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The Formation of Us (Labels & Lace series, Book 1)

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Banished from the reservation before the fires even died down,
my guilt and shadows followed me.
My hands stained in blood, a friendly soul helped me get back on my feet.
Through the lens of a friend's camera, my eyes catch the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.
She wasn’t the kind of woman who let me admire her from afar.
Her confidence pulled me in, her strength helped brea
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Published September 1st 2021 by self published
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Y.D. Mar
Jul 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
AUTHOR'S NOTE:

I was tasked by a reader to do a nonstereotypical nerd book. My reader group voted on the ethnicities.

This one's for you Kristin.
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Sasha  Chaboksavar
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This nerd will incinerate your panties

*giggles uncontrollably* This was the cutest read!

Mat is the perfect combo of nerdy, innocent and alpha while Atsuko completes him by being vulnerable yet sassy. Even the side characters, their best friends Akmal and Vero, are written to perfection. I'm so excited for Akmal's story, he seems even more innocent than Mat but I just know he's got an alpha inside him 😈.
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Chalice
The couple: Mat and Atsuko

Romance genre: contemporary
Series: Labels and Lace
Length: 263 pages

Plot: Mat is living but not necessarily thriving. He's been banished from his reservation and he's working a job he doesn't particularly like. He's looking for something, but he doesn't know exactly what. Atsuko is happy enough with her life but is coasting along. She has an on-again/off-again boyfriend, a part-time minimum wage job, and in the plus column, a great best friend and some side gigs modeling
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Holly Ann Grays
Sep 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went on an emotional rollercoaster as I was reading. The world building is excellent. I highly recommend this book and Author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Maria
Jul 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for a nerdy Hero, Mat was perfect shy all blushing around the heroine Atsuko . She's a sultry character forward, Mat has a sadness around him something is happening to him which he is trying to get away from. Looking forward to what the rest of the series brings. ...more
Vic
Aug 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Let's start out by saying I only seem to read three types of books: dark, kinky, or starring a raging alpha. If a book can combine all three then I'm in love. Last time I picked up a book that didn't have at least one of these aspects my delicate sensibilities were so offended I nearly didn't finish it. I might have well have picked up a clean romance!

I won an ARC copy of The Formation of Us in a giveaway and if it hadn't been written but such an awesome author I probably never would have picke
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Phyllis
Aug 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Controlled Chaos

YD La Mar’s first book in her contemporary romance ‘Labels and Lace’ series has some unexpected surprises. It has an unusual concept, that I find highly unlikely in this day and age, of men in their mid-late twenties that are still virgins. Mat and his friend, Akmal, work for the same company as IT guys. Atmal has a side job as a photographer and gets Mat to come along to help him on a photo shoot. Atsuko and her BFF, Veronica (Vero for short), just happen to be the models for t
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Anita
Jul 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Y.D. La Mar took the challenge of going outside her comfort zone to write a more contemporary romance, and she hit a home run. I love finding heroes that are not the stereotypical alpha, who show more vulnerability, and have a great dose of nerd in them. And Mat is exactly that. A sweet, caring, HOT, awkward man who discovers his inner alpha.

Atsuko is a confident badass bitch who needs to find a man that will treat her like the queen she is. Luckily she meets Mat and they compliment each other s
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Tia Fanning
Sep 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense Emotional Drama w/ HOT-HOT Intimacy

This is an intense read on the emotional side. Not necessarily burning consuming hot volcanic rage or grief, but the kind of strong emotion that overwhelms and drowns you, like rising waters of a tsunami. It’s almost unexpected. You suddenly realize you’re holding your breath. It’s that first love. It’s that first heartbreak. It’s the intensity of seeing the darker, more selfish sides of everyday people. The author does not shock you with real-life mons
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Patrice
Jul 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Who new that the all consuming darkness of one's past, and the tortures they face in current times, could open and bloom into such a beautiful romance?
Mat didn't, that's for sure. When Mat first sees Atsuko, he wants her. Does he deserve her? He doesn't think so, but that won't stop him.
A newbie to the dating scene, Mat trips and stumbles along with Atsuko. The couple have their ups and downs, with their friends there to back them up.
Can the well experienced and the newbie to love make it work w
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Jenni
Aug 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matt and Atsuko take us on a wild hilarious ride! Matt is obsessed with Atsuko the moment he first sees her, but he doesnt feel worthy of her. As the nerdy newbie to relationships Matt discovers more about the world of relationships through more experianced Atsuko, and also their friends Vero and Akmal. Well written with an engaging story line ell developed characters that draw you in. This story is quite different from the dark previous works by YD La Mar, but certainly shows the versatility of ...more
Kiki
Jul 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow.. This story is so different from Y.D's previous work and really shows her range as an author. I love a nerd H and Mat delivers on all the adorable nerdiness while still being an alpha. There wasn't a single loveable character. This book was sweet, heartwarming, funny, and at times, heartbreaking. I also loved the diversity of all the characters. ...more
TINA WILLIAMS
Aug 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very unique read with a nerdy alpha and a beautiful model. They have instant chemistry and can’t keep their hands off each other. They end up being exactly what the other one needs. Throw in some drama and you have one interesting story.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Gloria Thomas
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely amazing. Matt and Atsuko are amazing together. They have an instant chemistry. Matt is a beautiful, gentle, protective H. Atsuko helps him discover his true self. She is an amazing author. A must follow!!!!!!
Selena Michaels
Sep 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mat!

Yes! I’ve been anticipating this book for a while. I love a good nerd and mar delivers! I just want to lick him. Honestly the buffeSt, smartest nerd I’ve read in a long time. I can’t wait until the next one!
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