Release Blitz: Something Like Love (Something Like Normal #3) by Monica James- Bianca's Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Nothing prepared me for the third installment of this series. Nothing. Something Like Love went places I never imagined. I felt every emotion of all the characters. Every single one of them. This brilliant, passionate, and heartbreaking story continues to be one of my favorites of this author.
“Hope to live. I hope to live, Red. With you. After this is over. I hope to live a boring life with you.”
Something Like Love picks up where book 2, Something Like Redemption left off. Mia and Quinn are face to face with the one person that could have saved Mia and turned her back, Mia’s mother. She soon learns that her mother has her reasons and years later is completely heart broken over the choice she made to leave Mia. As always, Quinn is there every step of the way. We learn more about Quinn and his reasons for guarding his heart. Can they learn to live, love, and perhaps even heal?
“Quinn Berkley is beautiful, inside and out. He’s shown me how to live, and through his strength, I have never felt so alive.”
So much happens in the third installment that my words nor my review can do it justice. If you loved the first two books, you will become absolutely emotionally invested in this story , their journey, and these characters even more. Monica’s true talent of weaving together romance and suspense truly shines in Something Like Love. You will find that you are in the story, rather than reading it. Danger has followed Mia and Quinn for much of their journey, and believe me. It is far from over. I will not go into much detail regarding the plot as you will need to simply experience it. Their story is to be lived through to understand the depths of their love through all the darkness.
“You are ingrained into every fiber of my body, and I’m drowning.”
Something Like Love takes the entire series to a whole different level. As a reader you are completely immersed into Mia and Quinn’s story, even more than before. Mia comes face to face with her past and it breaks her. This strong girl is absolutely heart broken over what her parents have done to her. She holds on to Quinn. The boy she loves so much, but is afraid to say out loud. Until now. Secrets are revealed, hearts are broken and mended, and even darkness comes to light.
“God knows I don’t deserve your love, but I want it...so very much.”
To watch someone fall in love is one thing, but this journey that Mia and Quinn have embarked on is so much more than that. You are not a simple bystander in their story. You FEEL them fall irrevocably for the other. You see a broken girl, Mia that has never been loved wanting to love more than anything. And you see Quinn, someone who feels the most undeserving of love, wanting nothing more than to be loved. You understand why the word love hasn’t been shared between them up until this point. To put simply I am not sure that what they feel can be described by any words. Their desire for the other surpasses love. Their love is powerful, it goes into the darkness. Their love is light. Mia and Quinn’s story truly demonstrates the power in accepting the love you deserve.
“What’s in here.” and he presses his hand to my heart. “I want to possess. I want to own, but I don’t deserve you. I never have.”
My heart is still not over this book an entire week later as I write this review. I am so happy that their story isn’t over. The ending of Something Like Love had me gripping my kindle. As the story unfolds, truths are revealed and you will be on the edge of your seat the entire time. Well done, Ms. James. I am counting down until the next book in the series.
Turning slowly to face him, I can see that his eyes are still closed, but his mouth is tipped up into a smile which radiates freedom. I’ve never seen him look so carefree. He looks as if his sins of the past are washing away with the punishing rain.
I know it’s not that simple, but through pain and loss, we have bonded together and gained strength. And that strength suddenly animates me to tell Quinn how I feel.
“Quinn!” I scream to be heard over the harsh rain.
My eyes are mere slits, as the rain is so heavy, but the moment Quinn opens his magnetic eyes, I see that he has changed. Something inside of Quinn has shifted, and it’s beautiful.
“Quinn, I—” I repeat, my teeth chattering from the cold, but also from what I’m about to confess.
“You what, Red?” he questions, running a hand through his wet hair.
Another thunderbolt sizzles through the sky, and I yelp. Charging into his arms, I slap my hands over his ears because I’m terrified. I want to him tell him how I feel, but I’m afraid. Droplets of rain cascade down his tender face, but he doesn’t stir to brush them away, and I know I have his undivided attention as his gaze never wavers from my face.
This is not the way I wanted to do this, but I know that for now, this will have to do.
“Quinn…I…I love you,” I whisper, my hands still sitting firmly over his ears.
Once I say those three little words, the tightening in my chest lessens, and a small smile tugs at my lips because I’ve never felt so boundless with a decision. And nothing has ever felt so right before.
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