Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Series Book Review, Giveaway: You Loved Me Series by Evie Harper

Title: You Loved Me At My Ugliest
Series: You Loved Me Series #3
Author: Evie Harper
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 28, 2015

She’s no stranger to love and loss…
By age eighteen, Alexa Kingsley had lost everyone. Only Joey, the lonely boy next door, remained. He’d clung to Alexa like a lifeline through years of abuse at the hands of his father, and she vowed to protect him as best she could. Alexa thought Joey was the one person who’d always be there—until the day he left her as well. Finally forced to go it alone, Alexa finds this latest loss may hurt worst of all. 
He’s no stranger to lack of love…
Joseph O’Connor was every bit the villain his father trained him to be, his young heart twisted into something ugly, corrupted. But his father underestimated the girl next door, miscalculated the impact Lexi would have on Joey’s life, the spark she ignited that eventually, despite all odds, grew to an inferno of hope. To reclaim her, Joey must first become a man Lexi can be proud of…the kind of man she deserves.
Amidst a shadowy world of guns and drugs, will Joey’s ultimate sacrifice—a declaration of love from a man who was never shown any at all—be enough to finally set him free?

"Oh gods I have stalked this author and this book right from the get go, freaking love this author and her writing style, the dark, the emotions, the grit, all things that make this one of my favourite authors.." ~ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
"This is so beautifully written it brought tears to my eyes. Brilliant plot with beautiful characters." ~ Goodreads Reviewer

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

You Loved Me At My Darkest #1

“There’s bad men and there’s good men, but Jake keeps swinging like a pendulum between the two, and I can’t fit him into a category where I fell he belongs.”

“Hope soaked my soul in heavy want, then lit a match and watched me burn.”

“Hearing my woman laugh is the only thing in this world that truly makes me feel like man.”

You Loved Me At My Weakest #2

“My eyes sting and blur.  Slowly, I open my mouth and there they are.  The cries.  They’ve gone ignored and unwanted for so long.  They are mine.  My cries of pain, torment and my relief.”

“Emmy, I fell in love with you before I even knew what love was.  And I will continue to love you until I’m old and senile and I forget what love is.”

“I missed all the fun of watching the bad guy get his karma.”

You Loved Me At My Ugliest #3

“It’s hard not to love her.  She’s annoying adorable.  I want to squish her cheeks all the time.”

“Joey gives me a peaceful, childlike smile, one, which both breaks and puts my heart back together all at the same time.”

“Most times it’s parents who gift a child with life, but in mine, Lexi, you were the one who gave me life.”

My Review:

This series has angst – and lots of it… if that like that, you will love all three books, but it was more than a bit of a struggle for me, as they are much darker than my typical fare, and I am not a big fan of violence, cruelty, or abuse.   You Loved Me At My Ugliest brought a satisfying conclusion to a heavy and taut series that covered a variety of gritty, dark, and uncomfortable topics and practices from our society’s seamy underbelly.  Ms. Harper traversed the debauched and depraved practices of ruthless men as well as the debilitating effects on the broken women with agility.  She squeezed my heart and had me cringing, flinching, and biting my nails more than a few times during this suspenseful and steamy 740 page trilogy.  The coinciding love stories and sensual scenes were a welcome and needed respite from the violence, cruelty, and tension emanating from the brutal and vile characters of the O’Conners, and the sadness and heartbreak of their victims.  After concluding this heavy and intense series, I am planning on putting down my kindle for a nice leisurely walk while breathing in some clean fresh air and holding hands with my sweet Mochi Man.

Empress DJ

Evie is an Australian author whose passion for reading lead her into writing. Evie spends her days writing heartbreaking, suspense filled love stories with happily ever afters. Evie's characters are strong alphas with even stronger heroines who bring sexy sass to the relationship.

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