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Because of You by [Lafortune, Connie]
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About the Author

Connie Lafortune is a shift supervisor by day and an author at night. She loves spending time with her family and friends, taking walks on the beach, and anything Bon Jovi... If she's not in her office, you can bet she has her nose buried in a book. Connie lives in Connecticut with her husband, Alan.

Product Details

  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (December 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HM7WF8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By P. Blevins on March 21, 2014
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Because of You by Connie Lafortune is another quick read. It is a great story with a good plot, although it takes a while to figure it out.
Riley, just turned 18, leaves her emotionally abusive Mother and goes to South Caroline to live with her estranged Dad while she goes to school. However, she has some definite issues to deal with but has the summer to do so.
Hunter, 21, is a very messed up young man. He is a summer lifeguard and spends his days in the sun and nights investigating young ladies’ beds. He does only one night stands and is never wanting for company.
Both are now living with Scott, Riley’s father. Scott is Hunter’s lawyer and has allowed him to live in the garage apartment during the summer. Scott is completely tied up with his cases but tries to find time to work closely with Riley on rebuilding their relationship.
Sparks fly between Riley and Hunter as Scott pleads for them to go slowly. Will they get together? What about the mistakes made by both of them? Can Hunter give up his wild lifestyle?
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While I suppose Because of You would qualify as a New Adult book because of the age of the characters, and I've felt lukewarm about the New Adult books I've read, this one had something more genuine to it that stemmed from a heroine who was very relatable. Riley (great name for a girl) is more than just someone needing to be loved; she's trying to negotiate a new place and a new life with a father who gives her mixed signals. Her aspirations and Hunter's maturation combined to make a relationship that had both a fair amount of heat and plenty of back and forths that kept things interesting, especially at the beach.

One of the most interesting parts of the story has to do with Hunter and his brother. For a guy to be going through that...the read is worth it to find out what happens there and what Riley has to do to break him out of it alone.
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Highly recommend reading this emotion packed gem of a book from a great new author. The story line was well thought out and just intriguing enough to keep you turning the pages. The characters were well developed and realistic. I highly enjoyed the journey and hope other readers will too. 5 shining stars!!! Well done Ms. Connie!!!
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This coming of age romance is a story with some tortured heart.
Riley is leaving behind a toxic relationship with her mother and embarking on a journey to sunny Florida where she begins a renewed relationship with her father. Planning for college and a future brighter than her past Riley arrives at her fathers oppulant home and soon meets Hunter.
Enter bad boy. It is difficult to fall in love with Hunter as a reader from go as he really is that guy your mother warns you away from. A one night stand heart breaker Hunter never claims to be anything else. But he has layers and he does have a heart and that heart has suffered.
We follow the two through a quick attraction and an attempt to make it into something more.
Ms. Lafortune writes with a quick precise hand. Her descriptive are clear and anything but flowery. You get a definite feel for the world she paints but she doesn't dawdle as she moves through the scenes creating a story with chemistry, pain and healing.
I enjoyed watching Riley learn to love alongside Hunter's struggle to do the same. The father daughter reconnection was refreshing especially after having such a rough upbringing with no parental love from her mother.
This is a wonderful love story with secrets, and twists. One I truly enjoyed reading.
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I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this book. I liked the storyline and the plot. But i was a little annoyed with the emotional back and forth and immaturity of the characters. Granted, they are 18 and 21...but they are in situations like they're much older.

There was also the insa-love that always makes the story less interesting. Everyone likes to read about the leading up to the catch. But once both characters are instantly in love, it kinda takes the excitement out of the story.

Most of the book felt rushed and immature. But I still liked the overall story. There was good character background and hidden details that came out towards the end. I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading this book. But beware of annoying 18 year old antics.
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5 Stars for this new coming book! Because of you captures the reader and brings you into the lives of these young characters as if you were friends with Riley and Hunter. You can feel the pain they go threw and enjoy the happy times when they come! Because of you takes you threw a twist that you will never expect! absolutely love it I even finished it same night I started it! I could not put it down!!
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What a great book! I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. The characters were so easy to keep up with and I couldn't wait to see what happened. I was not prepared for the ending, totally unexpected! Can't wait to receive the next book. I will be ordering today. Great job Connie!
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I must say that in the begining I was a little put off with the language. Now with that being said, I got into the story of Riley and Hunter and was so touched by he writers portral of each of the characters that I felt I knew them. I understood the emotions of each person and felt the pain they each struggled with. The settings were described so beautifully that I felt like I was there with them.

I could almost hear the ocean and smell the Friday night campfires on the beach.

This book from a "new author" is a must read.
Enjoy.
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