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Little Things by Madison Street

Everything in Duke Grayson's life was all he could ever ask for: A loving family, loyal friends, a beautiful girlfriend, and a scholarship to his top choice college. It's his senior year of high school, and all he needs is to focus on his grades, lacrosse, and keeping his girlfriend happy. That is until Raya walks into his life.

From the moment they meet, Duke is drawn to her, not only for her natural beauty and her stunning crystal blue eyes, but because he's aware there's more to this girl than just his alluring pull to her. He senses secrecy and fear.

Throughout the year, their bond grows stronger, and his feelings for her become undeniable. Just when he is about to express his love, tragedy strikes and Raya disappears.

For six years, Duke is tortured by his struggles, as he's unable to find her and blames himself for failing to protect her. Until the day, she's found, and he's given a second chance. Will Duke become her beacon of hope and make her see that it's the little things that make life worthwhile? Can Raya overcome her fears and fight against the terrors that haunt her? Or will her dark and torturous past be too much for her to battle against?

*Warning: This book contains some disturbing situations, strong language and sexual content. Suited for 18 years and over.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499741537
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/18/2014
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Madison Street was born in New York City and was raised in the Bronx, where she resided until she was 17 years old. After 9/11, Madison joined the United States Navy to serve her country.

During the deployments, Madison constantly wrote short stories and she discovered her passion for writing. You will find Madison always on the computer, whether she's on Facebook, designing websites, messing with Photoshop, or writing for her blog.

Besides writing, her second passion is music and dance. Even though she's a terrible singer, she'll still belt it out in the shower, especially if the song is her jam! She currently resides in Virginia with her husband of 8 years, 2 children, a dog, and a cat. She is so excited to start this amazing journey and is honored to be part of such a compassionate and loving community.

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Little Things 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Tricia710 More than 1 year ago
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Let me start by saying "Little Things" was flipping fantastic!  I started reading thinking oh wow what a great love story....and then boom..pow..bang....I got my socks knocked off my feet!  What an emotional roller coaster ride!  I was literally tapping my leg and biting my nails through the suspense!  Through all the pain and heartbreak there is much happiness!!!!!  True love and second chances!!!!!! Duke..... Oh Duke is easy to fall in love with!  There should be more of him in the real world!  Omg and the ending.....simply perfect!!!!!!! I may have even shed a happy tear , and a few hell yeah fist pumps lol Kudos to you's a masterpiece! I will be thinking of these characters for a long time!  I am so looking forward to book number 2!  Can't wait!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Madison Street's debut novel, Little Things is a story I'm not going to forget anytime soon. It isn't your typical story. In fact, it's a dark and gritty story with a few twists. Despite that, it is a story of hope, love, and second chances. I love the characters. Raya is a 17 year girl, who from the start is in a tough situation, but she doesn't let that define her. She carries that tenacity with her throughout the story. She is a fighter. Duke is the ultimate boy next door. Even though he seemingly does have it all, he is a good person who is always willing to help others. When these two meet they have an instant connection that leads to friendship. As their bond grows and feelings turn to more than friendship, tragedy hits and sets off a chain of events that you don't see coming. Madison Street tells a story that is different. She delves into serious topics and situations. This is not your light topic story, which is what I loved about it. Madison keeps you hooked with each page and you eagerly flip the pages wanting to know how it ends for these two characters. As far as debut novels go, Little Things is an excellent story. I can't wait to read more from Madison Street.
Kelii77 More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I was hooked and wanted to know more about what would happen in the next scene! Madison writes characters that make you really fall in love with them and root for them. I loved Duke and his All American good looks and charm and Raya with her classic natural beauty who tries to make friends in her new school even though her home life makes it near impossible. Granted I was skeptical about Duke's girlfriend, Melanie, in the begining waiting for her to bring out the catty, drama filled backstabber and ended up loving her in the long run.  The story does take a VERY dark and unexpected turn but it still kept my interest and I found myself wanting to stay up late and try to cram as much reading in as possible to find out what happens next and if the villain gets his due! There were moments when I wanted to reach into the story and try to save Raya. 
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disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
I was gifted an ARC for an honest opinion of this book.  Here goes......This is the first book I've read by Madison Street.  It was a good book! There were lots of emotions going through me while reading this book! Love the story and loved Duke and Raya! I will be reading more from Madison Street!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**4 1/2 Stars** So not what I had expected.. along w/ romance there is horrible pain. Duke & Raya are great characters, along w/ others. This book has everything...made me smile, gasp, & cry. Wanted more..... **248 pages**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me first start off by saying I don't normally go for suspense/thriller type of romance novels but I decided to give it a try. I loved it. A lot goes on in the book. I tend to read fast but I found that I kept having to tell myself to slow down or I would miss something. It's a great story and I can't wait to read number 2.
jenbPA More than 1 year ago
This book was intensely emotional, raw and downright dark and gritty. This was totally my kind of read. It started out kind of slow but I understand we had to get the whole back story and understand the dynamics of the friendships, so my advice when you hit this point, KEEP READING. The story line will change and it will feel like you got hit by a freaking freight train. I did not expect what happened to happen. I loved being caught by surprise.  Raya is one tough cookie!  She always fights for what she believes in throughout the whole book.  Sometimes with deadly consequences.  Her fighting spirit is what keeps her alive. Duke latches on emotionally to Raya from the very first moment they meet.  Raya immediately falls in love with Duke.  Can they be together at all? Tragedy strikes at the end of her senior year in high school and Raya high tails it out of town leaving Duke behind.  He’s not having any of that and he looks for her.  What will he find?  Will it be too late to find the Raya he knew in high school? Ms. Street tells us one hell of a disturbing yet awesome story that you don't want to miss out on. But please only 18+ and be warned that it deals with rape, prostitution and abuse.  I’ll be looking forward to reading more of this author. Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
AReaderLivesa1000Lives More than 1 year ago
***Received a copy for an honest review*** I loved the story. It was deep and dark and different from most romances you read these days. I eagerly turned pages to find out the whereabouts of each character. It's characters like this that make reading feel so real to me. I felt like I was there with Duke, Rob and Melanie praying for her safe return.  The story was such a powerful one that I was surprised how long it took to get really going. It was interesting to see the progress of writing style throughout the book. Usually, I can see an author's writing improve with each book - but it was fun to see it happen within this book. By the end, I was eager for the next one to come out!  Duke is just an all-around awesome guy from his respect of his relationship to Mel to his undying love for Raya. I was rooting for him from the beginning. Mel is the epitome of what you would think is a total B****, but she is sweet as pie. (Almost too sweet! But I know this is what Raya needs - heck it is what we all need as girls in high school... I guess, with the epidemic of 'mean girls' - Mel's kindness seems unreal) I hope we see Mel find her HEA in future books by Madison Street.  Overall, I give this book a strong 3.5 stars. If you are looking for a romance like nothing you are used to, give this book a go! I would love to know what you think when you are done!!! 
ChristineMichelle More than 1 year ago
This is the first book from Madison Street and it did not disappoint. Raya has had a rough life, but she has a plan to make it better. Then Duke enters her world and they become fast friends. She knows he has a girlfriend and they can only be friends but she can’t help the way she feels. Her feelings grow stronger for him as time goes on. Duke has a wonderful girlfriend and a good life. When a new student walks into his class, he helps her out and gets to know her. He soon realizes he is drawn to her and that his feelings go beyond being friends. But Raya’s situation brings Duke’s world crashing down when she leaves. Something is wrong and Duke can feel it deep within him. He doesn’t know where Raya went, but he has to find her. I’m not giving any spoilers away. This book is raw and emotional. You can feel the love Duke has for Raya. Madison does a great job of conveying the characters emotions. It does become very dark and you should know that going in, but all in all, this was a really good book. I’m looking forward to what Madison writes next.
Kiribear13 More than 1 year ago
Darkness is superb, the rest of the book leaves the reader lacking I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest response. Little Things is the first book in the Second Chances series and written by Madison Street. It is told from the point of view of two high school seniors Duke & Raya. Raya has an abusive step father and Duke is the all-American lacrosse player. I have waited a few days upon completion of this book to write a review, mostly because, I really had a hard time with this book. I don't want to start out with negativity so I will start with pointing out the positive aspects of the story. Madison did a good job of showing a timeless love from the point of view of Duke. She also did a good job of describing scenery. In times of abuse there was a great amount of detail, that perhaps speaks of personal knowledge. Apart from the abuse, the book starts out quite explicitly, but not in the sense of a romance novel. The sexual scenes (apart from abuse) seem to be written in a way that does not make the reader feel knowledgeable about the passion. Also HUGE issue for me was that we know Raya is 17, but we don't know the ages of Duke or Melanie, who are in a weirdly abrupt sexual experience that may or may not be considered child pornography in many states. Not knowing for sure if they were of legal age was very awkward and uncomfortable for me to read. I almost put the book down at this point, it made me feel gross. I tried to revisit it and give it another try with the vow that if anything started to get explicit that I was immediately deleting it from my kindle and giving up on it. Luckily there were no more sexual encounters for the duration of a possible underage issue. The beginning of the book was quite awkward unless it was speaking of well-detailed abuse. The flirting and relationships came off as quite immature. I couldn't tell if this was deliberate or just the take that I got from the book. The story gets dark around the 30-40% mark and then goes on to get worse. There were a lot of detailed and horrendous scenarios and I almost feel bad for saying that the dark parts are when Madison wrote the story at its best. When in dark times, I could really see Madison's talent shine through to the point that I the thought of whether or not personal experience was intertwined was relevant or not, given the excellence at getting the feeling across. Unfortunately (well fortunately of course, but not for the story telling), there is some light, but the events in the the third part of the book didn't really add up with a realistic timeline of how someone going through such awful things would recover and move on with life upon actually opening up about them. I tried to write this in a way to not spoil anything for anyone else. Suffice it to say that Madison does have a gift for story telling, but it seems to be limited to darker content. Perhaps she should focus more on this in future writings, because she does so fabulously. Unfortunately the rest of the story just wasn't doing it for me. I felt like the rest of the book was written almost at a middle-grade level. It made the rest of the novel feel abrupt and awkward in many places. I would request more villains from Madison as she paints them beautifully. Overall though I have to go with a 2/5 stars given the weirdly possible child porn the awkward abrupt shifts in the story and the typos scattered throughout.
wheeldav More than 1 year ago
Wow!  This one hits you with quite  a few sucker punches, and several of them hurt.  This starts out as a sweet high school story.  Then, you start knowing something is wrong in Raya's home life.  Then prom happens...BAM!  Then so many other things happen.  I can't begin to mention them or I'll get all emotional and also put out spoilers galore.   Just make sure you keep reading.  You have to finish this one to get its full effect.  This one really touched me.  It is a very powerful read about love, friendship, and strength...and you know, all of the little things, too.  It will just blow you away. ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
DDBean More than 1 year ago
Little Things by Madison Street is a gripping story that will rip out your heart strings. This book will show you that no matter what life throws at you, you can make it through it. You just have to make sure that you have a strong support system. Raya found that in Duke. He never gave up on her even when she disappeared. You will find your heart breaking for Raya as you read her story. There are definitely some men that should be shot in this book. I found myself wanting to give all of my friends a big hug after reading this story. I give this book a 4 star rating with lots of confetti flying through the air. Madison Street will find her way into the heart of the reader and demand their full attention when reading her book. Why 4 stars and not 5? I felt the emotions were not pulled out of me like they should have been. I am hoping that on the next read through, I will be able to really get into it and let the emotions fly. Yes, I plan on giving this book another read, it is that good. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, the characters and the dark twists it took. This was the best roller coaster ride of emotions I've been on with a book in a very long time. This story is a dark and heartbreaking one of the love that grows between Raya and Duke. If you love strong characters and dark plots this book is for you.