For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good - until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep.
Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother, Matt, has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul - until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned. Suddenly Noah has a new mission: to make amends with the family his brother rejected.
From the moment he meets Ceejay, her beauty and warmth act like a balm on his fractured heart. But when a painful secret comes to light, it threatens to break the fragile bond growing between them...and to destroy a love powerful enough to heal them both.
©2012 Barbara Longley (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
A better story!
I seriously doubt it.
The relationship between CJ and Noah is probably the most dysfunctional and poorly written I have ever read. From the beginning Noah tried to manipulate CJ and "handle" her by passive aggressively forcing her into doing what he wanted without regard to her thoughts and feelings. I was hoping that this would be satire! The way everyone dismissed CJ's role and rights as a mother and pushed her for access to her daughter was appalling. And the fact that CJ got "upset" but just let everyone handle her...I just can't even review it coherently. I couldn't even make it to the end of the book. I have never turned off an audiobook because I was so mad at the story - but I did with this book. If CJ ended up with Noah after he tried to handle and mansplain how to raise her daughter and what was best for them I think I would have screamed. I am now mad all over again after typing out the review.
I wish there was a way I could get my time back. This book should be required reading for all high school girls so they know what red-flag behavior to look for in men before they get into serious relationships. Is he like Noah? RUN.
I enjoyed this listen despite the fact I found Ceejay too insecure and needy to be enjoyable as the female lead. Fortunately Noah was everything Ceejay wasn't which helped move the story along. Kate Rudd did a good job with the narration which added significantly to the listening experience.
I enjoyed this book. While I agree with some of the flaws that other reviews have pointed out, I found the story sweet and entertaining. I liked the characters, although I agree that CJ's anger seemed a little unreasonable and over done. Also, it seemed like things happened too fast at times and too slow at others. Nevertheless I enjoyed the setting and the story and was caught up enough to want to read the second book in the series. Additionally, I think Kate Rudd is an excellent narrator and probably added significantly to the audio version of the book. It's not difficult to imagine that a poor narrator could have turned this audio into a totally different experience that was not nearly as positive.
I will try one more from this series but I am hoping it will have more likable characters in it.
I would have had the characters in it be so much less irritating. Noah and the Aunt were the only likable adults in the entire story.
I really liked CeeJays Aunt.
The feeling of actual chemistry between Ceejay and Noah. It would have helped too if she was a more likable person.
This story had potential. I stuck it out to the end but I found the endless nonsense with Noah's father and the budinski sherriff so very irritating. It seemed to go too far. They were both behaving too stupidly to even be the antagonists of the story.
All the lives that were affected and how the pieces of the story fell together.
It would be a toss up between C.J. and Noah.
This was my first book I've read and I'm going check out a few more of her books.
This was painful. Two broken characters that need constant assurances between the counting and self doubt I was totally exhausted. Couldn't wait for the end. Never again!
This well written romance is the first in the well-named town of perfect. It hasn't been a perfect town for our heroine to grow up in, nor has it been the perfect place for our hero to land in, but I won't spoil the rest for you! Grab a box of Kleenex & enjoy the ride!
The narrator was very good.
I read it in two sittings.
I would read other books by the same narrator.
Hmmm...Perhaps Brenda Novak's: Whisky Creek Series.
The first 'love' scene - and no not for that reason. Noah baring his scars to her. The comfort Noah gives Ceejay in her time of need. The jumping on the bed - hilarious. There's some clever moments crafted in this book - I listen to audio books on the bus to and from work each day, so it's rather inconvenient when I have public tears followed by laughter. At least I have a seat all to myself.
Noah's character is amazing...the pain and healing he endures is what makes this book a fave of mine. A truly heart melting and soul warm love story. Loved the book, the storyline is great. I feel humbled that men and women live and give their lives to keep our peace and this book brings that home.
Leaves you with a 'warm and fuzzy'. I've read the teaser for Book 2 from Barbara's website - WOW! Annoyed that Book 2 isn't out until May 2013 (pouty face).
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