“I can’t tell you what the first blow was that pushed me in the wrong direction toward the path my life took to get me here. I can’t tell you because it wasn’t one thing. It was a mountain of things. A Mountain of wrongs and shitty hands dealt to me along the way during my life.”
Well holy crap! If this book doesn’t screw with your head and rip your heart out! I had no clue what I was getting into when I started reading this book. It is by far nothing close to what I imagined. In fact I’m not even sure what I expected, but it wasn’t that! This book takes you on a journey through Lillian Shaw’s life, starting in the 8th grade all the way into adult hood and beyond. And when I realized that this is the direction the book was going, to be honest I wasn’t really looking forward to that. But to my surprise I found myself completely wrapped up in this woman’s story that I just could not do anything else but commit to it.
This story takes you through Lilith’s life and the loves, and losses that she felt along the way. She doesn’t come from a horrible home with crappy parents, in fact it’s quite the opposite. She adores her Mom and respects her Dad to a fault. This is just a story about real life, and finding that first love that ripped you heart out once it was over. And then finding love again, just for it to turn into some monotonous lifestyle in which you can’t escape. Finding friends that you didn’t realize you had, and falling into relationships with people to dull the pain of reality. All of these things happen in this book!
I really felt everything Lil felt. Kimber did a great job of making this story into more than a story. It felt more like a saga, and my heart hurt right along with it the whole way. Well not the whole way but sheesh! Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster. And I say that with the biggest compliments. It can’t be easy to write a story that spans through that many years so fluidly, and with no flashbacks! I’m not a fan of flashbacks unless they are extremely necessary.
So coming around full circle is exactly what this book did. I fell in love with some of the characters, as well as I was truly disappointed in some of them. As in real life, book characters can let you down too, but that’s all part of the story I guess. I will tell you this, if you’re not a fan of Leo by the end of this book something is wrong with you! I was pulling for him the whole time, and when he wasn’t there he was in the back of my head, probably similar to how he was in Lil’s head, always. And no, this is not a love triangle if that’s what you’re wondering. There are simply different men at different times throughout the years, which is totally normal.
I cried my fair share of tears on this one, so keep tissue handy. My heart really went through some emotions which were very real. There are some very serious issues which are mentioned that really cut deep if you’ve ever known anyone in that type of real life situation. But Kimber did a great job of doing it in a very respectable way. It might have gutted me, but it happens. Also, there are some little things that Leo says that kinda made me go “Huh?” But I guess that was just him. LOL. Overall this book was great and was told very well, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t read a book like that ever. So if you’re tired of the same old romance story, than read this book! It is far from typical.
“She’s lost, she’s so fucking lost and she doesn’t even know it. But I’ll find her, you’ll see. I’ll find her and wake her up.”
Hey, I'm Kimber, and I really freaking hope you enjoyed AWGM! Visit my website www.authorkimbersdawn.com or Throw me a review up on my FB page, www.facebook.com/AWGMbyKimberDawn or Goodreads if you loved it! I am a whore for reviews. Ahh... let's see, what can I tell you about my self... Well, first of all I'm a straight up whore for many, many things. I'm a wine whore, some would say I'm a functional alcoholic, and I'm totally cool with that title. Now the day my cheese completely falls off my cracker and I lose the functional in that title, well yeah never mind. Even then I'll deny that shit. I'm a whore for Victoria's Secret, no seriously, like my VS Angel's Credit Card stays maxed out, hey, they got cool shit. I have a whole lot of hats, meaning I can be called a billon different things, daughter, wife, mother, labor unit nurse, I sell pussy on the side *coughs* that would be persian kittens, thank you you dirty minded scoundrel, I'm also compulsive blackjack addict, book blogger, book pimp, book whore, Jack Daniels is my favorite boyfriend and my biggest dream, the day I'll acknowledge that I've succeeded in life and can a die a happy woman is the day I get to go two stark naked hour round sexual bouts with Jason Statham. *Sighs* I started writing poems and short stories very early in my life, you know for the Michael's and Leo's and Nick's in my life. I've been a book hoarder since I was eleven years old, but then a couple years ago something wonderful happened! The 50 shades of Grey craze brought to life my inner smut whore where I commenced to read anything and everything smut affiliated. When reading wasn't enough any anymore and I noticed that so many of the authors of my favorite books weren't getting the exposure their work deserved I turned it into a mission, starting my own blog, buying their books and reading them one by one, I then wrote my reviews for my blog and didn't hold back in writing them. I've never done a single thing in my life half way, I always go all in. After the success of my Blog, and the insistence of one of my bestest friends, my sister from another mister, Trina Taylor of Bad & DirtyBooks I was ready to finally take the plunge and write the story that's been restlessly clawing to get out of my head and onto paper for a VERY long time. I'm a southern girl to my core, a self proclaimed smut whore, andI guess now we can add aspiring author to my hat collection as well.
Tattooed across my ribs are the words I have always lived by 'Aut viam inveniam aut faciam tibi' Latin for: If I can not find a way, I will make my own.
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