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Posted May 27, 2014
….This story has you from the prologue and doesn’t let you go! Having read Claire’s other books, I know it’s not as black and white as it seems. Brooklyn’s home life has always been rocky and she’s trying to get her life back on track after getting out of rehab. Brooklyn is sent to New York to work at her family’s record company. Waiting for her flight, she sees her ex, Shea and he introduces her to his producer, Nick. Told through past and present chapters we get a glimpse into BK’s past and what lead up to her stint in rehab. She’s attracted to Nick but has refused to play the other woman. That is one of the things I loved most about BK. Too many times the female would allow a man to walk all over her. Also through the past we get to see her build a strong relationship with Ryan and how her relationship with Shea began. BK agrees to go on tour with Shea. The sexual tension between BK and Nick is OFF.THE.CHARTS. She opens herself up to Nick unlike anyone before. She shares many new experiences with him and she’s more connected to him than she realizes. BK has to learn how to deal with many stressful situations all at one time. I liked how relatable BK and her problems are to kids and adults. The last few chapters are extremely emotional. The epilogue is brief and while there’s no cliffhanger, I was definitely left wanting more. I’m glad to hear some of the supporting characters might be getting their own books!!
-It’s amazing how you can live without somebody your entire life and then you meet them, let them in, let them take over your every thought, and then the moment they’re gone, you feel like you’re f*n dying.
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Posted February 10, 2014
This book is so real it's scary. Brooklyn made my heart hurt for her. I would love to tell her parents that loving a child ,no matter what, is the greatest gift of all!! A truly remarkable story. Would love more of these two characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 20, 2013
My first opportunity to read a novel by Claire Contreras and I am thrilled that I took the opportunity! A coming-of-age storyline with a twist, this New Adult story is sure to find many fans.
Brooklyn is a child of privilege: a music producer father and a model mother, her life was one of money, famous parties and never-ending opportunity. It was only missing love. At 25, her life is in turmoil as she is trying to reclaim a sense of balance and find the woman she wants to become.
Increasingly emotional revelations expose Brooklyn’s every thought, baring her soul as she struggles with her own issues: self-esteem, loyalty, friendships, sexuality, her own addiction and depression issues and the ever-present pressure from family. Many of the feelings and concerns Brooklyn expresses are present for all of us at one time or another: the unending jenga pile of insecurities would be daunting if not for the underlying determination to succeed and be someone despite those niggling thoughts keeps her real. With honest and caring relationships and interactions that are highlighted with her cousin, brother and occasional boyfriend Shea, their reliance on her is telling.
There is a core level of emotional honesty in this story that manages to place the reader into another’s shoes: yes it is fictionalized, but several difficult issues are discussed including depression, body image and addictions, and there are several moments where the pages just fly by: despite the details. There is a romance, that starts as a series of questions and leaves Brooklyn open to a whole other level of self-doubt and recrimination: for despite all else, she is a child with a name that means something to people.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story: Contreras managed to halt Brooklyn’s emotional maturity at that of a young teen, precisely where she started relying on drugs and alcohol to numb her daily life. While she starts out with the attitude and reactions of a young teen, she is working to grow up to become someone else, and her reliance on the old ways and occasionally old relationships is not for her. We see that growth and learning, and while her journey is often painful and can bring a tear, the changes are hard won and well worth the effort.
Detailed and specific, yet encompassing issues from a perspective that all can understand, the relationship, romance and daily struggles that Brooklyn faces are beautifully presented and make a page turning read. While not recommended for readers under 18 because of language, sexual content and drug references, this is a story that presents a realistic portrait of a young woman finding her place in the world.
I received an eBook copy of the title from Corvisiero Literary Agency. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted December 8, 2013
Claire Contreras knows exactly how to charm you with her writing. It grips you and holds you tight. Weaving a story that at first seems to have a separate threads that eventually all weave together to make a beautiful tapestry.
There are moments that had me laughing, had me looking for someone to rub up against and have them say raspy words in my ear, or had my heart breaking for the dysfunction of families.
There are so many moments of beauty, broken pieces that are glued together with love and friendship and hope. I still remember a particular moment that just about broke me. I gasped out loud when suddenly a few pieces fall into place. And I really liked the use of layering of past and present to draw the pieces together.
Nick...That man was like a freaking drug to my system. I wanted to be Brooklyn when he spoke to her through simply a look from his blue green eyes or simply rasping 'i want you' in her ear. *Swoon*
Shea - at first, I didn't really like him but then Claire did a wonderful job of making me see how his and Brooklyn's relationship worked. And I swear he just about broke my heart! :(
Brooklyn - she is fascinating. Broken and real. Depressed. It's sad and painful at moments. But I loved watching her fight her way through the moments of darkness along with learning what it could mean to truly love and be loved. She's strong and even with moments of darkness, she was a heroine that I felt really owned her life and learned how to carve out her space. She knew what she wanted in a relationship (or didn't want) and stood up for that.
Claire Contreras is a fascinating, must-read, immediate 1-click author for me!
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Posted November 27, 2013
This was a great book! I really loved how in depth the characters were, but I would have liked it more if there wasn't so much focus on what Brooklyn was thinking and there was more into their HEA. It would have been nice to see them a few months later or maybe a few years later. Overall great book, though.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2013
I loved this book. The characters are great and the author is one hell of a writer!!! I will say it took me about 10 chapters to get to the not putting it down spot, but mainly because it was setting the book up. I will 100% recommend this book to everyone. It is a great read You realize a lot of things about life that you wouldn't think about that people have to deal with. I am a mother and some of the thing made me make sure to kiss and hug, complement and hold on a little tighter to my little girl. Thank you Claire for a great read. Hope there is more to come from these three :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 21, 2013
This is my first Claire Contreras book and I loved it! I'm kicking myself for not reading her other two books I have on my Kindle right now. Catch Me is poignant, heart-wrenching, and uplifting all at the same time. Reading as Brooklyn Harmon deal with all the people who let her down, the past mistakes, and her struggles to stay clean is daunting. But Claire creates a strong heroine and she overcomes all this, with me sobbing along with her. Nick Wilde should be immortalized in every dictionary with his picture along side the definition of a good man. I love his character so much. This book has so many great quotes, but this is the one that stands out for me. "You weren't meant to be more to me," I say, my voice wavering. "But that doesn't mean you haven't been enough." GOD! That just rips me up. I think this statement holds true for every one at some point in their life.
I only have one issue with the story. I would have liked more closure with the Allie storyline.
Well done, Claire. I can't wait to read There Is No Light In Darkness and Darkness Before Dawn.
Written by Dee McGee - Booze, Bookz, and Bad Boyz
Posted November 18, 2013
Posted November 17, 2013
LOVED THIS BOOK. THE WRITING IMMERSED ME INTO BROOKLYN'S WORLD!
Contreras pulls you into this story with the imagery and emotions that you loved in her prior works. Set in a unique setting, where the behind the scenes of the music industry takes center stage, Catch Me deals with trust, external pressures, love, loss, and most importantly taking a chance with the possibility of being hurt again.
Brooklyn is a complex heroine who has issues that she works through in this book and the hero, Nick, is the complete package. The right balance of alpha, with enough sensitivity and insight to be the obvious one to draw Brooklyn’s attention, Nick will pull you in also. Have fun falling for this book and these characters!
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