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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2014
I stayed with the story to the end just to see the outcome of Emma's sister's reaction and I usually like to finish a book once I've started reading it but, quite honestly, I found it laborious. To me it was just a long, drawn-out, boring rendition of someone's relationship with many repetitive descriptions of their sex life, which were too explicit and too numerous. They made rabbits seem celibate! When the sisters fell out and insulted one another in front of their parents with really bad swear words shouting out who they'd both slept with (numerous partners, as they were both very promiscuous, to say the least!), their parents showed no reaction whatsoever, which I found unbelievable. I can see why it was a freebie on kindle and I'm glad I didn't pay for it. Needless to say, I won't bother with the two sequels, even if they were free too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2014
It was time I read a good old romance as this was a good read, it read as described, a bit raunchy in parts but not too much though. A good book that keeps your interest. Thanks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2014
I loved this book! I love mushy romantic books for some reason with a jealous boyfriend and an ex or something threatening the relationship I just find it hard to put books down if there like this 1 I can't wait to read the next books!
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on 18 February 2014
Very nicely paced romance. Emma and Cole did not fall into bed almost as soon as they came together. The author gave them time to get reconnected after the couple met up again quite by chance. First came the renewal of their friendship (although Emma had carried a torch for Cole since they were kids living in the same street) The gradual built up of their mutual attraction happened slowly and steadily - and only then was the intimacy written into their love story. This is my kind of romance.

The sensuality was there - and when it was introduced into the story, it was hot. But this was first and foremost, a love story and the author knew to not let it be swamped by page after page of 'erotica-induced' descriptions that seem to be the trademark of far too many writers. There is actually a story to this romance outside of the 'bedroom'. Thank goodness for that.

The author wrote about the effects of mental illness, not only on the one who suffered from it, but also on how it impacted on the lives of family members, from mother to father to sibling. The scene in which the brother suddenly realized that his sister would never have the experience of going to college, fall in love and live a full life was written with a light touch and with the right amount of poignancy. It was a passing scene and still managed to touch a chord in me as I read it.

This was a free download. It is the first of a trilogy. Because this one held my interest, I look forward to buying the next two books. Offering book 1 for free is a good move by the author. Of course the story has to be good, free download or otherwise. It so happened that this one was worth my time spent reading it. I also like that although it is part of a trilogy, the author ended it smoothly without leading the reader right to the edge of the suspended proverbial cliff
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on 2 October 2013
Poor Emma having to live in the shadows of her big sister Layla...... It was so great to see Emma grow up and turn into the beauty she always was!!

I really liked Emma, although I felt sorry for her throughout the book because of how she took a backseat against Layla, she really grew into her own, with her self confidence sky rocketing! I hated the fact it took so long for her to be brave enough to confront her sister, no one should feel like that with family.

Emma - Having him see her, really see her in this most intimate way, had been worth all the years of waiting.

Eeek Cole was perfect! Bad boy turned good!! Sexy, muscular, sensitive, thoughtful.....I think I'm in love hehe.

Cole - "I'm in love with you, Em, and I want us to be together."

Ugh Layla was a typical self centered airhead, to put it bluntly!! She was only bothered about herself and usually got what she wanted.....

Layla - "Enjoy him, Em, because you lost me to get him."

I really liked that this book flipped back and forth from present to past, we really got to know the characters and feel involved in their lives. Some parts I wanted to scream at the characters, especially Emma, but thats a good thing for me, its bringing out my emotions which is what I like from a book! I gotta say though I was so excited when they finally got it on, there was way to much sexual tension between them that needed sorting!! So overall I loved this book, it had romance, sibling rivalry, steamy scenes *blushes*, even a cat fight thrown in *meow*. Most of which alot of people can relate to because it all happens outside of books! I cant wait to read more by this author :-)

I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review. (Making Connections Group - New Adult Edition)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2014
Loved this book. A really good read. I liked the storyline and couldn't put it down. I think I need to treat myself to the next one now but I'll catchup on some sleep first.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2014
4.5 STARS
Sooo wanted to give it the full marks!
This was a freebie and for that alone it is definitely worth getting - nothing to lose!
12yo Emma(line) spots her new 15yo neighbour - Cole - for the first time, it is the start of a major crush for her.
Cole never notices Emma - he admits he never noticed anyone 3 years his junior, but Emma's kinda in the shadow of her "perfect" sister - Layla - who also happens to be Cole's age. Cole also has an older sister - Shay - but she is a periphery character in the book, but has a profound effect on Cole's life.
Emma never reveals her secret crush, then fast forward 11 years, and she literally bumps into Cole in a coffee shop. They have all grown up, but her crush remains. They eventually get together, and Emma confides in her schooltime friend - Dani - but cannot bring herself to admit it to Layla - this causes a bit of tension between Emma and Cole. Cole has been a player - Emma has had a little bit of a past, back when she studied in Paris - but generally is a good, sweet girl. Her sister has always gotten what she wanted and Emma overreacts a little about upsetting her sister, by taking what she wants, and embarking on a relationship with Cole. That whole element of the story (about Emma worrying about upsetting her sister and parents) did get a bit annoying after a while, I mean I get the sibling rivalry thing completely, but they are all adults now and Cole is obviously not interested in Layla, otherwise they would have been together. Emma's naivety and insecurities started to grate after a while and that's the reason for lack of half a star. At one point Layla mentions to Emma that she hears that Cole has a girlfriend, Emma does not believe or think that it is her being referenced to as the girlfriend and thinks that Cole is cheating on her with someone else! D'uh! The man is crazy about her and when he is not with her he is working. Cole was cute - I would have like more of his POV. The story does flip between years ago and the present, which was a nice way to better understand the characters when they were younger.
There are two follow up books - but I think I will skip the Layla story and go straight for the finale.
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on 23 December 2014
I've had this book for a while now, but always put off reading it. After beginning the first chapter, I regretted that decision instantly. Needless to say, I absolutely loved it. So much so that I just HAD to finish it in one reading.
It's unbelievable how the author captured the characters on page, and how easy it was to forget they were fictional, not real. In my mind, there's clear images of Cole and Em and I love it. I didn't even realise when I fell in love with them both, and how quickly I started feeling what they were: frustration, anger, love.
The plot remained consistent throughout the whole book, and the author did not fail to disappoint.
I think my favourite part was that Cole didn't give up on Em even when her reluctance to admit things was frustrating. That's all I'll say about that or it'll be a spoiler.
Thank you for a wonderful experience and I'll definitely look forward to getting the next two books in the series when possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2014
This book is average at best! It's good, not amazing or memorable in anyway! Emma did start to get annoying after a while, holding on to insecurities from 10 years back, you started to feel sorry for Cole but yeah, glad it was free, if you ever have a free day when your not doing much, read it but I wouldn't make time for it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2014
Great read em was a gorky teen bad hair bad everything an she was in love madly in love with cole the 15 yr old neighbour who was hot and popular .skip years later and she is s gorgeous artist when she runs into cole sparks fly and attraction fizzes but there one problem her sister wants her old bf back .great 5* read
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