You Loved Me at My Ugliestby Evie Harper
She’s no stranger to love and loss…
By age eighteen, Alexa Kingsley had lost everyone. Only Joey, the lonely boy next door, remained. He’d clung to Alexa like a lifeline through years of abuse at the hands of his father, and she vowed to protect him as best she could. Alexa thought Joey was the one person who’d always be/p>/em>
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She’s no stranger to love and loss…
By age eighteen, Alexa Kingsley had lost everyone. Only Joey, the lonely boy next door, remained. He’d clung to Alexa like a lifeline through years of abuse at the hands of his father, and she vowed to protect him as best she could. Alexa thought Joey was the one person who’d always be there—until the day he left her as well. Finally forced to go it alone, Alexa finds this latest loss may hurt worst of all.
He’s no stranger to lack of love…
Joseph O’Connor was every bit the villain his father trained him to be, his young heart twisted into something ugly, corrupted. But his father underestimated the girl next door, miscalculated the impact Lexi would have on Joey’s life, the spark she ignited that eventually, despite all odds, grew to an inferno of hope. To reclaim her, Joey must first become a man Lexi can be proud of…the kind of man she deserves.
Amidst a shadowy world of guns and drugs, will Joey’s ultimate sacrifice—a declaration of love from a man who was never shown any at all—be enough to finally set him free?
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“I didn’t drop your hand, Joey, you ripped it away from me. You chose something else. You never put me, us, first, and I’d had enough. You can’t always be the one dictating where our relationship is or where it should be. That’s not fair. Relationships are about compromise, both sides agreeing. You decided for the both of us.” You Loved Me At My Ugliest is Joseph and Alexa’s story. Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I have been curious about their story ever since I first met these characters. And boy does their story not disappoint. This story first starts off with a glimpse into the past. We get to see how Alexa and Joseph first meet and how over the years their relationship has changed and grown. Joseph’s family life was extremely difficult. He had a father who treated him horribly and a mother who would never leave his father. The only light in his darkness was Alexa. Alexa knows love and loss better than anyone. By the time she reached her 18th birthday, she had no one left. No one expect for Joseph. Alexa loved Joseph like no other and even followed him to the depths of hell. She would do anything for this man that she loved. However, every person has their breaking point and Alexa has finally reached hers. Alexa is forced to go it alone and it rocks her to her very core. Alexa is trying desperately to move on, but it’s not so easy. Joseph will always own her heart, no matter how much pain he’s caused her. Unbeknownst to her, Joseph is working hard to secure their future. He wants to be the man that Alexa deserves and will do anything to give them a safe and happy future. You Loved Me At My Ugliest was a wonderful addition to this series. I was caught up in Lexi and Joey’s story from the very beginning. The bond that the two of them shared was so strong, so powerful. You just wanted things to work out for them. I felt so bad for Joey. He had such an awful upbringing and he really struggled with the decisions that he made. None of them were easy, especially when it came to Lexi. He loved her something fierce and would do anything for her. I loved getting to see this side of Joey. And Lexi, boy is she stronger than most would give her credit for. She has seen and experienced things that no one should and yet, she is still going strong. She tries so hard to move on from Joey after he breaks her heart, but their love was one to not be smothered. I loved seeing her go after Joey and seeing her stand by him when most would walk away. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I thought it was well written and captivating. I loved finally getting to see Joey and Alexa’s story. Their story is not easy. It’s heartbreaking and frustrating and beautiful all at the same time. I loved getting to see how everything finally came together, and how all the previous stories connected. There was never a dull moment. I really enjoyed all the twists. Even though Joey and Alexa’s story wraps up the You Loved Me Series, it does pave the way for a few spin off series’ and I’m really excited about that. I can’t wait to see where this author will take us next. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book via Enticing Journey Book Promotions, in exchange for an honest review* My review can also be seen at: http://onceuponabookblog.com/2015/07/...