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For Internal Use Only
     

For Internal Use Only

3.5 6
by Cari Kamm, The Book Designers (Illustrator)
 
Chloe Kassidy has just been accepted into one of Manhattan's most exclusive art exhibits, Love Through Light. However, with her singular dedication to her career, she soon realizes that in sacrificing her personal life, she has never been in love. A hopeless romantic who is terrified of heartbreak, Chloe begins to enlist the help of her circle of friends to learn

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For Internal Use Only 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
A let down. Did I enjoy this book: I really didn’t. I found For Internal Use Only to be slow and rather boring and not at all humorous. I guess I was expecting something more akin to chick lit. This is not chick lit, or humorous. It was a bit of a let down from the blurb. I didn’t like Chloe Kassidy. She wasn’t an engaging character, I didn’t care about her. She was wishwashy. She’s talented in photography but lacks confidence. She’s so focused on her career yet she is falling so hard for Christophe, someone she hasn’t even met yet, that she can’t get her gallery pieces together. Christophe is a jerk, an ass, one of those “I’m so great, can’t you see how I only make you better” type of guys. He just made me angry from the very first moment we met him. Christophe is abusive. One minute he’s all sweet, the next he is telling Chloe how she can’t see how much he loves her and that he is the best thing that has ever happened to her. And what really irritated me about Christophe (the ending, notwithstanding because that was really bad) was that he kept calling Chloe baby and asking her what she was wearing. Gross. Chloe’s friends were all very snobbish and condescending. The married couple treated her like a helpless child who couldn’t make decisions for herself. And Chloe let them. I hated Chloe’s one line about how having a meal ruined is like being “robbed of natural childbirth.” That’s ridiculous and one of the many reasons why I disliked this book. I really hated the ending. Just no. No. UGH! I wish I had DNF’d this book. Would I recommend it: I would not. Will I read it again: I will not. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm conflicted about this book. I honestly don't know quite how to review it without giving away a pretty big detail, but I'm gonna give it a shot. For Internal Use Only is the story of Chloe Kassidy's search for the meaning of love - both in her personal life and in her career as a photographer. Her story starts on the day she gets invited to participate in "Love Through Light", an exclusive exhibit at a prestigious gallery. Basically, this is a huge make it or break it event for her and starts her thinking about love and how or even if it truly exists. Enter her amazing group of friends -- each in a different place in life and love. The happily married couple, the woman scorned, and the impulsive single mom on a perpetual quest for her soul mate". And then there is Christoph. Swedish diplomat, do-gooder, writer, lover of family, man of beautiful words. But lets just say that their relationship does little to help Chloe find the true definition of love. NOTHING about their relationship is traditional. Can love even be defined or is it just a product of fairy tales and Disney? That is what kept me up reading until 2:30 in the morning just so I could finish the book. First off, the writing in this book is gorgeous. GORGEOUS. The descriptions and the fluidity and the back and forth with Christoph...I highlighted so many beautiful passages that I just had to stop and read over and over again because they were just perfect. And the emotion -- I totally connected with Chloe. From start to finish. I felt her eagerness and trepidation and hesitation and free-falling. I felt all of her highs and lows, and while she frustrated me at times with some of her decisions, they were realistic decisions. I do feel like I have to give a warning though -- NOT A SPOILER. There is a twist in this book that I was not expecting. At all. In any way, shape or form. I was happily reading and basking in the swoony words when all of a sudden...huh...maybe...huh...did that...oh. OH! In other words, there was not the traditional fluffy, wrapped up in a perfect red bow HEA I was expecting - though I do classify it as a HEA. It just didn't take the path I was expecting when I started back on page one. All in all, this was a solid 4 stars for me. Well done, Ms. Kamm. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I decided not to post a review on the blog for this one. I gave this one a 3 because the writing was good. I just had a really hard time getting into the story. I read a lot of chick lit/women's literature, so I don't necessarily need heavy romance in my books. With this one, I think I was expecting maybe a bit more romance based on the synopsis. There is a romantic interest, but it was an odd situation that I had trouble getting into. I found the book easy to put down and come back to until around the last 50 pages of the book. At that point, I felt more drawn in. I also want to note that I am a mood reader and perhaps I just wasn't in the right mind set for this one at the time, because as I said, the writing was good, so maybe at a later date I may come back for a re-read. 
Cari_Kamm More than 1 year ago
I read this novel almost 50 times... :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For Internal Use Only is a captivating novel about love, dreams, and friendships. There are so many twists and turns to Chloe’s life that the anticipation alone keeps you from putting this book down. You will love Chloe on one page and be disappointed, or even angry with her, on the next. The depth of emotion created by this novel is remarkable and is evoked by each and every character. You will be pulled in from the beginning to the very end.