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Little Things (Second Chances Book 1) by [Street, Madison]
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Everything in Duke Grayson’s life was all he could ever ask for: A loving family, loyal friends, a beautiful girlfriend, and a scholarship to his top choice college. It’s his senior year of high school, and all he needs is to focus on his grades, lacrosse, and keeping his girlfriend happy. That is until Raya walks into his life.

From the moment they meet, Duke is drawn to her, not only for her natural beauty and her stunning crystal blue eyes, but because he’s aware there’s more to this girl than just his alluring pull to her. He senses secrecy and fear.

Throughout the year, their bond grows stronger, and his feelings for her become undeniable. Just when he is about to express his love, tragedy strikes and Raya disappears.

For six years, Duke is tortured by his struggles, as he’s unable to find her and blames himself for failing to protect her. Until the day, she’s found, and he’s given a second chance. Will Duke become her beacon of hope and make her see that it’s the little things that make life worthwhile? Can Raya overcome her fears and fight against the terrors that haunt her? Or will her dark and torturous past be too much for her to battle against?

*Warning: This book contains some disturbing situations, strong language and sexual content. Suited for 18 years and over.**

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  • Print Length: 392 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KPI75CI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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I discovered Madison Street at an author takeover on Facebook. I started reading Little Things immediately after and finished it within a 24 hour time period.

When Raya and Duke first met they had an instant connection. The became best friends, but soon grew into so much more. They were soulmates plain and simple.

Then tragedy struck, and Raya disappeared for six long years. Even though Duke moved forward in his life, he never forgot about the beautiful girl he gave his heart too. Deep down he knew she needed him. That something just wasn't right. He never stopped thinking about what might've happened to her, or stopped searching for her.

But things don't go as smoothly when they're finally reunited. Darkness plagued Raya's dreams, and the cause of her nightmares was still lurking in the shadows, just waiting to get her back.

Can Duke protect her? Or does he end up losing her again. You'll have to read it yourself to find out.

As much as I loved this story, I have to admit there were times that I cringed while reading. Not because it was poorly written or executed, but because it was so brutal and violent. I just wanted to sit there with my ereader in my lap and cry for poor Raya.

Madison you definitely have a newfound fan in me. I can't wait to read the remaining books in this series!
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I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Little Things commences when Raya and Duke first meet in High School. We read knowing (from the synopsis) that at some point events are going to tear them apart. I loved getting to know Raya and Duke and the anticipation of will they get together and if they do, what is going to happen to separate them.

Events unfold and Raya ends up in horrific circumstances and we see Raya's strength shine through. At the same time, Raya's absence changes Duke's life. I couldn't decide whether Duke's failure to give up on finding Raya showed that he was really determined or a love sick fool – probably both.

Even though his book is roughly 380 pages there were a few times I felt the story was rushed and I wanted more, particularly in the last 25% or so.

If you are a fan of new adult and dark reads you will really enjoy Little Things.

Wicked Reads Review Team
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional story of love 3 June 2014
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Wow. Where do I start. This is an emotional heartbreaking loving story. I got so wrapped up in this book I finished it in a day. I couldn't put it down. Duke is the guy every girl dreams of. Raya is the spunky girl who stole his heart. Duke thought his life was planned out and he already had the girl of his dreams Melanie. They all became fast friends and Duke knew he couldn't deny his feelings for Raya. This book will tear your heart out make you cry and then fall in love. Not necessarily in that order.Madison you rocked this book even though parts were not easy to read. Everyone who buys this book will fall in love with Duke and feel empathy for Raya. Just be prepared for the tears heartache and the ending you want!! ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars thoughts on little things 1 August 2014
By hello-booklover - Published on
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this book will have you go through the emotional spectrum. So many hard hitting tough issues are dealt with throughout the book that I am compelled to say a warning. If you have a weak stomach for some sad hard emotional issues such as human trafficking, abuse, prostitution than i would not read this. This tackles these issues head on and one of the lead characters is brought into this world and was even in this world. Not of her own making but she was. This helped form her. Helped build her shell and make her tough to crack.

Raya is the main female character and her life was no picnic. Her childhood made her tough but vulnerable as well. She was a tough nut to crack but she was in my thoughts vulnerable because she like all of us wants to feel love, wanted and to trust that someone is inherently good and won't hurt you. Raya goes through so much turmoil you can't help but root for a happy ending for her and I hope it is with duke.

Duke is that type of guy. They meet in high school and sparks fly. Problem duke is a stand up great guy and has a girlfriend. He is also genuine and real. He does begin to fall for Raya as well. These two deny there attraction so that they can protect themselves and their friendship. Can't deny for long though because it eats away at you.

The title for this book is apt because the book shows how slowly each little thing that happens in your life whether it be significant or not helps to shape and define us. This book is a captivating read about love, friendships and struggles in which we such hard hitting issues being looked at and we are put in the emotional washing machine. Look forward to the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good debut novel 27 March 2015
By Lora J. - Published on
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This book was full of drama. Seriously, if you have an issue with domestic violence at all, this book will not be a good fit for you. I don’t have any such issues and the book was still a lot to take on.

Raya lives in a home with her mom and step-dad. The step-dad is abusive to her mom, but doesn’t touch Raya for the first part of the book. Once he hits her though the whole tone of the book changes.

Duke is the BEST! I would so love to have him as my boyfriend. He’s caring, attentive, and loves with his whole heart. Even though he’s dating Melanie in the beginning, he knows his heart has already been taken over by Raya. I think it was his natural need to protect and care for her that made him fall so hard and fast.

Raya moves away so that Duke can live his life without her as a distraction, but really all that does is make more of a distraction because Duke is dedicated to finding her and bringing her back home. This is when the real drama begins.

I enjoyed this story, but I felt like sometimes there was too much detail and then there were times when significant moments were just left out. I felt like both Raya and Duke were strong characters and they were characters I would love to know more about. For a debut novel, this is very good. Ms. Street can write scenes that make you want to jump right in the book and be part of the action.

The beginning was a great deal of scene setting and confusing with Duke and Melanie as boyfriend/girlfriend when I knew that he really wanted Raya. I did feel like Melanie wasn’t a very real character because she was so understanding of Raya & Duke’s feelings for each other. The fact that she stayed friends with Duke and so easily transitioned back to being friends with Raya, too was unbelievable.

I also felt like the ending was a letdown after all the details in the rest of the book. I felt like there were so many things I wanted to better understand and see how they were dealt with and the ending disappointed me.

Overall though it’s a great love story with strong feelings and loveable characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing - heartbreaking - amazing - must read!!! 27 July 2014
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This is one amazing story!!! I can not believe how Madison Street made this book come alive for me, these characters.. Raya, Duke, Melanie.. I felt invested (for lack of another word) I could NOT put this book down...
Raya is a sweet, beautiful girl, who is dealt a cruddy hand when it came to the 'family' dept. she has a loving mother, she just got caught up with the wrong man. Raya's stepfather.. he is just awful!! He is THE DEVIL!!! abusive, cruel, death is too good for this horrible person! (he can not even be called a man!) do you all FEEL me when I talk about him!! ok!
here in a nut shell.... Raya is tossed around place to place she minds herself so at 18 she can leave that home and take her mother with her and leave ... they settle in another place and another new school.. however, this is different. Raya meets - HIM, Duke!!
Duke is dating , Melanie.. (she is such a darling girl.. and Duke and Melanie are perfect for each other, until 'Raya' walks in and something changes... fate!)
but not at first.... Duke and Raya become friends.. and so does Raya and Melanie.. it is truly a sweet and lovely friendship and yes, even though Raya and Duke are truly drawn to one another, they love Melanie and would not want to hurt her.... until Raya does tell Duke her secret and for once let's someone in ...
she tells him what her stepfather does to her mother and how he abuses even Raya... when Raya does not come to school for several days, Duke shows up at her home and goes to her window only to find an abused and beaten, RAya... She begs him to NOT say a word, this will only make matters worse for not only her self, but her mother.. and when she turns 18 in just a couple months she will leave .. this breaks his heart and Duke only hopes he can change her mind in that couple months...
well, unfortunate events take place and tragedy happens... Raya was taken and Duke is devastated/broken.... vows to find her.. and he stays in touch with Melanie and goes to school to be an investigator.. to one day find his, 'Raya' he will not give up!!
Life is awful to Raya... her stepfather is in jail; however, he runs many shady businesses and has always had 'Raya' in mind for one purpose! to be sold to the highest bidder.. to break her! so for years, she is abused by men and lives an awful life... until one day, the feds along with Duke have a lead on Raya.. Duke calls Melanie.. and all kinds of events take place... This is a heart felt Romantic love story, one that should have kept a girls innocence, but life makes us who we are and brings people in our lives for a reason.. as it does for Raya... Good!! and the Bad... I had so many emotions take over in this fabulous story .. love of mother daughter, true friendships, preserver, young love/true love, I can't say enough about this book!! THIS IS A MUST READ FOR THE YEAR!! PUT ON YOUR 'TBR' LIST!!
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing 21 September 2014
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Loved this book!
A little dark but i love that about books!
i felt so bad for Raya it seems the poor girl just could never get a break. One bad thing after another. but i loved that Duke never gave up! he still loved her after so long never giving up. I love how strong Raya was no matter what she didnt break she fought never letting her circumstances break her.
the chemistry between characters was great i loved the friendship and relationships nothing came between them.
This was amazing i loved the characters and i love duke i wish i could find one just like him!!!!!

Must READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cannot wait for the next book!!!

I was gifted a complementary copy of this by the author in exchange for a honest review.