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Getting by (A Knight's Tale Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Claudia Y. Burgoa
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if
she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with
the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.


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Reviewed By Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite
 
Getting By is a love story between two imperfect people who make each other perfect when they are together. It should be annoying because clearly Jake and Emma are meant to be together, but they are both stubborn and want to waste the good relationship that they already have. Even though the two are supposed to be broken up, they are still affectionate with each other. The way they care for one another is romantic, such as when Jake would get Emma's preferred breakfast or when Emma would turn to Jake during sad times. The other characters are also very likable, especially the Knight brothers and I'm hoping that they will be the main characters in the next installments of A Knight's Tale series.
 
 
...Claudia Y. Burgoa's Getting by (A Knight's Tale) is a complex and satisfying contemporary novel about two damaged characters whose attraction and affection for each other can flourish only if they can let the past go. Both of them have past traumas and ingrained personality quirks that make reading their story absorbing and entertaining. Emma is a strong, vibrant and somewhat eccentric character who at times is comically unaware of how to behave in public. Jake is her superhero, who calms her claustrophobia while they're trapped in an elevator together, and grabs a fork out of her hand before she stabs the hand of a line-jumper at a buffet. Getting by (A Knight's Tale)is a smooth, sometimes funny and intelligent read that keeps the reader intrigued and wanting more, and is highly recommended.
...Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Product Details

  • File Size: 2172 KB
  • Print Length: 213 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Literally Alpaca, LLC (February 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00II6IKLO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new series! March 31, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I can assure you right now, she has been added to my “autobuy” list.

Emma is in her early 20s and has the career of her dreams. She lives, breathes, and dreams the advertising world and is a workaholic. She has no time for anything else in her world except work, which takes her mind away from all of the things that went wrong in her past. She lost her parents and may as well have lost her only sister. Upon their passing, secrets were revealed that turned her world upside and upset the relationships with her only living relatives, both sets of grandparents. Emma doesn’t need relationships; she has work, which is her main focus.

Jake is a smart businessman who turned a small nest egg into a fortune, with the support of his two brothers. Jake is a love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of guy. He has far too much going on with acquisitions and mergers to worry about a relationship, so when he first meets the quirky Emma by chance in a broken down elevator, his world is turned upside down and he learns the meaning of the word serendipity. What started as instant attraction between two strangers in an elevator, it turns into a two-year-long affair of chance meetings around the globe. Once things get a little too comfortable and start resembling an actual relationship, Emma makes a run for it, leaving Jake to wonder what went wrong.

A few months later serendipity makes a play again when both Jake & Emma find themselves attending the same wedding in California. This is the first time Emma has returned to Menlo Park, CA after the tragedy that changed her life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read July 12, 2014
By Aly
Format:Kindle Edition
Getting By goes back and forth between Emma and Jake's perspectives. And it's obvious as well as mentioned in the chapter headings. This allows us to understand both of their perspectives(even though at times I felt like both were a little...crazy for some of their actions, even when we know their thoughts.). We are also given much of their shared history before getting into the main part of the book. This allows a deeper understanding of both characters, and their shared past, although we still don't know a whole lot about their separate pasts until later in the book.

I think that Getting By sticks really close to real life. In fact, Emma's a bit screwed up and while some of it is her cross to bear, it's also because of some of the issues that her parents helped to create. I'm not saying that everyone is going to be like Emma. But I do think that parents, while trying their best, can also create issues in their own children. And we see this in Getting By, Emma isn't an artist even though she really wanted to be when she was younger, because her father disapproved of it and after his death she was trying to make him proud.

It wasn't hard to read Getting By even with both characters having their moments of stupidity. It was fun to see the two battle their feelings for each other and the reader is entertained by their problems and how they work through things.

Find this review and many more at <a href="http://readingshy.blogspot.ca">Reading Shy With Aly</a>
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Broken Souls June 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Two Broken Souls
How long does it take to destroy a life or a family...not long. A situation arises, tempers flare, hurtful words are spoken and wrong decisions are made in the heat of the moment. Sometimes these actions are not able to be resolved, which is the case for our first main character, Emma Anderson. If only she hadn't gone to bed that night hating her parents. You never know what life and or fate has in store for you. You may never get the chance to make amends. Emma is only twenty years old. In her short life she has experienced so much heartache and deep tragedy. Her soul is completely broken. The only escape she has from her painful memories is when she is working, thus a workaholic is born. She has no desire for romance, love or even a one night stand. Work is her lifeline.
Meet Jake Knight. He is our second main character in this contemporary romance story. He's the product of a strong, close knit loving family. His parents are phenomenal. His brothers are amazing in their own right, fiercely protective and loyal to each other. Wanting to make the world a better place, Jake joins a secret "unofficial" government military agency. His training is comparable to that of a Navy Seal. Jake spends three long horrendous years with the agency. He became a strong leader and was very proud of his men. On his last mission his unit is hit hard. Jake was the only survivor. That night he became a broken soul.
Years later, fate steps in and these two meet when an elevator their sharing breaks down. Sparks fly! Both are scared of any kind of commitment. Jake and Emma decide the only way their friendship can survive is if they keep things light and uncomplicated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thoughts on getting by April 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a wonderful read. These are two people who have painful pasts that have defined how they see themselves. Each feel damaged and unworthy. Jake’s is from his work and Emma’s from losing loved ones and being cast aside from family members when they were grieving. They love each other and belong together though. Jake is a great guy, lost in who he is but wonderful none the less. He gives Emma up out of love for her. He needed to heal himself before he could give himself to her. Emma is a workaholic who changes because of Jakes family. She meets them after she walks out of Jake’s life at a wedding her selfish friend Gaby was the bride of. Gabe was marrying Jake’s cousin. Gaby is a gold digger and not in love. Another story though. Jake’s family is so loving and caring and they take Emma in as their own. Especially Mitch. Mitch whom you will adore. He is Jake’s twin and so sweet. He has attachment issues. But will not settle down for one girl. Liam Jake’s other brother is Emma’s boss and respects and likes her. These three brothers together are hysterical.

Jake is so protective and loving of Emma. He anticipates her needs, takes care of her and shows his genuine affection even if confused. It is when he has something happen he didn’t want Emma to see that he withdraws basically from life. He goes off to find himself and become a better man. To heal. When he comes back, Emma is a permanent fixture in his family and they still love one another.

Look forward to the next book especially with Mitch’s POV happening. A book of love and support. One the shows you need to heal yourself before you can find peace and happiness with someone. It shows love stands the test of adversity. A wonderful read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars "Get your crap together already
This book had a very interesting story line. From the beginning I wanted Jake and Emma to be together. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series. The interaction between Emma and Jake was real and that's one thing I love the most about a good story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Brought tears to my eyes
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

What a fab love story between two equally broken people- books like this are the reason I love NA. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rebecca Long
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked it!
I've always loved second chance stories. I'm not quite sure why. I think it has to do with rediscovering the love a couple has. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Confessions of a Y.A. and N.A. Book Addict
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting By
I found the synopsis of this novel, as well as the storyline itself, to be rather intriguing. It is definitely different than many romances out there at the moment. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pure Jonel
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing New Series!!
Getting By is the first novel in the A Knight's Tale series following the Knight brothers. This novel not only has the perfect romance but it also has fantastic characters, ones... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Aneta
3.0 out of 5 stars i enjoyed it
Getting By by Claudia Burgoa

3 Stars

The first time Emma and Jake meet they find themselves trapped in a lift. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, engaging read
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Getting By is the story of two people who have experienced loss in their lives and how their... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gem_ma
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense! a bit too graphic.
This is one intense ride of emotions. The romance is not typical. But, very modern set up and back stories. Lots of good angst.
Published 10 months ago by CiCi J
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Okay read
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Emma Anderson has spent years pretending to be happy with her life, spending all of her time... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Patricia
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Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband--a.k.a. the U.S.--with their offspring to start a new adventure.
She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he's the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact. To find more about Claudia follow her:

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