Color of Loneliness

Adult
Rated 4.85/5 based on 127 reviews
When Myra Sommers’ grandfather dies, she inherits his possibly haunted house in the small town of Nyssa, Oregon. She hires gruff contractor Dylan Lawson to repair it. As he begins work on the house, Myra discovers that the sexy tool man is hiding almost as many secrets as her new home.

Will she fall in love with the man she finds beneath the tough outer shell? Or will his past tear them apart? More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781301418282
About Madeleine Beckett

Madeleine was born in Indiana and has lived there her entire life. She’s a Hoosier but has no idea what the heck that means so she’ll have to Google it sometime.

She's wanted to be a writer since she was a child. But she didn't have the opportunity to try her hand at it until several years ago. And from the first moment, she fell instantly in love.

Madeleine also loves to laugh. She has a wicked sense of humor that gets her into lots of trouble with her hubby and teenage son. She tries to fill each day with giggles. But more than anything she hopes she can add laughter to the lives of her readers through her stories.

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Reviews

Review by: Samantha Anderson on July 23, 2014 : (no rating)
Oh. My. Gawd. Get ready for the gushing mushy love that I have for this book. I simply cannot get enough of the Color Of Loneliness.

Myra, the poor broken beautiful soul, speaks so many volumes to me as a woman who has endured a fair amount of loss in my life. I can so very easily identify with her life and her quiet nature. She is on the run after being betrayed by the love of her life, and secludes herself in her childhood home.

Dylan, who is seriously the embodiment of every woman's fantasies, The brooding, sexy, rough around the edges contractor? With that foul mouth and those barbaric tendencies? Uh. Yes. Please. But we all know what lies beneath that callous exterior, the heart of a broken man in need of some serious TLC. Low and behold his newest client is more than he bargained for.

And my favorite character, of any book, ever written in the whole world, is Myra's best friend Susie. Susie gives me LIFE! I have never fallen so in love with a character! She is definitely the comic relief in this dark and somber story of self discovery and love. Susie will have you laughing every time she pops up.

I found myself laughing, crying and biting my nails to the quick while reading this simply brilliant book! The struggle for both Myra and Dylan to overcome their horrible and horrifying past's, coupled with the confusion of their unexpected blossoming relationship, as well as a deranged stalker watching watching their every move, will keep you on the edge of your seat.

And the ending will absolutely blow your mind, you will never see it coming. I cannot give this book a high enough rating, nor can I convey how much I absolutely love it. You'll just have to read it and see for yourself.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Natalie Townsend on July 02, 2013 :
I love this book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sharon Xuereb on June 13, 2013 :
3.5 Stars

Color of Loneliness is a story of two sad and lonely people finding each other and trying to get over the pain of their pasts.

I liked this story by Madeleine Beckett and found it hard to put down. The plot moves along at a good pace and doesn't stall at any time. The idea of each chapter having a title and a colour to reflect its mood is a great idea.

About the characters:- Myra has just lost her grandfather and is grieving his death. Whilst coming to terms with the fact that she is the last remaining member of her family. Plus having to see her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend every day at work is not helping her. Then there is Dylan, who is a contractor that comes to work on Myra's house that she inherited from her 'Grampie'. He is a bitter, angry man with a past that has caused him a great deal of pain. Both Myra and Dylan are likeable in their own ways and I found myself craving for more information about them. The secondary characters are also very likeable and even have you giggling occasionally.
The negative criticisms I have of this book is that there is a bit too much swearing in general conversation and the crudeness of Susie (Myra's best friend), even though she is funny can be a little over the top at times. This is why it loses one and a half stars from me.

All in all it's a lovely read and has compelled me to read the sequel 'Color of Forgiveness'. So give it a go!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole on April 24, 2013 : (no rating)
Myra is alone in the world...her last living relative recently passed away, and she's left with her best friend as her only family. To add insult to injury, her long time boyfriend recently left her for another woman...who also works at the same office as Myra. Not only is she dealing with death and loneliness, but she has to have their relationship flaunted in her face on a daily basis.

In essence, Myra is done...she's done being lonely, she's done letting herself feel this way.

"She doesn't recognize the reflection in the mirror. The sad, depressed woman she sees staring back at her has to be someone else. It can't be her. As she stares into the stranger's empty eyes reflecting back at her, she wishes she could make it all go away. Make the emptiness disappear. But he doesn't know how...
"I can't do this anymore," she whispers to the unknown person staring back at her..."



When her grandfather's lawyer call to tell her that she has been left all of his assets, including the old house in her small hometown of Nyssa, in the middle of nowhere, Myra jumps on the opportunity to start over. She quits her job, packs a bag, and begins her life back where she started. But the house itself needs some major work...so she hires a local contractor.

In steps Dylan.

He's a hard guy to get to know. He's angry, abrasive, blunt, rude, and very standoffish. (Just the kind I like in my books...weird, I know...) But Dylan has secrets in his past. He hasn't always been this way. And as these two begin to know one another, there is healing taking place. They can't fight the physical attraction, especially when faced with it on a daily basis.

"This is all your fault." He holds her by the shoulders and glare down at her.
She frowns. "What do you mean?"
With his lips snarled, he looks up and down her body as he releases her shoulders. "Because you're always looking all sexy and shit. If you weren't so goddamn beautiful, this shit wouldn't happen. Maybe I'd be able to control myself around you..."
"You think I'm...sexy?" she asks as her heart pounds.
"Yes. Insanely sexy." His eyes narrow as he continues frowning. "It really fucking pisses me off. You need to do something about it..."


I love Dylan! I also love Myra's best friend Susie. This lady is bubbly and happy and crude and rude, but most of all, she's as loyal as they come...if Myra has only one person left in the world, she should thank God it's Susie!

She's got innumerable hilarious lines, but here are a few of my faves:

"Holy horse shit. That's your contractor? That's Dylan?"
"Yes, but don't forget you said he was a fucking asshole less than an hour ago," Myra hisses.
Susie looks back at Dylan, her eyes roaming up and down his body. He turns his head towards them and they both duck quickly behind the toilet paper.
"I did, didn't I?" Susie asks. "Damn it." She stares at Myra for a moment. "Well, all I can say is that he's one delicious fucking ass hole."


and...

"Whoa. Back the trolley up. He carried you into the house? That's so damn romantic. Completely swoon-worthy. Like that's some Shrek and Fiona shit right there..."


and...

"We both know he's a giant asshat, but I have to admit I wouldn't mind wearing his naked ass on my head..."


and...

"No panty ripping? Damn. I totally had him pegged as a panty ripper. God, I'd love to have someone rip my panties from my body. But I think the only way Jeff could get my ginormous grandma undies shredded would be with some garden shears or a bush whacker."


I love that woman! I want her for my very own best friend, almost as much as I want Dylan!

Despite all of the funny, this was a really meaningful story, of two people so beaten down by the unfair hand that life has dealt. Tragedy has hit them both, and they fight their attraction until they can't fight any more. And this attraction leads them to help each other heal. Just when they are set to be alone and down for the rest of their lives, there is suddenly something to look forward to, a reason to get out of bed, a reason to keep going.

Although you don't really get answers OR closure in this book...there is a deadly little cliffhanger, so I highly suggest having the next book ready and waiting for you...

Many thanks to Madeleine Beckett for this book in exchange for an honest review. It was an absolute pleasure!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Johanna Luis on April 22, 2013 :
**Copy courtesy of author Madeleine Beckett in exchange for an honest review**

OHMYGOODNESS..Susie stole the show!!
The heroine's best friend Susie does an amazing job. Her witty sarcastic, horny ass comments had me dying with laughter.

"It's because he's an asshole. Asshole brains don't work the same as ours do. Too much brown sludge."

"You don't know what a PTA is? Susie asks, laughing. "It's the old Pussy, Tits, and Armpits bath; you know, where you scrub your PTA."

Susie is the ultimate wise cracking best friend that is constantly cheering up her best friend Myra. The story revolves around Myra's chaotic, overwhelming, and lonely life. Myra is trying to outrun her past and her problems, when she decides to move back to her hometown due to tragic circumstances surrounding her. Myra is lonely and feeling depressed due to having no family whatsoever. Everyone in her family has deceased, leaving her all alone to face her own battles.

And here enters Dylan.

Dylan is the typical hard ass, angry, HOT contractor who has been hired by Myra to restore her house. But as time progresses so does their relationship buy Dylan is hiding a secret that he wont confess to. This secret will ultimately break them or tie them together.

The Color of loneliness is a great book for in between reads when you are looking for something easy and traditional. I tend to like my reads dark and angsty. So if you fall into this category this book wouldn't be your cup of tea.
Overall, the book was stress free and even paced, with no drama, until the very end and that's when shit hits the fan. So obviously, I will be jumping on the bandwagon to see how things pan out between Myra & Dylan.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heinzypop on April 15, 2013 :
Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! That ending is one hell of a killer cliffhanger! I swear I can't believe it finished off like that and I am reeling in desperation to find out what the hell is going to happen. I seriously yelled out loud when I found myself tapping my kindle to turn the page and it would budge. Madeleine Beckett, what have you done? You really know how to keep us on our toes and wanting more, especially after that!! EEEPPP

I found myself at the beginning trying to get used to the story being told in third person (which was easy to overcome) and it was a little slow to start. But then, I fell into this groove and got sucked into the story and felt a connection with the characters. And boy, did I feel all kinds of things! I felt how sad and lonely Myra was and how desperate she was to escape her life and the ex who put her through the ringer and back. She found herself moving back to her hometown and into her Grampie's very old and totally rundown home, which she inherited on his passing. What's even more depressing is how alone Myra is. If it wasn't for her best friend Susie, whom is totally off her rocker and so freaking hilarious, Myra would have no one to talk to or confide in. I swear though, the things that flew out of Susie's mouth had me laughing out loud, and very relatable too.

Since the house that she is living in is falling down around her, Myra has no choice but to hire a contractor to do the work needed to make it liveable. And, here is where the story really starts to pick up...drum roll please...Dylan Lawson at your service. Talk about HOT, ROUGH and TOUGH!! RAWR!! This man had me quivering in all the right places with his "HELLO LIPS" line to his no bullshit attitude! OMG he really made me go goo goo and every time I read his POV I couldn't get enough. This guy was angry and in so much pain, and needed to let off a lot of steam!! And boy oh boy, did he ever! The tension between these two was building up and up, and every time you think they would do something about it and pound it out, something or someone interrupted. Talk about being frustrated LOL. I loved the chemistry and foreplay, and the dancing around. But what irked me a little, is how we never got to find out why Dylan was so angry and hurting so much. He was putting off what made him leave his life and family behind, and why he was so put off with Myra at the beginning and why he hated himself and everything around him. I felt his pain, I really did and I want to know what is holding him back. And just when you think that he is going to spill the beans, we are left hanging and gasping! Thank God I have the next book lined up, ready and waiting for me to jump into.

I really enjoyed reading Color of Loneliness and I would like to thank the author, Madeleine Beckett for providing me with a copy to read for my honest review. I look forward to reading the next book in line and I honestly encourage you all to take a chance and read this book, I know I'm glad I did.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Fran Gold on April 03, 2013 :
Very interesting read. Two total opposites (or so it seems), Myla and Dylan embark on a "sort of" relationship that begins with contractor meets girl in need of house repairs. Dylan is angry, unresponsive, and totally rude while Myla is tormented, jilted and so not looking for another relationship.

I like these two characters even with their flaws. The story draws you in to the turmoil surrounding them and doesn't let go. You want to know what Dylan's secrets are and how they have made him the hard individual he is. Her past losses and the undeniable train wreck that is her former relationship, brands her as naive and withdrawn. As the story progresses you see her come out of her shell somewhat and begin to take hold of her life and feelings.

The only issue I had with this story was the character of Susie, Myla's best friend. She is annoying plain and simple. While the scenarios with her border on overkill, I still have an open mind that she too, will come into her own with changes.

The book hooks you and continues with the next installment of Color of Forgiveness. Will I be reading it? ABSOLUTELY! I have to know how these two main characters find each other (if they do) to move past all that is stalling their relationship.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: sarah uk on March 24, 2013 :
Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Madeleine Beckett.)
25-year-old Myra is having a difficult time of things. Her grandfather just died leaving her with no blood relations at all, and her boyfriend dumped her for another woman, who to make matters worse is now pregnant, and a total b*tch.

Deciding that the best way to deal with all of this is to move back home to her grandfather’s house, Myra quits her job, and moves away, intending to use her time to write a novel.

Her grandfather’s house is falling to pieces though, and she needs to hire someone to fix it. Between the leaking roof, no running water, blocked toilets, and faulty electrics, it’s going to take a lot of work.

When her neighbour suggests she hire a man called Dylan who worked on his house, Myra checks him out before hiring him, but unfortunately she can’t check his temperament, and is shocked that he is so distant, moody, and angry all the time.
Myra has other thing to worry about though when her next door neighbour dies, and her ex turns up at her house uninvited.
Why is Dylan so angry all the time? Will Myra be able to make a life for herself in the town where she grew up? Will her ex ever leave her alone? And will Myra and her hunky contractor ever hit it off?


I enjoyed this book. I was a little sceptical at first as it was written in the third person, which I have not read much of lately, but as I got into the story it became compulsive reading!

Myra is a likeable character, and I felt really sorry for her the way her ex – Trent treated her. It can’t be easy to find out that the man you love is cheating on you with another woman, especially when you work at the same company! I was glad that Myra had her friend Susie to support her as she had no family left, but I wasn’t 100% sure that running away from her problems was a good idea or not. While I thought she could do with the closure, I worried that she was running away rather than facing her problems.

Susie – Myra’s best friend was a larger-than-life character. I honestly have not met anyone like her ever before, and some of the stuff that she came out with was just crazy! I have quite honestly never heard of a condom being called a ‘custard catcher’ before, and some of her other lines were pretty funny too, one of my personal favourites being – ‘Did you get a taste of Dylan’s footlong yet?’.
Susie was a fab character, and she was such a supportive friend to Myra, which was just what she needed.

Dylan was a very angry man. He swore constantly, kept everyone at arm’s length, and was generally quite a gruff character. He was obviously hiding something, or had something in his past that made him this way, but his general demeanour was not good. I could understand how he would have women throwing themselves at him because he was a hunk, but that anger should really have sent them running for the hills!

I liked the storyline, and I liked how it took a long time for Myra and Dylan to warm up to each other. There wasn’t a lot of romance in this book, the story was more focused on Myra and how she was trying to move on with her life after Trent. We were treated to a bit of action at the end though.
Otherwise the end of this book wasn’t really an end. I’m afraid we got a total cliff-hanger!! I’m guessing that you have to read the next book in the series to really find out what becomes of Myra and Dylan now.
Overall; a story about a woman starting over, with a touch of romance and humour.
7 out of 10.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Erica on Jan. 20, 2013 :
Myra Sommers has lost the last of her family, her beloved grandfather. In attempt to heal, she leaves everyone behind, including a cheating ex named Trent, her often crazy, obnoxious best friend Susie, her job to move into the house her grandfather left her miles away.

Too bad the house is a bit of a money pit. As the house falls apart around her, she meets her grandfather's neighbor and best friend, finding comfort in his memories.

The author has a wonderful way of conveying the grief that Myra experiences during this trying time. Despite the endless days and sleepless nights, its well balanced with the often colorful antidotes from Susie and Myra's willingness to move on. She sets her mind to achieve a goal and steamrolls toward it. Whether its writing a book for the first time, tackling a renovation, unpacking, or standing up to a friend or rude contractor.

Through her new neighbor, she enlists the help of Dylan Lawson, a contractor often hired because of his looks. His gruff exterior for a big portion of the book remains that way, often doing things that deserve a slap on the face. That is until he sees something in his client that he tried to ignore. Once they realized they are both feeling something for each other, its hard for them to fight the attraction.

Why is Dylan such an ass, we find out a few clues in this book. Though this book ended with a cliff hanger, I know I'll be grabbing the next one once its available. Can't wait to read more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ellelou on Dec. 17, 2012 :
4.5 Stars!

I've read this book about a month ago and it left me with a book hangover. Even though I couldn't get it out of my mind I just couldn't write a review at time. I thought a short and rushed review just couldn't do justice to this book. I immersed myself instead into other books, angsty, deep, fluffy, funny, paranormal...but my thoughts kept coming back to this one.
So I decided to re-read it. Now, considering that my TBR pile is growing dangerously every day, you would have thought that this was not a good move. But I don't regret it for a bit, I enjoyed reading it second time round even more, and this time am trying to finally write that review!

This is a story about two young grieving people, each coping in their own ways.
Myra and especially Dylan are two complex characters. I am starting with Dylan and I'm going to ramble a bit because quite simply I have a huge crush on him.

DYLAN
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has moved away from his family and his past. With his scruffy appearance and unfriendly attitude, he tries to keep people away. He built walls to keep everyone out, he's usually abrupt and doesn't worry how he's perceived, he just isn’t interested in making friends. He doesn't pay any attention to his appearance, he doesn’t care how he looks, in fact he finds his good looks a curse and an invitation for unwanted attention from the women in this small town. He keeps busy with work to stop thinking ...what he doesn't want to think about we don't know... He's quite a mystery and along with Myra we do wonder why this young, attractive man is so angry and unapproachable...
“He has no desire to share with anyone the mind fuckery that’s been going on in his head the last few days.”

Whatever happened in the past haunts him and stops him from living his life ...he's scared and he's hiding behind that scruffy and grumpy facade...

“Because if there is a God, he sure did a damn good job screwing me over.”
He had everything once. He had the perfect life.

Having been hired as a contractor to do the refurbishing work on Myra's house, he tries to keep a distance from her. They both aren't ready for a relationship but they can't deny the attraction.

"He shouldn’t be looking at them but fuck it, he can’t help it. He has an overwhelming urge to smash his mouth against hers and kiss her until she can’t fucking breath."

But somehow she reaches deep into him and he really wants to let the walls down. She makes him smile, laugh, makes him feel alive again.

He struggles with these new feelings, the control on his emotions
is slipping and that frightens him.

"He leans down and rests his forehead against hers. “I’m
scared,” he breathes. “Of what?” she breathes back. He closes his eyes.
“This. I… can’t…”
He wants to let her in, he just doesn't know how. He has shut off
his emotions for such a long time, talking about the past isn't going
to be easy, it's going to hurt.

MYRA
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she's different, she's shy and hides behind oversized jumpers and chews her thumbnail when nervous...
She always smiles at him even though he's almost rude, but it is when the roof accident happens that he sees her in a different light. She looks after his injuries without making any unwanted advances...

Myra on the other end is going trough her own problems...having just lost the last remaining member of her family, working in an environment where she get constantly reminded of her ex-boyfriend's betrayal and having just inherited her grandfather's house she makes the decision to leave everything behind and start anew in the small town she grew up. Myra is going through a bad time in her life and she does question her decision to move into her late grandfather's house. She finds Dylan intriguing and despite the initial misgivings she can’t deny the attraction.
Myra knows pain all too well; she’s certain that they can help each other. But she needs Dylan to come to the same conclusion.

HELLO LIPS!
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“I came here cuz...” he says before he stops and stares intently at her mouth. “Cuz I wanna see your lips. Been thinking about them. Your lips. They’re beautiful, and red, and… wet. I came to say hello to your lips.” His eyes glaze over as he stares at her mouth. “Hello, lips,” he says in a husky voice.” His eyes glaze over as he stares at her mouth...and his eyes – hooded from alcohol – fill with a strange warmth that looks somehow happy and sad all at once"


I liked how these two started to get closer together. It wasn't rushed, maybe it was slower than in other adult books, but you have to take into account that neither was looking to get into a relationship, they're still dealing with tragedies and in Dylan's case something else altogether...

Dylan is apprehensive at first...He tries to keep the distance, he thinks she's too good for him, he's got a past and doesn't feel ready to upload it onto her...Later when he's away at his parents it's nice to see him starting to live again, his texting is sweet and my heart went to him. I didn't know and still don't know what really happened but my heart did a little dance when he started to smile and open up a bit.

"His breathing increases. “I’ve only kissed one woman in my damn life. But I want to kiss you so fucking bad right now,” he says as he drops his head down closer to hers, so that their lips are just inches apart. “Can I kiss you?” he whispers."

It was adorable when he was asking to kiss Myra, asking permission to go ahead. And that I believe is because he doesn't believe he's allowed this small step to happiness. He's shut off for such a long time, filling his days with work and punching bag that to change all that it seems undeserving. He doesn't do well with emotional pain that's why he left Myra alone when Jim, the neighbour died. To have stayed with her meant to open up and get emotional ... and he's not capable of doing that after such a long time cutting off family and feelings.
You could see both of them starting to change, Dylan letting the walls down, accepting that he deserves to be happy, and Myra starting to have a self confidence that she lacked in the past, being appreciated and wanted and being told so...

And when it does happen the fireworks explode....

Supporting Cast
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SUSIE
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BFF- provides tons of entertainment throughout the book, she is loud, unafraid to voice her opinions in a colourful language and uncontrolled speech.

TRENT
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Ex BF - stalker, a conceited and self-centered person. Best described by Susie:

“That lowlife bag of shitty turds. That scummy, slimy sleezy maggothead. God, that shit pisses me off. He’s got a lot of nerve considering the tiny ball sack he has floating in his pink girlie underwear.”

or ...

“It’s because he’s an asshole. Asshole brains don’t work the same as ours do. Too much brown sludge”


JULIE
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New neighbour - Talks 100 miles per hour, comes across as a bit ditzy, provides distraction and entertainment.


THE END
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The end of the book it was like being punched into the stomach....Whilst I thought that I started to know and understand Dylan and liking him in the process, the abrupt finish was like a betrayal...
Yes, the book ends on a cliffhanger... but I have faith that Myra won't do anything rush or stupid.

I NEED TO KNOW NOW! What's happening, what did happened in the past, there are so many questions unanswered and I need them solved NOW!

The next book Color of Forgiveness is expected in few weeks time, January 2013.

A big thank you to Madeleine Beckett for providing me a copy of her awesome book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Deborah Gutierrez on Dec. 11, 2012 :
Madeleine!
As always I'm late to the party!
I loved and read and loved again.
TO ALL READERS OUT THERE!
Do yourself a favor and read this book.
Swoon with the best of them. It will leave you reading till the sun rises. Myra's loneliness is crushingly sad for such a lovely person and you get involved with feeling for her. I have to say I daydreamed with her when it came to Dylan. He gives the best swoon even with the mess he's dealing with in his head.
Can't wait for the sequel Madeleine! All us Sabrina haters are waiting for it!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tammy Zautner on Dec. 03, 2012 :
When Madeline and I emailed back and forth about her book, I would say she nailed it right on the head….

“Dylan is definitely an alpha male. And trust me, you will want to murder the man on more than one occasion.”

No joke, this man rubbed my nerves raw! BUT, what Madeline doesn’t say in that email and what I had to find out for myself was you grow to love Dylan real fast. I found that while he got on every last waking nerve with him being a complete ass all the time, he also has such a sweet protective side. It didn’t take him long to fall for Myra and become possessive.

Dylan, boy oh boy was Dylan one big ole jerk with a tragic past and that is putting it nicely. He is not very fond of the female species and isn’t the least bit afraid to show his disdain for them. Dylan isn’t fooled he knows all they want him for is his body. Well who can blame them, I mean come on….hot damaged alpha contractor. Sounds like a man right up my alley. I would break things in my house too just to get him to come fix it. Dylan knows he is messed up, the entire book alludes to something major that happened in his past that has made him pull away from reality and life.

“So he’s hot and angry?”

Myra is our heroine, I can honestly say that up until close to the end of the book I did not connect real well with her. I liked her well enough but she didn’t really move me. Not the way Susie or Dylan did. I felt bad that she suffered so much loss, and that she had an ex who did her wrong and couldn’t take the word no. She seemed so depressed and withdrawn. But she grew on me, each encounter she had with Dylan helped her to open up and allowed me to connect with her. I loved that towards the end of the book our heroine was patient with our hero even though she had no real reason to be.

Now, I was wicked jealous of Myra not only for her relationship with Dylan, but also for her best friend Susie! She was a fricken riot! She has the no filter between the brain and mouth syndrome. I never knew what the heck was going to come flying out of her mouth. She was fierce and she was loyal. I think that actually enjoyed her a bit more than our heroine. Maybe because she reminds me a lot of myself.

“Because, Myra, I swear to God, I’ll cut that bitch and I mean it.” “Well not really because you know I’m a total chicken shit, but I’ll cut her with my words, by golly. I’ll slay that bitch verbally with my fiendish tongue.”

I liked Dylan and Myra together. Their relationship was a slow build up. Cautious like, but when they finally reached that point it was hot. Myra is an open book. Dylan not so much.

“I just, I wish I could tell you everything, But I can’t. I’m kind of fucked-up that way. But just know I’m single and….” “I’ll try to talk to you about all the shit that happened at some point, alright?”

But it worked for them in this book for a bit. Well until Dylan’s past hits them both square in the face. Unfortunately his past is not entwines with Myra’s past in a sense so her first instinct is to run, and this is where Madeline got cruel. She left me hanging!

I want to know what will happen between Dylan and Myra. I want to know what in the heck is in her house that makes it sound like someone is walking around, and knocking things over. I also want to see more of Susie. Madeline you have left me wanting book 2 like now..:)!! Thank you for sharing your story with me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: heather mcguire on Nov. 30, 2012 :
I loved this book! Angsty handsome men + feisty ladies are my favorite type of book. Good job, Madeleine! Can't wait for the sequel!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shirin Elwir on Nov. 20, 2012 :
This was amazing as a fanfic, now I'm just blown away that its published I get to take this amazing story with me everywhere I go! I loved the story with passion, the characters are well delivered and there's just about enough of everything you'd love in a good story. I can't wait until I read the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shirin Elwir on Nov. 20, 2012 : (no rating)
This was amazing as a fanfic, now I'm just blown away that its published I get to take this amazing story with me everywhere I go! I loved the story with passion, the characters are well delivered and there's just about enough of everything you'd love in a good story. I can't wait until I read the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sophia Rose on Nov. 16, 2012 :
I chose to read this book because I thought the blurb sounded promising. I love small town romances and this one had the heroine moving back home from the big city. I found it an entertaining reading experience.

Myra has just buried her grandfather, the last member of her family, and returns back to her job in Philly where every day she is confronted by the sight of her cheating ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend. When it becomes too much, she packs up and returns to small town Nyssa to live in the home her grandfather left her to start her writing career. Only there's a problem, the house is run down and needs a bit of work so her neighbor Jim gives her the name of a reliable contractor.

Dylan turns out to be the most hateful, anti-social man, but he is a good contractor so Myra hires him. For his part, Dylan sees another woman who wants to seduce him so he growls and grumbles his way trying to keep a distance. But circumstances in the form of the dying neighbor, Myra's best friends' visit, Myra's injury, him falling on Myra's car through a rotten roof, and unpleasantness with other men cause Dylan to go from distant to desiring Myra in a few weeks.

Unfortunately, Dylan has his secrets which he wants to share with Myra, but can't figure out how to put them into words. In the meantime, Myra's ex shows up and he runs the guy off, but then he must go and visit family. All the while, Dylan wants nothing more than to be with Myra back in Nyssa. The end is a cliffhanger with a huge twist to leave everything up in the air.

With this book, I had mixed feelings. I found the prose a bit rough, but the story line was pretty good. It switched back and forth between Myra and Dylan's point of view. I was really vested with what was going on with Myra and Dylan. As to the characters, I enjoyed them up to a point, but there were times that I found them becoming almost cliches of themselves. For example, Suzie was funny as all get out with her fixation on Myra's sex life, hating Myra's ex more than Myra did (solid BFF there) and her diet disasters, but there were times that it just got to be too much for me. Every time she got on the phone, I knew what was going to be said and those phone conversations were regular parts of the story. And this type of thing was true of several of the characters in their own ways.

I'm going to reserve opinion about Dylan's dilly-dallying with the truth and that surprise at the end of the story until I find out what it is he's hiding. But it better be a real humdinger to keep backing out of just telling Myra the truth. I was a bit frustrated at the way he was acting particularly when she spilled all her uncomfortable sad stuff to him and reassured him more than once that she was ready to listen. I do have a strong curiosity to find out what happens next.

I would recommend this for Contemporary Romance fans who like stories with a meek heroine and a bitter hero.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Denise hawes on Nov. 06, 2012 : (no rating)
awesome book!!! i am anxiously waiting for the second book!! I love the characters, I really want to know why dylan had his xwife at his house!! ugh i need the next one to know what is happening!! This is a must need read!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Redneck Glamour on Nov. 04, 2012 : (no rating)
The author has done a great job. Beautifully written, and the best build up of sexual tension I have read in a long while.
I need to read MORE. This only left me longing for more Dylan and Myra. Can't wait for the next book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Teresa Italiano on Nov. 01, 2012 :
I LOVED THIS! I completely fell in love with the characters. My heart was breaking at the end. I cannot wait for the next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: masa57 on Oct. 31, 2012 :
This is an entertaining read, above average for its genre, well-written with humor, drama, suspense in an addictive plot. It's been edited from its fan fiction origins to polish and tighten up the writing...all in all a five star effort.
You are left anticipating the next book.
Read it you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Bia S. on Oct. 29, 2012 :
Well, I'll start this review by saying I received this book from the author for an honest review and, so, here I am. This is the first book of the Color Series and I really want to read the rest of the series.

This book is really intense, since Myra (our heroine) has not a member of her family alive (something I couldn't imagine what would do to a person be alone in the world) and the only link to her past is her old Grampa's house. She moved to Nyssa so that she can escape the constant remainder of her failure relationship with Trent and to have a new start (writing her book).

Dylan is our troublesome hero and Myra will help heal his broken heart. He is really hot, but has an angry-I'm-not-in-the-mood-to-talk-about-my-feelings way that got to me at the beginning of the book (let me tell you that he didn't leave a good impression to me, I really thought he needed a lot of therapy).

Let's talk about Susie! She was the funniest character of this book. She could make fun of herself just to make Myra laugh. That is what friend do and she won me at the first few pages.

I'm dying to know how Myra will react to Dylan in the next book...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jilleen Dolbeare on Oct. 28, 2012 :
This book was awesome! I don't read normal romance type books, I sort of did when I was a teenager, but found them to sappy and formulaic that I quickly outgrew them. Basically, I won't read a romance unless there is something else going on like a mystery, or something supernatural. When my goodreads friend, Madeleine, sent me her book to read just "cuz," I said I'd do a read and review for her. I have to say,I was pleasantly surprised to like the book so much,(because it was a romance and not because of her:) I read it in less than a day!

Myra is a girl who has nothing left in her life. She has just lost her last family member and broken up with her creepy cheater-ass boyfriend. So, on a whim, and her savings, she packs up and moves several states away to live in her inherited house. Unfortunately, said house is falling down around her ears and it takes a sexy if angry, gruff and foul-mouthed contractor to set it to rights.

Dylan, said contractor, has a nasty past that he can't talk about. We know it involves a wreck and a death, but no details and he has a problem with the women in town all trying to get in his gorgeous and well-filled pants. He hates that and has developed his mean exterior to keep them at bay. Regardless, he finds himself drawn to Myra and she may be able to help him heal.

Suzy, my favorite character, is Myra's best bud. She is a foul-mouthed, inventive, hilarious character always there to cheer up Myra with her escapades or clever mouth diarrhea. She's good for some very creative euphemisms for sex with a contractor involving tools. Some of her scenes had me smothering my laughter, trying not to wake up my husband during my midnight reading. I was laughing, choking, crying and doing it all with a blanket shoved in my mouth, and trying to not let my dimmed down Nook hit me in the face at the same time.

Pros: This is an interesting romance with quirky characters that draw you in. I loved the supporting cast and laughed out loud with Suzy, and cried with Myra. The author did a great job of yanking on the full color-wheel of emotions with this one. She has taken the typical romance formula and flipped it on its ear. Well done!

Cons: Myra's constant depression was a little draining and she was a tiny bit to passive. She does finally stand up to cheater-ass, but she needed to step out of victimhood sooner and show some backbone. I wanted to strangle her (especially in the very last scene). I liked the hints that maybe she had a match making ghost living in her house, but I think the story might have been a little more fun if the author had played that angle up. Someone from her family should be watching out for her!

I would definitely recommend this to lovers of romance novels (adult, there is sex and a lot of foul language) who like quirky characters. I will read the sequel (finish it soon Madeleine)!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Carolyn Munro on Oct. 27, 2012 :
Excellent book! The characters are well-developed and engaging. I love a tortured hero so this book is right up my alley. I cannot wait for the sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Desiree Canterbury on Oct. 26, 2012 :
Amazing book. I was lucky enough to read it as fan fiction and as soon as I found out it was published I had to have it. I have recommended it to all of my friends and cannot wait for the sequel!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kelly Morris on Oct. 24, 2012 : (no rating)
Awesome story! I first fell in love with it on the fan fiction website were I was lucky enough to have read the entire story already. I read it again and fell in love once again with the characters. Love Susie!
Great read and I've told my friends and they have read it as well. We all love it. Now we are ready for the second book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: krzpepper on Oct. 22, 2012 : (no rating)
Awesome read! Fell in love with story and characters. The author writer with such emotion. Can't wait until the next installment.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Toni on Oct. 22, 2012 :
This is a wonderful story I love the emotion these characters have. Susie really grows on you and makes you pee your pants laughing!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Frenzied Girl on Oct. 21, 2012 :
Amazing!!!! As I read, I was swept up in the characters lives and I enjoyed every moment of it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Barrientos on Oct. 20, 2012 :
Fantastic read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Barrientos on Oct. 20, 2012 : (no rating)
I bought this yesterday & I loved it. Myra is so endearing an brave.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: kim hundt on Oct. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
I loved it. Amazing story, characters are great and well written!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Billie Gaines on Oct. 17, 2012 :
Omg i love this book i cannot wait to read the next one.i read this when she first wrote it and loved it but reading now after all the chsmges so awesome.so excited to read the next installment.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mari Lisa on Oct. 13, 2012 : (no rating)
This story is absolutely amazing! it's so enganging, so beautiful.. you can really try the characters' feelings: love. pain, sadness, happy... I highly recommend you read this story, you will not be disappointed!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Janet Rivas on Oct. 11, 2012 :
I really enjoyed reading this book. I read it in fanfiction and it was one of my favorites. I am looking forward to the next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elisabeth L. on Oct. 11, 2012 :
I first read this book in its serialized version, and love it! The ending of this volume is abrupt, but the sequel picks right up from where the story leaves off with no loss to the story.

Madeleine is a terrific writer, and I can't wait to read more of her work!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: michelle richardson on Oct. 10, 2012 : (no rating)
this book is really good i cant wait tell you write more
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Melanie Laebe on Oct. 10, 2012 :
I´m soooo loving it!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: leah thompson on Oct. 09, 2012 :
This story has it all! Humor, romance, suspense and charm. It's easy to get lost in and captivates the reader from the start.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: sassycaps on Oct. 09, 2012 :
I read this story when she wrote it for FanFiction. I am amazed at what a wonderful writer she is. The Depth of her characters grab you. She makes feel everything they go through. You will cry,and laugh with them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Firedancer07 07 on Oct. 07, 2012 :
I love this story. It's honest, Susie takes some getting use to but she makes me laugh...and Dylan is the hottest and guy I know. Thanks for sharing your story!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Becky Schmit on Oct. 07, 2012 :
I can't wait for the next installment! I absolutely loved this book and the ending has me anxious for more!

Becky Schmit
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kathryn Kelsey on Oct. 07, 2012 :
I read this story when it was on FanFiction and loved it. It's an amazing story with very real characters that are easy to fall in love with. I can't wait for the next book to come out!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Debbie Pugliese on Oct. 06, 2012 : (no rating)
Just an update to my review: I have it straight from the author that the ending has been changed to its original version, so have no fear! No more abrupt ending as has been mentioned. And there will be a sequel! I can't wait to read this story...
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Debbie Pugliese on Oct. 06, 2012 :
I was really looking forward to reading this story on fanfiction.net, but was waiting very impatiently for it to be finished, cuz I usually only read complete stories. I'd heard so many great things about it, though, that I was dying to read. I didn't have time to read the whole thing before she pulled it to publish, but the little I read was fantastic, and now I can't wait to read the published version, since I just know it'll be even better. I just hope that Pt. 2 is going to come out quickly, after hearing that there is an abrupt ending. Guess it'll be the perfect setting for the sequel! I'm going to give it five stars, even though I haven't read the entire story yet, cuz what I've read so far is really, really good!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mickey Millar on Oct. 05, 2012 :
I loved it even more! I started reading this on fanfiction but never finished. It is even more amazing the second time reading it though :D It is absolutely amazing and i would recommend it to anyone who asked :D
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Becca Barrow on Oct. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
I loved this when it was on ff.net and I love it now! The best friend made me laugh so much( out loud most times)
Can't wait for the second book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mitzi Jani on Oct. 04, 2012 :
I read this amazing story when it was first publish on fanfiction.net an it was so well written that you could easily transport you self into the mindset of the characters, the settings of the story it self were beautiful. I can't wait to read it as an 'original' fiction. EE aka Madeleine you are great
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Meire Dias on Oct. 04, 2012 :
I love all the details of this story. The colors and the emotions attached to them build the anticipation to read every chapter. This story makes me laugh, cry, hold my breath and most of all hug all the characters! You are brilliant Madeleine and please keep writing!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: GA John on Oct. 03, 2012 :
Loved this story and can't wait for Part 2. Dylan, to me, is just so realistic. Congrats on a job well done, author! ;0)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lexi Rose on Oct. 03, 2012 :
I, unlike a lot of other reviewers, didn't read this story when it was originally posted online and I wish I'd read these reviews before I read the book.

The characters were well developed and quirky, the storyline was well thought out, but the ending was horribly abrupt.

I have mixed emotions about this book, I gather there is a part 2 (from other reviewers comments) and the cliffhanger this book ended on means I really want to read part 2 when it's released, however...

When I read the book, as a new fan, I found myself really angry with the ending. There's nothing in the book to say that it is 'to be continued' and so without prior knowledge of the authors work or intentions for a sequel I was left with a feeling of anger and disappointment that nothing had been resolved.

A real let down, considering that up to that point I had been completely invested in the story and character.

For that reason I rated it a 4.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kristi Moltzan on Oct. 03, 2012 :
I was also one of the fortunate ones to read this on FanFiction.net as it was being written. Each chapter had me reviewing! You will truly enjoy this and be as excited as the rest of us that a sequel is coming!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Natasha Hall on Oct. 02, 2012 :
I also read this as it was being written. I absolutley fell in love with it, it's everything you want in a book and I CAN NOT wait for the sequel;))
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Amanda Hearne on Oct. 02, 2012 :
I read this as it was being written and am so excited that its being made into a novel with a sequel. Great story! It was a great and engaging read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: April Shuman on Oct. 02, 2012 :
This is definitely going down as one of my all-time favorite books. It was definitely one of my favorite fan fictions, and I was sad to see it taken down, but super excited that it is out in book form. It is very well written and a fabulous story. I love the friendship between Myra and Susie and the funny things that Susie says. I can even see Myra's side when she's had enough of Susie's jokes. I also love the buildup of Dylan and Myra's relationship. I'm sad that it ended, and surprised where it ended, looking forward to reading book 2. Can't wait.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Monica patzer on Oct. 02, 2012 :
This is a FUTURE New York Times Best Seller. It's an AMAZING read! Keeps you on your toes and the characters are all brilliant! I loved all of them, the good and the bad! *Hold up a glass* Hear is to Madeleine Beckett and "Color of Loneliness" May we see this book on the NYT Best sellers ;D *Cheers*
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Bárbara Coelho on Oct. 01, 2012 :
This has so much better writing than 50 shades of grey! Honestly, it pisses me off that that author is getting this much attention and profit while other ex-fanfiction writers are left unknown. I hope someday this book becomes a success as huge as Master of the Universe... ops, I mean Fifty Shades of Grey :D
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Leaf_chick on Oct. 01, 2012 :
Great Story and wonderful read... this story has everything you could want, a little mystery & suspense... you cry, you laugh and of course lots of romance and angst. It's a must read!!!

So happy to see this story published for everyone to enjoy. Congratulation Madeleine!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Vanderwende on Oct. 01, 2012 :
I read this as it was being written and was so excited when an update popped up in my email! I was sucked in from the beginning and I'm happy to see it published now! Way to go Madeleine! I always love a moody stubborn man that finally gets shown that there is some good left in the world. These two will make you laugh and probably cry. Great story! Download it!! Can't wait to read the updated version :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Vanderwende on Oct. 01, 2012 : (no rating)
I read this as it was being written and was so excited when an update popped up in my email! I was sucked in from the beginning and I'm happy to see it published now! Way to go Madeleine! I always love a moody stubborn man that finally gets shown that there is some good left in the world. These two will make you laugh and probably cry. Great story! Download it!! I cannot wait to read the updated version!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sandra Bush on Oct. 01, 2012 : (no rating)
I love your writing have been there from the start and will be there for all three of these. I can't wait to read this again. Thank you. Sandy
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Karla Torruellas on Oct. 01, 2012 :
A wonderful read, the book shares the story of Myra, who after losing everything meets dark and mysterious Dylan. The author does a wonderful job on character development, succeding at grabbing the reader from the very beginning. You feel for the characters as if they were real people. The addition of funny elements gives the story a well deserved comic relief, while staying true to its main objective. A story of love and sorrow, of trust and betrayal, you won't be able to put the book down once you start.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Shan on Oct. 01, 2012 :
I loved your story I can't wait to read it again. You are really talented and I can't wait for more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Alderton on Sep. 30, 2012 : (no rating)
I was so excited to get a copy of your book. You are such a wonderfully talented writer. I can't wait to read this and the outtake. Thanks again.
~Jennifer
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kristin Delcambre on Sep. 30, 2012 :
This book was even more amazing than I could ever imagine! The story just sucks you in & keeps you enraptured the entire time. I cannot wait until the sequel!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Caroline Strobridge on Sep. 30, 2012 :
This is an amazing story. I became so wrapped up in the characters and plot I was sad when the book ended. Thank heaven's there is a sequel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Gabby Gaber on Sep. 30, 2012 :
The complexities of a relationship can always try and tax any couple, but when you have hurt, anxiety and loss, it adds to the difficulty of securing a partnership.

Myra has the patience and goodness of an angel, despite her inner hurt, while Dylan harbors pain, distrust and avoidance. He's also tight as a clam, which makes Myra highly insecure.

This story absorbs you, makes you feel, cry and long for a happy ending.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kay J on Sep. 30, 2012 :
I absolutely loved this! Amazingly well written and a must read for everyone! Very much excited for the sequel!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Renee E on Sep. 30, 2012 : (no rating)
Great book! I really enjoyed reading this story. I can't wait for the sequel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Renee E on Sep. 30, 2012 : (no rating)
Great book!! I really enjoyed reading this story. I can't wait for the sequel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: vanessa campbell on Sep. 30, 2012 :
This is the first story that I've read by Madeleine Beckett and I wasn't sure what to expect. Wow!!! After reading Color of Loneliness, Madeleine Beckett has a new fan and I have a new favorite author. I loved,loved,loved this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: betsmecullen on Sep. 30, 2012 :
I've loved this book and writer from the beginning. Madeleine tells this story with such freshness and eloquence you can't help yourself from becoming wrapped up in these characters. The plot is tighter and flows well since I read the initial incarnation from this writer. I'm impatiently awaiting the sequel - The Color of Forgiveness. I can't get enough Susie. I adore that character. She really has the spice of life.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jackie M on Sep. 30, 2012 : (no rating)
What a fantastic story, absolutely one of my favorites. Its a story where once you start it, you can't stop reading until you finish it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jackie M on Sep. 30, 2012 : (no rating)
What a fantastic story, absolutely one of my favorites. Its a story where once you start it, you can't stop reading until you finish it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Susan Rosenfeld on Sep. 30, 2012 :
Great story. I Loved it. The characterizations are so good!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: lisa endler on Sep. 30, 2012 :
Great Read. great characters mixed in with romance/humor/ angst. I can't wait for the sequel!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Clara Goldsun on Sep. 30, 2012 :
I loved the story when I first read it and my enjoyment in this version is just as great. The prose is tighter; the plot flows well and I'm absolutely loving it.
Well done!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kelsey Nicole on Sep. 30, 2012 :
This has everything I want in a book! I'm very excited to continue reading it! :) And to re read what I have already expreienced. The humor is like nothing I've experienced in a book. I'll be laughing literally out loud and I love it. :) I'm so excited and very proud of you Madeleine Beckett for what you have accomplished! I just wished I would have stayed up to date with our online would so I could have been with you on the journey! Congratulations love! :)

-Kelsey FF origional! *MUAH*
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: letícia eleutério on Sep. 30, 2012 :
Such an amazing story!! It's impossible to stop reading till you finish it. The mix of angst and humor makes it much better.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Michelle Garcia on Sep. 30, 2012 : (no rating)
Wonderful story written by the most talented...Madeleine Beckett. A little bit of everything adds up to and exciting love story.

A MUST read!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Alex Ramirez on Sep. 29, 2012 :
Awesome story. Has everything you will look for when reading: romance, humor, action and mystery. Will not be disappointed after reading it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: tatiana silva on Sep. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
Romance, angst and humor mixed in a wonderful story! Once you start reading it, you will be curious about next chapter and finally just drop the book once you have finished it... Can't wait for the next book...
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: tatiana silva on Sep. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
Masterpiece - great characters mixed in a romance/humor/ angst wonderful story... I bet once you start it you just drop it once you finish it...
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: gitika s on Sep. 29, 2012 :
Let me tell you one thing, this book it needs to be published in hardcopy i think its the most fantastic story. Its cute, its sweet and you just want to love them both for everything they went through. Check it out its worth it! And btw everyone deserves a best friend like Suzie. Shes awesome.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nancy Alday on Sep. 29, 2012 :
If you want to read a great story that keeps you wanting more this is the book for you! I love it and couldn't put it down. Check it out!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: christa64c on Sep. 29, 2012 :
If you want a read with great writing, characters you'll care about and a plot that will keep you turning pages long after your bedtime, this is the book for you!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: christa64c on Sep. 29, 2012 :
Are you looking for a good read with great writing, characters you'll care about and a story that will keep you turning the pages long after your bedtime? Then this is the book for you!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Yetta Rubio on Sep. 29, 2012 :
Great Read, loved the characters, loved the story line. Cant wait for whatever is next from this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Yetta Rubio on Sep. 29, 2012 :
I loved this book. I enjoy the writing style of this author. This book made me look forward to the end of the day when all is quiet and I can relax with a good read. Congrats to you and getting it published I cant wait for whatever story you come out with next!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Fluent In Sarcasm on Sep. 29, 2012 : (no rating)
Congratulations! All the love and support for this and the next!
FinS x
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kerry DeCoteau on Sep. 29, 2012 :
Love this!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Caitlan Holley on Sep. 29, 2012 :
This is such a fantastic read! Love it soo much! :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ana on Sep. 28, 2012 :
Superb book. I love it. Can't wait to read the next book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Liliana Alves on Sep. 28, 2012 : (no rating)
I love this story. I particularly like the way the main characters try to overcome their problems their story is very interesting. Can not wait for the sequel. =)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: SRVampire on Sep. 28, 2012 :
This is a great book. It has everything I love to read - romance, angst, mystery and humor. Susie brings the comic relief and she balances out the seriousness of the other characters. I know I'll treasure this book and will re-read it over and over again
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Monica Noriega on Sep. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
Beautiful story... Myra and Dylan's love story really tugs at your heartstrings. I loved every word of it, and I'm looking forward to the sequel very much.. xx
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Creative Prose Publishing on Sep. 27, 2012 :
Loved this book so much! It's now one of my favorite books. I loved all the characters in it, especially the main couple. I love them together and I love the way she write their characters. You will not regret buying this book, I promise!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cathy Wallwork on Sep. 27, 2012 :
Loved it so much, can't wait to read the rest in the sequel will continue to re-read this one over and over again. It had everything I look for in a good story. Well done. Can't wait for more...
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Cathy Wallwork on Sep. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
Love this story so much it has everything I love to read, romance, a bit of angst, comedy - love Susie she crack's me up. Can't wait to read the sequel. Thanks for this it is amazing.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: SRVampire on Sep. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
This is a great book. It has everything I love to read - romance, angst, mystery and humor. Susie brings the comic relief and she balances out the seriousness of the other characters. I know I'll treasure this book and will re-read it over and over again.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Chandrani Mandal on Sep. 27, 2012 :
I absolutely love this book! It kept me intrigued from the very first page! Love the characters, though Susie now has a special place in my heart. Can't wait for the next book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Frances Arvallo-Brashear on Sep. 27, 2012 :
I have read her story when it wasn't publish yet, and her work of art was enough to keep me engaged especially the supporting character Suzie, who personally is my favorite! That woman is a character I tell you! This is the first part of the story that Madeleine has published and I can't wait until the second part of the story is finally published. This story will certainly keep you interested and by the end of the story , she will have you crying, laughing, cry -laughing and stunned at the end!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Naomi Pacheco on Sep. 27, 2012 :
WOW!! amazing it kept me hooked from page one. Its an amazing book the kind that pulls at the heart strings. You just get so sucked into the story. You feel for the characters Dylan and Myra. Can't wait for the sequel
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Naomi Pacheco on Sep. 27, 2012 :
WOW!! amazing it kept me hooked from page one. Its an amazing book the kind that pulls at the heart strings. You just get so sucked into the story. You feel for the characters Dylan and Myra. Can't wait for the sequel
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tina Devereaux on Sep. 27, 2012 :
I am so excited that this story is published. It is very well written with complicated & interesting storyline & characters. It has everything from comedy to heartbreak to suspense. A complete package of a story!
Waiting for the sequel...
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Saz Atkin on Sep. 27, 2012 :
Could not put this story down! Incredibly well written and the characters really come alive. I want a best friend like Susie! So excited for the sequel - get writing woman!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Linda Schiefelbein on Sep. 27, 2012 :
CoL will always be one of my favorite stories. I was completely sucked into the characters (Suzie is hilarious!) lives. I loved the little supernatural twist and never expected who the "bad guy" was. I'm Very Excited to hear there's a sequel..Cannot Wait!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jenna on Sep. 27, 2012 :
What a great story. I love these characters and never wanted this story to end. Very well written. One of my favorite love stories.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sylvia Chew on Sep. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
Have really been looking forward to this - as you already know I think you are amazing and love reading anything you write.
I am so very proud of you and the effort you put into your writing.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Hernandez on Sep. 27, 2012 :
This is one of those books that you just can't put down. Your up till 3 am reading the next page when you have to get up at 6 to go to work! Wonderful story there is nothing more I can can say.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jessica on Sep. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
I loved this story. It seemed to leave you with all kinds of emotions. I am super Excited for the sequel!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Alexa BC on Sep. 27, 2012 :
It is an amazing book. It is so well written and the story is beautiful. The author is truly amazing because this story is unique. I didn't expect the ending and I can't wait for the sequel. You must read this book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kristin Diekmann-Hormes on Sep. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
This story has captured me from the start. You can´t stop reading until the very end. I love it;-))
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nikki Manos on Sep. 27, 2012 :
This is such an amazing page turner. The characters come to life off the page and you truly feel the emotions running throughout this work of art! The author truly captivates with a unique storyline and perfect words. An absolute must read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: viola burke on Sep. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
I LOVE THIS STORY. It has everything--humor, romance, friendship, some creepy moments, some sad moments, some moments to cute you need to say "aww" out loud.... I could go on. Can't wait for the sequel :D
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Erica Neese on Sep. 27, 2012 :
I love this book!! It is so full of everything! One chapter I am laughing, another crying, or just plain satisfaction with a smile.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: caywebb89 on Sep. 27, 2012 :
One of my favourite books!! So well written that you feel every emotion the characters do. I love the fact that the character have issues and are not perfect! Such a powerful novel can not wait for sequel and I love Susie!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tasha on Sep. 27, 2012 :
awesome its personal heart aching, funny and so full of love and devotion and we here there maybe a part two hint hint
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tasha on Sep. 27, 2012 :
oh what a beautiful story suspenseful and full of love and devotion not to mention laugh your ass off funny. the author is one of a kind
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Dawn Purvis on Sep. 26, 2012 : (no rating)
This book is so awesome! I loved the fact the characters are real to life, they are grounded, and go through trials and tribulations like most of us do. I love that it's not all hearts and roses, but ends up that way. I love the way the author takes such good care of tying up loose ends and making sure all aspects are understood without going off on some tangent. AWESOME JOB!!!!! When's the sequel?
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Glo Wiltshire on Sep. 26, 2012 :
A beautifully told story, it had me gripped from the first chapter. The characters were real to me, human, flawed but wonderful. Sexy as hell too!
I loved the comedic moments that lightened the main thread of the story, which made me sob at times. It's such a well balanced story, I was so invested in the characters, I felt I knew them! I didn't want it to end, but couldn't put it down!
I really do recommend this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jo on Sep. 26, 2012 :
I LOVED this story! Really well developed storyline. Character development was great! Very steamy, funny story - you'll love it, too!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: JayNahNah on Sep. 26, 2012 :
Amazing story! Has you crying, laughing, cursing and swooning...sometimes simultaneously!
A wonderful book to get lost in....romance at its best!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Rita01tx on Sep. 26, 2012 :
This book has it all! Romance, action, thrills and chills! Oh, yeah! And don't forget the fabulous lemons! So looking forward to the sequel...thanks for the wonderful story, Madeleine!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Penny Norton on Sep. 26, 2012 :
OMG I read this book on fanfiction and this is the best story. You will love it. It has everything, love, angst, sexiness, and you will just love the characters. the wit in it is just too good!! you will laugh, cry, hate, and want to scream all at the same time!! the author is very talented.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Penny Norton on Sep. 26, 2012 :
OMG I read this book on fanfiction and this is the best story. You will love it. It has everything, love, angst, sexiness, and you will just love the characters. the wit in it is just too good!! you will laugh, cry, hate, and want to scream all at the same time!! the author is very talented.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sophia Ramirez on Sep. 23, 2012 :
Loved this book, a real page turner filled with angst and humor! The ending will thrill you...I did not see that coming at all! I recommend this book at all people who enjoy a nice laugh and some hot sexy times. I can't wait till the sequel!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sophia Ramirez on Sep. 23, 2012 : (no rating)
Great story, I could not put if down. Loved the comedy and the angst! A real page turner! The ending will thrill you... I did not see that happening! I can't wait for the sequel!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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