Title: Forgive Me
Author: Eliza Freed
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Lost Souls #1
When two lost souls find each other, are they still lost?
Charlotte O'Brien is lost in the devastation of her parents' death. With her foundation in ruins, she buries herself in an unlikely lover, Jason Leer.
When they're together it's everything, but when they're apart it's utterly frustrating. Can love survive when distance is measured in more than just miles?
Forgive Me is the first book in The Lost Souls Series.
~*REVIEW BY ASHTON*~
I rate Forgive Me FOUR AND ONE HALF LEAVES!
I love reading romance novels just as much as the next blogger, but what I love more is being surprised by how in love I am with a series. For me, this is usually indicated by my desperate attempt to find the next book after finishing the first one and being disappointed after learning the next installment isn't releasing for months. It's a bittersweet moment, and one I had after finishing Forgive Me.
Charlotte O'Brien is an early 20s college girl from rural New Jersey. She attends Rutgers University and enjoys culture and diversity, as well as experiencing all of the joys college life brings. Her family wants her to play it safe when it comes to her romantic relationships, but when her parents die in a car accident; she finds solace in an old high school classmate - the rugged, gorgeous, southern alpha male - Jason Leer.
I've never pictured myself with a rodeo cowboy, but after reading Forgive Me, I've decided I need my own Jason Leer. He attends Oklahoma State University, and steer wrestling is his pride and joy. That is until he takes on Charlotte O'Brien. Jason may be from New Jersey, but his passion for the rodeo and his strength as a competitor makes him a great fit in the south.
Four of the five bloggers at Falling In Fall are from Oklahoma, and three of those five went to school at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. Even though most of the story takes place in Stillwater, it was really fun to read about the rodeo in our very small neck of the woods.
I couldn't quite give this debut novel a FIVE LEAVES rating, because, at first, I was a little unsure about it. I felt a little lost at the beginning, as though I missed some character back story, but it somehow came together and then I just had to know what was going to happen next. Also, it felt a little slow at times, but I enjoyed the angst and this definitely did not stop me from wanting more.
Forgive Me ends with a pretty good cliff hanger, so be prepared. According to Eliza Freed's website, the second installment, Redeem Me, releases February 3, 2015 and the conclusion, Save Me, releases March 3, 2015.
Forgive Me is a must-read, and I'm looking forward to continuing this series and reading more from Eliza Freed in the future.
~*ABOUT THE AUTHOR*~
Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks and her neighbors began to talk; her mother told her to find a job.
She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.
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