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"I just read Stubborn Love and Only In Dreams by @WendyLOwens, both were fantastic!! If you haven't read them you need to." - Abbi Glines

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The Stubborn Love Series are companion novels. This means they can be read as part of a series or individually.
Book One - Stubborn Love - Clementine's Story
Book Two - Only In Dreams - Paige's Story
Book Three - The Luckiest - Mac's Story
I looked at him, sitting there, head drooped over in his hands, sobbing like a child, but I had no sympathy left in me to give. I had been going through this cycle with him for too long now. I knew all the tricks he would play all too well. First was anger; his temper would flare when I didn't do what he wanted. He would use that fury to try and control me. In the beginning, I believed the awful things he said to me and accepted them as truth. Over time, though, I began to see Ashton for what he was--a bully.
He was used to me falling right in line. My rebellious streak as of late showed me new glimpses of just how terrible he could be. When his tactics seemed to no longer work on me I began to see his anger boil over. This darker side of him terrified me.
Over the years I had lost track of the outbursts, broken furniture, holes in walls and, even on the rare occasion, the bruises. I knew, overall, Ashton wasn't a monster, which was perhaps why I stuck it out so long. He was a spoiled little boy who didn't know how to handle his emotions when he didn't get his way.
We met in high school, when a girl's self esteem was typically on a roller coaster, based on what peers thought and said. Ashton was the gorgeous bad boy who I had no business being with. I was the quiet girl, always in the art wing, avoiding large groups of people. It wasn't that I didn't like people; I simply didn't understand them--all of the cliques: jocks, preppies, skaters, cheerleaders, metal heads, even farm kids. I didn't understand the point of segregating like that. Looking back, I supposed I was doing the same thing.
I was part of a much smaller group, though. It was just my best friend, Laney, and me. We had been friends since grade school. She was a bigger girl who constantly obsessed about her weight. I learned to ignore this annoying habit since she was the only real friend I had, that is, until Ashton.
I still remember the day he first spoke to me. He had on a pair of washed-out blue jeans and a plain white v-neck t-shirt. His long, sandy-colored hair hung in his face, with much more stubble than a boy his age should have had. He was the type of boy that would send fathers running for their shotguns; luckily for him, mine wasn't around anymore. I was in the phase of life where thrift store cardigans and oversized denim overalls, matched with a pair of scuffed Doc Martens, somehow seemed fashion appropriate.
"Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes played in my headphones that day as I felt a tug on one of my pigtails. Spinning on my heel, expecting to see Laney, I was shocked when instead I laid eyes on him. With a half-smile on his lips, he was clearly pleased by my reaction.
Tugging on one of the headphones, I raised an eyebrow in confusion, but said nothing. I couldn't speak. There was no reason in the world I could imagine for this guy to be speaking to me. He was beautiful--a specimen for all teen girls to behold. His shoulder-length hair made me want to reach out and twist it around my finger while I gazed into his hazel eyes. He seemed to always be looking for the opportunity to take off his shirt around school, and a glimpse of what his muscular torso looked like flashed into my mind. I even shocked myself when, for a brief moment, I wondered what his full lips might taste like.
I knew him, or rather, of him. I knew in junior high he went through a skater phase. I knew he dated most of the girls in our class by the time he was in high school and was now moving on to college girls. I also knew there was no way he could possibly be tugging on my pigtail. I was nothing--invisible to most. The outside of my hands were always stained with smudges of graphite, my unkempt wiry hair often spattered with bits of paint. I wasn't ugly. I was aware of that, even then, but I was certain I was nothing special. Nobody to be noticed.
"Clementine, right?"
I remember I cringed when he asked me my name. My mother was also an artist and a bit of a free spirit. She was the only one who called me by my given name. Though I hated it, I never fought her on it. I always worried my dad leaving us was too much on her, so I was careful to never upset her.
"I go by Emmie," I answered. I never understood what drew his interest to me that day. I'd asked him before, and he claimed he always noticed me, but had only then worked up enough courage to ask me out. I knew him well enough to know that was a lie.
That was the moment--the turning point--I began to change. The more time I spent with him, the more he planted ideas in my head. My hair would look better this way instead, or why didn't I ever wear clothes to show off my curves. I was a teenage girl; what was I to do?
Laney was the first to say something to me about the difference, but it had just made me angry. I finally had this amazingly hot guy showing interest in me, and she had to come along and try to ruin it. Ashton explained she was just jealous. Eventually, Laney reached a point where she felt forced to do something. She came to me like a good friend, pointed out that since Ashton came along I didn't care about anything, not even my art. She gave me a choice: it was she or Ashton. I missed her, but I was sure I would always have Ashton.
Fast forward and there I was. The idea of always having Ashton made my skin crawl. I tried to free myself from him a few times, but he was like a bog that pulled you back in, suffocating you. When I was eighteen I told Ashton I was leaving. I was certain I wasn't meant to stay in a small town, and I wanted him to come with me to art school in New York.
He had no intention, however, of ever leaving our sleepy-eyed town. He was the only child of one of the richest couples in the county, so as long he stayed, he would never have to grow up or ever be responsible. Small town rich was quite different than what most people thought of when it came to being wealthy. For us, though, and our small piece of the world, it was rich just the same.
I mustered up as much courage as I could gather and left for New York alone. I managed to stay away five whole days. When the reality sank in that I was alone in a huge city, with no friends, no job, no family, and no plan--except that I wanted to be an artist--I panicked. Ashton was waiting for me when I got off the bus. It was raining. He told me he forgave me.
I enrolled in the local college, and we were married the following spring. His mother told me that she had never seen her son so happy. I decided a small town life with him was better than any other kind of life without him. I was so naive.
The first year was actually pretty good. I went to school while Ashton helped out at his family insurance business a couple days a week. His dad decided that was enough work to justify a full-time salary. The phrase "boys will be boys," became a common theme around the Stirling estate. Ashton was happy with the arrangement so I didn't say anything; after all, when Ashton was happy, everyone was happy. Then everything fell apart.
The economy shifted, everyone tightened their belts, and within six months, Ashton's parents went from the wealthiest in town to nearly broke. Ashton told me not to worry; he would find a new job. He worked at a pizza place for a half day, but it was beneath him. Then there was the video rental store; he made it one full day there. He couldn't hold a job because he was never designed to follow someone's orders. I told him I would take a leave from college until he could find a job that made him happy. I never went back.
"I swear, Em, if you leave me I'll kill myself," Ashton said looking up at me, his hair sticking to his damp cheeks.

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  • File Size: 790 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
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  • Publisher: Four Bean Publishing; 1 edition (January 15, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DJF2862
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Wendy Owens was born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. She has released the YA fantasy series, The Sacred Guardians. She also has a NA Romance series, The Stubborn Love Series.

When she's not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By LindsayB on June 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Stubborn Love was one of those books that once I started, I couldn't put it down. The prologue sucked me in and from then on, I had to know how everything worked out. I thoroughly enjoyed this 4 star book. It had just the right amount of turmoil. Enough to keep the story flowing but not so much that my heart was stopping.

Emmie Hayes found love at a young age. But it turned out to be a love she hadn't bargained for. She finally gets the power to leave. But her husband, Ashton, is not about to let her go so easily. Three years later and Emmie is still scarred from everything that happened with Ashton. But, she is determined to move on with her life and accomplish the things that she has always wanted to do. And she is not about to let a man get in her way.

Upon arriving in New York, she meets Paige who becomes her roommate. I instantly fell in love with Paige. She is one those side characters that brings so much to the story: humor, enlightenment, and a solid friendship. It is through Paige that Emmie meets Colin. At first, Emmie is repulsed by Colin. But the aggravated man that she met on the first day is not who continues to show up. No, this guy is sweet, giving, and hardworking. But, even though Colin grows on her, she refuses to open up. Love scares Emmie and she is not about to make the same mistake she made several years ago.

“Everything I promised myself I would never do again, and here I was, departing from the reality I had accepted and losing all control. He made me feel again – my heart ached, and he consumed me in a way I never thought possible.”

Colin had me swooning immediately. I felt Colin's love for Emmie through his actions. He was so good to her and sensing the walls that she has up, wanted nothing more than to protect her.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By catrinalove77 on June 30, 2013
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This is one of those books that you keep telling yourself, "Just one more chapter". The next thing you know it's 3am and you're done with the book!
It was a quick and fun read. I loved that it made me laugh out loud (to the dismay of my sleeping husband) and fight back tears.
Can't wait for her next book!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Taylor on July 7, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. It was the perfect blend of romance and personal growth. There are times when I crave that sweet, bittersweet, emotional romance and this book is the perfect story for that. Clementine, the main female character, is still dealing with a very difficult first marriage gone horribly wrong and is now starting a new life for herself in NY. She is a very beautiful, talented woman dealing with self-confidence issues. But she is extremely likeable and the reader wants to root for her. This story is about her new life and moving on in life with a new relationship. All characters in this book are very likeable and it makes the reader want to be included in this group. I could not put the book down and I would definitely read another book by this author!

(Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to review, however complimentary copies do not guarantee that I will review the book, and do not sway my opinion on the story.)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By avidreader on July 3, 2013
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Stubborn Love was a great read. It was a story that kept you interested and intrigued. I became so involved in the characters lives that I didn't want to put it down and was disappointed when it came to in end. Good summer read!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By songbird1706 on November 29, 2013
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I loved the characters and the plot. I feel like the story would have been more gripping and emotional if more details were given instead of just brief descriptions of the scenes. I wanted to feel what the main character was feeling but I couldn't quite connect with her as well since everything was so rushed. It was a good book though and I would recommend it to a friend.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jay-Rsmommy on June 29, 2013
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I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

From the first page I was hooked! I was tearing up by the end of the first chapter! I was really uphill from there. I liked the interaction between all the characters. The only element I thought was missing was more of Paiges' background. We got Collin Christian and Emmies stories but not really Paiges'. I liked that we got to see Paige and Collin take things slow. It wasn't wham bam we're together forever. Overall I really would recommend this read it flowed really well. I was able to finish it in about an hour and a half.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By sarahej77 on July 6, 2013
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I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.

I liked the main characters as well as the supporting characters. Their personalities were well done. And even though the plot of the book was predictable, it was enjoyable nonetheless.

I had a few problems:
1. The free dictionary defines the word snarled: "To growl viciously while baring the teeth." Now the author uses this term for conversations b/w the main 4 characters - what? Google defines the word squealed: 1.Make such a cry or noise: "the girls squealed with delight". Now in my mind, we're talking about young girls at a One Direction concert. Not adults living on their own in New York City. There were other instances and other words but these really got on my nerves. Describing situations in childish or clearly inappropriate ways.

2. The "angst" part of the story was weak. The make-up scene was short and didn't hold water. The conversation needed more depth.

3. There was a situation that came up with Colin's brother Christian that was never resolved. That bugged me.

Overall the book was good but could have been much much better.
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