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Rarity by [Roach, D.A.]
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Brogen Mathers can’t deal with teen drama…

As an empath, she is constantly bombarded with other people’s energies. Despite coping techniques taught by her psychologist mother, it’s often too much to bear, forcing her to avoid most activities a typical high school junior would enjoy.

Jay Wilken won’t let his past define him…

A dead mother and an alcoholic father brought Jay to Stanton, but he doesn’t want pity. His good looks, charisma, and friendly nature quickly win over the whole student body, but he has his eye on one girl…Brogen.

Brogen can’t believe anyone could be so genuinely nice. It has to be an act, right? But when Jay literally saves her from deadly jaws, she has to admit he’s exactly what he appears, and he’s worth risking the potential emotional upheaval.

“Drama” might as well be Becca Grant’s middle name…

Another newcomer to Stanton, Becca’s blonde beauty and abundant attitude shoots her straight to the top of the popularity charts—and she believes Jay belongs right there beside her. Accustomed to getting exactly what she wants, she launches a relentless mean-girl campaign to shake up Brogen and claim Jay for her own.

Everything changes with a devastating diagnosis…

When Jay learns he has a rare and potentially fatal disorder, he keeps it secret and begins to push Brogen away to spare her future pain—which is exactly the sort of opening Becca is waiting for.

As Jay’s well-meaning deception unravels,

Brogen realizes there is much more than her heart at stake…

But how far is she willing to go to fight for someone she loves?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1039 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1680581724
  • Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (16 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #678,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical high school story-a peak into the lives surrounding someone learning to live with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome 16 September 2014
By Anne R. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When this book begins, it appears to be about typical high school friendships eventually developing into a relationship between two seemingly normal teenagers, Jay and Brogen. But as the story progresses, we learn that Brogen is an Empath and she can sense when something bad is going to happen to someone she cares about. We also see Jay learn that he has a genetic disorder, Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which affects all of the collagen in his body. Throughout the book, we see how Jay responds to Brogen and others around him as he learns how to process this diagnosis and the profound effect it has on his future and his life. We see instances of how fragile his skin, blood vessels and organs are due to this disorder. Because of this, we also get a taste for how serious this condition is and the extra precautions needed if surgery is indicated, as it is such a life-threatening condition.

Being a person who lives with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) myself, I was eager to read this book and see how it was portrayed. Although this is a fictional book, I was very happy with the realistic portrayal of the lives surrounding someone diagnosed with vEDS. It shared the emotions of the person with the diagnosis as well as the emotions of the close friends and family members who support the person living with this diagnosis. It fairly represented the disbelief, anger, sadness and fear that a person goes through when receiving this diagnosis. Although this book was not a biography for any one specific person, it certainly could be many people's story who live with vEDS in their lives somehow. There were situations in the story that brought tears to my eyes, and situations that made me very happy. I appreciate the author taking the time to write a story that can create more awareness to the community about what it is like to live with vEDS or to be a friend or family member of the person living with vEDS.

I highly recommend taking the time to read this book!
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching coming to age story 23 November 2015
By Kimberly Vanderbloom - Published on
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A touching coming to age story with a twist. I enjoyed this book immensely. I started it and didn't want to stop. I actually read it in one day. The writing was superb and the characters were complexed and believable. There is a message in this book which made me aware of an illness I knew nothing about. I tend to bury my head in the sand when comes to tough issues especially ones I have yet to deal with. This story made me lift my head up and want to become more aware of what vEDs is and what I can do to help the cause. I loved how informative it was without realizing it. After reading it and I could actually describe it to my husband without having to look it up again. I closed the book being a little bit more aware and entertained at the same time. I love the character of Jay and how strong he was throughout the novel. I loved the raw emotions Brogen. She was intense and relatable. This is the first work I have read from this author but it won't be last. I will be interested in what they write next.
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Never Ceases 1 July 2015
By The Art of Romance Promotions - Published on
Rarity by D.A. Roach
Brogen Matthews is a junior at Stanton High School. Unlike her fellow students, Brogen doesn’t participate in most activities because she is an empath. She is heavily affected by the energies and emotions of others and it causes physical, mental and emotional drainage.
Meg is Brogen’s best friend. They have known each other a long time, but their junior year they were lucky enough to have classes together. Meg and Brogen tried to stay under the radar of high school drama, but that is all about to change when two new students arrive to shake things up.
Jay Wilken moves to Stanton under some unfortunate circumstances. His mother died and caused his father to end up in rehab due to his alcoholism, so he moved in with his aunt, uncle, and cousin, Soren. Jay is easily likable and adjusts well into school with his friendly demeanor, good looks and overall charm. He catches Brogen’s attention with his genuine friendliness and she suddenly feel butterflies when he is around.
One evening while running, Brogen is stopped in her tracks by a growling, snarling dog that was ready to attack her. Out of nowhere, Jay appears to distract the dog and save Brogen, while ending up being bitten. A drunk driver hits and kills the dog, nearly missing Brogen and Jay. This was the beginning of the friendship to relationship blooming between them.
Becca Grant is every high school girl’s worst nightmare. She is beautiful, blonde, and quickly jumps in to rule the most popular group in school. Becca has her eye on Jay and is not ready to let anything get in her way, including Brogen. Becca starts to be really mean to Brogen and try to get closer to Jay, planning to push Brogen out of the picture.
Amidst all of this, Jay learned that he has a rare genetic disorder that could be fatal. He has to walk away from most activities that he participates in. Feeling broken, he starts to push Brogen away in an attempt to protect her. Brogen doesn’t want to give up on her and Jay, but feeling hurt she doesn’t know how much she can take.
Is Brogen strong enough to fight for her relationship with Jay? Read it and find out!
This is the first book that I have read by D.A. Roach and I really enjoyed it. She gave enough background information about the characters to make them realistic and kept the storyline running. I hope to read more from her!
I gave Rarity 4 out of 5 stars.
Reviewed by Barbi S. for the Art of Romance
5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready to fall in love ..... 26 June 2015
By Michelle Schwartz - Published on
If I were to fill this entire review with WOW ... would you like it?

Rarity pulled on my heart strings like you can not even imagine. I laughed, I cried, I awwwed and I cried some more. There are so many emotions in this book that are truly hard to evoke from a reader, knowing that it is a story. However, Rarity is much more than a story. It is reality. There are way too many sufferers of the rare disease, named vEDS. It is unfortunately a disease that is not very common and I for one, had not heard of it until now.

Brogen ... a sweet and simple girl who doesn't know where she quite fits in. She knows that she does NOT like drama. It causes her too much turmoil. It's a good thing that she has her best friend Meg by her side. Meg is a cute and funny best friend that Brogen simply can't live without. She is the yin to Brogen's yang. Where you find one, you will fid the other.

On the first day of school, they are introduced to two newbie's .. Jay and Becca. Jay is the cousin of a popular guy named Soren, who is actually a pretty big character as well. Jay is tall, lean, big eyed and gorgeous. Brogen catches his eye and is immediately attracted to him, but she would never tell you that! Becca fit right in with the blonde, popular crowd and had her sights set on Jay from the word jump.

Jogging one night, Brogen ran into a vicious dog and was saved by her knight in shining armor and felt an actual spark from that night on whenever she would come across Jay. The two started getting closer, until Becca decided to come between them. Becca was determined to make Jay hers if it killed her. Because Brogen doesn't do drama, she backed off. Jay convinces her to not give up, for Brogen to only be brushed off by him. Something was happening with Jay, but he won't open up. She can't even begin to imagine what Jay was facing. No one would have seen this turn in the story. It brings reality, fear, compassion and love to the story. Knowing what Jay is facing just makes every other mundane thing happening in your life seem so itty bitty and minuscule.

Will Jay open up and let her in on his secret? How does his news affect his relationship with Brogen? Has he lost interest because Becca sank her ugly nails into him? Does love conquer all??

PLEASE .. whatever you do ... drop what you are doing and purchase this book. The story is amazing....unlike ANYTHING that you have read before. The characters are loveable and D.A.'s writing is impeccable. Rarity is a story that will stick with me for a very, very long time. Hands down ... the BEST YA book of 2015!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Rarity 1 August 2015
By Evette @ SGB - Published on
This story just never came full circle for me. I loved Brogen's strength, until all of the wishy washy back and forth with Jay made her the center of all of the drama she wanted to avoid. Her being an empath really didn't come through for me, she seemed as emotional and angsty as any other teen girl. The character development fell short for me.

While I felt that the vEDS was well integrated into the story there were too many other threads that never quite connected. Why does Brogen's dad keep coming around? What in the world with Becca? She was such a nasty piece that just made no sense. Why make that connection with Brogen's father? Why was Jay so quick to drop Brogen when he says again and again that he likes her? And Brogen's mom?? I can't even... Too.many.questions.

The epilogue was perfect. As was the relationship between Meg and Brogen. Would have loved that simple grace and poignancy throughout the story. It was a quick read, but not likely to stay with me.