Author: J.B. McGee
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: May 16, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Literature Lovers
Everyone has a past…good or bad, they are always there. They lurk and linger in the shadows, sometimes reappearing at the most inconvenient times.
Gabby and Bradley thought that their pasts would remain dormant, that happiness was theirs for the taking. Still the strongest of relationships can be rocked by the ugliness from a previous life, even if it seems to be a world away. The fact remains an ugly past is never distant. It taints everything it touches, drives permanent rifts between loved ones, and sometimes can ruin everything. Gabby and Bradley must find the only way to battle the past. Forgiveness becomes a light through the darkness, a guide for the lost, and hope for the hopeless. With forgiveness comes bright, new beginnings
So this is how my week went…
I read all four of the This books in seven days. Starting with Broken (This, #1) on 5/22, I worked my way through Mending (This, #2), Conspiring (This, #2.5), and then Forgiven (This, #3). I haven’t had a chance yet to review the first three books due to the time crunch to complete my review of Forgiven for this blog tour. Briefly, I will tell you that Broken and Mending were 3-star reads for me. I was on the fence. I didn’t love the books but I certainly didn’t hate them. They were just okay for me. I couldn’t seem to connect with the characters and I had a hard time with the writing style. Too many other reasons to state right now but when I have more time, I will go back and post complete reviews. Conspiring was a step up and a 4-star read. The number one change for me was the first person point of view. This made such a huge difference in my enjoyment of the story. Again, another review, another time.
Mending, a beautiful and poignant love story was also another 4-star read. There’s no denying the author’s growth. It was such a pleasure to witness just how much Ms. McGee’s writing has developed and matured. Again, the first person point of view made an incredible difference in the tone of the story. And I very much enjoyed reading the multiple points of views from all the different characters. It was crafted perfectly and in such a way as to not cause any confusion at all.
Bradley scored so many more points with me. I wasn’t crazy about him in the first two books. But now I could feel how strong and overwhelming his love was for Gabby. Whether it was a love scene or tension between the couple, the emotions were pouring off the page so much that they were practically tangible. And he waited. Yes folks, the now reformed playboy waited for her. Even when she was so close to being ready to break her promise to her mother, he wouldn’t let her.
“When we’re fully together, Gabby, it will be a first for me.”
“It will be the first time I’ve ever truly made love to a woman. The first time that I loved the woman more than anything in this world. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for you.” He softly kisses me. “You have a part of me that no one, and I mean no one, has ever had before.
“I wish we didn’t have to wait. It’s killing me. This is killing me.”Gabby and Bradley have certainly gone through quite a lot in this series but this is the book that has most of the edge of your seat twists and turns. The angst has been turned up a notch (and who doesn’t love some angst) along with the heat. Yes, Bradley made me swoon, then swoon some more. Where has he been all my life? He certainly knows how to romance his lady! I love me a good love scene. And Ms. McGee has the ability to write a sensuous love scene without being overly graphic, not that I mind overly graphic, but it just wouldn’t have fit with this story. And then, of course there is the humorous banter between the couple for some comic relief.
“Not budging, Gabby.” He is completely serious and his eyes are hooded. I don’t know how he can be so strong about it when he knows what he’s missing, and I don’t even know.
“Whatcha thinkin’ about?”Gabby’s character has displayed a remarkable amount of growth and development. She’s matured from the fragile, fearful girl she was in book 1. She’s gained an ample amount of strength, faced her fears and grown into an amazing young woman who can make her own decisions and stand up for herself. I found her a bit whiny and annoying in Broken but have now become truly fond of her.
“The last time I was here. How surreal all of this feels. You?” He pulls me into his chest.
“Not so innocent thoughts coming from me.”
“Everyone thinks I’m so fragile, that I’m so broken. I’m a lot stronger than they think I am. I am in shock, yes. But more importantly, I’m beyond pissed and angry that they knew about this and kept it from me. I’m so tired of secrets and revelations. It seems like as soon as Bradley and I get past one thing, something else happens to threaten our happiness.
As it it’s not enough, my sister refuses to quit treating me like the broken, fragile five-year-old girl I used to be. She insists on protecting and sheltering me. I’m a grown woman. I wish that people would let me make my own decisions. I’ll never be able to make them if people are constantly trying to make them for me.”Forgiven was without a doubt the best of the series for me so far. It was heartwarming and charming. The epilogue was perfect. I’m very much looking forward to reading the next few installments that J.B. McGee has planned for us, Sam's story and Veronica and Ian's story. Can't wait!
Just a few of my favorite quotes:
“You can’t get back the time in the past. You can’t change it. You can only make sure to learn and move forward.”
“If I’ve learned anything through this experience, it’s that it’s the way we go about situations that set us apart from the rest.”
“Never lose faith. Always have hope. Love for always.” (1 Corinthians 13)PURCHASE LINKS:
Amazon US: Forgiven (This)
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Forgiven-This-ebook/dp/B00CTBUN5U/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/Forgiven-This-ebook/dp/B00CTBUN5U/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forgiven-jb-mcgee/1115328536?ean=2940016615929
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J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all- girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town.
In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.
In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.
J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children's medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series
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