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I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

S.R. Grey
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A story of love, a story of hope. How can you move forward when you're anchored to the past?

When it comes to tattooed bad boys, Chase Gartner was the real deal. Partying, engaging in meaningless sex, getting into fights---Chase indulged in it all during his late teen years, thus firmly solidifying his status as a heartbreakingly gorgeous but way-too-dangerous-to-trust guy in his hometown of Harmony Creek, Ohio. Then, following one fateful night of reckless decisions, Chase's actions finally caught up to him and landed him in prison.

Now, four years have passed and Chase finds himself a free man. He returns to Harmony Creek, ready to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding his shattered life.

Things are off to a promising start when he meets Kay Stanton, a young woman with a tragic past of her own. Despite a powerful attraction, Chase and Kay are naturally hesitant to become involved. That's why friendship feels like the safest option. But when passions ignite and love blossoms, a relationship that is destined and meant to be can only be resisted for so long. When Chase and Kay finally succumb to their feelings they realize being together feels more right and true than anything they have ever experienced.

But their love is soon tested. Chase's wild past still haunts and tempts him, and Kay is keeping a secret that could tear them apart.

I Stand Before You is a journey of hope and forgiveness, coming to terms with the past and moving forward. But mostly it's a story of two damaged people who take a chance, open their hearts, and find true love.

New Adult/Contemporary Romance genres. First in a series. Next novel, Never Doubt Me, is available now!

***warning: contains explicit sexual situations, drug use, some violence, and profanity***


Editorial Reviews

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"To be honest, this is the best book I've read this fall. I loved it right from the first page." ~ Cafebiblioart Blog

"One of my favorite things about this book is the way the author combines hardness and softness, darkness and light. Chase is the ultimate hard-ass bad, boy: good-looking, sexy as hell, with a checkered past, and tons of ink, but there's a softness when it comes to Kay." ~ Tattooed Book Review

"I Stand Before You is a fantastic, character-driven book. It's a story about absolution and finding true love. I was absolutely enthralled with it from beginning to end. It took me through a myriad of emotions and left me wanting more at the end." ~ KimberlyFaye Reads

"This isn't one story you don't want to miss ladies, their sorrow and passion leap off the pages and you can actually feel how they felt in their lowest points in life." ~ Rose's Book Blog

About the Author

S.R. Grey is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 Bestselling author. She is the author of the popular New Adult novels I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not #1) and Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2). Her newest novel, Inevitable Detour (Inevitability #1), is a wild ride combining the New Adult genre with elements of Romantic Suspense. She is also the author of the Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy. Ms. Grey's novels have appeared on Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists in multiple categories, including Amazon Top 30 and Barnes & Noble Top 5.

Product Details

  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615839878
  • Publisher: S.R. Grey (September 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EY2Z5R8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,813 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 Great book! Fantastic characters! November 24, 2013
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I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not #1) is not just another romance novel. This book will truly pull at your heart strings in more ways than one. Intelligently written, Author S.R. Grey surrounds you with real life thoughts, attitudes, heartaches and joys through which you will find yourself completely immersed in the story.

When we meet Chase we see how troubled he is but it is also evident that he is truly a caring man. His love for his grandmother and brother are testaments to his thoughtfulness and heart. As you read into his life and discover what went so terribly wrong, and the way Chase has decided to deal with this pain, you find yourself heartbroken for him and hoping that he finds his way out of this troubled life and into brighter days.

When we meet Kay we see a light at the end of this dark tunnel for Chase. We learn that she has a past that may be even darker than his and hope that somehow they will be able to help heal each other. Will they come together? Will their love heal the wounds of their past? I couldn’t wait to find out.

The love scenes rival the best romance novels out there. Deliciously descriptive lovemaking brings to life the passion felt by these young people in love.

I really liked learning where the title of the book came from. It is one of those happenstance moments that come to mean so much more. I highly recommend this book. The author leaves you eager for more. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Romance November 19, 2013
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When I ran across "I Stand Before You" I was really just looking for a romance novel to get lost in for a while and get a little romance vicariously, however, within just a few pages of starting the novel I was surprised at how much more this novel was than just a simple adult romance. The novel is a wonderful tale of two people who have had their ups and downs in life, and suffered for bad choices and past mistakes, but when they come together it's a chance for both of them to find the kind of love and acceptance that they've never had in their life.

This is a beautiful tale of love, loss, growing up and finding hope that runs the gamut of emotions from sadness to happiness to lust. The writing is wonderfully vivid and well-written, pulling in the reader and making you get emotionally invested in Chase and Kay as individuals and as a couple. It's perfectly paced so that the plot doesn't feel overly rushed or too slow. "I Stand Before You" is the type of novel that pulls at your heartstrings and makes you eager to see Chase and Kay get their very own happily ever after. So overall, this was a fun, sexy, heartwarming and entertaining read that I would recommend to others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Characters! November 16, 2013
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I don't think I've ever read a book where I rooted for the characters as much as I did this book. The characters are amazing. They are real, they are vibrant and you really believe they exist somewhere out there. The storyline is so well developed, and so well written that it just draws you right in, and doesn't let go!

The storyline flows flawlessly, and it takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, love, hate, grief, loss and most of all, hope. As I said, the writer has done an absolutely fantastic job weaving this story, and I hope to see a continuation.

This is definitely an author I want to read more from! I can't recommend highly enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Stand Before You November 20, 2013
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What girl doesn't want to fall in love and be *rescued* by a former bad boy?
Chase is just that boy.
He comes from a crazy past that includes drugs and even some jail time.

Kay has a past filled with heartbreak. She lost her sister in a tragic accident and she still blames herself. It doesn't help that her parents don't talk to her anymore.
When Chase and Kay meet there is instant attraction, but will they be able to trust each other with their secrets?

Great book! Very well written with a strong story line and great character development.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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‘I stand before you’ by S.R. Grey is a Soul Stirring journey that resonates deep within you through the strong character development and realistic storyline. I am not a fan of anything considered fairy tale or fantasy. I am a Lover of pure ‘Realism’. I MUST connect with the characters and ‘Feel’ their emotions but, most importantly to me, it must be believable! Life is not sugar-coated and I don’t expect my books to be either =)

This endearing journey is emotionally gripping and it will captivate you with its unique ability to pull at your heartstrings as you can genuinely connect with each character on a heartfelt level. The author does a tremendous job at character development as we are able to not only see but, also feel the growth of both Kay and Chase throughout the entire story. The Story is narrated from two different perspectives and provides evidence that two totally different people can be struggling with the same issues and be connected profoundly. I was captivated by the raw and sometimes traumatic connections I felt with each character. There are no villains for you to hate and no perfect ‘hero’ persona …just the purity of two tortured souls reaching out for support and understanding while growing, each in their own way.

The Author does a brilliant job of giving great depth to each individual and providing us the ability to connect with them on a real life level while providing vivid imagery, emotionally gripping scenes and throwing us a much needed life raft when the seas of life get turbulent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so delighted I found her
I was looking for a new autheo when I came across this book. I'm so delighted I found her. This book will tear at your heartstrings. It's all about love, loss, grief and hope. Read more
Published 22 days ago by coleen
2.0 out of 5 stars A drag!
2.5 stars I am a fan of SR Grey's books but this one I found to be bogged down in mundane details and it was quiet a downer for most of the story. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Adelin
3.0 out of 5 stars touching story, disappointingly I felt a great portion of it dragged
I Stand Before You had all of the favs that I adore in just about any book that I pick up.
Dual POV - I relish knowing what's going on in everyone's head
Charming cover -... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shawna Shauntia
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED this book so much! This story is an absolute must read!
Review for Ramblings From This Chick. ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com

I Stand Before You is my first S.R. Grey book, and it was fabulous! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Casey M. Britton
4.0 out of 5 stars The love in this one is very sweet
I'm addicted to romance novels. The love in this one is very sweet. They both have troubles to work through. Her's seemed a little far fetched but the writing was very good.
Published 3 months ago by SMDG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Great read!! Love the 1st book as well can't wait for the 3rd in the series to be released this winter!!
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
a little too graphic with their sex scenes
Published 4 months ago by Paula Traut
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is the 2nd book I have read by Author S.R. Grey and I loved it! I immediately bought the next and now I wait patiently for the 3rd. Please S.R. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cory Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
I am downloading the 2nd book now. I believe I have found my new favorite!! This story did an amazing job at seriously making me feel almost exactly how the characters were... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brandi Springer
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Chase is the bad boy. He been in prison for 4 years. He helps the church once he got out. That's where he met Kay. Kay is also broken and they heal each other. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ariella Holstein
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More About the Author

S.R. Grey is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble Top 100 Bestselling author. She is the author of the popular New Adult novels I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not #1) and Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2). Her newest novel, Inevitable Detour (Inevitability #1), is a wild ride combining the New Adult genre with elements of Romantic Suspense. She is also the author of the Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy. Ms. Grey's novels have appeared on Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists in multiple categories, including Amazon Top 30 and #1 on Barnes & Noble Top 100 Nook Bestsellers.

New novels slated for 2015 release dates are Just Let Me Love You (Judge Me Not #3), Inevitable Circumstances (Inevitability #2), and a New Adult novel to be revealed in the future.

Ms. Grey resides in Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, as well as an MBA. Her background is in business, but her true passion lies in writing. When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams.



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