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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by JOHN GREEN AND WHAT IT MEANT TO US BY Jenny & Gitte

When we started Totallybooked in July 2012 there was one book that was continually recommended to us.
We delayed reading it for so long because the subject matter was just too close to our hearts and we knew reading it would break our hearts.
That book was:

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by JOHN GREEN 

Below are our thoughts and what this beautifully sad book meant to us.

The Fault In Our Stars

SYNOPSIS

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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A personal story (originally posted August 2012)
By Jenny 

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Cancer is too raw for me. I lost my brother to cancer in December 2011 and have a young friend, Mairead who is fighting cancer as we speak.  I just felt the subject matter in this book was something I couldn’t deal with at this time.

However, I received a lot of private messages from readers telling me their stories and how they had read this book and found it inspiring.  Their words and stories really resonated with me.  After much soul searching it was decided that this book might actually be a good way for me to not only deal with my grief but also help me to help my friend Mairead with her cancer fight.

Then it hit me.  What the hell was my problem? At the end of the day I only had to read a book and possibly cry my heart out for a few days, whereas my beautiful, courageous friend (and many like her) had to actually deal with the reality of living with cancer on a daily basis.  I decided it was time to man up and read it.

Where to start?  John Green’s writing is nothing short of phenomenal.  I am still reeling today from how amazingly talented this author is.  This book was the most emotional, wonderful, heartbreaking, inspiring and beautifully sad books I’ve ever read. Reading The Fault In Our Stars is more an experience than a mere read.  To say I connected with these characters is an understatement.  I KNEW these characters.  They became my friends and when they hurt, I hurt.  Deep in my heart and my soul, oh boy, I hurt.  I sobbed throughout the book, and at one point, through lack of breath thought I would be sick.  That’s how much this book got to me.  Yes, this book did rip out my heart, but I got so much out of it as well.

I’m not going to talk about the book as such because Gitte has already reviewed it for Totallybooked, but what I would like to do is tell you a bit about the woman behind the reason I finally succumbed to reading this story.

My friend Mairead is a rare gem in life.  She is one of those beautiful souls that if you are lucky enough to cross paths with in your lifetime, you know you have been truly blessed.

I’ve known her for 3 years.  Whenever I see her, which is regularly, she has always a smile on her face.  No exception.  When Mairead says “hello my lovely how are you today“.  She isn’t asking you in a flippant way.  She looks deep into your eyes and asks “how ARE YOU today”.  She means it.  She cares and she wants to know that everything is okay in your world even though everything is far from okay in hers.

Mairead was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in November 2011 at the young age of 36.  We both cried buckets when she told me the news, but this wonderful selfless woman actually comforted me at the time.  She was more worried about ME and how I was going to handle this.  She felt awful that she had made me feel sad. That’s is Mairead all over. She always puts others before herself.

She bravely fought through the most horrible, rigorous treatment, yet still that beautiful big smile of hers was there, in place, to make everyone’s day just that much brighter.

The only time I ever saw her really down was when she was losing her hair.  That broke my heart because I could see it broke hers.  As Mairead uses humour to deal with life’s struggles, I decided to do the same and said to her “ahhh cheer up, and just think of the money you’ll save on waxing” – we looked at each other and doubled over laughing.  She felt better when she got her wig that she nicknamed “Matilda” or “Effing Matilda” as she becomes known in the heat of summer when she drives Mairead crazy LOL

In March 2012, Mairead had to have a double mastectomy.  I went to see her in hospital hours after the operation and there she was, propped up in bed looking a million dollars with that trademark smile, sans Matilda, looking gorgeous!  I asked her how she was feeling and she said “to be honest I’m feeling a little flat”.  I started banging on about how she’ll feel better in a few days blah blah – she stopped me and said “I‘m messing with you, you fecking eejit…I meant my boobs are gone and I’m feeling flat“. I slapped her and we had a good laugh.  See! That’s Mairead in a nutshell.

When she received news that she was in remission we cried with happiness! It was brilliant – she was able to travel to Ireland to see her family and she was on top of the world. We all were.

Unfortunately, that happiness was short lived. On the 13th of this month (August 2012) Mairead had to come and break the most devastating news of all to me.  Not only had the cancer returned but they also found it in her stomach and lungs.  My heart broke and as much as I tried to stay strong for her I couldn’t manage it and broke down.  Once again, this selfless, wonderful woman comforted me!

I will see her fight this insidious disease.  On her bad days, I’ll remind her how wonderful and special she is to me and everyone around her and why we need her to stay strong and beat this!  I will tell her constantly why I need her in my life because without her, the brightness would go out of my world.

This beautiful little pixie inspires me daily.  She’s courageous, giving, warm, and humorous and possesses the purest soul of anyone you could ever meet.  A world without this amazing woman would indeed be a sad place, so I know she will beat this! She HAS to beat this!

Mairead allowed me to hell her story because – as she says,…..“if my story helps one person, then I want it told”

So, there’s my reason for “manning up” and reading this book.  I think you’ll agree, a pretty inspiring reason.

My final thoughts on The Fault In Our Stars:    Did I love this book? Yes!   Did this book devastate me? Yes.   Did it inspire me? Absolutely!  Would I recommend it? In a heartbeat.

Thank you for reading and please, at some point in your day, take a minute and say a prayer for my beautiful Mairead.


:Update to Mairead’s Story (updated December 2012):

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 Sadly, on the 5th December 2012, our beautiful Mairead lost her battle with Breast Cancer. Mairead was brave, strong and still retained that amazing sense of humor right up until the end.
This photo  was taken the day before she was to enter into hospital for the last time. She was so full of life, felt and looked healthy and was so positive about her prognosis. We all were. She was feeling on top of the world that day, however, the next day hers and our  world would shatter again.
The day I went to see Mairead in hospital and she had made the decision to refuse further treatment I was devastated. She shouted at me and told me not to be upset.  She was ready to go. She was tired and she had fought a valiant and hard battle. She needed to find her peace.  When she told me this I have to say I have never looked into the eyes of someone so brave and courageous. EVER! She was my hero.  I admired her so much.
I would miss her terribly and it tore my heart open at the thought of losing her, but she she was ready and wanted to go on her terms.  She had organised everything and all with one goal, that no one would be inconvenienced in having to organise anything after she passed. Selfless to the end. That was Mairead all over.
I met her family the week before she passed, and what an amazing family they were.  They told me they had seen the post I did for their Mairead and that it gave them so much comfort to know she was surrounded by people who loved her and whose hearts she had touched in return.
Mairead will never be forgotten. My life, and many others, is all the more brighter for having her in it. This little lady may not have been with us for long, but let me tell you she packed more love, more goodness and more heart into one short lifetime than others merely dream about.
Shine bright my love. I miss you every day.  xxxxx

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A Letter to John Green 
By Gitte

5 to the power of infinity STARS

I’ve been wanting to read The Fault in Our Stars for so long now. But I was scared. I knew you were there with this piece of writing genius, but I pretended not to see you.  Quite a few readers had continuously whispered in mine and Jenny’s ear that we had to take the leap (I was game, she wasn’t). A month later you were on my kindle. That was yesterday. I thought you could stay there for a while until I got brave. Every time I looked you were there flashing your neon lights at me but I ignored you, I am sorry.

I was warned that I would need to sit in my bathtub whilst reading in order to prevent strenuous lugging of the buckets I would cry. So I did. I also got my blanket, a bottle of wine and some brown paper bags to minimise the unavoidable hyperventilating as well as my man size tissues.

I have to tell you that I did not move (much) in the hours it took me to read your book and my kindle did not leave me. I know this because I woke up with it still clutched in my right hand with a dent in my forehead where you landed when I fell asleep. The only time I put you down was when my tears made reading impossible.

You have made me think about courage, life, death and how I perceive the world. Even how the world perceives me. You very slowly made yourself a permanent home in my heart with the poignancy of the story of Hazel and Augustus, I hope you don’t mind that. You made something Tragic into something Beautiful through powerful writing. Wonderfully witty and sarcastic; truly heart-breaking and human.

I was reminded that books can indeed be entirely perfect, as yours was.  You showed that illness does not define a person – truly moving. There were no stereotypes and clichés rather it was inspirational and distressing in equal measure. At times your writing had me re-reading sentences because they were so beautiful, so powerful, so down-right genius.

I want to immortalize Augustus and Hazel. They were funny, intelligent, captivating, brave, cocky and self-assured, even annoying at times. I appreciated that you didn’t dress their journey up into being something it wasn’t. You made it harsh, real and believable.

My heart aches, my chest hurts from crying and I want to believe that nothing is terminal in the strictest definition of the term.

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

“That’s the thing about pain…it demands to be felt.”

John Green you are a literary genius and ‘The fault in our stars’ is absolutely flawless.

Okay

Gitte x

 

cancer

 

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If I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

SYNOPSIS

How it all started…

One day I was a high school teacher on summer break, leading a relatively uneventful but happy life. Or so I told myself. Later, I’d question that, as I would question pretty much everything I knew about me, my relationships, and my desires. It all began when my neighbor thrust a key to a storage unit at me. She’d bought it to make extra money after watching some storage auction show. Now she was on her way to the airport to elope with a man she barely knew, and she needed me to clear out the unit before the lease expired.

Soon, I was standing inside a small room that held the intimate details of another woman’s life, feeling uncomfortable, as if I was invading her privacy. Why had she let these items so neatly packed, possessions that she clearly cared about deeply, be lost at an auction? Driven to find out by some unnamed force, I began to dig, to discover this woman’s life, and yes, read her journals—-dark, erotic journals that I had no business reading. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I read on obsessively, living out fantasies through her words that I’d never dare experience on my own, compelled by the three men in her life, none of whom had names. I read onward until the last terrifying dark entry left me certain that something had happened to this woman. I had to find her and be sure she was okay.

Before long, I was taking her job for the summer at the art gallery, living her life, and she was nowhere to be found. I was becoming someone I didn’t know. I was becoming her.

The dark, passion it becomes…

Now, I am working at a prestigious gallery, where I have always dreamed of being, and I’ve been delivered to the doorstep of several men, allof which I envision as one I’ve read about in the journal. But there is one man that will call to me, that will awaken me in ways I never believed possible. That man is the ruggedly sexy artist, Chris Merit, who wants to paint me. He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing, but I do. I so do. I don’t understand why his dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away. He is damaged beneath his confident good looks and need for control, and in some way, I feel he needs me. I need him.

All I know for certain is that he knows me like I don’t even know me, and he says I know him. Still, I keep asking myself — do I know him? Did he know her, the journal writer, and where is she? And why doesn’t it seem to matter anymore? There is just him and me, and the burn for more.

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Reviewed by Gitte

5 Stars

Right, so this book is being described as Fifty Shades meets Basic Instinct. Well, I didn’t get that at all. Yes there were issues that were of similar nature to Fifty Shades, if anything, at times there were a few similarities to Bared to You. However, in no way did I read this story and think hang on, this is a rip off. These issues of similarities were few and far between and not enough to compare. Perhaps the Basic Instinct comparison becomes apparent in book 2 or 3?

The story was quite unique and had more than one story line running through it. It actually had just about everything you would want in a great book. It had drama, heart break, yummy sexy romance, mystery and tormented characters. It was dark and thrilling and I couldn’t put it down, the mystery of it making me want to know more; yeah, I loved it!!! I think this series will be a winner!! If you; like me, enjoy books with passion, dark alpha males and intense intrigue you will love this story!

As with all series, the first book can act as the ultimate teaser, this one is no exception. It had me consumed with its intensity, passion and depth. I was sold right from the start and eagerly await book two as yes there’s a cliff hanger but then again all the great series have one of these right?!

If I Were You has two very sexy domineering alpha males, I was drawn to both of them but have a clear favourite (at the moment). One we got to know a little bit, one not so much, he is still a mystery that I cannot wait to uncover (yes I really said that ;0)

This story is written in Sara’s POV.  Now, I found Sara to be quite intense, perhaps it was the inner dialogue which made me feel like I was in her head a lot of the time. A very emotional place to be for sure. Sara came across very lost and lonely, she has been damaged in her past, unable to find that happy place in her life, so instead she gets sucked into someone else’s. Almost like an avoidance ploy. Trying to solve someone else’s wretched existence in order to avoid the one she herself leads. Sara has her own fears, heart-break and emotional issues buried so deep; shaping her existence.

The beginning of this journey finds Sara, who is a school teacher, coming across the diary of a girl named Rebecca. The content intrigues as well as shocks her in many ways and she grows concerned for the safety of this girl. The diary contains intense descriptions of her alluring yet destructive affair with a dominant and controlling man who is as yet unnamed. Sara decides to investigate the life of Rebecca in order to return the diary to her.  Add to that the lure of an Art Gallery where Rebecca works which houses the true love of Sara’s life; Art. Ultimately Sara becomes a “watcher” of Rebecca’s life. This is where she meets Mark, the owner of the Art Gallery and Chris who is one of the famous Artists housed in this gallery.

So, we have Mark who is handsome in that stern ruthless way; arrogant and cocky, completely controlling and intense. Overall very enigmatic and sexy in a really intimidating way! Could he be the unnamed man?

Then we have Chris who is a very talented and wealthy artist whom Sara has admired for years, and is instantly attracted to. Chris is also extremely cocky and arrogant and clearly likes control yet he is also very sweet, kind and intensely protective of Sara from the get go, despite proclaiming he has a dark side. Could he also be the unnamed man?!

The relationships between these three characters take over the story. Mark and Chris are intrinsically linked and it seems there is no love lost between them. Chris and Sara embark on an emotionally charged affair that begins to dominate the storyline pushing the plight of Rebecca into the background.

There are so many questions left unanswered in this book, which is ultimately why it is so brilliant. Rebecca, her disappearance and the unnamed man being the underlying theme. Who is he and what happened to Rebecca?

I can highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the next instalment!

*Thank you to Netgalley and Lisa Renee Jones for sending this ARC for an honest unbiased opinion*

 

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One Pink Line by Dina Silver

ONE pink line

SYNOPSIS

Can the love of a lifetime be forever changed by one pink line? Dina Silver’s tender, absorbing novel, One Pink Line, is a warmhearted, wry story of love, loss and family, as seen through the prism of one singular, spirited young couple who find themselves in a predicament that changes the course of their lives, and those closest to them. With heart, humor and compassion, this debut work of women’s fiction is certain to stir anyone who relishes a good laugh, can stand a good cry, and, above all believes in the redemptive power of love.

This unique, contemporary story gives readers a dual perspective. Sydney Shephard, a sweet-tempered, strong-natured college senior is young, in love with an exceptional man, and unexpectedly pregnant. Faced with a child she never planned for, she is forced to relay this news to her neurotic mother, relinquish her youth, and risk losing the love of her life. Then there’s Grace, a daughter, who believed she was a product of this great love, grows to realize her existence is not what she assumed, and is left with profound and puzzling questions about who she really is.

Spanning generations and every imaginable emotion, One Pink Line reveals how two points of view can be dramatically at odds, and perhaps ultimately reconciled. Simultaneously deeply felt and lighthearted, One Pink Line deftly mines how the choices we make are able to alter so many lives, and how doing the right thing and living honestly can bring unexpected, hard-won happiness. It’s a must-read for anyone who craves a great love story, absorbing characters, and plenty of laughs along the way

 

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Reviewed by Gitte

4 Stars

I loved this book and I have to say that the main reason was the way it was written from the two main characters POV’s.  I won’t do any spoilers but what a refreshing change, it really had an amazing impact of getting under the skin of the characters! The story had so much heart that I fell in love with both characters as well as the supporting characters; it was beautifully written. One Pink Line touched my heart, it was real, romantic, heart breaking yet showed that love does indeed endure the obstacles thrown at us by life.

The interwoven journeys had so many twists and turns that kept me hooked from the start, I needed to find out how each one came together in the end. I loved the switching back and forth between Sydney and Grace; watching them grow and overcome what life throws at them and living through their emotional heartbreak.

One Pink Line begins with Sydney about to enter college. Not long before she moves away from home, she finds the love of her life; Ethan. I have to say this guy took a piece of my heart. He was amazing. Almost too good to be true. The distance between Ethan and Sydney begins to play a major role in their relationship.

Then we get to hear about Grace. Grace is about to stumble upon a life changing discovery that has her questioning who she is and where she is from. She always felt different but how different is she really?!

This Author has written a beautiful poignant story that picks at the thread of family relationships, life choices, honesty, truth and above all love. I can definitely recommend this book.

ARC for an honest and unbiased review*

ONE PINK LINE by DINA SILVER
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SEDUCED IN THE DARK – THE DARK DUET BOOK TWO by CJ ROBERTS

 

SYNOPSIS

BOOK TWO OF THE DARK DUET
The exciting, titillating, and action-filled conclusion to Captive in the Dark.
What is the price of redemption?
Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood.
The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.
Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance? 
Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?
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It seemed to Caleb, the nature of human beings revolved around one empirical truth: we want what we cannot have. For Eve, it was the fruit of the forbidden tree. For Caleb, it was Livvie.

Jenny: 5 Amazing plus stars!

This was definitely one of the most gut-wrenchingly difficult, raw, brutal, thought provoking and emotional reads I have ever sat through.  There were times I thought I couldn’t go on and my resolve was sorely tested.  My chest ached, my stomach was in knots and more than once I felt physically sick with the anticipation of what was about to happen.

“I’ve been doing this a long time- manipulating people to get my way. That’s why you think you love me. Because I’ve broken you down and built you back up to believe it. It wasn’t an accident. Once you leave this behind….. you’ll see that.”

Reading this book I felt that CJ must be one of the most talented writers I’ve ever read.  How she crafted this story and brought it all together left me in total awe.  She is a storyteller who certainly doesn’t shy away from what she feels needs to be told, even if, at times, this makes the reader uncomfortable and takes them to a place they thought they could never go.

The reader is taken from the time Livvie is captured and from there she recounts how her predicament evolved and how Caleb and the others played a part in her story. It was nothing short of brilliant how this story was pieced together.

“She kisses my scars and I create new ones for her.” 

Caleb is still the broken “monster” we met in Captive in the Dark.  He is hell-bent on his revenge and willing to sacrifice Livvie (Kitten) into slavery just to ensure his task is carried out.

I have to admit to having strong feelings for Caleb when reading Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1).  I hated him because I loved him, when really I should have despised him.  Nothing changes in this book.  I was still questioning my sanity over my feelings for this man.  How could I, after what he had done and was still prepared to do, feel so much love and compassion for him?  What was it about this man that drew me to him? Oh trust me, there were times when I wanted to knife him through the heart.  This man will test you, and he will test you BIG time, but his tender times with Livvie will hit you deep in your heart and it is at these times when you feel, when you hope, that there is goodness and perhaps love somewhere in this man.

Livvie has grown in this book.  She has feelings for Caleb that have her questioning if she is of sound mind.  How could she feel the way she does for Caleb after what he has done to her?  After what he was still intending to do to her?  He never sugar coated her fate.  You will be clenching your heart for Livvie. You can’t put yourself in her shoes because you couldn’t withstand the heartbreak of being there.

“Tell me you love me, Caleb,” I whispered.
He kissed me, refusing. “I wish I could, Kitten” 

I will tell you now that I cried reading this book more than I have ever cried reading a book before.  Whilst this story is at times shocking, it was also so emotional throughout, and catching glimpses of Caleb’s past will have you clutching your chest.  I defy anyone to read the last chapter of this book without crying.

After finishing this book I sobbed for an hour afterwards and just stared into space.  I had to absorb everything I had read and marvel at what an amazing and emotional journey this author had just taken me on.

“In the dark, my master let down his guard and he was Caleb again. He didn’t correct me. He didn’t punish me. He didn’t push me away emotionally. Caleb was there to hold me until the nightmares passed. He was there to tell me I was beautiful. He was there to tell me I was going to be okay. In the dark, he seduced me. I didn’t want the seduction to end.” 

As I’ve said, this is by no means an easy read, let’s face it, a book about human trafficking and sex slavery was never written with the intention of being an easy read.

However, when you pick this book up (be sure to read Captive in the Dark first!) you will experience, what I can promise you will be an emotional rollercoaster the likes of which you will be hard pressed to beat.

“He had told her he wasn’t Prince Charming, but what he hadn’t said, was he wished he could be.” 

This book will make you angry.  It will make you sick.  It will make you sad. It will test your resolve.  It will make you question your thoughts and your feelings, but I promise you, you will not forget this book.  It will stay with you long after the last page, because not only will this book touch your heart, it will touch your soul.

 (Please note: I was a Beta reader for this book)

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THE DARK DUET SERIES by C J ROBERTS

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CAPTIVE IN THE DARK BOOK ONE
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SEDUCED IN THE DARK – BOOK TWO
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EPILOGUE BOOK THREE
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Lengths by Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt

4 Stars

Gitte:      I really enjoyed the story of Deo & Whit. It was fast paced and well written. I loved the messages too; that you cannot take anything for granted, you have to live your life and never let your past dictate your future. Also, never to stop living because you feel guilt from the loss of a lost one, ultimately they would want you to continue living with passion.

Jenny:    I loved it too GG, and agree with everything you said.  I thought the message in the book was spot on and I really felt it.

Gitte:      Ok so my thoughts on Deo; a funny and cocky bad boy surfer dude who is incredibly romantic and sensitive! He is at a crossroad in his life and has to make a life changing decision if he wants the girl of his dreams to choose him. I felt like we got to know Deo, understand him, his actions and issues. His POV was very strong and well written, he was pretty amazing! More than once his one liners had me laughing out loud. Deo’s relationship with his Mum and Grandfather was fab, it was not only funny but respectful, I loved it (and I loved the grandfather, he had me in stitches!).

Jenny:      I loved Deo and I loved his POV.  I have to be honest, the laid back “she’ll be right” surfer dude attitude and humour of Deo reminded me of my son.  True!  I loved Deo.  I loved his little idiosyncrasies and thought the authors nailed it for a guy that age! I really connected with him and his fierceness in the way he loved!  The interaction with his Grandad was just priceless and added so much to the book.  Deo and his Mum cracked me up.  Ha! Who knew there were so many different analogies for saying how to have sex.  That cracked me up! Loved it.

Gitte;      Then we have Whit; Whit came across quite tough, edgy and determined. She has a lot of guilt from her past which prevents her from living the life she ultimately wants and needs. She is unable to move on and be truly happy. The walls she has erected around herself made it very hard for me to fully understand her in the beginning. I would have liked her past to be explored more to fully connect with her. Yes, I totally got her emotional distress at what happened to her and how it shaped her actions, however, I wanted to know more of who Whit ultimately was. Once she opened up her heart to Deo (bless this gorgeous boy!!) she came across as sweet and lovable.

Jenny:      I did really like Whit.  She was dealing with a lot of emotional baggage for 19 and I could understand why she would put up the walls she did.  Yes, I did feel like I could shake her sometimes, but then I would remember her age and feel sad for her that for her that she felt she had to take all that responsibility on her shoulders when she shouldn’t have, but I got her.  In saying that, I did feel sorry for Deo because of her.  She certainly put him through the wringer and he was at a total loss with her at times.

Gitte:       What else did I love about this book: I absolutely loved the secondary characters like the Grandfather and Deo’s Mum. Their interactions and dynamics were so well written and had me laughing yet also thinking I wanted to be part of this fabulously crazy family!
Overall I thought Lengths was a funny, sweet and sexy read and I can really recommend it!

Jenny:     I really did love this story and  absolutely loved the dual POV’s.  I thought they worked really well.  It had everything for me.  Family connections, two young people finding a way to cope and deal with feelings that they maybe weren’t prepared for.  Humour, emotion, angst and it had a message about loving, living and moving on that I really felt connected to.   I love that Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt moved into the mature realm for this book because the sex scenes really helped you connect and you could really feel the chemistry between Deo and Whit.  I can’t wait for more from these two authors. Lengths was a really enjoyable read for me and I have no hesitation in recommending it!

 

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