- File Size: 690 KB
- Print Length: 482 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939786576
- Publisher: Nicole Edwards Limited (January 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 12, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019TKMF9K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So I am not writing a book report. You have probably read the book blurb and have read your fair share of reviews on this book. What I can say is that I loved it! I didn't have the time to block out time to sit and read the book in one go, so it seemed like it took me forever to read it. Sometimes I only got to read a chapter at a time. With a book being written inside another book, it got interesting LOL.
Presley is a woman that I wish we all could be. She is so sure of herself and doesn't care what others think of her tattoos and piercings. She is comfortable in her own skin. I think that is so important for the women of today to know how to feel.
Jack the bad boy writer that can write sex scenes that will set your panties on fire. I love that he knows what he wants and goes for it. In this case Presley.
The sex scenes (in both the books) are out of this world! I have gotten used to M/F/M scenes from Nicole, so this was a nice twist. I wonder with Nicole writing as Jacob Wild if this will be another pen name for her LOL. I was really impressed that Nicole can write from the man's point of view so easily (or she just makes it look that easy.)
This story is so tender and sweet. To see these two wonderful people slogging through the baggage they carry in order to see that they ARE worth something. It’s hard for me to explain what I mean by that. I just feel that Presley has so many friends that really love her and think she’s great. It’s not something they run around shouting from the rooftops, but it’s apparent in all of their actions. But she can’t see that because deep down inside she doesn’t believe that. To a certain extent, the same can be said for Jake. Both of them hold a bit of themselves back because they don’t want to bring the other one down, when everyone else around them knows they’re both beautiful inside and out and can only bring that beauty out in each other.
I wasn’t particularly happy with Gil and Gavin (especially Gil) because I felt they were disrespectful to Presley in how they went about their sex lives. In every other way they obviously love and care about her, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask for them to go to their bedrooms! I think these aspects of the story show how Presley doesn’t really assert herself to the extent that she should in fear of being left; that fear that she’s not important enough.
I would have loved to see more of Jake’s niece Abby. From the little we get to see them together it’s obvious they are important to each other. The way Jake grew up and his relationships with his mom, sister, and niece are all things that shaped him but weren’t touched on as much as Presley personal life was delved into. It didn’t hurt the story, it’s just an observation I have.
I want to note one thing that I was so glad was included. There is an observation in the shower about the height difference and the logistics. Thank you!!! I never understand how shower scenes work if you have a regular size standard bath/shower. I always wondered if it’s because I’m 5’2” with a husband over 6 feet tall or if every shower we ever had was smaller and more slippery than normal, lol.
I thoroughly enjoyed Unexpected, Jake’s book within this book. I loved the snippets we saw as he was writing so was looking forward to see it all put together. It’s about 65 pages long, so it’s a short story really. You get most of the story from Jake’s writing along the way but it’s great to see it what was added to round out the story. The epilogue alone is worth reading the story. It was awesome! I think by the end I was almost as invested in Kora and Donovan as I had been in Presley and Donovan.
The style of this book was definitely unique and really showed Nicole Edwards’ writing chops. I’ve enjoyed all of her work so far, but this put a fun spin on things.
The two main characters seem to have a hard time coming together and I felt their struggle as if I was there with them. It really felt like a love story within a love story and it was overall refreshing and fun to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Told from both POVs
No major editing errors
I thought the premise of this book was really cool. It has a book within a book. Jake is a writer and this book not only takes you through his love story but also the book he is currently writing...or trying to anyway.
Jake has had writers block for quite some time. Presley thinks she has lost her creative edge. When they meet they are both sitting in a coffee shop praying they will be hit by a creative streak but they got something even better. They got hit by the lust to love steak! (Corny, I know.)
Presley has been wronged in the past and is hesitant to trust. When she meets Jake there is definitely interest there but she would rather play it safe when it comes to matters of the heart.
Jake is just trying to write a book and keep in close contact with his niece. He doesn't want or expect to have such strong feelings for someone he has just met but once he does he fights to win her heart.
I really liked the story within a story too until I realized the full story was at the end of this book. It kind of felt like I was rereading it since so little of it changed from when he wrote it in the book though. That is why I didn't go with 5 stars. If the review was right after Jake and Presley's story came to an end I likely would have given this 5 stars.
Either way it is an awesome book by one of my favorite authors.
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I loved the way it was written, I adored the characters, and I loved the story within the story.Read more
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