Review: Let It Be Me

Let It Be Me (ARC)
Let It Be Me (ARC)

Title: Let It Be Me

Author: Barbara Speak

Genre: YA/NA

Heat-O-Meter: PG

Rating: 7

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Arianna Dubray is nothing like the girl she left in Baltimore. Once a Prada shoe wearing, Michael Kors bag carrying, on top of the world seventeen-year-old girl, Arianna knew that her life would never be the same when she got out of the car in middle-of-nowhere Montana.
Canyon Michaels is the keeper of his own dark secrets. Plagued by his family name, he’s forced to prove the town wrong and make it on his own.
The last thing Arianna needs is a reason to stay, but with every passing day the decision to leave becomes harder. Once their paths cross nothing can tear them apart, other than the secrets that start to surface and the nightmares that soon become their reality.

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The emotion in this book is so amazing. The hurt, guilt, love…all of it is just so real. I could understand Ari’s actions and behaviors and you really do feel for her. Her love for her sister is so wonderful and what she is willing to endure to stay with her is so heartwarming.

Oh Canyon. He is just amazing. He is just as broken as Ari but he is picking up the pieces of his life and trying to move forward. He tries to help Ari, but he doesn’t let her walk all over him. It was really an interesting relationship because he wasn’t simply going to do everything for her. He wanted her to want better for herself and if she wasn’t willing to try, he was going to walk away. I think that is such a great character trait! He wasn’t a push over and he had enough going on in his own life without adding her drama if she was just going to keep pushing him away!

3

Sometimes I wanted to book to speed up a bit. Sometimes I wanted to smack Ari. Part of that comes from her simply being a teenager, so it didn’t bother me too much. This book is a classic example of YA/NA angst so if that isn’t your thing, you might not enjoy it as much as I did (I love me some angst!)

5

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TITLE: Let It Be Me
AUTHOR: Barbara Speak
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RELEASE DAY: June 16th, 2015

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Synopsis:
Arianna Dubray is nothing like the girl she left
in Baltimore. Once a Prada shoe wearing, Michael Kors bag carrying, on top of
the world seventeen-year-old girl, Arianna knew that her life would never be
the same when she got out of the car in middle-of-nowhere Montana.
Canyon Michaels is the keeper of his own dark
secrets. Plagued by his family name, he’s forced to prove the town wrong and
make it on his own.
The last thing Arianna needs is a reason to stay,
but with every passing day the decision to leave becomes harder. Once their
paths cross nothing can tear them apart, other than the secrets that start to
surface and the nightmares that soon become their reality.
Let it be Me
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EXCERPT #1
The truck was just as ugly the
second time I had seen it as it was the first. Nothing was endearing or cute
about it. He must have bought it off an elderly farmer who couldn’t drive
anymore because no one would be selling this beast in a car lot that’s for
sure. Opening the door, the same wave of stale cigarette smoke hit me. This
time I slid myself over to the passenger side and rolled down the window doing
the same on my side after I was done. The cracking noise could still be heard
when I pulled the door closed too.
“I can’t say I expected you
to change while I was in class but it sure would have been nice.”
I put the key in the ignition and
turned it over only to hear a click and then nothing.
“NO, NO, NO! Please don’t do
this to me!”
Four more attempts with the same
result. Nothing.
“SHIT!”
I pulled out my phone to call for
someone to get me but that someone didn’t exist. He would rather me never come
back. My mother wouldn’t dare go against his wishes and Shelby obviously can’t
drive.
Grabbing my purse and backpack I
started doing the only thing I could, I walked. I tried to find positive in a
negative situation but there really wasn’t one. My feet hurt, I was thirsty and
if one more person drove by staring at me without even offering me a ride I was
going to flip out. I thought country people were supposed to be nice. Isn’t
that what everyone says? Well, they’re wrong or there aren’t any in Highgrove,
Montana.
My cell phone died sometime
around four-thirty. Well, that was the last time I checked it and around
ten minutes later it was dead. I had been walking for over an hour and a half
and saw a total of two cars.
“WHAT THE HELL HAVE I DONE TO
DESERVE THIS?” I screamed it at the top of my lungs hoping God would just
finish the job and take me out of my misery.
All of a sudden, I heard the
engine of a car coming from behind me. This was it. My final hope for humanity
to restore itself. It got closer. I could feel the wind change and the
vibration within it.
“Please, please be someone
nice enough to give me a ride or someone crazy enough to off me ‘cause I can’t
take this anymore.”
I turned around just as the truck
approached me praying for a miracle but sure enough the prick kept his foot on
the pedal.
“That’s fucking it!”
I grabbed a handful of rocks from
the side of the road and threw them right at that pretty truck he was driving.
“Have that, asshole!”
The brake lights came on just as
the clang from the rocks started hitting the tailgate. The tires screamed
against the blacktop while the back end kicked to the side from stopping so
fast. My eyes practically bulged out of my head when the driver side door flew
open.
“OH, SHIT.”
And oh shit was mild compared to
what I would have said if I had known who the fury coming at me was before I
decided to throw rocks at his truck. How could I not have thought it was him? I
had seen that truck before.
“WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH
YOU?”
“ME? YOU’RE THE ASSHOLE THAT
WOULDN’T EVEN STOP FOR A POOR GIRL WALKING DOWN A FREAKING ENDLESS ROAD!”
“WHY WOULD I?”
“UGH!”
I can’t believe I did it. Never in
a million years would I have ever even thought to do something like this but I
reached down in my rage, grabbed a handful of rocks again and threw them right
at his chest. Wall of muscle or not he could take that and suck on it.
EXCERPT #2
“John, is it? Well, John, let me try this again. My name is
Canyon Michaels. My house is the last one you pass before you get here from
town. Your daughter seemed to be desperate for someone’s attention and decided
her only option at the time was to throw rocks at my truck. Now, I could make
you pay for it, but I think a better lesson for Ari here is to work it off.”
John openly laughed. Loud. “You want her to work?
Seriously? She doesn’t have a clue how to do anything for herself other than
screw up.”
Canyon’s hands began to flex into fists and the light in his
eyes left. “Well, it can go my way or yours. She can work every day after
school on my ranch or you can go inside and get your wallet to pay me in cash.
It’s up to you.”
My jaw fell to the ground. As much of an ass as my step-dick
was, he was also right. I didn’t have a clue what to do on a farm and there was
absolutely no way in hell I was shoveling crap.
“You got yourself a deal.”
I didn’t know which way John was going with this but regardless
I was going to suffer from my actions once again. “What will it be? Work
or cash?”
“Oh, she can work. I’m not paying a damn dime for this one.
She’s already cost us everything.” He looked over at me with disdain.
“Have you told your new friend here about that yet? I bet not. Well there,
I gave you something to talk about while you shovel shit. Ha! This is priceless!”
My step-dick had proved what a dick he actually was as he walked
back into the house laughing, leaving me to face Canyon. I couldn’t. I stared
at the ground while I heard the crunch of gravel under his shoes as he
approached me.
The tips of his red Nike shocks were now all I could see before
his finger came to rest under my chin and forced me to look up at him. The long
journey up his body brought me to his black workout pants first, then the red
t-shirt that clung to his body perfectly until his sharp jaw, amazing lips and
finally those eyes were all I could see.
“Don’t, Arianna,” was all I kept repeating in my head.
He’s nothing but another man that can hurt you.
“Are you okay?”
Damn, why did he have to ask that? Letting my eyes fall, I
thought to myself, “No, I am not okay. Did you not just hear what I deal with
every day?” How could I even answer that question?
“Hey, look at me. Please?”
My eyes came back to his but I was done. Spent. I didn’t want to
do anything but go inside and cry myself to sleep. “Don’t let him do this
to you. Don’t let it break you.”
“You don’t understand.”
“I do. More than you could ever know.”
I went to speak again but Canyon cut me off.
“I did this for you, you know. I saw what you have here and
was trying to get you out, not make things harder. That man would never want to
pay and I knew it. Now you can spend every day away from this.”
“But it will never end…”
A tear slid down my face at the same time his thumb wiped it
away.
“It
will. Someday it will.”
About The Author:
Author
Barbara Speak loves nothing more than being allowed to share her ideas and
thoughts through books that so many enjoy. When she’s not writing she’s caring
for her son and daughter along side her amazing husband in rural Missouri. She
has 5 more babies but these are covered in fur. Bode the boxer, Tucker the
beagle and Lily, Callie and Connor her kitties.
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Review: The Other Side of Envy

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Title: The Other Side of Envy (The Ghost Bird Series #8)

Author: C.L. Stone

Genre: Romance, Young Adult

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Sang Sorenson dreams of what life might be like for her in the Academy, but joining isn’t as easy as simply writing an exam or passing an interview. She’ll need to pull the team together to get them on her side in order for it to work, which is harder than it sounds. The boys will do anything to protect her, which, for some, means keeping her out.

But that’s not all that’s going on in Sang’s complicated life. After a shocking revelation, Gabriel Coleman splinters himself off from everyone, avoiding not just his Academy team, but even going so far as to avoid Sang. Desperate to bring him back and get him on her side, Sang digs deep into his past to try to discover a way to reach out to him.

His truth is riddled with tragic events, but with the help of Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Luke and North, she might be able to reach out to him before envy and despair drag him too far down to be saved. (from Goodreads)

2

These books are so hard to describe. At first, it seems like a young adult book simply because the kids are in high school and dealing with high school issues. Sang is from an abusive home and most of the boys have experienced abuse as well. But, as the books have continued on, you start to see a difference. Its not about the characters recovering from their abuse, its not even really about the Academy. Its about relationships. Frankly, a very unconventional relationship. At first, I thought this was strange, but the idea is approached in a way that isn’t dirty or bad. The idea-one girl who is in love with multiple people. Its not about her being with the all at the same time or anything like that. Its the idea that she can be truly in love with all of these boys. The relationships progress at a normal teenage rate-hand holding, cheek kisses, etc. so the idea never crosses over into erotica (which I will NOT read). So, anyway, about this book specifically. I love the advice you get in each book. You see characters who are dealing with real problems and how they handle them is real. Its not always correct at first, but its honest. The Academy adds a bit of intrigue to the book as well which is nice. The danger of the people hunting Sang adds to the tension and drama, but in this book, you really get a deeper look into the building of relationships.

And, lets be honest-one girl who has 9 hot guys in love with her is HOT. Seriously!

3

Ok, I, personally, loved the book. But, I will concede that its NOT for everyone. The idea of one girl being in a relationship with multiple guys is unconventional and will make some people uncomfortable. I thought I was one of those people. However, while that type of relationship is not for me, its interesting to read about. So, if you are not okay with unconventional, this isn’t for you. Let me also say that while the relationship is unconventional it is in no way dirty or erotic. I think that is why I am okay with it. It has taken 8 books for Sang to realize she loves all of them. It didn’t just happen and they jump into bed. By book 8 there is only kissing and never in front of the other characters. Its well written. But, be warned!

7

If you like…

Honestly, I cannot think of another book like this! Its hard to categorize!

5

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