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review 2016-02-06 22:49
Free Me - Jane Lark

I had a difficult time deciding how I should rate this book. At first, I was leaning towards three stars. However, when I sat and thought about it and went back through my notes I realise that it deserved four stars. My decision to read this book was solely based on the synopsis. I have been in a reading slump lately and I figured that this would be the book to take me out of it.


Free Me tells the story of Amy and Rich. Amy was in an abusive relationship since she was fifteen years old. She was held against her will and forced to live through unspeakable horrors. The only good thing to come of this ordeal was her daughter Christa. She managed to gain her freedom six years later when her jailer was killed in a motor vehicle accident.


Rich blames himself for the death of his best friend Ryan, who died in a motor vehicle accident. Rich was driving at the time. To him Ryan was everything. He was like a brother, confidant and friend. At least, that was what he believed until Ryan’s brothers took that illusion away from him.


Fast forward six months later, Amy is celebrating her twenty-first birthday. Her friends in a bid to help take back control of her life took her to a bar to carry out the celebration. While there she met Rich. In spite of the pain, they both experienced in the past it was difficult for them to deny their attraction to each other. Initially, Amy was wary of getting too close to Rich. However, the more time she spent with him she realized that he was nothing like her ex-boyfriend. Rich knew he probably was not good enough for Amy after the life he led but he could not stay away. The one thing they didn’t know was that their past were linked through the one person they both wished they had never met.


There are several things that I enjoyed about Free Me. First of all, I liked that the story was told from dual POVs. This allows readers to have a view of what is taking place in each of the character’s minds. This provides for a better understanding of what they are feeling making it easier to connect with them. The next thing I enjoyed was the character development. They demonstrated growth and strength in times of adversity.  Rich realised the mistakes that he had made in the past and he was trying his best to make up for it.  It’s my belief that he turned his experience with Ryan into something positive. It helped to shape him into the person he had become. Although he experienced some amount of guilt as a result of Ryan’s death, Rich did not allow it to control his life.

I lift my hat to Amy. She has been through hell and back. I can’t begin to imagine being at the mercy of a psychopath for six long years, with no hope of escape. She reminded me of a quote by 

  1. Joybell C.


“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life had on her, but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.”



A few persons may find it unrealistic that after going through such an ordeal that she would want to get involved with someone so soon. At first, I had a problem with it; but as the story progressed, I realised that this was her way of proving that not all men were like her ex.

Free Me had a strong and unique storyline. The story was gripping and it flowed smoothly. However, there were points where it moved a bit too slow. I was hoping for more information on the matter relating to Amy’s abductors. I know they finally got what was coming to them, but it would have been great to see how the events played out.

There is more to Free Me than just romance. It’s a story about courage, secrets, survival, second chances, love, forgiveness and healing.  If you are looking for a story that will pull you in and keep you engaged I recommend that you get a copy of Free Me.

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review 2015-08-16 00:00
The Secret Love of a Gentleman
The Secret Love of a Gentleman - Jane La... The Secret Love of a Gentleman - Jane Lark This is book five in the "Marlow Intrigues" series. I have not read all the books...so I am jumping around in th series. So, with that said I wanted to let you know that I feel this is a stand alone book. So don't worry if you are jumping around in the series too..if won't hurt your enjoyment of this book. Jane Lark books are always very "hot" books. They are easy reads that I can do in one setting...unless I am trying to go slowly with them. I was kinda of put off by the hero, Rob Marlow being a few years younger than our heroine, Caroline. But once I got into reading it I found that it didn't really matter..the story was that good. Our heroine, Caro has had what started out as a good marriage but within the year her husband started to beat her. Caro finally gets the nerve to leave him and goes to stay with her brother. There she meets Rob who is her brothers, brother in-law. Rob slowly starts trying to get Caro out of her shell of hurt and being scared. This story their story of how the overcame so much to be together. I really am glad to have read this book and hope that you will be too.
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review 2015-01-29 00:00
The Dangerous Love of a Rogue
The Dangerous Love of a Rogue - Jane Lark The Dangerous Love of a Rogue by Jane Lark is Ms. Lark at her best. I received an ARC of this title for an honest review. I discovered Ms. Lark when I stumbled across one of her books on Amazon. She has a way of drawing you in with her stories. Ms. Lark's stories are heartwarming and beautiful reads. I now own a number of her books.
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review 2014-11-21 00:00
I Need You: HarperImpulse New Adult Romance
I Need You: HarperImpulse New Adult Romance - Jane Lark


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I have read and enjoyed all the 'Starting Out' books. This one is the most poignant and realistic and therefore for me, the most enjoyable. 'I Found You', the first book in the series introduced Billy and Lindy and neither came across as particularly likeable. 'I Need You' is their story and you don't have to read very much of this book to realise why they both acted so badly in the first book.

Billy loves Lindy. They met at school and he accepted her friendship, no matter how painful it was, rather than lose her when she hooked up with his best mate Jason. Lindy is angry and desperate when Jason dumps her for his soul mate Rachel but her pain is more complicated than Billy first surmises. Billy puts his life on hold to stop Lindy's downward spiral but she doesn't share all her pain with him and the time they spend together takes its toll on his tender heart.

The chemistry between the two friends is a slow sizzle and their love story is full of pain, fear and humour. Billy truly awakens Lindy to her full potential, in every way but is it enough for them to be together, or is Lindy's need to escape parts of her life too much for Billy to repair?

The story unfolds beautifully and it highlights the importance of forgiveness, envy and how hard you have to work to find true love. Lindy is the character that travels the furthest in this story and the one I admired the most at the end.

I Need you is a lovely feel good read.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Here's my review of I Found You and Just You the first two books in the series.
4* Review: I Found You
5* Review: Just You

Source: jolliffe01.com/2014/11/23/5-review-i-need-you-starting-out-3-jane-lark
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review 2014-08-08 00:00
The Lost Love of a Soldier
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'The Lost Love of a Soldier' is a challenging read. If you've read the poignant and beautifully written, 'The Illicit Love of a Courtesan' you will know the outcome of this love story but don't let that put you off reliving Ellen's earlier life. This is a must read with its engaging characters and sensitive use of historical detail.
Ellen and Paul fall in love despite the strict society rules that define their lives. Their love story is romantic and heartbreaking as they endure family discord and the brutality of war. Ellen at seventeen is endearingly naive. This makes what fate has in store for her especially poignant. Paul is battle worn, despite his youth and looks to Ellen for his salvation. He is a little selfish because he knows how tough 'following the drum' can be for a woman but his love is sincere as is his courage and it's easy to see why Ellen loved him.
This story captures the romance of the Regency period but with a unique perspective that makes it memorable.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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