Tuesday, April 29, 2014

✯Review✯ "Something Like Normal" by Monica James

Mia Lee has a secret… 

A secret she’s kept hidden since she was eight years old, however, Mia will no longer allow that secret to define her. 

An irrevocable decision has left Mia Lee a fugitive and on the run—a circumstance that should leave her weak and scared, yet Mia has never felt so alive.

Under the pseudonym of Paige Cassidy, Mia is ready to live the life she’s never had, and she’s determined not to allow her tainted past dictate her promising future. 

Paige is on a Greyhound bus heading from L.A. to South Boston, Virginia, to start a new life. A life that includes finding her mother, who abandoned her at age three. But what she finds, is four people, who will change her life forever.

Yet no one can outrun their past…

Especially one filled with bitter memories, which refuse to remain hidden.

5 HUGE Stars!!!
This book was completely KICK ASS! It's not your lovey-dovey romance, and it's not your deep dark story which will keep you up at night. It was such an original story unlike other books I have read before and I loved each and every second of it. Mia (aka Paige) and Quinn were such incredible characters, and I can't help but need more, more, MORE!

From the moment I saw him, I knew he was going to create a splash, but I never thought he'd cause a fucking tsunami.

Mia has a seriously fucked up past fucked with a capital 'F'. Honestly, the fact that she has ended up with a good head on her shoulders is nothing short of a miracle. On the run from a past which is slowly nipping at her heels, she settles down in a small town to start her new life. No one knows her, no one knows her past, and here she can pretend to be anyone she wants to be. She quickly finds herself falling into friendships she never thought she would be able to have, and begins to feel things she has never felt before. Happiness. Friendship. Lust. Desire. For the first time that she can remember, she knows what it feels like to have a family.

But there is only so long you can hide from a past before it comes back to haunt you with a vengeance, and this time its not just herself that Mia has to worry about. 

You cannot help but fall in love with the five main characters in this book.
Hank the lovable, big hearted man whom takes Mia under his wing who she soon nicknames "Grandpa".
Tabitha… the bubbly and compassionate girl who immediately formed a sisterly friendship with Mia.
The HOTTIE brothers Tristan and Quinn whom are polar opposites of each other yet both still insanely sexy. Tristan is the good brother. The safe one. Quinn is the bad boy whom has a past of his own. With his lip ring and sexy smirk, he just oozes sex appeal. What I wouldn't give to be able to throw him on my bed, suck that lip ring into my mouth, and do all sorts of naughty things with him.
And then there is Mia. The damaged girl who never knew friendship and love that is trying to escape from a toxic past and make a life for herself. For someone who was never shown compassion, she sure knows how to show it to those who have made themselves a home in her heart. 

"Being with me, it will consume parts of yourself you never knew existed. Are you ready for that? Can you give me everything, even though you know I will push you until you're ready to break?"
With both brothers vying for her affections, and the undeniable electricity between Mia and Quinn, you are left wondering what will happen between these three in the end. 

This was a gripping story which kept me on the edge of my seat and left me screaming for more. By the end my heart was racing and twisting, and I was ready to throw my kindle across the room so that it would smash into a million tiny pieces. I love Monica James for writing such an amazing story that I was unable to put down, but I absolutely HATE her for making one of the WORST cliffhangers I have ever read. Waiting 1 hour more to find out what happens to all the characters would be torture enough but to have to wait an unknown amount of time is just mean and sadistic! I am convinced Ms. James has a little piece of the devil in her. That is the only logical explanation I can come up with as to how she could leave us hanging the way which she did!!!!! 

Brilliantly executed! A MUST READ for all!

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