Before You

Before You

by Lisa Cardiff
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Before You by Lisa Cardiff

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

Aubrey Keaton has never had a supportive family. Luckily, she has Camden...

Her childhood friend. Her savior. Her boyfriend.

Even after Camden leaves their hometown to chase his dream to be a musician, Aubrey can't imagine her life without Camden and his family.

Before starting a job search for her own dream job, Aubrey decides to visit Camden in California for a month. But when she arrives, something unexpected happens...she meets Jax Carmichael, the lead singer in Camden's band.

Jax Carmichael doesn't have time for a relationship...much less love.

Even if Aubrey is irresistible, she's a complication he doesn't want or need. He has spent the last few years building Chasing Ruin, and the band is on the verge of being signed. Pursuing Aubrey could destroy his band, and he's worked too hard to be successful without his family's money, or connections, to let that happen.

Aubrey feels an attraction to Jax like something she's never experienced before.

Confused, she tries to resist, but when her relationship with Cam begins to unravel, she realizes that Jax might just be the one thing she needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496024480
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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Before You 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Buy it now. Bre and Jax had great chemistry. I love a rock star romance.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Before You by Lisa Cardiff is just good, dirty fun.  With just enough angst and romantic rumblings to keep the pages turning, this book is a very good read.  With strong, lovable characters and a solid story line, it is indeed a must read.
tamsroses More than 1 year ago
I found this book fun and enjoyable to read. So not your usual love story or even love triangle. At times you want to hit Aubrey upside the head for being too trusting and wearing Rose colored glasses. Other times you’re wanting to beat the heck out of Camden for being a jerk. Aubrey Keaton “Bre” is a naive young lady whose life has not been kind or fair. Her mother is an artist and a self proclaimed “free spirit who lives in the moment” doing what feels right to “her”. She never tells Bre who her father is and really has no time for her daughter. Bre’s mother moves them back to Colorado to her mother’s and promptly leaves her. Her grandmother, even though she loves Bre, has her moments where Bre knows she would rather be doing other things besides being the primary caretaker to her. On Aubrey’s 10th birthday she meets Camden, the boy who lives next door. Soon Camden becomes her best friend, her rock. His family becomes her extended family. In high school they start dating, all the way through college, it’s just assumed that they will marry. Camden is a small town, Colorado boy with big dreams of a music career.  After college he moves to LA, leaving Aubrey to finish out her Masters in Fine Arts. In LA Camden falls in with the band “Chasing Ruin”, when they lose their guitarist. He soon takes over the business end of the band. He works hard to set up gigs and to get the band signed to a record label. In the process he loses himself to the life style. He becomes a total jerk always bailing on Bre and putting her on the back burner. Jax Charmichael is the lead singer of “Chasing Ruin”, and Camden’s friend. Jax is the son of a famous father in the entertainment industry. His father gave him an ultimatum to work for him or be cut off.  Jax loves music and walks away. After struggling for years the band is now on the verge of being signed, thanks in part to Camden.  Jax sees Aubrey for the first time when she comes to LA and the bar where they are playing at. Not knowing who she is, Jax is taken by her fresh and honest ways, so unlike the women he’s been around.  The more Jax gets to know Bre, the more he wants her.  The fact that Camden is always canceling plans with Bre and asking Jax to cover for him, isn’t helping matters.   The sparks are there between them. Not one to give spoilers I will say this is a great start to a series of books! Way to go Lisa!
MySecretBookSpot More than 1 year ago
“Before You” by Lisa Cardiff 5 out of 5 stars What would you do if the life you always pictured for yourself was really just a lie?  What if the one person you thought you really knew became a complete stranger?  What if the door opened for new opportunities that you never thought you wanted?  Would you charge on through or shut the door and pretend you never regretted it? Those are the questions that face Aubrey Keaton in “Before You” by Lisa Cardiff.  The once idyllic life she thought she wanted is crumbling all around her and it is scaring the hell out of her!  The road map she had for her life is useless and she’s so afraid to take the wrong path.  Will she follow her head or take a leap of faith and go with her heart? Aubrey wears blinders and she seems to like it that way.  She’s so focused on the future she thinks she is destined to have that she can’t see the changes happening in front of her.  Given her history, I could completely understand why she chose to cling to the things that had anchored her childhood.  I felt her fear and doubt in embracing the unknown.  I walked her journey with her and for me that makes for a great book.  I was emotionally invested in Aubrey’s choices and rooting for her to find her version of happiness.  Cardiff did an excellent job drawing me in and keeping me engaged in the story. Jax is hot.  He’s the ultimate bad boy thrown for a loop by a girl he never saw coming.  He’s passionate about his music and that spills over onto all the things he loves.  I loved watching him come to terms with his feelings and adjust to life from his new perspective.  The spark between Jax and Aubrey is undeniable!  They fit together like puzzle pieces and they had amazing verbal sparring going on! The secondary cast all add to the different flavors in the story.  They provide the many layers of back story and help the main characters come to terms with the possibility of a different future.  This book is the lead in for what has the potential to be a great series.  I am looking forward to seeing what the second book has to offer in the lives of this group! Cardiff has written a book that flows well and is an easy read.  It keeps you interested and I had a hard time putting it down…in fact I read the entire book in one sitting!  Her characters are developed well, the story was well thought out, and the pacing was perfect.  She’s an author I would love to read again and again!  You won’t regret purchasing this one! *I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* Shannon, My Secret Book Spot
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bre and Jax rocked. This was a fun, sexy read that kept me up late into the night.