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    Overwhelming but Wonderful Story

    This book sent me through a whirlwind of so many different emotions. Curiosity, anger, disgust, frustration, joy, sadness … this list goes on and on. I was pulled in from the beginning. Sometimes, the story got so intense, I had to put the book down and walk away several times. Took me longer to get through the book and write this review. It has been a while sense I have read a book that is so good, I have to put it down and take a breather because I was scared of what would happen next (if that make sense). Very Intense Read!! This was not your typical romance novel. There wasn’t a whirlwind romance where the hero and heroine fall madly in love at first site. The two characters were seriously flawed and had some serious deep-seated issues. They both experienced their own individual relationships and hurts before they finally reach a point to have a romantic relationship together. This story is about two people: Marnie, who is a drug addict that prostitutes to support her habit. It was a constant struggle for her to stay clean. At times she felt like the feeling of being high was way better than the way that she felt when she was sober. And Danny, a pop star/actor, that is a recovering addict who still struggles with staying sober but manages. There are experiences from his past that make it hard for him to completely heal. Danny meets Marnie by chance at a restaurant and later offers to hire her as his personal assistant in exchange for being her sponsor in helping her beat drug addiction. I don’t know a whole lot about addiction (drug addiction specifically), and I know that this is a fiction book. However, after reading this story, it opened my eyes to the dirty, gritty world of addiction and the lengths that an addict will take to get that next high, no matter the cost. I can imagine that the author wrote this story based off of experiences or some extensive research on the topic at hand. I cringed when Marnie went into her relapses. Just when you think that she is going to really work on getting clean and focus on staying sober, she would see an opportunity to get high and she would jump on it so fast, it makes your head spin. And the stuff she would do to get high????..... Cringe-worthy. Damn shame what her step-father did that started the wheels in motion. Don’t want to spoil the story, just know that people will do some crazy things when money is involved. You know the saying, “Money is the root of all evil.” My heart was constantly breaking for Marnie. She went through so much in her past that many people probably wouldn’t live through. Danny had to some things happen in his past as well that led him to his addictions. I am not going to give anything away on that. There were so many twists and turns in this book, it was a major roller coaster ride. At times, I wanted to me mad and frustrated with the main characters, and then I would fall in love with them all over again. Very well done Ms. Youman!!
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    The Prince’s Plan – E.M. Youman – Review

    This book was provided as an ARC from author for an honest review. My overall rating for this book is a very strong 5 stars. Love rating – 4 Heat rating - 3 OH MY GOSH!!! What an amazingly gritty and raw story. It was quite a tough read, not because it was a bad story it was fantastic, but because of the subjects and emotions involved like the drug abuse. I’m so glad I persisted with it, it was so worth it. I will defiantly be keeping this book on my list to re-read at some point. <i>“She can’t trust him…or her desire for him. Marnie Ducello is way past second chances. Most days she’s fighting to forget the past and stay sober—a combination she doesn’t always pull off. She’s done waiting for Prince Charming. So when a sexy stranger turns out to be an arrogant, cab-stealing jerk, Marnie isn’t surprised. If only her rash reaction to his rudeness hadn’t resulted in her arrest. . . Singer Danny Roland is no prince. He has fame, fortune, and a not-so-hidden addiction. He’s running from memories of the lives he’s ruined. Keeping his personal demons under control and out of the tabloids is what Danny wants more than anything. After a simple drug deal goes very wrong, Danny decides to make karmic amends—by finding the woman he abandoned to the police. Marnie’s a recovering addict, too, so he offers her the deal of a lifetime: a job as his personal assistant and a safe space in his home to live in if she stays sober. Marnie is soon swept up into Danny’s world of prying paparazzi and vengeful exes. She can’t help the burning attraction between them, but she can’t trust Danny—or herself. And when Danny’s brother begins to pursue her, Marnie and Danny must both come to terms with the painful secrets that haunt them. They’re both broken…but maybe together they can be unbreakable.”</i> The only thing I would like to say that I didn’t like about this book was the amount of sexual encounters there were for Danny. I didn’t want to read that about him, because of course, I’m rooting for him to be with Marnie. When we first encounter Marnie she is just starting her journey of sobriety, she is struggling and keeps encountering issues that really test her. What a feisty girl she is, at first I saw her as quite weak but once you get to see more of her story you realise how truly strong she is. I loved seeing the growth in both the characters but especially loved watching Marnie become stronger and accept herself as a person who is a true survivor. When we met Danny my first thoughts were what a selfish narcissistic ass, but as we get to know him, you really get to see underneath the star that the world loves. He starts to realise how lonely he is and that some people only really want to be friends or lovers because of who he is, but with Marnie it’s totally different, he can see she really likes him for who he is and can see past the star. Even though his actions started out as self-serving he really did help Marnie with her sober journey, but he still has his own addiction problems to deal with and his sobriety is really tested as well. The relationship between Danny and Marnie is a complicated one. It was really nice to see them trying to be friends at first because Marnie was just starting out with sobriety, but they were both struggling with the attraction towards each other. They have a great working relationship and at times I got frustrated at Danny for what he was making her do but was also quite funny for me to read. I also was really impressed by the side characters, I really wanted to hate a few people but after a while I got over it and embraced them into the story. For example Danny’s sister I found to be really annoying and I thought she was a bit hard on Danny but I soon forgave her. It was an amazingly well written book, the fluidity of the writing was perfect and I never felt bored or waiting for something to happen, there was always something going on that kept me engrossed in the story. It was also written in the dual POV which is my favourite way to read. I love knowing what both main characters are thinking. This book shows you the real struggles of addiction and how easy it can be to relapse and give into the temptation to be numb to everything for a while to suppress the emotional pain. This book really hammers home that you never truly get over being an addict you just have to take one day at a time.
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    Five huge deserved stars!

    This one blew me away. It was a love story about two people dealing with a very real issue:addiction. Both Danny and Marnie read as so honest to me and as someone who's dealt with people i loved dealing with addiction, I must admit, it had me in my feelings! Five huge deserved stars!
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