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- Publisher: Graffiti Fiction (December 22, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 22, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B018GUWQZM
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Love (Literally): The Julian Series Book 2 Kindle Edition
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First, let me say that I usually love anything Maria writes and I really liked the first book in this series, Julian and Lia. However I had some issues with this second one, Love Literally, the conclusion of the story. At the end of the first book Julian was graduating college and Lia was finishing her freshman year there. Lia breaks up with Julian after accidentally finding out he's offered a great job in another city which he doesn't want her to know about as he intends to take a less attractive offer in a city closer to the college so they can still see each other. When Lia finds out she decides to end their relationship so he will take his dream job but doesn't tell him why.
She lies and tells him she needs to meet other people and have new experiences so he thinks she wants her freedom to meet other men. I thought it was self sacrificing of both of them that Lia would let him go even tho she really loved him so he could follow his dreams and that Julian would sacrifice his dream job so they could stay together. End of first book which I really liked as it was sweet, sexy and sad too. I thought book 2 would continue their lives at that point in time.
In book 2, the conclusion, it is now 2 1/2 years later; Lia has graduated college and moved to Chicago where she's gotten a good job to begin her journalism career. There was never any contact between the couple in all that time. Julian has excelled in his career, also journalism, and moved to Chicago with a promotion from his company. He's also in a relationship with a model he's been seeing. Lia and Julian accidentally meet in a restaurant where she's trying to get an interview for a work assignment and Julian arrives to also interview this same person. That starts everything off for the couple again as Julian is stunned to see her and it brings back all the feelings he still has for her. Lia has never stopped loving him.
What follows is a roller coaster ride between the couple as well as lots of other characters and plots about these other character's love lives and companies merging affecting the main characters and an ongoing plot about a mysterious wealthy businessman who may have committed murder and embezzlement!!
In short, way too much going on for a somewhat short book, in my opinion.
What bothered me was what didn't happen, namely the fact that yes, there is a HEA ending but Lia never tells him why she broke up with him, the real reason is never discussed by the couple which I thought very strange as it was such a big deal in the first book! Also Julian tells Lia when they get back together that he never stopped loving her and thought about her every single day since they parted which I thought strange because if so then why didn't he ever go back and talk to her in the 2 1/2 years they were apart or ask her why she ended it? And what bothered me the absolute most was the fact that their getting back together was strictly chance because they both ended up in Chicago for work where they met again. If Lia or Julian had gotten a job in another city then they would have gone their separate ways forever apparently! Not exactly what I'd call a romantic plot; the story would've been so much better if Julian cared enough to go after Lia in the time they were apart. Also would have been good to know Julian's point of view which we didn't get.
Didn't understand these happenings (or lack of happenings) in the story and it pretty much ruined this 2nd book for me. I will say that there were some very good, hot chapters with the couple in the story which made it worth reading; I just felt the story could've been so much better. This was the most disappointing book I've read by Ms. Monroe, I'm sorry to say.
The world doesn’t know about Maria Monroe yet (and her equally talented sisters) but it will. I’m going to do my best to help and write a spoiler-free gush fest about this book.
Well, sort of spoiler-free. The spoiler is that you have to know what happens at the end of Julian and Lia to review this book.
SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER
At the end of Julian and Lia, they break up.
END OF SPOILER
Lia has her first job out of college at a big time media company in Chicago. She’s a great heroine: smart, curious, sensitive and emotional, yes, but honorable and brave. On her first day of work, she runs into Julian, who has been transferred to Chicago.
And he’s a jerk.
A hot, suit-and-tie-wearing, two-and-a-half-years-older-than-the-last-book jerk.
Oh, and he’s dating someone who could be a supermodel.
Cue clichés, right?
Maria’s graceful, lithe, and yet emotional writing captivated me from the first page.
This book is the reason why you read romance novels.
This is the reason why I read romance novels.
I want to go on the emotional ride.
I want to care about the characters.
I want the delicious pain of them not being together. I want it to be unbelievably satisfying when they do.
I WANT TO SWOON.
(I swooned so hard reading this book.)
The palpable tension between two characters who have been separated but are clearly still meant for each other just burst off the pages. You want them to get together. THEY want to get together. They just don’t know it yet.
It’s paced and plotted perfectly, with great sensory descriptions, fast action, and heartstring-pulling emotion.
Basically, it’s just a great read!
Besides the awesome swoony stuff, Maria’s got crackerjack secondary characters, lots of intelligent jokes about the Oxford comma (it’s even a freaking plot point), and a secondary plot line that has intrigue, danger, and mystery.
AND FREAKING AMAZING SEX.
All in all, it’s a thumping good read. I know I’m repeating myself and I don’t care. I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK.
I want to read it again. I’m way too excited about it.
Love, Literally is the exact kind of romance novel I want to read and you should read: emotional, tender, smart, and hot. I was so absorbed in this book.
As if first day--on the new job jitters--isn't bad enough, seeing your ex walking into Starbucks is the icing on the proverbial cake. Lia knew Julian was in Chicago but nothing could have prepared her for just how sexy he'd be. With her pulse racing and her grande skinny vanilla latte all but forgotten she tries her best to push past the crowd without being noticed. Just as she reaches the door opposite Julian, the barista calls out her name...
Lia's both excited and nervous when she gets her first assignment. An interview with Randolph Meyer. Technically, he has no idea she's coming and she hates to interrupt his lunch but a good reporter has to think outside of the box. He's gracious when she first approaches and informs her of a scheduled interview he has in five minutes. So she quickly begins asking questions from Connors list. Until, Mr Meyer glances over her shoulder and says, "Well, now, you must be Mr. Barnes."
This book has all the feels! I loved it! A must read for all you romantics, who believe love conquers all..
She never did tell him why she broke up with him. Julian loved her so much anyway I guess it wouldn't have mattered.
Very good writing of the author to get her point and feelings across . Good emotions, felt by all! Moist for sure.
Be for warned about the alternative ending. The author did warn the readers ahead of time but I was inquisitive. Sorry I read it. So take her warning to heart and be happy with the first ending.