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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Emotional and Amazing!

Ms. McAdams has done it again! I laughed, got teary eyed and pissed off! One character, I just wanted to give him a good cussing, and one I wanted to ask if she knew what she had right in front of her eyes. Some are saying the additional love interest towards the end wa...
Ms. McAdams has done it again! I laughed, got teary eyed and pissed off! One character, I just wanted to give him a good cussing, and one I wanted to ask if she knew what she had right in front of her eyes. Some are saying the additional love interest towards the end was too much, but I think it was needed so Cass could get over her past and move on. Great job! And if you haven't read Taking Chances, I highly recommend it as well!

posted by 8298088 on December 12, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

24 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

It would be dishonest for me to say that I did not like parts o

It would be dishonest for me to say that I did not like parts of this book. I have no problem with the first half. I thought the love story was sweet and really rooted for Gage and Cassidy. I got to the halfway mark and realized that this book is very similar to the en...
It would be dishonest for me to say that I did not like parts of this book. I have no problem with the first half. I thought the love story was sweet and really rooted for Gage and Cassidy. I got to the halfway mark and realized that this book is very similar to the energizer bunny. It just keeps going and going and going.

This book is melodramatic. I don’t mean, because Cassidy was abused as a child or because the main characters are absolutely horrible at communication. This book is melodramatic, because of the dialogue, because the characters are ridiculously unrealistic and because too much happens. Honestly, more happens to these characters in a yearlong period than in the lifespan of a normal person. Halfway into the book the author introduces a new character that comes with his own set of drama. Then 75% in a new love interest is thrown in to shake things up. Why? I honestly don’t understand why these characters were introduced. How is the reader supposed to be invested or even care about these new characters? They came 75% in, obviously they’re not important, now you’re just making us suffer through your ridiculous story. I say suffer, because very few people will quit a book after reading 75% of it.

Then there are the characters. I understand why authors make their heroine’s damaged and tragic. Some of my favorite characters in literature are damaged. No, I do not mind a damaged heroine; I do mind a stupid heroine. Cassidy is stupid. I get that she’s had a traumatic past and has issues with trust, getting to know people and taking care of herself. That is all clear, still I found her to be incredibly stupid. The first half of this book consists of misdirection and miscommunication. There were moments where Cassidy’s inability to read a situation astounded me. I could not believe how difficult it was for her to see that she was being manipulated and lied to. Having common sense really can save you grief in life and Cassidy has none of it.

Then there is Tyler. Ty is an affront to best friends everywhere. At this moment there is a BFF giving their friend half of their dinner, because they know their friend doesn’t have any. There is a BFF asking their parents if their abused friend can stay the night so that their friend can have a night of peace. It goes on and on. The fact that Ty could go from that BFF to the bastard he became is beyond my comprehension. It is fine that he loves Cassidy. It is fine that he wants to continue to be the number one man in her life. Everything else about this character is awful and I have to admit unrealistic. He emotionally blackmails, manipulates and abuses not only the girl he has spent his life tending, but also the cousin who takes him in. Worst of all, this side of him comes out of nowhere.

Cassidy before the epilogue is 19 years old. She is finally free of her abusive family and it never occurs to her to make a plan? She doesn’t save up money to go to school, start a business, or anything. I’m not even sure that she graduated from high school. There is not even a mention on whether or not Cassidy sees her future as a stay at home mother. Everyone is different. I literally wouldn’t care what her plan was, as long as she had a plan. Nope, she gets away from her abusive life, focuses on guys and that’s it.

A love story should have romance and two people who cannot live without each other. Still, a healthy love has two independent people who have lives outside of each other.

posted by BookGeekConfesses on December 11, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Emotional and Amazing!

    Ms. McAdams has done it again! I laughed, got teary eyed and pissed off! One character, I just wanted to give him a good cussing, and one I wanted to ask if she knew what she had right in front of her eyes. Some are saying the additional love interest towards the end was too much, but I think it was needed so Cass could get over her past and move on. Great job! And if you haven't read Taking Chances, I highly recommend it as well!

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Preorders

    For those struggling with the preorder...Archive the book on your nook. Then go to bn website to my nook, library, and then take out out archive. Then go to your nook and refresh. Thats what I had to do after getting help from the author, who is fabs by the way, and friends on goodreads.

    13 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    This book was amazing!  I was frustrated, happy, appalled, exci

    This book was amazing! 

    I was frustrated, happy, appalled, excited, sad, empathetic, and devastated during this book right alongside with the characters.  I loved this book  just as much if not more than Taking Chances, and i cannot wait to see what  Molly McAdams comes up with next!

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Love, Love, Love Molly McAdams! This was a great book, not as gr

    Love, Love, Love Molly McAdams! This was a great book, not as great as Taking Chances but I'm not sure there is any book as great as Taking Chances! Can't wait for more from her!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

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    Was worth the wait!! Molly you have done it again. I Love from

    Was worth the wait!!
    Molly you have done it again. I Love from Ashes. I can't wait for your next book. It takes alot for me to want to buy a book in paper form and this book along with Taking Chances is def on my wish list for paper. Cassi's story broke my heart. Gage's struggle with how to grab hold and keep hold of his soulmate leaves me wanting for a guy to love me like that. This story is a great insight into the life of a person who comes through the ashes to make a life for themselves that they deserve. I would love to read more about Connor :)

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    GREAT READ

    What i read of this book was the first 44pages and in those pages i was captivated by the story of Cassi. The authour did a fantastic job !!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Great Book!

    Loved Taking Chances ... so I had to read this. I couldn't put either down. Love Molly McAdams!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Outstanding!

    After reading Taking Chances, and reading the excerpt for this book, i knew i would read it as soon as it was available. It was a great book, cannot wait to see whay she writes next!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    AMAZING!!!

    Molly did it again! :-) I laughed, I cried, I got angry, and I was pleased with the ending. Cant wait for the next book!!! :-)

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Yes!

    Read it! Better than Taking Chances!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Dc

    Wait. I'm not supposed to be talking yet.
    *Mewls and suckles hungrily*
    -Skykit

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Intriguingly emotional

    The love triangles and emotional turmoil that envelope the novel simoly paint a vvivid picture of finding yourself in a crossraod of pain and happiness. Their story is worth every heart wrenching moment! I love this story, cannot wait for Ms. McAdams next captivating novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Love

    This book was full of suspense and romance it was definitley a people pleaser :) i wish i could read it all over again and it wasnt a short read full of details but i have to say one of my favorite books and the book before it Taking chances was also amazing look for my review

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    I loved it

    Very long winded, but overall good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    I absolutely LOVED this book! After reading Taking Chances I kne

    I absolutely LOVED this book! After reading Taking Chances I knew I had to read this one and it was all I could have hoped it would be. This book made me laugh and cry. If you liked Taking Chances I highly recommend you read this one as well. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Loved it!

    I loved this book! I really enjoyed Taking Chances but it toyed with my emotions so much i was nervous about this book. But this book was different and Gage is such a sweet character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Amazing!

    I loved "Taking Chances" so much (one of my all-time favorites!) that I couldn't wait for this book and read it in one day. I enjoyed this book almost as much. "Taking Chances" is still my favorite because I responded so emotionally to the story but this book is also very emotional - sweet, sexy, funny, sad...you won't be disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Amazing

    Every time I would look for a new book I always passed this one up. The other day I finally decided to buy it and read it. This story was amazing and I absolutely loved it and couldnt put it down. Really great story!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    loved this story it really hit home with me

    loved this story it really hit home with me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Luna

    Smiles ans i kiss you back

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