- Series: Lost Souls (Book 1)
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Forever Yours (November 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455583561
- ISBN-13: 978-1455583560
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forgive Me (Lost Souls) Paperback – November 4, 2014
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About the Author
Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job. She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It's during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it's completely inappropriate. She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she'd rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story...the more screwed up the better.
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I didn't really understand Jason in the end and we didn't get to really find out why he slept with Stephanie although the explanation that he gave Annie I thought was a cop out. I also don't understand why he would move in with Stephanie when he said he couldn't stand her. He could have still helped bring up his son without having to do that. It also just didn't make sense that he was living with Stephanie whilst trying to get Annie back!!!! Why on earth did he think she would agree to it when he was obviously in a relationship with his sons mother???? Did he really think that she would think that was okay? He professed his love for Annie time and time again whilst living with another woman, yeah that was going to convince Annie that he loved only her and wanted her back!!!!! I just didn't get it. I think Stephanie was hoping that if she had Jason's child, she could get him to love her. She found out that it wasn't the case and blamed everyone but herself. She should have known she couldn't force someone to love you. Jason found out there are consequences to your actions and he ruined his life with Annie by sleeping with Stephanie. I don't understand woman who take their boyfriends back after they cheated. I certainly wouldn't and also to have a child with that person would be even worse. I think Annie made the right choice in being with Noble.
There were also parts in this series when you didn't know if the characters were actually thinking about something or it was actually happening. You had to read a few paragraphs a couple of times to understand that.
I really loved Noble (Nick), he was such a lovely character to read about. Annie was lucky to have him stand by her when she slept the Jason and got pregnant. Noble being the fabulous person that he was didn't let it consume him and forgave her, bringing up Annie and Jason's daughter even taking on adopting Jason's son that he had with Stephanie when everything went to hell.
What a beautiful ending. Annie and Noble find peace with their lives and their mixed family.
Charlotte (Annie) O’Brien is at the beginning of her young adult life, a New Jersey college student, when her parents are tragically killed in an auto accident. The plans she counted on for her future have changed or rather they do not have the same meaning they used to. Life has been dramatically altered; mortality (which surrounds and chases all of us) has reared its ugly existence into her reality. But there is a light in her darkness and his name is Jason. He is very different from her, a college student himself from her home town but also a cowboy who’s a steer wrestler. Their souls connect in a way that cannot be defined and he understands what she is going through having lost his mother a year before. Their chemistry is electric. They move each other in ways that no one else has or ever could.
Jason Leer is a year ahead of Charlotte in his grief. He’s sexy, very much alpha and is more mature than Charlotte. Partying and getting high are not on his list of important things. He goes to college in Oklahoma when he’s not on the rodeo trail or back in his New Jersey home town. He’s very much in love with his “Annie”. She is his home. He always calls Charlotte by her middle name. He is a tumultuous storm as Charlotte describes him yet it is in his arms that she feels safe and calm. He wants Charlotte with him forever but he has to navigate his own grief, their long distance relationship, her stubbornness, and her grieving. Her actions push him to his limits sometimes and perhaps finally cause their destruction. We are left with two lost souls floundering in deep pain.
Facing for the first time the reality of mortality is tough on everyone, more so when you are at a decisive point in your young life and then in an instant you find that everything you depended on, your support system, is gone. You are lost in the grief and sadness that has become your reality. You now have to figure out what is truly important in life which grief and your immaturity complicate. This is Charlotte’s dilemma more so than Jason’s. She vacillates between things that are of trivial importance in the long run and the love she feels for her cowboy which is true. She allows her fear of death as well as what she thinks she owes the dead to cloud her relationship. She hurts the one that loves her most with her actions that are selfish and destructive, fueled by a deep grief that she does not seek help with.
I absolutely hated the ending though I can understand it and how it happened. Charlotte had gutted Jason again and in a drunken stupor he was taken advantage of. Will she forgive him for what her selfishness caused? At her current level of immaturity it is doubtful. This trope has also been overdone.
I am very invested in this couple but I won’t read the next books before I’ve read the detailed reviews with spoilers. Charlotte and Jason belong together, theirs is a passion that is not found again in a lifetime so I need to know that they end up together because I can’t accept any other HEA for either of them, it would be too disappointing and the blurb in the next book concerns me. Settling is something that I cannot abide, choosing what is easier is a cold existence and I do hope that Charlotte finally learns the deep wisdom in the words that we don’t owe the dead anything, the only debt we owe is to ourselves. She knows the words but she doesn’t feel them. Charlotte has a long way to go to grow up much more so than Jason; her immaturity was quite evident in this book. She’s reckless and selfish and in need of therapy. Her parents are turning in their graves at the things she got into; her brother would be appalled if he knew. Jason was so right to constantly worry about her but loving her is very hard and something he can’t help but do because she is the one for him as he is for her.
I would recommend this book for those that like New Adult with serious angst and drama, but be advised that it’s quite an emotional ride with an ending that will floor you.
Wow! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! From the first sentence to the last, Eliza Freed pulls you into Charlotte O'Brien's world in a way that consumes your entire being and leaves you wanting more! Like right NOW! It is a rollercoaster of emotion, making you both cry and laugh out loud as Charlotte grapples with some of life's biggest issues. And oh yeah, the superhot cowboy, Jason Leer, makes it all worth the ride! The writing is smart, witty and extremely honest. You won't be able to put it down! Forgive Me by Eliza Freed is the first must read in The Lost Souls Series and I cannot wait for the second title, Redeem Me to come out! In the meantime, I'll be dreaming of Jason Leer . . .
I am thrilled that there are still authors out there who give book 2 and 3 of a sequel the same amount of love and attention. Epic journey and I highly recommend.