Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Review: All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged #1) by Jamie Howard

*****5 Stars*****

I have read and loved all three books by this author and I swear each one is better than the last! This is one of those emotionally beautiful stories that just steals your heart. It was captivating from the first word to the very last and leaves you wanting more. It completely consumed me and I did not want to put this book down for anything, not even to eat or sleep. Howard has created some amazing complex characters with real problems and baggage and all you want is for these two completely different characters to overcome and heal from their problems so they can finally be together.
Bianca Easton has just graduated law school and is preparing to follow her strict parents wishes to join the prestigious law firm that her father used to work at, when her one and only best friend dies in a tragic accident. Heartbroken Bianca disobeys her parents wishes and stays in New York to finish off her best friend's bucket list. It's while she is checking off the very first item on the list that she meets Ian Mathis. He is the tatted up gorgeous mystery man, a complication that Bianca really doesn't need right now but wants more than anything. Her parents definitely wouldn't approve of her fraternizing with such a person and she has always followed their wishes. They have an instant chemistry between them but both try to deny it for as long as they can. He decides to help her with her list and I really think he just needs a friend. With every item they check off the list, Bianca is uncovering a new side of herself that she has never known existed, while simultaneously breaking her own rules of falling for Ian. She only plans to stay in NYC for 6 months and then go home to take the bar and work at the firm so the last thing she needs is to fall for him, especially with all the secrets he keeps from her.
I thought it was different that the dual POV started so late but it seemed to work in letting us know more about Ian's past and why he was the way he was. I absolutely loved Bianca and Ian and thought that they fit perfectly together. They healed one another and I was just rooting for them to get a happily ever after ending. I loved watching Bianca's character come out of her shell and discover who she was without her parents dictating her every move. I also enjoyed Bianca and Ian help each other overcome their personal demons. This book was all about living your life to the fullest because you never know when your time will be up. I can't recommend this book enough!! I absolutely loved everything about this book and cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us next.

Reviewed by Ashley Ziegler

Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.

Law school? Check.

Camera-ready smile? Check.

A dull and boring existence? Double check.

But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend's unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.

It's while she's checking off her first item on the list--buy coffee for a stranger--that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he's a complication Bianca doesn't need but desperately wants.

With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she's buried under what's expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she's willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.

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