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So Many Reasons Why

So Many Reasons Why [Kindle Edition]

Missy Johnson , Fiona Diggins
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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** This book contains themes such as sexual abuse, drug use and language that make it suitable for a mature audience only.**

Twenty year old Emma hasn’t left the house since she was attacked as a child. Now, with the impending release of her attacker from prison, Emma knows it’s more important than ever for her to regain control of her life. From her unrelenting nightmares, to her strained relationships, to her crippling agoraphobia, Emma feels as though her life is spiralling out of control.

When her professor, Simon Anderson enters her life, Emma must deal with feelings she has never experienced before.

Though both she and Simon know their relationship is bordering on inappropriate, neither of them are able to ignore the intense chemistry that is quickly developing between them.

What was supposed to keep her mind off the attack has left her more confused than ever. When there are so many reasons why you shouldn’t be together, is simply being in love really enough?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: BJJ Publishing (24 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming 16 Aug 2013
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Such a heart-warming book about love, survival and courage. It has you hooked right from the first page and needed to keep reading to find out what happens.

The story focuses on Emma, who has developed agoraphobia and panic since being attacked when she was a child. The book details the abuse, but it is not too intense and is done extremely sensitively. This helps to explain why Emma suffers the way she does in the present. Simon (Emma's professor) and Emma embark on a relationship together whilst Emma struggles to overcome her fears and phobias in order to maintain their relationship. Simon is patient and loving whilst giving Emma the support and help she needs.

When Emma's attacker is released from prison, more drama unfolds.

A beautiful story. At first I was unsure as to how realistic it was that a professor in his late thirties would be contacting his student via e-mail and starting to take it beyond professional boundaries, but as we get to know the characters more I completely forgot this point because they are just too likable :)

I've read the second book which I enjoyed even more. Two fantastic books that I would recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic 29 Jan 2014
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For anyone that enjoys sexy and romantic fiction, this is a must read. It's written well and readers will want to read others in the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had me hooked from the first page 25 April 2013
By gemma
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I can't wait til the next book I couldn't put this book down it took me 3 hours to read I don't normally go for books with a cliff hanger but I'm so glad I gave this a chance I highly recommend this book I was a mess at some bits of this book and that has never happened before so thank u missy for a touching story and I can't wait to read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Omg! Amazing! 31 Mar 2013
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I don't give out 5 stars often but this book was well worth it! I forgot I had downloaded it and found it on my kindle so I thought I'd give it a try, I couldn't put it down and at times I was laughing out loud at Emma's wicked sense of humour.

I loved Simon, he was just the tonic Emma needed to push her past the terrible things that had happened to her. The way he supported her was lovely and I am now sad I have to wait for the next installment. Hurry up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but misuse of colloquialisms pull you out of the experience. 17 Mar 2013
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I loved reading about the challenges of the main character, Emma, and her struggles with agoraphobia and trying to move past her trauma. I like that her fears weren't magically cured by the end of the book. It made her seem more real and have depth. The book, even though beautifully edited for format and grammar, the editor and the author only failed to watch the slang.

What do I mean by use of slang? Well, the book is set in New York with it being implied, though not explicitly stated, that our main character is American. As the story moves along, it just kind of knocks you out of the experience when the characters start spouting British slang like the "lift" (instead of elevator), "arsehole," (instead of assshole) and other words. I swear if I had not read British authors like Sophie Kinsella I would have been scratching my head at some of the stuff that spouted from Emma's mouth. It made me want to question whether I should imagine Emma with an American accent or British!!

Other than some word usage not quite fitting our American setting, it was a wonderful story to read and I can't wait for the sequel.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So Many Reasons Why.... 14 May 2013
By Megan McCooey - Published on
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This is a rare occasion where there may be a couple of small spoilers because I simply could not avoid them and successfully give my honest review!

This book has so much promise so it disappoints me have to give it only 3 stars. And to be honest if it weren't for the redeeming qualities it did have I'm not sure I would have been able to get through it- and this is difficult for me to say. Okay, so let me see, where should I begin. Lets start with what I liked since that it usually what I do. I liked the premise of the story- Emma's attack, her agoraphobia, her two best friends, the family drama she uncovers... her grandmother! I thought the author did a good job setting up the details of the attack, Emma's reluctance to interact or trust others and so on. However these things led directly into what I didn't like.

First, I was totally confused as to where the author wanted us to think this story was taking place. I kept praying she would mention it because I was baffled by some of the language (slang) being used. She mentioned London and New Zealand, so I thought... oh okay, this must be Europe- which made sense because Emma kept using British or Australian slang (some of which I had no idea what she meant so I had to re-read the sentence or paragraph to try and decipher it) THEN out of no where she starts talking about Kansas and Connecticut. WTF?? And low and behold more than 3/4 of the way through the book we learn Emma lives in New York?? Then why the hell is she talking like she is British or Australian (Mate, Las... it went on and on). I believe I saw the author was from Victoria which I am assuming is British Columbia, so this is probably how she talks. However, as a reader, it was really confusing and the slang should have been more americanized.

Second, It took me a loooooong time to jump on the Fifty Shades bandwagon and I never officially took the leap. I read the first two books and was sooo annoyed 30 pages into the third, that I have yet to finish it. So, when I started seeing words/phrases/behaviors from fifty shades (ie. inner goddess, biting her lip, calling her Miss Mancelli) I was annoyed. I loathed some of these things in Fifty Shades because they were so overused. I will also say, while I don't mind some romance I am not really into erotica AT ALL!!! So when suddenly the book took this turn I was forcing myself through these scenes. Not that they weren't well written, don't get me wrong. They were. The author did a good job portraying erotic, vivid sex scenes, but this is just NOT my thing.

And FINALLY, the part that irked me the MOST... so Emma's attack-her agoraphobia... it all made sense. It was a cool twist and had SO much potential. She was unwilling to trust anyone but her two closest friends, she was fearful of opening the door, she was petrified of the day her attacker would be released from prison. I liked ALL of this. THEN out of no where she sends an email to someone a professor she doesn't know and within hours they are flirting back and forth. She's smitten and crushing on him and acting like a school girl. Okay, still believable I suppose. Then suddenly, in the middle of the night he calls her?????? Wait, didn't she smash her phone that morning? Didn't Tom give her his phone as a replacement?? How the heck would he have her number?? Emma takes this call in stride like it's no big deal... hmmm. Then when he randomly shows up at her apartment she opens and the door and invites him in like they are old friends. Isn't she supposed to be a scared, jumpy, agoraphobic who freaks out when she has to answer the door? And to just let him in? This is where the book pretty much lost me... and it

So on this scenerio continues, progressing very quickly until within a few days she is having this erotic, raunchy sex with a man she barely knows, after being sexually abused years prior that has forced her into hiding. To me, this seems contradictory. While some victims of sexual assault become promiscuous, Emma's behavior just doesn't add up at all and this really bothered me. It became too unbelievable. One minute she's ranting about her attack and agoraphobia and the next she is...well you know. On a final note, I will say that I was glad to see that Emma's problems weren't magically solved by the end of the book... this helped redeem it somewhat, but at the same time, there was one event that was very predictable to me, but I guess we will have to see how it unfolds in the next book.

I will more than likely read the second book in this series because that's how I am.... I just have to finish a story, but I certainly hope some of these things are worked out... well as much as can be at this point.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional 28 May 2013
By Elizabeth - Published on
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I knew a little bit about it; the main character Emma was agoraphobic and began a relationship with a teacher but beyond that I didn't know what to expect. SMRW is not your average student/teacher relationship story, this was an emotional book about healing and love. I liked Em's character. She was stronger than she realized & despite everything she had been through she was still full of life. I also liked Simon's character, he was kind and protective of Em. I loved that he had his priorities straight, he knew what was important and was willing to fight for what was right. I enjoyed the banter & relationship between Emma & Simon.
SMRW is a fast pace book that never lost my interest. While the emotional struggles Em goes through during the book are very tough but Miss Johnson is written in a way that tugs at the heart strings instead of leaving you in tears. It does not end with a cliff-hanger but it does end with a 'to be continued'. I am really anticipating the next book, I know it will sweet yet heartfelt. Not only will I read book 2 in this particular series I also plan to read others by Johnson. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys some reality & emotion in their books but not extreme angst.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DWED Review 11 Jun 2013
By krystal milton - Published on
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This was a very sad story at first, the way innocence can be shattered by such evil as abuse. Then it blossomed into a daring love story as Emma, a girl struggling with life and her own self image, finds safety a something akin to love with an unsuspecting man. Professor Simon Anderson, I am sure, never expected to fall for his student let alone a broken girl. Was it her past that drew him or her shattered view of the world that sucked him in? And how were they to deal with a love that was so new yet perceived as wrong in the public eye should it be exposed?

I loved the daunting yet sweet tease of this romance as the story progressed. I loved the sense of danger and desperation by Emma as her past intertwined with a present that seemed unbalanced yet so very new as she finally came out of her shell to experience life.

This was a very endearing and entertaining read from start to finish. I enjoyed it immensely.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great read! 7 April 2013
By I Feel the Need, the Need to Read - Published on
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Wow wow wow wow!! When Missy Johnson gave me this book to read I had no idea what it was about. I hadn't read anything written by her before either. I read this book in 1 day. That's not a knock on the book either! I was just not feeling good and got to lay in bed and read. I couldn't stop either.

This book is about Emma Mancelli, a 20 year-old shut in who suffers from agoraphobia brought on my severe childhood trauma. It's awful what happened to her and what she had to suffer through. Her relationship with her parents is strained. She has 2 best friends but no other support other than het psychiatrist. That changes when she starts conversing with her college professor Simon Anderson via email. It starts out innocently, but ends up as something that could change both of their lives forever.

I really enjoyed this book and Missy Johnson's writing style. She is from Australia, so some of the jargon & spelling is different but I didn't mind a bit. I laughed, gasped, sat on the edge of my seat and experienced all kinds of other emotions while reading this book. There is sex in this book so don't read it if you are a prude! There were a lot of twists and turns, some I saw coming and some I did not. I cannot wait for Book 2, especially with the bombshell that was dropped at the end of Book 1. I will definitely be adding this author to my Favorites!
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