- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496129040
- ISBN-13: 978-1496129048
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,227,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you've read previous books by this author you already know she likes to walk the line of controversy. She likes to make you think when you read. She likes to challenge you in ways you never thought a book would. I often find myself reflecting for days sometimes even weeks after reading her stories. Going Under was my first taste of S. Walden's writing. I remember thinking to myself, "This woman is amazing, talented, and brave for taking on this subject." Then I went and hugged my daughters. If you've read the book you'll understand why. Going Under actually started dialogue between myself and my teenage daughter. Dialogue I honestly never thought to have with her. From there I was hooked and I followed Ms. Walden everywhere. I just knew that one day she would be a famous, and acclaimed author. I wanted to be there to see it happen.
LoveLines is about Reece and Bailey, two people in search of each other. They just don't know they're looking for each other. Bailey suffers from OCD and feels somewhat ostracized from her mother and sister. Her father suffers as well from the ailment and she clings to him. I believe they both found solace in each other's company. He more than anyone understood her struggles and together they found complete acceptance maybe even freedom.
While Reece on the other hand comes from nothing. Literally, nothing, he's a foster child who doesn't know his family. He's not even sure where his last name comes from. He has few belongings and even fewer friends. So while Bailey searches for acceptance and love, Reece is just searching for someone to accept him as a person as well and love him for who he is. Together they are beautiful, loving, and steamy. Together they are funny, endearing, and sweet.
Together they are unknowingly perfect for each other. They are family.
One of the things that I love so much about S. Walden's books, is her ability to make me forget my surroundings. When she's telling me a story I almost feel like a child again reading Little Women or The Secret Garden or even Alice in Wonderland. Stories take you to another world, another landscape where you become a part of the story. Her characters are so well developed that I don't even miss it when Reece and Bailey aren't together on the page. I'm just that invested in what's happening to others around them like Christopher, Erica, Nicki, and Camden. I felt myself wanting to know more about each of them, I wanted to follow them in their lives and see all the things I was seeing with Reece and Bailey. I wanted to know everything about them, I wanted their stories too.
I call that good writing. I call that epic writing. When an author can swoop me up and take me on a journey and make me, just for a while, forget reality...well they're just amazing in my book. LoveLines just does that. You won't even realize how much time has past until you get to the end. I devoured every word, every syllable on the pages. I wanted no interruptions. I HAD to know where the story was going, what was going to happen, would they make it? Would there be a happily ever after?
This story may not have all the angst and controversy that Going Under, Good, and Better had. No maybe not...but it has all the things we look for or should look for. It has friendship, love, laughter, hope. You'll laugh, you'll swoon, you'll get angry, and you'll definitely cry. I did several times and not necessarily tears of sadness. But above all of this when you walk away your soul will be happy and you'll be smiling through those tears. If you're anything like me, you'll close your kindle and just SIGH.......
I really don't want to give this review stars because I don't think they adequately express just how good this book is, however, I know I must. 5 Stars it is but it's not enough in my opinion.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
I thought this would be just a light happy read and while it did have those elements it also had many more elements. It’s a story about finding that someone who can love every part of you and wondering if you have the strength to let them in. It’s about finding that someone who understand every part of you, the good and the bad and they still look at you like you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to them. But it’s also about learning to love yourself even though you know you’re far from perfect. Loving every imperfection and owning up to who you are. Learning to accept love in your life because you can only have love if you let it in.
I connected so much with these characters, especially Reese. I loved him so much! I loved his nicknames for Bailey, the way he was with her, the way he treated her, and the way he loved her unconditionally. Learning his past and how it affected who he is now honestly had me bawling and I hated myself for it because this was suppose to be a fun completely happy read, dammit! But I think I loved this book even more for it. Because it did make me happy and it made me laugh many times, but it also made me sad and it made me realize that life is filled with moments like these, a constant roller coaster of happy, sad, happy, sad, happy, sad but it’s worth every minute of the ride.
This is a book I think everyone should read. I cannot recommend it enough and I know I will read anything this author writes. Yay, another favorite author to add to my list! :)