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From New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, comes the first book in her new adult series, LIVE FOR YOU.
Boys of the South ~ Book 1
The faster I rise, the harder they want to see me to fall.
For years, I had the perfect life and the perfect career as the reigning princess of country music, Violet Lynn. Then after one drunken night, my mug shot went viral. Suddenly, I was the girl least likely to...
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Overview

From New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, comes the first book in her new adult series, LIVE FOR YOU.
Boys of the South ~ Book 1
The faster I rise, the harder they want to see me to fall.
For years, I had the perfect life and the perfect career as the reigning princess of country music, Violet Lynn. Then after one drunken night, my mug shot went viral. Suddenly, I was the girl least likely to be invited anywhere. Unable to withstand the questions from the press or the sight of my ex-boyfriend with my ex-best friend, I ran...straight into the arms of one bad boy bartender- Cole Morgan.
Cole's nothing like any guy I met before, with his rough demeanor, tattoos, and piercings. It doesn't matter to me that our worlds are so different that they don't even occupy the same universe. He makes me feel safe, secure, and ...loved.
But once he learns the truth of who I am and what I did, will he stay or turn on me like all the others?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615824925
  • Publisher: Southern Belle Press
  • Publication date: 6/6/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She's the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.

Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man--and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children. Please visit her website: www.marquitavalentine.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    TiWi

    Good Book (storyline) I didnt want to put it down, but towards the end (450+ pages) the story moved really quickly & the ending wasnt the best. I still liked the main characters!

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    We begin with Violet (a.k.a. Rae) arriving in North Carolina, ru

    We begin with Violet (a.k.a. Rae) arriving in North Carolina, running away from her past as a famous country star. She’s broken, but as readers we do not know the whole story.

    The book alternates between both Cole’s and Violet’s point of view, so we know what’s going on in each person’s mind. I really liked this, because if the story had been told in just one point of view we would have lost so much more depth into each character.

    Both Cole and Violet are broken by their circumstances. Cole, along with his brother Parker, is taking care of his little sister because his mom is in rehab. Unfortunately, this “mom” is a horrible human being, only caring about drugs. We do get a few flashes into the past where we see that his mother did show kindness to his son, but mostly she was concerned about keeping Cole’s father with her, and when that didn’t happen, she’d hide it with drugs.

    Cole and Violet’s attraction is immediate, but for good reasons they don’t want to pursue it. But the attraction grows until they can’t stop it.

    I really enjoyed the plot as well. We don’t get all of the information at once, even with both points of view. We know there’s more to Violet’s story, but it isn’t revealed until much later in the story. I did suspect—correctly—what was in Violet’s past, but I wasn’t completely sure until it was revealed.

    Violet’s grandmother was an absolute gem. I really loved how she accepted Violet and all of her problems, and how she never judged her for them.

    There were occasions where I felt the author smoothed things over a bit too easily, and the problems could have been fleshed out and expanded on. There were some occasions where either Cole or Violet made a mistake and the other was rightfully mad—and then after a little while they’d soon forget about it and forgive the other person.

    All in all, though, I felt like their story was heart-warming and I really liked how perfectly they fit together. They both healed and helped each other with their respective problems, and I was really happy with the way it ended.

    Though, I have to say, the ending is open-ended. We know that Violet and Cole end up together, but it’s not overly expanded and we don’t know if they get married or what. But to be honest, I kind of liked it like that for this book.

    I read this book in one sitting. It had a nice pace and it was a really good writing style. I felt pain for both Cole and Violet, especially when the flashbacks began. This story is a somewhat short read, but a good one. I do feel like their story could have been expanded and fleshed out a bit more, but I was satisfied with the ending. And I really connected with the characters.

    I really enjoyed Cole and Violet’s relationship (did I already say that?). They were strong characters, but they made each other stronger. I loved their banter, their flirting, and their attraction—and I can’t wait to read more of this series.

    I recommend this book for people who enjoy romance, passion, and characters that help each other heal through their problems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Good

    Good book a bit on the racy side. Overall a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Wonderful---but "not fair" jmm44

    Great story of a country singer who was in a BAD car accident-- and the owner of a small town bar --- & what happens when they get together! But then it stops and you'd have to get the next book to see what happens

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Good read!

    I would recommend this book. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the next book. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

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    A little intense and a lot of suffering but enjoyed it a lot. Now must read the next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Great romance story

    Must read Cole and Voilet story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Live For You is the first book by Marquita Valentine that I have

    Live For You is the first book by Marquita Valentine that I have read and it won't be my last. I was intrigued by the synopsis and this book didn't let me down.

    This book is about country superstar Violet Lynn and bad boy Cole Morgan. Violet Lynn had it all (or so everyone thought); a great career, a wonderful family, and a superstar boyfriend. That is until it all came crashing down around her after one tragic night. Violet needs to get away so she decides to return to the small town her grandmother lives in and hide out for a while. She changes her appearance and her name in hopes of no one recognizing her.

    Cole Morgan goes to school full time, runs the family bar with his brother, and raises his little sister because their mother is a piece of crap junkie who loves being high more than her family. Cole has a rough exterior and I loved seeing his layers peeled away and getting to know him. He really is a sweetheart when you get to know him.

    Chance encounters happen and Cole and Violet realize they can't stay away, no matter how hard they try. I was cheering them on the entire time. They both needed and deserved a happy ending. I thought for sure I was going to get through this whole book angst free. WRONG! Just when I was settling in and getting comfortable, Marquita throws a wrench in my plans. Buckle up and hold on because I didn't see what happened coming.

    Overall I enjoyed this book, there were just two things that bothered me. First, Lacey. She is a supporting character that is "dating", I use that word loosely because I am not really sure what they are, Cole's friend Wyatt. There is something wrong with Lacey. She is hot and cold and her personalities switch like an on/off switch. It was never mentioned what exactly is her deal. Why is she acting like that? Why does she say she is different and weird? If it is going to be pointed out on numerous occasions I would like to have answers. I kept thinking I was going to get my answers at the end of the book and they never came. It was like it never happened. Maybe the answers will be in the next book? This brings me to issue number two. Cliffs. I LOATHE them. This book has a kinda cliff, kinda not a cliff. It leaves you with what you think is an answer and sorta satisfied but it also leaves you going WTH?! I know this did not just end this way!! I am no taking off a star because of a cliff. That would just be ridiculous. The author chose to send it that way so that we would buy book two and I understand that, it is just that cliffs are not for me. The infuriate me.

    This book really was great. At times I think the writing could have been a little stronger but overall I enjoyed it. It is nice to read a sweet, quick read every now and then that doesn't have a ton of angst. I love a book that leaves me with a warm fuzzy feeling and this book did that, despite that wretched cliff.

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    This is an amazing story of two people finding their way while d

    This is an amazing story of two people finding their way while dealing with troubled pasts. Beautifully written with great characters and a storyline that will make you smile and cry. I recommend this book to everyone. 18+

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

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    "Lately, my life has become one endless loop of sameness. N

    "Lately, my life has become one endless loop of sameness. Not that I'm complaining, but sometimes, I'd like for something, anything different to happen. Something that knocks me on my ass, without getting a black eye or a loose tooth from it. Sometimes… I just want more than the cards I've been dealt."

    Cole Morgan should be careful what he wishes for. He just might get more than he can handle. Cole's a good guy who has had it pretty tough lately. His father has abandoned his family. His mother is back in rehab. He's raising his younger siblings and trying to make a decent living while running his own bar. Cole is seriously charming, hot, and really, a good guy. Sure, he has secrets. But, who doesn't? He's a good-time guy. He's not looking to settle down.

    "There's something very humbling about having your mug shot going viral on the Internet."

    "Violet Lynn was a costume for me. One that I gladly wore and paraded around in, until my world came crashing down."

    Violet Lynn was a country music star. One of THE biggest country music stars. She's taking some time away from Nashville, staying with her grandmother in North Carolina, until she can get her life back on track. To say she's had a rough time lately is a gigantic understatement. She caught her (former) best friend and (former) boyfriend together and she fell apart. The story of her getting drunk and barely surviving a horrible car accident is all over the tabloids. She needs some time away to pull herself together, in a place where the paparazzi and reporters won't interfere. She changes her looks and begins to go by Rae. The last thing she's looking for right now is a relationship with another guy.

    "Forget the time: I don't have enough pieces of me left to throw away on some boy."

    "Dear God, I need to sit down. Maybe in the freezer, with a bucket of ice."

    Cole and Rae are attracted to each other immediately. As they begin running into each other around town, they try to be just friends, but the more time they spend together, the more apparent it is that friends won't be enough. Their chemistry is intense. They may not be what each other is looking for, but somehow they're exactly what the other needs. But, are either of them ready to let their guard down and put themselves out there?

    "It's okay to take a chance on somebody, Violet Rae," she says softly. "You're not really living, if you don't."

    Rae's grandma is full of sage wisdom. At her grandma's urging, Rae begins to open up to Cole. She confesses her true identity and, eventually, comes clean about the biggest of all the secrets. She also begins to make other friends. Namely, Lacey and Wyatt. I wasn't so sure about Lacey at first. She was a bit blunt and inappropriate, but she redeemed herself. Wyatt is just back from the war and is somewhat damaged goods. He and Lacey made a great pair.

    "Honey, none of us are normal. We're all just trying to get by, without going over the ledge."

    "And some of us are holding onto the ledge with our fingertips and it's been raining for days."

    There's a ton of drama in this book. From dealing with Rae's past and the repercussions of her accident to Cole's secrets and the situation with his addict mother and jerk of a father, these two don't have an easy road. But, I never felt like it was drama just for drama's sake. The story flowed nicely and the characters were well-developed. They were likable and relatable. The novel was told in alternating perspectives from Cole and Rae and it was nice to get some insight into both characters. There were some seriously steamy love scenes in this book, too. Several of them, as a matter of fact. If you're looking for a quick and easy read that packs some heat and leaves you smiling at the end, this could be just what you need.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Good read

    I like this book alot just pls not some many typos

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    This was a sweet story.  You guys know me.  Give me a story abou

    This was a sweet story.  You guys know me.  Give me a story about two messed up people? I. AM. THERE.  Add a music star? All over it.  This book had me at the back cover! (So it was an ebook? Yeah, I read the description on Goodreads!)

    Awesome story!

    Yeah, Cole is that bad boy that girls just love… I mean he is good looking and runs a bar! And Violet Lynn, or Rae as she is called through most of the book ends up in NC to hide out and heal after she is exposed after the one night she screwed up.  They don’t intend to hook up, but things just kinda happen, and well…

    I really enjoyed this one.  Just and FYI, definitely fits NA over YA. This one gets a little more descriptive in some of the descriptions.  Gotta say it was a great read and would be a good one to take with you to the river or the beach this summer.  Nothing to think too hard about.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

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    Another Great Novel from Marquita Valentine! :) As a devoted M

    Another Great Novel from Marquita Valentine! :)

    As a devoted Marquita Valentine fan, I'll read anything with her name on it. I always love her books, always fall for the hero and become friends with all the other characters. Live For You is no different!


    I have to be honest though. While I loved Live For You, I had a hard time adjusting to the 1st person POV used, as I am accustomed to Valentine's previous books, all in 3rd person. However, many of the writing characteristics that I've come to love from Valentine were still present, and by the last page, I had a goofy-happy smile on my face. So, mission accomplished, Marquita—I did have a blast reading Violet and Cole's story!


    Cole is an interesting hero, a little bit of a bad boy, but deeply responsible and loyal to his family (which does not, in his mind, include his mother or father). He's working hard to follow his own life while taking care of his little sister, with help from his brother. He's got a few tattoos, and even has gauged ears, and he likes to start fights. And yet I fell for him, and felt that he belonged with Violet. Both loved each other for who they are, not for who the world thinks they are.


    4 STARS! Live For You is a quick, sexy...and sweet new adult romance that is sure to please! I'll admit I may have loved Valentines' previous books just a teeny-tiny bit more, but don't let that fool you—I still loved this one, and I look forward to each and every book in this series (so many interesting guys just waiting to have their story told, and I'm anxious to read it!). I now know that whether its adult or NA, I'm sure to fall in love with anything written by this truly talented author!





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    For my full review, including my favorite quotes from Live For You, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace.

    I received this e-ARC from the author, through a blog tour, in exchange for my honest opinion.

    TheBookQueen

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Live For You was an enjoyable read for me. There are some seriou

    Live For You was an enjoyable read for me. There are some serious issues the characters face, but I just simply had fun getting to know these characters. It's certainly a series that I will continue. Not only did I like the MC's in this book, but I loved the supporting characters and am already looking forward to seeing what will happen next in the series. 




    Cole Morgan...be still my heart. He rough around the edges, but he sure does have a heart of gold. This guy has had to take care of his brother and sister most of his life, because of their drug addicted mother. Sure, he gets in fights from time to time, but generally Cole is a really good guy. I loved how he interacted with his little sister, Kelly. He was so selfless to her needs. He worked hard to give her everything from food on the table to ballet lessons. Keep in mind that he's only 22. Guys his age are typically still out having fun, but Cole puts his family first. When he meets Rae, his world tilts just a bit more. She's different than the girls he usually goes for. She's got short purple hair, a nose ring, and an attitude. And he can't get enough of her. 




    Rae is a bit of a spitfire. I liked her. When I first met Violet Rae, I knew there was more to her story pretty fast. The reader gets bits and pieces about why she's running from Nashville and as the story unfolds, it broke my heart. I had a suspicion early on and it turned out to be right, but there was a twist to that particular part of the story that surprised me. While I did like Rae, I liked her more with Cole. I think they brought out the best in each other. They're both hiding secrets about their lives, but as they get to know each other, they learn that they actually have more in common than they ever guessed. I loved watching Rae and Cole both, learn to trust one another and their feelings. Did I mention that this book is steamy? Yep...Cole is sexy. There were more than a few scenes that made my eyes just a bit wider. I liked it. A lot. 




    I love series' the most when I get to know the supporting characters too. I do believe that there will be more to Cole and Rae's story, but I absolutely can't wait to see what happens with the other boys. I loved Cole's brother Parker and am curious about what he seems to be hiding. Wyatt and Lacey were pretty great too. I'm also looking forward to Beau's story. I think he has a lot to tell. 




    Overall, I really liked Live For You. I want to see more of Cole and Rae, because I think there were some things left unfinished in their story. Don't get me wrong, I loved the way the book ended, but there are a few things that I think will happen for them and the rest of the cast. At least that's my hope. Their lives are so intertwined that it should provide for some good drama down the road. 




    Favorite scene:
    ~Confession number one: I didn't mean to drop trou and go full monty. Sure, I let the towel dip a little, just to tease her, but the damn thing slipped out of my hand. So extra swagger--while exiting and re-entering--was required. Confession number two: I want to kiss this girl. Correction, I have to kiss this girl. -Loc 351/ARC

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

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    really good read

    4.5 stars but I round up on sites like goodreads, amazon, etc...

    I really, really liked this story. LIVE FOR YOU is just another NA book I can add to my shelves of books I adore. Other than one part that through me off I didn't find a thing wrong with it. Yes, at one part a girl said she knew Viloet's secret. But in the end not even her parents or the press knew. So I was wondering how that girl did. Other than that, I enjoyed the story and loved the characters.

    Ok, I take that back. The ending bugged me a bit. Not much, it just seemed too short. Like BAM! And it was over. The only thing I can think is that since Valentine has this as a series on goodreads I am hoping for Parker's story next. Then we will see more of Cole and Violet. Because there is some unanswered parts that need resolving. So I am pretty confident that we will get those answers as the series continues.

    Throughout the story, the author would flip flop between Cole and Viloet's POV. That was great since both characters are not perfect by any means and they have a lot to say. They both have gone through so much in their young lives and each have the weight of the world on their shoulders. But I loved watching them fall apart for each other and fall in love. It was like they were drawn to each other and made for each other. Just so sweet...yet not. Like I said. Neither are perfect and both have a heck of a lot of skeletons spilling out of their closets so it will not be an easy road for them.

    LIVE FOR YOU is a great story. I look forward to more of the series and will recommend this book to anyone and everyone who is loving the NA genre as much as me. I just can't seem to get enough of chick lit and this age group. So please pick up LIVE FOR YOU and let me know what you thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    I loved this book,  Violet and Cole drew me in from the beginnin

    I loved this book,  Violet and Cole drew me in from the beginning.  Their story 
    made me want to cry at times  and laugh at other times.  I didn't want to stop 
    reading.

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

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    I'm so excited to bring to you Marquita Valentine newest book wh

    I'm so excited to bring to you Marquita Valentine newest book which happens to be her first New Adult book. Yep, I enjoy Live For You, which has two fantastic characters: Cole Morgan and Violet Lynn (born as Violet Rae Givens).

    Violet is a country singer needed to escape the drama that is brewing in Nashville and what better way than visit her nana. First off, I did like Violet, because I could relate with her when I was that age (just some of it not all). However, she carries some heavy emotional baggage with her to North Carolina.

    Cole is a great guy and totally amazing. Even with the heavy baggage that is call his life. Yet he manages to keep his head above water (barely). 

    The dynamic between Cole and Violet is really intense. Both of them crave each other, but afraid to let each other in their lives. I love how Ms. Valentine switches POV and I think that helps you understand Cole and Violet more. Overall, I can't wait to see what happens in the rest of the series. I'm actually curious what will happen to Cole's brother. Here's the bottom line: if you are looking for a New Adult romance, I would suggest going after Live For You. Who knows what will happen?

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    Live For You by Marquita Valentine is my first New Adult novel.

    Live For You by Marquita Valentine is my first New Adult novel. Having read other books by Ms. Valentine, I expected a good time. And she brought it--what I didn't expect was to adore Cole from the first line--he's charming, caring, and broken. Oh, and smokin' hot. Everything I love in a hero! Older than his years, Cole tries to do right for everyone-his little sister, his brother, even the mother who far from deserves his love--but his responsibilities are crushing, and he falls back into dark habits he just can't shake.

    Violet Rae is a successful country music singer on the run from a night of tragedy. Seeking solace from the glaring spotlight (and from herself), she runs off to her grandmother's But rather than a place to hide and lick her wounds, Violet finds Cole, a man who makes her question her future.

    Violet and Cole are so good together, I'd like to see more of them. As well as Cole's poker club members--there's enough hotness to warrant several more books (hint, hint)! I'm very much looking forward to the next book in this series.

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