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- Print Length: 383 pages
- Publication Date: September 6, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LR7MKUM
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Exposed: Book One of The Love Seekers Series Kindle Edition
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Emma, after yet another frustrating date, pings a disgruntled instant message to her friend - Mel, only to find she has mistakenly sent it to Bryan - said friend's, best friend and (to make matters worse) the man for whom Emma harbours a secret crush. Bryan, who has actually met Emma once before and therefore knows of her disease, decides she needs his help to discover someone who will love her for herself and they start chatting online.
It seems like a great idea, but Emma is painfully aware that most men - in fact most people - treat her with impatience and often outright disdain. Emma does not let her illness hold her back, but has come to recognise that she has limitations. Thus, finding someone who will love her enough not only to see beyond her limitations and through the illness to the person she is, but also loving enough to be there for her through better and worse would be nothing short of miraculous. Nonetheless, Bryan is determined - and so begins his awakening.
This isn't an easy story - it is despair, courage, grief, hope, trust, anguish, humour, faith, passion and most of all love - well it is a love story! That Maria drew on her own experiences, makes it all the more poignant. I was so vested in this couple - I desperately wanted Bryan to realise what he might lose if he didn't listen to his heart and what Emma might lose if she didn't trust hers.
This is a beautifully crafted story with a great cast of characters and written in a lively style. A novel based around such a debilitating illness risks becoming mired in self pity - not this story. It flows easily and although there are some harsh moments within the book, they are lifted by the banter and wit among the main characters and Emma's great attitude to life! This book shredded my heart but then put it back together in such a positive way! A roller-coaster of a story, but so worth the ride! Highly recommended!
One day Emma Taylor was having the time of her life, and the next... her world was crashing down. Four years after being diagnosed with a debilitating disease, her love life is nonexistent. In a moment of total depression, Emma sent an instant message to her best friend, except her message ended up in someone's else inbox.
Bryan Sampson, hot Navy man. Having a friend in common, Bryan & Emma has only met one time, but in one night, she managed to make an impression. So when he saw her message, he opened it without a second thought, just to realize that it wasn't intended for him. But now that he has read it, he has made his mission to help her find love.
Who would have thought that an instant message meant to be just a vent session between friends would end up being the one that would change their lives forever.
Emma Taylor isn't your average character, life had thrown her some curveballs, but somehow, she remained standing. Living every day with a disability that forces her to rely on the use of a cane on a good day, a walker on a bad day, or being unable to get out of bed other days, was not easy. And even when she felt like her disease had stolen her freedom, she had found ways to adapt and deal with her new surroundings, but like most women she wanted love. Someone who will look at her beyond the cane or the walker, someone who sees her and not her illness.
Bryan Sampson didn't do relationships. His only interests were flying some planes, had fun, and lived his life to the fullest. Emma was just a work for him. He felt like helping her was the right thing to do but he never suspected that the more he talked to her, the more he found himself thinking about her.
The slow burn relationship between Bryan & Emma was something I really appreciate at the beginning, it was different, but many chapters later, I found myself so frustrated, to the point of wanting to smash my kindle against the wall.
I just wanted them to meet, admit their feelings for each other and suck their faces. In that order. But well, it took them some time and even if I was getting desperate, at the end it was worth it.
Those last chapters... *cries* beautiful!
But... the repetitive theme of Emma's illness, resulted a little bit annoying for me and I think that it took away a lot of attention from the main plot and got to slow down the pace of the story.
With an unconventional storyline Exposed is a tale of love, bravery and resilience, Emma & Bryan's romance showed me one more time that love has the power to conquer it all. That embracing our own fears and fighting for what we want in life might prove to be the only way to defeat our demons and found our happily ever after.
This story was emotional and personal, funny and sweet, and so many other things. Emma's desire for love took her many places, bad and good, and you see it all here. Emma is a very relatable character, with her joys and struggles that you get to witness. You want so much for her to find her happiness with Bryan. Bryan is definitely a book boyfriend I'd like to have, as funny and caring as he is. Their banter is wonderful, but if you don't like seeing chat-type conversations in word, I caution you with this book. There is a bit of that, but it didn't bother me at all.
I loved a lot of things about this novel: the main characters, the secondary characters, the developed plot, and so much more. This is the first of a series, and you get little peeks at the other characters who are starring in the next two books. I'm eagerly awaiting the second book when it comes out, as I liked Chad. And Evan seems like a really good guy as well, so it bodes well for the third one.
I think the only part I didn't like about the book was that as the story progressed, more grammar errors popped up. Based on what I read in the afterword/thanks section at the end, it sounds like Maria had some issues with her editor, and it showed. Or at least it bugged me a lot as I was reading the last quarter of the story. But other than that, I don't have much bad to say, as this is something that can easily be fixed in future books.
If you're looking for a heart-warming story about a woman, an independent (She's not whiny! She's tough) and courageous woman at that, who finds love thanks to strange and hilarious accidents, then you definitely want to check out this story. And the rest of the series while you're at it. I know I'm looking forward to them.