January 30, 2013

Review: Love You More by M.L. Stephens

Title: Love You More
Author: M.L. Stephens
Series: Broken #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self-published
Format: eBook
Release Date: December 7, 2012
Source: Provided by Author

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Overall Rating: 4.5 Bad Boys – Really Loved It!!!!
Reviewed by: Kat

Author Summary

My life had been fabulous, but that was before I was murdered.

There are only two things in a person's existence that truly matter—before and after. This is my after.

Caught in a realm between life and death, Jade is torn between the unexpected love of a stranger, or catching the people who killed her.

With the clock ticking, she struggles to find a way to save the life of her best friend while holding on to the man that she loves.

One decision might leave her stranded in limbo for all of eternity, yet the other could destroy her happiness.

My Thoughts

I can say with all honestly that Love You More is one of the most original and memorable books I’ve read. It’s a novel that just stays with you for a long while after reading it.

Beautifully written, the novel stirred up so many emotions, it took me a couple of days to work through them all and write this review. I cried tears of sadness from the heart-wrenching tragic event that started things off to tears of joy at bearing witness to the heroine’s dramatic journey of self-discovery.

Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not all heartbreak and sentimentality. There’s lots of suspense and incredibly thrilling elements in this novel. A murder must be solved, and like the Author Summary says (so this is not a spoiler) the heroine is the one murdered and it’s up to her to solve it.

This first in the Broken series, Love You More is truly a delightful read. I was wrong about so many things while reading this novel. Well, to be truthful, I was wrong about pretty much everything. LOL! From the plot and where the story was going to what kind of person the heroine was…everything. The unpredictable twists and turns in this story were mind-blowing. I didn't see the things coming that did and I loved how exciting and thrilling it was for me to be surprised. Well done M.L!!

I found it a little difficult to relate to the heroine at first. She was a typical princess type...self-centered and untouchable. But then the unthinkable happens to her and the princess was in fact touched by the ugliness of the real world. It’s amazing how a crisis can change a person. Well actually, that’s not exactly right. Her goodness was there all along but it was just hidden under a thick layer of oblivion. Her journey was a hard one and I am SO glad I stuck with her. I came to really appreciate her for the person she was. And after she grew on me, I found her to be quite funny. Especially when she tried to outwit the very clever Ella. Wasn’t going to happen but it sure was funny to watch her try.

And speaking of Ella, she was a fabulous character that everyone will love and appreciate. In fact, all the supporting characters were compelling and interesting.

The world the author has built has the makings of a wonderful series, and I’m hoping, a long-running one. Fast-paced, this is a ‘read-in-one-sitting’ kinda book. Not that it’s too short; it’s just that compelling.  It's more than likely that once you start, you’ll be missing out on some sleep. Totally worth it though! I highly recommend this one to everyone. 

My Favorite Quotes…

“We were feeding the ducks and discussing the various methods associated with crumb tossing, when you pulled me into your arms and told me you loved me.”
“You cried, and I’d thought I’d done something wrong. I held you until the tears stopped…and then you said…”
“I love you more.”

“There are special moments in our lives that touch us so deeply, it sucks the oxygen from the room and our heart skips a fraction of a beat. I realized that this was that moment for Ella…it was that moment for me.”

“Yeah, yeah, you’ve said that. I get it! You can’t see your daughter, you can’t see Mason, and yet you see me. Your self-proclaimed psychic ability sucks. What’d I do? Spin the ‘Wheel of Misfortune’ and land on your name?”

Happy Reading my lovelies!

4.5 Bad Boys – Really Loved It!!!!

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  1. I love finding these indie PNR reads, a lot made my favorites list last year. This sounds so amazing and it is even better that this is only $1. This sounds like a very touching page-turner. I smell a major winner. Thank you so much for this amazing review hon. I am going to buy it right now.

    1. I'm finding the same thing. Lots of talent out there. this is a winner. I need to pick up the next in the series soon. come back and let me know what you thought of it. It's very compelling!!

    2. Yes there is. I will check this out hopefully this week or the next. Have a lot of books to read this month LOL! I can't wait. This sounds so good. Thanks again hon :)

  2. Bella's journey and development sounds real and very relatable. Wipe your tears Kat, you did good :)

    1. LOL! I'm such a crier…I get so wrapped up in a story its inevitable. :) I don't think i was clear though. The heroine's name is Jade. Ella is the supporting character who's awesome. You might like this one Braine. no vamps but still paranormal. its $0.99 right now but i think that sale is ending any time. Thanks luv for commenting. You're awesome!