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Within These Walls (The Walls Duet Book 1) by [Berg, J.L.]
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From USA Today Bestselling author J.L. Berg, comes a breathtaking story that shows us how love truly can conquer all…even the most damaged of hearts.

Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.

I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance.
Isn’t that what we all do? Survive?

Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more…complicated.

Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.

I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.

But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?

My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.

***Due to some graphic language and explicit scenes, this book is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.***

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1165 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: JL Berg, LLC (18 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MQGNOXQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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RATINGS: 4.5 STARS

I have to start this by saying what a beautiful Love story, full of heartbreak and happy moments. From page one I was drawn in and could not put it down.

Lailah has spent her whole life in and out of hospital after being born with a Congenital Heart Defect. Her life has been sheltered and has yet to experience anything that a normal 22yr old should have experienced.

Jude has lost the one most important thing in his life and has given up all hope to move on, so took up working at the hospital to feel closer to her.

One night after working on the Cardiology ward Jude sees Lailah, and he feels things he hasn’t felt in a long time..

The love Jude and Lailah share is honest and real, but can one big secret from Jude’s past turn everything upside down.

I love the way that Jude love Lailah, regardless of her condition her loves her for the strong minded, beautiful woman she is.
This love story shows that against all odd, love can find us anywhere and is worth fighting for.

A beautifully written book by J.L Berg and cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
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Lailah has lived her entire young life battling a chronic heart condition. Both in and out of hospital, her mother has lived that journey with her, making untold sacrifices that her daughter might get the best care possible, but, in the end, its Lailah's story.

That and the story of a heartbroken young orderly with a tragic past.

This was a truly special book to read, tugging the heartstrings in all sorts of different directions. Each character well rounded, even the minor ones, and a storyline that's fresh, uplifting, and heartbreaking.

I recommend this one without a moment's hesitation.
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By MissyH on 24 October 2015
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Some nice parts, but overall I kind of just wanted Jude to stop being so dramatic all the time. I also didn't 100% get the connection between the two leads. It goes from him seeing her do something cute to eternal love very quickly and it does make you consider his character as possibly being a bit too co-dependent in nature. Overall, it's an enjoyable and easy read, sickly sweet (if you're into that), but nothing that will stick with me for very long, I don't think.
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By CompulsiveReader TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 November 2014
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I got the idea behind this book but felt it was to long winded I have taken several attempts to read this but have still only gotten about 50% thru. There is nothing to keep you reading nothing to grab on to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Woman with heart defect falls for the kind orderly, who is hiding a huge dark secret related to her and his own loss 6 June 2017
By Guy Reviewing Romance and More - Published on Amazon.com
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Within These Walls is a "redemption" romance where the guy had somehow wronged the girl and needs to redeem himself. The emotional turmoil was very raw, but I find the part about glossing over hospital paperwork unrealistic.

To recap, Lailah has lived most of her life in a hospital, or near it. She had a congenital heart defect, and her time is running out. One of the orderlies in the hospital, Jude, found her fascinating and befriended her, but he's hiding a deep dark secret. He lost his fiancee three years ago due to an auto accident. He was barely injured, but she was brain dead. In his grief and denial, he managed to convince her parents to NOT donate her organs despite her donor card. After her funeral, he basically abandoned his life and began work as an orderly in the hospital, refusing to let go, to the point of being cut out of family money. It was later, to his horror that he realized he had denied Lailah the heart that should have saved her and allowed her a normal life. He dedicated his life to help Lailah every way he could, including fulfilling her "bucket list". When Lailah's insurance denied her coverage of transplant, Jude made the decision that will change both of their lives forever...

A little on the angst-y side, about a man who loved so deep he had to haunt the place she was last alive in, and the girl who can't seem to get away from the same place for long. Sweet, but I find the idea that the hospital can hire someone without training to be a bit on the "oh really" side. (There's an explanation for that near the end) I think the ending was also a bit too long, but that may be just me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted more :( 14 January 2015
By E. Foley - Published on Amazon.com
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I was all set for this to be a tear-jerker, so I was happy to see an HEA of sorts.

Leilah has lived a very sheltered life; she has an enlarged heart and has had many surgeries. She's 22 and has never led a typical childhood. So she created a list of things she'd like to do someday, presuming of course that she'll live a healthy life. Her mother is overbearing and over protective and has her own issues, raising L as a single mom. She's not happy that L wants to do more than just survive. However, L's heart is failing and she'll need a transplant to live.

Jude is stuck -- mourning his fiance who died 3 years ago in a car accident, right in the very hospital where L spends most of her days. From a wealthy family who wants to use his financial gifts for their own greedy purposes, he abandons that life to live and work near the hospital where she died because he can't let go. Jude meets L and he's attracted to her and learns a lot about her and wants to check off the things she'd like to do someday...and eventually they fall in love.

Great concept. The writing is good, but I had issues with execution and how some issues were treated.

There's actually a lot more that could have been explored with Jude and his family, but I felt like those issues were given short-shrift, which is a shame. At the time of the accident, Jude's expected to go work for his family's financial business, and we learn that it's not exactly what he wanted or wants. So was this whole extended-mourning just an excuse? It was a missed opportunity by the author to address this.

Then there's the transplant which is overshadowed and downplayed. This might work for some folks, but I know too much about organ donation to believe that she recovered so quickly and without issue. This was really disappointing. The thing between the Mom and the doctor was really... odd, but would have been less so if we got to know these two more than we do.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Speechless 5+🌟 29 April 2017
By Tiffany M. - Published on Amazon.com
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I am seriously kicking myself for not having read Within These Walls before now. For the past little bit I've been in a bit of a book slump not being able to find anything that could hold my interest-until now that is! Jude is one of those rare guys that just makes your heart melt and you can't help but swoon. The things he did for Lailah were so unbelievably sweet I instantly fell in love with him.
The strength and perseverance that Lailah showed was truly awe inspiring and her journey is one I couldn't even begin to imagine. I absolutely LOVED Within These Walls and I can't wait to start on the continuation of Jude & Lailah's story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sweet romantic new adult read 14 August 2015
By Rachel Reads Ravenously - Published on Amazon.com
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3.5 stars!

"The truth is, you are far from normal. You are light-years away from the word. You are exceptional. The word normal would be an insult to your very nature."

Another sweet new adult romance! I decided to read this book after seeing multiple friends giving 4 star ratings so I gave it a chance. While it's not the most original book around, and I predicted the majority of the plot, this was still an incredibly fun read.

Lailah Buchanan has a congenital heart disease, her heart is too large for her body. Lailah has spent a lifetime in hospitals and longs for a more normal life outside the constricting medical walls. Jude is a CNA, he took the job at the hospital after a tragic accident three years ago in which his fiance was killed. Jude is a shadow of his formal self and lives day to day. Upon being switched to the cardiac wing, Jude meets Lailah and the two become fast friends. Over time, the two begin to develop stronger feelings.

It's funny that I enjoyed this book so much, I actually can't wrap my mind around it. It has a bunch of aspects in it that I don't normally like.
-predictability--> check
-instalove--> check
-cheesiness (but not a lot)--> check
-recycled plot--> check

...and yet, this was so good! All of these aspects were easy to ignore, the book as a whole being delightful. I honestly think this is a testament to J. L. Berg as an author, because I fell in love with both Jude and Lailah and was rooting for them as a couple the entire book! This is very much a feel good romance for those of you out there looking for a lighter book to brighten up your day.

Lailah as a main character was perfect; she had been dealt a s*** hand in life, and yet she still wanted to live it to it's fullest. Things that we all take for granted everyday, like the ability to walk through sand or go to a school dance, these are all things that Lailah strived for because her condition took away these small pleasures from her. And Jude was the perfect man to help her find a way to live her life.

Fans of sweet romantic new adult reads, this is the book for you! Everyone else, give it a try!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Love Story 28 December 2014
By Christi - Published on Amazon.com
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My Golden Reads Review of Within These Walls

I recently just finished the Ready series by J.L. Berg and when I saw this on sale for only $0.99 I jumped on it and started to immediately read it. I was afraid that it would be more angsty than I like but after reading J.L. Berg’s other books I was hoping that it would be the same as the others in the angst department and I was not wrong.

Within These Walls is such a sweet story about a twenty-two year old Lailah who was born with a heart defect and has spent most of her life in the hospital dreaming about having a normal life and Jude who has lost everything. They come together to find love and heal each other.

Jude was left emotionally broken after losing his fiancée in a tragic car accident while on vacation. Instead of going home, he stayed in California and began to work in the hospital that she died in. The guilt and memories of the woman he loved were so strong that he couldn’t let go. Changing his appearance from his high society life, Jude covered himself in tattoos, and grew his hair out to keep his true identity a secret from everyone in his new life.

Seeing Lailah, sitting in her hospital bed eating pudding with her fingers and laughing changed something inside of him. Bringing him back to life. For the first time in over three years, he was finally feeling something other than empty and numb.

Jude starts sneaking in pudding packs into Lailah’s room while she’s asleep and that is how their relationship began.

Two broken hearts— we would destroy each other before we even had a chance to begin.

I was left crying in the end but it was a good cry. This story is so sweet and I loved watching Lailah and Jude first become friends, fall in love, and heal each other’s hearts. If you are looking for a sweet love story, you should definitely try this one.

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