Published by CreateSpace on October 27th 2015
Genres: College, Contemporary, Romance
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How can you begin to live again when you’ve already been forced to… die?
Evangelina Ricci is trapped in a world that’s a never-ending nightmare, a constant ache in which consumes her every breath. Unable to bear the torture any longer, she does the one thing she can to take back control.
With her best friend Jace in tow, Evangelina attempts to escape her darkened past by leaving for college and diving head first into an aggressive schedule, determined with everything she is to make a name for herself. There’s only one problem—she can’t run away from the demons she struggles with. The demons that’ll forever be there, locked inside, battering her soul. Hiding behind a flawless façade, Evangelina faces her ghosts until her world is turned upside down, invaded by… him.
Blake Turner. Sweet, witty, flirtatious and drop-dead gorgeous, he finds Evangelina at every turn. Scared he’ll uncover the truth she keeps so well guarded, Evangelina tries her best to put on her act, deterring him like she has so many times before—only this guy’s different. He’s relentless. Utterly, absolutely and completely relentless. He sees her and he wants her and won’t stop until she’s his.
Will Evangelina succeed in pushing Blake away? Or will he break down her walls and be the person to make her realize life is worth living?
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. I’m still floored by the fact that this is her debut! It reads like this is her 100th book. I honestly don’t even know where or how to being my review of this book. When I finish a book, I immediately start another one. I’m officially in book hangover mode because of this one and that says a lot. There have only been a handful of books that have done this to me. If a book causes a hangover, then it’s a damn good book, in my opinion.
When you read a book, you want to be that character, you want to feel what they feel, you want to relate to them on some level. To say that I related to Eva is a gross understatement. Have you ever gotten into a character so deeply that you feel so connected to that you say to yourself, “She IS ME! I’m totally HER!” That’s what Eva is to me. She is ME on so many different levels. I fell in love with her as much as I did Blake. The internal struggle that Eva goes through in this book was done in such a heartbreakingly beautiful way that at times, I had to put it down, take a breather and compose myself. That’s how much this book touched me. It pulled at my heartstrings. Hard. I shook my fists at her a lot but at the same time understood her too, I cried, I laughed and then cried some more.
Can we talk about Blake, now? Yes, let us talk about Blake. He is what every hero should strive to be, perfect, kind, compassionate and PATIENT. God, is he patient. At the same time though, he doesn’t treat Eva like she’s a piece of glass. Sure, he’s careful when he needs to be but he makes her feel safe enough to say the dirty/naughty things to her. Keyword here is safe. He makes her feel SAFE, protected. That alone had me weak in the knees. Blake reminded me so much of my own husband that it was really, really easy to fall for him as hard as I did.
I feel like Eva’s BFF, Jace needs an honorable mention. Everyone needs a friend, in general, like Jace. He was her protector until Blake took on that role. Jace is the epitome of what a true friend is supposed to be. Which is ALWAYS being there whenever Eva needed him. At the same time, he also doesn’t walk around eggshells around her or coddle her. He tells her straight out what she needs to do in order to move away from her past and look to a future with Blake. Jace is her reality check and I absolutely loved him as well.
Live Me is perfection. I cannot wait to read more from Celeste!