I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This book absolutely moved me. It was like watching a movie that you did not want to end. It is completely captivating. My heart felt for every single character.
"And for once, I chose me."
Mia Lee has finally decided to leave her life behind and is now Paige Cassidy. She ends up in South Boston, Virginia with the state of mind that she is going to perhaps work a little and then move on. No sense in establishing herself anyway. Her secret and her past can catch up with her if she stays around too long. Paige's life is turned upside down when she meets four amazing people. They completely change her life. They change her ways of thinking. That perhaps she can be normal. That her past does not dictate her future.
"But I know normal is something I will never be, so I'll settle for something like normal."
As I mentioned before, there are four characters that completely change everything for Paige. Telling you how each character contributed to the change would be a disservice to the reader. You need to experience it. However, I cannot write a review without mentioning Quinn. He stole my heart the moment Paige laid eyes on him. His demeanor and everything about him is so mysterious, haunting, yet Paige cannot stay away from him. And neither can he.
"Because...being with you would possess every single inch of me, and you're not ready for that."
This story is so much more than a girl running from her past. Every single character in this story is haunted by their past in some way, shape or form. They all have scars and are wounded emotionally. Their troubles run deep and book one of this series just grazes the surface. I absolutely cannot wait until we get more in depth of this story and it's characters. While Quinn feels he is no good for Paige, he is drawn to her in every way possible. Fate continues to bring them closer together even if they both try everything in their power to stay away. While one stays away from love as it has disappointed them over and over the other has no idea what love is. What Quinn and Paige have is stronger than love. While love knows no boundaries, what Quinn and Paige share, it sees no boundaries. They only see each other. While love may not be mentioned in this story, you don't need words. You just feel it.
"Quinn doesn't just kiss, he devours, and I can't get enough."
The ending absolutely blew me away. I was breathless and speechless. This was the most phenomenal part of the story. Everything you thought you knew about this story and the characters is shattered to pieces. Monica switches everything up and I was left with my mouth wide open. I could not put this down. I was on edge the last ten percent.
"Being with me, it will consume parts of yourself you never knew existed. Are you ready for that? Can you give me everything..."
Although this is a first in a series, I would definitely recommend that you read it now. I am one of those people that need to wait until an entire series is out before I can commit to reading. However, I find that hard to do when it comes to Monica James' books. They are so worth the wait, and Something Like Normal is no exception. Go read and experience this book.
It feels effortless. And it feels right.
We stay hugging for a few moments, and as I nestle closer to his chest, surrounded by his smell, I know that I’m in trouble. I have feelings for someone who is going to be really, really hard to say goodbye to when the time comes. But when did this happen? When was the exact moment my world got tipped on its axis, and shaken up beyond repair?
I should have stopped it, but who am I to stand in the way of something that was inevitable?
The sound of Quinn’s heart beating steadily against my ear is comforting, and if I close my eyes really tight, I can pretend that I’m just a normal girl, being wrapped up in the arms of her normal…boyfriend? But make believe is for dreamers, and I’m a realist. I will enjoy the here and now because I don’t know what tomorrow holds.
Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson.
When she is not writing, Monica is busy, running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two.
She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers, and her inspiration comes from every day life. She is an Amazon best selling author in both the US and UK.
Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals.
She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.