Tuesday 3 February 2015

Release Day Blitz ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Something Like Love by Monica James

Book Description:

The secret’s out...

Fate has never been kind to Mia Lee, but her misfortune has driven her to seek redemption from a past filled with regret.

Mia’s future depends on uncovering her past, but sadly, the answers lay with her mother, a mother who abandoned Mia when she was only a child.

Now that Mia has finally found her kin, she’s determined to get the answers she so desperately seeks.

But those answers come with a price…

Mia’s blossoming relationship with Quinn Berkeley is the sole reason she carries on. But Quinn has a secret of his own. Will his secret destroy the one stable foundation in Mia’s life? And more importantly, what will Quinn’s secret do to him once he confesses the sins of his past?

Life for Mia and Quinn is about to explode in a way she never thought possible…


Turning slowly to face him, I can see that his eyes are still closed, but his mouth is tipped up into a smile which radiates freedom. I’ve never seen him look so carefree. He looks as if his sins of the past are washing away with the punishing rain.
I know it’s not that simple, but through pain and loss, we have bonded together and gained strength. And that strength suddenly animates me to tell Quinn how I feel.
“Quinn!” I scream to be heard over the harsh rain.
My eyes are mere slits, as the rain is so heavy, but the moment Quinn opens his magnetic eyes, I see that he has changed. Something inside of Quinn has shifted, and it’s beautiful.
“Quinn, I—” I repeat, my teeth chattering from the cold, but also from what I’m about to confess.
“You what, Red?” he questions, running a hand through his wet hair.
Another thunderbolt sizzles through the sky, and I yelp. Charging into his arms, I slap my hands over his ears because I’m terrified. I want to him tell him how I feel, but I’m afraid. Droplets of rain cascade down his tender face, but he doesn’t stir to brush them away, and I know I have his undivided attention as his gaze never wavers from my face.
This is not the way I wanted to do this, but I know that for now, this will have to do.
“Quinn…I…I love you,” I whisper, my hands still sitting firmly over his ears.
Once I say those three little words, the tightening in my chest lessens, and a small smile tugs at my lips because I’ve never felt so boundless with a decision. And nothing has ever felt so right before.

Our Review:

** ARC Received for honest review **

Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 Stars

“Quinn Berkley is beautiful, inside and out. He’s shown me how to live, and through his strength, I have never felt so alive.”

This book continues where Something Like Redemption left off with Mia and Quinn still on the run making their way to Canada to try and find Mia’s mum. Therefore if you are new to this series please make sure that you read Something Like Normal and Something Like Redemption first.

Mia wants answers from her mum, she feels that knowing the truth could maybe heal the hurt that she feels and give her closure on that part of her life, plus being with her mum is probably the least likely place her father would think to find her. On first meeting Mia only has more questions and more heart break, was this really such a good idea?

As always Quinn is there for Mia, he is her stability and always seems to know exactly what she needs. He is the most patient man on the planet when it comes to Mia and her attitude and break downs but he takes it all in his stride and is there for her comfort, for her anger and for her tears.

“You are ingrained into every fiber of my body, and I’m drowning.”

I have always had a soft spot for Quinn and I was glad that we were finally told just what secrets he was hiding. While to the reader and for me in particular the secret is not that bad, Quinn feels the constant burden of guilt and struggles with it every day. His loyalty and love for his brother keeps his sanity together and with Mia depending on him more and more he finally has a real sense of purpose and I could only hope that this was enough for Quinn to realise just how special he was. He was beautiful on the inside and out and was totally deserving, now we just had to wait for him to have his lightbulb moment and realise this for himself.

“…he presses his hand to my heart. “I want to possess. I want to own, but I don’t deserve you. I never have.”

The constant push and pull between Mia and Quinn was at times annoying as well as intoxicating. These two are such a good fit together but both have their issues and seem intent on not letting themselves give in to their mutual attraction. I was egging them on throughout the book to finally take that leap, to get rid of that sexual tension and let themselves love, but as soon as you thought it was going to happen, one of them pulled back, it was infuriating, but all added to build up for when and if “the deed” occurred.

There is a lot going on in this book, especially from the middle to end and at times I felt it was a bit too much. However, it really keeps you guessing and the intrigue and suspense just builds and builds and builds and you know that when that crescendo is hit it is going to be explosive. What would the consequences be? Would there be casualties? Who would ultimately pay the price? Would justice be served? Would their time on the run come to an end? I was forever trying to work out where this was going and I was not successful, but I was left on the edge of my seat throughout.

We are introduced to some new characters that led to some emotional and some funny scenes and I cannot wait to see how this dynamic is going to progress going forward. I cannot wait to see where Mia and Quinn end up, if any couple deserve a HEA it is these two, after everything they have been through surely they deserve it? How will this end? Will Mia and Quinn be believed? Will they encounter problems from their time on the run? While a lot of questions have been answered, I still have more and I will be anxiously awaiting the next book.

“You’ve got your head so far up your ass, reality has been replaced by your self-absorbed, narcissistic fantasy world, where you think the universe revolves around you. Well, news flash, sister: you need a reality check because shit is about to get real!”

Buy Links:

Amazon UK:  http://amzn.to/1CVg0XI
Amazon US:  http://amzn.to/1zCa45l

About the Author:

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two.
She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers, and her inspiration comes from every day life. She is an Amazon best selling author in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.
Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals.
She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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