- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1566 KB
- Print Length: 179 pages
- Publisher: Loveswept (10 Nov. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00WPQHNHA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #574,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rolling in the Deep Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this story of a couple who won the lottery together. They both work at a large superstore and hardly know each other but one of them suggested that they buy a ticket and share the money if they win. And boy did they win - BIG.
Ray recently moved to Poughkeepsie from Queens so he could earn money to go to school to be a chef. Holly is divorced with a son who is her entire world. Holly divorced her husband because he was verbally abusive and hasn't been in a relationship since. When she is attracted to Ray, she ignores it because she is afraid, thanks to her ex.
This book tells us about Ray and Holly's lives before they met and after they win the lottery. We see that winning it doesn't make life as easy as we think and it wouldn't solve all our problems. A lot of them but not all of them.
The plot and characters are fantastic in Rolling in the Deep. The only thing I wasn't comfortable with was the first sex scene. It didn't fit the story because it was more like they had been together for months. I liked the ending but wanted to know more. Isn't that always the way with a good book?
This is a sweet, well-written story that I definitely recommend.
This is a sweet story that many of us will recognise having dreamt of having happened to us. Just what would you do if you suddenly won the lottery. But added to the mix is the fact that you jointly won it with a person from work ... and you both might like each other ... but is that due to the win? how does everyone else react, especially the press, and the unpleasant ex-husband... I really enjoyed the amount of thought and disbelief that both of them show about the win and what they should do - almost as if they had never bothered to have the dream. Holly is lucky to have a good friend in Beth, and to finally wake up to herself.Ray has a strong brother to help him - and given the name of the book, he will have a story too.
This is an easy read, and will make you think ... just how easy would that transition be? (I reckon I'd do better - should anyone have a win they wish to share!)
~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Who hasn't dreamed of just buying one ticket and winning the lottery? For those of us not in the millionaire's club, it's normal to think about what we would do if we won.
Ray and Holly are co-workers at Corman's, a one-stop superstore. Ray convinces Holly to give him a dollar to which he will add another dollar and buy a Powerball ticket. If they win anything, they will split it evenly. Holly doesn't put too much stock into it until she sits down to watch the lottery announcement because she promised Ray she would. All the numbers matched. She immediately runs to the bathroom and throws up. Instantaneously becoming a multi-millionaire was apparently too much to handle.
Going in to the story, everything feels more relaxed, but after they win, they struggle with not deserving the money and trying to overcome their pasts. As someone who really got into the whole New Adult theme, I thought I would enjoy this book more than I did. In the beginning the characters were more themselves, even if they were living paycheck to paycheck. It seems as if they lost that realness after the win, even before they received the money.
I couldn't understand why Holly was still allowing her ex to control her life after being divorced for five years. It would have been different if she was actually still in love with him, but she's not and she left him because of his actions. It just didn't seem very realistic for a mother to allow her son to be taken without a fight. That whole situation just irked me.
It doesn't take long to read this story, so if you think it's something that you would like, and you always have to find out for yourself, then go ahead and give it a shot.
I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!
This book was extremely hard to get through, strictly on an emotional basis and nothing to do with writing quality at all. You know how sometimes you come across those books that will restore your faith in humanity and lift you up, all that kind of stuff? Yeah this did none of those things for me throughout huge chunks of it. I kept having to stop and start, over and over. I desperately wanted to see how it would all come to an end, but at the same time every few pages I was either angry or hurting or a really messed up combination of the two.
My feelings towards Holly's character are very, very mixed. As a mother, she's pretty freaking great. She would and has sacrificed anything for her son. On that front I have copious amounts of respect for her. However, due to the verbal abuse of her ex-husband she is an extremely weak person to the most annoying extent. Don't get me wrong, I realize that this, in a way, is not her fault. Her ex is a real piece of work let me tell you. But the fact that she allows it to go on and even years after their divorce lets herself be a doormat for him drove me insane. Every time it was in her point of view she would internally question her own worth, her worth as a mother and so on and so forth. I had plenty of moments when her whiny, self-depreciating inner monologue was almost too much.
But what really and truly made me lose faith in mankind was less the main characters and more the brief side characters. First you have Holly's ex-husband, Brett, who is bad enough as it is. He would constantly degrade her which is bad in itself, but what made it a million times worse is the fact that he would do it while standing right next to their son who is around 10 years old I think. So he's obviously old enough to understand what's going on. I was seeing red so freaking much. Holly would bring Drew to his house to drop him off for his week with the kid and as they got out the car Brett would look her up and down with total disgust and say things like "You really just don't even try do you?" or anything else he can find to pick at her about with Drew right freaking there. Bless Holly though for the fact that she never responds, instead she'll just bend down and hug her little boy and tell him how much she loved him. Ugh. It's been days and I still feel all the rage just thinking about that jerk.
Or the heartless, piece of crap reporter who did something so incredibly unthinkable that was the worst invasion of privacy I could ever imagine to Ray. I won't give it away, but I really have no words for how sick and gutted it made me feel. Mostly because I could actually see this happening in the real world and it hurt my heart.
Everybody always dreams about how amazing life could be if you hit it big, won the lottery. You imagine spending the money in your mind and how different it could make your life. Heck, I did it myself while I was reading. Went through all the what ifs.
I loved that this book didn't paint it all with champagne and roses. You see a darker side. You see the pain, the fear and the worry. The doubts that settle in. You see these characters struggle with trust and how to go on and move to the next phase when everything they've known their whole lives changes in the blink of an eye. Rebecca Rogers Maher did such an amazing job of pulling you into that negative side of something that most would think of as a blessing and really tugging at your emotions and give you that feeling of "be careful what you wish for."
Even though Rolling in the Deep was hard to read due to the huge toll on the emotions it was such a good and engaging story. I adored Ray and his genuinely good and giving spirit. I loved the romance between Ray and Holly. I adored little Drew and what a great kid he was despite the kind of man his father was and displayed to him constantly. It was just a really good, dark and intriguing story and I will definitely be reading more from Rebecca Rogers Hughes in the future!
Big thanks to Loveswept for the opportunity to read and review this book!
*****MIGHT CONTAIN A FEW MILD SPOILERS!!!!*****
This is the first book that I've read by Maher, and while I thought some of it was a bit predictable, it was ultimately a very quick and great read!
Holly is a single mother who tries to do everything she can for her son, but is constantly stretched too thin. She has a wretched ex-husband who can't stand that she finally left his verbally abusive butt and will do anything he can to maintain some modicum of control over her. The sad part is that she's been beaten down by him for so long that she still lets him and it adds to her own feelings of being inadequate.
Ray is trying to get over the recent loss of his mother and working to keep a promise he made to her before she died to do something more with his life than work in a diner. He falls hard for Holly as soon as he meets her, but he knows he needs to tread lightly to gain her trust.
Then, they will the lottery. BIG time. And their worlds are turned upside down overnight. While reading, I thought they'd get straight into the "lovey" section of the story right after the win, but I was pleasantly surprised that Maher chose to slowly build up the tension and not have Holly drop her guard immediately.
I really liked their story and I felt the author did a great job in building not only their characters out fully, but also the secondary characters. The story and characters had some depth and I enjoyed the ride. This is a solid 4 stars for me and I'll be checking out other stories by Maher in the near future!
One day while working at her menial job, a co-worker, Ray, convinces Holly to go half on a Powerball ticket, and they win, BIG! You would think that this makes the lives of Holly and Ray so much easier, but they both struggle with inner demons throughout this book, including their obvious attraction for one another. Holly is clearly still suffering from the emotional abuse inflicted upon her by her ex, and Ray is reeling from the loss of his mother and his uncertain future.
The author really does an amazing job of bringing the entire story into one cohesive love story, while incorporating some really hot sex scenes along the way.
I was given provided this ARC via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. My review is based upon my personal view of reading this book, and my opinions are my own.
Rolling in the Deep is a sweet romance. I adored Ray and couldn't wait for Holly to stand up to her abusive ex. Mostly, I just couldn't wait for Ray and Holly to get together and when it finally happened, I was in no way disappointed. That hotel sex was hot! I love happy endings and this well-written story had a very nice conclusion. I am excited to know there is a book coming in a few months about Ray's brother Tony and Holly's best friend Beth, because I really liked those characters. I can't wait for their story!
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