Tough Love

Tough Love


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Tough Love by Marcie A. Bridges

Janessa knows she should run in the other direction when Brendan enters her life. Her squeaky-clean upbringing is in direct opposition to his piercings, a myriad of tattoos and the rumors that surround him. But she doesn't run. Love, betrayal and lies become the foundation of their lives, but one heartbreaking confession makes Janessa question everything. After a devastating diagnosis, Janessa's world crumbles around her. When she can no longer ignore the reality of who Brendan really is, she must choose between those who love her and the only one she has ever loved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511448734
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2013
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Marcie Bridges has always wanted to be a writer, from the time she started keeping a diary in seventh grade. Since then, she has earned a master's degree in education from Cumberland University while teaching some wonderful children with special needs in Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky. While she will always bleed scarlet and gray (GO BUCKS!), she now lives south of Cincinnati with her husband and daughter. When Marcie isn't writing, she can be found reading, watching her favorite TV shows, listening to music, or browsing her favorite websites.

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Tough Love 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
rolin0621 More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent read...Marcie captures your heart with her young love and her pain with the relationship as it goes on. I knew Marcie as a child, and to see the places listed in Toledo I can picture what she is doing and where she is going. But this book could help some other yooung people. It is tough to love someone yoout parents do not approve of, It keeps you caught in the middle. But Marcie is a strong woman today and I believe God wanted her to tell her story. I am proud to say I know Marcie as a n author
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LisaRayns More than 1 year ago
When I hastily read the blurb for this title, I mistook it for a romance which was totally my mistake. This book is not a romance and even before a quarter of a way through, it’s clear that the book is going to be a tragedy of sorts. That said, this is not my genre of choice, but I did enjoy this story. I would call it Young Adult or New Adult Literary Fiction. If that’s you, this is a well-written drama that you’ll want to check out. The story moves back and forth through time and memories, but each jump is clearly defined with dates and it is not hard to follow. It’s about a young girl’s addiction with the wrong boy, her journey, and the choices she made.  Every teenage girl struggles with relationships and has met and maybe dated the wrong boy. Love never makes sense at that age, and this novel does a great job of portraying the struggle of a girl’s heart and head wanting two different things. 
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kainshottie More than 1 year ago
This story felt like something that needs to be on the Lifetime Movie Network. It's a heartfelt story about a girl who at thirteen meets the man she can't say no to. They don't actually start dating until she is 15, but she knew that he was bad for her heart as soon as she saw him. The attraction between the two of them was undeniable by anyone even though everyone knew they shouldn't be together. Brendan has the ability to get Janessa to do anything and everything he wants even after breaking her heart over and over and over. It starts with her being the girl on the side right from the beginning, but who she is stealing him from comes as quite a shock. She fights for his affections from two other men. Personally, I probably would have found the strength to be done with him right then. My self-esteem wouldn't be able to handle being with a man who also liked other men. I would always wonder if he wanted me out of pity or if I was more manly than womanly. Janessa doesn't feel that way though and continues their relationship. Over the years, Brendan calls or shows up in her life only to tear down her walls. Whenever she feels like she has finally gotten things under control with her family, he is there to destroy them again. She knows what is happening and has no willpower to stop it. She knows that she shouldn't be with him and should stay strong with her family, but continues to destroy her family with her uncontrollable love for him. She abandons everything, putting her life into his hands by sleeping with him when he's HIV+. She does things to be with him that for some may seem like a normal teenage thing to do, but in the end just hurts her more. It's a very well written story that will make you fear what your kids might get themselves into. It will make you want to scream and cry and slap the crap out of Janessa. In the end, you can still find a way to understand why she does what she does. The ending will help you to understand how she made it through and will not leave you hanging. I liked it, but I think I need to read something happy now.
Ginas-Library More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own. This book is amazing. I think every teenage girl should read this around the time they start dating. Often girls pick the wrong guy and stay with him no matter the cost.  I was in Janessa's shoes so to speak at one time. Although our situations were not identical, I was dating a guy my family did not like. I drove a wedge between relationships between myself and those that loved me. I found myself wondering what Brendan would next and shocked that Janessa forgave him time and time again. I give this book a 5 out of 5.