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I must stress that the 3 star rating has NOTHING to do with the author's talent. She created a piece of work that left me thinking about my own approach to people like Julia and what I might need to change and understand in the future. My rating is on my personal feelings regarding Julia and the direction this story took along with the drag time in the story. In the synopsis you will see it said "fate was laughing at Julia....." well I don't think fate had anything to do with her story, I think her fear and weak spirit was what caused her to lose so many happy years in her life. So many times I wanted to scream at her to wake up and go check out the things she was hearing. If rumors and threats were confirmed then find a lawyer to fight for you, at least have enough desire to rescue your children from the life she had with Charles. Julia's story was always one step forward and two steps back, even if it was just a hint of Charles memory that was enough to send her back those two steps. Luke was a dream come true, I think had I been in this situation I would have wondered if he was a bit too good to be true, but I can see her falling in love with him. What I am still left wondering is why she didn't trust him enough to help her and protect her and her children in order for them to be together. I explained Julia to a friend as an orchid, you have to be timely and precise in your treatment of her, she is easy to damage, intimidate and destroy, but she is also easy to find beauty in and to love. Some blame Charles for tearing Julia and Luke apart, but I have to place the blame on Julia and Luke. They both could have fought for each other but they each gave up in their own ways, which made their reunion lack luster for me.Read more ›
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This is one frustrating Hot Romance novel, boys and girls.
And I don’t mean in a “I lost my quiver” kind of way. I mean in a “what’s up with the characters” way.
Julia and Luke meet when she comes from Texas to Boston to make a bid for a contract with the business for which Luke works. Their attraction is instantaneous; Luke tells Julia later that she made him hard upon sight, and he had to remain seated so that no one would notice.
They spend all night rocking that headboard (and boy, do they rock it), and then Julia returns home. She’s in a bit of a predicament because she’s trying to divorce her a-hole of a husband, and one small slip could mean that she loses everything. Still, though, she finds time to stoke the fires with Luke.
But the a-hole manages to upend everything, and Julia finds herself utterly and completely at her husband’s mercy.
And here is where the frustration begins to peak. If Charles is such a boor and nothing more than a big fat bully, what is Julia doing with him in the first place? That is a question never answered. Regardless of her relationship with her parents, why Charles? There is no evidence that he was ever warm and caring with her, or that he was ever less controlling. And where did her gumption come from to file for divorce? How did she get so strong so suddenly?
Perhaps we are not meant to ponder these things. Perhaps, instead, we are meant to wait with her for Luke. Oh, I’d wait for him, all right. The man has SKILLS. You definitely need that vibrator handy, girls, because Desiree Holt writes some awesome sex scenes. Yum, yum. It helps that Luke is a dirty talker.
I like dirty talkers.
So where were we? Oh, yeah. The strange discrepancies.Read more ›
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Finding Julia is a heart wrenching story about a woman who spends most of her adult life stuck between a rock and a hard place. This is a story about love lost and love found, about making hard choices, and then having to live with the consequences of those choices when things don’t turn out like you planned. It’s also a story about forgiveness, perseverance, determination and that it is never too late to find that happily ever after.
Julia Patterson thought her dreams came true when she married Charles. With his privileged upbringing and charm, he quickly swept her off her feet, taking her far away from the dysfunctional home life she had with her parents. She longed to have a family of her own and a stable home life. But when her knight in shining armor revealed his true colors, she found that she was no better off than she was before. Now in the garment business with her friend, Claire, and the mother of 7 year old twins, she finally realizes enough is enough and is divorcing Charles, or at least she is trying to. Charles is all about appearances, and he is so worried about what people will think about him getting divorced that he tries to get her to change her mind. As an attorney, he knows how to stop her at every turn and draws out the divorce proceedings. It is like an ongoing nightmare for Julia.
But then things start to look up. Right before Thanksgiving, during a meeting on a business trip, she meets corporate executive, Lucas Buchanan. Their attraction is instantaneous, and leads to a night of scorching hot passion, leaving them both with the yearning for something more.Read more ›
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Known the world over as the oldest living author of erotic romance, and referred to by USA Today as the Nora Roberts of erotic romance, Desiree Holt is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications. "Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last." (Romance Junkies)
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