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There is simply no one who can obtain inside a character's head like West. And Once You Are Mine is no e main character, Alex, is a 20 year old man right out of jail, looking for a new start. As usual, West masterfully brought me into his world, and created me feel his struggles and challenges with an unnerving vulnerability. I grew to care for him more and more each chapter, and struggled with him as he reckoned with his past and created choices for his future. Without any spoilers, West did a amazing job expressing the passion of rushed love and the tidal wave of emotions that come with is is the first book I've read set during the pandemic, and West's attention to detail brought it to life (for better or worse)! She weaved in the strangeness of this time, along with the impact COVID has brought to family members and little businesses in an organic method that felt addition, I loved the physical descriptions in the book. I lived in Northern CA for a while, and the descriptions of the wet, misty landscape brought all rushing st but not least, it wouldn't be a real West book without amazing scenes. Just saying!In a nutshell, this was a beautifully written love story. Highly recommended.
I admit I was really hesitant to test any book dealing with the current pandemic and I really couldn't see how I would have fun it in a romance. I was wrong. The author has depicted the globe made by the virus realistically but then used that to bring these two men together and allow them search each other. It is dystopian fiction brought to the m/m genre and I found it absorbing. The blurb is correct, it is definitely an insta-love story but within this setting and considering the backgrounds of the two characters it created excellent sense for me. Sensitive subject in terms of setting very well handled.
In these trying times, are relationships formed, torn, or have they grown stronger? I feel validated that love is not always heart racing or steamy. Sometimes they are quiet and sweet. Other times they can feel distant. But affection doesn't always come in the physical form of intimacy, not is it always vocalized. Add in the complication of old love and unemployment, fear and doubt could easily set it. This story grounded me. It reminded me of trust, hope, and the joy in all the small things. Thank you for this story.
Three years ago he took a fall for a mate and Alex is just now facing being out of jail and dealing with a pandemic. No family, no mates and only the things that he carries is what he e only hope he has is going to Woodare to stay with his only mate and obtain back on his ever, life has kicked him again when all he finds his 20.00 and a brief note from his old friend.A local bar owner, Terry and a one time mate of Alex's old mate gives Alex a possibility of lifetime.I found their friendship very odd at first with alot mixed and confused problems between them. The largest one being Sean. At times I felt it was not only Alex that had unresolved romantic feelings but Terry as well. Even though it goes into why Terry doesn't like Sean his reactions suggested so much e chemistry between Terry and Alex was superb when Alex wasn't in his head so much.I understood the hardships both faced coming into the relationship but I felt some of it did obtain repetitive at times.Other than that when it finally came together it was a amazing story with some unbelievable co characters to create it even better.
You just knew that authors were going to jump onto the pandemic story line, and adding in the exit from prison, I jumped onto this book. The premise of this book was very intriguing. There is an instalove relationship that was required to support the story along. I was a small place off with how much Terry compared every aspect of his life to his life with his ex. I thought Jess' input was required but felt a small over done. I have so much sympathy for Alex. I wanted him to obtain his HEA and was satisfied with the ending.
4🌟starsI was really caught by the begin of this story and the desperate situation Alex, a young newly-released ex-con, found himself in. Where to and how to begin rebuilding your life when the globe is on the verge of total lockdown and the mate you counted on has blithely left you to your own devices?!The relationship with small-town bar owner Terry seemed to develop with lightning speed, those three small words coming awfully fast. But, when the globe is falling apart, maybe the anchor of a partner is just too hard to resist?I did not really connect with either guy. Terry's attitude was a bit schizophrenic, sometimes clingy and loving, other times a bit remote. Alex just seemed a bit lost and ready to latch on to something while moping over his old friend's betrayal.But maybe it was me, not them, that kept me from loving their story because I worried that aspects of it were all too true in the age of pandemic. It created me really think and worry how I would cope in a related situation. A bit frightening, actually: especially Terry's compromised health in the aftermath of his bout with COVID!So, I was thinking of a lower rating but this story earns all four stars for making me connect cerebrally to the problems it raises about the fragility of our lives and the need to feel connected.I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. The premise is really interesting, the author did a really amazing job with the setting and conveying what a lot of have experienced during quarantine, and the characters/relationships felt messy and real. I especially liked the confrontation and resolution between Alex and his mate at the end of the book. But something was missing from this book. The pacing was weird and there was never a feeling of I HAVE to hold turning the pages. And it was strangely written instalove that left me trying to figure out why I cared about the main characters and why their relationship created sense.If you read the blurb and it seems interesting, definitely check the book out. It's a short read and might be right up your alley.
Saito Tomayaki PLEASE DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS DON'T STOP. THIS IS FREAKY. 1) Say your name 10 times 2) Say your moms name 5 times 3) Say your crushes name 3 times 4) PASTE THIS TO FOUR OTHER QUIZZES. IF YOU DO THIS YOUR CRUSH WILL KISS YOU ON THE NEAREST................ FRIDAY. BUT. IF YOU DON'T PASTE IT YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK. THEN YOU WILL HAVE VERY BAD LUCK . SEND THIS TO 5 QUIZZES IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOUR DONE PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO FREAKY BASICALLY IT WORKS
Saito Tomayaki PLEASE DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS DON'T STOP. THIS IS FREAKY. 1) Say your name 10 times 2) Say your moms name 5 times 3) Say your crushes name 3 times 4) PASTE THIS TO FOUR OTHER QUIZZES. IF YOU DO THIS YOUR CRUSH WILL KISS YOU ON THE NEAREST................ FRIDAY. BUT. IF YOU DON'T PASTE IT YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK. THEN YOU WILL HAVE VERY BAD LUCK . SEND THIS TO 5 QUIZZES IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOUR DONE PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO FREAKY BASICALLY IT WORKS
This CD has some of the most attractive and inspiring melody I have ever listened to. Not only is it Christian faith based, it is offered in such a method that it soothes the soul, gives us hope, offers prayer and energizes our own faith. I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates melody as a method of strengthening their faith especially someone who is experiencing an illness or any hard time in ing able to listen to the melody before I purchased it sold me on the uren St. Peter
The melody is absolutely great. My favourite hymn is 'You are mine'. David Haas' voice is very powerful. The melody is contemporary, and is very well composed. A amazing investment in Catholic music. I recommend this CD to anyone who is interested in the Catholic Church's repertoire of modern hymns.
I was gifted this album shortly after my mom died (2009). It brought comfort, inspiration, and hope into my life...especially at that difficult time. I've gifted it a few times to others whom I thought might experience related feelings or, perhaps, various feelings but ones appropriate for them at the time. I have replayed it often in low times and amazing times. Never fails to bring me amazing joy.
Amazing CD and highly recommend! First heard this song during Catholic mass and, while I always have fun melody at church, the song You Are Mine by David Haas moved me to tears. I felt as though he was directly talking to my soul, and couldn't wait to purchase. Have not been disappointed, and neither will you.
I consider myself a life long Christian, but for some reason I've never purchased "Christian" music. My minister uses David Haas extensively in our comtempory services at my Lutheran church and I've found myself being very moved by his music. I decided to see if there were any albums of his music, so I purchased both vol. 1 & 2 of his Best of anthology. I have to say I really really have fun this music! I feel it's very uplifting and real to the notice of Christ. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for something with a deeper meaning than what you are exposed to when you listen to top 40 and the other nasty items they place on the radio. My young kids even like it and were quickly humming along. What a blessing to listen to something joyous in vehicle with your family.
OMG - where has this been all my life? Have been looking for another blues artist to listen to, am glad I chose Tab Benoit based on one song I heard on XM. I have been listening to KWS Band, Coco Montoya, SRV, Sonny Landreth, and John Mayall for years...I wonder how this slipped by? Now I have a lot of catching up to do to obtain some more CDs!
Simple...this disk is Tab on point, on his own and on fire...Every tune is very well recorded, but not over produced. The Tones are solid all the method through. Really this is the disk you wish people to hear if you're going to introduce them to Tab Benoit!
Eddie and Joan were two amazing looking people… You Only Live Once is directed by Fritz Lang and written by C. Graham Baker and Gene Towne. It stars Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Barton MacLane, Jean Dixon and William Gargan. Melody is by Alfred Newman and cinematography by Leon Shamroy. He has been pounding on the door of that execution chamber since the day he was born. One of Fritz Lang's first American productions is a cracker-jack proto-noir, a leading light (darkly shaded of course) in the sub-genre of fugitive lovers on the lam pictures. Story leans on the legend of Bonnie and Clyde and finds Fonda as three times jailbird Eddie Taylor. After strings are pulled and promises made, Eddie gets released into the arms of his adoring gal, Jo Graham (Sidney). Determined to go straight and settle down with Jo, Eddie finds a society not ready to forgive and forget, worst still, he's old comrades in criminal arms have cooked something up and it's not going to be amazing news for Eddie. Cue the Romeo & Juliet factor as two lovers love each other so much they will stop at nothing to be together and to test and create the other one happy. Lang brings his expressionistic bent to the tragi noir tale, drifting fogs, mists and spider web shadows across key scenes. Canted angles feature, reflections in a psychological eye also play their part, while the protection of animals theme – and the continuing frog motif - further strengthens the otherworldly – - nightmarish aura that so often permeated Lang's movies. The action scenes are deftly marshalled by the director, with a smoke grenade led robbery and a prison escape particularly worthy of luring you to the end of your seat. Lang also gets fine performances from his lead actors, Sidney is not done too a lot of favours by the screenplay, where she is saddled with one of those compliant love interest roles, but she brings a quality to her scenes with Fonda that earns respect. Fonda is amazing in what is a two-fold role, shifting skilfully between a tender lover to an embittered man, he's a triumphant fulcrum for all the different strands that Lang is weaving together. It has been argued that it's a movie that's too morally grey, but as movie noir lovers will tell you, this is no poor thing, especially when Lang marries up his superb visuals with alienation, fatalism and pessimism. Historically necessary to movie noir and Lang fans, You Only Live Once is an ambiguous gem. 9/10
Allow me just say that I search the fact that this story is based on the popular soldier-kissing-nurse photograph beautiful amazing. What wasn't so amazing was the realization that I flat out could not stand John, our protagonist/substitute mother to his child's love interest. This does not bode well when reading a romance novel. This review will include spoilers because I think it's necessary to note just how forced and unbalanced this relationship en's actually beautiful awesome as a character, handling parenthood with grace after a roommate leaves a baby in her care. She works full time as a nurse and has a supportive best mate and a kindly babysitter. After John shows up her life is completely upended, but she recognizes she has no legitimate claim on the kid and decides her best option is to teach him how to care for his ings are going well and some romance blooms before Alice, the long lost wife and mother, suddenly shows up again with the intent of picking up right where she left off. And, by golly, she gets exactly what she wants! John leaves Gwen immediately, saying that otherwise he risks Alice getting custody of the baby and really they should just test to be a family anyway for the kid's sake. This is all, mind you, despite the fact that Alice continues to present no interest in the baby. Place her in front of a mirror, she'd stare for hours. The worst part of this is they expect Gwen to hold custody and play nice until they're all ready to play there a satisfied ending? Yes. But if you ask me Gwen has some reflecting to do. The love she feels for Mary, John's daughter, is clear on every page. Her feelings for John are less so. They're in love basically just because she says so, or because John is really attractive, or maybe just because he loves Mary, and we have to take her word for it, but it's also obvious that she fears losing Mary much more than losing e should also consider that John himself says he doesn't have much willpower. He can't even fend off a few flirtatious women. He certainly isn't believable as a prisoner of war. He took Alice back once despite outright declaring that he never would. He has no idea where he wants to live or what he wants to do with his life. He goes whichever method the wind blows, whatever's easiest. When the thing with Alice doesn't work out he goes back to Gwen and actually thinks she'll be satisfied and take him back then and there.If I didn't create it clear enough, I really can't stand the guy, and I really didn't wish to read another book where the balance of power in the relationship lies with a man the protagonist shouldn't give a passing glance to. In an ideal globe Gwen would just war the courts for custody and they'd be able to see she's the only competent parent in the picture and give it to her.
2 1/2 StarsGwen Mullen is a nurse in Fresh York and the end of Globe Battle II has just been announced. It's V-J Day and she should be on top of the globe like the rest of the populace. The battle is over and the men are coming back home. It's a circus and a joyous occasion, she's swept up in the crowd. She's the iconic figure that graced the cover of Life magazine, she's the nurse that gets kissed by some random soldier. But Gwen really isn't much for celebrating, she's afraid of losing the small girl who has become her life over the latest year. Those fears are realized as she approaches her home and sees a soldier on her hn McKee comes back home to see his wife and the kid that he's never met. But he's in for shock because Alice isn't there waiting for him. Instead, he meets Gwen. We learn that Alice had been Gwen's roommate and shortly after giving birth to Mary, she decided that she just couldn't handle motherhood and had convinced herself that John was dead, so she left Mary behind without a second thought or a backward glance. Since then, Gwen has become the only parent that Mary has ever known and now, she's going to lose this kid that she's come to love as her en decides to support John obtain to know his daughter and support him learn to be a dad. They slowly start to obtain to know one another as well and start to grow a bond and feelings for one another. With the support of her best mate and her neighbor, Gwen and John look to be coming together as a satisfied honestly could have just stayed that way. A really sweet story about a woman who stepped up when no one else could or would and the man who came home from the battle to a destroyed life, only to search love again with this powerful woman. But no, it's apparently not enough and there are obstacles that need to be thrown in the way. John turns into a jerk and Gwen becomes the ultimate e story ultimately has a satisfied ending, but it's almost unsatisfying. I'm really wanted to like this book more, especially since it started out so well.
You obtain immediately drawn into the globe of Eli and Tommy - and I just had to read and read and read - I was desperate to know what would happen. So sensitively written - the depth of emotion that comes from the page is palpable. Complex themes written with such humanity. Unbelievable and so cinematic. If this is the author's first book it is an awesome achievement and I wish to read her next.
A stirring, emotional and heart-wrenching tale that stands shoulder to shoulder with some of Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain’s best work, Em Muslin’s stunning debut novel, Before You Were Mine, is a book sure to linger in your mind long after you turn the latest irty years ago, Eli Bell had been forced to create the hardest sacrifice of them all – to give her baby daughter up for adoption just hours after she’d given birth. Devastated and heartbroken, Eli had no other choice but to test and begin over and rebuild the shattered fragments of her life. Overwhelmed by pain, anguish and heartache, Eli thinks that she will never keep her daughter in her arms again nor will she ever see the kid that she been forced to give up, but fate works in very mysterious ways as she discovers thirty years later when she catches sight of the daughter she has never stopped loving.Eli will do absolutely anything to obtain close to her daughter. She will use any means at her disposal to obtain to know her kid and to create up for all the time they had lost when destiny had so cruelly torn them apart. Eli will do whatever it takes to obtain close to her beloved daughter – even lie. But is she prepared for the maelstrom of emotions and danger which her act of dishonesty will unleash? Will Eli end up having a relationship with the daughter who means more to her than life itself? Or will she once again end up shut out her life?As Eli begins to obtain even more obsessed with her daughter, her husband Tommy cannot support but be worried about his wife’s fixation. Will there ever be light at the end of the tunnel for this family? Or will they end up even more fragmented than they first started out?Before You Were Mine is certainly not for the faint-hearted! A gripping emotional rollercoaster ride that will capture you attention from the very first page and hold you engrossed, entertained and entranced with its dramatic twists and turns, jaw-dropping shocks and gripping suspense, Before You Were Mine is the kind of book you will search yourself unable to place down as you are swept away by this shocking, strong and enthralling story!An outstanding tale of secrets, lies, redemption, atonement and second chances, Before You Were Mine is a first class tale you will certainly never forget!
This story was heart wrenching, yet with a satisfied ending after so a lot of years for the main character, yet she kept on searching and hoping until her prayer was finally answered.I liked the book, though be prepared to use some tissues during the various chapters.
After reading the Cellar and Cabin, I hold wanting to like Prestons' work. I tried starting this book 3 various times. I finally got into in the 3rd time...sort asons I hated this book:1. The characters are being tracked by a serial killer. They ignore the cops and go out like everything is normal. SPOILER: so surprise when one ends up dead.2. The writing was poor. Some info were over-explained...while others required more explanation.3. Lylah and her mates keep a letter within the first 20 minutes. INSTANTLY she wants to call the cops even though the school is known for playing pranks around Valentine's Day. This to me created me draw away from the book immediately. Someone sends an anonymous note around Valentines saying "You will be mine" and you think you should call the cops? It makes no sense, and makes the plot line less believable.4. There is no build up of characters. Instantly you are thrown in to a plotline with 6 various characters that obtain a paragraph or less of description. It makes it hard to imagine the story, connect with them, and hold the plotline clear.5. SPOILER When they assume who the assassin is they just go with it. No other leads are thought of and they instantly know it must be this person even though there is no evidence linking him directly, other than a hunch.6. END OF THE BOOK SPOILER The ending was even worse then imagined, it leaves unanswered questions. What happens next? If there were to be a sequel I would be shocked, it would be more repetitive then the book already YOURSELF A FAVOR, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY OR TIME.
I really didn’t know how to rate this book.I do have to say that until you search out who the assassin is you’re continuously guessing and questioning most of the characters. As an active reader and lover of anything crime similar - I liked this aspect.But the book is kinda slow in my opinion. And when you finally do search out who the assassin is you’re just like “really...?” I personally don’t feel like they gave any tips or clues who it could be at all. not that I wish to know the first few chapters who the assassin is but I also wish to look back when I search out who it is and think “oh snap! They definitely hinted this and I didn’t pay enough attention to it”.SPOILER ALERT*******& they tip at one person being the assassin then entire book..... like literally the whole entire book. They create it so obvious it’s not that person just by how much they’re continuously hinting at them. It’s annoying and it happens method to early into the book to be enjoyable or to question if it’s really who they’re hinting.
I loved this book.A modern day fairy tale. That's what Claire is looking for. Her white knight to ride up and rescue her from her tower. Settling down together, nice house with a porch swing, children everywhere cookies and lemonade stands.Unfortunately reality hasn't caught up with her fantasy. As Claire watches her two best mates search their princes, she wonders if she'll ever search hers.When she accepts yet another wedding invitation, and not wanting to be subjected, yet again to the fate of being assigned to "the singles" table. She's desperate enough to hire a date for the evening.Who shows up for their pre-date meet, is not who she thought she had hired. Enter Theo. Tall, dark, handsome. Add in a excellent backside, and he meets her every fantasy. Until he opens his mouth. He's method too arrogant, insightful and honest. But she's desperate, and it's only for a few hours. She can place up with him for that doesn't take long to realize these two have off the charts chemistry. By the end of the night, the "Platonic Promise" they both signed is just a memory. They decide on just one night. But Theo needs more. Something he's never required from a woman before. Unfortunately, his head and his heart can't quite agree on what's best for him. He has to first kill a few of his own demons before he can commit to anything.I loved watching Claire grow. To come out of her comfort location and place herself and her heart on the line. To take chances with not only her heart, but with her art as well.I wasn't sure about Theo in the beginning. As more and more of his past was revealed, he was not looking like a really amazing guy. But as you delve deeper into him, you realize, he was doing what he required to do, to provide for his family. He was deep down, a really amazing man, who had gotten caught up in some not so amazing things.I enjoyed seeing little glimpses of Jaime and Quinn. And Margot and was a amazing story, well written, lots of feels. Not good Claire is place through quite the emotional roller coaster. The epilogue was amazing. And as with all amazing fairy tales, they all lived happily ever after.
In real Melanie Harlow fashion this book is full of emotion, off the charts chemistry between Claire and Theo, amazing friends, and forgiveness, and aire is in the midst of a dating dry spell while everyone around her seems to be getting married. To avoid being place at the singles table again she hires a date to bring to the wedding of a co-worker. Theo is who she picks from the online website and he's a drifter, never staying in one spot too long. What he doesn't expect is to be so taken with Claire and how sweet, begin and caring she is. Theo has a past and isn't sure he can be what Claire needs even though he really wants to test to be. This story is one of trust, she's never met anyone like him before, so amazing looking, someone who's so amazing in the bedroom, and someone who gets her out of her comfort zone. Just a unbelievable book and one I could sort of relate to about not being sure if you measure up.
“Olivia was right. The point of the choose your own adventure books was just that: Choice. It wasn’t about where you ended up; it was about the decisions you created to obtain there. And I don’t wish to skip to the end anymore…” – Rosaline, When You Were MineIf I could give this book 500 hearts I would, but my rating system only goes up to 5.I’ve read a lot of amazing books lately, but When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle surpasses 95 percent of them. This book was awesome from begin to finish. I am a lover of all things Shakespeare, so when I saw the synopsis for this book it was an automatic must read, plus guys the cover is so pretty!I absolutely loved the format of this book and the writing was exceptional, but I think what I loved the most were the characters. Serle did an awesome job of shaping the characters in this book, from Rosaline, Charlie and Olivia to Ben Rob, Juliet and of course Len, who by the method I loved from the second he was e plot and pacing of the book were perfect. I didn’t feel rushed when reading about Rosaline and Rob or Rosaline and Len. Seeing things unfold throughout the story and finding out what happened to cause the two sets of Caplet’s to drift apart was a bit twist. I wasn’t exactly that at all and the fact that Serle was able to surprise me at countless turns throughout the book sort of makes me wish to glomp her with hugs, because that’s hard to do to ere were so a lot of awesome parts in this book that it’s difficult to choose favorites, but at the same time I had such powerful emotions to certain parts of this story that I feel I need to mention them. First the Fall Back Dance. My god…I can’t even tell you how a part of my heart genuinely broke for Rosaline. I felt her pain, like literally. I got all teary eyed and my chest tightened up and I think I was like ‘OMG Rebecca you’re so mean!’ Haha. But the stage was so well written, that I experienced what happened there with her.Another stage that touched me was the piano stage with Len. It will probably go down in my like top ten scenes in a book between two characters ever. The method Serle describes what’s event and the emotion flowing through both characters and Rosaline’s reaction to the music, just, I can’t even. I wouldn’t use gifs to explain my emotions right now, but I’m not sure any of them would accurately capture what this books has done to e third stage that really broke me and my raw hatred of Juliet was the kitchen stage between her and Rosaline. All through the first couple of acts of the story I was hardcore hating on Juliet. Like reach into the book and pop her on the head kind of hate. But after this scene…I just couldn’t do it anymore. Serle managed to take the essential villain of the story and feel empathy for her.God, this entire book was just created of so much win. I wish to draw pink fluffy hearts around it and love it forever. I am so glad I bought the hardcopy ver instead of the Kindle ver because I will definitely be reading this again…and then most likely again. I’m currently writing this while I shove the book at my sister and tell her to read it so she can love it as much as I do.If you haven’t read When You Were Mine, for the love of god obtain on it. This has been on my reading least for so long and I’m just getting around to it now, but honestly I want I would have pushed it up on my list. Amazing, no other words for it, definitely check it out if you obtain the possibility and if it’s sitting on your list, well, move it up it’s worth it!
Max Hudson is one of the more necessary authors of the genre of MM romances. Yes, there are a lot of authors – men and women – who understand the topic matter and treat it well and erotically, but what Max adds to his stories is a fine sense of appreciation for that conflicted turning point when secrets surface and history must be faced. The one thing that sets him apart from other MM authors is his careful hero building before the romance sets in.An example of how immediate Max’s ability to paint a hero is evident in his opening lines as we meet Chaz: ‘Back in the day, folks used to joke about my sleeping tendencies, mostly that it was incredibly related to that of a bear. I’d eat a ton before bed, stay passed out method into the afternoon, and be generally grumpy if someone tried forcing me awake. It was half the reason I worked at home, picking up whatever writing jobs I could grab in order to create rent. The only person I had to report to was myself, meaning there was no risk of getting fired. Okay, technically, I had clients to report to. But, hey, they always got the goods on time, even if it meant late nights and a lot of empty Leviathan energy drink cans. I worked best under pressure, by myself. Not that I’d call my self a loner by any stretch, but I wasn’t forced to live in a studio apartment back in the day.’ The fresh Chaz is the uncle figure who initiates the drama.Unfolding one of his most tender dramas, Max condenses the storyline – ‘Chase “Chaz” Deponte has finally found meaning in his life, thanks to his two, darling nieces. Three years ago, they were in need of stable housing due to his sister‘s dependence on . For Chaz, Irene and Nadia provide him with a stable life and mindset. He has a amazing job, a true house, and best of all, the absolute adoration of his nieces. Of course, finding romance is hard for a single uncle, especially with the girls taking up all hours of the day. His real love must love them as much as he does, which turns out, is trickier than he thought. Then, there was the vehicle crash. While he comes out alive, Chaz’s injuries have created life extremely difficult, especially regarding the care of two small girls. Luckily for him, a daycare teacher by the name of Mr. Ariel “Ari” Melamed has offered his services, helping around the house as best he can. The catch? Ariel is straight out of Chaz’s deepest fantasies. But the question remains: Does Ariel feel the same?’Life in all its complexities adds a burnished flavor to this very fine romance – a book with substance as well as fine erotica. Grady Harp, May 20 voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
This was my book group's selection for July and we all finished it (which is amazing since that doesn't always happen). However, the discussion wasn't very lively and everyone seemed to just shrug shoulders when giving their overall opinion. What follows is why I wasn't more enthused about the novel.WWII is a favorite theme of mine and I particularly liked a focus on the men returning home after the end of the war. My father fought in France and married my mother soon after returning to the states (August of 1945) so this is very personal. The general theme of the book is interesting and had amazing potential but it fell short, largely due to the unevenness of the writing. As I read along I kept thinking "where was the editor?". There were large sections that were fabulous and I even went back and re-read some of them, they were that good. Those moments of brilliance were interspersed between long-winded musings by the main hero which became repetitive and then fell into the spectrum of annoying. An editor's pen which eliminated much of the internal dialog would have been welcomed. Also, the ramblings were sometimes very odd. The protagonist would be rambling on for paragraphs about a particular subject and there would be a sentence or two interjected in the midst of it that had nothing to do with it and it was very jarring - brought me out of the story immediately.While the narrative had potential, the primary story became fairly predictable and the plot twists were hard to buy tom line: Some portions of outstanding writing couldn't counterbalance the negative factors. I did [email protected]#$%! but not one I would recommend.
Fourteen year old Eli Bell had succeeded in turning her best mate from her, and disgracing her ma, pa and three brothers – Eli had found herself pregnant and although she was a kind and gentle natured girl, she was lonely. But when Eli gave birth (after a pain she’d had no idea about) to a beautiful, sweet baby girl, and the nurse took her away, Eli’s life changed. Her loneliness ate into her soul – she knew she had no one; her family wouldn’t speak to her - nobody wanted anything to do with her.Until the day Tommy came to take her out. Tommy worked with her Pa at the vehicle repairs business and slowly a friendship and then love developed. When Eli and Tommy were married, her ma and pa were just satisfied to be rid of irty two years later, while buying pickles from the store, Eli swore she saw her daughter in front of her. Even though she had only seen her baby girl once and that was immediately after her birth, Eli was so sure this was her girl. And finding her developed into an obsession for Eli…What would be the outcome of Eli’s desperate search? And what would Tommy’s role be beside his wife?Before You Were Mine is the debut novel by Em Muslin and is filled with compassion, emotion and love. There is also heartbreak and loss on a scale most mothers would appreciate. The author has written a amazing story which will have a lot of fans in my opinion. Highly recommended.
I just have to say wow! This book was a very heartbreaking and emotional. To not be given any choices in your own life. This book pulled my heart into a million this story Eli is a 14-year-old girl who goes into labor and has her baby taken from her as soon as the cord is cut, with no choice of her own. She is shunned and no one will even acknowledge her in her town. She marries a unbelievable man named Tommy at the age of 17. He not only shows her kindness, but never treats her as anything other than unique and loved. For thirty years she tries to piece her life back together, even though she is treated as a leaper by everyone except her husband. One day she bumps into a woman who she thinks is her. She shares the news with her husband and he is not sure if she is seeing things. Can Eli prove she is not going crazy? Can Tommy support her place the pieces together?Eli has been through so much and yet she still holds out hope that one day she will be reunited with the daughter she was not allowed to have. I was really disappointed in the method that everyone treats her. It was so heartbreaking. Tommy is a saint and sweet man, who tries to stand by her and support her to cope the best he can. He shows her such kindness and love. Never looking away but always towards her. Both their dreams were taken from them at such a young age. The story is very touching and emotional. You will be drawn in and wonder how is it that people are so cruel and how can someone who never has much choice in life can survive to be so is book is very well written. I did not really care for the journal entry parts that much, even though they are there to present you how she is feeling at times. They just spring up and it was a bit confusing to me, flashing back and forth. Other than that it was an awesome story.*ARC provided by em muslin and Neverland Blog Tours in exchange for my hones review.
Beyond the fact that the book described was the second in the series after Cellar, which it clearly is not, it was amazing enough to hold my attention. However, all of the missing and added words often created me have to stop where I was and then re-read the sentence to obtain the true meaning. Which, when you are into a book, is extremely distracting. Plot was fine but editing needs some serious work.
How can you not have fun Melanie Harlow's books?I'm asking for real. How can you not?She writes about Hot Heroes and heroines you actually like, and she contains some comedy and a whole lot of headboard shaking going on. How can you not have fun this?I admit that I don't have fun it when she makes me cry, as she did with this story. Maybe it's because Claire just spoke to me. She's sweet and kind and real to herself, even when she puts on red lipstick and a tight dress, even when she hires a professional date to masquerade as her boyfriend at a work colleague's wedding. She's still Claire, the woman who bought her own home and is renovating it, room by room. The woman who jumps far more often than she realizes. The woman who, as Theo observes, is attractive but doesn't realize eo is the aforementioned hired man, and he has some work to do to deserve Claire. He's tortured with unacknowledged pains and issues. Sure, he'll give them a sort of bland voice, but he doesn't really admit to himself that those pains and problems are keeping him from the fully realized life. Lying to himself is so much easier than facing down his demons. Theo's psyche is so fragile that you worry for Claire. You wish him to be hers, and you wish her to be his. But you worry. If he breaks her heart, he will break yours, r all of its heaviness, this book also has its lighthearted moments. Claire's friendship with Jaime and Margot, whom you met in Man Candy and After We Fall, respectively, both entertains and makes you feel a bit envious. These three women are each other's strongest champions, even with the men in their lives. Maybe it's because I was a Claire - the girl whose mates had all paired up - that I'm such a fan of hers. I don't know. Reading her talks with her mates and the paradox of her feelings - so satisfied for them but envious - makes me relate so strongly to aire's story tugged at my cold hard heart more than any other, and it was also really REALLY hot. Like, HOT. Melanie Harlow, yet again, delivers the quiver and a book that's just so enjoyable to read.
It was was was Harlow does it again, with another story thatis filled with so a lot of attractive moments. Shewrites true life experiences and pulls you in withmarshmallow puffs, and porch and tire swings.Furthermore, there are romantic and easy lovinggestures, fresh locations you wish to go, andfriends you wish to have.We all wish to reach to be able to not sit at the"singles table". Clair just wants to be loved, andto love. She is smart, caring, attractive and hasfriends that adore her and lend their ear and givethere thoughts and support. I loved her, she hadsuch a tender heart, and at times was a littleinsecure, but as her feelings for Theo becomemore intense, she is determined to getthe satisfied ending she eo has to create some difficult choices in hislife. He has not had an simple go of it. He has apast with mistakes and a duty to his brother'sfamily to test to give them some sort of stabilityand support that is needed. He does not think hedeserves to give the "More" factor when it comesto a relationship with is book has the heat, the humor, and the lovethat Ms. Harlow is known for in her writing. Shegoes inside your heart and touches you with thewords she conveys. Paying attention to detail,Ms. Harlow portrays a MAGICAL and ENCHANTINGepilogue - that you will melt with the beauty ofher words.
I really enjoyed Max’s fresh romance book. Chase “Chaz”, thought he had everything he required in his life with taking care of his two attractive az had been granted custody of his nieces when his sister couldn’t mentally take care of her and the two toddle daughters. She was hooked on and booze and was so out of control of herself that it was for the safety of the r over the past three years, Chaz has learned how to juggle raising his two nieces and keeping a full-time job where at times it was difficult. But what Chaz looked forward to at the beginning and end of his day was seeing the strikingly handsome, kind daycare teacher, Mr. Ariel. The teacher was so amazing at handling negative situations that Chaz’s niece could obtain into that Chaz felt help from the teacher. Plus, Ariel gave Chaz the push he required a lot of times when he’d begin to doubt himself.On the day, when an emergency call came in from daycare to come to obtain his upset niece, Chaz had promised her he would be there to pick her up, but promises can be broken. Then on the method to the daycare, Chaz was in a horrible accident with a semi-truck and the not good man was laid up in the hospital for quite sometime before his frantic nieces could see the meantime, Ariel was granted temporary guardian of the two girls while Chaz was in the hospital recovering. Chaz trusted Ariel and knowing the man was there for his nieces he felt could relax. Once Chaz was able to come home, Ariel had volunteered to continue taking care of the girls and Chaz for the months it took for Chaz’s was the excellent setup for the two to obtain to know each other. Things were going so well that Chaz kept questioning his feeling as to why he was so attracted to Ariel; he even wanted to kiss the man. Chaz thought it had to do with his concussion. That’s when he saw his doctor to set his mind at ease. So when Chaz decided to see a therapist about other things from the accident the unfortunate happened. Chaz met his sister in the waiting room!Chaz verbally attacked his sister about what she had done and she wasn’t fit to see her daughter’s. Chaz had had a deep fear of losing his nieces to other people and he wasn’t going to allow his sister take them away from him. It was a horrible stage and Chaz was taken into the police station. He was irritated with Ariel for seeing his sister’s side of things that it wasn’t until he explained why that Chaz iel stood by Chaz’s side and didn’t leave him to deal with things alone and that seemed to be the catalyst that Chaz finally realized he loved Ariel and they became boyfriends. Their relationships throughout the years together brought them even closer and both had a satisfied life with the the ending I want there had been something mentioned, after all the years the two were together, that they had gotten married, but it sounded like they stayed as partners. For me it would have created a excellent ending. But all-in-all I loved the book. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
I loved this book! It's your typical high school story of growing up, falling in love, and losing your first love. I loved the dynamic of the Rosaline, Charlie, and Olivia's friendship and how the girls stuck together. Also I literally felt the heartache Rosaline felt when losing Rob to Juliet but also when she lost the both of them. I really wished what happened to the both of them didn't end that method but it's life. A lot of people lose someone necessary to them in high school. Len was really my favorite hero and how he brought the best of Rosaline out was so heartwarming. Len is the guy you always root for! Even though the ending was heart wrenching and bittersweet I would recommend this book to anyone. I cried, I laughed, and I felt every emotion Rosaline felt! Once I started reading I couldn't place it down. Excellent from the beginning to the end! Especially the method Rosaline went to the cliff and found Len there!!!
The story as a whole felt a bit too slowly paced for me. I found myself wanting to rush through and explore who was behind the notes and the murders. Eventually my guess turned out to be correct, but the story did what I intended. It gave me the break from my usual genre and allowed me a various kind of escape. I’m a large fan of films with storylines like this book and could totally see it being on the huge screen.
Chaz is the guardian of his twin nieces. Is his attachment more than he realizes? Ariel is the pre-school teacher who comes to his assistance when he has a not good accident. Chaz is torn apart between loving Ariel and thinking he is trying to take the girls away from him. Does he need therapy because of his head injury? I found this a story that I found the ending came a small too fast. One day Chaz is in a turmoil about his sister taking the twins away and then the next five years has passed and we are privy to what happened between his sister, him and his nieces. We just reach a HEA that to me was not as satisfying as it could have been. The ity of the story between Chaz and Ariel was also lacking. Except for a couple of kisses there was no hot scenes we come to expect from this author. I felt this story could have so much more.
Author Rebecca Serle does her best in the young adult tale of "When You Were Mine" to modernize the classic Shakespearian romance of Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of the jilted Rosaline, the one-time short-term object of Romeo's affections. Whether or not she succeeds or not depends upon your relationship with the story and your feelings about the original pair of tragic r me, Romeo and Juliet were epitomized in the Franco Zeffirelli film Romeo and Juliet as the quintessential young lovers as depicted by Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting. Both actors were still teenagers when they filmed this elaborate production which included a very young Michael York in the role of Tybalt and featured a glimpse at the hero of Rosaline, something that no other director included in their cinematic versions of the tragedy. Inasmuch as my ideal Juliet is the youthful dark-haired beauty with the soulful petulance of the lovely Olivia Hussey, it was difficult for me to relate to the spoiled, spiteful and very blonde Juliet of Serle's modern adaptation. In addition, the instant magnetism between Juliet and her Romeo as captured in the Zeffirelli film's Capulet masked ball sequence where Romeo compares Juliet's hand to a shrine and dares to steal a kiss with much witty impudence, does not stand out in this offering as an example of pure and untainted young love. Understandably, the reader is not privy to the goings-on between the Rob and Juliet of the book, but as the vantage point is that of Rosie--Rosaline, there is nothing to go on other than her shock that her would-be boyfriend has dumped her for someone else and this in the span of an rle makes it clear that there is poor history between Rosaline and her first cousin, Juliet. As young children, they fell out because of some unknown problem between their respective parents. When Juliet and her kin return to the city where Rosaline lives, the reader knows from the begin that Juliet is intent on wrecking havoc and wonders if her fascination with Rob is not just a method to rub Rosaline the wrong way.And that she does and here is where Serle shines. Her depiction of Rosaline as a wilted teen whose self-esteem has been chopped to shreds and must continually witness her one-time boyfriend being amorous with another girl beautiful much hits the tag with much realistic angst and all around gnashing of teeth. In the same respect, Serle does an adequate job of illustrating the interplay of Rosaline with her best friends. Each of the girls, Charley, Olivia and Rosaline are individuals in their own right and Serle does them justice, giving the reader a glimpse into the hopes and aspirations of young girls who are seniors in high school and about to embark on their college journeys.On the negative side, there is much talk in which each girl indulges with regard to having with their respective boyfriends. Their opinions regarding this seem a bit nonchalant and as "When You Were Mine" is considered a young adult selection, this rather shoulder shrugging treatment of happenings that require commitment and maturity should perhaps be commented upon by the wise parent who can use the problems laid out in this book as an opening to serious is reviewer never felt that there was really any chemistry between Rob and Rosaline even though much speculation between the BFFs compounded by the obvious fact that Rob, as a hot male, was quite the catch could create a rational argument to a possible high school/college sweethearts scenario that could be similar to future grandchildren. Nonetheless, love isn't always rational--not the Romeo and Juliet kind and neither Rob and Rosaline or Rob and Juliet really depict this crazily satisfied state.What Serle does well is to make a amazing rebound situation for Rosaline as she gives melody prodigy Len a second look. All the heat, butterflies and hearts can be applied to this relationship. And lucky for Rosaline, Len has a amazing head on his shoulders and doesn't wish or need a 'second best' status associated with his feeling for tom line? "When You Were Mine" by Rebecca Serle would have been better titled simply "Rosaline." Main hero Rob/Romeo may have toyed with hooking up with this high school senior Rosaline, but the absence of chemistry between these two best friends/ neighbors seems silly especially as the reader understands that he was never hers in that fun and carefree romantic sense. Parents beware that there is much discussion of activity as being normal and healthy in a high school setting for teenagers. As this novel does follow the main gist of the Romeo and Juliet tragedy, it does contain death, suicide speculation and other subjects that attempt to explain the feud between Juliet's and Romeo's respective families even if the scenarios presented are a bit lame. Preteens will have fun the satisfied ending despite all the star-crossed lovers angst and the anticipation of a feature length movie on this topic (don't know if it is based on this novel) starring the very beautiful Lily Collins. Recommended.Diana Faillace Von Behren"reneofc"
"I wish to go back in time and hug you. Protect you. Rescue you. Change your life so that none of the poor items would happen."Oh God, me too Claire, me too!It should come as no surprise that I have a major girl crush on Melanie Harlow. Frenched was the first book I bought when I finally broke down and purchased myself a Kindle, and I've been a fan ever since. She has such a method of writing these wonderfully believable and relatable characters that I just cannot obtain enough of- I wish to be their friends, part of their families, I wish to infiltrate their lives! She's an automatic one-click author for me, I don't even need to read a synopsis to know I am going to completely adore each and every one of her books. And allow me just tell you, I adored If You Were Mine!I absolutely loved Theo and Claire's story. From their first tense meeting to that tear-inducing epilogue, and every moment in between...such a passionate and intense love affair! Theo is this tough, broken, attractive man- a drifter with a troubled past, with no thoughts of ever settling down. Claire is sweet and lovely, compassionate, caring- a believer in fairytales and happily ever afters. You'd never expect these two to have such a fiery and emotional connection, but their chemistry is eo doesn't believe he deserves someone as kind and as warmhearted as Claire. His past has colourful everything about the method he lives his life. Frustrating at times, Theo will steal your heart even as he breaks it. Claire has her own set of problems and insecurities and those definitely come into play as her relationship with Theo develops and her feelings for him grow.Oh the push and pull with Theo! Wanting to love and be loved, but fighting it every step of the way. He was so amazing with Claire, getting her to begin up and step out of her comfort zone. Even as they grow closer, his demons at times still overshadowed all the amazing between them and it was heartbreaking to see them have to go through those tough a lot of emotions come into play throughout this book. You'll be pulled in so a lot of various directions as you spend time with Claire and Theo. Your heart will ache, you'll laugh, you'll cry. If You Were Mine is so heartfelt, so sweet, so fun, and oh so y. Once again Ms. Harlow has written a book that has grabbed my heart and will stay in my mind.
Theo is a broken, arrogant, handsome, y man! Claire is the beautiful, artsy, fixer that he needs. Together they are magic. This story was awesome as you have two people who have never loved learning to love each other. I loved how they just fit and as they discovered each other they fell deeper. This Story is a attractive story of healing and discovery. I loved the Magic Puffs! I soo need to create those.
"With you, I know I'm safe. I can be who I am". Melanie Harlow continues to amaze me with her writing. She is a definite go to author for me at this point. She could write a grocery shop list, and I would fall all over myself to read it. Her ability to develop characters who are deep and complex and above all else, REAL, is refreshing, and this book was another 5 Star read for me!Theo is a caring, sensitive and charming guy who is so bogged down by his past and so stuck inside his head that letting others in is beyond challenging for him. Despite his flaws and his self-doubt, Theo encourages Claire to step out of her comfort location and take risks and live life to the fullest. His relationship with nieces was enough to create any woman melt. There is nothing hotter than a man who is amazing with aire is a sweet and intrinsically amazing person who lacks self-confidence, but puts others before herself all the time. She is thoughtful, kind and forgiving. I enjoyed her interactions with her best mates throughout the though Claire and Theo meet unconventially, they instantly click. Not to say, however, that their relationship was not without its struggles. This book is angsty and dramatic and forces you to weave through a maze of is story is so much for than a love story. It's about figuring out what you wish in life and working for it. It's about taking responsibility for the choices you create and apologizing for your mistakes. It's about realizing that your past doesn't have to dictate your future, and it's about stepping outside of the box and taking a leap. And, at the end of the day it's about remembering "We're all a small broken", and that is OK.
Any book with a focus on motherhood always effects me in some way, but I don't think I've read anything in quite awhile that has had such a profound result on me and tugged at my emotions the method Before You Were Mine did. Eli was pregnant at just fourteen and her baby was taken from her versus her wishes, such a heartbreakingly sad situation for such a young girl. She's never stopped thinking about her daughter and now, thirty two years later, she thinks she may have actually found her. I adored following Eli on her highly emotional journey, there was tears, laughter and so much heart.Eli is one of those characters that steals a piece of your heart as soon as you meet her. She has an innocent charm, a easy simple method about her that I just loved. She's had so much pain and loss in her life yet she still perseveres, I admired her grit and spunk. She becomes obsessed with the idea that a random stranger in the grocery shop is actually her long lost daughter and her pain was so honest and raw. I was so emotionally invested in the outcome and was ultimately happy in the slin has a very eloquent writing style, she paints such a beautiful picture with vivid descriptions and evocative language. I was captivated by the story she told and was sad to say goodbye to Eli when it ended, that's always a unbelievable sign! This was an awesome debut, I look forward to seeing what Muslin comes up with next.
I am going to admit to reading some books like this. I also read some romance novels and wear pink on occasion. So sue me.!! Actually, this book info a very difficult time in American history. The battle is over, and soldiers are coming home. Wives and sweethearts are waiting at home and some of them will be faced with some harsh reality. Some of the battle veterans will be faced with related realities. Loves and lives lost or irreparably damaged. Families torn apart and kids left to wonder why..?? Ann Creel does a amazing job pulling together the disparate parts of those existences. She opens our heart to the happenstance, and in so doing opens our eyes to the reality and the wonder that can is is a coming of age book, except the lead hero is not that young. This is a story of an impending difficult childhood, except the kid is loved and cared for. In short, this is a story to cross generations and leave all of us with a sense of wonder.Our lead character, Gwen, has a sense of duty toward the child. As with most of us, should we be thrown into a related situation, Gwen bonds with the kid and her heart won't allow her consider the potential ramifications... until the time for the kid to be united with her father. Gwen is then faced with the prospect of losing "her" kid to a soldier home from the war. Gwen has no legal claim to the child.... yet our sense of morality tells us that it is only "right" that the child, Mary, stay with Gwen. But what of the rights of the father..?? And what about the mother who abandoned the child..??Can Gwen figure this out and maintain her sanity while doing what is best for Mary.??This is a amazing story. A story of responsibility and righteous indignation. A story of stagnation and growth. And a story of love lost... and found. If you liked "The Notebook" or "Nights in Rodanthe" ..... You will like this one. It may not have the author recognition, but the story deserves telling and the reading will hold you interested and hoping for resolution. Recommended.
When I read the first chapter about VJ Day and the popular image I thought this story was going to be contrived. I found, instead, the author really had done her homework. I was born in 1941 and lived through this period as a kid and saw what happened to a lot of relatives from that era. It created me remember some things I had forgotten. I really liked that the author showed that the men coming back from battle brought back a lot of baggage that haunted them and affected their lives. The women had disrupted lives and had to help their families while there men were away, and it was expected when the men came home that the women would go back to traditional roles. We even had a case in my family where a kid was abandoned by a birth was a trip down memory lane for me to read the descriptions of everyday life, household chores, etc. The descriptions of the clothing of that era (nylon stockings with the seams down the back and the dresses of that time - the styles the men wore), all were familiar to me. I so enjoyed this book..
I am a hopeless romantic who loves romance films that create me cry like a baby and books that tell such a attractive love story that they feel extremely true so I was delighted to explore one of the Kindle First books this month is a historical romance! By now, I'm sure a lot of people have seen the iconic WWII picture of a couple kissing taken in Times Square shortly after Truman announced that the battle was over. While You Were Mine is the story of the nurse being kissed in the picture and her experiences in post-WWII Fresh York en Mullen is a 25-year-old nurse who left her family behind in rural Colorado to create something of herself. She moves to Fresh York Town to become a nurse where she meets other women like herself who are working as nurses to take care of the wounded soldiers. Gwen's cirtances leave her as the caregiver for a friend's infant where Gwen loves her and cares for her as a mother would. Then, the day she is dreading the most arrives when young Mary's father returns home from the war. Gwen knows she can't legally hold Mary as her own and she and John McKee, Mary's father, begin spending a lot of time together so Mary can obtain used to him and obtain comfortable with him. What Gwen hasn't counted on is falling for the one person who can take her whole globe away.Once I started this book, I had a very hard time putting it down. I feel While You Were Mine is a nice historical romance that tells the story of a woman who has never known real love. It is a timeless tale of love and I was easily able to picture the setting and now I've got that picture stuck in my head when I think about this book! I would like to mention that this book is more of a historical romance than historical fiction. The setting of post-WWII merely adds a small bit of history to the book but really this story could've taken put at any time since the story focuses more on the romance aspect than the historical part. If you are looking for a historical fiction novel, this one might not be the best one. There isn't much depth to this story but I view it as a pleasurable read which will let you to escape reality for a small while. After much consideration I changed my rating from five stars to four stars because it is more of a fun read but I wouldn't say it's particularly memorable. If you have fun romances, particularly ones set in the WWII era, this would be a amazing book to read. I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a beautiful, heartwarming love story!
5/5Before You Were MineBy Em MuslinSometimes hope has a method of changing everything…Just hours after giving birth, Eli Bell is forced to give up her newborn baby daughter for adoption. Devastated, she tries desperately to rebuild her shattered en, over thirty years later, Eli catches sight of her daughter. And she knows that she must do everything to search a method back into her life.Even if it means lying… While her husband Tommy must grow to accept his own part in the happenings of her early life, he can only test to save her before her obsession with the young woman ruins them n’t miss the breathtaking debut Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin! Excellent for fans of Jodi Picoult, Alice Peterson and Lucy Dillon."Intriguingly beautiful"Pleasing to the mind, Em Muslin's debut novel, "Before You Were Mine" is written with a attractive touch where heartbreak meets love and loneliness meets freedom. Every reader can benefit from reading this book as it grabs onto your heart strings and pulls you in to compelling story that contains all aspects of family.A pregnant teen having to give up her baby is something that we hear daily, but Eli's story is special in so a lot of ways. The depth of emotion that is drawn from Eli is so complex and beautiful, it's simply intriguing to follow her story.Eli is shunned by her city after being pregnant at such a young age, Tommy seems to be the only silver-lining in Eli's life. Until now. 30 years later, Eli swears she saw her daughter in a store.Eli’s eyes welled up. ‘She looked like me.’But of course, her family and husband believe it to be an obsession from her past coming back to haunt her. But what they don't know, she was the book is engulfed with sadness, I was taken back by how the story evolved. This characters life is not unheard of and it gives a fresh perspective to the woman who don't mean to become pregnant and are forced to give up their babies. I defiantly felt for Eli as her life is turned upside in almost every chapter and I felt as if it all came together is story is not only a amazing piece of literature, the story unfolds into much more than just Eli's obsession but digs deeper into the life she left behind years ago.I would recommend this book.
This book is amazing. I read it in two days due to work. I would have read it in one day if I had the time. It is amazing and there is a twist that I did not expect. I love all of her books. I have read all of her mystery books. She is a amazing writer. You will definitely have fun this book if you like to be kept at the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next.
I don't write a lot of reviews and I hesitated when it seemed it was a retelling of Romeo and Juliet but it wasn't really,I read the whole book in an hour,I couldn't place it down,I laughed and cried,I was cheering for some people and cringing from others,this book is AMAZING,there isn't a thing I would change about and although in the beginning I was cheering for one couple the author completely changed my mind,this book has it all-romance,suspense,secrets,tragedy,betrayal,and friendships being tested as they come of age,I highlighted half the book because the dialogue was that meaningful,if you only buy one kindle book create it this one!!
I showed my students the book trailor on youtube for When You Were Mine because we are currently reading Romeo and Juliet. After the book trailor was over I had the actual book in my hand and the students were fighting over who would read it first. I have such a long list of interested students that I just ordered more copies. If anything, the book gets students interested in reading and that's always a worthy book by my definition.-Sarah Looney9th Grade English
I was very much excited for a fresh book from Melanie Harlow. Smitten at the start, amused and laughing from the first few pages. I liked the concept right away a bit various and engaging. Singles table does suck, a reason I personally don't like going to weddings. Very curious how this scenario would play out. Theo MacLeod my first impression powerful name and guy who knows himself. Quite observant too. His first meeting with Claire not the typical meet cute but memorable. Initially well they don't obtain along famously but the intrigue is there. No dull moment between these two. The carefree guy versus the cautious girl, with unexpected attraction and chemistry. Quite explosive too.I like Claire, relatable, a sweetheart too. She's kind in a method not a lot of are, a amazing friend. Her love of Hallmark films (yes!) and satisfied endings, her creative nature. I do like her sense of humor, a lot. Her insecurities are understandable but her needs to overcome her fears too. Sometimes it takes a fresh perspective and a bit of bravery to go for it. Maybe Theo will support her be more eo is a drifter, no ties, he sounds like he's learned a lot from the hard knocks he's gotten. He's easygoing and warm, a solid guy. The regrets he has makes sense with his background, I think not too late to change. I actually really liked that he's straightforward and blunt, no beating around it may offend at times but honest no games. Also he was in a enigma too, begin with some things and closed with others . Slowly he opens bits and pieces of the real him which unraveled at the right times. He has his own demons to face to allow people we see ourselves and how others see us. Both of them see the amazing in one another, just need to believe it. Both have doubts about themself, in turn they boost the other which is amazing thing. I really like them together as well and the their inner thoughts are hilarious but honest. They have a few hurdles to jump through and well whole bunch of jumbled emotions and private issues. I rooted for them and my heart damage for them. Cause when thre's nothing between them magical. Better and stronger together.I was glad to obtain updates on other previous characters Jamie and Margot. Don't worry their connections are explained. Created me miss them. I'm so satisfied for Claire's growth and seeing her step out of her comfort zone. Theo I just wanted to squish him lanie Harlow captured the feels, y times, laughs , heartache and swoon in If You Were Mine. I loved Theo and Claire's story. That epilogue is excellent win!! We all deserve our own fairy tale. Le sigh.
**Advanced copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**Melanie Harlow is one of my "go-to" authors and she definitely did not disappoint with If You Were Mine! I was so excited to obtain to Claire's story after reading Jaime and Margot's in Man Candy and After We Fall aire French is tired of not being in a relationship. When she's backed into a corner after a conversation about a co-worker's wedding where she claims to be bringing her boyfriend as her date, she has to figure out a believable method to create that happen. Enter the "rent-a-hottie" www service that she found through a fast internet search. The question is, will a person that she hires for a night really be safe?Theo Macleod is a amazing guy who had a rough childhood which lead to not so amazing decisions in his younger years. He's a drifter and makes cash going from job to job, some of them not as legal as others and he helps to take care of his brother's family as well. When his current job of being a "rent-a-hottie" leads him to meeting Claire, he's taken aback because he doesn't generally connect with the people from the website. It's a job and he treats it as such. But will it be that simple with the attractive artist and teacher?The chemistry between Claire and Theo is undeniable when they first meet and it only grows stronger the more time they spend together. Their relationship is not without it's struggles and both of them deal with doubts about themselves, them as a couple and life in general. Will these two very various people be able to fill the void in one another's lives?This book has all the feels; it's emotional, it's y, it's fun and it's sad. You feel empathy and you feel elation. You feel everything you should when you have a amazing romance. Kudos to Melanie Harlow for penning such a unbelievable and poignant love story.
This Kindle First book for March was listed as historical fiction, not usually my first choice. But when I saw it was post WWII, I knew it would be my choice. Long before I was born, but still contemporary in the sense that people are generally still the same in the method they react to challengesGwen is given a huge challenge, caring for a baby her roommate deserts. She falls in love with the child, knowing it is only temporary. When the child's father returns from war, she is thrown into emotional turmoil. The story plays out during a time of fast-paced changes in the is is a unbelievable story, it grabs your heart from the first pages. Would highly recommend.
I enjoyed this story mainly because of the historical aspects of it. It starts a small before V-J Day in NYC after Japan has officially surrendered to the U.S. after Globe Battle II. The author had researched this era and brought an authentic flavor to her rse Gwen Mullen is young, in the prime of her life when her roommate abandons her baby daughter with Gwen and takes off for locations unknown. Gwen cares for and comes to love baby Mary like her own daughter - and then Troops Lieutenant John McKee shows up on her doorstep looking for his wife and Creel does a amazing job with the history in this story although the story could have been trimmed by a amazing editor - it feels a bit long winded at e side characters were handled well. In fact, all the characters came to life on the pages. Amazing hero development.I liked the story of baby Mary, Gwen and John - until towards the end - and then some decisions were created that felt contrived. I felt like slapping Gwen and John a few times towards the end of the is is a story that is well worth reading especially if you like history, the 1940s, Globe Battle II, and romance.I received this book from Lake Union Publishing through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review.
I was able to acquire this book for free on my Kindle, but when I read it, all I could think about was how much my mother would love it because she was in Fresh York Town during the exact time frame in which this novel is set. Hence, I bought her a paperback ver of the book (she is HELPLESS with ANY technology) and can't WAIT to obtain her opinion on the book. I just know she is going to recognize a lot of landmarks, events, fashion trends, and social activities that she surely experienced herself. As far as the "violence" and the " content" are concerned, they are both quite understated and basically only hinted at, not graphic or overt at all. This is one of the most delightful books I've ever read, and I'm so glad I chose it when I was offered a choice of several "free" e-books.
Em Muslin has written a amazing debut book here. First, I have to say what a new method of writing point of view! Eli is a complex hero who puts up with a criticizing mother, a snotty step sister, and a husband who seems moored in the 50s. Eli gave up the baby she gave birth to at age 14. All these years later she has kept the cirtances close to her chest, almost as if were she to talk about it, she'd fall to mmy, I guess you'd call him a "meat & potatoes guy", her husband, snaps at one point, and the reader wants to kick him or worse. It isn't long after that the reader realizes he is Eli's largest supporter, that he knows the truth about Eli's secret, and like a character we all dream of, he goes on a quest to save his wife from her locked-up sorrow. The careful plotting then gives the story a twist that was surprising and also revealed the bond between Eli and Tommy is unbreakable. I hated her mother, but Eli and Tommy gave her the smite bat without lifting a finger. Before You Were Mine explores love on so a lot of levels it had me reaching for the tissues more than once. It's heartening to see people who seem totally self-serving suddenly step up and create things right. I would like to share some fudge pie and coffee with Eli.
When Eli was 14 years old she gave birth to a attractive baby girl and place her up for adoption. Eli's life has been very hard. After having the baby, her one mate won't speak to her and Eli's family blames her for getting pregnant so very young. Now over 30 years later, Eli is married to a unbelievable man Tommy. One day while Eli is at the grocery shop she runs into a young woman who she thinks is her daughter. Tommy must test and save Eli from obsession. This is a attractive story of loss, hope, and love. Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Digital for providing me an ARC for an honest review.
This was such a moving book. It took me a small while to obtain into, I think it was because of the style, although I have to say once I got into it and envisaged the scenes, the settings, and the background, I found I couldn't place it down. It doesn't say, but I imagined it to be set some time ago, in a not good village where everyone knows everyone else's business. I absolutely fell in love with Eli - she is such a caring and attractive person, I did feel sorry for her as she hasn't had the best life, but she does her best to hold her husband satisfied and create the best of the life she has. A shocking thing has happened to Eli in the past- which we don't search out entirely about until later in the book - which explains her behavior and even her whole personality, always trying to please. Eli and her husband Tommy, a lovely caring man who loves her dearly, are unable to have kids and have settled for a life together, albeit a easy life. Eli adores her husband and takes her role as the homemaker very seriously (wish I wanted to clean my house like she does!). However a sadness surrounds them, and as the story unfolds we understand why Eli is as obsessive as she is. This is a book that will touch on all levels, mothers, daughters. fathers, sons. It is a attractive story told from someone who has suffered loss and continues to live with the day to day consequences of a decision taken away from her at a young age. It may take some time to obtain the characters out of my thoughts. A compelling book that I would recommend.
Melanie Harlow is back with another y and emotional standalone. If You Were Mine beautifully showcases Melanie's talents in a story of acceptance, trust and lanie's characters are ones that I can always call to memory very easily; Claire and Theo are no exception. It was very simple to connect to each of them as they navigated the possibilities of their relationship while overcoming their private battles. Theo's journey was especially enjoyable to experience. His transformation of self-realization left me feeling very anxious and sometimes beautiful mad but leave it to Ms. Harlow for bringing his story full circle leaving me love-sick and satisfied.While If You Were Mine is light on plot and massive on self discovery, it is expertly balanced with delicious y times and laugh out loud humor. If You Were Mine is that excellent lighthearted weekend read while bringing a full emotional love story.I recommend.
I was so excited to read this book, because the synopsis sounded scary and great. This had the potential to be a amazing story, but it fell very flat. I had the assassin narrowed down to two people, and when one of them died, it was glaringly obvious who the true assassin was. Also, I cannot obtain over the grammatical errors. So a lot of typos and missing words. The writing itself was mediocre at best. The main hero is annoying. Her mates are dying, and all she cares about is if the guy she likes wants her, too. She doesn't present concern for her other friends, just the one guy she wants. All of the characters, including the main, are two dimensional. You don't really obtain attached to any of them. Their backstories, well the two of the six you get, are just casually thrown in there for affect. After reading her book The Cabin, I was excited to read more by her. This book left me very underwhelmed.
This book was absolutely amazing! I absolutely loved the method the book created you always wanting more. Anytime I would end a chapter I would have to read another. I’m sad that it left you with a cliffhanger but I’m hopeful that another book will come out soon!
Chaz is the best uncle of all time. He cares for Nadia and Irene his sister's children since she could not longer due to poor life choices she has made.He works and the girls go to school where they are watched over by Ariel very closely. This helps the girls tremendously with everything they have been through. While Chaz is at work he gets a call that one of the girls has been in a tussle with another student and is in the office trying to settle down. When Chaz asks to talk with her he tries to settle her but she is so afraid Chaz is angry and will leave. So he decides to head home to obtain them from school. However, on the method home he is in an accident and has to be hospitalized. When he comes to he mentions the girls and the Dr says they will create a call. When he comes to the second time he learns it has been days he was there.He finds out the Ariel has been taking care of the girls and further more it has been settled once he is released Ariel will be moving in with him and the girls since he will not be able to take of himself but he can not take care of the girls either.What happens when the man of his dreams, Ariel, moves in to support with the girls? Can they both turn off the excitement they have for each other? What about his sister will she come back and test to take the girls?
I have always been a sucker for "fractured fairy tales" and classic stories being retold by fresh voices (I think that's why I love Disney films so much!). I have also always been a sucker for Shakespeare, in awe of the method he uses the dynamics of relationships to make stories that are as mind-blowing today as they were centuries ago when they were written. So when I heard about Rebecca Serle's When You Were Mine, it was essentially book candy on which I wanted to overdose!Set in modern day southern California, When You Were Mine is the retelling of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet from the perspective of Rosaline (are you as absolutely giddy over the premise as I was?! It's probably sad that I'm not being sarcastic at all right now!). If you don't remember Rosaline from middle school English class, she's the girl Romeo was madly in love with at the beginning of the play; until he met Juliet, of course. The first thing I thought of when I heard about this book was, "Why hasn't anyone else done this already?? Why didn't I think of this?!" (Honestly, maybe it has been done, but not to my knowledge).So the idea is great, but what about the execution? I had high hopes when I started reading and overall I feel like the story delivered, but I admit I had to hold reminding myself that this is a contemporary Young Adult novel. Rob Montag and Rose Caplet are high school students who have been next door neighbors most of their lives. They have grown up as best mates but their friendship is beginning to blossom into more, much to Rose's excitement. But when her cousin Juliet moves back to city (after years of being estranged from Rose's family for a political scandal, no less), Rob becomes more interested in Juliet, leaving Rose (friendship and all) in the e story line and narration was very "high school" and I found myself becoming exhausted at times, like I was truly listening to a teenage girl babble. In one sense, this created me consider Serle as an wonderful writer because she was authentically able to capture the voice of teenage Rose and maintain that voice throughout the novel. However, it did create reading taxing at times; almost everything Rose said consisted of her reflecting on something that had happened to her and her mates previously (think, "One time. At band camp...."). This did not slow my reading down necessarily (I inhaled the novel in 1 day), but all of the side stories definitely affected the pace of the novel. I think it also created me feel self-conscious, like, is this what I sounded like at this age? (Don't respond that, Mom!).Aside from this Young Adult novel sounding like a super young adult (trying to emphasize that I can't really fault the novel for my largest complaint), I really enjoyed the characters, the plot and especially the parallels between Shakespeare's version. The main characters were likable, especially Rose and her best friends. The only characters I want the story would have given more dimension to are Rob and Juliet. I thought Rob was well developed until he fell for Juliet; I couldn't understand why such a amazing guy would go for this snotty girl, which created me feel like maybe I didn't understand Rob at all. (Of course, I'm sure Rose felt the same method and she is the narrator, after all). I was disappointed that there was not more depth to Juliet as well, but I suppose it's only fair that her side was mostly omitted from this story, as Rosaline's was chop out of the original, right?What makes this novel stand out to me is how a lot of emotions are vicariously experienced while reading: hopeful, happy, disappointed, angry, jealous, frustrated, sad, guilty, lonely, desperate, grieved, peaceful, and right back around to hopeful (there are probably a dozen more I left out). It's an extreme love story (we all know how it ends), but told by the perspective of Rose is refreshing and introduces the point of view of those who lived after Romeo and Juliet died. What is most rewarding toward the end is how Serle paints the picture of Rose's grief on top of a shattered heart. Without giving too much away, I feel like the conclusion was heartwarming and hopeful, despite its tragedy. Serle gives us something familiar that we can mourn differently than the first time we heard this tom Line: If you're a sucker for Romeo & Juliet, this is a must-read. If you're a sucker for YA I highly recommend this, too! If your reading preferences are a small more stuffy, then you might not be impressed (but that's your loss!).[...]