Sunday, January 5, 2014

Book Review: "Love Exactly" by Cassandra Giovanni

Love Exactly
(Sticks & Stones #1)

Emma Walker was a writer who'd lost herself to someone else's anger--who had given up on ever feeling like herself again.
Evan Levesque was a rock-god--the one all the woman wanted, but he'd never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life.

With just one cup of coffee they'll begin a journey of self-discovery at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan's fame while dealing with her own demons? Emma's checkered personal past, a bad relationship that haunts the edges of her memories, threatens to make everything implode on them when Evan takes matters into his own hands.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words...they'll destroy my soul--Can Emma handle being put back together and facing who she's become because of it? 

GENRE: New Adult>Contemporary Romance
Mild to moderate sexual content

4 Stars!

Love Exactly was a sweet yet heartfelt love story about two people accepting the past in order to have the future they crave and deserve. This book was a refreshingly realistic take at a rock star romance. There weren’t all these angst-driven scenes about cheating or the craziness that comes with being in the public eye – which is great if you’re looking to relax while reading. Yes, things got difficult for Evan and Emma throughout the book, but it was really more about them together.

“…in his flaws I’d found perfection.”

What is love? This was a topic that Evan Levesque, rock star genius, and Emma Walker, writer, knew very little about. A question, which we slowly see answered along the way. After a chance and quite embarrassing meeting, Evan couldn’t seem stay away from Emma. How could he? He longed for normalcy so much and that was just what she was… normal. Once realizing who he was, she didn’t ‘fangirl’ all over the place, she didn’t faint or drool. She just was.  

After that first meeting, Evan and Emma had an instant connection. They understood a lot more about each other than they realized. They opened up and slowly helped each other start to heal those stubborn emotional wounds they had both been carrying.

“Somehow now that I have you nothing anyone else says matters.”

Being a famous rock star wasn’t always easy for Evan. Especially, when Emma had so many fears of what would happen if people found out she was his girlfriend. This situation caused their relationship to have a few bumps along the way. People started to get between them, trying to keep them apart. It also didn’t help that Emma’s past had come back to haunt her. As if it wasn’t enough that it had a firm grip on her emotionally, now, it was fully present. Seeing Evan be there for Emma, every step of the way, was amazing. He was a true romantic! So patient and understanding…

“Love is never breaking a promise, no matter how hard it is to keep.”

My heart ached for Evan and Emma. I rooted for them since the very beginning. You could just tell they were what they both needed in their lives. Emma was what made Evan feel normal, what made him feel like he could slow down in life and truly enjoy his music. And Evan? He was what gave Emma that extra push to actually accomplish her dreams. See? They completed each other...they filled the aching gaps in their souls.

As for the ending, loved it! Both Evan and Emma faced their fears and were truly whole and happy together. And what a way to end the book! Beautiful final words!!!! I can’t wait for the next book, though. I want to see where life takes them! I recommend this book to every romance junkie out there looking for a relaxing, yet heartfelt story.

“This was love exactly as it was supposed to be, slow, sweet, and agonizing in its perfect way.”

**A copy of Love Exactly was provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!! **

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Sticks & Stones

Overexposed (Sticks & Stones, #2)
(Sticks & Stones #2)

Coming Summer 2014!

About the Author:
Cassandra Giovanni

Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and the Amazon bestselling thriller, Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra released her first New Adult novel, Love Exactly, which became a Amazon Bestseller overnight in June of 2013. She's currently working on her new New Adult Contemporary Romance,Beautifully Flawed. The first novel in the series, Flawed Perfection is scheduled to be published on March 7, 2014.

Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios Photography and Gio Design Studios Publication Marketing . She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

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