- File Size: 1394 KB
- Print Length: 358 pages
- Publisher: Natalie Ward (September 3, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EZ48XTC
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jared and Mia have need separated for a year, when Mia is in town to watch their band play she decides she needs to let Jared know why she left him and expose all of the secrets she's been holding onto.
Jared is angry and heartbroken and although he loves Mia is her revealing everything and asking for forgiveness going to be enough?
Will they be able to move on together from all of the hurt that has been dealt out?
Now if she had passed on that neat little accent to Luke, she would likely need a restraining order.
Anyway, somewhere in my public declarations of love she decided to throw me a bone, and include me in this early review business. I may have screamed a bit. How can you have Mia without Luke?
Hey, don't judge me. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Little did I expect, I walked away feeling like I need to apologize to Luke for being a dirty girl. But I'm okay with that, because I became Jared's dirty girl.
Yes, ladies, Jared is that good.
Stubborn Love is Mia and Jared's (fittingly stubborn) story. It coincides with ILYTD, but there is background given as well. For those that are drawing a blank, Jared is Luke's BFF and roomie. Mia is his fiery sister. And I heart these two. So. Hard.
Even if the bitch made me cry. Again.
Anyway, what I really like that Natalie did was make this entire book span the length of 24 hours, a rather significant 24 hours. It's intense, and definitely stressful, but they aren't messing around. We also get both POVs; Jared in the past, and Mia in the present. We need the past to make sense of the present, and I think it's really artistically done.
Way to raise the bar, Natalie. All authors thank you.
Throughout the book we watch them fall in love in the past through Jared, and then fall apart and a desperate attempt to salvage it through Mia. But she takes her time getting to the why she ended it with Jared, without any explanation or apparent care. He's waited a long time to understand how their story went from perfect to nothing, because Mia just walked away. And unlike us, who can burn their house down and never see them again, Mia and Jared always have Luke bringing them together.
When Mia finally drops the bomb, it's a doozy.
"But I can't, there are no do-overs, only second chances and right now, I'm working hard to convince myself to try for that second chance before the only thing that's left is regret."
However, what I wasn't expecting was Jared's secret. Holy. Sheet. I completely forgot what Mia was going on about when we discover what Jared is hiding - damn, Natalie.
I needed a drink after that one.
What I love most about Jared, aside from previously mentioned secret, is that he makes Mia work for it. This isn't just an apology for some poor choices, he wants her to finally explain it all. And she does, taking us all on an emotional ride.
And, most importantly, angry Jared is hot.
"I wanted to be everything to you, Mia," he says, his head falling back against the wall again.
Overall, Stubborn Love is beautiful. It's real. We watch this couple go through so many emotions, we watch them scream, cry, and most importantly, we watch them laugh. We watch them heal, both together and apart. We also watch a little bit of Lukie, and let's be real, that's why I even agreed to it in the first place.
We get a little of Luke's past, because it's part of Mia and Jared's story. The love and respect Mia has for Luke makes me heart them both even more.
"He told me that he hadn't run away to hide at all, he'd run away to live."
Luke is a big piece in the Mia/Jared puzzle. For the obvious reason of Luke being the link between them, but Luke and Mia's past is constantly haunting them, because they're constantly trying to make up for the actions of others to one another.
"Escaping from our father changed him, but music and Ash, those two made him. Made him into the person he is now"
See, Lukie? I'm still eagerly stalking you. But I wasn't expecting Natalie to turn me into a stalker².
In the end, I decided that Natalie can write. ILYTD was not a fluke, thank God. I wasn't sure how I was going to explain to my future in-law that she was actually talentless. Dodged that one.
Oh, I almost forgot. This book is hot. Like you're-going-to-need-a-cold-shower-and-a-drink hot. So, you know, have the boyfriend or hubby on stand-by.
So much love, drama and miscommunication.
Can't forget to mention Luke and Ash make appearances in this one too :)
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I truly enjoyed reading the companion novel to the I Love You series, this was Mia's and Jared's story.Read more
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