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Worthy of Love? by [Lea, J.]
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They say everything happens for a reason. Maybe they are right, but I don`t really agree.

When I was 14, the life I knew, turned upside down. I was devastated.
Every time I looked myself in the mirror, I saw this ugly girl looking at me. Love obviously wasn't a part of my plan anymore. How could it be?

But then I met him.
And it happened.
Suddenly and without a warning.
I want him.
I crave him.
Every fiber of my being yearns for him.
He is the one who makes my heart sing, and the one who hunts my dreams at night.

But I can never have him.
After all, he is forbidden...

This is a stand-alone, full-length romance novel (around 300 print pages)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1516905520
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012HNXS1K
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I went into this book without so much as having read a blurb about it. I knew it was a forbidden romance but that was it and having never heard of the author before I wasn't real sure how i would like it. As you can see by the 5 stars, I was thoroughly impressed!!

Lori was a senior in high school who had endured a really rough road up to this point. Her mother, younger brother and she had moved to a new town in order to give Lori a fresh start. The book bounces back and forth giving flashbacks of the past and the events that take place leading up to the move. At first we only know that whatever it was took a toll on her self esteem big time. She struggles with thinking she's unworthy of being loved, by her family, friends or any guy romantically.

When she meets Parker and decides to take a risk and give him a chance she starts to think that maybe things were turning around and she really did deserve a shot at happiness. Those small glimmers of hope were dashed to pieces when they discovered that Parker was working as a substitute teacher for Lori's school. She felt like it was karma proving to her that she didn't deserve anything good and right in her life.

It was painful for both of them to be apart and eventually it was just too much for them and they started seeing one another when they could in secret. They fall quickly, madly and deeply in love with one another. She finds the courage to open up and reveal all of the secrets she's kept about who she is and what she's been through. When Parker accepted them all with love and concern only with how he could be there for her she knew what they had was real. She had laid herself bare before him and he had accepted her with open arms and heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love how she's telling a story 15 February 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the second book that I've read by author J. Lea, and it was... wow!
I just love how she's telling a story.
In this book you'll meet Lori, a girl with a delicate past; and you'll witness her amazing emotional journey.
This was a unique and fresh story with great characters (I especially liked Lori's best friend Elias).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE forbidden romances 6 January 2016
By lmcerra - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I LOVE forbidden this is right up my alley. I also really enjoy books that switch back and forth from past and present, which this does so from Lori's POV. This seemed like a quick read to me but I think it was because it was so well written I just couldn't put it down and finished it quickly. All the characters where great and even some of the side characters were good enough to have their own book, ahem...Elias.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 20 April 2017
By The Naughty Librarian - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. I do think it needs a warning that there are triggers though. I really like the characters and the settings. This is the story of Lori, who has had a very hard life as the prologue points out. She has had a few major upsets in her short life. She doesnt believe herself worthy of love or happiness. I felt the characters were believable, therefore it was very captivating. When Lori meets Parker she decides its time to take a chance at changing her feelings and life. And then the rug is once again pulled out from under her as she and Parker realize there is a big damper on their budding relationship.
Lori is an 18 yr old woman, but I did not feel this was in any way too young. I think it is very well written, and can (and should) be enjoyed by most older teen to adult.
The trigger warning stems from some of the things that happened in Loris childhood.
2.0 out of 5 stars YA with a tiny touch of adult 29 January 2017
By One Lonely Sister - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a mix of good and bad, depending on the audience. Looking back, if I had read this when I was fifteen I probably would have loved it. Now, I'm torn. It's marketed for adults and has a wee bit of adulthood to it, but mostly it reads like a young adult novel.

It starts out with Lori, who has a secret that leaves her believing that she is unworthy of love, hence the title. Due to said secret and the suicide of her father, which is partly due to this secret, her mother moves her and her brother across the country to Colorado. Here, she believes she can have a fresh start, supported by her best friend Elias. It's the summer before her senior year of high school and she meets perfect Parker. They go out a few times and it turns into love. Then, another secret pops up that tears them apart. Can their love endure? It is a romance novel, so you guess.

It was refreshing to have a male character who is not an alpha male beating on his chest and throwing the willing maiden over his shoulder. I enjoyed how he was respectful and when they first meet it's appropriately uncomfortable, yet intriguing. Most relationships that begin between strangers have that awkward, self-conscious period in the beginning. Most romance novels now skip right over that, because everybody is beautiful, sure, and cocky. Not here; it was far more realistic.

An important part of the story is the abuse she suffered when she was fourteen. It was mentioned right away, so it's not one of the big, bad secrets. As the memories briefly appeared, they were predictable and read like many other books that lack detail. Still, they were hard to read. It's never easy to read about an innocent teen suffering in such a manner. Surprisingly, since it was a catalyst for the story, it didn't actually get that much attention. I feel it would have had more impact if there was more to it. In all, it probably saw about twenty pages out of three-hundred.

The secret of Parker was painfully obvious from the moment she met him. I liked him, though; he was a generally sweet guy who winked a little too much and called her 'honey', which made him sound older than he was, but he was still nice. Sadly, his jealousy got old very quickly. Since I had been well prepared for the "surprise", I was disappointed that he handled it just like a teenager. He was twenty-five, but acted sixteen, but she was eighteen going on sixteen, so they were a perfect match.

Her big, dark secret was also something else that was extremely predictable. In my opinion, it was a disappointment. I had expected something horrific, like she killed her molester, or she had cancer, anything that was truly life-shattering. She continually stated that it made her unlovable, and I can see how it would be a huge life adjustment, but it was hardly something that should hold her back. If someone can't love her for this small detail, they are the ones who are unworthy of love.

I read the print version, so I do not know what the digital version looks like. This one was obviously translated. From what language, I do not know. There were many typos and sentences that did not flow correctly. The spacing was off and there were times I thought that maybe it was the start of a new scene, only to find that there were extra spaces added that meant nothing. Then, there were many instances where there was one extra space, but it actually was a new scene. It was confusing, and overall, I had to constantly look back a paragraph to figure out what was happening.

It's not all bad. For a teenager, it could be a dream come true fairy tale. For an adult, it could be an annoyance or it could be a sweet, yet shallow love story. It all depends on the reader. This author has more than one book and they each have raving reviews, so it is up to you to decide. I feel that the author tried to make a good story, but the build-up was an utter disappointment. Everything was predictable, including the ending. Would I read it again? No. Will I read anything else by this author? It's doubtful, especially since this was supposed to be an adult book, but clearly wasn't.

Now, for the rating:

Genre and general reading age - It's a romance and supposedly for adults, but it read just like YA fiction.
Level of sexuality - She thought about it a lot. There were a few scenes that contained magic fingers or tongue, and arousal on both sides, but they were extremely minor and the dirty deed was described as "worshipping each others' bodies all night long". The wee bit included was anything but enticing.
Was there graphic language? I think once, maybe twice.
Did I cry? I admit to shedding one tear of relief.
Did I laugh? I didn't, but there were moments that I believe were meant to be funny.
Is this part of a series? No.
Level of character development - I found it a bit poor, but not to the point where I threw it against the wall. It was first person Lori and I found her a bit lacking, Parker was very one-sided, and the only character I actually appreciated was her loyal, goofy best friend Elias.

I really wish I could give this more stars, but I felt misled. I picked it up partly because of the beautiful cover and partly because the blurb made it sound mysterious. Unfortunately, there was no mystery and it was just another predictable teenage drama. If I was still in high school, I would probably give it more stars, but as a grown woman, I have to give it ⭐️⭐️ stars. I think the author put forth a good amount of effort, but it was not what I had expected and it didn't have the deep, dark, painful secrets that it alluded to. While it was definitely not for me, I suggest you find out for yourself.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately Worthy of Love 30 July 2015
By April R Symes - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
***A gifted copy was provided by the author for my honest review****
This is a beautifully written story about a young woman who has had a rough life so far. She wonders will life ever get any better when life takes a turn for the unexpected and walks in the man of her dreams.
Lori is in her last year of high school; Her mother, and younger brother and her have moved to a new town to get away from the past and start anew to help Lori with giving her a new start. The book goes back and forth showing Lori when she was younger in time when things were good and right when things started going bad in her life to current place in the book. Lori has such bad feelings about herself-she thinks she is unlovable and undeserving of happiness and love i.e having a boyfriend, being in a relationship , being loved by her family, just even having friends.
Lori’s life changes when she meets Parker on her way to a speed dating event when he stops to help her change her tire after it blows and she thinks that was the last time she will ever see him but, no, she runs into him again later that night at the speed dating event and they hit it off. In Lori’s world, this is big news because she has never really wanted to let a guy into her world and get close to her and Parker is someone she feels comfortable with and feels at ease with. With Lori, this is cause to celebrate for she doesn’t ever get like this and for her to want to have feelings, it is a good thing.
Parker is a good guy and he too felt something very strong for Lori. There relationship was wonderful and everyone was going along great until he suddenly-BOOM the unthinkable happened- Lori and Parker were no more. Their relationship could no longer be because of his job-Lori kept secrets which was her age (18) and that she was in HS and those secrets impacted their relationship. It would have helped if Parker had mentioned what he did for a living too but because of secrets, that hurt their relationship. I had to keep a box of tissues by me as I read this book. Watching as their relationship imploded hurt because Lori was so heartbroken and Parker was like a man with a dozen root canals done-he was unbearable to be around-super grumpy and nasty at times to Lori. It was sad to see how they wanted to be together but couldn’t. The secondary cast of characters were good, especially Elias, Lori’s best friend. The humor in this book was wonderful and kept us, the reader in good spirits when there was sadness and at times we thought the MC wouldn’t make it. In the end, Parker wised up and realized what he had was worth fighting for and went for Lori with all that he had. Lori realized she needed to let Parker in, and let him in on her secrets , her pain, her everything. They embraced each other’s’ past and present and it was beautiful.
I was so glad to see the journey the MC took because it was beautiful journey. I enjoyed reading this story, even the not so pretty parts; I cried and laughed and just devoured this book. I was sad when it ended but the wonderful epilogue was fantastic. Parker and Lori made a perfect couple and their story was great. This story does feature a teacher/student relationship BUT it was not written in a nasty way. It was beautifully written and the author made this story very real and handled the topic in a sensitive way.

My rating: 4.8 stars *****

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