book. She deserves a standing ovation!!

With a plot full of long buried secrets and characters that wring every emotion from you, I would normally expect this kind of polished work from a seasoned writer not a talented newbie.

This definitely was not what I was expecting from the eye catching blurb. Cannot wait to see what happens next. 100% definitely a must click.
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232 reviews14 followers
September 2, 2021

just for the supense, if not for the romance. ( which I found was bit outdated but not complaining though).

Excited for the part 2 !!

But seriously, I am shook, I keep finding new author with badass writing style. What a year !!
👏 👏 👏
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Author 11 books266 followers
August 16, 2020
WOW! I was immediately sucked into this book! Stella is such a great main character, equally flawed and strong at the same time and Poe is just the right amount of cocky yet broody that’s I love reading about! The chemistry and romance was sizzling hot!! And the secrets and mystery of the plot will have you racing to finish each page! I read this in one day I was so hooked from start to finish! It’s so well written and flows perfectly. I’m so excited to read the next book!
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2,724 reviews
December 29, 2020
Wow this book is not afraid to jump right into the story and I love it! There's no easing into this, we hit the ground running and I was immediately sucked in. I loved the pacing and how much happened and the crazy ending left me wanting more!

Stella is a great main character, she's been through a lot and is strong because of it. She stands up for herself when others hurt her, she makes friends easily, and she rolls with things pretty well. I'm rooting for her to rise above the haters and live happily with Poe.

I also enjoyed Stella's new bff Sunday. She's hilarious and a ride or die chick. From the beginning she's there for Stella and would do anything for her. We could all use a friend like her. The other friends in the group are fun and rounded out the circle. I'm so happy Stella has so many people supporting her.

I can't wait for the next book! There are some huge revelations and I need more information stat.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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1,036 reviews78 followers
August 15, 2020
5 fantastic stars!! This is going straight to the favorites list.

This is book one of the “Folkestone Sins” series and to my shock is this author’s DEBUT novel!! This set the bar extremely high.

Omg this book was perfection. It set up this series perfectly. I can not wait to find out more about all the heirs. I love Poe and Stella and their entire crew. Sunday is the best friend every girl wants. The boys of the crew are funny, sexy and so loveable. But what I love the most is the loyalty. Damn this book is good.

I know there are so many more secrets to be shared, and relationships to be had. If each book in the series is as good as this one then you all better watch out!!

I enjoyed this story so much. I was in a bit of a book funk and this tore me right out of it. I’m still like in shock. I need book two ASAP!! This is a bully romance, so if your not into that stay away but I think this is so much more.

The author writes flawlessly. She makes you fall in love with the characters. I also enjoyed how the book would be told in both Stella and Poe’s point of view. And she would take it back a little bit so you can see what happened from both sides. Let me just say that ending was so damn good!!

Congrats on one hell of a debut novel!! And for all you readers this is a book you will not wanna miss out on!!

**I received this book as an ARC and in return gave my honest review **
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Author 15 books128 followers
August 12, 2020
"Meet your new addiction. A Riveting, decadent, page turner that kept me flipping through the pages ferociously. Samantha has outdid herself. This unputdownable, pulse-pounding, pleasurable piece of perfection. I can’t believe this her debut Novel because wow it’s absolutely amazing.

Poe and Stella chemistry sizzled off the pages. They had this tangible connection that could not be denied.

Fragile Things is An intense, passionate story with revelations and twists. It was Swoon-worthy and enthralling. The characters and there developments were so well written the story just flowed and I can’t wait for more of Samantha’s masterful words..

“6 Stars!”
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Author 12 books912 followers
September 26, 2023
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2,319 reviews23 followers
August 13, 2020
Samantha Lovelock, you hit the ground running with Fragile Things. I cannot believe that this is your debut novel- amazing job!

This book hits so many boxes that I look for in my new adult romances:

A kick-a leading lady
An angsty but alpha main man
A captivating story line that will have you on the edge of your seat
Smokin' hot chemistry
That moment when everything hits the fan
Leaves you wanting more!

I really enjoyed reading Fragile Things. It was snarky, fun and action-packed. I was highly impressed while reading and even more so when I found out it was the author's debut novel. All in all if you are looking for a book that has the aspects of a bully romance but with an interesting twist to it, definitely check this out. I give it a 4.5 outta 5 because there were a few parts that was almost a little to angsty and unbelievable even for me (total shocker), but still a REALLY good book overall!

PS: Thank you to Samantha Lovelock and Give Me Books PR for allowing me an advanced copy of the book to read and review honestly!
2,823 reviews74 followers
August 12, 2020
How? How is a debut this dang good? It kept me up way past my bedtime because I wouldn't not just couldn't put it down. You think this is a bully romance? It is but it's way more than that. A thrilling plot and characters that are so complex you never see what they do coming. For a debut this not only delivered on the damn thing, it blew my mind and I'm already aching for not only the next book in this series but every other little thing she'll bring out. An ARC was provided to me for review. My opinion is my own and hasn't been influenced in any way.
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598 reviews52 followers
September 20, 2020
Star and Poe

Great first book with lots of drama, twisty turns, and intrigue.

The FMC moves from NY to love with her aunt after the death of her mother. Her family is one of the founding families of the town and she (after her mother's death) is now the heir of her family.

A lot of this book is navigating life through high school and dealing with rich bullies. There's a mystery underneath it all waiting to be unraveled.

Looking forward to the next book!
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916 reviews359 followers
April 29, 2021
First, I will tell you that I was shocked when I found out this was a debut novel from Samantha Lovelock. This book comes across as written by an author who has been around for awhile, which only tells me that the future looks great and I've got an author that I can say I started reading from the beginning of her writing career.

Fragile Things came across to me as a mix mash of all the books I've come to love in the High School settings but with Samantha Lovelocks way of telling a story which I gotta say is different from what I've read previously. Told in dual POVs, but here's this thing it's told in a way where we get some scenes that show both perspectives as opposed to a continuous timeline progression. And I found that very unique and if I can say that actually added to the story for me. So many times I've thought I wonder what was going through so and so's head in that moment but with this story I didn't need to wonder because Samantha did a great job of making sure that key moments were told from both POVs. I can't recall that I've seen that done before in a book.

So while this particular book does focus on Poe and Stella's story we are introduced to some pretty kick ass characters. It's got that high school angst, the high school issues that would be typically encountered but it also has that drama that goes beyond high school. That makes this world that Lovelock has created addictive. You instantly want more from the characters, you want to see where this story is going. Like a netflix series that you can't get enough of. You get invested in all that is going down and there's a lot that unfolds.

Getting to the end of this book there was no doubt I was immediately diving into the next one. Heck just one click the entire series because I'm in it. I want it. I need it.

The Folkestone series is definitely one you need to put on your TBR, bump it up the damn list.

For those that are a fan of The Royals by Erin Watt, The Brayshaw Series by Meagan Brandy which I happen to be, I definitely think you will love this book.

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August 17, 2020
Alright, wow! Fragile Things is the debut novel from Samantha Lovelock and book one of the Folkestone Sins series, and it’s an amazing introduction to an incredible set of characters and to an incredible new author.

I instantly liked Stella, no question. She’s just got her own vibe going on, probably from having to spend the last two years of her life in her own after her mother disappears. And Poe? He’s pretty dreamy. He doesn’t fit into the typical rich boy stereotypes and even though he and the rest of the Heirs rule the roost, they don’t flaunt it. They aren’t cruel, they aren’t spiteful.

The ending has me dying for book two and I’m so curious to see where Stella and Poe’s journey takes them!
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3,029 reviews6 followers
August 8, 2020
Stella Bradleigh has endured a lot in her young life, being abandoned at a young age, being bounced around in foster homes, never really having a real home. Not to mention the fact that she knows literally nothing about her family history, all because of her mother's doing of course. She lives on her own, works a simple waitress job, and has a crappy apartment stocked with her meager belongings. But then one day a package arrives on her doorstep, and it promises to answers all the questions she has held onto about her family for so long. But learning those answers means she must board a plane and go somewhere she has never been... which leaves her more than a little unsettled. But she decides to go on the adventure anyway, and winds up finding far more than she bargained for!

Fragile Things is a stunning debut that comes brimming with heart-soaring highs, jaw-dropping dramatic moments, and soul-crushing lows. This spectacularly crafted bully romance promises to take you on one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride! I had no idea what to expect with this one, but the reviews I had previously read were quite promising, and I have to say I totally agree with my fellow bloggers, this is definitely a can't miss read. Page after page I fell deeper into Stella's disturbing and heart-wrenching world, and with each page I devoured the more my heart broke for this girl. All she wanted was answers, and the more questions she asked, the more the people she was supposed to put her trust in failed her. I cannot wait to see what the next installment holds for her and the boy after her heart... hopefully some much needed happiness! I highly recommend you take a chance on this one, you won't be disappointed with what you find waiting for you between the pages!!

I requested an advanced of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest and unbiased opinion.
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August 1, 2020
Wow, what a debut. The storytelling is so strong from the start, something I don’t usually see with new authors. This dark romance leaves nothing to the imagination. This book flows so smoothly that it’s easy to eat it up in one sitting and not be able to put it down. Plus, that cliffhanger was something fierce and keeps you reeling hours after your finish.

Stella is a strong female character that knows how to stand up for herself and take the things she wants. At age 15 she had to learn to fend for herself to survive, until two years later she was thrust back into a world she knew nothing about, a world that her mother tried to shield her from.

Poe didn't know what hit him when Stella came into his life, but boy did he learn quickly. She is the air he breathes, his star. You can feel the attraction from the start. They orbit around each other, not understanding the magnitude of what this will snowball into.

What I really liked about this book is that you feel she is an equal and that she belongs with these other people(elite) right away. They have her back and they will fight for her through everything. Strong friendships are fast and she finally is not as alone in this world as she first thought.

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these characters and what Samantha can come up with next! You should be proud of this book, it was beautifully crafted and captures readers attention from the first word!!!!

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August 13, 2020
This is my first time reading a Samantha Lovelock book and it was amazing, it’s one of my favorite tropes enemies to lovers.

Stella never knew where she came from, her mom didn’t tell her and when she disappears and leaves Stella all on her own the family she never knew comes looking for her and changes her whole world. From poor to riches, she is thrown into a world she didn’t think was possible to be in, at an elite high school and meets wonderful people and some not so much. Poe is one of the founding heirs of the town and he immediately becomes enamor with Stella but their relationship is not an easy one, good thing she has true friends by her side.

Stella has to grow fast since she was on her own from a really young age, looking out for the trouble that always follows her, she knows how defend herself and won’t back down or show weakness to her enemies. Poe is an imposing guy, he is the dream of every girl, has a strong character and a good heart but doesn’t always show it.

I usually don’t like fast track love stories but I think since you get a good look into the characters it has a balance to it which makes it a good read. This is book one of a duet so it ends in a cliffhanger hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for book two because there are so many questions to be answered!!

5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

August 13, 2020

***ARC generously provided for an honest review.***

Fragile Things is the debut novel by Samantha Lovelock. First I must say, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by a first time author that was so well written and developed. I was literally shocked to realize that this was her first book. An amazing story that was well written and cohesive made this book a hit for me. This book packs lots of secrets and lots of steam.

Stella Bradleigh has spent he whole life shrouded in mystery from her mother’s secret past. When her mother disappears though she’s even more perplexed when she receives a letter of invitation to Folkestone, California to meet an aunt she never knew she had and more about her mother’s secret past.

What Stella finds is darkness and even more disturbing secrets that’ll change her life forever. Folkestone packs deep rooted history and pacts that’ll leave her questioning everything.

A solid story with well developed plot, characters and heart. I’m obsessed with Stella, Poe and the Heirs.

5 stars!
August 1, 2020
I just have to say for this being Samantha Lovelock's debut book she did the damn thing!! I seriously couldn't put it down. This bully romance was EVERYTHING! Stella is a baddie who take no crap from anyone and was taught early on to always watch out for the people lurking in the corners. When an unknown aunt reaches out she decided it was time for answers. What she found was secrets and lies that start to unravel upon her return. Poe is the broody alpha that tries to stay away from a certain fiesta chic but can't even if he tried. But then I got to the end and the cliffhanger about killed me. Book 2 can't come soon enough. I have so many questions! Everyone needs to read this amazing story because trust me you will not be able to put it down.
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July 30, 2020
I mean....

This I legit her first novel!? Where the heck have you been hiding that beautiful creative mind at!!

This was so freaking good!!!


So much heart break... new friends, new life, new love. Psychotic people, amazing bestie friends🖤

I can’t wait to see where we go in boom 2!

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