Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Freedom by Beth Maria

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Chloe Reed and Jake Peterson have been in love since they first set eyes on each other when they were just children. As the years went by, Jake tried to hide his feelings, whilst Chloe let hers be known. Eventually, it was all too much and Jake gave in, though their relationship was kept a secret. Until Chloe drops a bombshell that changes their lives…

Moving away to college, Chloe hopes for a new start, though the guilt eating away at her every single day doesn’t allow it, and she finds herself spiraling out of control and fast. It doesn’t help with Jake and his constant advances. Just when Chloe thought that her life couldn’t get any worse, tragedy strikes again. And who is there to save her when she reaches the pits of hell? Jake Peterson, the guy who caused it all in the first place.

Jake does everything he can to win back the only girl he’s ever loved after losing her when he made the biggest mistake of his life. Watching Chloe deteriorate before his very eyes, he vows to make her smile again if it’s the last thing he does.

Just when you think that everything is going great, fate steps in, ruining all that is good.

Will they be able to get over their past and the guilt that follows them around in order to find happiness with each other, or will it destroy them both?
This is a really sweet second chance love story and  can be read as a stand alone as it is a complete story about one couple.
Chloe has had a crush on Jake, her best friend Maisie's brother, since she was a young girl.  Jake never really showed any interest in Chloe until one night when he kissed her.  They had a 'thing' for a couple of months but it wasn't a public 'thing' and Chloe never felt that Jake was truly committed to her.  When Chloe drops a bit of a bombshell on Jake, he turns his back on her, leaving her heartbroken and feeling abandoned by him. 
When Chloe moves away from their hometown to college, she withdraws into herself and begins to self medicate with alcohol and drugs.  She has a sweet boyfriend who really cares for her but she has never stopped loving Jake.  Jake seems to constantly be flirting with her and this is really confusing for Chloe.  He has a reputation for sleeping around and his attention towards her makes no sense.
When Jake declares his hand, Chloe can see that there might just be a chance that he has changed.  Can she trust him though after what he has put her through these past few months?  Is she willing to put her heart on the line, knowing it may get broken again?  Jake is going to have to work hard if he wants to win Chloe's heart and he has no idea what that is going to entail.  Is he strong enough to handle what is about to come his way?
I really enjoyed this sweet story.  I love second chance love stories and found this really easy to read.  Very cute :)
I give this 3.5 stars

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