Before You Go

Before You Go

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by Clare James
     
 

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Paralyzed by the past and terrified of the future, Tabitha Kelly is broken.
After a public sex scandal at her college, Tabby moves to a new city with a new school, convinced she can start over. But she soon realizes the changes are not enough. Tabby must take action to help her heal and move on from the past.
And though it sounds crazy, she believes a one-night

Overview

Paralyzed by the past and terrified of the future, Tabitha Kelly is broken.
After a public sex scandal at her college, Tabby moves to a new city with a new school, convinced she can start over. But she soon realizes the changes are not enough. Tabby must take action to help her heal and move on from the past.
And though it sounds crazy, she believes a one-night stand is the best way to take back what's hers. If she can choose where, when, and most importantly, who ... maybe she can regain control.
First, she needs a willing participant.
She finds more than that when she meets Noah Adler.
Unfortunately, she can't go through with it. And when she tries to forget about the plan-and the guy-it becomes impossible.
Noah quickly weaves his way into her new life and her heart. But as he comes dangerously close to discovering her secret, Tabby's at risk of losing it all.

Editorial Reviews

Romance Addiction - Liz King
Wow! Just wow! I was so moved by this book, I don’t think there are words to describe how much I enjoyed reading this book! Compelling, thought provoking, sexy and passionate would just scratch the surface of the depth of emotion that Before You Go will evoke in you.
Jessicasbookreview.com - Jessica's Book Reviews
Before You Go by Clare James had me hooked from the moment I opened the book. I started it before going to bed one night thinking I would read a chapter or two, next thing I know it is 4 am and I finished the book! I just couldn’t put it down. I was captivated by the characters, the story, and not to forget Noah, he is totally swoon-worthy! Book boyfriend material for sure!
thebooktrollop.blogspot.com - Book Trollop
I really enjoyed this book. It pulled me in from the beginning and I actually finished it the same day I started it.
Tabby and Noah were both excellent, well thought out characters that weren't rushed into a relationship.
AND Let me tell ya the sexual tension between the two characters were HOT and I wanted to scream, JUST DO IT ALREADY!!
CBL Reviews - Guest Reviewer
This book really made me feel. I felt for Tab on so many occasions, and even Noah once his past was revealed. The author did a great job of pulling out my emotions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781483934402
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/05/2013
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

Clare James spent her childhood, writing, reading, and dancing. Not much has changed since then, except she can no longer get up on toe shoes like she once could. And don't even ask her to go into the splits because she may never get back up.

A new adult and contemporary romance writer, Clare loves a happy ending. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men-her husband and young son. BEFORE YOU GO is her debut new adult novel.

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Before You Go 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I just loved this book!! I laughed, cried and got mad!! Good story!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Quick cute read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book. Very sad and depressing at times. But a good ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Before You Go by Clare James is a really good book. Most of these characters are broken in some shape or form and James does a wonderful job of pulling the story lines together in a realistic manner. Nobody wakes up repaired, they all have to go through the process. It does have some editing errors, but otherwise, a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well done addressing the way one woman over comes assult. Cheesy ending.
mignon-mykel More than 1 year ago
Received a copy of the title through BARCLAY PUBLICITY in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely love books that have gripping prologues -- prologues that are semi-vague but have enough emotion and angst to get you right on the edge of your seat, only to leave you with a few questions. And that is what Clare James manages to do with the opening scene of BEFORE YOU GO. No sooner than you're trying to figure out what exactly happened, you have Tabby in a bar, playing competitive BINGO, and trying to find a man to get over her fears with. A little alcohol is (obviously) involved. But right away, this stranger's smile and wit draws her to him. She reels him in, takes him home... and freezes. I love that Noah was intrigued by Tabby and wanted to help her overcome her fears -- even if he wasn't privy to them. He, himself, had his own secrets but he wanted Tabby and he wanted to help her feel whole. With New Adult stories, you can get a grab-bag -- some are hot, fast, and passionate, others are slow, sweet, and long-lasting (with equal parts passion). I like the slow, sweet ones. I like watching the characters feel one another out, learn their ins and outs, and find a way to co-exist with one another, and with both sets of less-than-favorable pasts. I wasn't on the up-and-up with New Adult until mid-2014, so I will use that as an excuse as to how this 2013 publication missed my radar. I absolutely enjoyed it and look forward to both Jules' story and the continuation of Noah and Tabby's!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an absolutely wonderful book! The lead female character, Tabby, goes through some really horrendous things. The beginning of help comes through her father and a change of locations. This is the story of overcoming certain circumstances in life, growing, perservering, and eventually winning. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the first four chapters and quit. Could not get into it.
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wheeldav More than 1 year ago
I absolutely enjoyed this book.  It wasn't all hot and steamy, it wasn't this huge rollercoaster of emotions, what is was is a truly complete story of a struggle to overcome and survive...and even find love.  This book tackles a very tender subject, but does so without all of the humiliating details often present in books with this topic.  I love the experimental therapy Noah and Tabitha step themselves through.  We get some of that, but more the overall feelings developing rather than the sexual information.  I connected with Tabby and I completely loved the good man Noah was.  I am headed off to read More (book #2) now. ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific
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SailormanOR More than 1 year ago
enjoyable
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I haven been through what Tabby went through, this book is written so well I still can connect with her character in the book. Noah is a great support for her and Jules is the best person she could have befriended. I love all the characters in this book.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Getting into another popular New Adult read, I thought I take this book for a spin. It has a typical plot line, yet it managed to grab me more with the characters. Plot. Of course, if you read the synopis you know that this plot line has to deal with a girl and public sex scandal. She is sent to another college where she is just trying to build up her life again. I really loved that even though she left her past behind, her past still haunted her and came back to her. Every chapter, Tabitha is inching closer to the truth being exposed and I can’t help but feel nervous and scared for her. Love. As much as it makes my heart race, I really like this love interest. Their were so many obstacles that this couple went through and it made them stronger. Fear sometimes overrides Tabitha emotions but she learn to stand strong. I admire both of them for learning to lean on one another instead of running away. Minor characters. Michael, Tabby’s older brother is great minor character. He supported his sister through everything and even gave her the truth when no one else would. He pushed her to start living her dreams again and to not be afraid. I can only hope that the author will write a story about Michael. I love to see him have a happy ending too. This is a great story for those who want something deep and emotional. A heart-warming inspirational story, Before You Go delivers a well-crafted tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Jennifer & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog The subject matter of this book is not an easy one to write, I give that much to the author. You gotta tread carefully, giving the necessary care to the character’s condition. I think in this case the author did right by the heroine but unfortunately failed to cue us in. ~ Under the Covers Being probably one of the last ones to hear about the New Adult genre, I say this book was just okay. The low rating isn’t because the book was bad but rather it felt like it wasn’t yet completed. The story is told from first person by our heroine who had to deal with some devastating experience. We come into the story after the initial crisis following this experience, but before the full recovery. This gives us time to both discover in bits what exactly happened to her, and to see step by step how and with who she gets over things. Even though I can’t say I’m a big fan of first person narration, I have to admit this helps get into a character’s head, especially in a plot such as this where psychology is the big chunk of the story. The subject matter of this book is not an easy one to write, I give that much to the author. You gotta tread carefully, giving the necessary care to the character’s condition. I think in this case the author did right by the heroine but unfortunately failed to cue us in. Even though for the whole of the book I was inside the heroine’s head, I was unable to make a connection to her and I think that’s where the book fails. As the most important person in this story, Tabitha makes not much of an impression on me, even though I try hard to sympathize with her concerning her past. And not only Tabitha herself, but also the rest of the characters feel as if they might or might not have existed and it wouldn’t matter for me. Her father, who help pick up the pieces together right after her incident is hardly there to make me feel for him. The new best friend Tabitha makes is also supposed to be a big help for her in getting over things but again, her existence is like a shadow. And Noah, the hero of the story, the one who’s the biggest support, the biggest step in her recovery, fails to be that big. It felt like everyone had the right amount of potential, and they came so close to make the story reach its climax, and yet, there seems to be no climax in the end. Another problem I had with this book was the unanswered questions. Sure, we do get why she’s the way she is, what happened to her and how it affected not just her but everyone around as well, especially her family. But we never get any more detail than the overalls. I felt as if I was an outsider, and it frustrated me not to get any more information concerning the heroine herself and her relationships with those around her, or the hero, who seemed like his story was a bit more than we’re told. It was things like these, the little details that were neglected yet if told, they would’ve made a difference, and the fact that I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, that made me rate this book this low. The story had potential, it’s a real life problem that I’d be happy to read the heroine get over and move on with her life, but somehow it ended up being short of that potential. I would’ve preferred to read a hundred more pages if it meant I’d get the full of the story and a chance to click with the characters. *Review Copy provided by author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. It seemed to be missing something..... cant quite put my finger on what though. But all in all a great story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you so much Claire for tackeling such a tough topic. I cried for Tabby and I laughed at Jules. She seems like quite a character. But an amazing friend. I have a friend like that. I think everyone should have people in their life like Jules and Noah. I loved, loved, loved this story. I really recommend this book to everyone especially if your heart & soul need uplifting.