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The Sun and the Moon (Giving You ...) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 21, 2016
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"This was this author's FIRST published novel? WOW. I am absolutely blown away by her talent!" -- Bestselling author K.L. Kreig
"Fair warning: be prepared to knock someone off your automatic must read list to make room for Leslie McAdam. Don't say I didn't tell you!" -- Delta at The Romance Reviews
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Since I've already listed the things I loved about this book, I'm going to go more in depth about them.
First of all, the cover. I think I can safely say that it needs no explanation. It is simply gorgeous. It is eye catching and you just want to stare at it all day. Plus it also piques your interest enough to stop ogling it and actually read the book. So...yeah. He he :).
Now...let's talk about Amelia. While I have not experienced anything remotely close to what she has, I could still empathize with her. She is a remarkable lady who exemplifies what it means to be strong: getting back up when life knocks you down. It doesn't matter how long you're down...so long as you eventually get up. And this IS Amelia. I LOVED reading about her journey and how she came to love herself. I love that she didn't try to fix herself (when she obviously couldn't) but sought help - which is another characteristic of a strong person. Her journey was filled with ups and downs, but she always came out swinging. Another thing I LOVED about her was that she owned up to her faults - yet another reason why she's an amazing and strong heroine. Perhaps, what I LOVED best about her (shallow, I know) was the fact that we had similar thought and speech processes/patterns. I don’t think I’ve come across this in books (at least not recently) and was very happy to have this.
Now...let's talk about Ryan. To sum him up in a nutshell...he's just a regular good guy who works hard, but also play hard. And by that I mean that he has a healthy work-life balance. He was a perfect complement to Amelia. I LOVED that he gave her space to be. He didn't try to “fix” her - even if he was tempted. I LOVED that he listened to her as well as challenged her. He was simply a great guy. He's the kind of guy you'd have no qualms bringing to your family or showing off to your friends. There was a chapter (won't tell you which but once you read it, you'll know) that just solidified him as a perfect guy/hero in my mind. After that chapter, he could do no wrong in my eyes. The way he was able to be there for Amelia with no judgement or fix-it-mentality...talk about swoon worthy!
As for the romance, I loved that it was just your regular boy-meets-girl kind of romance. No over the top and unrealistic gestures. Just your regular kind with misconceptions and arguments and reconciliations and, of course, my favorite - the HEA :).
Now, as for the life lesson, here it is: NEVER BE AFRAID TO SEEK HELP FOR ISSUES. It is NOT a sign of weakness - but one of strength. The ability and courage to admit that you can't do something and need someone else to help carry your load is one of the characteristics of great people.
I truly enjoyed this book and getting to the end and reading the author’s note really solidified the book for me in my mind. I greatly admire her for writing something that was clearly very personal and I hope that those reading the book will walk away with hope in their hearts knowing that things can AND WILL get better for them. You’ve just got to keep pushing and pushing and pushing and pushing.
Thanks for this book Leslie. I’m definitely looking forward to more from you…and oh, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention in this review that I LOVED our mention of Little Dude. Twice. Eep! He he. Okay. I’m done :)
McAdam's writing style is confident, fluent and skilled, and she writes about everyday emotions and experiences in a fresh way that makes you say, "Yes! That's how it is! Yes, she gets what it's like to be human."
Consider a line like this: "Time passed. People grew old and died. Planets were born from stardust," about how she feels time stop when first looking into his eyes.
Or this one, on chasing an orgasm: "I'd a better change at getting an orgasm in the NARS aisle of Sephora. There, an "orgasm" was a certainty, after I handed over my credit card for an overpriced powdered blush, in a pinky-peach color, called ORGASM."
Or this amazing one: "Ollivander got me a special wand." (When she texts someone a picture of her new vibrator!)
The writing is clever and good, and the story keeps you interested the whole way through. McAdam doesn't need to resort to crazy plot twists and deus ex machina assists; she lets her writing be the guide to take you through a fantastic story about people who could be your friends. The sex is hot but not porny, and will make you yearn for a Ryan of your own. I don't know if ee cummings read romance novels, but I guarantee he'd like this one. It will put the sun, the moon and all the stars in your eyes.
I can't wait to read more from McAdam. I recommend this book - read it! You won't be disappointed.