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Goodbye to You (The Kellys of Key West Book 1) by [Matthews, AJ]
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  • Publisher: Colbert Creative LLC; 2 edition (7 April 2015)
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  • Language: English
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Thea is having a last holiday before having a double breast removal due to tests. Her mum died from the same illness & her sister is currently fighting the disease. It's a goodbye boob party. On her first night she meets Shay & sparks fly.
What a great story.
I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion & it's certainly a must read.
Although this is part of a series each book has an ending so you are not left on a cliffhanger. Hoping to read macs story soon shays brother.
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Goodbye To You is a moving story that will make you think about life in a completely different way to before. Thea is having her last holiday with her best friends before she has a Double Mastectomy. Thea knows that this option will help in the long run, having already lost her mother to breast cancer and her own sister going through it now, she decide that this is the only way to deal with it. She knows that the process will not be easy but she is willing to sacrifice her happiness, just so she can still live.

Although, what she didn't expect was him...Shay, a handsome, funny, charming man and a doctor in training as well, all she was looking for was a bit of no string fun until she met him. Everything changed that day and the days that followed, exploring Key West and each other, they both did something they never expected to do, fall in love.

Shay has secrets of his own, secrets he has never talked about until he decides to tell Thea. He believes in fate, he knows that Thea is the one from the first moment he saw her across the bar and she only confirmed his theory when she doesn't treat him any differently after she find out the secret he has been harbouring for most of his life.

Thea decides that she will make the most of the last few days in Key West before she leave the place she had loved to explore and man she had come to love behind determined not to tell him her secret. Although, things never do seem to work out the way you plan them. Especially since Thea runs into Shay after avoiding him for the last two months, she knows that once she reveals her secret she will lose him forever, but she can't help but hold on to that perfect man for just a little longer.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a36ec9c) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a474ad4) out of 5 stars A definite keeper! 29 Jun. 2014
By RMS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love finding a new (or just new to me) author that knocks it out of the park!

Plot: fresh idea, believable angst, appropriate reactions to secrets and insecurities. Nothing over the top. Heartbreaking, hopeful, but not dark.

Characters: Thea was heartbreaking. I can't fathom at any age, let alone in college, testing positive for a cancer gene mutation and having to make a decision to remove body parts that are so synonymous for "femininity". She was courageous, loved her family, loved her "boobs", insecure about her "after" body, reluctant to get involved in a relationship at this stage due to the impending surgery. Shay was also heartbreaking. His family carried the scars of genetic markers that passed along mental illness. His angst was just as believable as he worried that nobody would love him for fear of mental illness striking him at any time or passing it along to his children. My favorite types of heroes are those who are loving, persistent, respectful, emotionally available, and no cheating. Shay was all of these. These two together were magic from the start. Yes, they have their ups and downs, but everything fit in context of the impending secret surgery (Thea was keeping it a secret from friends and family). At the beginning, Shay describes himself as awkward, shy and not fond of crowds. The author could have ramped that part of Shay's personality up some as he didn't come across to me much that way.....a little bit, yes, but after reading that at the beginning I was expecting that to factor into the relationship which it really didn't.

Language: The author has a way of manipulating words for maximum imagery without being overly flowery. The dialogue (and internal musings) were natural and fit the characters ages/situations. This was definitely a show, not tell, book as the emotions bled through the language. I felt everything and cried quite a few times. One suggestion for the author (maybe more of a personal peeve) would be to find alternatives for the word "crotch", especially during sensual scenes. That is one jarring word in my opinion....ugly in sound and ugly in thought. Just ugh! There are better words to use that are more appealing to the mind. Just my two cents...

Overall, Goodbye to You was a huge hit for me! I definitely recommend this book. Personally, I will be adding AJ Matthews to my "check for new books from this author" list. It really was that good!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a4816f0) out of 5 stars What a fabulous book 29 April 2015
By SJF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
AJ Matthews is on my read any book she writes list after reading this book.

Goodbye to You is a book about something that could happen to any of us. Thea as a college student who finds out that she tests positive for a breast cancer gene marker. She opts for a double mastectomy and it afraid of how she will be seen differently without her original breasts. The author captured the imagery of her emotions perfectly. I have had a couple of friends that face this same decision and the story parallels their journey and emotions.

Thea takes a trip to Key West as a Summer fling and goodbye to her boobs adventure. She meets Shea and they have a fling and he can't keep his hands odd of her chest. She feels too insecure to let him know she is having surgery to remove them. She can't believe he would want her without them. To her surprise her fling...is also attending her college and going medical school there. Can she keep her secret from him?

Shay is a character I immediately liked. He is truly a good guy with his own demons. He makes mistakes, but he is not intentionally mean or cruel...just as human as a fictional chartcter can be.

The story is grounded in reality with real life angst, problems and fighting for happiness.

I highly recommend Goodbye to You. It really made my emotions bleed and cheer through written word.

I was provided with a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a481630) out of 5 stars What would you do? 23 Jun. 2014
By H Nichols - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm giving this book a 5 for several reasons. And these are in no particular order.

1. Shay. I'm just saying. Yes, he's got the looks that we all love to drool over...oh maybe I'm the only one who actually drools...but he's also a good guy. In the book world of bad boys (which I also like to read sometimes) it's so nice and refreshing to read some honest to goodness good guys. Not that he's perfect by any means but what he does for her erases any moments of douchery. (Honestly. That's a word.)

2. There were moments that I wanted to shake Thea. This happens for me in a lot of books, sometimes my own, but for Thea these moments were understandable. She was making a huge decision that would affect the entire rest of her life and change the way she looks at herself and the way others look at her. She's going to experience some not great moments especially after the surgery.

3. Thea made me think. Given the situation I'd say I'd make the same decision as her but reading someone going through made me realize just how hard that would be. I would still do it though. Her worries were real, her reactions were real.

I could list many more things about Goodbye to You but I think I'd end up getting spoilery. So read it for yourself.

Also, I want to meet Liam the hotter brother. What?
HASH(0xa10d7210) out of 5 stars Liked it! 23 Sept. 2015
By Books and Boys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
**ARC provided by the author for an honest review**

Goodbye to You by AJ Matthews is the first in the Kellys of Key West Series, and is told by alternating points of view. Thea is in Key West for one final fling, looking for a quick one night stand before she has to say goodbye to her breasts. When Thea’s mom is diagnosed with cancer and passes away, followed by her sister Jen being in the middle of cancer treatment, Thea is tested for the brca1 mutation. Unfortunately, it comes back positive and she makes the difficult decision to have a preventative double mastectomy.

While on vacation what Thea doesn’t count on is that she will meet Shay Kelly, a boy she could fall in love with. They are immediately drawn to each other and begin spending all the days left of her vacation together. Since, Thea knows her intentions are not for anything serious she doesn’t feel it’s necessary to tell him about the impending surgery.

Shay, has his own family struggles with a family history of severe mental illness. He is concerned that maybe it’s in his blood and one day he could just snap. He has also dealt with the death of a mother, although the circumstances were quite different than the death of Thea’s mom. They spend several days going on dates, talking, and getting to know each other. Shay, confesses to Thea that he was lied to for many years about what happened when his mom died and that his biggest pet peeve is being lied to.

When Thea’s vacation is over she returns home and while on campus of the college waiting for her friend she hears a familiar voice asking for directions. She turns stunned to find Shay looking at her every bit as shocked. He is on campus attending classes for medical school. They decide to go out that night and soon discover a mutual love. Thea is struggling with how and when to tell Shay about her impending surgery. Eventually the secret comes out in an unexpected and harsh way. Will Shay be able to forgive her for lying? Will Thea proceed with the surgery knowing she may lose more than her breasts? Will they make it through the lie, the surgery, and the effects of life after the possible surgery or will it be too much to overcome?

AJ Matthews, writes about a very difficult and relevant subject. I was so moved that there was a romance novel that dealt with a real situation that many woman have to overcome. I thought that the author did a thorough job of knowing the facts and exploring the different emotions a woman would experience. At times I thought that the writing style was a little fast and choppy. I felt that at times it didn’t have enough description and that made it hard to read as an adult woman. I think that the writing style was more geared for that of a teen/young adult and would have liked a little more depth. However, that won’t stop me from reading the next in the series or any other works by AJ Matthews. I would give the book a 3 out of 5 stars.

Written by Colleen for Summer’s Book Blog.
HASH(0x9a47aa68) out of 5 stars Great story that deals with a sensitive subject 9 July 2015
By Colleen Noyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Goodbye to You by AJ Matthews is the 1st in the Kelly’s of Key West Series. Thea is in Key West for one final fling, looking for a quick one night stand before she has to say goodbye to her breasts. When Thea’s mom is diagnosed with cancer and passes away, followed by her sister Jen being in the middle of cancer treatment, Thea is tested for the brca1 mutation. Unfortunately, it comes back positive and she makes the difficult decision to have a preventative double mastectomy.

While on vacation what Thea doesn’t count on is that she will meet Shay Kelly, a boy she could fall in love with. They are immediately drawn to each other and begin spending all the days left of her vacation together. Since, Thea knows her intentions are not for anything serious she doesn’t feel it’s necessary to tell him about the impending surgery.

Shay, has his own family struggles with a family history of severe mental illness. He is concerned that maybe it’s in his blood and one day he could just snap. He has also dealt with the death of a mother, although the circumstances were quite different than the death of Thea’s mom. They spend several days going on dates, talking, and getting to know each other. Shay, confesses to Thea that he was lied to for many years about what happened when his mom died and that his biggest pet peeve is being lied to.

When Thea’s vacation is over she returns home and while on campus of the college waiting for her friend she hears a familiar voice asking for directions. She turns stunned to find Shay looking at her every bit as shocked. He is on campus attending classes for medical school. They decide to go out that night and soon discover a mutual love. Thea is struggling with how and when to tell Shay about her decision in regards to her breasts. Eventually the secret comes out in an unexpected and harsh way. Will Shay be able to forgive her for lying? Will Thea proceed with the surgery knowing she may lose more than her breasts? Will they make it through the lie, the surgery, and the effects of life after the possible surgery or will it be too much to overcome?

AJ Matthews, writes about a very difficult and relevant subject. I was so moved that there was a romance novel that dealt with a real situation that many woman have to overcome. I thought that the author did a thorough job of knowing the facts and exploring the different emotions a woman would experience. At times I thought that the writing style was a little fast and choppy. I felt that at times it didn’t have enough description and that made it hard to read as an adult woman. I think that the writing style was more geared for that of a teen/young adult and would have liked a little more depth. However, that won’t stop me from reading the next in the series or any other works by AJ Matthews.
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