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Without You Here by [Ashby, Carter]
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About the Author

Carter Ashby was born and raised in Missouri where she resides with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She loves all things romance and country.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MQHIET4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #378,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Ms T TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Reading the backcover description of the book, I expected it to be a romantic drama and was curious to see what methods Ettie used to help uplift a man from his grief. Once I started reading I was disappointed to find that the main answer to that question seemed to be: sex. At least for the first portion of the book. Right off the bat, I felt that the book focused quite strongly on sex rather than romance and I felt that the two characters were a bit quick to feel as strongly as they did about each other without really having much convincing basis / build-up to it, and without really knowing one another's personalities more than on a very superficial level.

Some of the romance is a bit on the barfarific soap-opera side. (eg "I thought I'd never see you again!" I cried in between kisses.... "I can't stop thinking about you. I've almost called you so many times." "I wish you had. I'd have come running. Oh, Wyatt!".) In addition, the characters' emotions at times felt to me to be a bit primitive (big strong man! Pretty girl! Must have sex! men threathening my girl! must punch!) and as the story developed and new twists were introduced, the story gained another dimension which also reeked of a stereotypical soap opera flavor.

Despite my issues with the storyline and characters' behaviour, the book is well-written making the story more interesting and pleasant to read, and the characters' emotions are conveyed really well. I can see that the author *is* a talented writer - it's just that the story and characters needed more originality and sophistication to fully satisfy me personally. Having said that, I'm sure the book would be enjoyable for people who are less judgemental than me of soap-opera-style-dramas and who relate to more primally-driven characters.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9064aef4) out of 5 stars 70 reviews
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90651954) out of 5 stars Confusingly amazing 9 Sept. 2014
By Amaranthine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I don’t think I can review this book. In any case, I can’t review it in a way that is helpful or coherent. I’ll try to explain…

When I saw the blurb on netgalley, I couldn’t click ‘request’ fast enough. It was just one of those books that sounded like it would be fantastic. Then I was thrilled to discover I was approved to read it, settled in ready for an epic read, and was…confused.

This book has a rough start. Really rough. I was expecting romance, and got a five minute conversation, then fishing, then a one-night stand. I was expecting a mature-for-her-age younger woman, and a not-too-much-older-but-wise-beyond-his-years older man. What I got was a girl barely out of her teens, who tends to think and behave like a hyper five year old, and a worn down man in his forties. There are many, many ways I could articulate how I was feeling within the first two chapters of this book, but to be the most accurate to the experience I’m going with: Uh. WTF???

But I still kept reading. Because there is just something about this book.

The whole thing is almost ridiculous. And so very over-the-top. I’m not going into spoilers, but when it’s time for the big reveal about midway through the book, everything goes so much more wtf than it already was, that you’ll wonder why you ever thought wtf to begin with. It’s nearly unbelievable, and soap opera-y, and just completely insane. But it’s also, sweet. And funny, and sexy, and bizarrely heart-warming. And shockingly, in the middle of all the craziness, there are some fairly spot-on portrayals of ADHD, mental illness, and depression.

I told you this “review” wouldn’t make sense or help in any way, and unfortunately, I think I lived up to that promise. Because, I can’t tell you why I liked this book. I honestly don’t know. But I did, and I am somewhat confusingly looking forward to the next one.

**For the sake of full disclosure it must be stated that I received this book, free of charge, from Netgalley.**
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x906519a8) out of 5 stars Fantastically hot headboard rocking 16 Nov. 2014
By Vox Libris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
o quote Bruce Springsteen, "From small thing, baby, big things one day come."

In this case, the "small thing" is Ettie, a feisty blonde who is somewhat short of stature. She blows into a small town bar one night, determined to drown her frustrations, and meets Wyatt, a sexy, older man. She's drawn to his loneliness, something she understands well, and after spending a few hours drinking and playing pool, she invites herself into his life ... at least for the night.

Wyatt is the lonely man she pegs him for, and he finds in Ettie a boldness that attracts him. She's fun and makes him laugh, and she's someone who actively wants to experience life. Wyatt, on the other hand, has shut himself off for nearly a half dozen years, believing he isn't worthy of the joy that Ettie represents.

But he gives himself a night with her, which becomes a weekend. It is revelatory for the two of them.

There are problems, though, that mean there is no future. For one thing, there is Ettie's on-again, off-again relationship with her boyfriend. For another, there is Wyatt's pain and emotional blockage. Yet they want this, even if neither knows how to make it happen or if it can happen.

This, faithful readers, is one hot romance. Strap on your vibrators, girls, because you will need it.

Wyatt may shut himself off from romance for a while, but he can still rock that headboard. In fact, he rocks it so astoundingly well that I couldn't figure out how Ettie could leave him. I'd have chained myself to that headboard and begged for more.

There is so much to love about this book. Ettie is flawed and occasionally awful, but she's real. Her backstory is a bit murky and forced, one of those things manufactured to give her something that Wyatt can relate to. Wyatt's emotional constipation is also well written, and we can easily see why these two are drawn to each other. Can they stay together? Can they overcome the age gap? Carter Ashby does a good job of giving them a foundation other than great sex, which makes you root for them all the stronger.

There is a bit too much time spent with Wyatt and a sort of support mechanism toward the end of the book, and then there is what I think was intended to be a plot twist involving an unforeseen life event that turns out to be unnecessary.

But even with those occasional blips, I liked this book a LOT. I received an ARC but immediately bought my own copy. It's hot, it's fun, and it's a good read.

Cuddle up to this one on a cold winter's night. You can thank me - and Carter Ashby - later.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90651c84) out of 5 stars I liked the idea of the story but the maturity level ... 30 April 2016
By K.Bass - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I had a hard time with this...besides the writing which seemed to go from 1st to 3rd person thru out
i just was not able to connect. I liked the idea of the story but the maturity level of Ettie made it so hard for me to connect to her.
I found her to be more annoying than anything and while I kinda liked Wyatt i just didn't grasp the connection of him and her.. the insta love
The characters all seemed underdeveloped and the story as a whole lost me.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Vendoria Greer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Hated, hated, hated, the whorish heroine!!!!!! Blake's dad was just as bad.....but all the blame falls at Ettie's feet. She seduced this man and proceeds to have unprotected sex with him , all the while claiming to love him after two days. I can't believe the grandma did not have a problem with this! could have been a great book, but the two main characters should have suffered for the choices made. Wyatt should have really killed himself, he was a terrible father.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90651d68) out of 5 stars Not what I thought 8 Jun. 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When I read the reviews on this book I was a little apprehensive about reading it. The storyline of a younger woman picking up a forty something year old man in a bar wasn't my kind of a romance. But I was curious so I read it and I'm glad I did. Love doesn't know age and it was proven in this book. When two people are hurting and that one moment of connection is realized by both, it doesn't matter what the circumstances are in their lives. Boy what circumstances! Like the man Ettie picks up happens to be the father of the man she breaks up with! The hold Ettie and Wyatt had on each other was so strong that it made him question his actions the last two years after the death of his wife. Trying to deny and hide their feelings for one another was becoming futile, especially when a family member sees their love growing. Though at times the subject matter was a little uncomfortable, especially during those hot love scenes, this was a beautiful love story of getting another chance at love.
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