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Beyond The Roses by Monica James–Review

Beyond the Roses was one of my most anticipated reads this year, yet, when it came time to sit down and read it, I was scared. I had heard all the hype and had read the blurb almost a million times and I wanted it. No, I needed this book in my life, but was afraid of what Monica is going to pull out of me. I finally found the courage to dig in after supplies were sufficiently stocked. You know the usuals, tissues, chocolate, and a drink, particularly a rum and soda.

BTR is everything you have ever hoped to achieve in writing/reading a book. The character development was beyond anything I have read. The storyline flowed from beginning to end with ease and Monica’s plotline was top notch. While reading, it was evident that she did her research and did this well, because the first tear fell at 5% (approximately).

These characters, Roman, Lola, Sadie, June, and others were gripping and real. I was so invested into these characters, that I was one of them. I could feel everything they were going through, everything they were experiencing and everything fearful of what might happen, because I have been there and could empathize. As I am sitting there bawling my eyes out, I still had hope that things would turn out well for the gang. The closer I got to ‘The End’, the more emotionally invested I had become. I felt my world splintering into a million pieces with the hope that I will be fixed at the end. Let me just say, I do not know if I will ever be ok again. Beyond the Roses, has set a new gold standard for future books. You know, those books that want to make you feel. The ones that stir up all kind of emotions. It has been three days since I read BtR and I am still shedding a few tears. Monica James has emotionally and spiritually changed me, and I am ok with that.

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As I mentioned earlier, Beyond the Roses revolves around Lola Van Allen and Dr. Roman Archibald. They develop a relationship that may be unconventional but is perfect for them. As time passes, they realized that they have found ‘their person’ that fills their heart perfectly. Two individuals who have become one.

Lola is a 25-year-old, who has decided to spend her summer at camp named Strawberry Fields, where she will be a camp counselor. Without going into detail, let me just say, that this is where she needs to be. Where she feels, she would be the most needed and wanted.

“Never underestimate your impact on the world. You just may be someone’s reason for living”.

Dr. Roman Archibald, (insert water works), is the staff physician at the camp, while working at a hospital as well. He feels that his life’s work is to work and keep himself busy. Out of everyone, he is the person that I found was the most emotionally invested. He had a horrible amount of weights on his shoulders and a wall eclipsed so high that even a pole jumper could not reach the top. Roman has his own individual story and it was delightful to see this big guy fall.

Beyond the Roses is so much more than an emotional dirty bomb that is thrown in your lap waiting to go off and fill your life with the emotions of the character/situation. It is about love. A rare love found in the most unconventional places. The acceptance of situations and surroundings, despair, sacrifice and most notably hope.

“I would rather live a day being loved by Roman, than live a lifetime without him by my side.”

I feel like I need to apologize. I feel and fear, that no matter what I write, it will never be enough to express the greatness and multitude of emotions that bounce off the pages when reading Beyond the Roses. I will reiterate, you will need Kleenex and something comforting to you, whether that be a blanket, a pet, or a special reading area. Monica James has not only hit this one out of the park, but she has also won the Super Bowl and effortlessly raised the Stanley cup above her head after winning. This one will truly stay with you and permanently take up residence within your soul!

“Lead with your heart…and you’ll find me. Always.”

This book is not for everyone and I get that I really do, but if there is one book that you should take a chance on, I believe, this is the one. Roman and Lola’s story is not one you would easily forget.

***PS…I really thought I was going to make it through this whole review without crying. WRONG! I read a passage I had highlighted and, BAM, instant crying.

Beyond The Roses by Monica James–Now Live

BEYOND THE ROSES

Monica James

My Review

To the outside world, my life is perfect.

I’m young and rich, and some may even say I’m beautiful. But I would give anything to be somebody else because after being extraordinary all my life, all I wish for is…silence.

My name is Lola Van Allen, and there’s no easy way to say it, but…I’m dying.

When my doctors reveal all hope is lost, I decide to spend the time I have left sharing my experience at Strawberry Fields, a summer camp for terminally ill children. No matter my fate, I yearn to make a difference.

Things are quiet and slow-moving until I meet him.

Dr. Roman Archibald.

From the moment our lives entwine, he pushes me until breaking point. But for someone who has nothing left to lose, I push back twice as hard. Roman challenges me in ways I never imagined, revealing things aren’t always what they seem.

This is my story…and how I got a second chance at life.

Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult (Standalone)

Cover Designer: Sommer Stein—Perfect Pear Creative Covers

Release date: November 11th

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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. She draws her inspiration from life.

She is a bestselling author in the U.S.A., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

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Catfish by Hazel Grace–Now Live

Title: Catfish
Duet: An Illusive Duet Book 1
Author: Hazel Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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I met her through another man’s eyes. 

Beauty in every sense of the word complete with hypnotizing eyes, plush lips that could do the most wicked things, and a body most men only experience in their wildest fantasies.

Fake—that’s the first thing I thought… Until she sent me a selfie flipping me off, those same beautiful eyes tempting me to lose control.

But she could never be mine. 

Never. 

My position doesn’t pose for it and my past won’t allow it. 

I have to stay away from her, but of course—like most things in life—that’s easier said than done.

Especially when she swerves right into my lane and purposely crosses the line.

She wants to challenge me, and while I know it’s best to veer away, I don’t back down.

This woman doesn’t know what she’s getting herself into. 

And apparently, I don’t either.

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Violent Triumphs (White Monarch, book 3) by Jessica Hawkins

Violent Triumphs is the conclusion in the epic White Monarch series. Throughout this series, we have seen the tale of Natalia de la Cruz and Cristiano de la Rosa on their way to the penultimate ending in Violent Triumphs.

Violent Delight and Violent Ends had me flabbergasted, shocked, agitated, befuddled, enthralled, and longing for more. I seriously could not get enough of book 1 and 2. Violent Triumphs is straight up leaving me confused. Although, it’s fantastic to see Natalia step into her own as an adult and cartel queen, I feel like I was missing the ‘Bam’ or ‘punch’ that I have seen and felt through VD and VE. It also appeared to me like Violent Triumphs is two different books. The first half is very mellow and concentrates on Natalia and Cristiano’s relationship, with Natalia slowly beginning to realize who she is. The second half is the fast tempo, cartel setting that this series was built upon. The ending is… (I’ll leave you with that).

It all boils down to this. Can Jessica Hawkins write? Without a shadow of a doubt. Is she talented? Please, I wish I had even an eyelash amount of her talent. Would I recommend this series to anyone? I have and I will. Am I slightly disappointed at the ending? Just a smidge, but I firmly anticipate a re-read without having all the hype to soak up everything that happens in this book. I know because I was chomping at the bit to read the final book, that I set the bar high. Probably ridiculously high, so when it came time to read Violent Triumphs, I was already biased with the need to fulfill that high standard. Overall, Jessica Hawkins is an author not to miss. White Monarch is a series worth reading and re-reading and these characters are unforgettable.