Loving Liberty

Loving Liberty

by Belinda Boring
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Loving Liberty by Belinda Boring

Liberty Montgomery is many things:

A dutiful daughter.
Perfect wife-in-training.
Easy to manipulate.

But secretly she wants more.

For years, Liberty has dreamed of a life filled with opportunities--a life where she makes the decisions, living by her own rules. Unfortunately, her parents have other plans for her, ones that involve her submission and total obedience. Every attempt to break free from their control is met with threats, leaving her feeling trapped. Just when all seems hopeless, Liberty meets Oliver Nichols. With just two words, be brave, he stirs up her secret longings for more . . . friendship, fun, and independence. He almost has her believing her dreams are possible. However, taking a stand can be terrifying when you've spent your entire life pleasing others.

Are some chances worth taking? What would she risk for freedom?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148426509
Publisher: Blushing Heart Press
Publication date: 07/14/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 709,188
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she's not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for book on her blog The Bookish Snob.

With all that excitement, it wasn't long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can't help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn't be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.

Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!

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Loving Liberty 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give this book 4.5 stars This was a very intriguing story about a young woman named Liberty who is controlled by her family and isn’t able to make any decisions for herself. Oliver is the perfect distraction from Liberty’s little world and when she finds out how different things can be she realizes she can’t go back to the way things were. At first I thought the book moved a little slow but I really liked Belinda’s writing style and it kept me interested. Once I got to know the characters I couldn’t put the book down. I related to Liberty on quite a few levels and was rooting for her the entire time. I even found myself cheering out loud for her at certain points! I am also very interested to find out what happens to her sister (if that confuses you, just read the book!). Hopefully there can be a Book 2? I can’t believe this is the first story I’ve read by this talented author. I will definitely be looking into more of her work in the future!
stylnunicorn More than 1 year ago
I have followed and read each and every book from Belinda Boring. She has never failed to capture me in each and every one. She is an author that oozes romance. She tells a story for the tenderness and emotions, not panty-ripping fierce sex. This is why her fans have dubbed her the "Queen of Swoon". I have just finished her best book to date, Loving Liberty. This is a New Adult Contemporary with a storyline not blogged down by sex. It is an eloquently told story of a girl named Liberty Montgomery. She is a young woman, lost in a world where her parents control every aspect of her life. How many degrading remarks can one person take from the people who claim to love you? In walks handsome Oliver. He is the one thing that gives Liberty love and hope. But when you have been beaten down your whole life, how can you ever feel love and that you are worthy of it? Oliver is there for one thing--Liberty. He doesn't want to control her, just the opposite. He wants her to find her wings so she can find not only herself, but also freedom. Belinda Boring has captured one of the truest books that I have read to date. Many of us have gone through similar situations and know that it is emotional and heartbreaking, leaving you with so much uncertainty. I hope many people enjoy this book. The author poured pure emotion into the characters. Some you just love and some you just want to slap silly. I think this book could help so many young girls realize they are not alone out there. They will find their Oliver to show them how to fly Why no vo
APageAway More than 1 year ago
I went through an internal struggle while reading Loving Liberty. I wanted to read fast to find out what would happen, but reading fast made the end come sooner. Liberty’s story will pull at your heart strings and Oliver will have you completely swooning. Belinda certainly lives up to her “Queen of Swoon” title. Belinda’s characters come to life on the pages. Characters that you can’t help but fall in love with or despise. Loving Liberty is a perfectly packaged story of courage wrapped in love and topped with a bright pink ribbon of swoon. I’m sure any reader can find a piece of themselves somewhere in these pages. Loving Liberty will leave you with a new found understanding of freedom. I highly recommend Loving Liberty and give it 5 stars!
Laureezy More than 1 year ago
Woah! How in the world can a book be so sexy without the sex? It baffles my mind but it’s possible. Trust me, it just happened! And my reading rut…gone! This book had me all sorts of worked up. Poor Liberty was so sheltered and living the way her parents wanted her to live. I felt the urge to hug her and make everything okay. Cue Oliver and I was just as enthralled by him as she was. He was a man with a past not much different than her own. Difference is, he’s living his life and she isn’t.  At one point, I found myself screaming at Liberty to be strong, to stick up for herself. It hurt to see her be bullied by her family and bow down to them. Oliver gave her the strength to think for herself and not do what everyone else wanted her to do. The romance between Liberty and Oliver was scorching! It was full of that anticipation that leaves you breathless and begging for more. So many moments that leave you gripping onto the edge of your seat only to have a bucket of ice water dumped on your head. This was intense and full of real problems. I’ve had a problem connecting to characters lately and this was not the case with this book. The book is appropriately titled since I found myself loving the person that Liberty became. Or should I say the person that was there all along. She just needed that push. Seriously, you need to pick up this book as soon as it comes out. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. Oliver was such a sweetheart. I hope that there is more to Liberty and Olivers story. I would love to see more of how she grows and becomes independent.
mrswalker1220 More than 1 year ago
I think that there is a little bit of Liberty Montgomery in all of us. At some point in our lives, we feel the need to be free of someone or something that has us under their thumb. This book definitely brings back memories of my teenage years, of being 17, so close to the brink of adulthood, but not quite there yet, and fighting for my Oliver. This wonderful book has so many emotions running through it that you are bound to be captivated by every word. For this being the first New Adult Contemporary novel that she has written, Belinda Boring, is certainly going to have great things to come in this genre. This book is hands down, 5 stars all the way.
KjReadsnRambles More than 1 year ago
 How many of us have had an Andrew in their life? I have not been this angry for a while, and yes is because of Andrew. Her family too, how can they claim to be a family, such disturbed values. Now, I know not all families are loving, I have had my own family issues, but wow! I absolutely adore Oliver, he is such a ray of hope, not just for Liberty but for those reading this book. That being said….  I give highest of praise to Belinda Boring for writing this story, a difficult situation and a wonderful ending. Liberty had such courage and together with Oliver made it through. How many don’t make it through? This is a terrific story for all ages, it will raise awareness to the issues that many don’t think about and several scoff that there is an issue at all. Thanks for allowing me to read and review this book, you never ever disappoint!! 
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I won this book from the author. I was not required or compensated for a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. This was a very interesting story about a young woman who did and said everything her parents wanted her to do. They chose her friends, clothes, her major in college, and even the men she dated. She tried to step out at 14 and they had her put in a facility until she agreed with what they wanted, during her senior year, they decided who she was to marry but she met Oliver working as a server at a dinner she attended, her older sister Erica was using her flirtation with him to get with the guy her parents fixed Liberty up with. Liberty could not stand Andrew for many reasons. It finally came time for Liberty to stand for herself and against all of them. Oliver, Molly and Blake helped,
Echo_InkBerryBooks More than 1 year ago
Loving Liberty is the story of Liberty Montgomery, a 21-year-old girl who's completely and totally controlled by her family. Everything from what she eats and drinks, to what she wears, the classes she takes in school, even her possible dates is controlled by her mother and father. She's desperate to be independent and feel like she's in charge of her own life, but can't face the disappointment and punishment from her parents.  First of all, Liberty's parents and sister are certifiably crazy. They take micro-managing to a whole new level. They are degrading, inconsiderate, and as close to evil as you can possibly come. What makes it worse is that they claim to have good intentions when all they care about is how they look to other people. When Liberty doesn't indulge their every demand, mainly by being her own person, they threaten to send her to a therapist whose traumatized her before. Oliver is such a doll. I absolutely loved his character. He saw Liberty and he saw her heart. He knew what she wanted and he did everything he could to give her the world. In the end, he was the reason she found her wings. I love that Oliver helped Liberty fly, without doing everything for her. He helped her find herself instead of telling her who else she should be. The romance between Liberty and Oliver was hot! They were explosive together, and get this... NO SEX! Yes, really. That in itself is a testament to Belinda's talent as an author. And Andrew... Oh, Andrew. All I'm going to say about him is that he needs an American History X style curb check. I hated him with the deepest kind of passion. He was rude, and disgusting. And the worst part of it was, he could get away with it just because of who he was. He used his position and his influence to manipulate and look down on those he deemed below him. There was no excuse for him, and I'm so glad he got what he deserved in the end.  Belinda Boring has written a novel with heart. One that, in the end leaves you happy for everyone involved. Loving Liberty will run you through the full emotional range. Love, anger, sadness, suffocation, laughter and happiness. It's all there. And the characters (except for the parents and Andrew), you can't help but fall in love with them.  Loving Liberty is a story about finding love, finding happiness and finding yourself above all else. One of my favorite books of the year.  I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way shaped or influenced my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far my favorite novel by Belinda Boring. This book means a lot to me because I feel like many of us struggle with some of the issues presented in this novel. This book made me laugh, smile, cry, and scream. I love Oliver and Liberty reminds me more of myself than I would like to admit. Very well written... I hope to read more like this.  
NerdAlertBL More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. I was hooked from page one. The struggle between Liberty and her parents. Imagine never having a say in anything you do in life not what you eat, drink, who you date, what you wear, and what you go to college for. This is what Liberty has to struggle with every day. When she meets Oliver she finally sees that she can stand up for herself. Now the question is will she actually stand up to her parents or not. The way the author wrote all the characters and how they interact with each other was so very well written it was like a movie playing in my mind as I read this and I would get caught up in the story and not even know that I just read almost the whole book in one sitting. So make sure when you start this book you don’t have plans because you will miss them. I didn’t see any issues with this book the writing was wonderful, it kept a good pace and didn’t lag. Also it didn’t feel like there was any parts that shouldn’t have been there, I feel if more was added then it would have been too much, so it was the perfect length not too much and not to little. Im not sure what the authors plans are but I could see a 2nd book coming out to continue the story about liberty and where life takes her now without giving out to many spoilers. Over all I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Jessica Z Review courtesy of nerd alert book love
TheBookBar More than 1 year ago
This and more reviews at The Book Bar.co I really enjoyed the blurb and looked forward to the book, but it fell short of what I was expecting. At some points I felt like I was reading a sterile transcript of events that happened to the main character. However, at other points and I was steaming with frustration, wanting the character to wake up. It felt weird going from no emotion to a gut wrenching hate for what was happening to/by Liberty. “Remember who you’re representing, tonight. Don’t embarrass us,” she said, with a sweet smile on her face, the harshness in her tone for my ears only. “Don’t speak unless he asks you a direct question and don’t contradict him. Leave this new attitude of yours at home.” She fiddled with the front of my sweater top, smoothing it out with her fingers before waving to Andrew over my shoulder. “Enjoy your evening, Andrew. Take good care of our Liberty.” Boring, Belinda. Loving Liberty. ARC Provided by Author I wanted to reach through the pages and shake the living daylights out of Liberty. I don't understand why she just allowed her life to turn to [feces]. I couldn't believe that the setting was taking place in the 21st century. If it was set in a more anti-feminist era, I think it could have been more believable for me. /THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT THIS [feces] ISN'T HAPPENING IN PRESENT DAY/ . It's just harder to for me to believe that, in this day and age, Liberty, a college student, hasn't been exposed to women's rights. In just a short period of time, Oliver had become important to me. “Promise me, I won’t regret it,” I whispered. Boring, Belinda. Loving Liberty. ARC Provided by Author This was borderline romance because a lack of 'sexual tension' or [fornication] at all. It wasn't really NA because her maturity level was still so childish. Maybe if Liberty was 17-18, this could be a YA because Liberty still had a life lesson to learn. I couldn’t stop from touching his mouth. My fingers traced his bottom lip before trailing along his jawline. “I don’t deserve you.” “That’s a belief I look forward to proving wrong. You deserve the world. Every dream, hope and wish." Boring, Belinda. Loving Liberty. ARC Provided by Author Liberty kept emphasizing her want for change and freedom, but Oliver (love the name) is the one that gets the wheels moving. He helps her verbalize what she wants but never acts as the 'hero', unless needed in dire circumstances. Oliver/Boring had some of the best words of encouragement. “We all feel lost. Especially when life throws us a curveball and leaves us scrambling to figure out what our next move is. That’s part of being alive. No one’s future is set in stone—it’s built from our choices and actions. Every day we take risks, we follow our instincts, and most of us make mistakes. Don’t ever be afraid of failure. That’s where miracles happen.” Boring, Belinda. Loving Liberty. ARC Provided by Author Bottom line, the book got me emotional. This is still good. An author that can bring that out in a reader has a talent for reaching deep into your psyche and shaking it. I really want to try Belinda's other books because I believe she has what it takes. Also, I liked the tiptoe around foul language. I am so using "Suck A Duck" around mixed company! "...When an opportunity is missed, worrying about it doesn’t bring it back." Boring, Belinda. Loving Liberty. ARC Provided by Author I did read the author's acknowledgements and the "Author's Note" regarding bullying. I commend the author for the ability to stand up for herself and her beliefs, and to take that experience and apply it to a novel. At the same time, I thought, maybe a bully as the antagonist would have been more believable over Liberty's own immediate family.
CaptivatedRding More than 1 year ago
I've been gearing up for this review for a couple of days, now. To be honest, this is probably one of the hardest reviews that I've had to write. It's crazy. So, I decided that it's always best to end on a positive note. With that said, I'm just going to dive right in to the things about this story that I didn't like. Here goes! I have never, in my entire life, disliked a main character so much. I don't even think that I have words to express how much I disliked Liberty. To be fair, I knew what I was getting with her. I mean, it's not like I wasn't warned. Right there, in the description of the book are words like "dutiful", "compliant", "submission", and "hopeless". So, if you think that--for one moment--this synopsis is exaggerating--you may need to brace yourself. I am not, in any way, one of those women who feels like I should never answer to anybody. Or, I shouldn't respect my parents even though I'm an adult. My mother can still make me feel ten-years-old if she wants to and I gave her grandbabies, darn it! However, there comes a time in a person's life when they need to sack up, grow up, and start making their own decisions. I also understand that some people, even in real life, have difficulties with this concept. Those people actually exist, I get that. But, reading Liberty's story made me want to shake someone. Anyone. Or maybe slap someone. I'm really not a violent person, either. She brought it out in me. The kind of abuse that Liberty subjects herself to and allows to happen to her is abominable. At the same time, I get that this is what the story was about. A twenty-something young lady who has to decide to be a grown-up and do what she wants. To live her life. Get a job. Have some friends. Pick her own boyfriend. That's not too much to ask, right? I'll stop here at my decimation of Liberty. I'm going to talk about what I did enjoy. Ms. Boring knows how to write. She knows how to stir emotions and incite feelings. She is extremely talented. There wasn't one moment when I felt like Ms. Boring was lacking in her skills. This author has talent. She wrote one of the most saintly characters I've ever read, for one. Oliver, who ends up "loving Liberty", puts up with so much that I seriously was rooting him to find someone else. If a man like this actually existed and I wasn't already married, I'd want to swipe him up. Good heavens, what a great guy! The end of this book was also very pleasant. I got my happy ending. I needed it. My only other gripe is that it came too late. I wish I had more to help redeem Liberty for me. Because that last chapter and epilogue--as well done as it was--wasn't enough to make me appreciate the pain I went through with Liberty. I will say, this won't be the only book by Ms. Boring that I read. I'm eager to see what she can do with a main character that I can love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review: I cannot express how much I love this book!  I had my doubts about this book with the title alone. I thought I was going to have to fake my way through it. I was very shocked on the way the book moved me. I was drawn into this book so well that I cried. I don’t cry reading books! There are very few things that got me to cry in a book. Belinda Boring has made me cry! At the beginning, I fell in love with the characters so well that I felt what they felt. The words blend together on the page so well that it was easy to read and I felt that the characters were in my house instead of a book I was reading. The finer points of the book were the story line that blended the words smoothly throughout the book. The tension rarely loosens and when it did, it made up for lost ground afterwards. The setting was clearly described to make me feel like I was a part of the book. I could go on and on about how I love this book, but I am going to end this review here and recommend this book to anyone who would listen to me. I would shout it from my roof top, but only cows and horses would hear me. They don’t buy books. 5 Stars.
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
I love Belinda Boring, author of the steamy and wolfy Mystic Wolves series, and have since her very first book.  Loving Liberty is my favorite of everything she has written thus far... and that is saying something!  I swear that the book gave me heart palpitations at time, and not from the steaminess.  In that respect, this book is a bit tamer than Belinda's wolves. The characters, oh, the characters.  Love them or hate them, they get under your skin.  There were some I loved and wanted to hug.  There were others that made me want to reach through my Kindle and slap the stupid out of them.  And there were others that made me so frustrated that I could physically feel it.  Sometimes all three at the same time!  Liberty, oh, Liberty.  Our main character, she was a 21yo woman, thoroughly controlled by her family.  Her friends, her college courses, her clothing.  No part of her life was her own.  The way she was treated, the way she allowed herself to be treated... it all struck a nerve with me and drove me insane.  It was very easy to forget that I was reading a fictional novel sometimes, I was so personally involved!  Oliver, however, I loved.  His patience, his kindness, his compassion.  Everything about him screamed perfection in how he treated Liberty.  But Andrew, the other man in Liberty's life?  Everything about him irritated me, as it was supposed to, just like Liberty's family. I loved watching Liberty come into her own and grow over the course of the story.  It was an amazing story with so much hurt and angst and heart ache along the way, but it was raw and gritty and real.  There were so many times, as I was reading, that I saw shades of myself or of people I have known in the characters on the pages.  There were moments when I was reading that I was thoroughly emotionally involved and frustrated that I actually yelled at my Kindle!!   This is not a light and fluffy read, but a thought-provoking one.  At it's heart, this story rests on the characters and their relationships and it is truly an amazing read.  An incredibly beautiful story that speaks of strength and courage just as much as it exposes the human capacity for cruelty. Things to love about Loving Liberty...    --Belinda's insane character development.  These characters spoke to the soul, both in good ways and in some not so good ways.    --Oliver.  He is the epitome of a romantic hero, patient and kind.    --The writing style.  She dragged me in and kept me there, right next to Liberty. My recommendation:  Read, read, READ!  This is an intense book and a highly emotional one.  But it speaks to the heart and the soul and should not be missed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read!!! Love love loved it!!!! Hope there is more to their story!!!!
abbott123 More than 1 year ago
Loving Liberty by Belinda Boring This book is AMAZING!!! I have read all the books this author has written so far and this is the best. I connected on a deep level with this book. I have some experiences that was similar to some she went through. It made it hard to put this book down. A friend of mine told me to have a box of tissues ready and she wasn't kidding. This book hit home for me. I bawled this book. This book is an emotional ride that had me engrossed in it til the very end. I loved this book and will read it again and again. It has helped me overcome somethings I still am facing by staying strong and taking baby steps. The writing is amazing like all the author's other books. I am riveted to see what the author will surprise me with next. One thing I know for sure I will become one of this author's stalkers and get any and all the books she comes out with next. This author is one of my all time favorites since she knows how to engage the reader and enthrall them into the story so as the reader feels the emotions in dept and is riveted on the series of events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that this book was well-written, though not my cup of tea. I like Belinda's stuff so I thought I'd give it a try. Oh boy. What can I say. This book really brought out my anger at the whole situation with Liberty. All of the bullying from her sister and her parents and Andrew. The book was really good, I just kept getting so mad at the stuff that was happening. If you are into high angst, and a happy outcome then this book is for you. It's a super-long roller coaster ride that's for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read Belinda Boring before and she does not disappoint with Loving Liberty.  She is amazing at bringing all the characters to life.  I found myself rooting for Liberty as she fights for her freedom from her controlling parents, cheering for Oliver when he tempts Liberty to try new things and yelling at Erica when she hurts Liberty and to top it all off the kiss in this book is exactly why her fans call Belinda the “Queen of Swoon”.