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- ASIN : B00EH41JFA
- Publisher : E.M. Abel (August 11, 2013)
- Publication date : August 11, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 4362 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 408 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,104 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By: E.M. Abel
Asia Fuller had her heart and her trust broken by her brother’s best friend & long-time crush, Marcus Avery. He thought they were just having fun, messing around, being typical teenagers. He didn’t realize how Asia had felt about him and the effect his leaving would have on her. Since then, Asia has kept herself locked up tight, not opening her heart to the possibility of a relationship. She’s grown up as a tomboy since her mother died when she was young, and she was raised by her retired military father and with two older brothers.
But Asia’s eyes are opened to many possibilities when she sees the handsome Jay Clarke. She finally allows her friend to give her a makeover and take her shopping. She also happens to run into Jay again, and they start a relationship. Asia learns about adult relationships, and just how good sex can be. However, Asia knows she doesn’t fit in with his multi-million dollar, country club lifestyle, but she does try, even though she isn’t true to who she is. Jay is also trying to live up to someone else’s version of him and isn’t true to the man he is and wants to be. Jay & Asia also don’t have very good communication.
When Asia’s first love, Marcus Avery, reappears in her life, this throws her at first because of the unresolved feelings she has for him. But at the time, she is still with Jay, which gives her confidence that she can have a regular relationship with a man. But Marcus wants to be a part of her life, and not just on the fringes. He wants the close friendship with her that he has with her brothers & father & like he used to have with her.
Marcus does have his own issues, as to why he left the state after he graduated. His father died in the war while serving the U.S. and that news threw his mother into a deep depression and she eventually became an alcoholic. Marcus left Virginia for California to pursue a professional career in skateboarding and with his talent & dedication, he made it big. He’s not only a successful athlete with sponsorships; he’s also a savvy business owner with his own brand and a skate & surf shop. He’s looking to expand, thus his reappearance “back home.”
This book did take me a couple starts to actually get into it. I put it down a few times and read a couple other books, but already had the next book in the series and wanted to push through. But once I got into this book, I just flew through it. All of a sudden I was more than halfway through it. Also, important to note (at least for me) is that this book is NOT a love triangle. I don’t like love triangles, so that made me very happy! And I was able to dive into the next book immediately because I was so immersed in their world.
What I love about this book is that Asia, is not your typical blonde or brunette heroine.She is half Japanese and half American. Its refreshing to have an Asian American as the main character since there aren't many books which has that. Asia is smart, funny, beautiful, sexy, talented, lovable, a tomboy and is surrounded by great family and friends. There are two gorgeous men, who were smitten and enamored over Asia: Jay and Marcus. What i especially love about this book is that there is never a love triangle and no cheating. Jay, is rich, gorgeous, and is being trained to be CEO for his father's company. He was a total sweetheart to Asia and had me swooning. They had plenty of hot moments. As her relationship with Jay progressed, Asia found herself conforming to the image of what Jay wanted and needed her to be and that wasn't her. Marcus, on the other-hand was her first love and her brother, Shaun's best friend. Marcus is a professional skateboarder and business owner of a skateboard and surf shop. He broke her heart in the past and was suddenly re-entering her life after 7 years being away. Marcus knew and understood the real Asia. He accepted her as she was and was constantly reminding her how f***ing amazing and beautiful she was.They too had plenty of HOT and STEAMY moments together. Both men knew Asia was special, beautiful and cared for her.
This book is about Asia and her self-discovery of who she is and being comfortable in your skin. Its about her finding herself through loss, heartache and love. Its about her opening her heart and breaking down the walls and fears surrounding her heart. In order for her to be free, she had to learn to love herself, face her fears and let love in. She learns through both Jay and Marcus, how talented and and amazing she is. Throughout the book, readers see the changes and character growth development of Asia. I find that not only, Asia learns to be free but also Jay and Marcus as well. Jay, learns what he wants to do professionally in life and what makes him happy. Marcus, learns to in order to be free he must learn to let people in. In a way, all three characters are learning to find their way to be FREE.
What i did not like about this book was the constant weed smoking. I felt it was too much for my taste.
Overall, i would rate this book 4.5. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this book. I thought E.M. Abel did a great job in bringing a great main and supporting cast. i found myself liking all the characters.
Top reviews from other countries
This story is about a young girl called Asia, she's been in love with her brothers best friend most all her life, loses her virginity to him on prom night, and soon after he leaves her in the dust to go chase his dreams. Seems she's never recovered from the heartbreak of that and 6 years later she meets Jay a hot delicious man, who she falls for, but finds they are both so different it could never work. Just as she's finishing things with Jay, her first love Marcus turns up again and of course she falls for him right over again. I quite liked her character, she was lacking in self confidence but she also took no shit from anyone either. As for the other characters in the book, her friends, brothers dad etc i didn't really find anything captivating about them. The two men who were in her life i didn't really connnect with at all, details on them were slim except for the fact they were both hot and great in bed. Never really learned much about their characters, so i was left feeling that it didn't really bother me who she ended up with. Nothing about either of them really stood out. The book moved along at a nice calm lovish story, nothing to really make you want to rush to turn pages or keep you on edge waiting for what was coming next.
It wasn't a bad read, but it won't leave you with a book hangover panting for more !!!
This is quite easily one of my favourites. It's up there with Real by Katy Evans. One of those books were the characters stick with you. I've downloaded Pink' s 'Glitter in the Air' just because of this book.
I will recommend this book to everyone.
I will definitely look out for more books by E.M. Abel. I laughed and cried while reading this book, all the characters are amazing. E.M. Abel really got it all right.